Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Featured Finished Object and a Really Big Announcement!!

Photo Credit to DoeDeer Photography

First things first. My Featured Finished Object for this month is Bronntanas by Ysolda Teague. I made mine out of Yarn Bee Fetching in Citrine from Hobby Lobby because as much as I love a beautiful indie yarn, this pattern seemed like it just needed some glitz and this yarn had great stitch definition and drape. Sometimes the big box yarns get a bad rap (and sometimes they deserve it) but this was one that I was very impressed with. I was working on this hat the first time that I went to NCFF (back in 2014) and I had so many people all weekend long ask me what yarn I was using and where I bought it. I almost felt bad telling them that it wasn't from one of the vendors at the festival.

This was a super fun knit (even if it did take me awhile to actually finish it) and I've thought of making another one as a gift for next year. It uses slipped stitches and cables with an alternating stockinette and reverse stockinette background. All of that sounds pretty complicated, but it's actually a very simple pattern with just the right amount of variations to hold your interest while you knit.

And now for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: I am leaving my position as the Cafe Manager at the Sioux Falls Barnes and Noble to pursue being a full time Knit/Crochet Designer/Instructor!!

I can't even tell you guys how excited I am for this new opportunity. I've loved my 7 years at Barnes and Noble and I'm sad that I won't be working with the team at our store anymore. Sometimes, though, you have to be willing to let go of what makes you feel safe and comfortable so that you can become the person you want and need to be.

That being said, I'll be creating a teaching schedule for the upcoming months. I will be adding a calendar onto my page here, and I'll be posting it on Facebook and in our Ravelry group. I'd love to meet all of you and work with you, so if you have an idea for a class that you would be interested in taking let me know.

Have a great week of crafting everyone!

Shaina  ^_^

Photo Credit to DoeDear Photography


  1. How exciting! Made sure to follow you on both FB and Rav so I can cheer you on in your adventure!

    1. Thanks so much, Amy!! I've got some fun plans in the works so I'll be sure to keep everyone posted as they get solidified. ^_^