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#MakersWednesday: More Socks

#MakersWednesday: More Socks! What are YOU working on?

Welcome to Makers Wednesday, our favorite day of the week here at Patterned HQ! We love Wednesday because that’s the day we take a moment to celebrate the Maker in all of us. Wont’ you join us?

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This week, it should come as no surprise that I’m knitting another pair of socks. What can I say? They’re the perfect knit for summer – small enough that they don’t drape my lap with unwanted heat in this…

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The Importance of Creative Habits

The Importance of #Creative Habits

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Do you ever wonder what sets some creative entrepreneurs apart from the rest of their peers? Why do they seem to pluck success out of thin air, and run with it like the wind? All metaphors aside, there probably isn’t one universal answer to the question of why some people succeed where others fail. But there is a key that we can all employ in unlocking that secret – and that key involves building…

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#MakersWednesday: Finished Frisson

#MakersWednesday: Finished Frisson shawl. What are YOU working on?

Welcome to #MakersWednesday, where we take a mid-week break to celebrate Making. (Did you know, the President declared a National Day of Making? It was a Tuesday, but we’re still pretty excited!)

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Do you remember that last week I posted about all the fun I was having knitting the Frisson shawl? Well, now I’ve got a finished picture to show you!

My finished Frisson shawl

My finished Frisson shawl

I really enjoyed this…

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Handmade Round-up: The Write Stuff

Handmade Round-up: The Write Stuff (the best #handmade pens)

Recently we rounded up a variety of handmade notebooks to inspire your creative work. Well, what’s a notebook without something to write on its pages, right? So here we are, back again – this time with a roundup of our favorite finds in the world of handmade writing utensils:

Sartorio from Baltz Pens

Elegant dip pens from HECLLC

Colorful wood pens from Wood Writes

For the tech lover – Circuitboar…

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#ThinkCreateReflect: Signs in the Stars

#ThinkCreateReflect: Hey, creative biz baby, what’s your sign?

Welcome to #ThinkCreateReflect, where we feed your mind and your creative spirit with a writing or creative prompt every Friday. We’re happy to have you with us this week!

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This week’s prompt:

Think about your business as a living, breathing person. If your business had an astrological sign, what would it be – and why? Is it stubborn + grounded like a Taurus, or proud + impulsive like Aries?…

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#MakersWednesday: Fun with Frisson

#MakersWednesday: Fun with Frisson (#knit shawl in progress) -

Welcome to Maker’s Wednesday, where we take a day out of our busy weeks to celebrate the Maker in all of us.

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This week, I’m having a blast with my current knitting project – the Frisson Shawl by Brittany Wilson. Here’s my progress so far:

I love this shawl because it’s a perfect example of “potato chip knitting.” You know that old commercial for potato chips – betcha can’t eat just one? Well,…

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Ready, Set, Retreat!

Ready, Set, Retreat! Planning for a creative #retreat:

I recently came back from a knitting retreat (which I also hosted). Nearly 100 knitters gathered in middle Tennessee for a weekend of fun and fiber arts. Here’s a snapshot I took on my phone:

Have you ever been to a retreat or a conference, either in your personal or professional life? If so, you probably had a moment or two of feeling overwhelmed in the preparation stages! We’re here to help,…

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#ThinkCreateReflect: Time Capsule

#ThinkCreateReflect: What would you put in a Time Capsule?

Welcome to #ThinkCreateReflect, where we take the time at the end of a busy week to do something creative for ourselves or for our businesses. We invite you to join us!

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This week, pull out your journal and answer the following prompt (or just think about it in your mind palace):

If you were going to include a product you make in a time capsule to be preserved for future humans, which product…

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#MakersWednesday: Selecting Materials

#MakersWednesday: Selecting the materials for a new project to come:

Welcome to Maker’s Wednesday, where we take a day out of our busy weeks to celebrate the Maker in all of us.

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This week, I’ve got shawls on the brain again! This time I want to participate in a Mystery Knit-Along: Urban Survival by Josh Ryks.

Have you ever participated in a mystery KAL before? The basic idea is that you don’t know what the pattern will look like – only the essential…

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