WIP Wednesday: Behind the Scenes (also, I need Help!)

I’ve certainly been busy lately – adjusting to the latest move, working on Tech Editing, developing my own designs, preparing for a show – knitting has been happening albeit slowly.IMG_5720

I’m making progress on that project for my Aunteeeee and although it looks like a pile of unassuming stockinette, that’s about to change here soon and I’m looking forward to the exciting part!IMG_5722

I haven’t made as much progress on the Pintuck Cardigan as I’d like, nor have I had a lot of time and ability to work on this secret project either.IMG_5724

I say “ability” because I’ve got wrist issues (probably, most likely, sadly, stemming from too much knitting) and I need to limit my knitting quantity.  I’ve recently decided that, yes, I do need help.  I’m looking for a Sample Knitter to help me bring my designs to life and to keep my wrists a bit safer than trying to tackle all these projects by myself.  If you’re interested, see this thread!

What are you working on this week?

RAWartists Denver CURRENT Showcase

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If you follow my Facebook page you may have noticed my post the other day about the showcase I’ll be participating in next month.

The CURRENT show is being put on by the Denver RAWartists group and sounds like it’ll be a super fun night of shenanigans, live music, fashion show, aerial dancers, fire dancers, food and drinks and yours truly. It’ll also be a good opportunity for you to start/continue/wrap up your holiday shopping!Holly-Priestley2

The event is going to be held at the City Hall venue in Denver (1144 Broadway), about a block from the art museum on November 21st from 7pm until 11pm.  In order to get into the event, you’ll need a ticket.  These tickets also provide sponsorship for me – it helps cover my fees and also allows me the opportunity to work with professional photographers and videographers to take my business to the next level!  All proceeds from the tickets go to the RAWartists group, not to me personally, so you’re helping out 40+ local artists in the process (we’re all appreciative).  There are a few ways to get tickets for the show:

  • you can buy a ticket for the show from my page on the website right here
  • you can buy a ticket through me and I’ll make sure your name gets put on the list

Discounted tickets will be available until November 13th so be sure to get yours nice and early!  Let me know if you have any questions, I hope to see you there!

Pints & Purls Edition 35: Hopothermia – back at long last!

This is the thirty-fifth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!


Brew: Hopothermia

Brewer: Alaskan Brewing Co


Hops: Nugget, Apollo, Amarillo, Citra, Centennial


ABV: 8.5%IMG_5647

Flavors: Full-flavored, hoppy but with a touch of cream. Citrus undertones without being fruity.

Knit Pairings: This beer stands on it’s own but it isn’t going to distract from your knitting which means that you should feel free to tackle a project with textural interest – knits and purls based would be my recommendation, I think cables might be too much for the beer!



Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

Solo Date

This past Saturday I had a luxurious day with some time to myself – this was the first day in many weeks that didn’t have anything specific planned and although I had tons of stuff to do, I HAD THE DAY TO DO THEM! Finally, time to check off some things on my to-do list.IMG_5609

Not all of the day was spent being productive and unpacking my new place, I took some time out in the middle of it to take myself and the dog to downtown Golden and have some fun.  We walked along the river, knitted (well, that was just me, she kept guard for squirrels), and enjoyed the perfect weather and the fall colors.IMG_5640

I don’t really have a problem going places alone but more often than not, I’ll end up staying home all day if I don’t have someone else to drag me out or tag along with so heading out and running fun errands just me and the pup was kind of weird and a bit brave and probably something we should do more often.IMG_5633

Do you take yourself out on “dates” when you have no one else to go with?

WIP Wednesday: Little Projects Making Up A Big One

I have so many projects on the needles, guys. Seriously. I usually (lately, at least) try to be a monogamous knitter so that I can actually make progress on a thing and finish it in a reasonable amount of time. Beer time with friends helps.IMG_5588

I’ve got 3 sweaters (2 of my own design) happenin’ and all in various stages of completion.IMG_5595

I also recently started an accessory project that I’m excited to share with you (not now, but soon!).IMG_5554

The big project referenced in the title? Life.

I’m building my life again, as usual and as some things feel like they’re falling into place, others feel like they’re falling right now and floating around, needing a seat belt to keep them in place.

What are you working on this week?

Fall is Here


I’m sure this is true for most of the Northern Hemisphere, but its certainly true of Colorado right now – fall is approaching and bringing it with it cooler temperatures, pretty colors and a hankering for knits.IMG_5581

I’ve been lucky enough to have some time to spend enjoying the above in between all the crazy deadlines and projects and work I’ve been up to lately! (Not to mention moving, but……we won’t actually mention that…)IMG_5585

(the beer is the same color as many of the leaves around here!) What’s your favorite part about fall?

Settling In

Some things don’t change when Miss Lisa and I move from place to place. She can cuddle up just about anywhere.IMG_5504

Some do. Where my work gets done is very location-dependent and this seems like an ideal spot as long as the weather stays nice.IMG_5505

Where do you get your work done?

Moving Is A Lot Like Drinking

Both are kinda fun when you start out – you get to try new things and probably go new places, the excitement is fresh and you’re looking for adventure! IMG_4913

Then, when in the throes of your decision and dealing with the consequences – good and bad – you experience the hang-over, the hard part, the “I’m never moving/drinking again!” part. IMG_5494

Once this unpleasant phase is over though, you have a tendency to remember the fun times, exciting times, and now you’ve got new things under your belt and more preferences and experience to draw upon next time.IMG_5502

I’ll probably continue to move around, I imagine. This time around, I’m back in Lakewood, just west of Denver and I’m so happy to have returned to this area!