It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been doing a lot of designing and creating. I have so many ideas it’s hard to choose. I recently took a Fair Isle knitting class (sometimes called strand knitting or color work). I had so much fun in the class and learned so much. I’ve been working on the Soldotna Sweater lately and you can check it out below.

The most exciting news is that I’ve started making jewelry. Earrings and necklaces mixed with metals, leather, beads, stones, fabric and more. I’ve posted a few pics here so you can see what’s coming soon.

I’m still going to be doing my hand bound books, stitch markers/progress keepers and more …

Mixed stone and painted metal with triple leather necklace
Painted metal and stone combo with triple leather necklace
Painted butterflies with beads and brass french loops

Here is the Fair Isle Sweater. I’m having so much fun with it. It’s hard to put it down.

Soldotna Sweater

I hope you will follow along with me and see what’s next. I have a few ideas that I am working on and will keep you posted as to what they are. I will leave you with this quote I saw in Instagram this morning that I wanted to share.

I think in 20 Years, we will regret more or the things we didn’t do than things we did imperfectly. — Jennie Allen

Lately I’ve been working on the Find Your Fade Shawl by Andrea Mowry and a special collaboration that I can’t wait to show y’all but that will have to wait.  Since I used to live on the Gulf of Mexico, I took my inspiration for my colors from the Ocean.

Here are some of the colors that I chose for the shawl.    I’m using fingering weight, size 4 circular needles — Mint Chip by Nice and Knit; Robin Egg by Nice and Knit; Sagamore by Nice and Knit; Jungle Bungalow by PrimRose; Grumpy Jelly by PrimRose and Are You Sure Hank Done It That Way by Farmers Daughter.  These yarns are so soft and wonderful.  These were all purchased at Bliss Yarns.

I have really enjoyed making this shawl.  It’s so hard to put it down to get other work done.  I’ve never done lace before so it is definitely a challenge.

The shawl looks pretty crazy when you start out.  Several people asked me if I was making a bikini.

I finally made it through Section 8 after taking parts of that section out at least two times and I am now beginning Section 9.  This part is garter stitch blending in my new color.

It sounds crazy but I finally realized that it would be much easier with Lace needles.  So hopefully, they will arrive this week before I get to Section 10 which is more lace.

I will keep you posted and wish everyone a Safe and Happy Fourth of July!!

Happy knitting!

Leslie

 

It’s been such a busy few weeks. IMG_1453Thoroughly enjoyed the Brioche class that I took.  Had so much fun with some of my knitting buddies and made some new knitting buddies.  Here’s a peak at the finished product.  It was still on the needles when I took this picture.  Lavanya Patricella was a fabulous teacher and Deb’s set up for the class at Bliss Yarns was great.

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Then last Saturday there was the big event – visit your “Local Yarn Shop.”  I was invited to set up a Pop-Up Shop to share my stitch markers, journals and cards.  Had so much fun and met so many new people.

Now go over to Instagram and check the Bigskyyarnco Give Away.  The lucky winner will win some of their great yarn and a set of my stitch markers.  Bliss Yarns  carries my complete collection of my stitch markers and stitch counters and carries Big Sky Yarn.

@bigskyyarnco @cestlea1

@blissyarns

 

 

 

 

Check out my new Gallery Page.

Here you will see previous journal designs and inspiration for new ones.  I can create custom journals from these designs or if you have some ideas of your own, let’s talk.  I have some favorites here but you make your own choices.

Gallery of journal designs

Also check out my Instagram page for active news.

Reminds me of the colors in the Rainbow

What a finish to a weekend … Easter and April Fools all in one day!

Weekend began with a trip to the Vet for our sweet boy Kent but he is doing great.

I finished a limited supply of stitch markers for some upcoming Brioche Cowl knitting workshops this coming weekend at Bliss Yarns.   Stitch markers will be available at Bliss.  I’m sure for those of you who are interested and aren’t local, Deb or one of the lovely ladies there would be glad to assist you.  It’s a fun place to hang out, buy yarn, meet fellow knitters and knit.  So many talented knitters.

I’m really looking forward to taking the class.  Had a surprise opportunity to attend one of the workshops.  The workshops are going to be taught by Lavanya Patricella.  I’m always up for a challenge.  As Lance says, that doesn’t surprise him after all these years, he’s learned to expect it.

Hope everyone has a good week!

 

 

 

 

As I was sitting down making new stitch markers and reflecting on what inspires me, I thought about colors, music, my experiences and everyday life.  I was working with the color “Light Siam” and one of the songs from the Walt Disney movie Lady and the Tramp popped into my head.   The Siamese cat song, words and music by Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke.  It starts out  “we are Siamese, if you please, we are Siamese if you don’t please…” such a catchy tune.  We had cats when I was growing up and it so reminded me of them.  They were always into something and always pestering our dog.

I thought about the products and projects that I’ve been working on.  I have this one yarn that’s called “Fiesta.”   It reminded me of a time when we attended “Fiesta San Antonio.”   Such  a fun time, lots of color, music and food.  I’ve made stitch markers and am working on a pair of boot socks each inspired from the colors in this yarn.

Pompom. jpgThen there are other times when you are specifically looking for something to match what you already have and all of a sudden it just pops out at you.  I had gotten this great pom pom as a Christmas gift and wanted to make a hat to attach it to.  I found this beautiful Malabrigo yarn at Bliss Yarns.

When you look at nature, there is so much around to inspire us.  This past fall I was sitting out on our patio and noticed the yellow and green leaves as the trees were changing their colors.   I found a great 100% baby Alpaca yarn at The Joy of Knitting that I just had to buy.  It’s going make a great pullover sweater for next Fall and Winter.

It’s amazing to me how songs, our life experiences and the environment that surround us affect what inspires us.

Inspiration can come from anywhere as long as we keep our eyes and ears open.  I hope you take the time to think about what inspires you, where it comes from and that it puts a smile on your face and gives you new ideas.

Bliss YarnsI am so excited!  Bliss Yarns in Brentwood, TN is now offering a selection of my stitch markers for sale.  Thank you Deb for this opportunity!

Bliss has some beautiful yarns available and it’s a wonderful, friendly place to visit.  You can even sit a spell and knit!

 

A little over a year ago I fulfilled a life long dream of mine and started taking private knitting lessons.  That opened up a whole new world of fashion and designing for me.  All that lovely Alpaca, Merino, Silk and Linen just waiting for me…

As I progressed, I started realizing that I wanted some beautiful but functional stitch markers.  There aren’t many choices out there.  So I sat down, took out my stash and started making my own.  Well, they seem to be very popular and every time I finish a set, off they go.

So, my stitch markers are for sale.  Until I get them into some local shops and up on this site, you can email me at:  cestlea1@gmail.com

They will be available as a set of 12 for $25.00 (that includes shipping).  I only have a small stash so each order is created for you, so please allow 7-10 days of production time.

Collections:

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Vintage Elegance – Vintage Collection

Elegant Mixes

Vintage Fushia

Pearl Collection

Star Fire Stitch Markers

Old World Elegance
Stitch Markers

Old World Elegance
Stitch Markers

 

Its been a long time since my last post.  Let’s see probably about a year.  So much has happened, but the most exciting was our decision to pick up and move to “Nashville, Tennessee.”   What a great place.  So vibrant and beautiful.

What an experience it has been getting here.  Between selling the house, finding a place to live and yes, of course, figuring out how we were going to get our belongings cross-country, I learned one thing that has really stuck out in my mind:

Always remember!
Always remember!

It is so true.  It does all work out.

The “Workroom” is crammed full between computers, a desk, 2 sewing machines and cabinets, plus loads of containers with fabric, paper, markers, etc., but we are settling in.

We have beautiful mountains all around us, historic sites to visit, music, great fabric shops, my favorite craft shops and more at our fingertips.

I hope in the coming weeks to be able to get some projects started and be able to post them here.  My Etsy shops are still open and I plan on adding more items to both shops.

Stop and check them out.  C’est Lea and C’est Lea And More.

Here are a few photos we took along the way….

Pretty mountains around Wytheville
Pretty mountains around Wytheville

A stop along the way.
A stop along the way.

 

Finally able to sit for a few minutes and share what I have been up to.

We attended a great Rose Weekend Get Away earlier this month.  While there I attended a Rose Judging audit and reconnected with fellow Rosarians.  I was also able to have a table to sell our items.  I customized a couple of Chambray shirts, beautiful silk chiffon scarf, some new note cards, 1 soft bound calendar, 1 mini journal and debuted a wonderful, color recipe organizer.

Here are 2 pictures of my table setup at the Rose Getaway:

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Amongst doing the Rose Getaway, commuting and shoveling this winter, I have managed to get a few items done for my shops.  Those items include:  a Journal, an Organizer and a mini Calendar.  They are available now in my shop here on the top of the page on the Featured Items.

Now on to some custom orders and a special raffle item for Happy Homes Animal Rescue.

Stay tuned for more….

Leslie