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Just Checking In... It's Been Awhile

Well, time sure does fly. It's already practically April and it's been a while since I've posted anything new on the blog. My life lately has become a whirlwind of making finished accessories and other administrative duties, mainly Etsy shop tweaking (I now have two but more about that later) and pattern detail importing etc. So, perhaps unfortunately, writing any new patterns has sort of taken back seat for the time being. That's not to say I don't have a ton of ideas stewing around the old noggin though. I just need to put them down on paper and this will happen very soon. ;)

I will also be unveiling a couple of designs later on in the season worked in some amazing hand dyed yarns and reveal the incredible companies who make them and where they can be purchased in future posts.

The beginning of the year hasn't been a complete wall of non-stop work though and it's been frustrating since I can be a bit of a workaholic. "There's always something more to do" is my mantra and I'm often still up at 2 AM trying to do it. There have been times where I was sidelined by excruciating migraines for days on end and other wonderful Celiac related symptoms. To this day I still marvel at how one little protein can wreak so much havoc on the body and basically steal your quality of life. I just thank goodness I finally discovered the culprit. I'm happy to report that I'm doing much better though and am well on my way to recovery. :) I just can never, and I mean NEVER have even a crumb of gluten ever again without suffering the consequences. I can't even breathe it in because my throat will start to close up. Ick.

Why am I revealing this? I feel it's important to do so if it will help anyone out there experiencing similar problems thus saving them from years of discomfort. I had been feeling ill on and off for years until it finally reached critical mass. Apparently, gluten is often a trigger for certain autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis which I have. I would constantly need to increase my dosage of Synthroid (thyroid hormone replacement) almost on a monthly basis due to the fact that my body was continuing to launch an attack on my thyroid. As soon as the gluten was elminated, the damage was halted. Amazing. While I wish I would have known about my gluten-related problem about a decade ago I'm grateful that I do at all and I'd be happy to help anyone out who needs advice etc. relating to Celiac and gluten sensitivity. If you notice, my Twitter account is a healthy mix of yarn industry related and gluten free companies anyway. The rest of my account deals with cats. :) And now back to some more uplifting fiber arts related news, not that kitties aren't of course...

As promised, here are the two Etsy shops I run:

ClocheCraze where I sell finished cloche hats and other retro-inspired accessories, and KnitteryDesigns where I sell Acts of Knittery patterns. The latter is still extremely new and I still have a bunch more patterns to add.

I'm also happy to report that our patterns can now be purchased through LoveKnitting.com. They can be found in the Independent Designers section if you do a search for either 'Acts of Knittery' or 'Melissa Martinez.'

Happy Spring & happy knitting and crocheting! :)

We've Been Interviewed!

I'm so excited to announce that I've been interviewed by the lovely and talented Marie Segares of Underground Crafter for her Hispanic Heritage Month Series.

She has several more interviews coming up in the series which will be released from now until mid-October so keep visiting her blog to read about other amazing designers, makers and friends of the fiber arts.

My interview can be read here. Ciao! ;)

Image from Underground Crafter blog by Marie Segares

Cloche Hat Site Launch!

Update: I've decided to sell my cloche hats on a marketplace site (Etsy for now) instead of on my own website. At this stage of the game I've found that I generate the most traffic (and sales) on there. Perhaps this will change someday but for now this makes the most business sense for me. If you wish to purchase a finished cloche hat, head on over to ClocheCraze. 

As mentioned in the last post, I have been diligently working on a website dedicated to selling finished hand knit and crocheted cloche hats. I'm happy to announce that it's now live!

Silver Gray Crochet Shells Cloche Hat

So far there are four different cloche hat styles to choose from and they can each be made in any of the colors shown above. I'm currently working on adding a few new ones as well. I'll also be doing custom orders so if you need a particular size such as XS or XL I can certainly make it for you.

In terms of pattern design, I'll be giving my crochet hooks a rest (for now) and will instead focus on launching a few knitting patterns. One design on the horizon is a bit on the spooky side and will be unveiled some time before Halloween. Mwahaha... ;).