Lately I have been very inspired to design; almost to the point of bursting with the need to make, create, put pencil to paper….and of course, it has felt as if there is no time to do this. If housework/ errands were caught up on, baby girl wanted to play (not a bad thing)…. when baby was in bed, well, there was dinner, and dishes and maybe a moment to just take a breath. And then of course when there wasn’t all those “things” I was at my day job…. Again, not necessarily a bad thing but I have some down time right now… so much in fact that I have caught up on (or I’m waiting until my boss is free for review…eek) my workload and am pretty much trying to look busy. Naturally for me I find myself thinking of all the things I want to knit, or techniques I want to try, and finally, all the things I WANT TO DESIGN. I have been wanting to for a very long time now to be writing up some of my own patterns and start to sell them and have never really committed the time to making this happen. I am more than ever now itching to make my ideas and dreams a reality. So I am having my pencil go to paper to DRAW.
What’s interesting is for as many ideas I seem to have in mind, it is harder to actually commit them to paper. Its like those little images I picture in my mind suddenly fly away and I end up with little half thought out projects…Now contrary to what you may think this isn’t a bad thing. I can use these bits and pieces to sort through what is the overwhelming need to design and actually figure out what is going to work. What is going to be the fun (but definitely challenging) bit is swatching these designs. I have a degree and background in women’s wear and as much I have read and dissected and read up on a variety of knitting patterns I have never written one with a mix and blend of stitches where I will need to ensure that they work together. This does not intimidate me though because it is the beauty of the challenge and I WANT to succeed in this endeavor. I guess this is really in my favor too- blind commitment maybe?
So my fellow knitters, I welcome your support and your advice and your stories about your own journeys today. Thank you for letting to open my heart and my mind to you and welcome to my knitting vision.
To My Sweet Baby Girl on her first Birthday….
It is so so cliche for me to say this but you have forever changed our lives the moment you arrived. Turned life as we know it on its head and I can’t fully remember what it was like before YOU.
Since then you have amazed us. Pushed the limits of what I thought it was possible as each month went by. Sitting up, crawling, those first steps… I cant even begin to imagine what you will impress us with next.
Since then you have shown your personality. Feisty, free spirited, STRONG. You are everything a little girl should be and MORE. You command attention, you are funny and witty. You are fearless. You are independent. I wish you to be all these things always.
I hope in this new year, and every year after, you are still all these things and can always remain true to who you are and who you want to be.
Thank you for making me stronger, vulnerable, and a fiercely protective and more confident woman and mommy. As you get older I hope I can teach you how to be the same as it is SO important.
As it has been from day one, I will always hold you.. hug you, kiss you, snuggle with you for as long as you want whenever you want. I will listen, I will cry with you, I will laugh with you and I will ALWAYS be there for you. And if there comes a day you don’t want the hug, the kiss, the snuggles, I will STILL be there for all those when you realize that at some point you will still need your mommy for all these things.
So Happy 1st Birthday my dear sweet Emmy. Mommy loves you from the bottom of her heart for now and always.
With the recent additions of my Etsy shop and new Instagram account I figured I should probably reintroduce myself to those of you following!
Hi! Welcome, and thank you for coming to visit! My name is Christine and I am the owner and creative behind Ruby & Ana in Stitches. I started this blog a few years ago during a time where I felt the need to express my feelings and had the urge to begin sharing some of my work and the activities that keep me sane. I am currently a full time working professional in the fashion industry, a knitter (hello long subway rides!) but most importantly a (newish!) momma to a beautiful and happy little girl. Here are a few things you may not know about me…
- I love yarn.. (duh..)
- I am an old child (cue stubbornness!)
- Introvert!- I am most content curled up on my couch with a glass of wine, movie and current project. it is more healing than a day spent with loved ones (sorry friends)
- I LOVE to run! Its one of those few things that if I’m truly pissed off that can calm me down.
- Secretly wish I was a mermaid… hey we can all dream
I recently made the small (ish; wait not really…) decision to reopen my Etsy shop with more of a focus on handknits and patterns. While it is a work in progress it is the step towards a direction I have dreamed of going for a very long time… (more on that later…)
So, I am so glad you stopped by and hope to see you all again soon!
I’ve been recently thinking on some of the best ways to get my knitting, writing and Etsy shop more traffic and one of the first things that came to mind was changing my Instagram account back to a public account. While I used to have it set up as public I recently decided I needed a private place for me. That being said I was finally able to set up an Instagram account solely dedicated to just to knitting, Etsy, etc!
Please feel free to find me on Instagran @rubyandanainstitches…
Until next time….
Happy New Year! While many pronounce their resolutions on the last day of the old year or the first day of new; I decided to sit on my ideas for a bit. Typically I do not make resolutions and when I do my tendencies are to keep them broad. This isn’t because I don’t think I’ll keep them but more because I want to be realistic. For example you won’t find me saying that I want to start and stick with a weekly gym routine for weight loss… instead I’ll say I want to work on being healthier; more mindful eating, work out when I know I’ll have the time because it’ll feel good- not because I resolved to HAVE to.
This year though I have some goals I want to try and push myself to achieve because I haven’t been feeling my best in some aspects of my life. Making them public is a little scary but I feel it will make me more mindful of actually achieving these goals. So here we go, my resolutions for 2018!
-Be more mindful; of myself and my feelings and what I need to do when everything around me is too much. Which brings me to…
-More fitness! Since having our daughter it has been much more difficult to squeeze in a little yoga or a run on my own. Both of these things help ground me so much and release a tremendous amount of stress… even once a week I need to give this time to me so I can be more present for hubby and our little one.
For My Work
-grow my Etsy business. Right now I have very few listings and I feel they are a little rough around the edges…. so I want to clean them up with more specific info where needs and better photos.. I believe so much in my work right now and want to share it with the world! This would also mean working on my knitting…
– FINISH MORE PATTERN WRITING! Would you believe I have several patterns started but they still need finishing touches?- smh, enough of this half finished procrastination!- finish up some existing WIP’s. Now this one is a bit trickier as I have some big projects on my needles (2 bigs ones, one fine gauge sock project and one what seems like never ending twisted rib). If I could finish two before the end of the year I would consider this a completed resolution- and at the very least I need to make progress on all 4 projects. Something is better than nothing right?!And finally, blog a tiny bit more! This is by no means a source of income and is more therapeutic but it would be nice to give myself a little consistency…For My FamilyThe resolutions I have with my family are ones that I will not share; mainly to maintain our privacy but like in other aspects of my life I want to strive to strengthen and maintain those relationships that matter most.To those lovely souls who take their time to read my thoughts, THANK YOU and the Happiest of a New Years to you and your loved ones. Cheers to 2018!
After such a wonderful weekend with my little and hubs, I was saddened to hear of the events this morning in Manhattan. While myself and all I know who commute in are well I couldn’t not mention this sad way to start our work week. Thankfully New Yorkers are tough and I am sure we will take this event in stride.
Now as for this fun weekend….
First, someone slept through the night Friday! While this isn’t the first time this has happened, it had been a very rough week on all aspects of our lives- work, baby, extracurricular activities…. we have been EXHAUSTED. So this one night of uninterrupted sleep was like getting an early Christmas present.
Saturaday was filled with all sorts of fun. Baby girl experienced her first snowfall (this mom experienced a stroller in snowfall- interesting but survivable…) and we got her first real high chair delivered on Saturday! Someone enjoyed a couple of fun hours playing with all the packaging while I somehow managed to get the dang thing put together…
Sunday was just as exciting…. someone met Santa for the first time! While the first few photos went well…well….. the last few… ha there’s a first for everyone… it was a fun day with the hubs out and about, craft fairs, coffee and donuts….
This is certainly the condensed version of my weekend but it felt like pure happiness which in all honesty has been a bit lacking in recent weeks. While baby girl brings so much joy into my life, other areas haven’t felt so generous. And this, this weekend was perfect. There may have even been a littel time for knitting; but of course I had to have a helper… one day she will learn that all that pulling and shaking wasn’t the best of ideas while someone is knitting on the other end but hey… for now I will enjoy every little smile it brings to her face.
Happy Holidays world.
Today was a weird day. Just weird… now I’m going to opt not to share the details of the first half of my day but it’s what put me in my “weird” mood. So while it improved later in the day it got weird again when the hubs and I ordered dinner… somehow our favorite diner got onion rings out of turkey sandwich…. welp…. yeahhhhhSo once we’re corrected the whole order debacle, managed to get a very tired “but not tired” babe to sleep and poured a VERY large glass of wine (it has been a seriously looong week…) our feet got kicked up and we exhaled a deep sigh of relaxation.And that’s where my thank you comes in.. because I received my second order in that moment just two days of reopening my Etsy shop. Through the exhaustion and frustration of this whole week I sold a total of 3 items in two days… online… on a shop that I want still want to clean house on… where I have had some many say to me my work is worth it- people will be interested- TAKE THE LEAP OF FAITh… and just like that I feel so…so… validated. Now- it’s not much- 3 items sold- but this isn’t suppose to be a race to the top with the most sales success etc… its a feel good thing and if I can make a little income in the process I won’t object!So thank you to all those who in the last two days took a look at my little modest shop: thank you, thank you for believing in this woman enough see what she has to offer… I have many more dreams and big ideas to come…. don’t give up on me yet.XOXO🙏🏻💖💖
It’s been a long time since I’ve put my thoughts out in the world and have been thinking its better late than never….It’s been quite a year and a half since I last wrote and I couldn’t even begin to say where I should begin!
My knitting has been coming along nicely and while I haven’t fully tackled a new technique or particularly difficult project I am pleased with what knits i have been adding to my life and wardrobe. There were few new pairs of socks (which I wrote about earlier this year) and a fine (but incredibly warm) linen weight scarf, along with a basic sweater!
My project list has a new subject to focus on however and one that I am more than excited about… a baby! My husband and I welcomed home a beautiful little baby girl earlier this year and we cannot be more thrilled! She has been such a joy to watch these first few months and I am still in awe of becoming a mom.
While I will sadly be going back to work very shortly it has gotten me to begin to try to think of ways that I would be able to stay home with my girl while still contributing to our household income. I have always known that I would enjoy staying at home and my maternity leave have truly shown me just how much I love it. However, it is the difficult part of our living in NYC as the cost of living is outrageously high which is what is taking me back to the office. That being said, becoming a stay at home mom has become a bit of a dare for me in seeing if I could make it work. I am by no means saying I am up and quitting my current job today ( I’m not that crazy!, if you’re reading my beautiful supivisor I truly promise to give you fair warning!) but I have been thinking about how a transition from one environment to another could work.
I am pleased to say that I feel my knitting could be a part of this budding plan and one that I plan to explore. If I remember to look back at my archived posts later I believe I had plans to write and publish one of my own patterns. That has been one of my first thoughts of trying to stay at home… come up with and write my own patterns to sell- as I would not be committing all my time to making each piece which would take away time from being mommy… What a great way too to test drive a venture like this as well…
So I raise you readers…. have any of you ventured into self employment?… what were your best decisions in the planning stages that would help another young entrepreneur? And knitters!- what have you found most helpful when it comes to writing, purchasing, or reading patterns?…
2016. This is our year- screw the sound of it being ominous and all the shit about pre determined destiny. 2016 is totally, completely OUR YEAR. The past 12 months have given both of us plenty of heartache, determination, tears, strength and utter grief, through jobs present, future and undetermined. It has also seen my worse sides which I can only grow from and find peace.
But when I say it’s our year I mean that we have been standing on the edge of a cliff, on the verge of something amazing and wonderful…and we have been figurative pushed off that cliff in the last 12 months and the dive downwards has something amazing for us… Because when we land- it’s not even a question whether we are going to sink or swim- we have already started kicking and swimming our way through the currents. Something beautiful awaits us. I don’t quite know what it will be but I have a few ideas…they’re scary and intimidating and utterly wonderful, and I cannot wait to see what this new year brings us.
Whatever it is, it will be exactly what I need, because it will be with you.
Forever your sweet pea.
Hi World. My name is Christine. I am a little bit (well a LOT) new to this whole blogging thing but figured i would give it a go….
I am a maker and doer and now want to share what I make and do with others. I am a designer, creative and a very obsessed knitter. A couple of my friends have encouraged me to start sharing and developing my own work and patterns which is what I ultimately aim to do. I figure if i write it for the world to see, I may just set out to complete the journey!
So for now, just a few images to share…welcome to my journey.