it sometimes happens

The original.

It was back in January when I got the email, it was from Vickie Howell saying she had stumbled across one of my photos online and was wondering if I would mind if she used it in her upcoming book. I was shook, cripes I watched Vickie on PBS and Knitty Gritty when I was first learning to knit!

A few things ran through my head:

No.1 I still really love the Beekeepers Quilt and I still really love my Constellation Charts.

No.2 Holy Shit!

No.3 Why did I stitch a Taurus chart and photograph it? No one in my family is a Taurus, and my original picture was from 2011 and for the absolute life of me I can’t remember why Taurus.

No.4 Feeling pretty justified in watermarking my photos. I’ve always debated with myself if it was worth the extra effort to do so, or if it just came across as pretentious. I never did it thinking it was going to stop people from stealing them, I did it just to make sure no matter where they ended up that hopefully people could track it back to me. (Granted it only took 8ish years, but it worked ..haha!)

The publisher needed a hi resolution version of the image and I panicked, not knowing if my then early 2000s Nikon Coolpix point and shoot even took publisher quality hi-res images (back in the day image files were huge and my little 32mb SD card embarrassing by todays standards) ..did I even kept the original ..what if I didn’t keep the f’ing original!!!! Anyways, after sifting through old flash drives I finally found it, I sent off a few images not fully knowing what I was doing or what they were looking for, then a little while later Vickie asks me what are the odds I have something even higher resolution, I didn’t, but I still had the puffs, so we decided a reshoot would be the fix, it was, and now I have a picture in a book. đź’•

Proper Motion

A new design, Proper Motion!

I completely LOVED working with Cestari dk, a wonderfully soft cotton with just a hint of wool I fell hard for the muted color palette that it’s offered in.

© AMANDA OCHOCKI Proper Motion shophop 2015 (1)

A few things:

I wanted to design a sophisticated cowl with fantastic structure, but also wanted it simple, enduring and classic.

Even though I prefer to wear it loose (no tie) I wanted an optional cord for gathering it into lovely pleats, either horizontally or vertically.

I wanted it deep and full and for it to breathe beachy summer when worn over a tank top or tee, but still be beautiful when worn in spring, fall and winter.

A Few More Things:

The size is completely adjustable in length and depth (as written, it measures 15” x 42”)

I think this would be beautiful in fingering weight ..or lace weight ..or worsted weight ..or even all the way up to chunky!

Proper Motion is the measurement or observed motion of celestial bodies (stars) relative to the imaginary fixed background of other more distant stars over a period of many many years or centuries.

♥ I hope you love it xoxo!

all that & cake too!

First off I would like to swell up & say a big THANK YOU to all of you lovelies who have been purchasing my patterns, I really am grateful for all the support & kind words you are sending my way. YOU ARE AWESOME!

I have been busy doing a little bit of this & a little bit of that..

busy doing some pattern testing for UK designer Unique Earthling, you can also find her on Ravelry. I love her simple straightforward designs. I went with muddy vintage colors & they turned out incredibly charming! 

busy doing another charity/gift puff-athon for a special beekeepers quilt, for a most exceptional beekeeper! I contributed cookies & constellations.

busy getting older…I turned 37 & my RIDICULOUSLY ADORABLE husband always designs me the silliest, sweetest, BEST cakes ever! Our little town has an SUPER YUMMY bakery, who is always ready for his strange orders!