Candy + Bagel

Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung

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I've been blogging about knitting for about 10 years now. Wow. 

I started at Wordpress, as "JDKnitter in the 9th Circuit" (HAHA). And back then, it was just to keep a journal of my new hobby, knitting. Soon, it became more serious and I started focusing on sharing my knitting designs with others. 

My life has evolved significantly since then. I'm no longer a law student who used the 2-hour shifts at the law library counter as knitting time. I'm a mom with an energetic toddler, and 2 fur-babies, Candy and Bagel. I also have a very fulfilling job as general counsel of a company. I now not only knit, but spin yarns, dye fibers, and sew clothes. 

The world has evolved as well. It seems like people are becoming less and less interested in reading long blog posts, or read through long patterns/tutorials. With Pinterest and Instagram, it's all about exchange of information in as few words as possible. 

Knitting world is changing -- magazines are going out of operation or merged with bigger companies, design aesthetics change, and the economy of selling patterns as an emerging designer is tough. 

All of these to simply say, that it's time for a change. I'm going to think about it more, and I don't know where this blog/design page is going, YET. I want to keep sharing my passion in handmade fashion with others, so this place will never just disappear, that is for sure.

But I do see a need for a change. One idea is to focus on how I usually modify other people's pattern to fit my body. I do feel like I want to focus on sharing How-to's and tips, rather than designing. 

I changed the website design back to the previous version. Until next time....

Yarnosphere 2015!

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I used to be jealous of the people who could go to the Rhinebeck every year. For me to make that trip would mean no TNNA, because it would cost almost $1000 to go there. Well, now Socal has its own fiber festival the same weekend! Yay!

Yarnosphere this year was held at EXPO Art Center in Long Beach, in the beautiful Bixby Knolls neighborhood. It was my first time being in that neighborhood although I have few friends who live in Long Beach. I never knew I would love it so much!

On Saturday (Oct 17) I was scheduled to teach 2 classes: Steeking class in the morning, and Continental Knitting in the afternoon. It was my first time (officially) teaching knitting techniques so if you are reading this and was in one of my classes, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SUCH A GREAT TIME. I hope you had as much fun as I did.

Just because I was there to work, doesn't mean I didn't have for fun.


First stop: Jennifer's The Sheepwalk Fiber Studio had a booth and I got to display my newest design, Sweet Lil Tee

Forbidden Woolery, Pride. Left from Yarnover Truck and Right from Forbidden Woolery's booth.

Amazing knitting-themed jewelry from Two Sisters.

It was absolutely the most fun I had in months--the best part was that no one looked at me weird when I started knitting socks from my new Chica bag while wearing my baby in the baby carrier, trying to get him to nap. 

Now, off I go to churn out some new designs with these goodies! :D


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If you follow me on Instragram, you might have already seen what my weekend was like..

The sock drawer got organized, per Konmari method. #konmari #konmariemethod #knittersofinstagram #operationsockdrawer

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Organizing my side of the closet down to the minimum. #konmariemethod #konmari #homeorganization #declutter

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All this decluttering is so that I have enough room to do what Teresa, of CanaryKnits, and I have been brewing in the past couple of weeks. We will be announcing the details tomorrow but if you knit/crochet/sew, and are passionate about what you wear, you will love it. If you want some hints, here is the episode of CanaryKnits podcast that inspired it all.