Archive for ‘designing’

April 14, 2017

It only seemed fair.

I figured, if I’m not going to bake while wearing all black, the least I could do is work on my off-white angora scarf.

Unfortunately, the lovely angora fibers all over my shirt and skirt don’t photograph well.

And now I’m eating pizza, so I’ve put the scarf away.

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February 28, 2017

Spiraling Back towards Center

I have two patterns in the February 2017 issue of Knotions! There are lots of great patterns in this issue, or course, and Magical Spirals Hat and Magical Spirals Cowl are no exception.;-)

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I started working on them last summer, but with one thing and another, they didn’t get done soon enough to go in an earlier issue.

They’re knit up with Knit Picks Bare Wool of the Andes Superwash, in a 2×2 cable over 2×2 ribbing. This makes for a very stretchy fabric! Then, a slip stitch chain of Lion Brand Fun Fur is crocheted onto the bars between the cabled stitches. There’s a step-by-step tutorial for the crochet, complete with photos.

November 24, 2015

Borne on the Waves has been, well, born!

Finally, finally, finally.  Some five years after I made the first prototype, the pattern for Borne on the Waves has been released.

 

Well, kinda.  It’s a Mystery Knit-Along (MKAL), which means that it’s being released in sections (commonly called “clues”), and right now, the only thing you can get is the planning packet, with materials, gauge info, abbreviations, and general pattern notes.  The first clue will be released next Sunday, November 29, 2015 sometime around 3pm CST.  The other four clues will be released one each Sunday after that, through December 27, 2015.

 

If you’re a Ravelry member, you can follow the link in the pattern description to the MKAL thread, which has a contest to win a free copy of the pattern.  The contest ends on November 29, 2015, so you’ll have to hurry if you want a chance at it!  The pattern is available at half-price ($2.50US) through December 27, 2015.  After that, it will be available at full-price ($5.00US).

 

If you aren’t a Ravelry member . . . you should be (assuming you knit, crochet, spin, or weave, at least).  Go to http://www.ravelry.com, and sign up!

June 25, 2015

A Year?

It’s been almost a year since the last time I posted anything here.  Like 10 and a half months.  I guess school really kept me busy last year!

 

So, what’s up with me?  I decided to haul out the shawl design I was working on last year, and acftually finish it.  I’m not quite done yet.  There were a lot of revisions that I still needed to make, but I’m over half way done knitting the latest (and should be last) prototype.  Then test knitting, tech editing, and an MKAL release!

 

I’m also going to do my scarf with rabbit tracks on it.  The pattern is practically written, and I finally picked out and bought yarn for it.

 

I’m also working on a Tantric Puzzle Top for Thing One.  I’m working on the second part, but it’s been set aside mostly while I try to finish the shawl.  And I’m making a Mariah cardigan for Grace.  And I’m working on my Steampunkery socks.

 

No, no linkies.  Maybe later.

 

I’ve been trying to do a lot more baking and a lot less storebought cookie buying, but I discovered that the peanut butter sandwich cookies Target sells (Market Pan) are really pretty awesome, and at Aldi they have these fudge covered peanut butter cookies (I think that’s what they’re called) that look like Girl Scout Tagalongs, except they have a chocolate cookie instead of shortbread (?), and they taste like PB Twix.  Honestly, the first time I bought a package, I ate almost the whole thing on my drive home, they are that good.

 

Anyway, I’m going to be better about writing here.  No, stop laughing and giving me those knowing looks.  I really am.

August 5, 2014

Summer Is Almost Over

Thank goodness. I’m not a summer person. Really, truly, and honestly, you will not find me wishing for summer in the middle of winter. I may pine for spring, or wax nostalgic over autumn, but even if it’s fifty below, I’m not wishing for summer.

It’s been a rough summer for us this year, for a variety of reasons, and I took most of July off from designing. I knit all through summer, except on the absolute hottest days (which, thankfully, this year have been few), but designing — however serious I am about it — is still at the hobby level for me. I put much more money into it than I get out, and this summer, I didn’t have the money to spend. But, that may be changing. At least enough that I’m back to working on the MKAL shawl I keep mentioning.

I spent about an hour last night working on the script for the video I’m going to do for the cast-on for the shawl. (Wow, that’s a lot of prepositional phrases.) Once I have that done, I’m going to start knitting the second prototype (the first one came out much larger, and used more yarn, than I wanted), and get a test-knit underway.

My original plan was to do this MKAL back in May, right after spring semester was over. Now it’s taking me so long to get it all together that I’m wondering if maybe it’s going to be next May!

June 22, 2014

How Goeth the Knitting?

I keep coming up with posts I think I should write, and then I don’t get around to them, and I think of others, and then I don’t get around to them . . . it’s a vicious cycle.

Anyway, I mentioned, very briefly, back in December that I was working on a shawl pattern for a mystery knit-along. I’m not done with it yet, but it’s definitely getting there! Spring semester was really, really difficult for me (largely my own fault, I think), and I didn’t get a lot of . . . anything, really, done between February and April. Then, around the last week of April and first week of May (aka finals week), I got a really special infection in my right thumb’s cuticle, for which I wound up having to take antibiotics, and because of which I still expect my nail to fall off any time now. There have been quite a few days since then when my thumb has hurt too much for me to knit. But, there have been enough when it hasn’t hurt — or at least it hasn’t hurt too much — that I’ve been able to work on the shawl.

I don’t know why it’s taken me this long. Well, no, I do know. I think I’m nervous. Not only have I never released a shawl pattern, I’ve never done a knit-along. Much less a mystery knit-along. And on top of that, this will be my tenth pattern. The supposedly magic release that so many designers have said, “I got a lot more interest in all of my patterns after I released my tenth.” (Although some say twenty, or even forty.) So, if I release this pattern, and I don’t see an increase in interest, I’m going to feel like a failure, even with all the other designers who’ve said it takes longer, because that’s just how I am.

NO PRESSURE.

AND AND! AND I think I need to start a YouTube account, because I want to do at least one video for the pattern, for the very pretty, but very fiddly, cast-on I used. I’ve never made a knitting video. I’m not entirely sure how to go about it. And while it isn’t exactly speaking in public, I get pretty nervous about that kind of thing, and I’m sure I’ll do a lot of fumbling, both with my hands and my mouth. And my thumbnail looks like it got caught in a combine. (If’n you didn’t know, people can be very critical of the state of your nails in knitting videos!)

Besides this, I’m working on Mariah, for Grace.

Oh! And I’m on Pinterest now, too. I spend way too much time on there looking at dessert recipes.

I guess that’s about it for me, right now. How goeth it with you?

March 14, 2014

Number Nine . . . Number Nine . . .

Why, yes! I am a Beatles fan! How could you tell?

I’ve just released my ninth pattern, Jump in the Line socks. They are available for sale through Ravelry, regularly for $4, but through the end of this month, you can get them for 25% off ($3)!

Jump in the Line socks

January 27, 2014

All Cats Are Live

Finally. Well, it’s actually been live for while. It only took me three months to finally say something about it here! It Back in October, I released All Cats Are Grey on Ravelry, and also on Craftsy (links are on the pattern page).

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I’m really, really pleased with this one. The pattern includes a tutorial for double-knitting, so even if you’ve never done any double-knitting before, or haven’t done any colorwork with it, you can still make this hat. Some of my test-knitters were new to double-knitting, and they all made beautiful hats. Some of my testers were experienced dk-ers, and they enjoyed the pattern, too.

I hope you like this hat as much as I do!

December 26, 2013

Drive By Posting

I have a bunch of things I need to post about:  All Cats Are Grey is live and available for sale on Ravelry; all my patterns on Ravelry are 30% off through the rest of this month; I have a test knit going for a pair of socks; I am working on a pattern for a shawl for a mystery knit-along . . . what else?  What else?!?  I know there’s something, but I can’t think of it. Now I remember. A bunch of independent designers are getting together to do a group blog, and I’m going to take part in it. Hopefully this will inspire me to write more on here!

Anyway, what I really wanted was to ask if it’s just me, or do you really hate it when you’re working on something and the pattern says, “Work in stockinette stitch for three inches,” so you work about as many rounds as you think you need, then measure it, and see that you need another round, so you knit another round, and measure again, and you’ve got half an inch to go still?

May 17, 2013

Promises, promises

I know, I know, I keep saying I’m going to actually write more here, and I don’t, so who’s going to believe me now? Especially when I just joined Facebook.

The All Cats Are Grey hat has been re-knit in Cascade 220 Sport, which was just awesome to work with.

All Cats Are Grey final

All Cats Are Grey final

All Cats Are Grey final (inside)

All Cats Are Grey final (inside)


The test knit for it just finished up, and I need to do some final revisions before sending the pattern off to my tech editor!

Next on the designing list is a pair of socks. And I have kind of a vague plan for something in the current Design Along challenge, but I don’t know if I’ll get to it any time soon. But it’s the fifth month of the year, and I’ve still only released 3 patterns. I’ve got to get cracking if I’m going to manage 12 this year!

In non-designing news, at least with me as the designer, I’ve been working on a test-knit for Rachael Richardson. She released the pattern yesterday, Connemara Coast. It is really, really cute, and I definitely recommend it, if you have any little girls in your life.

I’m also supposedly working on Laura Nelkin’s Juego, and Laura Aylor’s Sunstruck, both of which are mystery knit-alongs, but I’ve been so busy with other things that I haven’t gotten past clue #1 on either! They both started last month.

I really will try to post more here. So far, this year has been kind of crappy, to be overly polite about it, and I haven’t felt much like writing anything. Here’s hoping it’s getting better, for all of us (even if you weren’t having a crappy year)!