Posts tagged ‘postaweek2011’

April 8, 2011

Nihil novi sub soli*

AKA pride goeth before a fall.

I was really proud of myself when I designed the D4 Bag of Dice Holding. I thought it was very, very original. Unique even.

I’m on the Interweave Press Knitting Daily mailing list, and not long ago they plugged a free download (you have to sign up for the mailing list to get it) for six knitted bags, including one called the Pyramid Project Bag (here’s the Ravelry page for it). It originally came out in August 2010 (I think, it was the Interweave Knits Weekend 2010 Edition). (The D4 Bag came out in November 2010, but I had been working on it for, what, two years already by the time I released it?)

Guess what? Its construction is very similar to the D4 Bag’s. Not at all the same, but still very similar. The finished size is even about the same, and I had thought, since finishing the very first prototype, that it would also make a good small project bag.

I had already been having a crisis of . . . some sort . . . conscience maybe? . . . when it comes to designing. Why bother “designing” something when it’s basically just another pair of fingerless gloves with a cable pattern on the back of the hand? Or yet another lace circle shawl? But the D4 Bag, that was still worth it! It was different! Innovative! And then to find this Pyramid Project Bag . . . it was really disheartening.

I’m mostly over it now. They are different, and just because someone else came up with a very similar idea, around the same time, that doesn’t invalidate mine.

Between my whatever-crisis and not having much time to knit, I had already decided to stop designing for a while. I am (finally) almost finished with the scarf/cuffs pattern, and once that is sent off to Knit Picks, I’m going to take a break. I have a lot of projects from other people’s designs that I really should get going on. I still haven’t finished Sweet Baby F’s Hoover Blanket, and she’s ten months old now! So, maybe later in the year I’ll go back to designing. But for now, I’m just going to knit.

Okay, that’s enough self-pitying whining for tonight. Besides, Sweet Baby F is refusing to go back to sleep.

*Nothing new under the sun.

March 14, 2011

I’m cheating.

This is largely a re-post from my LJ. I know, this makes two food posts in a row, and food is not knitting, but we need both to survive, right?

I have decided that the best cure for PMS is what my mom called Quick Mix Fudge, but a lot of people apparently call No Bake Cookies (although maybe they don’t, because I think Grace told me she didn’t remember putting peanut butter in No Bake Cookies). Whatever you call it, it has chocolate (everyone knows chocolate is good for cramps and other PMS-y type symptoms, right?), peanut butter (if you didn’t know peanut butter is, too, now you do), and oatmeal (some women have *ahem* digestive tract issues at that time of the month, and oatmeal has fiber, what more could you ask?). So, here you go. It’s really simple. I’ve had it memorized since junior high, I think.

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March 7, 2011

Birthday baking

(I’m sorry, what was that? Post once a week? I think I remember saying something like that . . . but, you know, life happens.)

Thing Two’s birthday was last week. When the Things were little, I tried doing shaped cakes. You know, bake a cake, cut it into interesting shapes, like a dinosaur, and frost it so it looks cool.

I sucked at it. Royally. My mother-in-law, who has a BFA, is really good at it. Of course. I couldn’t handle the competition (which was all in my head), and said no more, several years ago. Instead, they get to pick pretty much whatever they want for dessert.

So this year, Thing Two picked strawberry pie. In March. I told him I didn’t think it was going to happen. I did find a recipe for a strawberry chiffon pie, which I thought I could do with frozen strawberries. They’d be mashed up, and would have other things in there to add to the flavor, so not having fresh berries wouldn’t be so bad. Of course, the frozen strawberries were on sale when I went to the store, and they were completely out, even of the brand that wasn’t on sale. And the three cartons of fresh strawberries they had in the produce section were . . . sad. We’ll leave it at that. His next choice was cherry cheesecake.

If cream cheese wasn’t so expensive, I’d make cheesecake every week. I’d be more faithful about it than I am about posting every week, too.

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January 27, 2011

Progress is being made

I usually don’t like knitting plain stockinette or garter stitch. It’s bo-ring. Sometimes, however, it’s nice and relaxing to set my mind on automatic and let it go.

The design I’m working on for the Knit Picks IDP has a scarf that is mostly garter stitch. I’ve received the yarn for the sample, and Thing Two made me a Tinkertoy Swift so I could wind it into a ball, and I started work on the scarf last Friday night.

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January 21, 2011

Still not a millionaire, but I’m working on it

The scarf and cuff set is being test knitted (test knit? What is the proper past tense form?) by a couple of people! Whoo-hoo! Of course, one of them sent me an e-mail with a big list of things even before she started knitting. I felt kind of dumb, but this is why it’s a good idea to have things tested. I’d have felt much more dumb if someone bought the pattern and pointed out the problems to me. I’m re-knitting the cuff, doing an extra pattern repeat to see if that will make it fit larger hands and wrists better. Okay, I’m taking a break from re-knitting the cuff right now. But I am working on it.

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January 13, 2011

Hmm, I’m not a millionaire yet.

The D4 Bag of Dice Holding is now available through the Knit Picks Independent Designers Program!

I heard back about the scarf/cuff set, too, and I should be getting the yarn to make the sample soon. I thought I had the pattern completely written, but I forgot that I wasn’t sure what yarn I was going to use, so I hadn’t made a gauge swatch yet. And of course my carpal tunnel syndrome is acting up. I’m still working on it, but I have to take breaks. Blah. Once I have the gauge figured, it will be ready for test knitters!

January 8, 2011

I don’t do resolutions

I’m not promising myself that I’m going to learn twelve new crafting skills this year, or that I’ll knit twenty six pairs of socks, or even that I’ll knit (or otherwise do something crafty) every day. But, there are some things that I’ve been wanting to do, and this post just happens to be coming at a resolution kind of time.

1. I want this blog to be more active. Hence, I am joining the Post a Week 2011 Challenge. We’ll see how I do.

2. I want to learn how to spin. I want to be like those obnoxious people who talk about using this gorgeous yarn they spun from a batt that they hand dyed, and now they’ve turned it into a spectacular shawl, making those of us who don’t know a batt from a ball feel as lazy and useless as someone who would throw out a bra because the underwire broke through (here’s a tip: get a sewing needle and coordinating thread, poke the wire back through the hole into its channel, and do some whipstitch to close up the hole, it’s a five minute job you can do in a bathroom stall at work if need be). Years ago, I got a video on how to handspin silk from hankies, along with a couple silk hankies and needles to use for knitting something with the resulting yarn. I never managed to spin anything worthwhile from it. I still have it, I’m pretty sure. Anyway, I ordered some roving earlier this week. We’ll see how I do.

3. I want to learn how to weave. My mom bought my sister a Brio loom . . . probably about thirty five years ago. It’s a little table-top thing. I don’t know how much my sister actually used it, but it is now in my possession. I don’t know if I have all the parts, and I don’t have any instructions, but I’m going to find out how to use it, and see what happens. I’ve been saying that I’m going to do that for years now. We’ll see how I do.

4. I want to work more on designing.

KnitPicks did get back to me about the D4 Bag of Dice Holding, and they think they’d like to include it in the IDP. I mailed my sample to them the other day. They should have gotten it today. By the end of the month, I should know for certain if they’re going to pick it up. I didn’t get an e-mail confirmation on the scarf and cuff set (the FAQ says you should get one in about a week), so I wrote to make sure they got it, and they did. They’ve been busy because of the holidays, and just hadn’t gotten to it yet (so if anyone else has submitted something, and you feel like you’ve been waiting a long time, that might be why).

I have another pattern idea that I’m sending to Twist for their Fall issue. Yes, I remember what I said about how vague they are about compensation, but I’ve met a lot of designers since then who think the world of Twist. I’m willing to bow to experience.

I’m still working on the re-working of that vest/tank top that I’ve been talking about for freaking ever, and hopefully I will have it finished in time to submit to Knitty for the First Fall issue.

I have other ideas in me head (that’s not a typo, it’s a movie reference!). We’ll see how I do.