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Friday, March 25, 2011

Introducing Rhodes

Rhodes is a brand new sock kit available from Bella Yarns starting April 15th (the weekend of the Great Rhody Yarn Crawl.

The kit comes with two colors of Online Line Supersock Silk, and the pattern.  
It features a deeply-ribbed cuff, slip-stitch gusset heel, and slip-stitch toe.

 The sole stitches are knit through the back loop in a checker board pattern, to provide additional cushion and durability

The sock would be great for men as well as women, and the pattern will be available as a stand-alone pattern in the fall.  If you do not live locally and would like the kit, give Bella Yarns a call to order by phone and have a kit shipped to you.  
Happy Knitting!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The scariest thing I've done this month, lol

Does this look like the face of calm?...because it's not.  I went way out of my comfort zone today.  I've been reading a wonderful book designed to help budding knitware designers get started.  The chapter on social media made me realize that I haven't been taking advantage of the different ways that people communicate with each other.  No wonder people don't know I'm here, lol.  So today, against my better (and ultimately incorrect) judgment, I started a group on Ravelry for my designs.  It's a place where I can update people about my latest projects, answer questions about the designs, get some input on what people look for in designs, and let knitters show off their finished projects. 

You know, I've joined many groups like this and I've always thought that knitters just made these groups for designers that they really love.  It never occurred to me that designers might have started a few of these groups on their own.  It felt like I was trying to draw attention to myself...you know... 'Look at me!  Look what I made!', but honestly, isn't that sort of the point?  So after playing with Photoshop for an hour or so to create the border and banner and witty description, it was time to send the invitations. 

The invitations.  I've never been so freaked out in my life (at least in recent months).  I went through my friends page, searching for people that I've interacted with on Ravelry a few times (so it wouldn't seem like a bizarre person was sending random invites).  After a few pages, I decided that if I was going to get shot down...I might as well be shot down by famous designers, lol.  So I sent a few invites out to some designers...you'd know them...and then I had a moment of panic right before I hit send.  Was I really going to do this?  Is it okay if I make my own group?  Will it come off as pretentious?  Will anyone accept my invite?  Am I really having this conversation with myself right now?  Thankfully, my husband (who was sitting on the couch listening to this mess) told me to just hit send already.  So I did.  And right away a knitter accepted my invite (thanks Traci!).  I felt really great.  Of course I got several 'declines' but surprisingly I was fine with it.  So now I've got this fantastic group on Ravelry dedicated to my designs, and I have no idea what to do with it right now, lol.  Next up... my own webpage!  Onward!

Knit-Along Little Doggie Ravelry Group page

Hey everyone!  Come on over and join the new Ravlery group for my designs.  Keep up to date on the latest patterns, share your finished projects, ask questions about the patterns, and get to know your fellow knitters.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hurry up and wait...

Folks, this seems to be the name of the game in the design biz.  Right now, I've got a proposal out to Interweave and I'm sitting here very impatiently stocking my email in hopes of getting the word that they like my idea and they're running with it.  I'm even hoping that they agree with my yarn choice, because I already have two hats and a hand-warmer knit, and the hat pattern written and ready to go.  I guess I should also be stalking my mailbox for a rejection letter if I'm being realistic about this process.  One of my facebook friends told me that she saved her rejection letter because it was signed by Eunny Jang.  If she signs mine personally, I might consider doing the same. 

I just finished knitting a prototype for a pattern that I plan to submit to Knitty for their Holiday Headstart edition last night.  This one is quite a bit more work because I have to have the sample knit, photos taken (good ones too!), a pattern written in their standard format, and a schematic.  Yesterday, when I was having writers block on my Unit 7 project, I decided to take a stab at that schematic.  I was looking into programs that would offer that feature and I finally gave up and pulled up Powerpoint.  I was able to take advantage of the standard set of shapes, and the rotate and line features to create a pretty good schematic of my design, if I don't say so myself.  Then I went over to Knitty and pulled up their requirements again and realized that my schematic needed to be in one of two formats, and I didn't know anything about either of them!  I went over to Google, searched EPS (one of the acceptable formats), and found out that I could save a design in that format through Adobe Illustrator (which we just so happen to have, yay!).  After my husband woke up, I had him show me where the program was and I started to try to redraw the schematic.  I didn't get very far before I realized that this was going to be a good deal more work than my first one was, and about that time my genius husband suggested that I try to copy and paste my design into Illustrator.  And it worked!  So now I have a detailed schematic with all of the necessary measurements of an unconventional item, and it's formatted correctly.  Some days I feel like a genius!  So what's next?  Photos of the finished product and typing up the pattern.  I might just get this in under the deadline.

Next up, the sock pattern for the Yarn Crawl kit.  I've been knitting away on this one because it travels well.  I noticed that I had made a mistake in the pattern on the sole of the foot, and due to time constraints I've decided to make it a design feature.  See how these things work?  I have a few more inches to go and then I'll start decreasing for the toe.  I've decided that I'm not going to knit this sock to fit my size 10 foot because it's just for display anyway so I'm aiming for a sock large enough to fit the leg model in the shop.  This pattern is mostly written as well and should be ready to go as soon as the sock is.  Then it'll be on to the beret/hand-warmer combo.

Last but not least, the blanket for Cascade.  I've got another bag of Eco wool in the mail so I should be able to make this blanket the size I originally planned for.  It's beautiful, and it's soothing to knit.  I'm looking forward to getting back to it.

And somewhere during this designing mess, I have to knit a prototype of a slouchy hat for the Bones Fan group on ravelry.  I seem to have a talent in reproducing knitware from television.  I'm going to knit a swatch in the chunky yarn for the adult sized hat, but I'll be knitting the actual hat in a baby size for my little cousin who is cuter than cute and needs a pretty summer hat.  If this all works out and I don't implode, I'll add that pattern to my ravelry pattern store.