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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hey! That's me!!

Look at this!  It's my ad on Ravelry!!  There's nothing a cool as checking the boards on Ravelry and seeing my ad at the bottom of the page.  Now, I just need other people to see it, lol.

This process has been a real learning experience, as I've mentioned before.  I just learned how to take a screen shot with a Mac to post this photo.  This is going to be a very handy skill going forward.

I've got to get back to my final project, but before I do, I have an eta on when I can expect to hear from Interweave.  Turns out that their average turn-around time is about seven weeks so I won't know anything until May.  I should assume that Knitty works similarly, and not worry about that until mid-May.  That frees up some inbox-stalking time, and I can focus on knitting the blanket for Cascade.  I really miss working on that project.  Anyway, thanks for letting me gush about my 10 seconds of fame.  Back to my homework.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Got your passports yet?

In case you haven't heard, the Passports for the Great Rhody Yarn Crawl are now available for download on their website.  If you're planning on going (and why wouldn't ya be...) then remember to go print down your passport so you can get in on the raffle.  And while you're at it, remember to stop by and pick up one of our kits, an enter the raffles for our individual baskets (I put together a really great one).  See you in two weekends!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Follow me on Facebook!

Hey everyone!  I decided that if I was really going to make a go at becoming a designer, then it was time for me to create a facebook page for my work.  I mean really, I'm sure that my guy-friends from high school could care less about my knitting, and knitters could care less about my family nonsense.  This way I can keep all of the knitting in one place, and the family in another, and rarely the two shall meet.  Here on the blog though...you'll have to still deal with the blending of design and kids because I haven't gotten around to making a separate blog for that yet, lol.

In 'branching out' news, my ad was approved by the powers-that-be at Ravelry and will start running this Friday.  I'm really excited about it.  My first ad spot!  Hopefully I'll see some return from it.  I'm also thinking about starting a 'featured pattern' or 'pattern of the month' in the group and on the facebook page to highlight designs that I'm really excited about.  

Oh, and these bad-boys are done too :)  If you're new here, or you haven't read the blog recently, these are two of the kits that will be available at Bella Yarns starting the weekend of the Yarn Crawl (April 15-17).  The sock is Rhodes, knit in ONline Line Supersocke Silk.  The beret is unnamed.  It's knit from three colors of Cascade Heritage sock yarn, knit at a sport-weight to make a cute and light hat to carry you from spring into fall.  It really needs a good name and I'm taking suggestions.  If it can be Rhode Island related, that would be fantastic but if it's cute and non-Rhode Islandy I won't be opposed to it.  I'm so obsessed with finding a good name that I actually had a dream about it!  All I remember is something about the word 'bubble'.  

So, to review:
  1. go check out the Facebook page and click the 'like' button. 
  2. keep an eye out for my new ad
  3. help me find a name for this beautiful beret
Looking forward to seeing you on 'the book'!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sharp drop-off

Boy this learning curve is steep!  I'm still working my way through the first few chapters of The Knitgirls Guide to Professional Knitware Design and I have to say...this is tough!  I've spent much of this week putting together the Ravelry group (as you know) and trying to put together enough content to justify having it.  I've had a hard time focusing on school work and trying to get these ideas out fast enough to keep people active in the group.  (Maybe I'll get lucky and a few will even rearrange their boards so that my group will show up right near the top of their page.)  But this isn't all I've been doing. 

I spent several hours last night, and several more this morning working in photoshop, trying to create an image that meets the size requirements for a Ravelry group banner ad.  It turns out that getting the ad to look like I wanted it to was the least of my problems.  After I finally got something I could be comfortable with, I had to resize the image again.  Every time I thought I had finally gotten it right, I would upload it and get an error message with the bad news.  I just about gave up, but I decided to give it one more try...and I got it!  Victory!  Hopefully I'll see some results from this ad.  I've never advertised before, but the prices are reasonable and I'm willing to give it a shot.  The ad should start running April 1st, assuming it gets approved.  If you see it in the boards (it'll be at the bottom of the discussion page in a few selected sock-themed groups), let me know.

Now, back to that beret.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Get ready for a Blizzard (hat)

the inspiration for Blizzard
 Blizzard is almost done!  The lovely Jen, better known as SheWhoKnits, has finished test knitting the chunky slouchy hat that we all loved so much from our favorite show...what else?...Bones.  Right now I'm working out a little issue with one of the chart directions, but that should be okay soon.  The hat looks just like the one that lovely Emily wears in The Blackout in the Blizzard and Jen is working on a beret version as I type.  We should be able to release this lovely design in a day or two, so get your chunky yarn and your pom-pom maker ready.

Also, I'm making fantastic headway on the second of my two patterns for the Yarn Crawl.  This one is a pretty stripped chevron beret with eyelets and garter stitch accents, and a matching set of hand warmers.  Sounds crazy right?  Wait till you see it!  Pics coming soon.

Lastly, it's about that time again...finals.  I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but my classes run 10 weeks.  That means that I'm suffering through finals...every...10...weeks!  Why must I suffer this way!??  So anyway, expect the customary radio-silence next week while I do my best to keep my nose to the grindstone and pass these classes.  Oh, and have you gone over and joined my Ravelry group yet?