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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Apogee Love

I had an amazing day yesterday, and today.  I recently released my Apogee Cardigan pattern, as you likely know.  I've been shouting it from the roof tops because I'm just so excited and so proud of myself for pushing past my fears and insecurities, and putting it out there for the world to see.  It has received high praise from some of my peers (a few of which I've followed and idolized for years).  It's gotten a lot of love from fellow Ravelers.  And today, it was welcomed into the homes of two lovely knitters who purchased the pattern.  I've officially sold my first sweater pattern, ever!  Even if it doesn't end up being a big seller, I'll still feel like a success because I conceived of a design, knit it from scratch, worked it out on paper, worked with a professional photographer and editor, and put it out into the world where someone else actually paid me for it.  That was the goal, and today I achieved it.  Every time I thought about releasing the pattern I would begin to feel panic coming on, but I finally sucked it up (after much encouragement from friends via Twitter) and I put it out there even though I was afraid.  My husband said that was the definition of bravery.  I think I'll keep him around :)

So, yesterday while I was at work I had a visit from Ann and Denise.  We enjoyed the air conditioning while I received, scanned, and put out a ton of new ruffle yarns.  These were made from 'yarn' that looks just like lace ribbon and I have to say that these intrigue me.  I'm not a fan of ruffle scarves or the ruffle yarns, but I'm envisioning kitchen valances and petticoats make from this stuff.  After finishing that, I finished my sample for Steph Cat Designs (but I can't show any photos yet).  You're going to love this pattern when it's released in the fall.  Now I'm working on the commissioned baby sweater and it's not very exciting to look at right now (with all that cream-colored garter-stitch), so instead I've given you this super cute photo of my boys on the track yesterday.  It cracks me up every time Dante does something and then Alex tries to do it too.  My husband even made a video of the two of them "racing" and it was pretty funny.  Gotta love those boys!

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