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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

At least I can show you the yarn...

Hi everybody!  I've missed you :)  Did you miss me?  Probably not, lol.  I assume you all have actual lives and stuff that keeps you busy between blog posts (I know I sure do).

Anyway, I've been knitting (I know, shocking right?) but I can't show any of it to you right now.  I have to admit that in the beginning, when I first started to do this designing thing, it was exciting to have a Super-Secret project.  It felt cool and covert.  There was this little feeling of importance attached to it.  Well, that got old really fast.  I'm a project knitter (as opposed to a process knitter) which means that I knit because I want to make a specific thing, and I really really love to show that thing off.  Super-Secret knitting does not lend itself to the instant adoration that regular knitting does.  And since I live in a house full of male non-knitters, there's usually no one to get excited over a completed project with me.  That sucks, lol.

My latest design is a project that I've had in the back of my mind for years now.  It's meant to be a companion pattern to a currently existing one (and a quite popular one at that).  I reached out to the designer of the inspiring design and received her blessing to move forward with mine (which was really cool of her).  So I've been knitting for a week, using all sorts of yarns in all sorts of colors and weights, and generally having a really good time.  This is coming along easily, and I'm excited about it.  Unfortunately, I intend to submit this design to a magazine and that means that I can't tell you about it or show it to you, but at least I can show you all the fun yarns I've been knitting with!  Some of these yarns are new to me and I'll definitely be using them again, while others are old favorites.  Here they are in order running clockwise starting from the top left:  Malabrigo Twist (white), Spud & Chloe Sweater (sky blue), Cascade 220 Superwash (white), Cascade 220 handwash (red), Madeline Tosh Chunky (Gilded), Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (light gray), Cascade 220 Superwash (heathered gray), Juniper Moon Willa (red-orange), and Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (sage green).  All of these yarns were either purchased at Bella Yarns or Fresh Purls

These colors are being blended and combined in surprising ways, which have been pretty well received.  Alex is particularly enjoying them.  I have one more sample to go, and then I'll start writing up a pattern and taking some really fun photos.  I even managed to secure access to some ridiculously adorable kids to model the smaller sizes.  Thank goodness for church, lol!

On a related note, I tweeted yesterday that I was going to knit a hat while watching The Voice last night.  Then I woke up this morning to this: 
I've rubbed virtual elbows with an up-and-coming celeb!  Awesome.  Ryan is the tour manager for LeAnn Rimes, and tried out on the voice.  He wasn't selected this time but they encouraged him to try again next season.  We really enjoyed his performance at home.  So don't be surprised if you see him next season sporting a nice new handknit hat ;)  I'll keep you all posted.

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