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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!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Apogee Cardigan is finally here

For those of you who have been following The Great Design Project, you know that I finally decided to tackle my fears and design a sweater for the first time.  You know it was a long and complicated road filled with major screw ups and small victories.  You know that I ran into some trouble with grading this pattern and went through a few editors before I was able to get it all worked out.  By the time everything was finished, it was almost May and I decided to wait to release this pattern because the weather would be getting warmer and no one would be thinking about cardigans.

And then I realized that I've been in a sweater almost every day so far this summer.  That's when it hit me.  And I decided to just go for it and release the Apogee Cardigan pattern.  After all, if you live in New England (or on the other side of the world), it's cold where you are.  And if you don't, you're probably running into air conditioned buildings where you're freezing and you could use a sweater.  And I happen to have a nice pattern for a sweater, so I think it works out nicely :)

The Apogee cardigan is the first in a series of sweater designs written for tall knitters (5' 10" - 6' 6").  It includes standard sizing as well.  It's a top-down, v-neck, raglan sweater with cable details along the raglan, sides, and under the sleeves.  The cables provide waist shaping without any effort on the knitter's part.  They flow seamlessly into the ribbing (cause who likes cables that get cut off at the knees by the ribbing?).  It's closed with toggles and i-cord loops, so you don't even have to worry about working buttonholes :)

Charts are provided for the cables and are placed on the last page so that you can decide whether you want to print them or not.  Tall sizes are broken down by height and bust size.  Find your bust size along the top, find hour height along the side, and when your fingers meet in the middle you've found your numbers (just like old school multiplication tables).  And no worries if you'd prefer a pullover...because I've got a separate pattern for that and I'll release that when the weather cools off a little bit more :)

I hope you enjoy this pattern!  I definitely enjoyed the challenge of creating it.