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These are my Posy and Paw Print Cardis. Right now they are offered as a buy one, get one 50% off, because the fit and instructions are very similar.
Yesterday I accidentally designed a bonnet to match. I’d actually intended to do that since I first designed Posy in 2011 but for whatever reason yesterday was the day the bee crept into my, well, bonnet. I intend to make a regular (beanie-style) hat as well.
Should I make an ebook of all four patterns, or sell the hats separately and keep the sweater deal as-is?
Human rights, and especially the rights of LGBTQ people, are very important to me. To say I am horrified that the Olympics are happening in Sochi, where the Russian government treats being gay as a criminal act (and don’t bother telling me it’s decriminalized, their actions speak much louder than their laws), makes me sick. I love the Olympics. Sure, I’m more of a summer games girl (GYMNASTICS!!!!!) but the winter games are pretty great too (ICE SKATING!!!)
I can’t boycott the games. I couldn’t watch them if I wanted to, so I have no leverage. I can try to boycott sponsors, but I don’t think that would be super-effective.
Lucky for me, my fellow knitwear designer Bristol Ivy hatched a lovely plan: during the games, I and several other independent designers will be donating a portion of pattern sales to a variety of organizations working for gay rights. Bristol has a complete (evolving) list here.
All of my self-published patterns are eligible. I considered offering a discount, but decided against it. Instead, I will give 75% of the full price to Lambda Legal during opening ceremonies (for simplicity’s sake, all day
Thursday Friday PST) and 50% of the full price for the duration of the games. All fees (Paypal, Ravelry, etc) will come out of the remaining percentage, so if you buy a $6 pattern a full $3 (or $4.50 opening day) will go to Lambda Legal. You don’t need to use a coupon code or anything; I will count every sale.
Nuclear Fission (splitting the atom): In nuclear physics and nuclear chemistry, nuclear fission is either a nuclear reaction or a radioactive decay process in which the nucleus of a particle splits into smaller parts (lighter nuclei).
If you are a knitter or survival enthusiast, you may already be aware that Alexandra Tinsley has a book coming out with Cooperative Press next month titled Doomsday Knits: Projects for the Apocalypse and After.
What you might not have known until just now is that I have a pattern in the book.
Fission is a fingerless mitt pattern that will keep you warm in the nuclear winter. The fabric background suggests corrugated iron. Cables travel across the back of the hand, come together, and then split. (Get it? Fission.) The cables end in i-cord ties.
See them on Ravelry.
I didn’t originally design these for the apocalypse. In fact, I originally intended them to be kinda steampunky. I came up with the idea in response to a call for submissions for a steampunk knitting collection, but it didn’t quite fit there.
I considered a few other possible homes for the pattern before deciding to self-publish. Beth at Lorna’s Laces kindly supplied yarn for me, and I had gotten as far as a preliminary chart when Alex put out the submissions call for Doomsday Knits. I couldn’t resist, and threw together a quick proposal. Lucky for me, she saw the same potential I did, so I knitted the gloves and sent them off for photography. (I think you will agree that photographer Vivian Aubrey did an AMAZING job!)
See the rest of the Doomvember blog posts! There is a list here, and you can see yesterday’s post, about the gorgeous green hat that appears above, here. The book will be available next month–more information here.
Look, I don’t really like Sondheim. But his shows have the BEST titles, and since I used a yarn color called “Night Magic” I just had to pun it up a little. Who wants night music when they can have night magic?
Also, Grace will eat you if you try any funny business. (Funny business includes but is not limited to: trying to feed her anything other than pepperoni pizza, refusing to read Spot Bakes A Cake for the eighth time in a row, and basically everything else.)
A Little Night Magic is a child’s skirt pattern, written for sizes 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10.
I’ve got a new pattern coming out! Should be up on Ravelry in the morning. I’ve been informed by test knitters that it’s an “addicting” knit, and by the model that she needs another one, please.
(I’m just kidding, she didn’t say please.)
I…have I blogged about any of the shawls I’ve knitted this year? I don’t think I have. How careless of me.
Well, I did show you Mandi’s shawl. Here it is again, to refresh your memory:
Catkin by Carina Spencer
I also knitted a cowl, which I do not have a good picture of. Here, make do with this mediocre blocking shot:
Biscuit by Bonnie Sennott
I did a little Veera knit-along with some Twitter friends in the spring:
Play by Veera Valimaki
Remember when I asked you about the yellow yarn? I chose:
Paralucia by verybusymonkey
But I also knitted Coast Starlight, with yarn that has actual starlight in it (okay, stellina), for my best friend Katherine:
And I made a going away present for my friend Leah:
Graphic Kerchief by Ce Persiano
You know, I am just now realizing that I’m at a rate of 50% giving my knitting away. Hmm. Hmmmmm. I am impulse casting on Jennifer Dassau’s new pattern, Phi, in an effort to correct this. Or because I have zero self-control and it is PRETTY.
It is eleventy-million degrees outside (Fahrenheit) but today is September first so BY GOD I shall knit today. (Yes I know it is not actually fall for like three weeks. Whatever.)
I am currently working on a cardigan to wear this fall at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival (Rhinebeck). The pattern is Woodstove Season and the yarn is Plymouth Galway that my friend Cindy gave me when she was destashing last year.
I know, you can’t see anything and also I’ve already posted this picture. Shush.
I’m also trying to finish up a pair of socks that I started, oh, four years ago. One sock is done and the second is a foot, which means I just have to knit straight (with super-easy patterning) for like six inches.
Of COURSE I am making one thing on size 8 needles and one on 0s. Because I love my wrists. And my thumbs. Ouchy.
I’ve got a few designs for fall as well. A scarf and wrap set, of which I have knitted the scarf so far, and a shawl in the most luscious alpaca silk (Honor) that I think will be the knitting I bring for our trip east. The children are coming with me for Rhinebeck and we will stay with my mom in Woodstock for two weeks so we can go to my sister’s wedding in western New York. I do not know how we will manage without Will. I mean, not so much practically–we’re pretty resourceful–but we will miss him so much.
Once I’ve got these accessories (and one or two more Art Deco-inspired hats) out, I’m going to really focus on children’s garments. They seem to be my niche and I think I need to embrace that. (For one thing, no one is responding to my adult stuff. It is disheartening.)
I’m waiting on yarn for a boys’ sweater that I think will be just about the most beautiful thing I’ve ever made. It will be in SweetGeorgia Yarns super wash worsted, and when the original yarn was lost in the mail Felicia generously offered to redye it! I am constantly impressed with her company.
I’ve also got ideas for several mini pattern collections. I may have to declare 2014 the year of the e-book. Let’s see if I have the follow-through…
My supremely clever (and super-adorable) knitting/designing buddy, Annie Watts, designed these mittens:
(The palms look like this.)
I am going to use these charts on a sweater for Sam. I’ve done the math and it works perfectly with the yarn I plan to use at the gauge I get with said yarn. YAY!
My concern is how to distribute colors. I was planning to do navy blue (Lake) and light grey (Beluga), but Sam would really like his sweater to have some yellow (Firefly) as well because his favorite colors are yellow and blue.
I’m thinking navy for the hem, skyline, and robots; grey for the background; and yellow for the sky/rest of sweater. What do you think? Creepy or awesome?
And once we’ve worked THAT out, where should the robots be placed? I was originally going to do a cardigan, which would be easy: a robot on each front. But then I realized I don’t have any interest in stranded knitting flat, so fuck that. It will be a short-sleeved pullover. Robots on the front? Back? One on each?
Guess what! I just released Dorothy Cloche, that hat I’ve been talking about the design process of over the last..um…year and a half.
Photo by the lovely and talented Leah Coccari-Swift.
Catch up from the beginning:
Inspiration | Swatching | Rough Draft | Starting (almost) From Scratch | Too Many Samples?
I was inspired by this gorgeous image.
According to this blog, the image is from 1923, by Ernesto Cabral, a.k.a. “Chango,” and was a magazine (?) cover.
I swatched and knitted a prototype. I lost my notes. Time went by. I began a new prototype. I made a lot of mistakes. I reknit it. More than once. I came up with a better way to work the short rows. I redid the brim and grafted it to the hat (only a crazy person would do that, probably). I wrote the pattern, had it tech edited, and did a photo shoot with Leah. I sent the pattern to a couple of friends to test knit.
And today, I release it into the wild.
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This is not actually the first shawl I completed this year. (Well, technically the first of my 13 in 13 is a cowl. But why confuse things.) As it is the first one that I photographed, however, it gets the #1 spot.
Believe it or not, I did not knit this beauty for myself. It’s for my friend Mandi. Normally I do not knit for other people, and I’ve only made a very few exceptions, but Mandi is deserving of handknits. This here is Mandi’s wedding gift.
Let’s just ignore the fact that the wedding was five months ago.
Mandi and her husband Michael are very dear friends of ours. They game with us. Sam and Grace adore them. I can call them if I need help–like the time my car was in the shop and Mandi picked up my CSA box for me, or the time our TV broke and they gave us their old one. One time we discovered that they had two PS3s and we had two Wiis, and we swapped.
We were not able to attend their wedding, which made me very sad. Knitting this for Mandi made me feel a little better–and she loves it. Win!