Saturday, December 26, 2009
And you may have seen this on Ravelry already, but I'm officially talking about it here now. The Sunset Ruana (Ravelry link for queuing purposes ;D)...
It's a really big comfy ruana using Tunisian Entrelac. That's right, it's CROCHETED!!!!! Why should knitters have all the fun? LOL I've always loved the look of knitted entrelac, but haven't quite figured that out yet, so I wanted to do something in crochet. Most of the patterns I found using Tunisian Entrelac were for pillows, afghans or bags. But I wanted to do something more like the knitted projects I'd been drooling over on Ravelry since joining.
I submitted the original idea to Interweave Crochet way back in February and waited with baited breath to find out if my first attempt at submitting to a major publication (and only second ever piece submitted anywhere!) would be accepted. I was elated and lost my voice from screaming with joy when I got the e-mail that it had been accepted...with a few little changes (more about that later). Of course, I had no problems with the change and was excited at the possibilities. It was so hard not to talk about it though!
Then Christmas came early, in the form of a box of super soft Limerick yarn from Wisdom Yarns (distributed by Universal Yarns). I hadn't known what color they would send for the sample piece. The colorway reminded me of fall leaves and I was so excited to get started! It took me about a week to work out some of the immediate changes that we made to the design before I could really get started working on the piece. I then spent the entire month of July working on the piece or the pattern every single chance I could. I had stupid injuries that occurred during that time as well that took some time away and I was down to the wire in getting the finished sample to them in time. But it was well worth it!
I was so excited just to be in the magazine. I mean, a pattern of mine, published in a magazine with all those other amazing designers that I admire so much (like Doris Chan, Danielle Kassner, Julia Vaconsin, Marlaina Bird, Ellen Gormley and Kim Guzman...just to name a few)! WOW! You couldn't wipe the smile off my face all summer long!
Then I got the most amazing, very best birthday present EVER!...albeit a day late. ;) Someone on Ravelry posted a link to the pre-order website for the Winter issue. Imagine the shock and amount of screaming and jumping that occurred when the link pulled up a picture of the cover with my piece on it! The kids were convinced I'd absolutely lost my mind and I couldn't calm down long enough to tell them. Jitterfrog (my 8yo son) came over to look at the screen to find out what was going on. And finally I screamed, "I'm on the cover!!!!" HOLY COW!!!!! And yes, I lost my voice again. LOL
I don't even know what to say! Never in my wildest dreams (well, OK, maybe my wildest dreams) would I have thought that would happen! It is unreal!
Now I guess I'd better get off my butt and go design some more! LOL In the meantime, go get a copy of the Winter 2009 Interweave Crochet...order on-line or find it on stands December 29th!!!!
Happy Crafting! :D
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
My original fiber resolutions for this year were:
- getting my WIPs under some sort of control
- make a least one sweater/cardigan thingy for Me ME MEEEE!!!! And crochet/knit for me more in general
- learn knitted fair isle/stranding or at least attempt learning it.
- start Christmas gifts now
- spin more
- write and offer at least 3 new patterns
Thanks to Cast On Mania, I'm afraid there is no hope for getting my WIPs under control...unless I have a HUGE FrogFest! Which may actually happen. There are several projects I've reevaluated. It seems like there has to be something wrong if it's taking so long to complete it right? Some of them, I love the yarn and the project, just not together. And others, I've just completely lost interest in all together. But I'm trying to repurpose the yarn before I completely give up on it. Somehow it seems like I can justify the yarn purchase still if I find a use for it before frogging it's original purpose.
I have at least started more projects for myself this year. Doubtful how many will see completion though. And I do have a Hey, Teach! cardigan about half way done. Hmmm...guess I should get updated photos of that one. Maybe that will help motivate me to finish it.
Knitted fair isle...well, I had a reason I wanted to learn this, but I've run out of time this year for that, so I think it would be safe to put this one off till next year. I have so much other stuff going on now and school is about to start back up, so I'll save this one. But I did learn at least one new knitting technique this year...lace! So that sort of counts...right? :D
I did start Christmas gifts in February this year. Or at least, I started one. It's still a long way from being done though. So much for good intentions! Now, I'll have to kick it into high gear to finish it in time and I still have several more gifts to get started on...anyone know a good tutorial for Turkish cast-on?
I haven't actually spun anything yet this year, but I hope to remedy that soon! After seeing all the amazing yarn created during the Tour de Fleece, I've been inspired! I've ordered a beautiful new spindle for myself from Butterfly Girl Designs and I cannot wait for it to get here! I've drooled over this spindle for nearly a year, but it's always sold very quickly. I was absolutely elated to catch one the very day she put it up! Can you hear me squeeing with delight?
And that leads me to the patterns. I've already self-published one pattern this year. And I've just completed the second, which has gone to the publisher and will be released later this year. And there are at least 2 more I plan to self-publish this year. And boy did the ideas start flowing as I was working on this latest piece! I may actually have enough ideas for a book now! Though, for the moment at least, I think I'll stick to one at a time. LOL But safe to say I should meet this goal this year.
All in all, I'd say I'm not doing too bad! Does that mean I set the bar too low? ;-)
Happy Crafting! :D
Saturday, June 27, 2009
My first ever Malabrigo experience lead to the purchase of this gorgeous skein of Mal Lace in Buscando Azul...
Then, as part of our Village Hopelessly Overcommitted MYB Swap, I received this beautiful skein of Mal Worsted in Sapphire Green...
And my newest lovely aquistions are Mal Lace in Stonechat...
and Mal Sock in Impressionist Sky...
Tempted yet? :D
It is every bit as soft as the stories you've heard! And I haven't even worked with it yet...I just keep petting them! LOL
I don't know what these will become...except the Mal Worsted is destined to become a Faberge Neckwarmer (Rav link). And I'm thinking something non-sock for the others, cause they are just so gorgeous, I want to show them off as much as possible. Got any ideas?????
Happy Crafting! :D
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I made these little guys in June of 2008...yes, that's right nearly a year ago and I'm just now able to share them with you! :D
My Dad got married this past weekend! These cuties were made for him and his new bride.
Little Bat pattern by Shala (Rav link here) come up on Ravelry, I knew I had to make it for them. Then when they were talking about getting married, I thought it would be funny to adapt the pattern to a bride and groom bat. They LOVED them!
I was also very happy to make the cake for them. It was a yummy dark chocolate cake with my best ever dark chocolate buttercream icing and topped off with dark and white chocolate shavings. YUMMY!!! And since they didn't want any "wedding-y" kind of decorations *on* the cake...I thought the bats were perfect to sit next to it! I think it worked rather nicely! :D
And because I really like my new StepMom, I wanted to do something really nice for her for the wedding too. So I made a Crocus Bud Shawl (Rav link here) for her. She's allergic to wool, so I found a really pretty bamboo thread (you know I have this thing for bamboo anyway!) to use for it. It has a really nice sheen and drape and is realllllly soft! And I was thrilled that she liked it so much she wore it for the wedding!
I don't have those pictures yet to share, but I will as soon as I can ... presuming she's OK with it. ;-)
Congratulations Dad and StepMom! :D
Hmm...I'll have to talk to StepMom about a blog moniker for her. ;-)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
- I’d like to get my WIPs under some sort of control.
- Make a least one sweater/cardigan thingy for Me ME MEEEEE!!!! And crochet/knit for me more in general! LOL
- Learn knitted fair isle/stranding or at least attempt learning it.
- Start Christmas gifts NOW!
- Write and offer at least 3 new patterns.
- Spin more!
The pattern is Garter Rib from Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks. I used 1.45 skeins of Moda Dea Sassy Stripes in the Crush colorway and 3.25mm (US 3) DPNs and made these socks 2-in-1. I wasn't even trying to match stripes, but I got pretty close! :D They're a little big (apparently I have odd sized feet) but I still LOVE them! They are really comfy!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Included in the pattern are instructions for both DK and worsted weight yarn and a tutorial for the chainless foundation. The pattern is written to fit my hands, which are 7.5” around the palm and 6” around the wrist, because they were the only adult female hands I had available at the time. However, the pattern is adjustable and I have included notes for how to easily re-size them to suit your needs and preferences.