Patterns, Patterns, Everywhere!

I've had a flood of published patterns lately, both in print and self published so I wanted to do a quick run down of them for you all! First, a couple of months ago, the Zealana Luxuria Air Chunky booklet came out. I designed the Diagonal Mitts, which are fingerless mitts with a twisted stitch design traveling across the hand. The Air Chunky yarn from Zealana is absolutely amazing and a dream to work with! It is chunky weight, but somehow still light as a feather, as the name suggests, haha! The Australian possum (nothing like the American opossum!) is an incredibly soft fiber and working with it was truly a joy!

[Garter ridge Shawl by Rachel Roden] from Knit Noro 1 2 3 Skeins, published by Sixth&Spring Books. Photography by Rose Callahan and text copyright © 2014 by Sixth&Spring Books. Used by permissionNext, I am honored to be included in Knit Noro 1.2.3 Skeins! The next in the Knit Noro series, this book focuses on projects that use either 1, 2 or 3 skeins. For that reason, most of the projects are accessories, including mine, the Garter Ridge Shawl, which uses 3 skeins. Knit in Noro Ayatori, the yarn is super soft with the usual gorgeous color transitions. Added bonus: this yarn is on sale at JBW right now because it is discontinued!

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On the independent publishing side of things, I just released the Modicum Hat pattern. This stranded colorwork hat was designed specifically to go with the Madelinetosh DK Tea Cakes available at Jimmy Beans Wool. It uses the same stitch pattern as the Modicum Mitts I designed earlier this year and would coordinate well as a matching set! It's a great intro to stranded color work, and looks much more complicate than it actually is, I promise!

And finally, I also published the Scalloped Edge Dish Cloth! I knit this cotton dishcloth last summer, but I just finally got around to writing the pattern and

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publishing it! It uses 3 colors of worsted weight cotton yarn and is essentially just striped linen stitch with a scalloped border. It is very simple and makes a really cute wash cloth or dish cloth! It is free right now, and will be on sale for $3.00 after the fourth. Happy 4th of July everyone!

 

Unraveled Fingering - Cerise

Well that about wraps it up! Don't forget to check out my Etsy shop, UnraveledDesignsYarn, to see my new line of hand dyed yarn. I will be releasing colors in the next couple weeks so stay tuned for those!

The Spangled Tote

spangleTote400x350 I’ve decided to revive my blog! I sort of let things trail off last year when my life got super busy, but recently I have had so many moments where I thought to myself “that would be such a good blog post!” that I just had to start back up. Since I last blogged I have moved into a purchasing position with Jimmy Beans Wool. Yes, that means I literally buy yarn for a living all day, though not with my own money of course! It is a super exciting job for a person like me, because I get to see what is new before it hits the market. I also have a small bit of influence over what we will and will not carry, and occasionally I am just forced to do research on Ravelry and by reading blogs. I know, it’s a hard life!

In the last few months I have decided to give knitting pattern design a try. I have flirted with the idea before and certainly gone off-pattern for easy designs, but now I want to give it a real effort. This is in part because I have already had a couple designs accepted for publication (coming later this year and next!). But it is also because sometimes I am smacked in the face by inspiration and just have to put what’s in my head down on paper. I suppose it is becoming my latest way for creative release. Unfortunately pretty much all personal knitting has been set aside in favor of designing. At first I thought this would make me sad, but it turns out that I am just as happy knitting my own designs as I am knitting someone else’s. I guess I am more of a “process” knitter than I thought!

With designing, more than anything else, I worry about rejection. It’s a hard thing to do, putting yourself out into the world, and hoping that people will like and accept what you have created. I must admit that having a couple acceptances under my belt definitely boosts my confidence, but that’s not to say I haven’t been turned down! I certainly have and if there is one thing I have learned so far, it is to not feel bad or take it personally! Rejection, as it turns out, is part of the process and I am doing my best to learn from it. For example, I didn’t completely read the instructions for one of the design submissions and I was over the yardage allowance. Of course that one was turned down! And you can bet I will carefully read all submission guidelines from now on.

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It helps that I work somewhere that is very supportive of my decision to try and launch an independent design career. I am excited to say that earlier this month JBW released my first design, the Spangled Tote. As you can imagine, it is knit in red, white, and blue and is representative of an American Flag. And of course it is felted which makes it nice and sturdy for carrying around all your summertime accessories. I used Cascade 220, but any wosted weight 100% feltable wool will do! Also, if the flag design is not really your thing, you could totally knit it in a solid color, or stripe two colors all the way to the top. The possibilities are endless! You can download the pattern for free here, or purchase the kit with everything you need to make the flag version here! There is also a matching crocheted water bottle sling to go with it designed by one of my wonderful co-workers.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!