Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Ta daaa... my new socks! Flames... skull & crossbones... test knitting is complete and the pattern is released! It's top-down, in-the-round flaming stranded fun to do - and it's simpler than you think!
- The sample has flaming toes and a striped sole all the way to the end. The pattern has a fun 'cut'n tape toe chart that you can place anywhere on the instep chart to get any length sock you need.
- But the pattern has a chart to do a striped toe as well. One of my testers did the striped toe and it goes well visually with the heel and gusset.
- You could also do a plain toe. If you do, I suggest doing the plain toe in the contrast colour (flame colour) and maybe the heel flap too. These choices are all available on the pattern.
OK, onto PART 2!
- I find it much faster to cast on since it's a variation of a long tail cast on.
- I like the finished look better, because even the cast on stitches are either knit or purl so it streamlines the look of the cuff.
- It's just as stretchy.
- It has a more substantial edge, so I don't have to fight floppy needles when I'm trying to join and do the first round.
- The stitches seem more 'stable' to me because the first round is easier for me to work and isn't as slow so I can proceed with my project with that 'new project' smile still on my face.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Fun with koolaid dyeing :D
Sunday, November 27, 2011
- I now have a drum carder and I'll just have to post pics (later)of it because it's 78 years old and it's still going strong.
- I have a spinner's gauge from vipfibers.com, just last week actually, so I haven't tried it yet.
- I spun up almost half a full fleece to make a sweater for hubby and it's coming up a nice dk weight. I think I'm going to double it for a 4ply bulky though.
- I ordered some merino/nylon fibre to try my hand at 2ply fingering weight so I have to see how that goes once it gets here. I ordered that from SmithandEwe on Etsy, a shop out of Kamloops, BC.
- Hubby made me some hand combs that work great - I'll have to get pics up of those too!
- I have plans for a home made picker.
- Still not accomplished: I have to find some Llama or Alpaca fibre to blend with wool to make my son a sweater! The farm down the street from me is out of stock and I haven't been able to find any raw or carded that takes paypal :(
- Design MORE
- Fix my website confirmation emails
- Spin llama/alpaca & wool for my son's sweater! (I have to find the fibre first)
- Learn to spin fingering weight sock yarn
- oh yes... and keep my blog up to date LOL (my ravelry friend sproutsnknits has challenged me to post regularly - thank you, I'll do my best :D )
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I have a mitten pattern that's currently being tested and it's going great. It actually feels more like a KAL than a test which I really like. The testing is nearing completion and now I have a question... the WAY I should release the pattern.
Only thing, is I have another motif charted for these mitts. Should I test the motif in a separate test and publish two different patterns, or merge the patterns?
There is also a matching double knitted snowboarder hat boasting these two motifs. My thought is maybe publish two hat and mitten sets.
My real wish is to hang on to these patterns, then release them as a downloadable ebook. I would LOVE to have these for sale both on my site (if it ever gets up and running) and possibly Amazon. I would have to research that possibility to find out what's involved.
My rav & yahoo friend Kelly Klem is a published designer working on publishing her first hard cover book. I'm so happy for her and I know she'll do very well, she's a talented designer! But for me... I know there's a lot of information out there but also a lot of costs involved depending on how you choose to publish. That's one reason I don't think my first 'book' will be hardcover.
How about selling my patterns from this 'Legend Series' as a book for Kindle users? Now that idea I'm really interested in!
There's a lot of research to do. I can do that as I add to the 'Legend Series' patterns, work on layout, editing, testing, cover design, sample production and the photoshoots. I'm sure I missed something lol.
Monday, January 10, 2011
try to be nice?... nope, I'm already nice he he
cut down on coffee?... not a chance
I don't usually make resolutions, but I do like to set goals for myself and take on new challenges.
For this year, I want to achieve three things.
First thing, will be to hone my spinning skills and I have a couple of wool fleeces here to do that with – yah!
Next thing, is to get my website up and running. I have the domain, but nothing's on it yet L It'll be an exercise in motivation learning what all is involved with that too.
Lastly, I want to do a whole lot more designing. I've only been releasing one pattern every two months... I want to try to double that this year. Actually, I also released a free pattern called Radial Heat Cowl! So, I did a little better than one every two months. I hope I'm not jinxing myself by setting that goal, and I want to do my best to not let myself down.
I have a couple of designs waiting to be written into proper format, then the testing has to be done. The editing and testing take quite a bit of time. My current design is being tested by a lovely group of ladies and I can't wait to see their results!
In 2010 designs released were the Voyageur hat, Whispering Wings, then Lush Lace Stole. The lush hat followed that, then the Chele Lace Hat & Scarf set. The last one was the Spirit Mobius... and let's not forget the cowl.