Today, I received a copy of Knit 1-2-3, Issue 11, that contains my Ripples Shawl. It was so exciting to see my design in print!
Well, I've made some progress since last time. I finally tamed the shawl pattern and am really pleased how it blocked out. I've sent that proposal off, so we'll see what comes of that. I also came up with a cute baby blanket pattern, at least I think it's cute, for the Knit Picks call. I should hear back on that one by the beginning of May. I have another shawl pattern out that I should hear back on around the same time too.
Now, I just have to finish the baby blanket sample for my LYS. Hope to have that done by Wednesday.
So many ideas, so many opportunities.
Well, the SilverSpun cowl sample and pattern is sent off, and now I'm working on getting the store samples ready for two of my baby blanket patterns that will carried in my LYS, Knit Together (http://knittogetheryarn.com). One blanket is done and ready to go, the other is still in process. I hope to have both patterns in the shop by May.
I'm also working on a side to side shawl design that is giving me the fits!! I think I have it all worked out, after ripping back too many times. Now, I just need to knit up a bit to make sure it actually works and looks like I want it to. Unfortunately, I'm beginning to second guess my border pattern, so it may be back to drawing board on that.
On top of all that, Knit Picks just put out a call for submissions that sounds very interesting. I'm trying to come up with something, but so far nothing has really popped out as a good idea. The timing is very short on that one, so I may have to pass, but it's really hard to let a good call go by without at least trying to get something worked up.
I'm going to drop the finished baby blanket by the shop later. I think I'll take a little something to work on and stay for a bit. Sounds nice and soothing after all the busyness.
Right now, I working on a cowl for the Feel Good Yarn Company in their speciality yarn, SilverSpun. It is a really nice soft cotton, with a little bit of lycra in it to give it some bounce, and real silver. On the label it says, "The silver content of SilverSpun makes it therapeutic and conductive. Silver kills a number of bacteria, including those that cause odor, has excellent thermal properties, is nontoxic and is perfect for those suffering from diabetes, arthritis and sensitive skin. Silver is also an excellent conductive agent thus allowing smartphone or tablet touch screen use while wearing gloves knit from the yarn. The silver is permanently adhered to the yarn and will not wash out." After playing around with it, I find that it is best for simple designs. Lace or cables just seem to get lost in the texture of the yarn.
I hope to have the cowl done today or tomorrow, and in the mail by the end of the week.
Here's my new logo that my 16 year old son designed for me. I was really pleased. It was fun to work with him and see his excitement as the logo progressed. This is the first time he's done something like this. All I can say, is that the drawing ability didn't come from my side of the family. I'm definitely a stick figure kind of girl.
Okay, I'm sitting here staring at my blank screen trying to decide what to write for my very first blog post. Unfortunately, not much is coming to mind! I guess I could start with what I hope to accomplish with this blog.
What I want to do is share with others my love of knitting, knitting projects that I'm working on, and new designs that are in the works. I plan on sharing some free patterns, and maybe a little bit of life on the farm. So, grab your yarn and needles, and join the fun!
Why DistractedKnits? Well, I wanted my name to reflect my designing philosophy. When I knit, and design, I prefer patterns that are interesting to knit, but can be easily memorized. I also need patterns that can be put down at a moment’s notice, and when picked back up, it only takes a moment to find my place.