I was so excited when my pattern, Lace Edged Baby Bibs, was accepted to be included in the new Storey Publishing book, One-Skein Wonders for Babies. It was a bit nerve-wracking as more and more designers on Ravelry were getting acceptance emails, and others getting samples back that hadn't been chosen, but I hadn't heard a thing. Finally about a week after most people had heard, I received my acceptance email! Working with Storey Publishing was a great experience, and I'm pleased with the final result.
The bibs I designed would make great last minute gifts, as they knit up quickly and use little yarn. One skein of Knit Picks Comfy will make two bibs. Both lace patterns are very easy, and dress up the stockinette body nicely. They are finished off with I-cord ties. My pattern can be found of page 193.
The book itself is full of fun, cute, classic designs for babies. There's something for everyone here! You can find tops, bottoms, ensembles, dresses, hats, socks, booties, accessories, blankets, and toys. Just doing a quick flip through, I see a lot things I would definitely knit. If you have little ones, or just like to knit for babies, this book as a lot to offer. Though, I admit, I may be a bit biased!
My last dishcloth to be published as part of the Knit Picks 52 Weeks of Dishcloths collection, went live this past week. This has been a fun project to be a part of, and has led to many great stitch patterns I hadn't seen before.
Slipped Stripes Dishcloth has great texture and an easy to memorize stitch pattern. It's free so check it out at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/slipped-stripes-dishcloth.
I've mentioned before that I like to dye yarns with food safe colors (AmeriColor Gel Colors are my favorite right now). Well, I finally decided to turn my hobby into a little business, and I'm really excited about it. Dyeing yarn is so much fun. I always say it's like finger painting for adults! I've taken good notes, so I do have some reproducible colors, but a lot of the fun is the unexpected results you get from time to time. If you'd like to check out my store, you can at www.etsy.com/shop/distractedknits, or just search for DistractedKnits under shops. For a quick peak, check out the gallery below. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
Here it is already the beginning of September! This past summer was one of the busiest we've ever had, and next week, we jump into a new homeschooling year. I've had several new patterns released over the summer, and all can be found on the Knit Picks website, or in my Raveley store.
The first is a free pattern, Checks and Eyelets Facecloth.
The next pattern is a child's cape, Capeleta. While it's sized for a 6-8 years old, it will fit a variety of sizes. Plus, it's easy to resize with the instructions included. It's knit from the top down, and is very easy. My little girl loves hers!
And lastly, Viveza. This shawl is knit from side to side and can be adapted to any weight yarn and any finished size desired. The beads on the border add a nice sparkle, but can be left off if desired.
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.