Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Yarn Along

I missed my chance today to take a decent photo in daylight.  My apologies for the bad lighting and wrinkly couch cover backdrop!

I cast off my first of the June socks last night and picked up my market bag again today and started sewing down the picot edges.  I hadn’t touched it since before last week’s yarn along!

I’m back in the pattern-making groove because 1) I know I won’t finish my June socks in time and 2) I’m exited that Knit Picks accepted my
Birds in Flight Socks pattern.  (Yay!)  Thanks, everyone, for your good luck wishes and for keeping your fingers crossed (and in one case, eyes!) for me.  The positive vibes definitely helped.  : )

The pattern is being test knitted as we speak (thanks, Ellie!) and I’ll knit up a sample to send them soon.  Hopefully the pattern will be for sale on Knit Picks’ website within a month or two.  I think the business of creating and selling original patterns will interrupt my self-imposed sock-of-the-month club, but I guess I’ll have to okay with that for now.  I was already thinking that gardening was taking up some of my valuable knitting time, so this is just one more thing to do in my free time.  And that’s okay.  For now.

Next I’ll submit my market bag pattern to Knit Picks, but not before publishing it here and on Ravelry.

I’m almost finished reading Knitting Without Tears (practically cover to cover!), without casting on a single new project—although I was very tempted.  I’m getting lots of great ideas from this book, and I still can’t believe I’m reading a knitting book recreationally.  It is so good.  Elizabeth’s tips and methods are so smart and I just hope I can remember them all when the time comes to use them.  There were places in the book where I really wanted to use a highlighter, but I don’t want to mark up a book I love so much.  I guess I’ll just have to read it again and again!


  1. Wonderful knits! I didn't mind the background at all... :)

    Elizabeth Zimmerman makes for fabulous recreational reading. I re-read her often.

    Blessings, Debbie

  2. Congratulations on having your pattern accepted! That is so exciting!

    I agree that EZ's books are so very valuable. They have helped me to really think through why a project is knit a certain way and I hope that as I knit more and more that means I won't second guess as often.

  3. Congratulations, that is just fantastic that your pattern was accepted. I love the market bag
    you are doing and now want to cast on another on for myself!

  4. Really like the bag ... and the socks are lovely! KPIDP is a wonderful way to get designs out there, isn't it?

    Enjoy the journey (oh and the KWT is my FAVORITE, MOST-LOVED knitting book!)

  5. Love the market bag AND the socks. I'm so excited for you about your pattern being published at Knit Picks. I order from them often and have bought some patterns by independent designers. What a great way for creative people to share their patterns and earn some income from doing so. I look forward to seeing your pattern on their site!

  6. Exciting news! Congratulations! I like Knit Picks.

  7. I can't wait to try your market bag! It looks lovely. And congratulations on the KnitPicks news - that's wonderful! xo

  8. that book is on my want to read list!! Your socks are cute!! And love the bag!!

  9. See! I knew keeping my eyes crossed would help! ;-)

  10. Congrats on the pattern! That's so wonderful! Still lovin' on the market bag and can't wait until it's published. :)

  11. Congrats on the pattern! Lucky you to be at the top of the list on yarn along...... I have a Nathen too. He was born in 1990.....

  12. Congrats on the pattern being sold :) Love the sock and the bag.


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