Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Am I a designer??

I never even thought of myself as a designer. Admittedly, if I don't have a pattern in front of me, but there is yarn and needle at hand, I'll pick them up and knit something. But "designer" sounds so... professional. Serious. I don't consider myself either of those things.

Now, I finally got around to getting serious about Ravelry. I've been on there since October, but never really found the time to go play around. This week I found that time and I'm addicted. Of course. I think just about everyone on Ravelry is addicted. Anyway, I posted pics of whatever knitteds I had pics of on my computer, just so I'd have some projects on there in an attempt to not seem like the lame kid on the block. One of my "designs" got noticed by a member and she asked if I was going to publish the pattern. I had never even thought about that, but it's such a huge compliment to me. I feel so honored that someone liked what I did enough to ask for the pattern.

So, that brings me to today's blog. Am I a designer? Is this something I can do? I really don't know much about it. I imagine I'll have to work up the pattern (in writing, even, ) in a range of sizes, and then get test knitters and all that jazz. But really, is this little dress I designed worthy of that kind of time and investment? I think it's cute and all, but it's certainly no Elizabeth Zimmerman invention, KWIM? I think I'll try to do it. If nothing else, it'll be a good experience that will probably end in a newfound respect for designers.

Honestly, I doubt anyone reads my blog anyway, so I'm probably just typing to the wind here.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

MonthlyDishcloth KAL for mid-January

I really wasn't sure about the dishcloth thing. I wondered about it as I read about people knitting them, so I decided to try it. I knitted several for Christmas gifts and I found them to be rather addictive. They're like crack for knitters. They're small and therefore very portable. They knit up really quickly. The big plus for me is that I get to try a new stich pattern without commiting it to a big project. Think of it as swatching with a purpose. Or at least with an end product. I used one of these in my kitchen the other day and I love it. So, now I'm addicted. Crack, I tell ya!

I committed to making 2 cloths a month through the Yahoo group MonthlyDishcloths. I'm enjoying it so far. Knitter's crack... Like Plumber Butt, but better.
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Sheepy Pants

in progress...
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Saturday, January 19, 2008

OK, so I suck at blogging...

I just can't seem to find the time to blog. It may be because I am a homeschooling mother of 5 who cares for her ailing mother. It may be because the precious few moments that I do have I would rather spend my time knitting. Who knows. But here I am, trying again. I'm happy to announce that the shorties that were OTK back in June have been worn and worn and worn. LOL I swear, I've knitted a lot of things since then. Don't ask me what, though. All I know is it's all been for other people. My New Year's resolution (well, one of the MANY) is to actually knit something for myself this year. Since I've never knitted socks and always wanted to, I've decided that's what it's going to be. Why do I sense a new obsession coming on? So, I have numerous skeins of Lion Brand Magic Stripes here. I'm probably going to start with that, but I am also getting some Zen Garden from a co-op soon and I'm dying to sport my Zen Garden socks! Of course, before I venture into the land of socks I need to finish the longies that are OTK plus the other pair that have been ordered. THEN I'll try the socks. Maybe. So many projects, so little time.

So, OTK is a pair of Sheepy Pants longies, a hat for a friend's baby and a dishcloth.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Why Blog??

Well, I never thought much about blogging. I didn't see the point. Now I've come to realize that it's a very handy way to keep track of my knitting progress. Now if I could just bring myself to sell what I knit instead of putting it on my own daughters...

OTK: Red shorties out of Peace Fleece