Originally this pattern was to be in the Gold Ribbon Craft eBook.
The eBook was slated for publication last September but sadly that just didn't happen.
While the pattern rights reverted back to me in May, it's taken me a while to get it into my usual layout and style. (It had been written in the style required by the eBook.)
I needed to re-knit the sample as well because my original sample is still in Canada with the organiser of the eBook.
And I changed the name. I thought a new name would be a new start!
After a very long wait Torquent Socks have finally been published.
Kalion is now available for individual purchase as the rights have now come back to me.
Originally published in Stitch Seekers Edition 2: Futurenauts Vs Retrobots last year. It was my first third party published design.
I have to say that working with the Stitch Seekers team was a fantastic experience for me.
I have just revamped my website a little bit.
The home page has been tweaked to look much fresher and some of the pattern landing pages are now changed.
Hopefully my website is now a much more enjoyable place to visit. :)
Recently I had the opportunity for my designs to be made available through Patternfish.
Patternfish is an online pattern store that works in a similar way to Ravelry and Craftsy. Where, when you purchase a pattern it always stays in your online library, in the same way it does for both Ravelry and Craftsy.
Which can be very handy if something ever happened to your downloaded copy.
Patternfish are also dealing with the EU VAT issue - just in case you've been keeping up with the latest tax thing that the European Union is enforcing on all worldwide sales of digital goods. (Don't get me started on what I actually feel about this as it wouldn't be appropriate reading!) At the moment only Patternfish and Etsy are dealing with VAT, with Ravelry working on dealing with it in the next 3 months or so. I have no idea what Craftsy is doing about it as they haven't released any information yet.
While I don't update my blog that much, I can often be found on Twitter and Instagram, where I usually talk or post photos of other things besides just knitting.
If you are wondering where to find my patterns, they are available through Ravelry, Patternfish, Craftsy and Etsy.
I have a couple of sock patterns that were released over the last two months.......Yes, my blog has been woefully neglected, however, I have been busy with designing. :)
Kellebeck Socks were published late last year in December.
The socks are a unisex design with a variation of the Coin Cable flowing down from the cuff along the sides of the leg. There is a textured element to the front and back of the socks and a double ribbed heel.
The inspiration for the name came from a female rap artist who participated on an Australian reality music show. I greatly admired how she managed to take a known song and put her own twist to it.
Originally I started creating a pair of socks just for me, with absolutely no thought that they would become a design. All I wanted a pair of bright orange socks with a round cable running down both sides of the leg and a bit of texture here and there.
I had so much fun creating my pair that I decided to publish my design.
Interlaced Socks has two firsts for me.....
It is my first pattern release for this year and my first design published in Knit Now Magazine.
Another unisex sock design with cables and texture.
These socks were inspired by the Aran jumpers I used to wear during my childhood.
The main design feature is the large interlaced cable running down the front and back of the sock with two honeycomb cable variations along side it. The sides have a small textured stitch reminiscent of the moss stitch texture Aran jumpers usually have.
I made the prototype for my husband while waiting for the sample yarn to arrive from the UK.
Who says guys don't wear hand knit socks???
The Indie Designer Gift-A-Long is just a few short days away from starting. This year I'm participating as both a designer and a knitter. There's a few Chrissie gifts I want to make and it's my birthday in December (it's a big one this year) so I've decided to dedicate the entire month to knitting stuff for me!
What's the Indie Design Gift-A-Long?
It's an annual event held on Ravelry from November 13 through to December 31.
What's so special about it?
It's lots of fun and there's stacks of prizes to be won. Plus there's a huge sale from 8pm Nov 13 to 11:59pm Nov 21 (US EST) on specially selected patterns by participating designers.
Designers that are participating this year.
As you can see by the stats it's a huge event.
Please join us here Indie Design Gift-A-Long.
Finally something not design related!
Look what the Postman delivered for me today.....
Blue Moon Fibre Arts Targhee Worsted in Winter Solstice and two lots of Madelinetosh; DK Twist in Simone and 80/10/10 Fingering in Wisp.
Stitch Seekers have posted my designer interview on their blog.
So, it's been a bit busy here with a couple of new releases to show for my efforts.
Both of these designs were inspired by my daughter. They are variations of the theme with each featuring interlocking cabled hearts differently.
First is Evanescent Slouchy Hat.
It has just one panel of hearts. The rest of
the hat has tiny twist cables.
My second design this month is
It is a beanie style with panels of interlocking hearts and tiny twist cables.
I like that they are companion pieces - similar but not the same.
They are also available together in the Cherish eBook.
I am grateful that I managed to talk both my daughter and daughter-in-law into modelling the hats for me. :)
After what seemed like a very long wait, but was really just my impatience, Kalion has been published by Stitch Seekers.
It's my first pattern in a publication!
While it was scary writing a pattern and producing a sample to a deadline using different style sheet requirements, it was also fantastic. To realise that my design idea was suitable for a Stitch Seekers publication and being capable of actually delivering on that idea to their satisfaction has made me feel that I am a designer. Instead of just a knitter who sometimes writes patterns. I guess it's all in the outlook and desire!