DIY Skull Cutout

There’s a flea market on Sunday that I’ll be employing to rid my closets of excess clutter. While going through old clothes, I found a plain, black unitard that hasn’t been worn in years. I decided to try the skull cutout that I had seen on a number of Ubran Outfitter -esque fashion sites. It was definitely questionable whether it would hold up because of the amount of stretch taking place when the unitard is actually on the body.

I had nothing to lose though.

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Apologies for the cell shot, but it was all on a whim. It turned out really well, honestly. So, I jumped online and ordered a leotard to try it again… A little less haphazardly with the scissors next time. And not so low on my back, because that one is crossing into panty line territory.

I ended up wearing it to teach an aerial silks class last night and it held up! New aerial attire trend on the horizon?

More MagCloud Prints

There are two more additions to my MagCloud arsenal:  Pearl Clutcher Magnum and Rutland!

ImageYou recently met Pearl Clutcher Magnum, but Rutland is from a few years ago.  I had high hopes for Rutland, because it knit up so beautifully.  When I first made it available, a lot of people jumped on it.  But as time progressed, knitters were finding horrendous errors in the pattern.  After helping a few people through the pattern, I sat down and start going through the numbers.  It was a nightmare.  

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I remember saving the pattern and coming back to it later, but the save didn’t take and half of the numbers reverted back to a previous save.  I didn’t catch that until it was too late.  While most people inquired politely, I did get a lot of hate mail about it.  I understand the frustration, but I don’t think “die in a fire” is an appropriate message over a knitting pattern.

Anyway.  I stepped away from designing for a while after that; making a few things here and there, but I lost my enthusiasm.  As you can see, I’m back in the saddle.  After Freyr and the two Pearl Clutchers, I decided that it was time to give Rutland an overhaul.

Yesterday, I sat in front of my computer with a pot of coffee and combed through the pattern and converted the entire thing into charts.  I love knitting from charts.  Not so in love with making them (especially when different sizes require their very own chart).  It’s worth it though.  All mistakes are stamped out, because it’s all right there in front of you.  

I’m confident that Rutland is now the pattern it should have been two years ago.  I hope people will give it another chance; it really is a lovely knit and I still wear mine daily.  I may even make another, soon.  Go check out the MagCloud pages and you can also find Pearl Clutcher Magnum and Rutland on Ravelry (click here for my designer page).

 

In which another mistake is discovered…

Snow White.  I weep for you.

Apparently, when I was knitting the body to my Snow White sweater back in October, I managed to skip an entire section of repeats.  Fast forward to this week when I joined the sleeves and completed the raglan shaping, twenty stitches short. 

That’s right, I had to rip back, place the sleeves back on holders, and continue ripping back all the way down to the waist.  At least it’s not all bad, the sleeves are finished.  I also recall the body not taking an exorbitant amount of time anyway.  More or less, I’m just disappointed with my self and the giant brain fart or blow to the cranium I must have had at the time.

There’s also two sweaters in a row that I’ve managed to botch.  Go me.

Contest Giveaway!

I haven’t hosted a contest in a while, so let’s have a little fun.  In honor of publishing my newest pattern today, the Celeste capelet, any purchase of any of my patterns (through Ravelry) will put you in the drawing for a free pattern of your choice.  The contest begins today and runs until February 28th, 2010, at 5:00 pm EST.  There will be FIVE lucky winners!

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You must be a member of Ravelry to buy patterns from my pattern store, which is right here.  Each individual design purchase will get your name put in the drawing.  If you are the selected winner, you can choose any pattern for yourself or, if you like, I can send it to the person of your choice as a gift.  Good luck!

Etsy Front Page!

My Mrrrphmrrf Cowl made the front page of Etsy yesterday from 11am to 12pm!  I’m so excited, here’s the screenshot:

The pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry, but if you’re not a knitter, I handknit and sell them on Etsy.  I actually opened up a separate Etsy shop for ready to wear handknits because of the recent requests.  In all the excitement, I didn’t notice the copyright infringement until a LSG mate pointed it out…  Can you find it?! 

*shakes head in disappointment*

Mrrrphmrrf Cowl

August was my last post, eh?  Shame on me.  2009 ended up being a rough year for a lot of people, I’m glad it’s over.  I’m ready to make the most of 2010 and I’m starting it off with a new design:  Mrrrphmrrf Cowl

I see couture knitwear and while yes, it is someone’s work of art, I also can’t help but think what a waste of good wool (or cashmere, alpaca, silk…).  I like functional, wearable art.  This cowl works for me.

Gaia

Worked up a little something I’m proud of (and love to wear), so say hello to Gaia

Pattern available through Ravelry at above link.

Market

Still so very busy around here.  A friend told me about a local, monthly market so I’ll be vendor there on February 14th.  So if you’re local or just visiting, please stop by and say hello!  I’ve got tons of fiber, roving, and yarn for your petting pleasure (but if you drool on it, you have to pay for it). 

I got the sewing bug, again.  It bit me fierce this time and ended up designing thisone restless night.  Last night, I went to sleep with the views sitting at 100ish.  When I sat down with my cup of coffee this morning, the views were at 700+.  After a little research and with the help of some really friendly, awesome Etsy sellers, we discovered that my Wait Until Dark dress had made Etsy’s front page! 
I ran upstairs and started jumping on the bed (while Mr. Yarn Bearer was still trying to sleep in it) squealing at about 1000 mph about it.  I think he’s still recovering from it.
ETA:  Check it!  Etsy Admin snagged a screen shot of the treasury!  SQUEE!

Patterns now available through Etsy

I was informed that those without Ravelry access would like another purchase option for my patterns.  I’ve made the Elfin Cable Cardi, the Darkwood Cardigan, and Little Nelson available for purchase through my Etsy shop (link in the blog roll).  Hope that helps (and thanks for the heads up)!