Cabled Pullover

Finished!  You can check out the errata in the post below, but let’s forget about the negative for now and check out these sexy cables.

The pattern (free from Lion Brand) originally called for one of their yarns, but I had just enough of Mmmmalabrigo (Pearl colorway) to do the job.  I didn’t knit the seperate cowl pattern and I also used a smaller gauge to get a more fitted pullover. 

You can find my Ravelry pattern page here.

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Other things

While I’m waiting on all the booklet yarn to arrive (and there’ s a lot, pics next week when they come in), I’m finishing up a few personal projects.  I had purchased Malabrigo Worsted from Wild Fiber (lys in Savannah, Georgia) and after searching for the perfect pattern, I found the Cabled Pullover from Lion Brand.  Le sigh.  I saw that there had been corrections back in November and again just two days ago, but apparently they were still not aware of the shoulder shaping problem I ran into yesterday.  At least for the smallest size, the should shaping numbers do not add up and would be very ill-fitting even if they did.  So, I’m worked up the shoulders my own way.  If you would like to follow my errata for the pattern, you’re welcome to it:

Shoulder shaping (for front and back, smallest size):

When armhole measures 7″, BO 9 sts at armhole edge.

Work next row (which, for the back, is neck shaping).

BO 10 sts at armhole .

Work next row.

BO remaining sts.

Hope that helps.  I’m finishing up my Cabled Pullover as soon as I finish this post.  Pictures will be added shortly, so check back in the next couple of days for the completed pullover.

A little ditty on criticism

Indie designers, who are typically very casual and accessible, get a great deal of critiquing.  I wouldn’t go on to say that indie designers receive more criticism than your headlining, Vogue Knitting contributors, but they certainly receive a fair amount.  Criticism is inevitable, both good and bad, when you produce something made available to the general public.  These critiques reach far and wide with the enormous following on Ravelry.com as well as personal blogs.  So, how do designers handle dialogues amongst knitters and crocheters?  What’s the appropriate avenue to take with the positive and negative feedback on their work?

Let’s use the Ravelry.com forums for an example.  When a person or group praises your pattern work in a forum thread, would you enter the conversation to thank them for their support and kind words?  It’s a matter of opinion.  Personally, I do.  Establishing a presence is important to me for creating positive relationships with pattern patrons and letting them know that I am readily available. 

But what about the negative feedback?  Let’s use the same scenario as before, but now the person or group is negatively criticising your pattern work.  It appears that when there is negative critiquing involved, it is either ignored by the designer or perhaps handled through private messages.  Why is it different here?  What do you think makes it taboo for a designer to step up publicly and refute or remedy the situation? 

You can’t please everyone, that is true.  I believe in the 10% Rule, which means that 90% of a designer’s clients are generally good, well-mannered people with tact.  The other 10% are not as level-headed, emotional, and in some rare instances, combative.  Do you engage them?  I guess it depends on whether or not they engage you.  My take on it is that if they rage publicly without directly communicating with you, take it in stride.  Read their thoughts, determine whether or not it is a warranted criticism, and leave it be.  However, if they communicate with the designer about the grievance they have with the pattern and begin a public dialogue, it becomes a sticky situation.  Do you ignore it or call them on it?  The designer should put forth their best effort to help the person through the problem, privately or publicly – it’s their call.  If the negative review remains, at least you would know that you had done your best to make thing right. 

What’s your take on knitting and crochet designer criticism?

Snow White in Summer

FINALLY.  The project that seemingly never ended.  After two major errors on my part and a much need hiatus, I finished Ysolda’s Snow White sweater.  Odd timing, but as soon as October comes around, this sweater will get plenty of sunlight.

I used 3.25 skeins of Malabrigo Worsted in Paris Night (my favorite color way).  You can check out more pictures and notes in my Ravelry project page. I need a drink.

Fresh Pick

I needed this, a quick and sweet project to forget about the previous two botches sweaters.  I’m happy to report that Sprout was knit without any ripping, tinking, back-tracking, or whathaveyou!

This top-down, seamless knit turned out exactly as I had hoped.  Funnel neck, round yoke shaping, 3/4 sleeves, and I bit longer with moderate ease to allow for some growing room.  Perfect.

 

So, do you want it?  For free?  Let me know, because I have yet to possess mind-reading capabilities (damn it).  I’m thinking that when this blog post gets 100 comments, requesting this pattern, I’ll post it for free on Ravelry.com.  GO!

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!

Celesté

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!

Two Things

One…

 

(another Mrrrphmrrf Cowl for my Etsy shop)

And two…

 

(this is the project I promised pictures of a few weeks back, but we just photographed it this morning.)

As for the new design, almost finished.  With the Rocky Horror Picture Show (which was this past Saturday), time just was not as abundant as I would have liked.  I hope to finish this one by the weekend.