Friday, September 27, 2013

Exciting things

Exciting thing #1: Stacey of Fresh Stitches reviewed "So You Want to Be a Knitting Designer" and I'm thrilled to say that it is now crochet-designer approved! ;-)

Exciting thing #2: There is a big behind-the-scenes feature on Doomsday Knits in the latest issue of Knit Edge! It features embarrassing pictures and a lot of me chattering. There's a ton of other great stuff in there too, so I recommend picking it up even if you give no damns about the book.

Exciting thing #3: I got my contributor copy of Stitching in the Stacks! Lots of good stuff in this one, if you haven't perused.



Look, there I am! Yaaaay!


Other, slightly less exciting things: I've got a stack of hats to block about a foot tall, so as soon as I can convince myself to stop knitting and go handle the slightly-less-fun part, I'll have some more patterns to share. I'm having a bit of backdrop ambivalence, though- I thought that using the plain white wall in my new place would be nice and clean and peaceful, but really it comes out looking a bit dull and dingy unless the lighting outside happens to be perfect. I'll have to do some experimenting and see what else I can come up with. The kitchen is a great shade of gray but there's no unoccupied wall space. Hmmm. In the meantime, here is a dog.



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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Snoway!

I know we're *just* now getting to the good part of fall up here in the northern-hemisphere-temperate-zones, but winter's just around the corner! Fend off the snowy day blues with a goofy (and cozy) lil' cap:

  Snoway
Snoway 

Are those tassels AND a pompom I see? YOU EMMING EFFING KNOW IT, EMMER EFFERS! And a cute little mini snowy mountain range to dance around your skull.

  Snoway 

The super long earflaps can be wrapped around to make an impromptu scarf, or (more likely) used to swat people around you until you drive them crazy.

 Check out Snoway on Ravelry here, or
   

(As a fun aside, this hat is based on a few of my veeeery very old creations: This so-called Cyborg Hat, and this Geode Hat/Scarf. Just to give you a few variations to play with ;-) )

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Fiber Factor Challenge 4 Recap!

The "Sexy Roar" (that'd be Sexy Knitter + Dull Roar) podcast recap of Fiber Factor challenge 4 is up!





This was a tough challenge- I ended up liking a lot of the projects, but then, I'm a stockinette girl. Dunno bout those color combos though...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Doomsday Knits Available for Preorder!



Didn't get in on the Kickstarter? No worries- mosey on over to the Cooperative Press website and reserve a copy of Doomsday Knits! (At the moment, only PDF copies are available for preorder, but it will be available in print later as well ;-) ) 

Stay tuned for more exciting goings-on as we inch closer to our December release!

Adventure Knitting! (C'mon grab your friends, go to very distant lands...)

(Sorry 'bout that, we've been gorging on Adventure Time since they put it on Netflix. Come a looong withhh meee.....)




Lee "Leethal" Meredith recently offered to let me check out her newest crazy endeavor- Adventure Knitting! It took me awhile to get around to it, but the other day I was grumpy because I drove all the way across town to try Trader Joe's Cookie Butter and they were sold out, so I decided to take the afternoon off from working and finally give it a whirl (yes, that is actually how my brain works.  I am a child.)

The first thing to know about Lee is that she's pretty much a genius. I remember being totally wowed by her awesome swirly patterns when I first started designing (and still am, honestly) and I'm sure I made a right ass of myself when I first met her, 'cause like, OMG, Leethal! But in any case- whenever I look at one of Lee's patterns, my eyes sort of bug out of my head at the sheer brilliance of it all. Short rows! Slipped stitches! Colors! Cables that turn into i-cords! It's nuts!

The second thing to know is that she is THOROUGH, in the absolute best way. Most of her patterns have more than one variation- different gauges and sizes and shapes and colors and stitch patterns, oh my! The Adventure Knitting ebook is 44 pages long, organized nicely so that you can print off the parts you need, or just use it on the computer, and even includes a mini-booklet print out so you can actually make a tiny little book.

Adventure Knitting takes you through a series of decisions, tied to a fictional walk in the woods. Do you want to take the Orange Trail (and knit a hat)? Perhaps the Green Byway is more your speed. I didn't have a ton of time, so I took the Gold Route to a coffee sleeve (which I made a little wider to fit my water bottle.) I decided to use up some leftover Madelinetosh Vintage- I'm not sure I love the color combo I ended up with, but they looked nice together in the balls, and at least it matches the bottle...




Then I climbed a Birch Tree, Checked out Camp and walked the Footpath (I think you're supposed to pick just one, but I got greedy, heh), and wrapped up my trip by walking the Twisty Road. Just a short project, but enough to see how crazy-many places this booklet can lead to. Check out the projects on Ravelry for a tiny taste of the possibilities- there are some real stunners!! I'm in love with a few of these stitch patterns (the "Camp" one especially, and I love the twisty bind off....) It was also a good introduction to Leethal's Sideways Edge Cast-on, which I'd read about but hadn't tried yet. Super clever!

Anywho, you can go on your own adventure here (and don't forget to check out the rest of Lee's site- it's a happy bright party time of pretty!) Thanks for letting me give it a whirl, Lee!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

So You Want to be a Knitting Designer...

I have very quietly been plugging away at something over the last few months, and it's time for it to see the light of day. Introducing....




So You Want to be a Knitting Designer... 
Tips, tricks and resources for navigating the hand knitting industry. 

The knitting industry can be a confusing place. The career of knitting pattern design has changed drastically over the past decade or so, and there aren't a lot of resources to guide us. This is the book I wish that I had had as a novice designer. From self-publishing vs working with a publisher to marketing and dealing with problem customers, this ebook will give you an up-close-and-personal look at the nitty gritty bits of this wild and wooly career. Everything I know about this industry from working both as a designer and an editor/yarn-support-gatekeeper is packed into this 60+ page tome.

Topics covered include but are not limited to:
Writing your pattern (and naming it well!)
Selling your patterns online
Pattern photography, and how to make it look decidedly un-n00bish
Style sheets
Working with tech editors, test knitters, and sample knitters
The great free pattern debate
Payment structures and rights transfers
Putting together a great submission
Yarn support (and when and how to ask for it!)
Marketing methods
Navigating social media with aplomb
Branding yo' fine self
Wholesaling and working with distributors
Customer service 
Industry etiquette
TNNA!
Copyright, licensing, and knock-offs 
Crisis management
SO MANY RESOURCES

And, bonus: 
Sample style sheet to use and abuse
Form letters for awkward situations!

So You Want to be a Knitting Designer is formatted as a PDF file, which is readable on most devices (but may require you to download a reader program such as Adobe Reader, which is 100% free.) It will be delivered instantly upon purchase, so you can start kicking some knitting design ass RIGHT THE HELL NOW. WOOOO!!!! Rock on, designerlings. Rock. On. 

$19.50
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Note: This ebook is written in the same voice as my blog, which is to say, there are goofy made-up words and occasional profanities. You have been warned! Oh, and crocheters- I'm pretty sure at least 95% of this book is relevant to you too, but since I've never been a crochet designer, I didn't want to purport to speak for them ;-) 

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