Almost exactly two years ago, I decided to self-publish my first knitting pattern. It’s hard to believe that I’ve come so far in the last couple of years. I was looking back over all the patterns I’ve made (about 25 published and as yet unpublished) and thought it was time to polish my first patterns up a bit. Last month I fixed up Op Top, which is still one of my most popular patterns with more than 25,000 page views to date.
I found myself sort of between things in the last couple of weeks, so I decided to work on my Woven Diamond Socks pattern. This pattern was my very first toe-in-the-water into the swirling hot-tub of knitting pattern design (it didn’t take long for me to see that this was the place for me, plop right in and order a pina colada). Upon second inspection, this pattern was pretty rough. It only had one terrible photo, the layout was just an embarrassing blob, and the pattern itself was a little too hard to understand. I don’t want to degrade my own work, but honestly I was horrified to think that people might still be downloading this pattern and potentially judge my graphic design abilities lacking (as they would and rightfully should).
New Woven Diamond Sock Pattern Screen Shot
There, that’s better! I had to knit a new pair for the photos, as the original sample is so worn (loved!) at this point that they are almost unrecognizable. The new pattern features 4 brand new gloriously sunny pictures and it’s much easier to read. The best part? It’s FREE!
I’ve got just a little something for you today. For the past couple of years I’ve made a one-page calendar for my sweet darling Mother to put on her desk. This year, I made one with a repeating pattern in the background that I created from a photograph of the Capital Scarflette. Since this makes it (even vaguely) knitting related, I thought I’d make it available for free download here.
Click HERE to download the pdf for free.
I hope 2011 is a great year for everyone. Enjoy!
Last week at work we had a baby shower for one of my favorite co-workers. I wanted to make something special for her because she is a fellow knitter and also a very nice person. Baby Audrey Hat is what I came up with. I had some leftover yarn that would be just perfect for a sweet little baby hat. I whipped up this cute little hat in just a few hours and thought I would share the pattern here on my site for free.
I used Karabella Aurora 8 yarn for this hat. It’s so soft and perfect for a baby, or if you’re a baby about itchy wool. I got it at School Products Yarn in Midtown. They have over a hundred colors of this particular yarn, which is very exciting for someone such as myself.
How cool are these bracelets?!! They’re knitting needles that have been bent into a circular shape.
Screenshot taken from "Sew New Things" Etsy.com page
I was given a set of these “upcycled knitting needles” for Christmas from my Brother and his lovely wife. Thanks guys, I love them! It was such a thoughtful gift.
Lynda Slade who makes these super cool bracelets lives in Sydney, Australia. You can get your own set on her etsy page, Sewnewthings.
Thumbs up for Jewelry!