I’m so beyond delighted to announce the debut of my new pattern, the Figurehead Shawl, in the new KnitScene Summer 2011 magazine! I’m extra excited because it’s the first pattern I’ve gotten published in a magazine. Whoo hoo!
The pattern is a small summery shawl style scarf featuring a [totally knitted] scalloped edge and a cute little button to make sure it stays put. It’s great if you need just a little extra layer on a breezy summer afternoon. The striped pattern is so easy and adds a handsome touch to the simple garter stitch texture. I love it because not only is it super cute, but also because I know it won’t slip off my neck, which makes it the perfect little scarf to wear while riding my bike.
Did I sell you all on it yet? Yes! Now giddy-up! Go buy that magazine and knit, knit, KNIT!
The pages of the magazine splayed out for all you internetters to see. Also, check out my orchid in the back. I kept that thing around for 2 years and it finally bloomed again!
It was such a surreal experience to see something that I made on a model with my name next to it in a magazine. The pictures look so good too! They didn’t get a picture showing the button, which is my favorite part of the pattern, but you can see it here.
The magazine hit the shelves a week ago. I’ve already started seeing some project pictures pop up on the pattern’s Ravelry page, which is always a delight. Keep up the good work everyone!
FYI, you can purchase the magazine online or just about anywhere that sells knitting magazines (like a craft store or Barnes & Noble).
This weekend I went with my darling mother to the SOFA (sculpture objects & functional art) show at the Park Avenue Armory on 67th Street. I REALLY enjoyed this show. There were so many things that were right up my alley! In addition to painting, I’ve always had a keen interest in ceramics and pottery. In art school I had a dual concentration on both, but didn’t really pursue the pottery thing after college. Honestly I was only OK at it, and painting was clearly my strong suit, but still there was always something about clay that just made my heart sing
Here are some pictures of some of my favorite work from the show.
I absolutely loved these ceramic faces by Johan Thunell. If you look closely (they are smaller than you’d think, maybe 6″ tall), you’ll see that he’s only glazed the teeth and eyes, giving these pieces a creepy, yet charming glimmer of life.
This piece, by Marian Bijlenga, was another favorite of mine. It spoke to my inner textile artist I think. I’ve made several forays into the field, but have never really found my voice. I think there’s still a future there though.
The Snood for Good!
Just a quick note today. I’ve been ULTRA busy lately (tell you why soon), but it’s about time I post about my fundraiser for relief efforts in Japan. It was such a huge success! Thanks to everyone who bought my “Caring Cowl” pattern, I was able to donate $200 to the American Red Cross. I also want to thank everyone who re-blogged, tweeted, and posted on facebook and Ravelry about the pattern. Every time that happened I had a bump in sales and I really appreciated your help in spreading the word. You’re the best!
This was such a great experience that I’ve decided to continue selling the pattern, donating the profits to charity. Thanks again everyone! I’ll be sure to keep you posted about future donations.