What to Make Next? Craftsy to the Rescue!

I have to share this with you because I think it is rather funny. I have been spending a lot of time using the Craftsy platform. I love it! I think I have signed up for almost every knitting class. I don’t need them all but every one of them has taught me something. Thing is it is driving my husband mad. You know those rifts of music at the beginning of each lesson? Well he’s got them all down pat. Knows exactly what class I am listening to just from the music. Right now I am designing a pair of socks for him using Knit Picks Imagination Yarn in the colorway Seven Dwarves.

With the help of Donna Druchunas’ Original Toe Up Sock Class of course! Marc has unusually thick feet and Donna’s class has been extremely helpful in planning a sock that will fit Marc. Here you can see me measuring his foot circumference.  11 1/4 ” !

Here are some FO that came out wonderful.

This is the Porifera socks I knit for my sister. They came out great!

I also finished the Pogona Shawl by Stephen West using Malabrigo Arroyo in the color Archangel

I should be working on Marc’s sweater but honestly I am so afraid of messing it up I have procrastinated.  I think I may need to “consult” with Stefanie Japel or Carol Feller over at Craftsy. I’m sure they will be able to help 🙂

A Knitting Sancuary

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It is always a pleasure to knit but having the right atmosphere does make a huge difference. I am in upstate NY this weekend visiting my family and this is by far the most enjoyable place to knit. Let me describe it to you. Surrounded by family sitting on the back porch enjoying my sister’s beautiful garden. The East Branch of the Delaware River flowing by as we talk, catch up on things and laugh. If it gets a little chilly I can throw a blanket on my lap and keep knitting. This is so pleasurable in so many ways.

I am working on a pair of socks for my Sis right now and hoping I can finish them before I leave. The pattern is Porifera Socks by Miriam Felton using the leftover Lorna’s Laces Solemate I made her Against the Current Shawl with.

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Inspiration Tsunami

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I have so many things going on and there is so much to write about but not quite time. I will say that I am really excited about publishing some of my designs and am taking the time to make sure the patterns are well written. I have my collared cowl out being test knitted and will be sending the ptn off to a tech editor before publishing. I also have my Against the Current Shawl to submit and my Robins’ Nest cowl which will be a free pattern. I also will write out a pattern for my Guardian of Air shawl.

If you don’t already know, my patterns are inspired by Joanna Powell Colbert’s Gaian Tarot Deck. I am a Tarot reader as well as a knitter and use Joanna’s deck often for readings. I started thinking of knitted items I would make the people in her deck and started making them but not writing up the patterns.

I don’t currently have any published patterns and this is all new to me. I will put the patterns up on Craftsy and Ravelry and maybe look into other places like Patternfish. I need to learn how to set up a store here on my website as well.

Here are some pictures of my patterns thus far.

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The Forest Habitat Cowl

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Against the Current Shawl

World’s Largest Swatch

Getting ready for winter knitting and pulled out my husband’s fisherman’s sweater which has been put away for quite a while. The sweater body is coming out a lot smaller than my gauge swatches led me to believe. I knit all the different patterns separately when swatching so it’s possible they were off. I had Marc try it on and it is very tight all around yet I calculated it for 4″ of ease! I also should be starting the armholes but I still have a couple of inches before I get there. This really bites.

Marc says he doesn’t care, but I don’t want him wearing something that looks like crap. To be sure I don’t mess it up again I gave it a soak and hung it outside to dry. Now I am measuring 15 inches across all the cable patterns and my seed st on the edge is 3 1/8″ for 10sts. So there you have it. The world’s largest swatch!

PS Learn from my mistake and don’t try to save yarn when swatching. You really need to repeat the pattern a couple of times in each direction to get a correct gauge. Lesson learned.

Lovin the Craftsy Platform!

I don’t know about you but I have become a Craftsy addict! I love their set up and there are so many classes to choose from! One of the classes I joined was Designing your own Lace Shawl taught by Miriam Felton.  I thought the class was phenomenal and was inspired to create a shawl that I call Against the Current.

I plan on publishing this pattern and already have all the charts made up. Just need to write up the pattern. Oh, did I mention they have a class for writing a pattern? It is called How to Say It taught by Edie Eckman. It can be monotonous but is full of useful info if you are planning on writing up patterns. Here is the first pattern I am writing up. I am calling it the Forest Habitat Cowl and it is based on a cowl I knit for my Mom last year. I mad a few changes and wrote up the pattern. I plan on sending out to a test knitter soon and am still in search of a good tech editor. If you know one let me know. Here is a shot of it “on the block”

 

If you have been debating on taking one of the Craftsy classes I highly recommend them. They are very well done and worth every penny.