One of the best things about putting patterns out for others to create with is seeing what they create! In the days after Christmas, more photos have been appearing on Ravelry project pages showing what was knit and crocheted and given and received for Christmas. A designer is able to view what others have made from their patterns by clicking on the activity tab, and this is one of the joys of having a Ravelry designer page. You get to see what creative and marvelous variations have been made from your patterns. I love the photos of recipients, especially children, with smiles on their faces as they model their new hats or mitts or scarves. Best Christmas gift of all!
So far this week I have seen gifts made or recipients wearing various projects made from these DBKN patterns:
Knit Hat (for anyone) (523 projects, in 412 queues)
Men’s Fingerless Mitts (579 projects, in 696 queues)
My Grandmother’s Slippers (221 projects, 299 queues)
Chesapeake Bottle Gift Bag (6 projects, in 21 queues)
Ruffled Lace Christmas Stocking (20 projects, in 96 queues)
Easy-Crochet Shawl (35 projects, 61 queues)
Hodgepodge Baby Hat (77 projects, in 131 queues)
Festive Occasion Crochet Hats (7 projects, 24 queues)
Liquid Gold Chain Mesh Scarf (49 projects, in 124 queues)
Ripple-band Headband (7 projects, in 27 queues )
Cozy Comfort Shawl (103 projects, in 227 queues )
“Miss Kitty” Christmas Stocking (6 projects, in 13 queues)
Yesterday I completed the latest commission for a publication, which is scheduled to appear in print in 2013. This was a somewhat challenging project so when I finally dispatched it there was a sense of accomplishment and relief. Afterwards I didn’t do any stitching at all, just languished on the couch watching college football bowl games and browsing needlecraft catalogs in order to relax and unwind.
I did make a run to the grocery store, and realized later what I had seen. Besides discovering a stash of Hostess fruitcake that I had been searching for ever since eating the last bite of one on hand, I also came across boxes of cordial cherries, a treat my daughter loves as much as I love fruitcake. I bought several because they only seem to appear in stores as seasonal items for a short time (just like fruitcake.) When I got home and settled down, I realized what was going on … Valentine’s Day gifts and candy are already out in stores, before New Year’s Day!
So I guess that means we can start thinking about heart-themed knit/crochet projects to start the new year. Why not think about starting a heart-themed afghan? This contest-winning square is one selected as part of a special afghan that was featured in a Crochet Today! contest several years ago. My square (#3, February square) was one of 12 winning squares that make up the afghan:
The complete afghan pattern is free at the Coats & Clark site.
Photo by Rose Callahan, copyright Crochet Today!
With Christmas items appearing in stores before Halloween and Valentine’s Day things appearing in stores before New Year’s, no wonder it seems that time flies. Maybe we should try to slow down a little with some relaxing knit and crochet projects to end 2012 and begin 2013.
Thanks to all of you for your continued support of Designs by KN and the free pattern database. I hope to keep designing and providing new pattern ideas for as long as I am able. Watch for at least six new projects (so far) scheduled for publication in 2013.
Happy New Stitching Year!