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You’d think after completing seven design commissions in the space of less than 30 days my hands, arms, shoulders and brain would be too tired to pick up a crochet hook or pair of knitting needles. Not so! Just after dispatching a number of completed items for Colorado flood victims (see previous post), along came notice that it’s time for the annual Snug Hugs for Kids Crochet & Knit-a-Thon, a charitable cause that former coworkers and I have contributed to for the past five years:

2011 Snug Hugs for Kids donations 1

snug hugs for kids tag

Also mentioned in the previous post was a visit to a local Tuesday Morning store where I found bargains on sock and “big ball” yarns. Immediately I began turning it into useful items for those in need:

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Some of the completed projects were these Crochet Hats in SRK “On Your Toes” sock yarn. Since the yarn is thin I used a size H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook and went up to 84 or 96 single crochet before discontinuing the increases, worked around and around in a spiral until long enough, then finished off with 3 or 4 rounds of half double crochet ribbing:

sock yarn beanies

Besides hats, Snug Hugs for Kids also accepts baby blankets, scarves, and other items for ages newborn to 18 years old, so this Cuddle Cable Baby Blanket in Red Heart “Comfort” will be included in the donation package:

cuddle cable blan done

With some leftover TLC Baby Amore yarn from stash, I created this set of a small baby blanket based on the Log Cabin Heart Square from the CT! Contest Favorites Afghan with a matching hat crocheted from the remaining scraps:

baby blan and hat

Also completed for donation is this pair of C.O.O.S., in a pretty pink & brown colorway of Wisdom Yarns Marathon Socks “Seattle”:

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Leftovers of this sock yarn were turned into another Crochet Hat:

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In the batch of yarn picked up at Tuesday Morning were two balls of Wisdom Yarns Marathon Socks “North Pole” in the ‘Jack Frost’ colorway. Since my most recent fave project to design and crochet is the Alice scarf from Classic Elite Yarns booklet #9229 Spectrum

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… I decided to make another. There was a lot of noise going on last weekend (DH was sanding the deck, gardeners were mowing and aerating lawns, washing machine and dryer were in use, football and baseball games were being broadcast on TV) so in the midst of the hubbub I tried to drown it all out by focusing on crocheting this version, the Blue Motif Scarf:

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For this one, I didn’t change colors every round but just let the yarn do its own thing straight from the ball. The scarf is made of motifs using the join-as-you-go method so it grows quickly. I couldn’t stop making and joining motifs so in just a couple days I had a newly completed accessory which will be fun to wear this fall and winter.

That’s the production to date, not to mention five new design submissions sent out in response to recently-received design calls, plus another project on the needles which can’t be revealed yet. I’m keeping my very busy fingers crossed that even more projects come along, to keep the production line rolling … round and round and up and down … until fourteen (so far) completed commissions scheduled for publication are released in 2014!

ETA: On another charitable note, this post appeared on the Lion Brand Yarn Facebook page: “October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This Pinky’s Wings Beanie designed by Kathy North with our Vanna’s Choice yarn would make a great chemo cap.”

Pinky's Wings Beanie on C side look

Thank you, Lion Brand!

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Pass it on

One never knows what the day will bring. Today’s coincidences ended in satisfactory conclusions and new beginnings. The chain of events …

… family member stopped by for an impromptu visit.

… question from me: Do you know anyone collecting items for Colorado flood relief? I have a bunch of hats, etc. to donate.

… instant communication via email with other family members currently on site assisting with cleanup efforts in a flood-affected community … happy to take them and get items to those in need.

… quick pack-up of hats, blankets, slippers, socks, scarves and washcloths, since family members will meet this weekend and the donations can be transferred then:

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blanket done 1

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… after packing, headed out for a quick lunch together at a restaurant which happened to be next door to a Tuesday Morning store.

… stopped in to see what might be in the craft aisle. Found good bargains on sock yarn and two “big ball” skeins, all with lots of yardage.

… ended up with this haul: enough yarn for five pairs of socks and two blankets, to make even more items for charitable donation.

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Don’t you just love passing it on?

P.S. Donated items in photos above include Knit Hat (for anyone!), Crochet Hat, C.O.O.S., Shell Point Cloths, My Fave Dishcloth, Chunky Cap, Twist Mitts, My Grandmother’s Slippers, Chunk-a-Block Hat and Royalty Scarves. Blanket begun with 6″ Blanket Squares and built out from there.

Plus one more just-completed FO (made with some of the Tuesday Morning yarn) to be donated later:

Cuddle Cable Baby Blanket

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ETA: And what happened the very next day? The My Mountain Facebook page posted this: “Kathy North has just made two of her My Mountain contest entries available online as free patterns! They are both super cute. Check them out here: http://piece-by-piece.net/”

Thanks, My Mountain!

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Bulky Ribs at Play Hat

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Chunky Honeycomb Hat

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Lucky Seven

So you want to be a knit or crochet designer? Be prepared to be surprised at times, challenged at times, and in a tear-your-hair-out mood at times. Also be prepared to meet deadlines and spend a lot of time writing/rewriting, calculating/recalculating, knitting/crocheting and reknitting/recrocheting in order to produce your best work to meet commission guidelines and standards. It can be awesome and amazing to accomplish finished projects that pass muster well enough to be published in books, magazines or yarn company publications, but be prepared for a lot of hard work before the final reward.

In a previous post I described the surprise of suddenly finding myself with seven design commissions, all due in one month’s time. I went from “Yay!” upon learning of the first commission to “Uh oh, I’m in big trouble now” by the time the seventh acceptance notice was received. I’ve never had so many projects facing me in such a short time before, so I swallowed hard and got to work. In my current retired-from-the-day-job, empty-nester lifestyle, I am fortunate to have the luxury of time to set other things aside and concentrate on design tasks. Today I am very pleased to announce that Project #7 of seven will arrive at its intended destination exactly one week before the final deadline, so now I can say “Yay!” again. I’m very relieved to be on the other side of the challenge, looking back at the work accomplished. Now begins the long waiting game until the projects appear in published form in spring/summer 2014.

If you want to design for publication, besides producing quality items under the pressure of deadlines, you also need a measure of patience to wait to see the final fashion photography. It’s worth it, though, when projects you’ve labored over, like this …

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are shared with the world when eventually published, like this …

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Maxime Pullover

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Alice Scarf 

Photos copyright Classic Elite Yarns

In case you’re interested in how the whole process goes, this is my experience:

A design call will be received through email or announced in some other venue. If I have an idea that matches what the publisher is looking for, I do some swatching and mini-sample making to express my idea in knit or crochet format. Following the submission guidelines to the letter, I put together a one-page summary of my plan. In the past, my submissions were done awkwardly through a combination of cover letters, sketches and swatch photos as attachments in cumbersome emails, but I eventually condensed it to one page. It seems to be working (at one point I even received a thank-you from a publisher for the concise format of my submissions.)

Be sure to follow the submission guidelines exactly. Most importantly, include your contact information so they can notify you when your idea is accepted. Here’s a sample of a template I set up which includes contact information in the header, details about the design idea in the upper-left corner, a sketch in the upper-right corner, photos of swatches and mini-samples, and an “about the designer” statement in the lower left corner:

sample submission page

This example turned out to be a successful submission, and the final project appeared in the Classic Elite Yarns Web-letter as the Chesapeake Bottle Gift Bag:

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Photo copyright Classic Elite Yarns

Besides finished-project deadlines, there are submission deadlines as well, so pay attention to those. Then add your measure of patience and wait … and wait … and wait. While waiting, create new ideas and prepare new submissions for other design calls, keeping your ideas flowing and “in the loop.” I record all submissions in an Excel spreadsheet, noting date submitted, project title, recipient, intended publication issue, and the result. Have I been a little busy since starting to submit ideas way back in 2007? I guess so. My Excel spreadsheet is currently 643 lines long!

Right now I’m in a waiting period on another successful submission, scheduled to appear in the new book “Cozy Knits” (release date November 18):

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But hot off the self-publishing press are two new hat designs that were initially submitted to the My Mountain hat design contest. They didn’t make it to the semifinals but two of my entries did end up on the My Mountain Pinterest page.

Bulky Ribs at Play Hat

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Chunky Honeycomb Hat

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So, after straining your brain for new and creative ideas, expressing them through a design submission, waiting for a response, and racing against deadlines if your project is accepted, see how much fun you can have? Hopefully you can enjoy the whole process and still keep some hair on your head!

P.S. See my Ravelry designer page for more submissions-turned-published projects.

P.P.S. On the charitable-knitting front, after completing the “lucky seven” commissions, I knit this pair of My Grandmother’s Slippers to donate to Colorado flood victims, along with the patchwork blanket described in the last post:

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Blanketed

Miles and miles of northern Colorado not far from here are blanketed with flood water. As rain continued to fall throughout the day yesterday, the news from the flood-ravaged zones worsened. From this morning’s newspaper headlines: “19,000 homes damaged or destroyed, six dead, 1,253 unaccounted for, 2,100 people and 500 pets evacuated by helicopter, 11,700 ordered evacuated, roads and bridges gone …” At times like this one gives thanks for safety and shelter and tries to think of ways to help. Besides giving monetary donations to relief agencies, I always think of what I can give from the stash of accumulated knit and crochet projects made throughout the year and stored for just such occasions. Awhile ago there was disastrous flooding on the east coast from a hurricane. When the call came for donations of blankets and other knit/crochet items, I was able to send these:

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Now the disaster zone is much closer to home and again I am going through storage tubs to find items that may be of use at one of many shelters currently open to care for those who have been displaced and are homeless at the moment. The 6″ Blanket Squares pattern was created for just such a “community blanket” effort. I had a few excess squares stored away so yesterday I began assembling them, along with other scrappy swatches, into a patchwork comfortghan that I hope to donate as soon as needs are known. Here is the completed blanket:

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Hats and other items will likely accompany the blanket for those who might need them. After all, winter is coming and, according to the newspaper reports, it will be months before roads and bridges can be repaired and services restored in some of the harder-hit areas. Although this catastrophic “500-year flood” is monumental in scope, the donation of a blanket or hat may give someone a bit of comfort and warmth in the midst of tragic loss.

Crochet Hat

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Knit Hat (for anyone!)

Knit hat for anyone orange w blue stripes flat

6″ Blanket Squares (crochet)

Blanket squares 4 crochet

6″ Blanket Squares (knit)

Blanket squares 4 knit

K’s Care Square

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Thinking of You Lapghan

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Scrapper’s Stripe Afghan

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Here’s one comfort blanket donated to a charitable cause in the past, started with 6″ blanket squares and built on from there:

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Other ideas for charitable-cause donations in times of disaster are slippers and baby blankets:

My Grandmother’s Slippers

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Ballet-Style Slippers

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Block-Stitch Blanket

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Cuddle Cable Baby Blanket

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Bunny-Ear Blankie

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It may not be much, but for those of us who can’t be there in person to serve at shelters, cook or help with disaster recovery clean-up, it’s one way for us to do “something.”

Double-Double Crochet Hat (bottom 3 hats) — shown with Knit Hat (for Anyone!), Crochet Hat, & Recedere Hat

2010 Snug Hugs for Kids donations

Thinking of you and sending caring thoughts and prayers your way, northern Colorado neighbors.

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Water, water, everywhere

You may have seen the news about the Colorado floods. Yes, we needed some rain but did it have to come all at once? One source called it a deluge of “biblical proportions” and it sure seemed so yesterday as image after image of flooded intersections, ponds turned to lakes, creeks turned to rushing rivers and mountain towns being cut off due to high water and road damage appeared on the news (one kid even caught a fish swimming down his neighborhood street as he was walking home from school!) Once the flooding in canyons and cities nearby started reaching catastrophic levels, I found myself glued to the TV watching minute-by-minute coverage of events as they happened. DH was at work in an office in one of the communities located under the bullseye of the heavy rain. I called to see if his car, the office parking lot and/or building was under water. He happened to be driving back to work after a lunch break and told me it was necessary to drive in the center lane as there was too much water along the edges. When road closures began to be announced, including major arteries and freeways, I was wondering how he would get home, but surprisingly there was little problem with his afternoon commute. Our home is safe away from any floodplains or canyon streambeds, but today it is still raining and the report is for another storm on the way.

I was glad to have the rainy weather hit at this time as I needed to stay inside and work frantically through seven design commissions awarded this month (see previous post.)  Before the rain arrived I had completed and dispatched projects #1 – #4, and had made good progress on project #5.  When project #5 was finished, I immediately cast on for #6 and knit like the wind to get it done, knowing that project #7 and a short deadline is looming once yarn support arrives. The rain and gloom made for excellent knitting weather so without the distraction of other appointments or commitments I was able to knit from morning until night. Today I was up at 4:00 a.m. finalizing the paperwork and packaging so I could drop it off at the post office this morning. Now for a little breather before the next, and last, project … number seven of seven in a month!  That means I do have FOs to report for FO Friday in the I Blog group on Ravelry, however I can’t show any of them at this time. They will be revealed when published sometime in spring/summer 2014.

What I can show is the Shortie Shell Capelet, which is currently a CAL project for the month of September in the Crochet Shoulder Wrappers group on Ravelry. Oh my, there are some beautiful and colorful capelets being posted day-by-day as each crocheter completes a project for the CAL. Thank you for choosing this pattern and creating such wonderful variations from it. You can see all the projects associated with this design on the Ravelry pattern page.  Here are some I’ve made in the past:

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shortie shell capelet purple symphony 4

Shortie Shell capelet blue backlit fix

Shortie Shell Capelet

I was browsing through earlier DBKN patterns and rediscovered some fun berets so decided to post about them on the Designs by KN Facebook page:

Around Town Beret

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Around Town Beret pink

Brilliant Beret

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Graceful Soft Mesh Beret

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While capelets and berets may not be standard “rain gear” they are fun to make. Here are a few more ideas:

Vintage Beauty Capelet

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Photo copyright Classic Elite Yarns

Blizzard Ridge Big Slouchie Hat

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Chunky Cap

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Acorn Bobble Hat

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Soft Crochet Capelet

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And the latest shoulder wrapper to be published — Chrysalis Poncho for little girls in the new Willow Yarns catalog:

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Photo copyright Willow Yarns

Now, if only all of this rain and flood water could be transformed into yarn. We could blanket the world with knit and crochet projects!

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Type, type, type …

… knit, knit, knit. Blogging came to a screeching halt when all of a sudden I found myself facing the daunting task of completing seven (seven!) new design commissions due by the end of this month. I’ve blogged before about how design calls are announced, how I respond by sending ideas “out there” and what happens after that. The great thing about the process is the element of surprise — you never know what will happen. Imagine my surprise when design submissions I had forgotten about received “acceptance” and when yarn support arrived at the door for another that had been put out of mind.

In the knit/crochet design arena, my emotions generally follow this pattern: “I wonder what will become of this submission?” … “Design acceptance–Yay!” … “What’s in this box? Yarn!” … “How many sizes do I have to write this pattern for?” … “The deadline is when???” … “Gulp.”

For the past few days it has been nothing but “type, type, type, knit, knit, knit” as I completed projects #1 through #4 of the seven due by month’s end. Thankfully I was able to dispatch these at the P.O. first thing this morning, so they should arrive at their intended destination well ahead of deadline. Whew! On to the next three.

I’ve mentioned before that this whole crazy design thing started way back in 2004 with a few small ideas in a charitable-cause newsletter. It progressed to the day when I garnered courage enough to submit an idea to a major national publication. This was the idea that started it all …

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… which eventually appeared as the cover hat in the Fall 2007 issue of Knit Simple (the issue sold out, but the hat pattern is available for free on the VK site):

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Photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com, copyright SoHo Publishing

280 designs later (see my Ravelry designer page) I’m still at it, and still experiencing the range of emotions from “Yay!” to “Uh-oh.”

The My Mountain hat design contest received 215 entries, and only 18 were chosen as semifinalists. None of my four entries (see previous post) made the cut, but I am getting a free T-shirt! Plus I have four new patterns to publish … some day.

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Type, type, type …

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Should’a, would’a, could’a …

A houseguest arrived Saturday for a long-anticipated visit to Colorado. During the stay I …

should’a been working on the next two design commissions but yarn support hasn’t arrived yet. Instead took a sightseeing trip to show our guest the Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park areas. For the first time since moving to Colorado over twenty years ago, we took the Estes Park aerial tramway and hiked from the top station to the summit of Prospect Mountain for scenic views and wildlife watching:

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view  longs peak 3

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chipmunk   jay

While our guest was here for four days I …

would’a been posting photos of recently completed knit and crochet projects on Ravelry but was too busy taking photos of summer wildflowers and brilliant hanging flower baskets along the Blue River in Breckenridge, Colorado:

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In between attending a Colorado Rockies baseball game at Coors Field and dining with our houseguest at favorite restaurants like Panera BreadSmokin’ Dave’s BBQ, Arapahoe Cafe and Pappadeaux I …

could’a been knitting and crocheting in the car as DH drove us to and fro, but was too distracted by scenic vistas everywhere, including these at Dillon Reservoir and the Breckenridge ski area (even spotted a pair of snowy white mountain goats on a hillside near the Eisenhower Tunnel):

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Our houseguest left this morning. Perhaps now “should’a, would’a, could’a” will become “done, done and done” (that is, after the laundry is finished!)

P.S. There should be a new Designs by KN pattern appearing soon. I’ve been waiting “patiently” so keep an eye on the DBKN Facebook page for new release announcements.

ETA: And here it is!  Chrysalis Poncho in the new Willow Yarns catalog:

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Photo copyright Willow Yarns

 

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Color groups

If you’re part of the Ravelry community you already know there are thousands of members who have shared countless project images, patterns, information, resources and forum discussions in hundreds of groups (if you haven’t had the chance to sign up to join Ravelry, it’s easy to do and free to join.) There are groups galore to fit whatever your interests are, groups where you can share completed projects, ask questions, participate in exchanges, get updates from your fave LYS, yarn company or publisher, get help or just chime in on discussions about everything under the sun. I recently discovered there are even Rav groups based on color preferences!

The first group I discovered by accident is for those who like the color green. That set me off on a winding path spending hours looking through knit and crochet projects. While browsing through completed projects created from Designs by KN patterns, I chose these few selections (there are so many more!) as representatives of some of the projects shared in the various Rav color groups:

In the Blue family (Rav group: True Blue)

Montera Cob Toque from Classic Elite Yarns Web-letter, Issue 107

Cob Toque CEY 107

Photo copyright Classic Elite Yarns

In the Red family (Rav group: Red Ravelers)

Provence Summer String Bag from CEY Web-letter, Issue 139

CE Provence summer string bag

Photo copyright Classic Elite Yarns

In the Green family (Rav group: Green is the color!)

Emerald Isle Lap Blanket from book “50 Knitted Gifts for Year-Round Giving

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Emerald Isle Lap Blanket by Kathy North from “50 Knitted Gifts for Year Round Giving,” published by Sixth&Spring Books. Photography by Jack Deutsch and text copyright © 2013 by Sixth&Spring Books. Used by permission.

In the Yellow family (Rav group: Hello Yellow!)

Itty Bitty Booties from Crochet Today! Mar/Apr 2009 (also available in Crochet Today! Baby & Kids Book, Spring 2012)

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Photo copyright Crochet Today!, photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com

In the Pink family (Rav group: Think Pink)

#8 Accordion Scarf from Knit Simple, Winter 2009/2010

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Photo copyright Knit Simple/SoHo Publishing,  photo by Rose Callahan

In the Purple family (Rav group: Purple Rules!)

Chunky Cap from Crochet Today!, Jan/Feb 2008

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Photo copyright Crochet Today!, photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com

In the Orange family (Rav group: ORANGE POWER)

Knit Hat (for anyone!)

Knit Hat for anyone orange on C 2

There are likely many more color-themed groups on Ravelry (black?  white?  gray?  brown?) If you can’t decide what color to use for your next knit or crochet project, feel free to browse through ideas on my Ravelry designer page for projects created in every color of the rainbow. One just completed is a new pair of Twist Mitts:

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Wonder if there’s a Rav group for those who like the color dark teal?

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“The rain in Spain …

… stays mainly on the plain.”

We’re not in Spain but rather on the high plains of Colorado, and the rain stayed over us yesterday. Monsoonal flow brought heavy, slow-moving thunderstorms, pelting the region with downpours, flash flooding, wind, hail and bright flashes of lightning followed by the kind of thunder that rumbles and reverberates in waves through the air, shaking windows and homes with the concussion. This morning I was glad to see hummingbirds at the feeder. They survived the storm, and the rain was welcome to help with drought conditions but wildlife outdoors surely endured a miserable night.

“The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain.”

In another meaning of the word “plain” I consider myself a “plain Jane” when it comes to personal dress, preferring solid color clothing and simple, comfortable styles. Some of my knit and crochet projects are “plain Jane” too, like this pillow I completed this week. It’s the Checquered Cushion from an Ella Rae pattern leaflet Ella Rae, Book Seven. The cushion in the booklet is plain as plain can be, yet I was drawn to it for its simplicity and clean, classic lines. Since I had one ball of light blue Lion Brand “Vanna’s Choice” and one ball of brown Loops & Threads “Impeccable Worsted” on hand, I thought to make the cushion reversible by using one color on each side, tying it together with an edging worked with a strand of each color. After knitting the squares, I worked one round of single crochet edging, then held front and back together with a reverse single crochet border in double-strand yarn. Voila!

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Believe it or not, once in a while I do enjoy working up another designer’s pattern, just to give my brain a vacation from creating something original from scratch. But half the fun of designing for publication is seeing the final result … how an item you imagined in your mind finally comes to fruition in printed form, how the project fashion photo turns out, and how your design is featured in the magazine/book/leaflet/catalog layout.

Two happy things arrived at my doorstep this week, both complimentary contributor copies of recently released publications in which my designs appear. The first to arrive was “50 Knitted Gifts for Year-Round Giving” with my Emerald Isle Lap Blanket design on page 31:

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I had received a preview of the fashion photo earlier and noticed that the gift tag was blank. However, in the final product the tag appears with this greeting:

50 gifts blan tag

Emerald Isle Lap Blanket by Kathy North from “50 Knitted Gifts for Year Round Giving,” published by Sixth&Spring Books. Photography by Jack Deutsch and text copyright © 2013 by Sixth&Spring Books. Used by permission.

The second happy thing to arrive was the #9229 Spectrum pattern booklet published by Classic Elite Yarns, which includes the Alice scarf (definitely NOT one of my “plain Jane” projects — this one is a riot of color in Liberty Wool Light, the most fun project I’ve ever designed and crocheted):

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As I said, half the fun of designing is seeing the final layout of your project. In this case, not only are there photos of the scarf on the pattern page, but the booklet ends with “Alice” looking out to the side in the final two-page layout (perhaps noticing more monsoon rain clouds on the horizon?)

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Booklet photos copyright Classic Elite Yarns

Thank you to all the yarn companies and publishers who work so hard to produce excellent materials and resources for knitters, crocheters and designers to enjoy. I appreciate the opportunities to contribute.

Not every idea or project I complete ends up in a fashion publication. Since this is FO Friday, here are a few more scrap-happy projects completed this week, using yarns from stash and some earlier Designs by KN patterns:

Scrappy Bias Scarf (using the Bias Boucle Scarf pattern with super-bulky yarn)

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Chunk-a-Block Hat

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Sock Yarn Hat (using Knit Hat (for anyone!) pattern with sock yarn on size 3 circular needle, CO 120 sts instead, start top decreases with K18, k2tog and reduce from there)

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Here’s hoping we can keep our creative minds and itchy fingers busy, and that “the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain” instead of flooding us here!

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Time flies

August already, football scrimmages already, back-to-school advertisements already, and fall knit/crochet patterns released … already. Time flies.

I keep an Excel spreadsheet to record all design submissions and results. Over time the record has grown to a lengthy assortment, as evidenced by this statement in the intro section of my Ravelry designer page:

An eclectic mix of designs has been pub’d in VK Crochet, Noro Magazine, CEY Web-letters & pattern collections, Creative Knitting, Knit Simple, Knit.1, Crochet Today!, Knitscene & Day-to-Day calendars plus books “Knit Noro”, “60 More Quick Knits”, “Cozy Knits”, “50 Knitted Gifts for Year-Round Giving”, “Debbie Macomber Blossom Street Collection” & “Quick & Simple Knit Hats & Scarves”, with more to come.

On my spreadsheet, the status of accepted-designs-pending-publication are bit-by-bit transitioning from “awaiting publication” to “published”. Today while browsing through the list of patterns created since Designs by KN started in 2004, I noted another milestone: 280 designs recorded on Ravelry … already. Time flies.

Once you start creating original designs of your own, it becomes harder and harder to stop, although some days it seems I can’t possibly think of anything new and have come close to proclaiming “I’m done!” Then, just in time, a new pattern is publicly released and the design fever burns again. Such has been the case with the following:

Classic Elite Yarns Fall pattern collection

Booklet #9245 Belle includes this hexagon motif pullover: Maxime

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Booklet #9229 Spectrum includes a hexagon motif scarf: Alice

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Photos copyright Classic Elite Yarns

50 Knitted Gifts for Year-Round Giving

This new book includes an Irish-themed lap blanket in the St. Patrick’s Day section: Emerald Isle Lap Blanket

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Emerald Isle Lap Blanket by Kathy North from “50 Knitted Gifts for Year Round Giving,” published by Sixth&Spring Books. Photography by Jack Deutsch and text copyright © 2013 by Sixth&Spring Books. Used by permission.

Noro Knitting Magazine Spring/Summer 2013

This “something different” shawl is modeled by Michelle Dockery of Downton Abbey: #7 Lace Panel Shawl

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Photo copyright Noro Magazine Spring/Summer 2013, photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com

Lace Panel Shawl
Designer: Kathy North
Yarn Information: Noro/KFI Silk Garden Sock
For sizes: 55 x 24.5″
Amounts: 3 skeins in #S373

Vogue Knitting Crochet Spring 2013

One of the most unique designs I’ve ever created appears in the Glamour Girls section of the magazine: #23 Mesh Cape

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Photo copyright Vogue Knitting/SoHo Publishing, photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com

Mesh Cape
Designer: Kathy North
For sizes: Small/Medium, Large/X-Large
Yarn information: Blue Sky Alpacas Melange
Amounts: 10 (11) hanks in #813 pomegranate

Creative Knitting Magazine Autumn issue

A fun-to-knit-and-wear design for a pair of soft legwarmers appears in the Think Out of the Tube section: Colorfully Comfy Leg Warmers

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Photo copyright Annie’s

These were the “big” designs I waited for so long. Now that they are available for all the world to see, I can look ahead. It will be another long wait for some (Spring 2014), but it will be worth it when they finally get their moment in the spotlight. Here’s a hint of things to come:

1. Something for little girls

2. Something for hat lovers

3. Something for quick-to-make project lovers

4. Something to wear next summer

While waiting, I continue to try to come up with new ideas, such as these My Mountain hat design contest entries:

hats 4 table best

When looking to the future, it’s always good to remind oneself of the past … where one started and how far one has come. Recently I’ve noticed a flurry of interest in one of my earlier designs, Droolie Bib:

Droolie Bib w booties fill

The shoes in the photo are the prototype version of Itty Bitty Booties published in the March/April 2009 issue of Crochet Today! The pattern is also included in Crochet Today! Baby & Kids Book, Spring 2012:

CT Mar Apr 09 Baby bootie page for posting

Photo by Paul Amato, copyright Crochet Today!

The booties appeared in Spring 2009. It is now Summer 2013. Time flies.

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