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
Booklet #9229 Spectrum includes a hexagon motif scarf: Alice
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
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
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
Photo copyright Vogue Knitting/SoHo Publishing, photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com
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
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:
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:
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:
Photo by Paul Amato, copyright Crochet Today!
The booties appeared in Spring 2009. It is now Summer 2013. Time flies.