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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Blog Tour for Knit So Fine

I have to share this with you all. I am going to take a part in the blog tour for this great new book Knit So Fine written by three designers Lisa Meyers, Laura Grutzeck, and Carol Sulcoski.
The blog starts on June 2 - with Andrea Lyn of The Fiber Forum
Next day June 3 - RosieBlogs

And on June 4 - Carol Sulcoski will be here
with me to talk about the book and the yarns used for the book projects. TRY NOT TO MISS IT !!

The rest of the schedule:
June 5: Kat Coyle
June 6: LynnH of ColorJoy
June 7: Shannon Okey
June 8: the Nautical Knitter, of Knit With Us
June 9: Connie Chang
June 10: Cristi of Turtlegirl’s Bloggy Thing
June 11: Rob of Threadbear Fiber Arts
June 12: Cindy, the FitterKnitter
June 13: VĂ©ronik Avery
June 14: Franklin Habit
June 15: Myra & Suzie of Woolbearers

So, what do you think?

Monday, May 26, 2008

A Day With Friends And a New Computer

We had a great day yesterday. First half of the day we've spent with our long-time friends talking, eating, and walking in the park. While we were saying good-bye to this couple, another couple of friends were opening our gate. It was so great! Altogether, we had a non-stop conversation for 10 hours. Wow! We did not have this much fun for a long time. We are trying to unwind today. I guess I have to knit more today;)
I just ordered my new computer. I am very happy about it. I always was working on PC either at home or at work. Now I am going to be a Mac person. Whoo! We will see how I like it. Many people (including my daughter) said they love Mac. My only concern is my files for my Math book and the Casual, Elegant Knits. I hope I have nothing to worry about.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

My two cents on the knitwear design.

It is almost the end of May. This is the last week of school and the summer officially begins for me. I am planning to knit and design every day. Something I love and cannot do during the semester. I have been designing knitwear for most of my life, but I am new to publishing my designs. I was very surprised to see that to custom design and to design for a publication is not the same. Even designing for a publication can be divided into two big categories:
1. Writing a book as an author or co-author.
2. Submitting your design for a book of another author or for a magazine.

I am not an expert by any means, but here is my observation on this. The process that takes place in each of these categories is different at the very root of the design. When you are writing a book, you have your vision of the result and the excitement of the whole process. Two years ago Dawn and I started to plan Casual, Elegant Knits. We had a great time designing, knitting, writing, and doing all other parts of the book. We could see the flow of patterns in our minds and our choices for the textures and colors were influenced by the themes in our collections. Of course, there was no guarantee that the publishers will feel the same looking at our proposal. We feel very lucky that our book was accepted by Martingale &Co .

Submitting a design to a magazine or a book is like a puzzle. It is quite a challenge to come up with the design that will be accepted. You have many restrictions from the start point. It could be a specific yarn, season, techniques, etc. It is interesting in a different way from writing a book. If the piece of the puzzle you produce fits with all the pieces only editors see, your design is chosen.

In my opinion, you have to love both categories and have much fun with it. If you are getting upset with every rejection of your design, it is not for you.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Nice surprise

I received the promotional package for the book today. I thought it was done well. Now people will be able to see some projects from our book. The release date is in July, so we have only two months left. I cannot wait to see the book itself. I am not very good at waiting...
I almost finished the polo shirt that Dawn designed for our book. It is for my husband. He was such a good sport when we were working on our book. We used him as the initial male model and as a "mannequin" when we needed to check something during the design process. Well, now he is getting his own polo shirt. See, I just need to sew the sleeves in.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Alpaca Farm

One of our knitters organized a trip to a local alpaca farm.
Thank you, Elizabeth. It was so much fun! I could not stop taking pictures. Can you see why?

Steve has found a new friend.
Pam and Rilee got very close to alpacas.

Hey, I am taller than you are!

Alice and Wally with the friendliest youngster.

Great Haircuts.

Trish is on alpacas' territory.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Wednesday nights

I do not know if you realize, but it has been 4 years since our first meeting at the old Chico center of Butte College. Now we meet every Wednesday (almost :)) at the HeartStrings Yarn Studio. (Thank you, Joanne Wilson, for letting us meet at your wonderful store). We are having very good time and learn from each other. Here are some pictures of our group. Any comments?

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Our group KC projects

I wish I had more time to post all of the projects at once. I will get back to it soon. I still have some outstanding projects from people who were very busy this semester :).
Some of you did not turn in the pattern. You do have time to do it. I will make pdf and link it to the pattern. This way we can really share our patterns with the world.

More KC projects

Project 5: Pam is modeling her lacy scarf.

Project 6: Pillow by Judith.

Project 7: Hand socks by Elizabeth

Project 8: Marianne's Scarf with beads

Project 9: Purse by Anna