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I brought my portfolio along with me to Sock Summit and I kept it in my tote bag along with my water bottle, which contained a tiny bit of tea in it. Of course I am brilliant and did not screw the bottle cap tightly enough. Thus, the tea leaked into the bottom of my bag. 😦

These got a little wet and stained in the top left corner.

Several of the hardcopy printed patterns in the portfolio got a little damp and tea-stained at either the top right or the top left corner. Some are barely noticeable, some a little moreso, and some have a little bit of color transfer in the area where it was wet because I backed the patterns with black cardstock inside the portfolio,  but they are otherwise in great condition. Nonetheless, I can no longer use them as portfolio samples. I could sell them at a little discount for being “hurt,” but I think I’d rather give them away!

People always like giveaways right?  The giveaway includes 14 patterns – one each of Arrrgyle Skullcap, Buccaneer’s Booty, Audra, Carmen Bolero, Fu Lantern, Liana, Lillian Cardigan, Mermaid, Orinoco, Pacifica, Pfeiffer Falls, Rio Dances in the Sand, Threesome, and Twister. And, I will throw in a second bonus non-klutzified perfect condition pattern for the 5 of the lucky 14, which will also be selected and drawn at random. That’s giving away over $80 worth of patterns! You can find more details about each pattern here.

The black cardstock transferred a little bit of color to the backs of the ones that got a little wetter.

How to Get the Patterns: talk about the patterns! You can talk about it on your blog, make a comment on mine, or talk about it on Ravelry (of course don’t violate any Ravelry or group posting rules). You can do a review, say what you’d do to modify it for yourself, suggest it to someone who might be looking for a specific type of pattern, or whatever strikes your fancy, etc. If you talk about any of the patterns on your blog, do a trackback blog post link or link my blog/site. I am able to see referral site statistics from my blog/site, and if a pattern is hotlinked in the Rav forums, I see those stats too. Earburning me works too. And if you’re not sure that I’ll see it, you can add a comment to a blog post letting me know that you posted.  If you choose to post on Ravelry, because it appears there are more than 3-4 patterns named Carmen and Lillian, the hotlink works better if you type “Carmen Bolero” and “Lillian Cardigan.” I *heart* modern technology.

These got a little wet and stained in the top right corner.

How Winners Will Be Selected: The contest period commenced on Aug. 11, 2009 and will end on Sept. 30, 2009. To make selecting and tracking easier, I’m checking the Rav and my stats everyday. I copy the username and/or referrer’s blog onto a running list organized chronologically and by date and source. I’ll then select the winners using a random number generator/picker. 🙂 Multiple mentions and posts count separately. The first selected will have top pick as to which pattern she wants, then the 2nd person, then the 3rd, and so forth. I’ll snail mail the patterns to the winners. The 14 winners’ names will go into another random drawing for the additional 5 bonus patterns.

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I’m happy to announce that some of my patterns are now on Patternfish!  So you have another option or source to purchase one of my knitting patterns. So far, I’ve listed Orinoco, Carmen, Audra, and Pacifica.  I also plan to add Twister, Arrrgyle Skullcap and Fu Lantern as well.  You an find information, additional photos and details about all my patterns, both magzine/book published and self-published on my Patterns Page.

If you’re not already aware, Patternfish is an excellent site where you can purchase PDF patterns.  Patternfish incoporates a great searchable database that allows you to search for patterns with very specific parameters.  For example, let’s say you want to knit a hooded cardigan, but you don’t want to bother with set-in sleeves, would like it to be something fairly simple with a V-neck.  Through Patternfish, you can check “cardigan” under the Garment/Item Type, then go to Technique/Styles and click “knit/purl,” “raglan,” and “hood.”  You can refined it much more, but with the aforementioned attributes, Patternfish comes up with 2 pages of patterns that fit the bill.

Here’s a description from their site:

“We intend to offer everything: new, old, indie, corporate, vintage, modern, classic, and offbeat, from all over the world. We currently have 3377 patterns from the United States, Canada, Britain, New Zealand, Sweden, Iceland, Germany, Ireland, France, and Turkey. We’re looking to broaden that base as much as we can.”

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Audra is finally available!  I just released the second of five patterns that I’m working on in collaboration with Southwest Trading Company.

On The Road

Audra and 3 other finished patterns were sent to and exhibited at the SWTC booth at the TNNA (a needlearts)  trade show in Columbus 2 weeks ago.  Currently, Audra and her sisters Pacifica, Carmen and Lillian are on tour with SWTC. They will be visiting other trade, fashion and trunk shows with the SWTC team.  (I’m staggering the pattern release, so Carmen and Lillian will be released in the upcoming weeks.) If you are on Ravelry, you can find Audra here.

The yarn I used for Audra is Tranquility, which is an optimal blend of wool and bamboo.  Sometimes I find that wool/bamboo blend yarns “grow” too much after blocking, and sometimes they are not spun up well. However, I did not find that at all with Tranquility.  In fact, the yarn also stood up to lots of abuse without any unsightly pilling or over stretching.

Inspiration

As you can probably guess, I’ve been playing around with simple cable textures lately, as see in Orinoco, Pfeiffer Falls, and Remy, which will be out in the Fall 2009 of Knitscene soon.

I’ve always lived in warm-weather areas, and never really needed any super heavy garments. (The coldest area I lived was Santa Clara, CA, about 1 hour south of San Francisco.)

I wanted to design something that would show off the colors and textures of the yarn, but also have a modern sense of style and practicality.  Audra fits the bill with cables that “grow” as the capelet/ shoulder warmer expands.  The resulting shape is a nice clean A-line shape juxtaposted with a generally traditional cable motif and buttons with a bit of a Victorian flair.

You Did WHAT To The Garment?!?

Initially, the sample of Audra was knit up by my friend and first time sample knitter Denise W.  After she finished the sample, she realized that she made a mistake half way down. So unfortunately, she had to rip out half of the garment to remedy that error.

The sample was perfect when she gave it to me, but then I was unhappy with the way the neckline behaved, as it was a little too wide and lose.  It was design flaw oversight, and entirely my fault.  All it needed was some minor tweaking to the instructions, and a correction of about 2-3 inches of the garment.   I’d just have to undo that part and fit it.

Sounds easy, right? BUT the garment is knit top-down.  I’m pretty smart (I think, most of the time), and don’t call myself Crafty Diversions for nothing, right? So, I thought that I could reknit the part that I want to fix, then I would carefully CUT out the portion with which I was dissatisfied and GRAFT it.  Daring, but it was certainly going to be easier than reknitting the entire thing. Or so I thought. The idea really would have worked if it wasn’t for the fact that the pattern is an all-over cable.  I counted, checked and marked the rows carefully. I even took precautions and put lifelines in the row directly above the snip line.  The logic and theory paired with some patience seemed sound, except I sure didn’t anticipate how much the cables would try to untwist itself, making it really difficult to see which stitch belonged where, even with the lifeline in place.  Thus, after several hours and the successful grafting of only about 12 stitches, I gave up.

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Third Time Is A Charm

rrrribbbbbitttttt. It was painful to rip out all the lovely work that Denise put in; more painful than cutting it. I was hoping that Denise wouldn’t ask about it so that I didn’t have to tell her what I had to do to all her hard work. ::headdesk::

Thankfully, third time is the charm! I reknit the whole thing with the revised instructions without any problems save my sore hands from trying to rush.  If only knitting was as easy as ripping put though. I am finally happy with the outcome  — the neck fits the way that I had imagined it to be, and the yarn really stood up to all the ripping and abuses.

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You may have noticed (or not) a new little button on my sidebar.  Yes, the Twitter one. I don’t know how I feel about it yet, but yes, I did succumb to the trend and started a new Twitter account. I was trying to avoid it, but it is a good way of increasing visibility, so I decided to try it out.  The thing that really irks me is that there really aren’t many Anne Lukito’s out in the world (2 others on Facebook that I found), but AnneLukito is not available, and Twitter is showing that there is no user by that name. grrrr.  The other thing is that they only allow 15 characters, so I am CraftyDiversion, without the “s” at the end of “diversions.” Boo. I guess this is what happens when you are a late player to the trend game. I could’ve done my whole name, but that’s 3 words. Should I change it to @AnneKuoLukito or keep it as @CraftyDiversion?

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