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Aubrey and I heart Cat Bordhi. How can you not love a knitting genius who is a little eccentric (in a good way)?  You have to be a little eccentric to be obssessed with knitting and trying to figure out new techniques and problems all the time.

At last year’s TNNA, we both took some of her sock classes.  I don’t particularly enjoy knitting socks and after taking Cat’s class last year, I do have some slightly increased interest in it.  I just have so many other things in my head that socks are in the very back of the queue.

SATURDAY, January 17, 2009

Aubrey, Cat Bordhi and Me

This year, Aubrey and I took a Cat class together. It was more business oriented, and she talked about writing and kitting up patterns.  After showing her a Handicraft Café pattern (Threesome) and one of my Crafty Diversions patterns (Twister), I felt all warm and fuzzy because she complimented me on the layout and layout design.  However, really can’t take all the credit because the very talented Anna of Anaphase Studios did the logo and layout design.

Saturday was the first Market day. So, after our class and photo-op, Aubrey and I headed to the exhibit floor. We first made a beeline to get a ticket for a book signing.  In some of the booths, in order to get an autographed copy of a book, you have to get a ticket an hour prior to the scheduled signing.  The tickets are limited in number and the rule “you snooze, you lose” definitely applies.

On the way down to the market floor, the extraodinarily talented Stepfanie Japel of Glampyre Knits, and author of Fitted Knits and Glam Knits, was in front of us on the escalator and she commented on my Morgan.  She said that she hadn’t see one made as well as the one I was wearing.  Well, I had to fess up that though it was my pattern, the sample I was wearing was knit by a good friend of mine.  (I had Zona knit my orange Morgan in a medium size. The one I made and was shown on Knitty was a large and a little too big for my head.) Nonetheless, I felt lots of warm fuzzies after the escalator encounter.

One of the book signings we attended was for Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard of Knit and Tonic.  As she was signing my book, she said “Hey, I recognize that hat,” and proceeded to tell me that she had my hat in her queue. As a new designer, I cannot express how exciting and wonderful it feels to have established and well-known designers like Stefanie and Wendy compliment your work.  Squeeee!

with Chrissy Gardiner

A must-visit booth on our list was Gardiner Yarn Works, the booth of fabulous designer Chrissy Gardiner, who has designed for yarn companies and has been published in many magazines such as Interweave Knits.  Kristie, who also tests and sample knits for Chrissy finally was able to meet her in person.  We purchased some of Chrissy’s new patterns for the shop, such as her Kiwassa shawl, to add to some of our other favorite Gardiner Yarn Works patterns, such as the Autumn in Oregon Socks and Ballerina Slippers. One of the more exciting developments is that Aubrey will be working with Chrissy to see about getting her patterns and other patterns from her pattern line on our site as downloadable PDFs!

One of the cutest things in the Gardiner Yarn Works pattern line is this cutie:

Whoot! Whoot!

Whoot! Whoot!

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After lots of delays and procrastination, I finally updated and added more photos to the Morgan Tutorial page, which you can access through here.

The update includes lots of photos showing you how to work the turning of the crown and the peak (bill) of the hat.

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I just updated the FAQ page for Morgan some more, which you can access here.  I just added a mini-tutorial within the FAQ page on how to create the M1R and the most invisible increase for the hat.  I aslo added some information on inserting the peak stabilizer.

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I am happy to announce that I think I am still on cloud 9 from all the positive feedback I have received thus far regarding Morgan. For you Raveler’s, here’s the Ravelry pattern page.

I am working on some FAQs for the pattern for all the people planning on knitting it. I’ve had several people message me with some questions about gauge, yarn subs and printing the peak template. So far, as of 2:05 p.m. PST, the Ravelry queue is at 328.

If you have any questions or things you’d like to see addressed in the FAQ, please let me know via email, Ravelry, or leave a comment. So far, I plan to have FAQ entries on the following:

  • Why the pattern gauge is different from the yarn label gauge? Why is gauge important in this pattern?
  • What types of yarn might be a good substitute?
  • My browser/imaging program seems to be resizing the peak template link. What’s the best way to print it?
  • I want to do this for a child. How do i do it? (not sure if this will be in the FAQ or elsewhere, but Zona aka TwirlGirlFIbers is trying to figure this out for us! We’re thinking of doing it in a different gauge/yarn calculated based on percentages.)

ETA, Sept. 13, 2008: I just updated and created the FAQ page for the pattern, which you can access through this link.

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It’s great to finally see my name in print! While in class today (I am taking a jewelry fabrication and clothing construction class for fun), Zona called to tell me that the new Fall Knitty was just released today.

Why would she call to tell me that besides the fact that Knitty is just pure joy? Because of this:

While I have several other patterns that were accepted for publication prior to Morgan, this one came out first. So, this is my first major knitting publication! I can’t begin to express how exciting it is to see your own name in print for something that you created. I am expecting at least 2 more patterns to come out in print by year’s end (hopefully!).

And as if Ravelry is not enough of a time-sucker, I am afraid that it may cause me to develop an unhealthy addiction to vanity and the warm-fuzzies, thus leading me to get a big head (my head is large enough!). Since 3pm, I’ve been perusing the forums for mention of the pattern, and checking to see if more people fave’d the pattern or added it to their queues. Maybe I should bring my laptop to my knitting group tonight so that I can keep checking the stats. ;-P

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