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Happy Thanksgiving to all my real life, knitting and crafting friends out there! If you are not American and don’t celebrate this holiday, I wish you a wonderful weekend and thank you for your support!  To celebrate this holiday and my gratitude, I’m having a sale on my site and in my Ravelry shop. All PDF patterns and ebooks are 25% off through midnight PST on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. To get the discount, enter the code “GOBBLEGOBBLE” (not case sensitive) upon checkout. The sale includes all my patterns, including my two most popular patterns (Pfeiffer Falls and Weekend Shawl), all the hats from the Liberation collection (incl. the ebook), and my newest patterns (Friday Harbor & Anacortes and Lakedale). Stock up on accessory patterns for all your holiday knitting!

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This has been a difficult year for me, but I’m a glass half-full kind of gal and have lots to be thankful for. I have wonderful friends, I love being a knitwear designer, I love working from home and have a great family. While my health has not been the best and my body has been through lots of stress, I’m still very thankful that I’m relatively healthy. One thing I’ve been stressed about is that all the health and other personal setbacks have  negatively impacted my productivity and work quite significantly. However, my wonderful friends, knitters and fans out there have been fantastic cheerleaders, and I feel quite lucky to be in an industry made up of such warm and generous people and friends!

Wishing y’all a wonderful, fun, safe and delicious Thanksgiving,

Anne

P.S. Come back and check the blog again soon. Coming up: Book tour, review and giveaway of Woolly Wormhead‘s new book, Bambeanies!

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Memories, Year 4

It’s October 24 again. I don’t know if this time of year will always be a bit lachrymose for me even 20 years from now. It’s only been four years since my mom passed (on her birthday), but at the same time it sometimes seems like it happened in a much more distant time.

Happy Birthday, Mom.

My mom, me and my sister (baldie).

I don’t know if I’ll continue to post about it every year for the life of this blog and it’s not like I think, “Oh, I must post this” either. I guess in part, due to the digital age, sometimes it’s a little easier to share and get things off my chest through a blog. Whereas in real life, though I know my friends will be there for me, I don’t necessarily want to bring it up too much and talk about it. I know that I’m okay and these are just normal feelings in the ongoing grieving process. Besides, I don’t want to give reason to bring others down if I’m not being my usual positive and chipper self.

This was my first finished scarf. My mom requested one when I started learning. It's made of really horrid yarn (sadly, the best I could find at the time!), but there weren't any LYSs near by and besides, I was so new to knitting that I really didn't know where to go.

I taught myself to knit while my mom was sick. I was stuck in allergy hell in her small 1 bedroom townhouse sleeping on the uncomfortable floor or couch and getting cabin fever.  My sister and I were taking turns flying back and forth from California to take care of her (my sis from San Francisco and me from L.A.).  I couldn’t read because of lack of sleep and stress was interfering with my ability to concentrate. I couldn’t connect to the internet (mom had one of those free dial-up services: slooooooower than molasses), she had no TV and eventually I tired of watching DVDs on my laptop. So, I went to the closest yarn shop (aka Hobby Lobby and Michael’s) and picked up a knitting book (a really bad and crappy one, btw) from a used book store.

It’s a little sad for me that I knit so much better now, have access to lots of really nice yarns, but yet am not able to knit something super lovely for my mom. (Not having been able to knit her something really nice before she passed was one of the reasons I designed Pfeiffer Falls.)

The first scarf and hat I made her was out of the softest acrylic yarn I could find at Michael’s in her area at the time. I feel a sense if “eww” and “ugh” when I see the photo and think how horried that yarn was. There really weren’t any other options as all the wools were super-scratchy, which just would not fly with her overly-sensitive chemo skin.

I think if had been a better knitter at the time, I would also have made her a shawl or capelet out of some nice superfine alpaca, optim merino, cashmere and/or silk.

Mom and Dad on their wedding day.

Mom and Dad on their wedding day.

Well, I hope the funk passes soon. Next week is my dad’s birthday and I need to think of something to send him. My dad doesn’t say much, but I’m sure he’s a bit sad too. My parents divorced over a decade ago and he has since remarried, but I don’t think you can be married to the mother of your children for over 15 years and not think about her.  Perhaps I will bake some biscotti and send them to him.

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Are you on the Knitting Daily mailing list?  They just sent out a notice that patterns from the Winter2008 issue of Interweave Knits is now up for individual sales on their pattern store.  Of course, Pfeiffer Falls is included!

You’ll have multiple choices for getting Pfeiffer Falls.  You can buy a back issue of the magazine, buy the pattern from IK’s store, or if you’re a little patient, you can buy it from my pattern site. I just finished formatting and rewriting it for the purposes of self-publishing. It just has to go to the tech editor to review so that I can ensure you as much of a flawless pattern as possible.

My self-published version will only be available on my site, as I cannot sell it on other sites but my own.  The difference from the self-published version and the magazine version (the original published version and the one IK is selling) is that the self-published version has additional photos, a written version of the pattern chart, and special grafting charts to help you graft in pattern for a virtually invisible and professional-looking finish.  I’m a sucker for special details and I think the grafting chart really helps you achieve that with ease.

I’m hoping to get the self-published version up and listed on my site within the next week or two. In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of the actual pattern (click to enlarge):

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I am very happy to announce that the Fall 2009 issue of Knitscene has finally been released officially!  My local Border’s and Barnes & Noble bookstores just have to follow the rules and not put out the magazines on the shelves until the actual release date. The suck don’t they? This is especially torturous when I see people from other parts of the U.S. posting that they snagged a copy from their local bookstore and/or LYS before the release date. ::hrumph! I don’t want to admit that my local stores are right in following the release date rules.::

Remy is why I was so eager to see this new issue of Knitscene. Isn’t it cool? Remy is no ordinary scarf pattern! It is a reversible cable. Furthermore, the cables are not just reversible in the sense that it looks attractive on both sides, Remy sports an entirely different cable pattern on each side!

I took a couple of screen captures of my design from Knitscene‘s previews.  If you’d like to see the other wonderful designs in this issue, you can see them here.

Screen capture of www.Knitscene.com on July 21, 2009

Screen capture on July 21, 2009 from http://www.knitscene.com/issue/Fall-2009-Projects.asp

initial prototype of Remy in a darker yarn

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I didn’t realize it until just now, that I have 2 new pattern releases that are water-themed.  I guess subconsciously I was gearing for some warmer weather and ligher knits!  First there was Orinoco, and now Pacifica.

Pacifica is one of 5 designs that I’ve been working on for Southwest Trading Company (SWTC) for its official release and display at the TNNA (needlearts) trade show in Columbus, OH.

It all started when I met with Jonelle Raffino, head honcho of SWTC when I went to the needlearts trade show in San Diego this past January. I chatted with her about some projects ideas that I had for SWTC and showed her my portfolio and some of my conceptual sketches.

After I got home, I formally submitted the sketches to Jonelle, who  gave me the green light on all of them and sent me the yarns I requested for support for the projects.

The yarn used for Pacifica is SWTC Vespera, a sport weight hand-dyed yarn.  The colors are fantastic and the yarn is spoingy (don’t know if that’s a real word, but it does describe the yarn well).  I absolutely loved the ligher blue used in the sample and wanted to keep the extras, but alas, I was honest and sent back all the extra skeins.

Pacifica is a great project for knitters of any level. It’s easy but not boring for more seasoned knitters, and for beginners, it’s a great pattern to practice and learn a simple yarn over lace pattern, color changes, and simple shaping.

Needless to say, with all the projects for a couple of magazines, Orinoco for Frog Tree Yarns, and the projects for SWTC, I’ve been quite busy.  I would’ve liked to knit some of the items myself, but I really had to employ sample knitters for most of my projects, since there was no way that I could write, knit, tweak, photograph, edit, chart and illustrate all those patterns in such a short period of time.  So for Pacifica, I do have to give kudos to Amanda Black, a new sample knitter who did a great job on her first sample knit.  🙂

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While my sister was here, I gave her the Mermaid I made her. She really like the one that she modeled for me for my self-published leaflet pattern which you can buy here if you don’t have the Luxury One Skein Wonders book. The leaflet pattern has a more sturdy buttonhole construction and has alternative bonus instructions on how to adapt the pattern for a scarf.

As usual, I forgot to take photos of my knits before they leave my possession, so my sister took these for me.

As usual, I forgot to take photos of my knits before they leave my possession, so my sister took these for me.

Pattern: Mermaid

From/Designed By: Me! Also published in Luxury One Skein Wonders (Oct. 2008)

Yarn: Punta del Este South American Cotton (from Handicraft Café)

Color: Spaced-Dyed 522

Comments/Modifications: Buttonhole placement was moved up due to my sister’s request for a snugger fit for her skinny neck. I used a vintage button that I found at a specialty shop.

A sample of the leaflet pattern.

A sample of the leaflet pattern.

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I am so delighted to have received my contributor’s copy of Interweave Knits Winter 2008,  along with tear sheets of Pfeiffer Falls, and a check!  Woo hoo!!  I now feel more like a bonafide designer, albeit still green.

My first IK check. You didnt think Id make the photo public without first blurring out the private info, did you?

My first IK check. You didn't think I'd make the photo public without first blurring out the private info, did you?

The only thing that I haven’t received yet is my prototype that I sent in with my submission swatches.  Last I heard is that it will be in the mail to me sometime this week.  Yay!

I need to knit myself a Pfeiffer Falls too! I want one for myself, especially to wear when I go down to San Diego for TNNA in January.  But, with what yarn? What color? This decision has been very difficult!  Handicraft Café just ordered a bunch of new yarn too, so it just makes my decision a lot harder.  Maybe I should narrow down my choices to 5-6 and put it up for a vote.

Tutorial Note:

I haven’t started the FAQ/Tutorial Page for this pattern yet, but just for those of you starting to knit the pattern, if you are on Ravelry, please look at this thread, posts #36 and #37.  If you are not and are having trouble in the beginning, maybe this will help:

My original writing included the ruffles first.  Later, the instructions for the ruffles was changed to be an extra option. I didn’t alter the instructions much, so this may be where some of the confusion and weird start seems to be. I apologize for that, because it sure made sense in my head.

Anyway, the CO calls for double what you need. You will split your CO sts as the pattern says. Half will be put on a holder or waste yarn to be used for the scarf body. The first half you work with is for the pocket.  I did it this way so that you don’t have to seam up more than necessary.  (You can also choose to work the pocket and scarf where it joins the pocket in the round, but you won’t get a nice flat seam if you do, and don’t forget to omit the extra sts used for the seaming if you do it in the round.)

After you finish the pocket, the instructions ask you to work a purl row on the WS after you pick up the sts from the holder.  What is the WS? The WS is the WS of the pocket if the pocket is standing up in its correct and intended position, not as if it was flopping down, as it will when you knit the scarf body.  I did grapple with how to write this, know that some people will be confused and find the WS of the work when the pocket is flopping down.  However, technically, you will not be using the pocket upside down, will you? 😉  So, to find the WS, set your work on a table and flip the pocket flap up in its correct position.

FAQ/Tutorial Contributions:

If anyone has questions or thoughts about what should be included in the FAQ/Tutorial for this pattern, please feel free to send your questions to me.  Also, if you have good progress photos (especially those showing the parts that might be in question), let me know if you would like to be considered to be included in the FAQ/Tutorial.  Of course, I will attribute your photos and link it to your site/blog.

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