Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New designs on the needles...


     I haven't posted much lately because I busted the power cord for my laptop and am relying on my Palm Pre for internet access. Luckily it has great internet! It just takes longer to type...
     Well, I did get my sock yarn in the mail and am currently knitting up a design that I came up with. It does need some tweaking though. Designing involves quite a bit of frogging, apparently.
      Meanwhile, I knit up a request from a friend for a little stuffed owl. The design is on Ravelry by Amy Gaines, and is simply called Knit Owl Pattern. It's hopelessly cute. I modified the colors because it's for a baby boy. This was the first toy I  ever knit and I was amazed that it only took two days! I thought it might take a week with all the seaming involved. My favorite part about him was stuffing him. That was so fun! I will definitely be making more stuffed animals! I will add a picture back at home today. My phone won't cooperate right now with the uploading screen.
      And may I just say, check out! They are so wonderful, and I love to send them more business. I am very excited because I have a prize packet coming in the mail soon from them for having ordered over 1700 yards of yarn so far this year. They have an awesome prize system!
       Well, that's all for now. I will add more pictures soon!

Keep on knitting!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

First Sweater Design!

Today was a very long day, and even though it's super late I thought I would post briefly before going to bed because two very important things happened today. At least, shall we say, important in a knitter's universe. The first thing is that I found out why my sock yarn isn't here yet. The post office messed up! AAGH! Every knitter's worst nightmare. Tomorrow is a crazy busy day AND it's the last day I'm in town before heading out for my next roadtrip, but I am determined to track down my yarn and have it in hand before day's end or so help me the post office will rue the day they got between a knitter and her MadTosh sock yarn!! *sNoRt* .........

Okay, sorry. I've calmed down a bit now. In lieu of the delicious sock designing that I could be doing right now, I decided to go a bit further on another design I've had on the needles for a bit: my very first sweater design! I had gotten through the easy bit and was ready to begin the complicated stuff tonight. So after a couple hours of planning and crazy amounts of math and speculation, I began the dreaded decrease and cable rows, which while simple to do when presented with them in a pattern, when confronted with them freestyle it was enough to make my brain hurt! See, the issue isn't so much the pattern itself as it is the sizing. Seeing as this is my very first sweater design, naturally I would want to start with something that is perfectly snug and form-fitting and includes three different types of cables/traveling stitches placed in precise areas on the front of the sweater...... *cough cough*

Well, so far so good. And every way I check it, my math and measurements seem to check out. So here's hoping that it will be enough to help me succeed! Having only ever actually made two tops before this, and those both from given patterns, and having only worked cables once... on a SCARF.... and having never worked traveling stitches before.... I think I'm being a bit ambitious here. But I'll do it! I'm a very determined person, so not figuring it out isn't an option. How much time it takes me? ...Well, that's a very different thing. Ha! We shall see...

For now, it is SO past time for sleeeep! I have some serious sock yarn hunting to do tomorrow! Let alone playing piano for the choir, making a recording, going to the dentist, teaching two students, running to the store, and packing. *sigh* No rest for the weary.


Monday, February 8, 2010

Blankets, babies, and waiting patiently... or not so patiently

Well, I returned home from my trip to visit friends in Champaign, Illinois. It was a VERY fun trip as it involved not only elementary and high school friends, but also BABIES! My high school friend Lauren had her first baby, John, about six weeks ago now, and I got to see his Royal Cuteness for the very first time on Saturday. I presented Lauren with the blanket that I made for her "Little Johnny" - yes, the original shown in the pictures from my new design "Little Johnny's Patchwork Blankie" - and they loved it very much! On my way home yesterday, she texted me this picture:

Isn't that adorable? :) Look at all that spiky hair! He's gellin! the hair sort of way. That or he's a mad scientist. We'll have to wait and find out as he gets older.

Well, now I've got just two more days before I set out once again! This time it's to Marengo, Illinois where my friend Cassandra and many more music friends live. I'm going to be recording backup vocals for the new professional CD she's producing, and I'm very excited to work on it! I'll also be performing at their open mic in Woodstock and meeting up with a few other friends while I'm there. I might even be teaching Cassandra to knit while I'm there!

I'm still waiting on my yarn to get here for my next designing project, so that's on hold for the moment but I should have the yarn before I leave on my trip. Hope so! I'm getting very impatient because I can't wait to start on it! Meanwhile, it's snowing, snowing, snowing here in Kansas City. Lightly, compared to the snow I grew up with in Chicago. But snowing nonetheless. I'm hoping maybe the high school I play piano for will cancel school tomorrow so I can stay home and work on the music I'm going to perform this weekend and the other knitting design that I've been working on for a little while already. No harm in wishful thinking! A girl can dream, right??


Friday, February 5, 2010

New Adventures on Ravelry!

This is just a quick post, as I am about to leave town in about an hour, but I just had to say that I am very excited! Yesterday I opened my Ravelry Pattern Store and officially became a knitting designer! I posted my first pattern for free on Ravelry last night, Little Johnny's Patchwork Blankie, and it has met with what I consider rousing success so far! In just 10 hours my pattern has been downloaded 67 times, which is a very exciting and rewarding feeling. It makes me that much more motivated on the current designs I'm developing! Here is a picture of the finished blanket:

Once I return from my weekend trip, I should have my new order of sock yarn from waiting for me, which is going to become a new sock design that I've been planning out over the past week. It's going to take some trial and error to create it, but as soon as I get it going in a good direction I'll post some pictures as I knit it up. The yarn I chose for this pattern is MadelineTosh's Tosh Sock, which is a lovely soft yarn to knit with. Can't wait to get my hands on it and start putting my idea on the needles!

If you would like to visit my designer store on Ravelry, you can search my name, Trudy Barrett, and it will come up. Have a great weekend and I will see you when I've got new sock yarn on my needles!