Aug 16, 2019

Summer and 3 new knitting patterns

Summer knitting

Long time ago I used to travel all the time. I travelled for pleasure and for work. When I was younger and free I used to be a tour guide. It was the best job ever. I was paid to travel, learn new things, experience new places, and share the knowledge. I would spend most of the year on road, travelling to various places and countries. When I was not travelling for work, I would travel on my own. It was truly the best job I ever had. Nowadays I don't travel for work anymore. Somehow falling in love and moving across the ocean to live in another country, and having a family made me change the direction of my career and life. My life is more settled and my travelling days are limited to visit my family and friends across the ocean once a year. It usually happens during the summer months. It creates a challenge to find a reasonable priced airline tickets, as the summer months are the most expensive months to travel. Seeing my family and friends once a year makes the trip ever so special and treasured.
Flower Heart

While I was visiting my family and friends three of my knitting patterns were published in I Like Knitting Collection.
Link to the web page: I Like Knitting

Marina Infinity Scarf, a playful striped infinity scarf in white and blue. Link to the pattern:
Marina Infinity Scarf

photo by I Like Knitting
Cora Clutch, a one skein knitted clutch knitted in Caron Cakes with added lining, zipper and two buttons. Link to the pattern:
Cora Clutch
photo by I Like Knitting

Luna Infinity Scarf, a giant infinity scarf or a cowl, worked in Cascade Magnum yarn. Link to the pattern:
Luna Infinity Scarf
photo by I Like Knitting

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Aug 15, 2019

I Like Knitting Giveaway

photo by I Like Knitting

I Like Knitting Magazine has a wonderful giveaway during the month of August. They are launching a brand new web and their giveaway offers to win the Gold Club Membership.
You can enter here:
I Like Knitting Giveaway

Since some of my knitting patterns were published by I Like Knitting Magazine, my answer to the question "Why do I like knitting" is included in the video at their blog post.

photo by I Like Knitting

Why do you like knitting?

Social Media

Last month I posted my latest pattern for Voyager Sweater on Ravelry.
The pattern has reached within a day page 1 on Hot Right Now on Ravelry. It was wonderful to see my pattern there. It also made me think about social media and their effect on us.
Bellow is just my humble opinion.
It seems that the number of followers and likes across the various social media creates an illusion of who is and who is not succesful.  If I look at the number of the followers I have on any of the social media platforms I am definitively not successful. I am not an influencer and my patterns don't stay on page 1 for too long. Yet personally I feel deeply satisfied with my creative work. The simple act of creating brings me deep satisfaction and happiness. I don't get this kind of feeling from having x amount of likes. Sure it is nice and it is needed in order to reach more people, to be seen by others, even bring some income for all the hard work that I do in order to make my knitting patterns great. However the feeling of satisfaction about creating something is not there.

I started to write this blog post about a month ago. I left it unfinished for about a month. I actually took a month off from being present on any social media platform, except few check ins on Ravelry in my group to answer questions and follow up with the test knits for few of my upcoming patterns. It was an interesting experiment. It seems that my absence on social media went unnoticed and haven't really affected anything. I did not worry about how many people visited my blog, or FB page or Instagram. My knitting patterns continue to sell like before and I enjoyed the creative process of knitting one stitch at the time as always. 

I probably missed a lot of things that happened on the social media platforms, but I managed to enjoy quiet moments of peace and acceptance. Life goes on...

Jul 11, 2019

Knitting Pattern for Voyager Sweater

Voyager Sweater
In January last year I started to make sketches for Voyager Sweater. It was an independent project, that I had to put aside whenever knitting work for a third party landed on my needles and desk. I have finished the sample last June. I started to work on the pattern in July and that part of the whole process took the longest. Originally I created six sizes. Then I decided to make additional sizing to make it available for more variety of knitters. The final pattern is available in twelve sizes. The sweater has two length sizes, and the sleeves are also possible to customize.

The pattern went through several TE readings and I have to say that my collaboration with Maggie of Midnight Purl has been fabulous.  Here is the link to her website.

The pattern has also been test knitted and the sweaters the test knitters made look amazing.

Voyager Sweater

I have to say this is my first knitting pattern for a sweater in 12 sizes. It has been a long journey, but the results are satisfying. You can purchase the pattern in my Ravelry store, on LoveCrafts, or by clicking on this button: 

I am already thinking about other sweater designs. This Voyager sweater has reignited in me the spark for sweater knitting. My first ever knitting project was a sweater, which I designed myself. After that I was knitting sweaters for many years until one day when I just stopped knitting sweaters. I was knitting everything else but sweaters for years. In the meantime I began my knitwear designer career as a self-publishing designer, also working with various yarn companies, and having my patterns published in various knitting book collections, magazines, and websites. In a way this Voyager Sweater is my way to revisit the beginning of my knitting experience. I love the process and hope to continue to create more.

My first sweater

Voyager Sweater
Some details about the sweater sizes and yarn:

Finished Sweater Measurements:
Sweater at bust: 32.5” (82.5 cm) [34.75” (88 cm), 37” (94 cm), 39.25” (100 cm), 41.5” (105 cm), 43.75” (111 cm)] {46” (117 cm), 48.25” (122.5 cm), 50.25” (128 cm), 53” (135 cm), 55.25” (140 cm), 57.5” (146 cm)}.
Length: 22.50” (57 cm) [27.25” (69 cm)].

Sweater Sizes:
For bust circumference sizes: 30.25” (77 cm) [32.5” (82.5 cm), 34.75” (88 cm), 37” (94 cm), 39.25” (100 cm), 41.5” (105 cm)] {43.75” (111 cm), 46” (117 cm), 48.25” (122.5 cm), 50.25” (128 cm), 53” (135 cm), 55.25” (140 cm)}.

Suggested Yarn: Cascade Yarns Eco Peruvian Tones, Bulky (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 478 yards (437 meters) /250g (8.75 oz) 2 [2, 2, 3, 3, 3]{ 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3} skeins (shorter length), 2 [3, 3, 3, 3, 3]{ 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4} skeins (longer length).

Shorter length:  835 y (764 m) [890 y (814 m), 930 y (850 m), 1005 y (919 m), 1060 y (969 m), 1115 y (1019 m)] {1155 y (1056 m), 1235 y (1130 m), 1290 y (1180 m), 1350 y (1234 m), 1405 y (1285 m), 1434 y (1311 m)}.

Longer length: 935 y (855 m) [995 y (910 m), 1040 y (951 m), 1120 y (1024 m), 1180 y (1079 m), 1240 y (1134 m)] {1290 y (1179 m), 1375 y (1257 m), 1434 y (1311 m), 1505 y (1376 m), 1565 y (1431 m), 1600 y (1463 m)}. 

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PS: Since I have posted this pattern to Ravelry this morning, the pattern made it to page 2 of "Hot Right Now". That is awesome. Thank you for everything.

Jul 7, 2019

Knitting Pattern for Corinna Checker Blanket

photo by I Like Knitting
My pattern for Corinna Checker Blanket is in August issue of I Like Knitting Magazine.

Corinna Checker Blanket

In my yesterday post I was musing about deadline versus leisure knitting and this blanket is a perfect example of how the deadline knitting can be stressful.

The day the yarn arrived from Cascade Yarns I have managed to burn my hand.  It was painful. However I had a contract and a rather short time to knit an entire afghan and I needed to include the fabric liner to hide the floats on the back and to make the blanket look really neat. 

I have calculated that I needed to knit about 5000 sts each day to finish everything on time. Somehow I have managed to do that and I shipped the sample to the magazine on time.  

Here are a pictures of the two layers being pin together and hand sewn. 
Checker Blanket WIP
 While I was still finishing the sewing the dog decided to test out the blanket. 
Checker Blanket
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Jul 6, 2019

Knitting versus Deadline Knitting

I like to knit.

Playing with yarn

Ever since I learned how to knit I enjoyed the process. I have knitted all those years when knitting was not fashionable. My first ever finished project was a sweater. I actually unknowingly started my knitwear designer career with my first knitting project when I calculated the number of stitches to cast on and how many rows I needed to knit. I also used three colors and intarsia technique, without actually knowing how to cast on. My mom helped me with the cast on process, and I continued from there. I knitted the sweater and created an original design element, small holes in the place where the yarns should have been twisted around each other when I changed them. I didn't know that at the time. I finished the sweater, my grandmother helped me to sew the pieces together and made the crew neck around the neck opening. I had that sweater for years. Last year, when I visited my mom I found an old picture of me in that first sweater.  The picture was taken by my grandfather. He was an excellent photographer and writer.

First sweater

I kept on knitting all those years. I might have thought about knitwear designer career from time to time, but I never pursued that until few years ago. It was when a friend of mine mentioned the website Ravelry and I joined the knitting website when I realized that there is a possibility to be a knitwear designer. I was given the opportunity to share some of my ideas and projects, and I learned to write knitting patterns. I started to submit to various magazines and yarn companies and to my surprise my ideas were accepted. This whole thing is a work in progress and I am still learning.

Somehow my hobby turned into a part time job.  I can create and knit, and sometimes I earn some money. With the opportunity to have my work published by magazines, yarn companies, or in a various knitting books  the deadline knitting arrives as well.

Knitting is a leisurely process created one stitch at the time.
However when working under contract for a third party, knitting turns into a deadline knitting and the process is suddenly less of a leisure and more of a stressful event as the whole process needs to be finished on time and delivered to the third party by a certain date. Sometimes there is plenty of time to work out the pattern and knit the sample. Other times the process is more limited and has serious time constraint.

There have been moments when I am complaining about knitting. It feels frustrating, especially if something is not working the way it should, or if I make a mistake and have to rip out portion of my knitting and start over. Yesterday morning I emailed the finished pattern and in the afternoon I mailed out finished sample that will be published by a third party. Now I have to wait until the pattern is published to share the pictures of my work.

Today I spend my morning in the garden picking out the berries.

Berries from our garden

And because I like knitting, I already started to think about my next knitting project. But that has to wait, first I need to finish the final read of my Voyager Sweater pattern.

Voyager Sweater
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Jun 21, 2019

Summer knitting games

Every year I try to have some fun games throughout the summer months hosted in my Stana's critters etc group  on Ravelry. This summer is no exception.
Summer on the go started June 17th and will last until the end of August. Join our group, post a photos of your knitting and enter the chance to win some fabulous prizes.
To start off the fun event I have created a coupon code for all of my knitting patterns. The coupon code is valid until June 21st midnight of EST. Enter the code summer  during the check out.

Aliens in PJ
The fifth Ami-along  is  another event that I participate in during the summer months.
Ami-along group on Ravelry is where the fun happens.  
The Ami-along begins with a sale event running from June 25th until July 8th. The coupon code for 25% off all eligible patterns, (more on this in the Ravelry group) is AMIALONG2019 
The official Ami-along runs from July 1st until August 31st.

Enjoy your summer, or winter for those in the Southern Hemisphere, safe travels and have fun knitting. Or just look up at the sky.....

This is what I saw few days ago from my window.

Heart Shaped Cloud