O hai September!

I’m finally seeing signs of fall here and there. It’s still pretty hot here during the day but the nights are getting cooler and I can see the light and shadows changing outside. I love this time of year. August was unbearably hot, bordering on miserable.

But one highlight of August was winning a copy of Shannon Okey‘s new book The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design.

I am LOVING this book! At first I tried reading it in bed before going to sleep but quickly realized that doesn’t work! I have to have a highlighter and pencil at the ready for notes and I have to have a computer nearby because of the helpful web links throughout! This isn’t just a passive read! The information is invaluable and this book is definitely a must-have for anyone wanting to write their own patterns and market them. I also signed up for Shannon’s Tech Editing class, which starts soon.

Speaking of classes, I’ve also registered for Stefanie Japel‘s shawl design class, which starts in November. So I guess this fall will be “back to school” time for me! I can’t wait! Does this give me an good excuse to buy lots of cool folders and notebooks and pens?

Of course, all of this knit education will lead to more designing, which will lead to more patterns from me! And speaking of patterns, I am excited to watch the number of people knitting my Entrelac Scarf pattern growing every day! As I write this post, there are 1,072 projects on Ravelry using my pattern. And as of this minute, there are 11,627 scarf patterns listed on Ravelry and my Entrelac Scarf is ranked #28 in popularity! #28 out of almost 12,000 patterns?! Unbelievable. ::so humbled:: ThankyouThankyouThankyou

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As for progress on my current projects, there is some to report!

Here is photographic proof that I have reached the ribbing on Orangina, which means I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

I also finished the back of Geoff’s vest and have started knitting the front. I need to get some pics of it. Since it seems to be going a lot faster than I anticipated, I’ve put it aside to finish Orangina. The weather won’t be cool enough for him to wear it until late October anyway.

I also accidentally cast on for the Echo Flower Shawl (mine will be a similar color to this one). I say accidentally because I really didn’t mean to. You see, Geoff and I headed home to SC for a week and I was getting my knitting projects ready for the trip. I was anticipating a ton of knitting time (it’s a 10 hour drive each way) so I wanted to make sure I had enough knitting to keep me entertained. I had planned to just knit the fiddly part – the provisional cast on and garter strip – so I wouldn’t have to tackle that part in a moving vehicle. But I ended up knitting the entire set-up chart.

Whoops.

These things happen.

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3 thoughts on “O hai September!

  1. I can SO relate! Road trips bring out such great anticipation of lots of knitting time. And, I am definitely going to get me a copy of the book you mentioned. Hopefully that will help me get my designs out of my notebooks and onto the needles!

  2. I knit hush-hush (from Knitty) on a road trip. Think 8sts = 1inch, dress, which I had to lengthen. It got a little painful (cotton fingering weight yarn) at one point, but it’s one of my most worn FOs.

    Do you do audio books, too? We like them, but it can set up some weird associations with the FOs. I can never look at Hush-hush without thinking of The Three Musketeers.

    Have fun driving. May your charts stay securely in your lap, and your needles never get lost in the seat creases.

  3. I know you probably get a ton of people telling you this, but I love your Entrelac Scarf pattern. It’s so well written and easy to follow.

    My mom and I often argue over the merits of free patterns, and this was an easy win in my book. She says they aren’t checked carefully and typically made with weird/cheap/discontinued yarn. I think this proved her wrong on all counts.

    I took it to a Knit in Public group with a lot of very novice knitters and they all can’t wait to be able to try something like it. It’s a good bit of hope at the end of the garter stitch tunnel.

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