How long has it been since my last post? Too long. Anyway….
It was a bit of a suprise for me to see how many people have knit the Diva Tunic! DoublePointedDiva (see her cute photos below) did a really good job with this one. To tell you the truth when I designed it, I really wasn’t sure if anyone would like it. Of course I designed it because I thought it would be great to have this garment, but it is always a plus for other people to enjoy it too: )
I really wanted to keep this garments simple and dramatic. The kind of garment that draws attention without begging for attention. I designed the armwarmers to give it a feeling of being an outfit, but the tunic looks great without them too.
You can read DoublePointedDiva’s comments about knitting the Diva Tunic on her Ravelry page. She used Misti Alpaca Bulky to make it, and it’s really pretty. Don’t you think?
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I’m kind of excited about a new online pattern store and a new online knitting magazine. Thought I’d tell you a bit about them in case you haven’t seen them yet.
PATTERNFISH is an online pattern store that has over 939 patterns. The patterns range from old to new with a lot in between. They sell patterns from all over the world. Usually when I look for patterns online I can’t really see the designs because the photo is too small or whatever but on PATTERNFISH each garment that you click on comes up big enough to see detail and if that isn’t good enough there is a link that will bring the image up closer and clearer. PATTERNFISH has managed to give an extremely broad spectrum of variety on one site. My patterns are available for sale on PATTERNFISH now, so check it out! I’ve added photos you’ve never seen to some of the pattern descriptions, too.
The other new one that I wanted to tell you about is Knotions. An online magazine, it’s set to launch August 1st with the Fall ’08 Inaugural issue.
Knotions is about explaining knitting techniques, and it’s also about knitwear designs that are less about funky, interesting looking stitches and more about comfortable garments that look and feel great to wear. The editor’s goal is to give you all the information needed to make you a “smarter knitter.”
When submitting designs to Knotions you can send a proposal for the design instead of sending a complete submission so that the editor can then tell you if she would like to consider it for Knotions… saving the designer a lot of time and energy making a submission/making a garment when it might be rejected. I really like that feature since I make a lot of submissions and it’s helpful to know the design is in the right ballpark before I knit up the sample.
Knotions is also very interactive, readers can blog on Knotions about what they would like to see in a garment/what they would like to see more of. I can’t tell you everything about Knotions so you’re just gonna have to read it yourself. I have designed a garment that will be in the fall issue. My mom will also have an article that will accompany it. Can’t wait for you to see it!
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