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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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My hats and fascinators can now be bought on my website as ready to wear garments. They are the same designs that are in my pattern line so now people have the option of knitting or purchasing them. I’m kind of excited about this because it means that I have a real line of accessories: )

I have a system to making Fascinators. First I get down all of my supplies, (my mom goes into super cleaning mode and puts everything up on shelves and random places – she says that the places aren’t random, but I can never find anything when she does things like that) and put everything on the table. I pour everything out of every box and let it sit there for a while. Then I come back, pick out everything that I think I might need and I clean everything up. Sometimes I just leave it all there while I’m working but if I do that I start going a little crazy because of the mess. I have a new fascinator that I’m working on right now and the one that I just finished is shown below. It’s called Lady Slipper.

This is somewhere in the middle of the process…

and this is the finished product. We haven’t photographed it on me yet, but I’m pretty happy with it. Visit my new online shop to see the Lady Slipper page.

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