Sunday, March 15, 2015

New Pattern: Lagniappe Gloves!

When I started my new job at the beginning of February, I was absolutely convinced that my design work wouldn't change at all. "I'm only working 75% time," I thought, "so there will be tons of hours leftover every day for designing and knitting samples!"


I've been working on this one cardigan sample for my whole life, and it took me over a week to get the second glove done of a pair. I haven't knitted myself a pair of socks in nearly 2 months, I'm constantly out of clean clothes, and I'm seriously considering hiring a housekeeper. Why did I think nothing would change? Did I think I was a superhuman, to whom rules like "time" don't apply? I can't believe how unrealistic my design goals were. Nothing to do about it now, but sheesh. Totally off.

Anyway! I designed something! These are the Lagniappe Gloves. They started life as a pair of socks. I have never made cabled socks, despite my intense love of cables, so I started these one night as my "fun knitting." I got about 2 inches in an realized that they would never fit over my heel, but knitting time is so precious that I couldn't bear to rip and restart... so I stuck the "sock" on my wrist. It fit perfectly, and ta-da! A new glove pattern.

Lagniappe is a Louisiana word meaning "a little something extra." Like if you plant tulip bulbs and they bloom once, then miraculously bloom again the next year (they're not supposed to down here), that's lagniappe. You get an extra beignet in your bag- lagniappe. The pretty cable pattern on an otherwise simple glove- you got it, lagniappe.

The gloves are written for three sizes, and are a great use of sock yarn if you're not into knitting socks.

Finished Measurements: 
Cuff Circumference: 6.5 (7, 7.5) inches 
Palm Circumference Above Thumb: 7 (7.75, 8.25) inches
The yarn used for the sample was hand-dyed by me. You will need about 210 (230, 255) yards of fingering weight sock yarn.
Until March 31st, get the pattern for just $2.50 on Ravelry!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Patternfish designer and a new job

I don't know if you've heard of the online pattern store called Patternfish, but if you haven't... there's another online pattern store out there, and it's called Patternfish. :) It's unlike Ravelry in that one has to apply to be able to sell patterns in their store. Around Christmas time, when I was in the midst of a huge despair-fest about the new VAT tax and how it's horrible for one-person businesses like myself, I stumbled onto Patternfish, and realized that they deal with VAT for you, unlike Craftsy and Etsy. So I applied, was one of 10 designers accepted for January, added my patterns, and am now a featured designer for February! Hooray!

There's a little blurb about me at the bottom of this (quite long) newsletter

In other news, you may have noticed that I haven't been around a lot lately. On February 2nd, I started a new job at LSU. I love, love, loved being a full-time designer, but the mortgage did not, and I admit that I've been really lonely for awhile now. I need to talk to people during the day! A science job literally just fell into my lap, so I figured that the universe was telling me that now's the time. The nice thing is that I'm only working 75% time, so I (in theory) still have some time to design without sacrificing things like having a clean house, and cooking dinner every night. I mourn the loss of my freedom, and it sucks to have to scale back my design work, but it's also great to be able to go shopping and not worry about the money. I can't tell you how great it would be if designers actually got paid a fair wage for what we do, but that's a rant for another day. 

So! Geaux Tigers, and hooray Patternfish!

Monday, February 2, 2015

New Pattern: the Lisburn Cowl

A couple months ago, my brain came up with an idea for a unique cowl. It was flat, not round, and had pointy ends that turned into i-cord ties, and each tie threaded through a buttonhole in the pointy ends. There were cables on the flat part, and applied i-cord along the edges. I drew it out, and thought about knitting it, and put it away for awhile, but my brain would not let it go. So, I gave in and designed the thing. I knew I wanted it to be knitted with bulky yarn, and the only stuff I had on hand was some white Knit Picks Brava Bulky, which is an acrylic yarn. No, I don't know why I had acrylic, either, but I did, and now it's this sort of odd cowl.

I learned a very valuable lesson whilst trying to get this pattern ready for release. Never, never knit a sample in white yarn. This puppy is absolutely impossible to photograph. I messed with the photos so much to try and coax some shadows out of the cables. This is actually a lesson I've already learned (shocker) with my Ghost Stories pullover- that is a gorgeous pattern, if I do say so myself, but it's not popular, and I'm sure it's because the sweater details are not at all visible in the photos. Boo. There is a 0% chance I will find time to knit another sample in a color, and I can't pay a sample knitter to do it because money. Anyway! Back to the cowl.

Meet the Lisburn Cowl.

See what I mean about not being able to see any details? Boo.

I'm glad I got it out of my head, even if no one else likes it, which seems likely. I had a hell of a time finding testers for this pattern. 

Interested? Until Mardi Gras, get the pattern for just $2. Heck, you can't even get a cup of coffee for that. 
Ravelry Link! and for anyone in the EU: Loveknitting Link!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Go Tom Brady!

I finished my Patriots socks last night. Easy peasy simple stockinette with a few athletic-looking stripes at the top. I used a ball and a tiny bit of another of the gray, and nearly nothing of both the navy and the red. It's all Knit Picks Stroll that I had in my sock yarn stash- I love that yarn. It's so soft, the colors are great, and it's perfect for impromptu Tom Brady socks.

I think that this Miss Babs Cosmic yarn (that I got at Stitches West when we still lived in California, eesh) will be my next socks, but they'll have to wait until tomorrow... there's no way I can knit while the Pats play. I spend too much time screaming at the tv.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Jaywalkers and Tom Brady

I finished my first pair of socks for 2015. Jaywalkers, by Grumperina.

I used a skein of yarn that I dyed myself in... I think 2010? 2011? I got it in my head at some point that I was going to be a yarn dyer, so I amassed a collection of Jacquard dyes, a pot, and a whole bunch of undyed sock yarn. I did six or seven skeins, then totally lost steam for it. I sold a couple on Etsy, traded one on Ravelry, knitted a shawl (only shawl I've ever knitted) with another, and I've got a couple left in my sock yarn stash. When I dyed this skein I think I was going for a peacock-y color scheme, with teals, purples, blues, all dark and jewel tone-y, which it turns out is hard to do. I seriously overdyed this skein about eight times to get what I wanted. Too much. But it's pretty, so there we are. And now it's socks.

I kind of hated knitting the first sock of this pair. The second was a lot easier. Don't know why. I didn't read the pattern very well, so when I read the instruction to make a double decrease, I did slip one-k2tog-pass slipped stitch over instead of slip two together knitwise, knit one, pass slipped stitches over. That leads to a very different looking decrease than what I made, and I'm a bit bummed about it, but you know what? It was a good lesson. Read the pattern before just going off to knit willy-nilly.

I like these socks because they don't sag. Some of my socks sag over the course of the day, but the stitch pattern on these is of the stay-put variety. I like that.

My next pair of socks has a pretty serious deadline: the Superbowl! My beloved Patriots steamrolled the Colts to earn a spot in the game of all games, and no I don't want to talk about the balls. I decided that I'm making Pats socks. I thought about doing something fancy and knitting the logo onto the leg, or the number 12 onto the top of each foot, but in the end I thought simpler is probably better, and I went with an athletic sock look. I'm through the gusset on the first sock, and I've got a week left, so I think it's doable. Go Pats! Yay Tom Brady!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Water Skaters: A new cowl pattern

Thank you to all who entered my naming contest! You guys all had some great ideas, and I wish I could name the cowl like five different things, but I had to pick one: Water Skaters, courtesy of Nancy Jo. Hey Nancy! Send me a message on Ravelry (EmilyRingelman) and I will send you some coupon codes for patterns!

So here it is: Water Skaters, a large-scale lace cowl pattern. The lace is both written out and charted, so if you've never knitted from a chart before, you could learn. This pattern is suitable for beginners, but  it's interesting enough for knitters of any skill level.

Yarn: Dream in Color Classy, in the color Punky Fuchsia: 180 or so yards. Use any worsted or aran weight yarn that strikes your fancy.

Size: About 8.5 inches tall and 12 inches across. There are notes in the pattern to guide you in making either a taller cowl or a longer one.

As a new-pattern release celebration, the pattern is 40% off for the rest of January! No coupon code needed, just purchase the pattern on Ravelry for the discount.

$4 on Ravelry, no account needed!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Naming Contest!

I will freely admit that I suck at naming patterns. Sometimes I get on a streak where I'll name five patterns after town names or something, but for the most part, I'm just not good at it. Can't be good at everything, right? So, after a Twitter conversation with my invisible internet friend, I've decided to try something new. Let's have a naming contest for my newest cowl pattern, with the winner getting a copy of that pattern plus a copy of any other self-published pattern in my Ravelry store, winner's choice. Sound like fun? I thought so, too.

Here's the cowl. It's a large-scale lace thing, with garter stitch edgings. It's pink. I like pink.

If you have an idea, leave a comment on this post and tell me what you'd name this pattern! You can enter as many times as ideas. I'll pick a winner on Sunday, January 18th, and that person will receive some patterns! I have faith in you all. Surely someone is better than me at names. Good luck!