Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ptolemy & Co-purr-nicus are almost ready....

But first a little housekeeping....

Ptolemy testing is mostly complete & I can't wait for you to see what the testers have come up with in terms of color combinations,eyes,construction tips and more....

Copurrnicus is being tested now and is proving to be a fast knit. Hurray for that!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Contemplating the silent "P"....

Some wonderful knitters from the Testing Pool on Ravelry have been busily helping me test a few new toy patterns. One such critter is "Ptolemy the "eddy". He is scheduled to be published by (hopefully) August 5th. The pattern includes a free copy of my stuffing tutorial as well as a LOT of photographs for all of you visual learners, (of which I am certainly ONE).

This time, the testing group & I are testing right in the open, since the pattern will be self-published anyway. It's so much easier this way as we can openly chat without sending group emails & such. True there won't be the drama of a big reveal but "what the hey".

This current design is one that I had been thinking about for a long time. I tried to design a toy that had less seaming thus reducing the "fiddliness factor" and I also wanted to improve my stuffing techniques. Firm stuffing is so much better for a stuffed toy & yet it can really stretch all of that wonderful shaping to where it is almost non-existent, in some cases. 

Ptolemy is a creature of unknown origins, (is he a bear? a dog? who knows?), When I look at him I see the basis on which to build many different kinds of critters, with the addition of differently shaped ears, a tail or what-have-you. Or leave them off, add some hair, eyes & a mouth and you have a dolly. 

We are also testing Ptolemy's sidekick & co-conspirator, "Copurrnicus", a similarly shaped cat with a big I.Q.  Rounding out the trio of big-footed, "science nerds" is a bunny who is not even at the testing phase yet.

In addition, I have a HUGE group testing a booklet of (4) Christmas designs that is also planned for publication some time in August. These are all crocheted & are super easy & super fast. More about them later.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Just like London but with grits...

Here's  a new attraction that recently opened up at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Isn't it pretty? I just hope the pods are air conditioned.

The following is a secret WIP. It's a floor mat for my husbands' Bama inspired powder room. I'm using the crochet hounds tooth pattern from the scarf design found here by Kathy Lashley.

(Incidentally, the scarf from which I borrowed the hounds tooth pattern is ADORABLE, might just have to make myself one after I finish this mat).

At any rate it's working up very quickly. After achieving just the right size, (whatever that will be), I will add a crimson border & the Alabama script "A", hopefully. The final step will be to work out some slip resistance. Don't want anyone hurt, especially on game days, as they'd have to wait until the game was over before anyone would deign to tear themselves away from the TV in order drive them to the emergency room.  Roll Tide.

Speaking of WIP's, I've got some critters being tested by the wonderful folks from the Testing Pool on Ravelry. One set of designs is actually a collection of fast & whimsical crocheted Christmas patterns. The other is a critter named "Ptolemy the 'eddy". Both patterns are scheduled for an early August release date.

Many thanks to all of you who participated in my July 23rd pattern promotion on Ravelry. It was a great success, I think.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Happy Birthday to Y.O.U.!

Let's celebrate July birthdays with a free offer. Choose any one of my patterns in my Ravelry pattern store for FREE, no purchase necessary ALL day on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Woohoooo!

Happy Happy!

Friday, July 19, 2013

No Excuses...

.......But I do have a new pattern and several that have been published in recent months. First up, my newest self published pattern called "Pork Belly". He is a 13" tall knitted pig who just happens to also be a candy-stealing pirate. He is worked in the round and the pattern includes a free 3 page stuffing tutorial, full of photos as well as written directions.
 The eye patch is removable but he thinks that it makes him look "tough". When not stealing candy he likes to read about pirates at the library....

You can find the pattern on Ravelry & Craftsy.

Pork Belly was a fun knit and the special shaping helped him retain his rounded shape but I couldn't have done it without the assistance of some very clever & patient test knitters from the Testing Pool on Ravelry. The group is comprised of 8749 eager, positive, helpful knitters (and crocheters) who provide this wonderful service basically free of charge, for the most part. Certainly there are some testers who charge or who would love to get paid to knit/crochet. 

But this particular group of five testers worked with me & my pattern for the mere payment of a free pattern and I suppose, the eagerness to get to knit it first, before it is released, which can be exciting. Still, what would this kind of technical support be worth? I'm certain that I would not be able to afford it. So thank you again test knitters, for your generous time & effort!

More we await the birth of the newest royal are some new baby items...crocheted using a new yarn by Red Heart called Anne Geddes Baby Yarn. It is a soft, washable sport weight that comes in a huge array of beautiful colors.

The patterns are all free and can be found on the website.  

While you're visiting the be sure to search all of the royal baby designs for just the right baby gift for the royal heir in your life.