Posted on 4 September, 2011
I recently published my first two knitting patterns through Ravelry . . . I say recently, but I really mean within the last few months! I’m still struggling to get my head around the fact that we’re in September already.
The first pattern that I published was my Forget-Me-Not Shawl:
I knitted this shawl with Artesano 100% Alpaca 4Ply that I received from The Knitter magazine, after they published a picture of my daughter wearing a horse riding jacket that I had knitted from a previous issue. The yarn was in a shade called Forget Me Not, and I knew right away that I wanted to knit a shawl in memory of my grandfather.
Here is some background info that I published along with the shawl pattern:
My grandfather passed away in 2009 after suffering from dementia and memory problems for several years. While he was still alive, I designed and produced a charity Christmas card for Alzheimer’s Scotland, which raised over £1,000 for the charity. Along with the thank you note that I received from them was a small packet of Forget-Me-Not seeds.
Since then, I have tried to grow my own Forget-Me-Nots. I wasn’t having much luck growing them until earlier this summer, when the first little blue flower appeared in my garden. This flower inspired me to create this pattern.
Before I designed this shawl, I took part in a knitting design class at the City of Glasgow College. The course was called Knitwear and Knitted Textile Design and was well worth every penny. Not only did I learn loads, but the the class was filled with the nicest and most inspirational bunch of knitters that you could ever come across. Classes are due to start again on the 8th September 2011, so if you are interested in taking part, follow the link above and get yourself on this course! I was really sad when this ten week course came to an end, but I do still keep in touch with most of the class through the Glasgow PicKnitters. There’s a short video on the Glasgow PicKnitters site letting everyone know who we are and what we do. Johanna Flanagan, the founder member talking at the start, also teaches the knitting classes at the college.
I’m sidetracking here . . . back to my shawl.
I was delighted with this shawl when I unpinned it from the blocking board . . . it was big enough to wrap right around me, it had beautiful little beads that just added a touch of bling to the finished shawl, I loved the Alpaca yarn, I loved the colour and most importantly, the design was all my own too! I published my shawl pattern at the end of June, and it was really exciting watching Ravelry members add it to their favorites and their queues.
As I had only used 4 of the 5 balls of yarn that I received from The Knitter for my shawl, I designed a matching beret with my last ball. I called this design my Forget-Me-Not Beret:
I’m a big fan of berets and have knitted quite a few of them, so designing and knitting my own beret was just lovely. I know I’ll wear this beret loads . . . I’ll probably wear it done by the end of this coming Winter.
I love that last pic of me sitting on my iPhone, trying my best to look relaxed and not bothered at all by that camera pointing at me! My hands were shaking so much, I was sure it would show in the photos. I published my beret pattern in July, again through Ravelry. Both the shawl and the beret patterns have sold really well . . . way better than I ever imagined they would. It’s such a buzz seeing your design appear on Ravelry knitted by someone else . . . the different yarn choices, the colours . . . it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
I’m currently working on some top-secret (lol) design projects just now for the Glasgow School of Yarn Design Competition. This is just one of many events organised by The Yarn Cake in Glasgow to celebrate their 1st birthday. There’s going to be a design competition, workshops (I’m going to one of the Stephen West ones . . . squeee!), a market place to buy all things yarny and also lots of yummy cake!! If you’re in the Glasgow area on the 21st/22nd October, you really should pop along.
Right, I really must get off the computer . . . I have a couple of castles to visit today!