Sunday, January 08, 2006

Random Things

Secret Partially Revealed
Did you see? Yes, that's the secret project that I was working on in December. A camisole for Annie Modesitt herself. When I was knitting the piece for her I also thought that it was much too long, but I knit it as directed. I assumed that I didn't know exactly what Annie had in mind. Would I have been out-of-bounds as a sample knitter if I had mentioned to a designer that I didn't think a pattern was working out? Obviously, I communicate pattern errors to the designer, but commenting on the look of a piece seems like something I shouldn't do.

Not So Selfish Anymore
I submitted my bunny yarn sweater to Magknits for publication and it was accepted. Quite honestly, I'm terrified! But my terror is not going to stop me. I have the Laura-size of the pattern written up and I will work on writing up a range of sizes. Then, I have to figure out how to estimate yarn requirements for the other sizes. And I suppose I need some guinea pigs test knitters. So much to do!

I WON!
Becky over at Knits & Bits had a guess-my-age contest on her blog and I was one of the winners. I will never disclose the sneaky tactics that I used to find the correct answer. As a prize, she sent me two hanks of Knit Picks Sock Garden. Perhaps they will become mittens? Who knows.

Ugly Ball of Yarn Contest
The entries are rolling in! Thank you to everyone who has entered so far. Judging will be tough. I wish I had more ugly balls of yarn to hand out. If you still want to enter, remember the deadline is midnight CST on January 10th (or thereabouts. I don't plan to be up at midnight to determine the last eligible poem.)

Rogue
The front and back are complete. Scout says, "hi!"

I'm the cutest cat in the world!

16 comments:

Jennifer said...

Congrats on Magknits! Berkshire is quite lovely.

goodkarma said...

Congrats on your MagKnits acceptance! And knitting for Annie M? Wow! You're really big time these days. ;) That heathery Rogue is gorgeous. If I ever make one, I'll choose a yarn that's similar: natural, tweedy, wooly. Yum!

Meredith said...

Congratulations on Magknits! And the Rogue looks great--coming along quickly, too!

Terby said...

Congratulations! I'm not surprised your pattern was accepted - it's very pretty and looks like a fun knit.

Agnes said...

Congratulations on the pattern being accepted! There's no need to be terrified.

And "hi" to Scout!

Pumpkinmama said...

Congrats on the pattern - thanks for deciding to share it with all of us! Rogue looks terrific too.

Laura said...

Congratulations, Laura! I'm not surprised about MagKnits at all -- it's a lovely sweater, good for many climates and figures! :) I predict it will be a big hit, with a wildly popular KAL. I'd offer to test knit, but as I've never really knit lace perhaps I'm not the best choice!

Stariel said...

Your Rogue looks great - you're making me want to make another one!

If you need a test knitter, I'd be happy to do it. :)

Ariel

Rachel said...

Wow, Laura, this post packs quite a punch! Congrats on the design being accepted (that is so cool!) and on your great work as a sample knitter. It sounds to me as though you could probably get away with diplomatically telling a designer that something doesn't seem quite right to you with the design; you'll probably be ignored sometimes and thanked others.

I absolutely love the way your Rogue is looking. It looks like a perfect fusion of rugged and feminine.

Stephanie said...

Congrats on your pattern being accepted! It's beautiful!

Christina said...

Wow- Annie's test knitter! Rogue: Looks gorg! And, if YOU need a test knitter, I am willing and able. My needles fly at the ready.

~drew emborsky~ said...

You did a fantastic job on Annie's sweater, and I love your design too! You're very talented!!

grumperina said...

Congratulations on having the sweater accepted into MagKnits, and have fun working up the other sizes - it's like a really challenging math puzzle, I swear :).

And, oh, I saw that secret project in person yesterday - gorgeous!!! Both the design and your knitting! (now isn't that total blog weirdness?)

Bad Amy said...

Looking great! I can't wait to start my Rogue.

amylovie said...

Congrats on your publication! I'm so excited for you.

Amy

Alison said...

Congrats on your design. It really is beautiful and can't wait to see the pattern!