No News Is Good News

No news is good news, right?

I still haven’t heard back from Knitty.com regarding a sock design I submitted for their upcoming issue. Soooo, I am cross my fingers, knocking on wood and being hopeful that the next time I hear from them will be when they let me know my pattern has gone live on their site.

I currently have three more projects in the works, but like always, I need to keep them under wrap until it gets closer to the release date. I can give you some good hints, though. Two of the items you wear on your feet and the other item you wear around your neck. Are those good enough clues for you?

Little Red, Where Are You?

So, remember that red mohair yarn I talked about making into socks awhile back? Well, I did start knitting socks with them, (which knitted up gorgously by the way), but in the process of working on the leg portion I got struck with another idea to turn them into a pair of leg warmers. Well, it so happened that a couple of knitting opportunities have arise and my leg warmers seem like a perfect fit for one of them. So my once mohair socks are now  a swatch with sketch design for leg warmers, currently on their way to being considered for a magazine. Crossing my fingers. Wish me luck.

Knitter’s Proverbs and Sayings

We’ve all heard them. Those classic proverbs and sayings like, ‘a penny saved is a penny earned’. Well, I wondered how some of these saying would go if it was a knitter who first spoke them. Below are some classic sayings reworked in a way I’m sure all knitters will understand.

If at first you don’t succeed. . . hide the evidence in the back of the closet and pretend like you never knitted it.

The early bird. . . gets the last 3 skeins of discontinued yarn on Jimmybeanswool.com

Early to bed. . . early to VooDoo Donuts before Sock Summit.

A penny saved. . .means you’re one cent closer to getting that Cashmere/Mink blend you’ve been drooling over.

You can’t party with the sinners and . . . not learn the effects of drunk knitting the next day.

If the shoe fits. . . buy it and knit a pair of socks to go with it.

You only live once. . . so buy the yarn now. You may not be around for the sale.

Beauty is in the eye. . . of the knitter who just spent a month knitting that sweater for you. So put it on and say thank you or you’ll never get another birthday gift from them- EVER!

A fool and his money. . . will soon find his house taken over by his wife’s ever growing yarn stash.

Better to have loved and lost. . . then to have wasted good yarn knitting him a sweater.

All roads lead. . . to a great little yarn shop.

Curiosity killed the cat. . . and yarn was spun with the fur off his back!

What does not kill you. . .only makes your kitchener stitch even stronger.

Time heals all. . . remaining guilt from your last yarn shopping spree.

Nothing last forever. . . except Red Heart Super Saver Yarn.

A wise man knows. . . to give his wife the credit card and don’t ask questions.

If you can’t say something nice. . . stitch it in duplicate stitch.

You’re nobody. . . ’till you’ve got a fan group on Ravelry.

Behind every great man. . . is a happy knitter.

Money can’t buy you love . . . but it can buy a Starbucks frappuccino and several skeins of alpaca yarn.

What goes up. . . can usually be fixed by adding a three-inch knitted border to the hem. 

If  life is a highway. . . make sure to pack plenty of yarn for the journey.

When life bring you lemons. . . add vodka and sip while knitting.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. . . just use bigger needles next time.

Lovers come and go. . . but good knitting needles last forever.

When faced with a fork in the road, I take the road. . . that has the most yarn shops.

To thine own self be true. . . and let your knitting tell little white lies!

Book Review: Knitting On Top of the World

Knitting On Top of the World by Nicky Epstein

So, I was on Amazon.com the other day checking out the knitting book section when I came across the book, “Knitting On Top of the World”, by Nicky Epstein. I love Nicky’s books and this was one that I hadn’t read yet. I scrolled down to read the general description on the book when I noticed that the book didn’t have the usual 5 star rating that most of her books have. So I scrolled down even further and started reading some of the reviews. A great number of people had given her book only 1 to 2 stars and I was shocked to read what some people said about the book. Here are a few of the comments taken from Amazon.com:

“… but the patterns are just atrocious. I would pass these off as the sort of awkwardly-shaped things you might see on a Milan runway, but they’re even far too frumpy and absurd for runway models. I can’t think of a single occasion in which I bought a knitting book or magazine and didn’t find at least one pattern that I liked, but not only are there no patterns in here that I would want to knit, but I can’t even begin to think of creative ways that I might alter these patterns to make them at least tolerable. A truly absurd and bizarre collection of string. “

“I can’t imagine spending valuable time and money making any of these designs. The only person that would have a time or place to wear any of these “things” would be a paid professional model on a set. I guess this must be eye candy for fashion designers, so why bother with knitting instructions? The Fair Isle Tam Caplet looks like an obscene Mae West joke. My husband thought they were shields.”

“… There may be less than a handful of designs I’d be willing to try. For the most part the colors are garish, the fit is strange, and the designs are just ugly! How is that possible when this book was so eagerly anticipated and the cover looked so promising? I think the ambition of the project allowed more than one mistake to make its way in. To her credit her imagination is wild and I would never be able to produce as much as she puts out. But with that said, it certainly takes away from her reputation when she’s turning out aesthetically-challenged designs.” 

Really? I just couldn’t believe that Nicky would spend all her time and energy coming out with something that was pure junk. So I checked out a copy of the book through my local library to see if this book was truly filled with ‘ugly’ designs.

Well, guess what? I absolutely LOVE this book. Nicky, you are incredible! No, this is not a book for everyday knitting. This is pure knitting fashion! Nicky takes knitting to a whole new level in a way that is daring and whimsical at the same time. Inspired by knitting traditions around the world Nicky Epstein has shown herself to be the Elsa Schiaparelli of the knitting world.

Knowing how traditional wool tams are made, I adored her larger than life Fair Isle Tam Capelet. Her Fiesta Skirt makes me think of the art and craft fairs in Santa Fe. And the Evening Gala Aran with its ostrich feather collar makes me want to finally learn how to knit cables. The one piece that’s really got my hands itching to knit is the La Belle Cardigan. Only Nicky could make me fall in love with something so pink and frilly.

“Knitting On Top of the World is not for the knitter who wants to blend in. These designs are meant for the knitter with the desire to stand out and be noticed. With this book Nicky Epstein has shown that she’s not just another  knitter who designs pretty cardigans, but an artist who uses knitting as her medium.

Boy Toy’s Failed Attempt at Design

Well, I am happy to say that another one of my designs have been accepted by a yarn company!

I’ve just mailed off the completed garments from the other yarn company and working on swatches for a few more submission deadlines coming up.

It feels good to have some work to do and get paid for doing it. Like my Theatre teacher often told me- “The only real difference between a professional and an amature is a paycheck”.

The interesting part about all this is trying to get my Boy Toy to  understand the whole process of me being paid to play with yarn.

Boy Toy: So, let me get this straight. You draw some shit on paper, turn it in to some company and they pay you for it?

Liver Chick: Well, that’s part of it.

Boy Toy: So, I could get paid for drawing shit?

Liver Chick: It’s not shit. I draw pretty pictures.

Boy Toy: Okay, so lets say I draw some pretty shit on paper and send it in,….

Liver Chick: Stop calling it shit! Call it ‘stuff’ or something.

Boy Toy: Alright. So I draw some pretty shitty stuff on paper and turn it in. Then they pay me for it?

Liver Chick: Say that five times fast.

Boy Toy: Pretty shitty stuff, pretty shitty stuff, pretty shitty….

Liver Chick: No. You actually have to ‘make’ what you draw and give instructions on how you made it so other people can make it too.

Boy Toy: Well, that’s easy. I’ll just give it to you to make.

Liver Chick: Oh, how nice of you, honey. Make me do all the work while you get all the money? I don’t think so. If I do the work, then I get the money.

Boy Toy: No, that’s not how it works. Remember, we’re married. What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine.

Liver Chick: Um, I think that’s my line, honey.

Boy Toy: No, I remember specifically in our vows that you are to honor and obey me and give me all your money.

Liver Chick: Maybe those were the vows you heard when you got drunk and married that hooker in Vegas, but that is not how it goes in this house. If you get a design accepted by a yarn company then you’re gonna have to pick up your knitting loom and knit it yourself.

Boy Toy: But honey, you love me. And you suppose to do nice things for the people you love. So, if I get a design accepted, you’ll do it for me, right?

Liver Chick: Only if you agree to clean the toilets for a month.

Boy Toy: Never mind.

September In Is Vogue!

If you haven’t heard then you’ve been stuck in the house knitting alone in the bedroom for far too long. Turn off the TV- trust me, your recordings of Glee and Doctor Who will be there when you get back. Now is the time to grab your girlfriends and gear up for an event that’s even better than the kids going back to school.

VK Live! In Los Angeles 2011

 
 
That’s Right! The show that took New York by storm is making its way to the other fabulous coast with plans to make the event ever bit as tantalizing as a shopping spree on Rodeo Drive!
 
Don’t believe me? How about a  Red Carpet Marketplace Champagne Preview hosted by Deborah Norville. Yes, you read that right. THE Deborah Norville, anchor of Inside Edition will host VIP registered attendees as they stroll, with drinks in hand, to get first dibs on all the good stuff an hour before the market opens to the general public.
 
You can also attend the Gala Dinner & Fashion Show  which will feature a talk with the master colorist that all color work knitters bow down to- Kaffe Fassett.
 
And treat yourself to the creme de la creme of classes offered by such celebrity names as Meg Swansen, Cookie A., Shannon Okey, Shirley Paden and Nicky Epstein – just to name a few.
 
If you need more convincing of why you should go, maybe you should take a peek at what you missed at the New York Show:
 
 

Call For Submissions: Creative Knitting

Creative Knitting Magazine
 
Creative Knitting Magazine is looking for a few good knits. If you’ve been itching to enter one of your designs for consideration, now is your chance. Two deadlines for their 2012 season are just around the corner:
 
August 11, 2011 and September 30, 2011
 
To learn more about what they are looking for and how to submit your design(s), click on the following link:
 
 

The Pleasure of the Process

I was looking through my sketch books this morning and was blown away at the amount of ideas I have sketched and collected in just a year. I find the very process of coming up with ideas to be just as exciting as seeing the final results knitted up.

This got me to thinking about the notebooks of other designers and after a search on Flickr, I was very pleased to find some designers willing to give us a peek into their sketch books and design process. May you be inspired to pick up your pen and pad and create something new.

photo by litlnemophoto by: have you any wool?photo by jessfir

 

photo by MaryJaneM
 

photo by The Bacanes

 
 

Just Call Me Last Minute Linda

I just pressed the ‘send’ button for my design submission for Sanguine Gryphon. The deadline is May 10th and here I am on May 9th scrabbling to get my submission done.

I really have not excuse for the last-minute entry. I gave myself plenty of time to work on the swatch and draw out my sketch. However, I still found myself racing to get things done. I didn’t even have time to contemplate the consequences of pressing the ‘send’ button. I just pressed it and then freaked out.

This is my third of what will hopefully be at least eight submissions this year. My other submissions are not due until later this month, so I have some time to breath and refocus.

So, question to all you knitwear designers out there- How do you keep yourself organized so that you can meet the submission deadlines for various knitting/crochet publications? I would love to share some of your ideas and tips with other aspiring knitwear designers like myself.

Sock Inspiration Sunday

Lotta Whimsy Sock Pattern

These socks were designed by Becka of Whimsical Knitting designs. You can find the pattern and learn more about Becka at:

http://whimsicalknittingdesigns.blogspot.com/2008/11/lotta-whimsy-socks-pattern-aka-touch-of.html