I Submitted to Knitty

Well, I finally did it! At 2:00 am this morning, I submitted a design to Knitty for consideration in their Winter 2011 issue. It took a lot of guts- and a good pattern- for me to actually submit a design.

I checked over the application process about twenty times and reviewed my work over and over again. The hardest part was to actually will myself to press the ‘send’ button. Prayers were made, good vibes sent out to the universe, faux rabbit foot rubbed and anything else I could think of was done before I could bring myself to sending off my design. (I also considered dancing around a fire and offering up a sacrifice to the gods, but my father-in-law would have been very upset if I started the grill at two in the morning and burnt one of his good steaks).

Why such the big fuss over this submission? Well, its Knitty! I mean, so many designers got their start on Knitty. They have helped to launch numerous careers with almost overnight success for some people.

After my twitchy finger over ruled my fear and the ‘send’ button was pressed, it was both a relief as well as a new fear- Rejection. Yes, there is that chance that my design, like many others, will be rejected by Knitty. So, I came up with a plan B for myself in case that happens. I will of course, use my reject as a great excuse to have a drink and then since I have pictures and a pattern all ready to go, I’ll just convert everything to PDF and post the pattern for sale on Ravelry.

I must say, it was very calming to receive that sweet autoreply message from Amy, (head honcho of Knitty), after submitting my design.

Don’t know Knitty? You can check outthe online magazine here: http://www.knitty.com


The Mystery of B.A.

In case you didn’t know, I volunteer as a knitting expert on Allexperts.com. Today I got a question from a knitter that has really stumped me.  Her question is as follows:

“pattern reads *K2(K1 wrapping yarn round needle twice) 5 times k1, rep from*
next row reads *K2, B.A., K1 rep from*

Have not come across this abbrev. before, so wonder if you can work it out – picture on pattern looks a bit like a blackberry stitch with a hole in centre.  Have lost the pattern part with the abbrevs.

Many thanks for any light you may be able to shed.”

Well, after doing some research online, I couldn’t find anything that told me what the ‘B.A.’ in the pattern means. But I did find out that back in 2009, someone else had a question about the same pattern and had provided some more details on it:

Here is the full pattern
1st row -(Wrong side) K1,P to last st.,K1.
2nd row- K.
3rd row-K1,* K.1 wrapping wool round needle twice,rep. from * to last st., K.1.
4th row-K.1,*B.A., rep from * to last st., K.1
5th row-K.1,P to last st., K.1
2nd to 5th row forms the patt.

Unfortunately it is an old Paton book and the page with the abbreviations I have lost.
Thank you for your assistance.

This information gave me a few ideas. I wrote back to the knitter to let her know that I was working on finding out this mystery knitting abbreviation then I worked my way over to Ravelry. I’ve learned that on Ravelry, if someone has knitted it, chances are good that there is a group for it. Once again, Ravelry did not disappoint as I found a group dedicated to collecting and knitting Paton patterns. I posted my question to the group and then headed over to Paton.com. There I found the email address of the person to contact for pattern inquires. I shot her an email and now I wait.

I’m a sucker for a good knitting mystery and this one has sparked my own curiosity. I do plan on knitting a swatch of this baby shawl myself once the mystery is solved. I’ll add the swatch to my swatch book along with this story so future knitters can know that sometimes a pattern isn’t just a pattern, but a mystery in itself. Who knows, maybe 50 years from now this story and the pattern will end up in Piecework.

I’ll let you know how this mystery unfolds.

(Feel free to try out the pattern above and see if you can figure out what B.A. means. If you can solve it, please let me know.)

Wash Your Face Washcloth


This was a simple washcloth that I made as punishment to the yarn for not acting right in another garment I was trying to use it for. (Yes, I punish my yarn when it acts bad. Let this be a lesson to all other yarns in my stash. Don’t make me angry!)

Well, despite the initial reason for using the yarn, I must admit that the washcloth came out looking really nice. So if you are looking for a quick knit gift item or just something to do with an odd ball of cotton yarn, well, here you go:


1 ball  patons Grace, 1.75 oz / 50 g, 6136 yd / 125 m 100% ultra-soft mercerized cotton, color 62901 Tangelo

US size 2 knitting needles

Cast on 48 stitches.

Garter stitch the first 3 rows.

Row1-4: Knit

Row 5-8: Purl

Continue rows 1 through 8 until you reach your desired length or the washcloth measures 7 inches without being pulled.

Gater stitch the next 3 rows. Bind off. Weave in ends.

The washcloth should have a nice ridged look to it that will soften a bit with use.

Now, go fourth and clean thy self!

Made for Maggie


I knitted these arm warmers for Maggie, our daughter’s godmother. Maggie happens to be married to my hubby’s best friend,  John – the second half of the godparent set.

To knit these arm warmers, I used the pattern by Vickie Howell found here: http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/09/alice_wrist_warmers.html