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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Seattle beret on: January 09, 2007 12:21:32 AM
Thanks, guys!  You all make me feel so good. 

Seattle's interesting.  Every morning it was gorgeous--clear, blue sky and lots of sun--but by 2pm it's all rain.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Thistle hat with earflaps on: December 31, 2006 10:04:07 AM
Thanks!  You guys make me feel good!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Thistle hat with earflaps on: December 30, 2006 04:33:53 PM
I was in Seattle for a week, visiting my parents, and my hands felt restless.  After digging around in my mother's stash, finding only acrylics and novelty yarns, I came up with a thistle hat with earflaps.  The shape is based on Knitty's Cross-Country Chullo, though I didn't actually read the pattern--I just looked at the picture.

There are more details on my flickr set if you're interested.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Seattle beret on: December 23, 2006 04:08:29 PM
I'm out in Seattle visiting my parents for Christmas (I'm from Chicago).  While walking around in the rain, I decided I needed a hat.  My mom brought out her stash and I just started messing around.  I love crocheting hats because it goes so quickly--it's a matter of hours as opposed to a matter of days for knitting.  Anyway, this is what I came up with:

(You never realize how dirty your bathroom mirror is until you start taking pictures with the flash...)

It's incredibly warm because it's so thick.  I alternated popcorn stitch (5 dcs) with one sc, and then every odd-numbered row was just sc all around.  Very easy!  It took over one skein of Wool Ease Chunky, which is why there's a band of light grey.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Magknits and AntiCraft! on: August 01, 2006 07:31:44 PM
I love Asphyxiation.  And the condom is hilarious--the perfect application of stockinette's natural tendency to roll up.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lionbrand baby booties on: July 15, 2006 11:35:40 AM
PM means you put a marker in a new place on the work.  A lot of times when you first start a piece, it'll tell you to PM, meaning you introduce a marker into the work (usually to mark the end of a round).  SM means you keep the marker where it is in terms of where the stitches, increases/decreases, and patterns are; it's just a way of keeping track of where you are.  SM has nothing to do with a stitch; the pattern should give directions up to the last stitch before the marker, then it'll tell you to SM, meaning you transfer the marker from the left needle to the right, and then it should give instructions for all of the stitches after the marker. 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Slouchy hobo inspired by "Happy Hooker" on: July 13, 2006 01:58:50 AM
Very cute!  I just did a project yesterday with Cach and I love how it stripes subtly.  Your button is great--the purse just wouldn't be complete without it.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Original Patterns - Selling vs publishing.... on: July 06, 2006 08:22:58 AM
Knitty or MagKnits would provide you with possibly more exposure than your blog or ebay shop, so more people would start recognizing your name.  If either one decides to publish your pattern, you'd get around $75-100 for Knitty or $36-90 for MagKnits.  (Plus you get the warm fuzzy feeling in your heart when you know that knitters now have access to your fabulous free pattern!)  If you publish it on your own, you have to decide if enough people will buy your pattern to match or beat the amount of money you'd receive from an online publication.

You also might want to browse the Knitty and MagKnits archives to see if something like what you're making has already been published--that might discourage you from going that route, since they're probably less likely to publish something very similar to what they've already done.  I found Satchel on Knitty, which sounds somewhat similar to what you described, but on the other hand yours could be completely different.  (I dislike the way the MagKnits archives are set up, so I'll leave the browsing to you.)

When it all comes down to it, if it were me, I'd go for Knitty or MagKnits (or even The AntiCraft, although it looks like they don't pay for submissions) for my first couple of designs in order to get the large readership and the consequent publicity and name recognition.  You can always pimp your blog in the little bio they give you, so people who like your work will click over and find more of your designs.

ETA: I have not published any patterns, so you can take all this advice for what it's worth.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Summer Knitty??? on: July 05, 2006 03:54:37 PM
Hee, I just read the copy for Swell, and I wish I lived in San Jose...
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Summer Knitty??? on: July 05, 2006 11:55:41 AM
Was there any warning that this issue was going to be a socks/wintery hat type issue?
If you look up the submission guidelines, it tells you what kind of patterns they're looking for for future issues.  I always check that so I know what to expect.  I'm sneaky like that.

I love RPM, Manresa, and the calla lilies.  RPM might have to be my first sock project.
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