Friday, April 11, 2008

My pattern got published!!!...and a little contest

Woohoo!!! I'm so excited!!!

...So a while back, I made up this diagonal scarf pattern to go with some funky Insubordiknit handspun yarn...

Turns out, another talented spinner, Lexi Boeger (of Pluckyfluff Yarns), was in the process of coming out with her second book...

My "Go Diagonal" scarf pattern was knitted and submitted by Cindy Cafaro, and it ended up here:

"Intertwined" by Lexi Boeger
"The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns, and Creative Spinning"

...and here it is on page 178!
(on Ravelry, it's here)

Not much knitting to show... lots of WIP's, but that's about it. The place where I work is having some major concert scheduling issues for next year, and I'm part of a group that has to deal with this headache... Needless to say, it has been sucking up almost all of my free time ("free" also goes for the fact that this is unpaid volunteer work...)

Anyhow, let's get onto the little contest:

Up for grabs is a lovely skein of Trekking XXL in color #06

Here's the thing; it's getting warmer outside, and with this sort of weather, my knitting mojo starts to sag...

Please leave a comment telling me about what kind of knitting project keeps you most motivated during warmer weather!

The contest ends on midnight, Monday April 21, and the winner's name will be posted here later that day.

Best of Luck!


  1. Congrats on getting a pattern published. That is so cool!

  2. Wow, congratulations on getting your pattern published!

    I had to chuckle about loosing your mojo to knit during warmer weather. It's a good bit warmer where I live at then most places.

    During the summer I like to sit outside and knit on smaller projects like socks. I also do more dyeing and spinning in the summer.

  3. Congratulations...I'm excited for you!! Your pattern's in a book, yay :):) The handspun scarf pattern is awesome!
    Dish(wash)cloths are my favorite warmer weather knitting. Fast and easy to handle knits that are easy to take wherever you go ...that's easy :)

    happy knitting :)

  4. Congratulations! I own this book. It's phantastic! When it gets warmer/hot, I'm knitting small projects, if possible with cotton, or linen, but not heavy wool, but really anything goes. I also discovered I like to crochet, and will make some more squares. Knitting or crochet outside is a lot of fun too, under a huge umbrella, sunglasses on my nose, and some cold water at hand. This year I'm thinking of taking one of my spinning wheels outside too. There's just too much I want to do, do let the heat bog me down. If I feel uninspired or don't want to do anything, which is rare, I just give it a couple of days,and read more.

  5. Congrats on the book!!! That must be so gratifying to see in print.

    I've always knit lace or in cooler plant fibers during the summer, and that did the trick. But that was when I was in northern New England, where summer was never that intense.

    Now I've moved to Arizona, and I've got to figure out what to knit in serious summer heat!! Yikes!

    p.s. I posted about your contest on WiKnit, my knitting contest blog

  6. Congrats on being published! I find that toy knitting is my go-to project during the summer. They're usually small and and quick more often than not, but (depending on the pattern you pick, of course) far from boring. The last toy I knit featured a lot of short rows and picking up stitches, for instance.

  7. Congratulations on getting a pattern published!

    I like small projects like socks and dishcloths during warmer weather, and I also like knitting things like bags that will be useful right away.

  8. Congrats on getting your pattern published.

    I am finding that lace knitting is what helps keep me inspired. It is light enough that I don't feel hot when I am knitting it plus it is fun and challenging.

  9. i knit socks year long, but when it is really hot here (about 115 F in august), i knit lace or small baby things.

  10. Congratulations!

    When it's hot, I knit socks or lace. (When it's cold, I also knit socks or lace...)

    teabird / Ravelry

  11. Congratulations! How exciting -- you not only got published, but you got published in a BOOK! Yay!

    I tend to knit just about anything during the summer, including wool sweaters for next winter. But I find that the projects I enjoy most and tend to want to knit most are small items -- socks, baby wear, toys, etc. --in any fiber. Just as long as it's not a big project draping all over me (and causing me to overheat; we don't use our A/C, so our apartment routinely gets into the upper 80s in the summer), I like working on it.

  12. Congrats on being published :-)

    I usually knit small projects on warmer days - things that can be taken with me, or can be put down easily when necessary. But what I usually knit once or twice a year are wrtist warmers. I have to wear one on colder/rainy days to prevent my wrist from hurting. (have carpal tunnel and guyon tunnel syndrome in my right wrist)

  13. Congratulations! I am excited for you.

    Summer knitting. I am not terribly original - I like to knit socks. I get too hot with a knitting project resting in my lap, and so I like to knit socks. I am still working on filling my sock drawer.

  14. Congrats on getting the pattern published!
    For summer knitting I like to make things for myself. It doesn't matter if they are cotton socks or a huge, wool sweater. Once it's fall, all of my focus goes in presents for other people. So this is my indulgent time.

  15. Congrats on getting your pattern published! In summer I like to knit small things like socks.

  16. Huge congrats on the publication!

    Hmm, warm weather knitting. Well of course socks, sometimes in funky patterns or sometimes just a simple pattern with wild yarn that i can't wait to see how it patterns as i knit. These are perfect to take when hiking. I have been knitting a short sleeve lacy cardigan in organic cotton, i like to try small items for fun, something new and with a twist! I am thinking of knitting small items to be felted for xmas ornaments as well. Good luck, i hope i helped even though nothing was too original!

  17. how exciting! the scarf looks great from the pictures! : )

    let's see... i think it is all warm weather over here. i pretty much go on knitting what i was knitting in the winter. i find that i really enjoy doing charity knitting: hats, blanket squares, etc, and lots of places take those things all year.

    or maybe you could find something fabulous using the ravelry pattern browser? then you would be so excited you would stay motivated? haha, just a thought. : )

  18. I knitted socks all last summer because they're a lightweight, not-in-my-lap project.

    This summer I might do hats, working ahead on Christmas gifts. There are so many cool hat patterns out there, and everyone needs a hat in the winter.

    Congrats on the published pattern!

  19. Congrats! I keep myself motivated by choosing projects that I'm dying to knit. Typically their small or lightweight (cotton or etc.)

  20. My mojo's been flagging - combination of weather and computer games.

    But I find that dishcloths/potholders/placemats - small household cotton projects help the mojo come back. Low commitment and quick gratification!

  21. How exciting for you, getting your pattern published!

    To get my mojo back, I knit socks... something I use and need year round. Pretty lacy ones. I also knit up summer garments (cotton!), household stuff (Mason Dixon Knitting has some wonderful patterns for rugs, cloths, a cute curtain, etc), and I knit stuff for the dogs. My dogs go everywhere with me in the summer and they need cute clothes!

  22. That's so great that you got your pattern published!
    In the summer I love to knit anything with Southwest Trading Company yarns. They feel cool to the touch so they're perfect for warm weather tops.

  23. Congrats on getting published.

    For the summer I tend to knit lighter weight yarn and small portable projects. Socks are always good for the summer, and right now I'm crocheting some cotton granny squares for a purse. Small and light weight are the way to go for summer knitting.

  24. Sophia this is fabulous!!! Congratulations :-)

  25. Congrats!

    I knit smaller projects in cotton in the summertime.

  26. Ok - so I'm a little late. Better late than never, though, right?
    Congrats on getting your pattern published! That is so cool!
    During the summer, I like to do smaller projects. I mainly tend to work on socks/slippers, but I also knit a lot of baby & preemie clothes (mostly hats, booties, & mittens) to donate to the local hospitals - it really is a good way to use up those little balls of yarn laying around! A couple of times I have also crocheted granny squares for a blanket to put together once it got colder, and I have also knitted some dishcloth patterns I had found, but had instead put them together as a blanket, too (works great as long as they're the same size!).
    Occasionally (and this is really occasionally), if I'm really in a rut, I'll buy a special skein of yarn to get me interested again (i.e. Panda Cotton - it's hard to get where I live), or a new pattern book (but only if it's on sale - I guess I'm cheap, but I love a good bargain!).
    May you have many more patterns published in your future!

  27. I know it's so old news now, but congrats on getting your pattern published! I look forward to checking out the book!

  28. Okay, not very original but I'm picking The Magic Flute...