Thursday, April 30, 2009

#74 She-Knits mystery anticipation continues and designing as I go

#74 is up and I can't do notes yet as for one there really aren't specific ones and i MUST KNIT!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

#73 She-Knits is a mystery and what are your expectations about magazine publications....

Most importantly....have you heard the word about She-Knits first eva Mystery Bag KAL???You have until April 27th to sign up, it is being held in Ravelry and 'clues' will be e-mailed to you. I will also be talking on the podcast about tips etc.. Its going to be FUN!!! PM (private message) me in Ravelry with your e-mail and join the She-Knits Mystery KAL in Ravelry. I will add you and you will ge a reply from me in there.

Must knit.......

Friday, April 17, 2009

She-Knits Mystery Bag KAL

This was only born yesterday and already their are 70 people. Details are as below (these are copied from the thread in the She-Knits Podcast group in Raverly HERE. If you are in Ravelry and intersted in participating read those details and PM me within Rav. If you are not in Ravelry (and I am not sure why you wouldn't want to be) and want to sign up, read the details below and contact me through with your e-mail address.

posted 1 day ago (Wednesday, April 15), edited about 13 hours ago

In my most recent podcast #72 I realized I loved the energy of knit-a-longs that I have started in here but sadly never personally complete whatever the item is.

I was wondering if anyone would be interested in doing a Mystery Bag Knit-a-long that I lead. It will be the same idea as the Mystery Shawl KAL’s -I will give tips in e-mail and on the podcast about the project and in the end you will have a free bag pattern in pieces which I will also be putting up as a complete pattern for sale.

I am super excited about the idea! Here are some of the initial details:

All I want to say regarding the bag at this point ….(the design of which came to me just this morning ;)…. is the bag will either be worked in single or more likely double bulky weight feltable yarn, most likely doubled (which is the same as super bulky single strand or quadrubled worsted weight) and comparing it to the size of my other bags, specifically the double bulky ones like Melly Bag which is about the size I want to make it will require somewhere around 800-1000 yds. I want to try my best to keep it so it will be under $60.

I am thinking of offering a nicely priced kit in my shop if there is enough interest in that. The kit would have all the yarns needed and the magnetic snap closure. The yarn I sell is Lambs Pride Bulky which normally sells for between about $7.25 and $7.95 for 125 yd. skein. I will try to see if I can do it for $7.00 per skein. Please let me know if you might be interested in a kit in a PM entitled Mystery Kit so I can see if this is worth it for us all! I will announce specifics (yardage and basic color ideas in terms of lights and darks) after I decide (should be soon) The KAL which realistically will begin in June maybe even after TNNA ( am so swamped with getting ready for it) which is mid June.

The way it will work is that you will PM me your e-mail address with the heading Mystery Bag on the PM please . Please kindly spread the word, and if you are kindly spreading the word to non-Ravelry users they will need to e-mail me through where there there is a contact button. If you are spreading the word in here link it to this thread you are now reading for people to see details please. I will then invite you to participate via e-mail. You can PM me (or e-mail me) starting today and sign ups will close by May 15th

I will be giving the pattern parts out week by week to your e-mail and will possible have a Blogger blog too. I will be mostly communicating via e-mail and the Blog with less private info in here perhaps…. again any super pertinent info will be e-mail only to keep it private.

Since this is a “mystery” Kal I would expect anyone that signs up to not share the pattern with non-members, or give away anything especially in here where it is public. Clearly all the members of the blog will be getting that pattern bit by bit as we go along. In the end I will be putting the pattern up for sale in my shop so all copyright stuff does pertain…blah blah blah.

Soooooo PM me your e-mails and spread the word. This should be super super fun!!!!


Sign ups are still open, as of this moment we are up to approx 70 bag ladies! My thought is to keep sign ups open until mid May. I am going to try as hard as I can to get more details out in the next two weeks. PLEASE keep checking in here for information before you ask a question, the answer may already be here.

I already have sketched out the design, I think everyone will be happy with it. I am interested and excited about the idea of being inclusive of less and more advanced knitters/felters. So, there will be the choice of keeping the bag more simple and straight forward without additional design (maybe cables, maybe embroidery…maybe????) or to do the more challenging pattern… other words I will say easier version do this, and more advanced version do this so level of bag is either advanced beginner or intermediate…..your choice

As far as the colors, I will most likely announce the colors and main yardage amounts within the next two weeks and of course you can substitute or keep the same as you wish.

Again, please let me know if you are even interested in the kit idea so I can decide if I am going to offer it. If I do offer it I am trying my best to work out the best price I can and it will be a limited time in which you can order the kit so I can order the yarns in one shipment to me and pass on that savings to you….that is my best way of keeping the price down. Kit decision on my part will be made on my part in the nest two weeks and kit ordering will take place mid May.

You will either have a virtual multitude of colors to choose from of either :
Cascade Yarns Chunky 128 colors (100% Highlands Peruvian Wool)
or possibly
Lambs Pride Bulky colors (85% wool/15% mohair)

I will decide which companies yarn to offer after I get more feedback about interest (or lack there of) of purchasing a kit.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

#72 New beginnings

The above is my one and only summer knit I have ever made. I think its from 1990 (shudder)

I fantasize about making a lightweight cardigan...lightweight as in sheer barely there ala Knitty's
Sea Tangles have you made a super lightweight cardi? If you have let's here about it.

Would you like it if I lead a mystery bag KAL? If so please let me know either here or in the thread on Ravelry in the She-Knits Podcast group.

Things aren't easy out there, we need to try to not sit frozen in fear and frustrations of what we had but rather go forward with what we have.

Here are the quotes I read regarding determination..sorry I don't have the authors:
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination " Tommy Lasorda

"If you doubt you can accomplish something then you can't accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability and then be tough enough to follow it though" Rosalyn Carter

"There is no chance, no destiny, no faith that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul." Ella Wheeler Wilcox