HOORAY! I finally finished the bolero pattern and it is up in my Ravelry store. I am going to put a linked picture over in the sidebar of the blog here in just a minute. The link will deliver you to my pattern store. The difficulty level for this pattern is "experienced". No denying it, the shaping for this pattern, and especially for the edging takes quite a bit of concentration, and this is not a pattern for the beginner. I think though that as long as you are able to easily recognize each stitch and get a consistent gauge you can do this pattern. However, it won't be a project for working on while you watch TV. Enjoy it!
Well, here is that sneak peak I promised. This picture was taken during blocking, so the yellow dots are pins. This one will be out later this year I think. I'll be shipping it off in the next couple of days.
I am nearly finished with the bolero pattern. I had hoped to finish it this week. It's still possible that I might finish it this weekend, but probably not unitl early next week so that I can proofread and edit carefully. I've learned a couple of things lately about designing while working on these two projects simultaneously:
1. Setting self-imposed deadlines for self-publish projects makes for putting off more important responsibilities to finish on schedule, especially when you pile a magazine project on top of it.
2. Thick yarns + lacy stitch patterns + wide pattern repeats = lengthy pattern instructions that are challenging to write.
3. It is best to wait to post pictures of upcoming designs until no more than a few days before the pattern is available, no matter how excited you are to show everyone the awesome thing you've made.
Well, I'll post here when the bolero pattern is finally up...until then, happy stitching!
Hello my faithful blog readers. I've added a week long poll to the top right-hand corner of my blog. I'd love it if you'd vote. Thanks! I am busy, busy writing the pattern for the bolero. I'm nearly finished with the back panel, and both front panels are finished. I'm feeling lots of pressure though because I have another project with a firm deadline of the 31st. I'll let you know as soon as the bolero pattern is out, and I should have a sneak peak for you in the next couple of weeks. Happy stitching!
Well, I am finally ready to reveal my Beautiful Arches Bolero. This one is a size 35" bust circumference. The sizes are in 3" increments ranging from 32" to 50". The yarn is Berroco Weekend which is a Cotton/Acrylic blend. This yarn was graciously provided by the owners of The Gourmet Yarn Company specialty yarn store in Oklahoma City. I went to the knit-in there on Saturday and showed it off during show and tell time. You can see a picture on their blog. This size required 2 hanks of each color, though only a very small portion (not even one quarter) of the second hank of green, and less than half of the second hank of the magenta. So, if you plan to substitute, keep that in mind when comparing yardages. I plan to have it up in my Ravelry pattern store next week!
This was finished a couple of weeks ago. It is part 2 of the b'day gift I made for my wonderful mom. This was my first felted project. It is made in Cascade Cloud 9, which is an Angora/Wool blend that I believe is 50/50 or close to it. I made a couple of swatches, felted them, and then cut out the shapes and sewed them together along with these 3 pale blue beads and a safety pin on the back. I thought it turned out beautifully!
This picture shows the colors of the bolero that will be used as the model for the finished pattern. My beautiful friend Whitney has agreed to model it for me when it's finished so that I can get some great pictures of it. This yarn is Berroco Weekend, which is a cotton/acrylic blend, in magenta and grass green. This yarn was graciously provided by the owner of The Gourmet Yarn Company in Oklahoma City. Thanks Margaret! The pattern will also be for sale there when it is finished.Okay, well, I can't seem to figure out what is up with the formatting on this post, it irritates me to no end. Anyway, this last picture is the yarn that I have purchased for a project that is due at the beginning of August. It will be a little while before you see a picture of it here, but it will be awesome!
Just a little while ago I read two great posts on Doris Chan's blog that were somewhat encouraging to me, and somewhat discouraging. It helped me feel better because I know that even very experienced, awesome designers struggle with pattern-grading, just like me. However, it is discouraging to think that it won't get much easier. You can be certain that I will be working as hard as possible this week on getting the bolero pattern finished and ready to sell. As soon as that is finished I should be working on my next magazine project, and then on to my next self-publishing project. I've got several in line waiting for me to get to them. I doubt I'll ever have enough time to get to all of the ideas that I have. I'll keep coming up with new ones faster than I can make them. Oh well! I wouldn't want to be without a crochet project.
Have a cheery day everyone!