Saturday, May 8, 2010

Designing Women

I love Designing Women! I loved the TV show in the 80s, and I love the Designing Women that I have come to know throughout my life. I am also learning to really appreciate all the work that goes into knitting design lately. . .and here are a few of my favorite designing women:

Knitting Nonstop - A good friend that I first met on Ravelry, and now know in person. . .yay! She designs knitting patterns for very lovely sweaters, bags and SOCKS! You know how I love to knit socks! Oh, and she is (apparently) the master of the Woolmeisse purchase!

SpinDyeKnit - A good friend I met online, through her blog and on Ravelry. Always there with words of encouragement, even when her day is not going too well. On her blog, even her commenters make me laugh! And she designs the most beautiful lace shawls and scarves. . .I am enamored by her work!

Cozy Spirit Yarns - Can I just tell you again that I love Ravelry? I also know this designing woman from my online time there! Cozy designs and creates the cutest little, free-spirited critters (and she dyes luscious yarns - her color sense is amazing), and she has two etsy shops you can link to from her blog as well! This blog is a really Cozy place to hang out. :)

And this week, I became a Designing Woman myself! I talked in my last post about the shawl I have been working on for the Mothers of Soldiers group on Ravelry, and the design is finally finished (and I hope there are not too many mistakes!). If you would like a free copy, you can download it here, or there is a link on the right side of the blog page! Here is a finished pic of the scarf I made from this pattern in bulky Malabrigo Rasta, the color is "Abril". Yummm!
And, since I seemed to be on a roll, I uploaded another free pattern as well! Remember the Christmas Mittens I made this January? Well, I had written up that pattern in this post, but now you can also download it here!

I am pretty proud of myself, and I am so happy to share with you! (Still figuring out how to link the patterms in my sidebar. . .they are over there, but I know there is a better way. . .bear with me!) I hope to design more patterns eventually. . .it's so fun to make something exactly like I see it in my brain! The writing of the pattern is a little tedious, but even that part is enjoyable. . .omgosh! I think I just found myself another hobby. . .! Aaaargh! When am I gonna knit? LoL! Who am I kidding, knitting is like jello. . .and there's always room for jello!

Thanks for stopping by, and. . .
Knit in Good Health!


  1. How beautiful they both are, and thank you so much for sharing! As soon as I finish knitting my summer socks I'm going to start a shawl. My very first shawl will be your Knit 1 Breathe 1 pattern. (I actually have a few rows knitted on a very simple shawl, but intend to rip 'em out and use the yarn for your pattern.) And I suspect that some of my friends may be receiving mittens with flaps for Christmas in 2010. :-)

  2. I love the color and pattern of the scarf! It turned out reeeeally pretty. :) Maybe I'll make it myself when winter comes around!

  3. Thanks Lauren and Cricket! It's a really easy lace pattern. . .I hope that lots of people make them!

  4. Oh wowser! Thanks for the lovely compliments! The Lumpkins are all glowing softly now - and happy Lumpkins really light up the room.

    Your shawl is amazing! So talented you are! The scarf is fabby, and so are the mitts. You really are a desiging woman! :-D