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What's going on over here?

Well, not a lot of knitting, that’s for sure!

But, it’s been on my mind.  And I do want to do another Challenge.  But before I do a challenge, I really, really need to get the Free patterns/KALs squared away for the next several months.  I think I will not start the Challenge until at least February.  Things have been a bit crazier than usual around here and I remember how demanding the last Challenge was.  I certainly cannot take that on if I’m not completely ready to focus on it!  First, I need to focus on the regular stuff like Free Patterns!!

That’s where I need some help.  I have a nice idea to add a pattern for December (I know it will be late, but better late than never) and I need some ideas for the next few months.  I like to have my Free patterns try to keep with a monthly theme.  For example I’ve been trying to think of something for January that will be sort of Wintery that I haven’t done already, but between my boys being sick and the bad weather knocking my head down every few days I haven’t felt very creative.  Any ideas?

Leave me some comments and help me come up with some ideas for the year for free patterns. I always feel like I’m playing ‘catch up’ with them and would love to get them planned and out of the way before I try to do anything else.  February will also be tricky because I have tons of heart related patterns and I’ve already tried unsuccessfully to do a groundhog.  I’m running out of ideas to keep the patterns to a monthly theme.  They may just have to start being random pictures which I suppose will be fine, but a bit….random!

In other chatty news, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  I had a great knitting related Christmas.  Between my hubby and my mother I am now outfitted with some very cool new needles and gadgets and lots and lots of miscellaneous knitting notions.

My hubby got me the Harmony interchangeable needle set from Knitpicks that I’ve been drooling over for a while.  i can’t wait to try them out.  I actually haven’t done any knitting since Christmas!  My mom got me a ball winder and a scale.  I spent an entire afternoon winding up all the half knit balls of yarn I could find and weighing them.  I found 39 half balls of dishcloth yarn that had knit one dishcloth out of and then left lying around at the bottom of my knitting basket.  I rewound them all and refastened the label so everything is nice and neat.  I’ll be able to get another dishcloth out of each one of those, so I’m all set for a while.  Plus all the new balls of dishcloth yarn that I keep buying because I’m never sure of what I have.  Because I use small needles (size 5 or 6) and because my cloths are on the smaller side (cast on 37 stitches) I can very easily get two cloths out of each regular 2.5 oz ball. 

Did anyone else get cool knitting stuff over the holidays? 

I’ll post again in a few days about my progress with planning for the KALs/Free Patterns for the next few months.

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Whew!

This has been one awful and crazy month for me.

We’ve had round after round of illness over here at my house.  Between bronchitis and pneumonia, the kids and I kept getting knocked down.  My two year old got pneumonia so bad around Thanksgiving he was in the hospital for almost a week.  But we are all finally on the upswing and healthy, just in time for Christmas.

I’ve also been working hard for the last month (when I’ve been feeling well enough) to redo a lot of “behind the scenes” stuff on the main part of the Designs by Emily website.  I’ve not been very happy with the download software that I purchased in the spring.  It always worked ‘ok’ but never ‘great’.  I wanted something to work GREAT!  I had decided to switch over to a shopping cart format.  And I wanted visitors to the site really not to notice too much difference if at all possible.

Finally after about two weeks of frustration of trying to do it on my own, I found a great shopping cart software that I purchased for a very reasonable price, and I’ve spent the last couple of weeks customizing it and setting it up.  I think it looks great.  The only two differences are that I had to move the menu over to the right side and the layout of the patterns.  But other than that, the site looks basically the same.  Purchases are still through PayPal and downloading the patterns are much, much easier.  I’m very happy.

That’s what I’ve been up to instead of knitting.  But now I can get back to it all.  I have a great free pattern that I want to put out for Christmas.  And I have to think of something for the December KAL.  I am going to delay that by a few days because starting a KAL on Christmas Eve really doesn’t make much sense.  And I know that I do still owe all my cheerleaders their participation patterns from the big Challenge.  I’m just so far behind on things!!  I will get caught up!

And I just thought of something…January is fast approaching.  Didn’t I say something about starting another Challenge in January?  Oh boy!  I better start thinking about that too! LOL  Stay tuned for details on the January Challenge.  That will be here before I know it (and before I’m ready)!

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Happy Halloween!

Challenge Day 12

Just a quick post today.  I’ve been on the computer too long as it is already fighting with my download software and my eyes are going buggy.

First, a picture of the completed KAL:

Maple Leaf Dishcloth

I have not yet added the completed pattern to the Free page, but I will get to it ASAP.  In the meantime, all the rows for the pattern can be found over the previous 6 days in entries in this blog.

Here is a picture of the pattern that I just added to the website:

Seahorse Dishcloth

I know that it has nothing to do at all with Halloween or Autumn or any of the upcoming holidays, but I thought it was cute. And he sort of goes along with the Happy Whale from the other day.  Plus, I have another sea animal themed cloth that I’ve knitted that I’ll be putting up sometime in the upcoming few days.  You can find the Seahorse Dishcloth pattern available for purchase on the “New” page for $1.49.

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November 08 Free Pattern KAL Day 6

We’ve made it to our last day of the KAL!  If you’ve knit along with us each day, I hope you’ve enjoyed this pattern.  I think it’s a great pattern for Autumn, especially since I live in New England and we have plenty of these around!  But I won’t give any more hints today.  I will post a picture of the finished cloth tomorrow for those of you who haven’t had a chance to knit it yet, so you will know what it is. 

Row 46:           (K1, P1, K1, P1), K to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 47:           (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 48:           (K1, P1, K1, P1), K to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 49:           (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 50:           (K1, P1, K1, P1), K to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 51:           K1, P1 across, ending with K1

Row 52:           K1, P1 across, ending with K1

Row 53:           K1, P1 across, ending with K1

Row 54:           K1, P1 across, ending with K1

Row 55:           K1, P1 across, ending with K1

 

Bind off all stitches in pattern.

 

 

xxxxxxxx Dishcloth (x-ed out to keep the surprise for now!)

Created by Emily Jagos

Copyright © Emily Jagos October 7, 2008

 

Copyright Information:
This pattern is for your own personal use.  The pattern may not be sold, reprinted or distributed by any means without prior authorization.  Contact me at
emily@designs-by-emily.com .

 

I hope you’ve had fun!