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Friday, June 11, 2010
Other Stuff, but mostly SPOONFLOWER!!!!!
Alco had a sale on Patriotic Fat Quarters, so I decided to make 4th of July outfits for the Grandgirls' dolls.
The shortie tops are lined, with a self ruffle. I'm pleased and the girls were delighted. All of the pattern pieces fit on a single fat quarter (including the top lining), which worked out perfectly, with very few scraps left over.
And I finished the handspun hat, which goes with the handspun fingerless mittens. They go in the Christmas pile.
But the best thing is that my Spoonflower fat quarter with the original design color/cut/sew 18" doll outfit arrived this morning! I could not be more pleased- the design printed perfectly on the fabric, which is a nice quality quilting cotton. The pieces came out exactly the size I needed them to be, so I know that the skirt, vest and bag will fit the dolls the way I want them to. It is so cool to see my own design on fabric- I can't wait to design more.
And best of all, the markers don't bleed on the fabric much, which means that the girls can color their outfits without too much trouble. The thinner lines on the left are Sharpie pens, which did bleed just a tinch. The wider lines on the right are highlighter markers and there is almost no bleed with them. In either case, the nice fat, dark outlines should keep the colors separate pretty well. I was going to redesign the coloring graphics since I'm more familiar with a vector program now, but you know what? There's nothing wrong with these geometric shapes. They'll be easy and fun to color.
I need to add a few notations to the design instructions (to color the pieces before cutting, and that 1/4" seam allowances have already been added to the pieces, and to color on a protected surface since the markers can bleed through the fabric to whatever is below), but I think it's mostly ready to go. I doubt if anyone will actually want one of these, but I'll make it for sale on Spoonflower just in case (my designer name there is GrammaK). Just so you'll know, in addition to the fat quarter, you'll also need lining fabric for the vest and purse, a bit of velcro (or a snap or a button), and 12" of ribbon for the purse handle.
Speaking of Spoonflower- my apron design is almost done, and I am pretty happy with it. Every time I work in Inkscape, I learn more about the program. The learning curve is steep but I'm plugging away.
P.S. FYI: I don't make any money from sales through Spoonflower if anyone orders a fat quarter, though as a designer, I get a 10% credit toward future purchases.
P.S.S. I made the revisions, and the design is listed- here is the link Should you be tempted to order a fat quarter, be sure to click *centered* for the design orientation
Diamond Rib Lace Sock
Rnd 5 of the lace pattern should read:
Rnd 5: YO, SL 1, K1, PSSO, K 2, YO, SL 1, K 1, PSSO, K 2 , K 2 tog, YO, K 2
The Chart on page 116 is correct, though the Legend should read :YO, SL 1, K1, PSSO
Round Worsted Weight Afterthought Heel Sock
Add to Toe Instructions: Decrease as for the heel.
Next Rnd Heel Division should read:
K 12(18, 22, 24, 26, 30), sts, place marker, K to end of rnd.
Round Fingering Weight Afterthought Heel Sock
-page 32, 33
Page 32 Next Rnd Heel Division should read:
K 18 (22, 26, 30, 32, 36), place marker, K to end of rnd. Page 33, Add to Toe Instructions: Decrease as for heel.
Clarification : All foot measurements in the instructions are to be measured after the heel is finished. Measure the foot flap and gusset heel socks from the gusset edge, and measure the foot for short-row heel socks from the first full round after completing the heel.
When you come upon instructions that say knit as for, referring you to a different pattern for the next step (for example, to the 40 stitch flap and gusset heel), knit that portion of your heel as you would for the referred pattern. In other words, knit it in the same manner, using the same short-row technique as in the referenced instructions. Knitting "as for" does not mean that you are to use the same number of stitches (which would be impossible, since only the 40 stitch heel uses forty stitches). Work the first two rows of your listed heel instructions, and then continue in the same manner as the 40 stitch flap and gusset heel (in other words, work one more stitch on each row, before doing the decrease and turn), until you have worked across all of the stitches.
Listen to the Knit Picks Podcast Interview
40 minutes of me blathering on and on while Kelly Petkun of Knit Picks asks some very good questions. Twice.
You (individuals, not companies or corporations) may knit as many items from the Freebie Friday patterns (or any other original free patterns posted here) as you like. You may sell those items and make a bazillion dollars doing so. I would rather you didn't repost the pattern pages, or print them to hand out to others. Link to here so people can download their own copies, please. I would also prefer that you not teach the patterns as classes without contacting me first about it. Crediting the design and designer would also be nice.
I would love for people to send me jpgs of items knit from the Freebie patterns. I'll post them if any come in.
I'm a writer (6 mysteries, one mainstream novel, 5 knitting books, lots of designs and reviews, paper dolls, blather), wife, mother, and grandmother. I knit, I watch TV obsessively while I knit, I spin, I read, I listen to music, and I talk. A lot.