This one to the right is courtesy of Juniper Moon Farms. Visit their website at www.fiberfarm.com for more pictures (they even have a 'lamb cam') and really gorgeous yarns. Their Zooey is a beautiful cotton/linen blend that I have a design idea in mind for next spring.
This is my Zooey swatch of the detail for the front and back of a summer tank. I thought I would include instructions for short sleeves as well for those of us (of a certain age) that prefer to have those upper arms under wraps!
You are probably expecting to see something here about a lightweight tee or tank in linen, or cotton, or hemp--you know, perfect for spring and summer knitting and wearing. Since I have spent the last few months preparing for fall/winter commercial publications and anything I begin working on now would be wouldn't be ready for publication until the fall when knitters are gearing up for winter knitting I thought instead to offer you ridiculously cute pictures of darling little lambs frolicking on early spring days instead--ha!
I am currently working on two fall/winter garments that I will self-publish this fall. After that, I will begin working on a spring idea or two to release early 2015. And then my knitting year and yours will hopefully coincide!! That being said, unless you are trying to knit an afghan while sitting in the sun, it is not so bad knitting cold wear items in the summer. Think socks, mittens, hats, and garments that are knit in pieces and then seamed--anything that doesn't cover your entire lap and make you hot will work great.
I love this time of year. The trees are budding out, grass is greening up and the promise of blooming flowers is right around the corner. I have planted a pot of pansies that make me smile every time I walk by. Today I hope to grab my needles and sit in the sun for a bit, 'cause tomorrow the high is only going to be 46 degrees-oh the joys of living in the Midwest.
In December I received emails, only 1 day apart, from the yarn company and one of the magazines wanting to contract for my designs. I was beyond thrilled. Due dates for completion of the samples and written patterns were in February and March. I knew it would be kind of tight with the holidays and a vacation we had planned in January but I felt it was doable and was soooo excited that I accepted both.
I finished the first project at the end of January. In early February as I was beginning the second, I heard from the other magazine--which just happens to be my favorite. They liked my design submission but wanted to use it for a theme other than the one I submitted for and asked if that would be okay. Seriously? YES! I received the yarn March 10th and today I emailed all pattern info and schematics to the tech editors and shipped the sample! A special shout out to my husband who drove the entire way on a long road trip back and forth to Steamboat Springs, CO, just to give me the knitting time I needed to get this last one done--thank you sweetie!.
Aside from my house being very, very dusty and a new callous on the pointer finger of my right hand, this has been a wonderful experience. The process has taught me so much. I have grown as a designer because of it and I am so thankful for these opportunities to grow JoJo Knits and to connect with people in the knitting/fiber industry.
So where will you see these designs? Sorry, all must be kept secret until publication in the fall, no names, pictures or particulars allowed. I will surely let you know they come out.
Tonight, a big martini is in order! The dusting can wait 'till tomorrow.