Errata: Baby Cardigan WT2154

Ah, admitting mistakes…it’s the one thing we all hate to do. And yet, here I am about to do it.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately on the neck shaping for the Baby Cardigan pattern available through Coats and Clark (WT2154) (Ravelry link).

Because a few people had made it without any trouble and when I looked at my notes they matched the pattern, I didn’t think there was a major problem.

Until I promised a crocheter that I’d swatch it up and do a photo tutorial to get through the shaping (hey, I’m always looking for great ideas for blog posts). And guess what? They were right.

So, I’ve alerted Coats & Clark to let them know, but here’s the changes. It’s really quite simple (which is likely how others were able to get this figured out without needing to contact me).

Basically, when you get to the “shape neck” section on the left front, swap rows 5 & 6. That will get your increases at the neckline like they should be, and then you’ll be good to go. When you do the right side, you’ll do the same thing, but with doing the rows the other way (reversing shaping) so the increases are also at the center.

I hope this helps everyone! Again, I’m so so sorry about that! I love seeing the little baby sweaters everyone is making, so I hope this makes it easier for many of you to make some more.

Happy crocheting all!

Spring Sale

In case you didn’t see my Twitter posts (or the post on the Facebook page), I’m having a spring sale!

If you buy two patterns you get one free!

Now, to do this, you’ll need to go here to my Ravelry page (don’t worry if you’re not signed up for Rav, you can see this page regardless), add the three patterns you want to your cart, and then when you check out, the lowest priced pattern will be free.

This goes on until April 23, so don’t miss your chance!

Other things I’m working on?

* Working on a new wrap pattern that will be perfect for proms, weddings, and any other time you want to feel special. This will go out on the Fibers By Tracie line, hopefully in May. The yarn is delightful and sparkly.

* Finishing up class lesson plans and handouts for the Knit and Crochet Show in Minnesota this July. Want to take one of my classes? You can sign up and register for the show here.

* Working on another design for the CGOA design competition in September. It’s turning out just as I saw it in my head and I’m super excited about it. I can’t show any pictures in case the judges read my blog, but once the competition is over, I’ll either publish it in the FBT line or it may get picked up by another publisher. This will determine when I can show pics of it. πŸ™‚ I’ll keep you posted.

That’s all for me for now. As you can see, it’s a busy time here. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week everyone!

New Pattern: Fionnuala Cowl

In case you didn’t hear already, I have a new design out in the Fibers By Tracie line. The Fionnaula Cowl is a mobius cowl/wrap made of natural fibers. I made the sample in Classic Elite Soft Linen which is a fabulous blend of alpaca, wool and linen. It only takes four skeins, so it’s possible to get a great accessory without a lot of yarn. Soft Linen is a DK weight yarn if you want to substitute, but I would recommend using a natural blend to the great drape.

Here’s a pic and all the pertinent links and such.

Ravelry Link


$5.00

Fionnuala means Fair Shoulders in Gaelic. I love the name (pronounced fin-OO-lah, by the way) and thought it fit the item perfectly. The yarn has a lot of drape. When I was outside photographing it, it rippled in the breeze. Too bad it was also 85 degrees outside (this was before 11am). Ah, pre-summer in Florida. Which means I won’t be wearing mine for a while, but hopefully if you live somewhere with real seasons, it may still be cool enough to wear one!

I have a few more designs in the works to come out in the Fibers By Tracie line, so keep an eye out! πŸ™‚ Have a fabulous week everyone!

Knit and Crochet Show Summer classes posted

Wow, what a whirlwind week blogging for the Knitting and Crocheting Blog Week. I hope y’all enjoyed it! I did. It was fun.

So much so that I got up this morning and started to look for the next prompt. πŸ™‚ Then I realized I didn’t have to do that today, and went about my morning.

Then I remembered that I usually blog on Mondays, and so here I am again.

Last week, the detailed class listings for the Summer Knit and Crochet Show were released. Registration starts on April 7th (this Thursday). The summer show is from July 28-30 (with Professional Development Day on the 27th) in Minneapolis, MN.

There’s lots going on this year and I’m sure it’s going to be just as exciting as the past two years I’ve attended. But why am I posting about this today?

Glad you asked. πŸ™‚

I’m teaching four classes at the Summer show.

Thursday, July 28, 9a-12p: Introduction to Thread Crochet

Friday, July 29, 2p-5p: Organizing Your Space (Great for both crocheters and knitters)

Saturday, July 30, 9a-12p: Design Your Own Filet Crochet

Saturday, July 30, 2p-5p: Broomstick Lace Cloth (This is great if you’ve never done broomstick lace and want to learn)

If you’re over on the Fibers By Tracie group on Facebook, I have each of these classes listed as an event. So please feel free to RSVP there if you’re planning on taking the class (doing so does not register you for the class, it’s simply to let me and others know if you’re coming). I always love hearing who will be in my classes before I get there. πŸ™‚

You can see the whole list of all the classes for the Summer show here.

Okay, lunch time over for me and I have to get back to this current design project, so I wish all of you a wonderful week and I’ll talk to you later!

Oh, PS: Yes, I’m aware the website is down. I’m in the process of moving it. Things came up when I went to get help to do it, and it’s taking me a bit longer to finish up (due to my schedule, not theirs). Hang in there! If you buy patterns from me through my website, you can also go here to Ravelry to buy them. You don’t have to be a member of Ravelry to see them (but you should anyway!). Thanks so much for your continued support!

Knitting & Crocheting Blog Week: Day Seven – Your Knitting or Crocheting Time

Day Seven! (Woo hoo! I did it!)

Today’s prompt:

Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly β€˜no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of knitter.

I crochet everywhere. Everywhere. This is my full time job and if I’m under deadline, there’s no where I won’t crochet. I’ve crocheted on the bus, I’ve crocheted in waiting rooms, I’ve crocheted on a plane, I’ve crocheted in a car in the dark (while someone else was driving), and I’ve crocheted at Disney. No, really, I even have pics to prove it:

Standing in line at Soarin’ in Epcot

But, let’s talk about my typical crafting time.

If I’m working on a design and need to make notes as I go, then I’m typically sitting at my work table. I keep my design notebook next to me and crochet a row then write it down. I’ve learned the hard way that this is how I have to do it if I ever hope to write the pattern later. I often either have a cup of coffee or a cup of water next to me. Laptop is always on and I’m known to answer emails super fast because of that. I’ll often take quick breaks and stretch my fingers by goofing off online. πŸ™‚

If I don’t need to make notes, then I’m usually in my comfy chair. There I still have a drink of some sort next to me, and try to remember to have all my tools on the table, too. I’m trying to learn to disconnect from the internet a bit more, but I still often have my iPod Touch next to me when I’m in the chair. It’s my secondary computer and I use it to do just about everything I need to do online (except Ravelry, it’s a bit harder to navigate in the tiny little screen).

My TV is always on. This comes from working seven years in a control room at a TV station. I get twitchy when there is a TV in the room and it isn’t on. Even if I’m not paying attention to it, it’s the noise. And no, music doesn’t fill the void the same way. So, if I’m home, TV on. I also use the TV as my clock. Again, this comes from working at a station. When a show has ended I know that half an hour or an hour has passed. Commercials remind me to take a break (although I did my time in TV working at a PBS station, so it took me a while to get used to those again). So I rarely watch movies. I won’t talk about what I do watch. There are benefits to working from home (mostly) alone so one can indulge in bad television vices. I now have a DVR, too, so I often record things overnight and watch them the next day.

I have one big window (sliding glass door) and one small window in my room and I usually keep the blinds open to let in natural light. The only time this changes is in the summer when it just gets too hot. We’re making some changes this year to the windows, so hopefully I can still have natural light when we move into the real part of summer. If not, I’ll do what I did last year, which was to wait until the sun moved to the other side of the house to open up the blinds.

My typical work day goes from about 9:30-10:00am (depending on when I get up and how long it takes me to do the typical morning stuff), pausing around 1pm for a quick bite for lunch, back to it until 5-5:30pm for a quick dinner and doing the dishes, then back to it until usually around 7:30pm. Some days go longer, some days don’t. It depends on the project on deck and the to-do list. And what’s going on in the house.

I often take breaks to snack, and will eat near my project (depending of course on what the food and yarn is, there are always exceptions), but I rarely eat while I’m crocheting. Simply because I haven’t figured out how to eat and crochet at the same time. If I’m putting down the hook to eat, then I’ll eat.

That’s all I can think of about my crochet time. Kinda boring, I know. πŸ™‚

Today is the last day of the blog week! If you want to read the rest of the blogs that are also posting, you can do a google search on this term: 2KCBWDAY7. Everyone participating will have that term in their post and you can follow along that way. πŸ™‚

Knitting & Crocheting Blog Week: Day Six – Something to Aspire To

Day Six! πŸ™‚

Today’s prompt:

Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make but can admire the result of those that have.

Oh, this is easy! I want to learn Hairpin Lace. I’ve done it once, back when I was a teenager and learning how to crochet for the first time. I tried a little bit of everything back then. But I either had trouble getting it or there just weren’t a lot of cool patterns in hairpin lace, so it didn’t stick as something I wanted to do.

I wanted to take the class at the Knit and Crochet Show in 2009, but I had other classes that won out that were offered around the same time. Last year I taught so I didn’t take any classes (and I don’t think it was offered). Same thing with this year (too busy with 12 hours of classes to even think of taking anything). BTW, class listing went live on Thursday, so you should go check it out!

I bought a book and hairpin lace tool a few months ago. It’s on my list of the things to do (as is to design something in hairpin lace). It’s just about finding time to sit down and learn it. I will do it before the end of this year. *nods*

I think there are some really cool designs out there that use hairpin lace. In fact, I have some of those patterns in my pattern “stash”. Again, though, finding time to sit down and crochet for me is difficult.

But it is something I’m going to make time for this year.

What about you? What’s a skill you want to learn? Make a plan to find time to do it this year!

Stay tuned, I’ll have a post each day through Sunday, answering the prompts given at Eskimimi Knits’ site. If you want to read the rest of the blogs that are also posting, you can do a google search on this term: 2KCBWDAY6. Everyone participating will have that term in their post and you can follow along that way. πŸ™‚

Knitting & Crocheting Blog Week: Day Five – And now for something completely different

Day Five!

This is an experimental blogging day to try and push your creativity in blogging to the same level that you perhaps push your creativity in the items you create.
There are no rules of a topic to blog about (though some suggestions are given below) but this post should look at a different way to present content on your blog. This can take one of many forms, but here a few suggestions:
Wordless, photographic post
This is the one I’m doing!

Stay tuned, I’ll have a post each day through Sunday, answering the prompts given at Eskimimi Knits’ site. If you want to read the rest of the blogs that are also posting, you can do a google search on this term: 2KCBWDAY5. Everyone participating will have that term in their post and you can follow along that way. πŸ™‚

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