I’ve stated before I’m not a big fan of resolutions. Â That said, I do like looking back over the year and seeing what I have accomplished (or not!).
The biggest news, for me: Â California Revival KnitsÂ came out!
I’m so proud of it. Â It’s garnered some really wonderful reviews — Knitty, Vogue, various podcasts to include Knit 1, â™¡ Too & The Knit Girllls. Â Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see some of the reviews.
Kathy Cadigan did absolutely gorgeous photography (that’s her lovely daughter Morgan on the cover). Â Kathy is just so talented, and I’m so lucky she did the photography.
And as I’ve learned this year, the work doesn’t stop once it’s in print, lol. Â I’ve done a few trunk shows and book signings (everywhere from here in Los Angeles to Chicago!), and am planning more for 2013. Â For example,Â I’ll be doing demos and displaying projects from the book Saturday February 1th Â at Madrona.
I also publishedÂ Autumn NostalgiaÂ for the MFPP in September. Â It’s a nice mix of projects –Â stranded mittsÂ (TailGate Mitts),Â cabled cowlÂ (Applejack, shown on the cover, left), and texturedÂ cardiÂ &Â hatÂ (Farewell Summer).
Fresh Designs: Men came out — my Abalone Cove hat pattern, a fun honeycomb cable variation hat (which can be worn by women and kids as well!), is included. Â I’ll be posting a few more pics when I get the sample back to really show off the cables.
I did theÂ Byzantine CowlÂ for Kate at Dragonfly Fibers. Â It’ll be coming out this year in my Ravelry store & through Deep South Fibers.
TheÂ Lagniappe Mitts & CuffÂ pattern is the pattern I use for my beading class.
One more new pattern this year was published — the fingerless version ofÂ Ravens in Snow. Â I don’t really like to go back & redo patterns (too many new things to work on!), but I wasn’t done with the Ravens stitch pattern. Â I love how these fingerless mitts turned out!
What I can’t show are the designs for the next book; Â the four designs I did myself for Hitch; the design I did for an upcoming DeFarge book; Â the socks & mitts for the Cooperative Press sock club (coming soon!); and the designs to be released later this year for a yarn company (two of which I finished, the third I’m still working on).
Oh, and Hitch? Â It morphed from being a small ebook done by yours truly, to a 30 pattern collection created by a plethora of incredibly talented designers, curated by me. Â We’re in the final bits of tech editing before it all goes to layout.
I also taught at Madrona; taught beading at Knitculture here in Los Angeles; visited Rhinebeck, Stitches West, & Stitches Midwest for book signings; and attended TNNA in the winter in Phoenix and summer in Columbus.