When I first came up with the idea for Spun Love, my designs were only meant for me to knit up and sell as finished pieces. The more I shared my designs with other knitters, however, the more requests I got for patterns. I never dreamed that my designs might be appealing to other knitters, and the thought to publish these knits as patterns had never seriously crossed my mind. The idea was planted, and as it grew it became quite appealing to me. I think it’s safe to say at this point that my business model for Spun Love has changed, and I am quite excited about the prospects!

I don’t have much to share when it comes to new designs; I’ve been working on getting my first designs into a format to publish, and that means nailing down a style sheet, layout design and actually getting something out to my test knitter. I’m still working out the kinks for the first design I want to publish, and it’s definitely been a learning experience! In the meantime, I have a few ideas that need to be swatched out, and another piece that I just casted on to the needles. Craziness, both in all of the work I’ve been doing and the fact that I’m actually making this happen!

I am allowing myself one project at the moment that is completely unrelated to my design process, and right now it is this:

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The knit-a-long this year for the Seattle Knitters Guild is Bohus Stickning, and this is my contribution: the Large Lace Collar Tam & Scarf.

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I’ve done colorwork before, but never anything like this. If three strands of yarn wasn’t difficult enough, the colors are hard to distinguish and the chart alternates between knit and purl. With three strands of yarn. OY. More experienced knitters may find this easy-peasy, but for me a row of this can take forever! I’m really liking how it’s turning out so far, though, and it’s coming a little easier to me with each row.

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With all of the amazing Bohus patterns and kits available, I have a feeling this won’t be my last experience with this wonderful knitting tradition!

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