Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Shameless Plug....

..But first, some finished socks to show. The 52 Pair Plunge ends this month. So I have a little over 3 weeks to knit 7 pair of socks. How I wish I had knit a pair a week. It would have been so easy to do. Anyway, now the rush is on. So first finished this week were the Makin' Waves (I have given them a name) I knit these in Pagewood Farms Glacier Bay 3 ply sock yarn. This yarn is wonderful to work with. It has a super tight twist, and a ton of "sproing". I purchased it at The Yarn Grove The color is Navajo. It is similar to Jitterbug, but I think I like this a bit more. This pattern will be available at The Yarn Grove in the near future.




The second pair off the needles this week ... Cables Galore in Opal Uni ( don't know the color # ... sorry ) This pair was a victim of second sock syndrome. I don't even remember when I started them, but it was sometime in 2007. I really like this color of blue. They will look great with jeans.






And I have not finished the pair, but I did finish the first Triple Twist sock I started in the yarn I had dyed a few years ago. I had to let my eyes rest before I could cast on for the second one. I am making this pair with a short row heel, instead of the heel flap.




And while my eyes are recovering from the bright pink of that yarn, I am finishing a pair of Denmark Socks, from Nancy Bush's "Knitting on the Road". I am knitting these in King Cole Merino Blend 100% Superwash Merino. These would be done if it weren't for the fact I knit 4" of the leg with the cables going in the wrong direction. I am blaming it on the eye strain from the pink yarn.



And a little, instant gratification was needed so I knit a pocket book slipper yes that is correct, just 1 ... so far. I am going to knit up several pair of these and send them to the local women's shelter. I was looking at this when I finished it and thinking no way will this fit on a foot, but it does, and a variety of sizes too. It fit all three of my kids..... and mine too..... amazing, I tell you. And it only took about 45 minutes to knit one of these.



OK, now onto the shameless plug. A little over a year ago, I was toying with the idea of submitting a few of my designs to magazines. I contacted several places for submission guidelines and then really did nothing with it. Karen was very instrumental in encouraging, pushing, talking me into doing it. So when Vogue sent a request for designs with cables for an up coming Cables on the Go Book, I submitted 2 designs. And then the waiting began. I had actually given up any hope after about 4 months and then I got an email. They had accepted both of them..... I was shocked and elated all at the same time.

A few months ago I got my copy of the book, and I was even more elated than when they accepted the designs. There is just something so neat about seeing "designed by", with your name behind it. Anyway, the book is available now, so I can show pictures. This is the hat design that was accepted.

And this is the scarf. These are not the photos from the book, they are my own. As you can see the shrubs were in bloom, so it has been a while ago.

And oh my, the yarn the scarf was knit in is yummy. It is Sublime/KFI Cashmere Merino Silk Aran. The hat is knit in Classic Elite Yarns Desert.

OK enough of the shameless plug. I have to take the eldest back to the library again today. I had to take her yesterday to return a dvd and she forgot to put the dvd back in the case .... so we have to go again.

Have a great week all!!!!!!

28 comments:

Alisha said...

Shameless Plug away...that is so awesome!

I love the little slippers. I need to try those.

Great socks!

Deb said...

Congratulations!! That's terrific news. Love the little slippers too.

Beth said...

OMG! Congrats! May these be the first 2 of many. :)

Beth N said...

I have my copy--received it today. I love those pink socks and all the others! We had six inches of snow and school was cancelled today.

marit said...

Wow- congratulations- that's great! Love the scarf- it looks fab!
Really nice socks too!

Jknits said...

That's awesome! It's totally great that you are able to see your designs published in what is sure to be a popular book. I love both the hat and scarf!

Leslie said...

I'm usually just a lurker, but couldn't resist adding my congrats re the book. Now I'm not only a great admirer of your socks, but hats & scarves too.

Jane said...

That is too cool, Monica! I'd be tooting away too. I think I actually squealed when I saw your hat and scarf. That book will be mine as soon as I find it at B&N or Borders!

Esoteric Knitter said...

Awww congratulations!! You work is just awesome. :)

And what a sock machine you are. I love seeing all your socks. Keep them coming! :)

Shelley said...

The socks are, of course, fabulous! Congrats on getting your two designs accepted into that book! They are both gorgeous...I'll have to look into getting that book when I get back to Canada!

Sheri at The Loopy Ewe said...

Congratulations on being published in a book - how exciting!!

Kristi said...

Congratulation on your patterns being accepted and published. I need to go and get the book.

Karen said...

Wow, with news like that, you should plug away!! Congratulations. I especially love the scarf, it's gorgeous. You should be very proud.

Janice said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I will definitely be buying the book! Can I send it to you to be autographed???? ;-)
Also LOVE all the socks!! You've been busy!

Pat said...

Well - those 2 beautiful designs are enough to make me want to get the book!! I already have the perfect yarn for the scarf!
and your ongoing sock knitting is amazing!!

Carol said...

I send along my congratualtions also. I just ordered from the Loopy Ewe and one of the items was a pattern by "MONICA", sock pattern "Dancing Tulips".

Karen said...

I'm sorry to be so late in commenting...I will have to get that book and have you sign it. Your socks are gorgeous. You're doing better than me on the 52 Pair Plunge. Congrats little sister!!!

Dawn said...

Adding my Congrats too! Great job!:) I know if anyone could do that many socks in a few weeks, it'd have to be you! Do baby socks count? LOL!!

Brenda said...

Congratulations! The designs are beautiful. I'll have to knit that scarf.

Helen Knits said...

Wow! Congratulations! I love the hat and the scarf. I will have to get the book.

hakucho said...

Such exciting news!! Congratulations :) That's really is wonderful and you certainly deserve it. Now you're a famous designer!!

I'm really amazed at how fast you knit. All your socks are wonderful Yay...pocketbook slippers...very nice idea to donate them to the shelter :)

happy knitting :)

Cindy said...

Oh my gosh Monica...Congratulations on your designs getting published!!!!!!! That is so awesome!!! Now I know someone famous!!!!:)
I love the Making Waves socks...I love all of your socks...but those are my favorites.
i sent you a message at Ravelry to fill you in on everything...
Hugzzzzz-
Cindy

Diane said...

What exciting news! I love cables so I'll definately be getting that book.

And if anyone can knit that many pair of socks in one month it's you! I'm rooting for ya.

Knitting Kris said...

What a thrill - your designs are beautiful! I have just purchased your lacey fingerless mitts from TLE - and they look great! Congratulations!

And BTW - nice socks. I hope you make your deadline!

Anita said...

7 pairs of socks in 3 weeks - ouch! You are the only person I know who could even possibly do it.

And, a huge congratulations on your book submissions!!! That is too cool!

Allison said...

I can't believe you made all those socks in such a short time! I haven't made that many in my ENTIRE life!!! I did just finish a pair of pocket book slippers though :-) I totally LOVE your cable projects - I have to find that book.

Sheila said...

congrats! Your designs are awesome! I finished the Cable blanket for Baby Girl. Now I'm off to the socks.

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Congratulations! I love both designs too ... so of course they would both be accepted. I must look for the book now. Say, those baby socks you did are adorable!