If anyone follows my blog, you will know that I am currently working on the new collection of purses. I have posted one of my purse design - Rufflely on the early post with the blog titled 'Purse, Purse, Purse'.  I has just received news from Creative Knitting that the matching cardigan to the Rufflely purse will be featured in the Jan 2011 Issue of the magazine. So I would love to have actual purse sample done to go along with the cardigan publication date. I believe the magazine will come out in Nov 2010.

With my friend, Annette, being my sample knitter, I have a swatch for my 2nd design. It is going to be a felted tote... yes oh yes.. I am going back to my felting root on this one.  
Center Motif
The picture to the left provides a little preview on the main center motif for the tote... It's different tones of blue; turquoise and the deepest navy... no surprise for the color choices here... blue being one of my favourite color. I wanted to play with simple line and shape to create interesting visual effect... it's going to be bright and busy but I hope it's in a good way. With a little bit of imagination and playing with different combination of colors, this will be one fun tote to knit.

Stay tune for the actual sketch for this tote... still thinking a good name for it. It's friday, have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Just got an email from Interweave that my BabyDoll Cardi that features in this post will be included in the Interweave Weekend Issue which will be available later this year. It is a wonderful news for me because I love this cardigan and being published by Interweave definitely helps to expose my design to a large group of knitting community. 

There are a lot of benefit from being published by a popular magazine, but one important thing to me is to force myself to sit down and actually write down my design pattern. I considered myself quite detail oriented but not very organize in term of my knitting design; I would have sketch, swatch, schematic, and note about the pattern all over the place. On the process of knitting my design, I would often make correction to my design note and when I finally finished knitting my project, I would be too lazy to wrote down the final corrected pattern. So being published definitely help me organized!

There are people in my knitting group that have been asking for my Babydoll cardi pattern. I would have to tell them now to wait for the magazine publication.  Really do hope that they won't mind.

Things have been really crazy lately. It is March so it's time for another round of design submission to different magazines. I usually only submit designs for two publishers; however, keeping the submission deadline has been driving me crazy especially when I also have a project submission deadline for the magazine. With a full time job... a very active 16 months old.. and running around to get to kids' activities.. I put off the design until last minutes.. and now.. I have about 7 days left to get everything done... I need magic to get everything together.. God Help Me!!!!

Well.. enough for all the complaining... after all... I am the one to put myself into this situation. The good thing is that my project submission is going well and I have about 2 weeks to get the project finished. I have already completed the written patterns for both Beanie and Mittens and charts for the project, the beanie is completed and one mitten done... so only one more mitten to go and I am sure I can squeeze it in in 2 weeks. The project is called the Twist Cable Beanie and Mittens set for a magazine that will be published sometime this September.... Just in time for winter and holiday knitting. The above pictures were the sample set. My dear boy, Isaac and my nephew, David Edward, were gracious enough to be the models. The pictures above was the exact set that I used for the intial design submission and it was worked using Rustic Wool by Queensland Collection. LOVE rustic Wool, it's a dk weight yarn that provide very nice and soft texture. The color that this yarn offer is down right delicious. It is dk weight wool yarn, it's not bulky, it's warm and it feels great against the skin. I can't say enough about this beautiful yarn. The project submssion that I am working on is worked in Rustic Tweed by Queensland Collection. It is very similar to rustic wool: dk weight, soft texture, nice color selection and fantastic to work with. It comes in 100g skein with 278 yards. A good quality yarn with a good price. I am loving these two yarns and I already have a few projects in mind that I can certainly utilizes them. 

As for my schedule for the next 7 days, a lot of sketching (glad that I have some done), yarn selection, knitting swatches and prepared for the submission package.... very busy but yet enjoyable... let's hope that everything will get done on time!