Thursday, January 17, 2013

My Beginning -- A Blog Giveaway

I became a "Knitwear Designer" on February 5, 2011.

It was on that date that I first uploaded two of my knitting patterns to Ravelry to make them available to knitters everywhere.  Before that I spent a great deal of time reading all the Ravelry help pages about creating a Ravelry store and setting up a designer page.  I thought a lot about how I did not want there to be just one pattern (it had to be two from the start), and I fussed with my photography.

Ravelry requires that patterns be .pdf files for uploading.  I do not have Adobe software to create or edit .pdf files, but I found and downloaded "Cute PDF Writer" software.  It converts Microsoft Word documents into .pdf files.  It has worked very well for me ever since.

I chose two of my "teaching" patterns.  I have been professionally teaching knitting since 2006, and I always like to teach knitting projects from my own patterns whenever possible.  A tech editor reviewed these patterns, but she changed very little.

 Pattern: Both Sides Now
Yarn: 310 yds Patons Classic Wool Worsted,
100% Pure New Wool
Color: 00229 Natural Mix

This first pattern was from my earliest teaching days.  The Classic Wool Worsted by Patons was one of my favorites at Michael's where I taught from 2006-2008.  I had two partial skeins of this yarn in my stash, but they were not the same dye lot.  I went to Michael's this past weekend and bought two new ones.  I was glad to see that they still carry it.

The second pattern I uploaded to Ravelry on that same day in February was one that I originally designed in 2009 to teach toe-up sock knitting.

Yarn: 300 yd Zitron Trekking 6 fach 6 ply
75% Wool, 25% Nylon
Color: 1809 Green Variegated

This pattern was written for a class that I taught at an LYS, Cozy Cabin, which has since gone out of business.  I have an identical skein of this yarn that my mother bought at Cozy Cabin.  (It has been keep quite safely in a plastic bin for the last three years.)

These patterns have been offered as free downloads for almost two years now.  They have each been downloaded hundreds of times.  People like free patterns.

Now for my BLOG GIVEAWAY in honor of my two years in the design world:
The two prizes will be the yarn shown in this blog post.  There is more than enough of each yarn to make my designs as shown.  All that you have to do for a chance to win some yarn, is to leave a comment to this post.  (It can be about this post or any of my other designs... or really anything at all!)  On the evening of February 5, 2013 I will gather the commenter names (I do hope that I will have at least 2!) and use a random sequence generator to pick two winners.  The first name that I draw will get the sock yarn (as it has a higher retail value).  The second name I draw will get the worsted.  The winner's names will be announced in a blog post on February 6.  (I will provide an email address at that time, so that winners may contact me with their mailing addresses.)

Good Luck and I am looking forward to your comment!!!


  1. Its nice to hear about your beginning and I really like both patterns! Thanks for the chance :-)

  2. Congratulations on two years of designing!

  3. Carolyn, the last time I missed your contest because I was on a blog break! And I remember being bummed about it!!

    Well I am not on a break now and I am happy to join in this blog give-away.

    And Congrads on two years of designing!

  4. I am in! I love your patterns, several are in my queue. Your sock pattern is my favorite for toe up socks. Congratulations on your success as a designer and your anniversary!

  5. Thank you for the giveaway! You have some fantastic designs; I especially love the Equilibrium Cowl.

  6. You are very generous Carolyn. I love your teaching techniques and your patterns. I have not finished my Entrelac scarf, but it is in my plan..soon. Love my red hat, from your #77 Dream Pattern. Congratulations and keep designing!

  7. Love both patterns! I have been wanting to do both socks and cables, so a very appreciated gift. Thanks too for your generosity and thoughtfulness for other knitters who are just getting started!