Ah, January. I have no idea why it's taken me so long to write my usual welcome-January-new-year-goals post because for once I really have some news to tell you! I have finally published some of my patterns, nine hat patterns to be exact!
These five tams are the class samples for the Color Outside the Lines: Fair Isle Tam class. I developed the colorways for the class, but students are given only a blank template to fill in, placing the colors where they want following traditional Fair Isle color use principles. Well, a number of people wanted to re-create the samples themselves, so I decided to make the patterns available: Clockwise from upper left, Foggy Cove Tam, December Sky Tam, Garnets Tam, Summer Lake Tam, and Mossy Rock Tam.
Clockwise from upper left are the Raven Cap, the Helsinki Cap, the Wisconsin Cap, and two colorways and fits of the Cascade Cap—Winter and Natural. More information at Feral Knitter. All these designs are sold as downloads through Ravelry: Janine Bajus Designs.
To be honest, I am really proud of these patterns. It was really difficult for me to write in standard pattern language so the instructions could be understood; I worked with a very helpful technical editor to get it right. My friend Alysha Naples designed a template to give the entire range of patterns the look I wanted: clean and fun. The biggest roadblock to publication, though, were my strong albeit unfounded worries about putting myself forward. Now that I've broken the ice, though, I'm working at great speed on the yoke sweater patterns. There is something freeing about facing fears and pushing through!
By the way, the cap model is my daughter, Gingko (not her real name--I'm not insane, after all. I call her this on the blog to give her some privacy because when I began blogging she was still a teenager). Well, Gingko celebrated her 24th birthday yesterday!
We had a lovely weekend: haircut at a nice salon, viewing The Hobbit, having breakfast at our favorite breakfast haunt in Berkeley (900 Grayson--hint: Demon Lover all the way), and the birthday girl's favorite dinner: Tofu Pot Pie (unbaked, above). I am lucky to have such a great daughter!
Here's wishing you all a happy new year!