Boy, it’s been a while since I last blogged. Where did the time go? Lately, I’ve felt like a snail… I concentrate on something for what seems like a couple hours, only to find out nearly a whole day has passed by. Since Starbucks has pretty much discontinued decaf Frappucinos, I’ve been thinking that I may as well take up caffeine again, maybe that’ll help. :) I can now finally unveil a new design I’ve been working on: The Net of Justice Bag! It’s published in the new issue of Handknit Heroes. The inspiration for this bag comes from the first issue, where we see the Millers enjoying ice cream. I figured that they needed an eco-friendly shopping bag. The pattern comes in two sizes, a smaller one that will hold a pint (or tall quart) of ice cream or a small knit/crochet project, and a larger one for groceries, yarn, or even superhero gear! The new chapter introduces some mysterious characters and more information about the Millers’ superpowers. This issue also contains more knitting: the opening scene is Jen Miller’s yarn shop, and I spotted a male hockey spectator knitting! I’m a bit biased, but I liked that Sue carries around the bag in another scene. (Squee!) Working on this pattern was more of the more challenging design experiences I’ve had. It was hard to make this advanced-beginner to intermediate pattern as easy and accessible as possible for new knitters. If anyone feels intimidated by the SK2P decrease used in the Mesh Stitch, they can change to large (I suggested size US 10.5/6.5 mm) needles and continue in garter stitch instead of Mesh. The loose garter stitch will have meshy characteristics and be a good, easy substitution. Many thanks to Stephanie for including my submission and helping refine the instructions, and to Marc Olivent for his awesome illustrations that accompany the pattern! :)
Finally, here are the contests! Handknit Heroes is holding a Mask Design Contest (deadline July 15, 2009). Ana Miller needs a mask to complete her secret superhero identity! The linked page contains all required information if you want to enter.
My contests? First, I have two copies of Issue 2 that Stephanie Bryant (the writer) signed… And seven copies of Issue 2 to give away! For a chance to win a copy, simply leave a comment here at this end of this post before midnight CDT on Thursday, May 14. I will use a Random Number Generator to select the lucky winners! Good luck!