New design, and contests!

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. :) hkhissue2coverweb.jpg 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. Net of Justice Bags 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! Small Net of Justice Bag Large Net of Justice Bag 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!) hkhi2projectweb.png 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… hkhprize2.jpg 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! hkhprize1.jpg

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41 Responses to “New design, and contests!”

  1. mrspao Says:
    May 11th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I love the bags :) You are so talented!

  2. Carrie K Says:
    May 11th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    The bags are super!

    Don’t enter me, I’ve got a few copies myself. :)

  3. Kelle Says:
    May 11th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I’m in, I haven’t had a chance to check out the comic book yet and it looks interesting.

  4. rina Says:
    May 11th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    You are very talented to design a bag like that. And it’s green for the world too.

  5. Amy Says:
    May 11th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Congrats, that’s so exciting! You superstar, you. :-)

  6. Jennifer Says:
    May 11th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Beautiful – I continue to rave to everyone I know about your talents ;)

    However, I am deeply disturbed about the decaf Frappucino news. Not good at all. They’re one of my few sources of calcium!

  7. Chris Says:
    May 11th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Congrats!! No entry for issue 1, since I have it, but oh, issue 2 – I would love to have a copy of that!

    I can see it now – you’ll be in the Handknit Heroes movie. ;)

  8. Kay - From the Back Yard Says:
    May 11th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I have felt like a slug, so we might be cousins.

    Seriously, cute bag!

  9. knittymama Says:
    May 11th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    You make me want to knit the mini bag and go down the road to buy ice cream right now!

  10. Eryka Jackson Says:
    May 11th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Wow Harriet! What a great comic book and the bag is just fabulous! I will see if I can come up with an idea to submit for the contest.

  11. Sydney Says:
    May 11th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Congrats! Wow those are cute bags.

    I have the same problem. I get wrapped up in things and before I know it, a week has gone by.

  12. Zaneta Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Wow… what an awesome contest!! :) I’ve been looking at the handknit heroes thinking “man, i wish i could test it out before i buy it” lol… Thanks for the chance! Zaneta

  13. pocketsize Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Mmmm, ice-cream. My ice-cream will be so lucky to have a dedicated bag. It still won’t last long, though.

  14. Hattie Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Oh neat! That’s so cool that your pattern is in the mag!

  15. Megan S. Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Thanks for the Contest!! The bags are adorable, and I love that you provide an alternate stitch for newer knitters!!

  16. Denise Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Very nice!! I need to whip up some of these!

  17. twistedinstitches Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Ooo count me in for comics! I haven’t seen this yet, my 8 yr. old will be so jealous!

    CUTE bags BTW!

    Yay for limedragon!

  18. Mary Lou Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Congratulations, nice design. I’m sure you address the challenge of interpreting for the newbie quite well. I might need me an ice cream carrier…

  19. 5elementknitr Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Great bag!

  20. Kate Carson Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Fantastic Design! I love the bag, I can’t wait to get my copy of this pattern.

    On a side note….really signed copies….oh I want so much!

  21. sprite Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Congratulations on having your pattern published!

  22. Cassie Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Ohhh!!! I totally want to win! I can’t wait to read issue #2 and I can’t wait to make the bag in both sizes :D fingers crossed

  23. papertole Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Me, me, me! I want to enter for a chance. I have not entered a blog contest/giveaway before.

    I am so proud of your market bag design!

  24. Seanna Lea Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Please include me. None of my LYSs carry the comic book, so I haven’t gotten a chance to see it yet!

  25. Tanya Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    (Transferred from contact form email.) This is in response to the contest. I’m doing this from my iPod touch and it didn’t give me the option to leave a comment. But it is cool that your site is, otherwise, touch friendly!!

    And it is cool to see your neato design!! I’ve got to check out this new knitting comic(?). I’ve not heard about it!

    Anyway, congrats!!!

  26. Guinifer Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Heck yes I’d like a copy!

    GREAT pattern! Love the color yarn that you used.

  27. Betty Heath Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I love the ice cream holder, just big enough for a Ben and Jerry’s tub. I will enjoy knitting the holder and the bag if both patterns are available in the magazine. The tub holder for my son to bring me home ice cream and the bag for my daughter to take to university with her.

  28. Linda Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    How exciting for you to have your design published, and in the second issue of Handknit Heros. I got a copy for the first issued when I was in Las Vegas. You should try and enter something for the next issue.

  29. Gwen Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I love the bags! So cool.


  30. OzKnittter Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Congrats H, how exciting! I’d not heard of the comic before, and I’d love to knit the larger bag design.

  31. Yvonne in Southwest Virginia Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Haven’t seen the comic yet but am looking for it. Congrats on the great designs! My daughter has been hinting for a personal ice-cream bag…

  32. opal Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    what a great design! how wonderful that it made it into the comic too!

  33. turtle Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    love the looks of the justice bag! would love to see your new issue! have heard about them!

  34. Skogul Says:
    May 13th, 2009 at 2:11 am

    That is one of the most original bag designs I’ve seen yet!

  35. Marsha Says:
    May 13th, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Awesome bag! So clever!

  36. Bev Adam Says:
    May 13th, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Great pattern, and I love the colour, well done you. Looking forward to checking out Issue 2. Happy knitting and reading everyone! Bev (bevboots – Ravelry) x

  37. ikkinlala Says:
    May 13th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    The bags look great!

  38. Cora Shaw Says:
    May 13th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    First of all congratulations on being published…that is super awesome! I love the bags they are way to cool and ones that we would use for sure. I am interesting in the comics as well. The only way hubby would agree to me getting subscription is if he saw one. They don’t appear to be available here in Canada.

    So here is hoping that I am picked for one of the autographed copies of the comic.

    Cora Shaw

  39. Kylie Walker Says:
    May 14th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    How great must it be to see your work immortalised in a comic book? Nice job!

  40. Amanda Says:
    May 14th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Cute bag! Love the idea of one for icecream.

  41. Stephanie Says:
    May 14th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Super awesome bag! When I make one I’m going to be so chic at the supermarket ;)

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