Mo Knits

She also gardens, bakes, reads and exercises. But mostly Mo Knits.


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Don’t Read This Blog!

Let me begin with excuses and end with promises and potential solutions.

I was coming down with the flu before I left for Stitches South.

I didn’t know I was getting sick.

I felt pretty darn awful the entire time in Atlanta, but chalked it up to lack of sleep.

Retuning readers will remember I suffer from chronic sleep disorder: Restless Legs with Periodic Limb Movement. I move then wake up all night every night. This has been happening my whole life. I don’t feel sorry for myself. It’s just the weird wallpaper in the room that is my life.

I intended to do an extraordinary Stitches South recap. Instead I spent two weeks not sleeping with fever, chills, coughing, aching, stuffy sinuses. I was a wreck. Sleep disorder combined with asthma combined with influenza will do that to a girl.

In the midst of South craziness and active illness, I was trying to finalize edits on Lotus Ring.

I’m running a little behind schedule.

I promised a blog feature to Urban Gypz and Erin Lane.  I will do it.

If you’re waiting for a Lotus Ring pattern I will add it to my Ravelry store when it’s complete. I could release it as is, but it was setup for professional printing, and you don’t want to put your home printer through that. The picture on the first page will eat all the ink in the world. Then the rest of the pattern will be illegible because there will be no ink left in the world.

If you simply can’t wait I made photocopies today:

Send $6 for one pattern printing and shipping included.

Maureen Hefti 59 36th Way Sacramento, CA 95819

Send me a little note, and include your Ravelry ID and email for a chance to win a free Lotus Ring pattern!

I’ll use the email address for errata / updates.

Special thanks to Lily D, Yuki H., Margaret S. and Izzie L. for test knitting!

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Lotus Ring pattern. So close to release I can almost taste it.

My new design isn’t secret. My test knitters have been salivating after it since early March and busily knitting away at it for weeks. The discussion board on Ravelry boasts over 100 posts mostly Q and A in nature.

If you’re super-duper curious take a gander http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/ravenous-knits/2057623/1-25

If you yearn to knit lace, there’s a bunch of good info. You don’t have to knit my pattern to get something from the forum, but I’d be honored if you did.

I started a series of lace knitting blog posts at ravenousknits.com shortly after launching website last year, but failed to finish it. Guilt and my busy life led to writer’s block. Designers block. I returned here. Comforting. Familiar.

Knitting lace is complex, advanced level knitting, and I found my own thoughts and experiences weren’t enough to write about it coherently. I needed to collaborate with other knitters and learn the challenges they face.

My newest design gave me a wonderful opportunity to share the pattern with my testers free of charge and glean what I needed from my pattern users, my friends, my knitting community. There is lace knitting magic in that forum. Like an alchemist, I hope to turn it into lace knitting gold.

I’m not looking more testers, although if you have a strong relationship with an indie yarn brand and would like to knit a sample for their shop / trunk show/ trade show I’d be willing to entertain an offer. Our indie dyers work on tight profit margins, and they need all the help they can get. I work from home, supported by a loving and financially successful husband. I’m lucky. Eventually I hope to offer the printed pattern to indie dyers for trunk shows and trade shows at a cost that helps them sell yarn and helps me build a following.

For those of you who have had the misfortune of knitting from error riddled designs, please believe I am making every effort to ensure a happy experience for my knitters. Sandi Rosner is my tech editor. We met through my Yukimi design for Twist Collective. If she’s good enough for TC, well, she’s more than good enough for me.

So I end where I started. The release is close. I expect the pattern will be ready within a fortnight. I’m excited. I thought Lotus RIng would be nice, but I honestly didn’t think it would this good. It’s super pretty, and I’m humbled to be the designer blessed with the good fortune of sharing it with you.