My 1st knitted pattern

You may remember that I have been teasing you over the past months with pictures of a knitted bunny that I have been designing. Well, my design is finished and I have published the pattern. ERIN’s BUNNY is a free download on http://www.ravelry.com.

ERIN’s BUNNY, v. 1.2 test 2

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Designing this bunny and creating a written pattern was quite the challenge. I will spare you the details of sleepless nights, numerous frogging, pattern rewrites and frustrations. Instead, I would like to brag.

 

There are many ways to make the bunny unique. You can add frills, flowers, bows and tie the ears up for a girl. You can keep it simple for a boy. Charms can be added around the neck to personalize it. You can use different weight yarns, including sock yarn for a mini size and attach a swivel hook so it can be used as a zipper pull for backpack, purse.

I am proud of this cuddly bunny. I devoted months to designing and writing. I have sold several to friends and have orders for the holidays.

I named the pattern for my daughter, Erin, and designed it around memories of her childhood.

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Erin lives in a group home in Laramie, WY.  She has several special needs. However, she is full of smiles, has a greyt sense of humor, and is always ready to give you her special bone-crushing hug. Erin has always been fascinated with things that are floppy and will spend hours shaking it. Thus, ERIN’s BUNNY is very floppy.

Next item  on my list of to do’s, . . .  a floppy panda bear that will be named ERIN’s PANDA. The pattern should be available around the first of the new year.

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On MyNeedles 

What’s on my needles? Not a lot lately, lol. On second thought, let me rephrase. I have several projects started; one sock with no mate, 1 summer top, 2 winter tops (one of which will probably be frogged), a hitchhiker, another scarf, a temperature blanket, a Find Your Fade (which may just fade completely away). All these projects are sitting  in a recently reorganized knitting niche. 

But not all my needles are sitting idol,..


Recently  I talked about these cute floppy bunnies I have been making. Yes, this is where my needles have been clicking away this whole summer. I have been very busy knitting these floppy bunnies. Not sure how many I have made, but it is a lot.

So after many late nights, early mornings and totally sleepless nights, I am close to the finish line. I have written and rewritten the pattern at least a dozen times, 

and this is the final result!


Even before my final version, I managed to sell a few. That has been  very encouraging! The owner of my LYS has agreed to sell some of the bunnies on consignment and will work with me to sell the pattern. Wow!

Okay, speaking of pattern, I had no idea how much work is involved in creating a pattern that is easy to read, makes sense to others and hopefully spark the interest of the public. I think I am very close to a printable version! My BKB (best knitting buddy) is helping me proof the pattern. Not only is she helping proof, but she has these fabulous ideas for design and layout that will create a knockout pattern.

Once ERIN’s BUNNY is launched, I hope to create a series of floppies called ERIN’s FLOPPIES. In fact, there is a new one coming soon.   I named the series after my daughter, Erin.  Erin has special needs and I spoke about her in a previous blog called, ERIN’s FLOPPIES.  

Making  these bunnies have made me think about launching a small shop. I could sell some of my stitch markers, . . 


Maybe a few earrings and zipper pulls, . . .

Did I mention that I used to make homemade lotions and lip balms? !

Huh! What should  I call  a shop of this nature? I do like greyhounds. How can I fit my love of greyhounds into a small craft shop.

STAY TUNED,  and happy blogging, knitting and just enjoying what is left of summer.

ERIN’S FLOPPY

I have been very busy lately. Travel, weeding flower beds, gardening. It seems that I have not been knitting or posting, but have actually done a lot of knitting. But my knitting is all the same project. 

I discovered an adoreable pattern for a softie and have made several for my grandkids. Friends have started to ask if I would make one for them. The pattern I have been using is copyrighted and has a disclaimer that the designer does not want the pattern used to make profit on knitted items. That is somewhat limiting. Yes, I have made several, gifted them and they have been happily received. 

So this started me thinking about copyrights. What I have discovered is that it may or may not be legal to make a profit from knitted items with this disclaimer. I’m thinking that if the designer feels so strongly about her patterns, maybe it is time for me to design my own pattern.


Part of June and most of July I have been busy writing this pattern and revising it.

With each revision it becomes cuter. 

While busy clicking away on my needles, the gears of my mind turned with all these greyt ideas. Maybe I can publish this pattern. What about a copyright. What if I make different sizes.


How about a mini bunny!

How about adding a hook to this mini. It can now be attached to a backpack or used for a zipper pull. Or maybe attached to a belt loop on jeans or shorts.

I am almost done with my revisions. I still have a few kinks to work out, but I could not resist sharing with you and getting your thoughts and ideas.

I am still checking out copyrights and thinking about publishing. I am also thinking about designing other animals.

Oh, by the way, I have named it ‘ERIN’S FLOPPY’, in honor of my youngest daughter.  Erin was born with a severe learning disability, mild cerebral palsy and autism. As a toddler and child she loved anything floppy, socks, sleeves on a shirt, you name it. She would spend hours shaking these items and it was hard to find toys that were floppy. As she has grown up, she has never lost her interest in floppies. 

Here’s to you sweet Erin.