Archive for the ‘Patterns – in books’ Category

News from Kristmen’s Design Studio

June 25, 2009

Well I am done tinkering with the looks of the blog for now. It needed a little more visual appeal, and while I liked the layout a bit better on the other, this version gave me the option of doing a custom header. I will be using that custom header to switch out photos of new designs as they come available.

I so love Adobe products.

I am not all that keen on the fat links above the banner, but when you don’t design it yourself, you take what you can get. Personally, I think it competes with the header a bit. We don’t host our blogs ourselves, they are on WordPress’s site. They can be hosted on our web site but we have not investigated that and frankly I don’t know how the transition works, whether or not the content already on WordPress would be lost or not.

At any rate, that is it for the blog.

New designs coming out: Sugar and Spice, a baby blanket, and Animal Crackers, a set of baby sweaters, are in Knitted Gifts by Ann Budd, published by Interweave. I saw the advance copy at TNNA so the book will be out shortly. It has a lot of really great projects in it, just like Simple Style.

Simple Style of course has not been out that long, and I have a design in it. Again, it is by Ann Budd and published by Interweave. Kazumi is the name of the design I have in it.

Bramble Berry All Seasons was shown at TNNA for those of you in warmer areas (or who don’t want a worsted weight wool sweater). Knit out of Merino Cotton 90 from Schulana, distributed by Skacel, it is the lovely red violet sweater in the banner above. It is the first of the worsted weight wool designs being redone and released in either a Cotton Wool blend or a DK weight yarn (which is like a light worsted). All of the original worsted weight wool designs will continue to be carried as well.

Lush and Calliope were also previewed at TNNA in the booth of my distributor Up North Fiber Art Supply, and they pre-ordered all three new designs. I will be photographing those today and will write up a feature on them like I have for my other designs.

And of course, I am working on some other new things as well…

If you would like to see the fashion show from TNNA this summer, they post it on you tube. It is hosted by the Yarn Group. I thought it was well done, and attended with the ladies from PatternFish. I met Julia last year at TNNA, and I will be offering pdf downloads of all my patterns through PatternFish. As they become available on pdf I will announce it on my blog.

There are still a few shops that are resistant to designers offering pdf patterns. For designers, it is another way to offer our designers to customers, in a format that a segmant want. From the conversations I have had with other designers, it seems that shoppers tend to fall into these groups: those who don’t go online and always purchase from B&M (brick and mortar – any retail shop), those who purchase from mail order and online, with those who purchase online being as likely to order a download pattern as a hardcopy. It is that online segment that doesn’t want the paper copy that I am trying to be able to reach.

Those customers are not likely to purchase a paper pattern. What others have found is that when paper patterns are displayed well in the shops, the patterns tend to do well also. If the patterns are shoved in an obscure corner where they can be forgotten about, they don’t do as well. There is a certain amount of marketing responsibility on the shops for their own product. A pattern in itself can be a good impulse purchase leading to a yarn sale. Some shops even display new patterns with a hot new yarn, where they can be seen together. One shop had a felted purse with some patterns for the purse stuck in it. The wondered why they had trouble keeping the pattern in stock.

I recently had someone in Norway contact me regarding a design of mine and wondering if it were available in pdf format. I told her not yet, but soon.

The prices on PatternFish will be the same as the other retail outlets, as PatternFish is essentially like selling patterns to another store and they in turn sell them to the customer. They, however, sell the digital format with the ability to provide some security to the pdf and take care of all the details that go with that, along with tracking sales and so on. They earn their percentage.

There will be a link on my blog when the patterns go live on PatternFish.

Peace and Knitting, JoLene

Simple Style Preview: Kazumi

January 12, 2009

Here is a preview to the book Simple Style, by Ann Budd which will be published by Interweave Press and will be out this April.  I feel quite clever that I got it to work, and the only reason I found it was because I quite frankly Google my name on occasion. I sometimes run into interesting blogs that way, and this was no exception although it wasn’t on a blog. While My design isn’t on the cover or the first page or two, it is among the spread with the designs in the book and you can see it with the other projects in the book. I think it looks very nice and I am quite happy with it. It is a departure from my other designs in that it has shaping and set in sleeves. I enjoyed designing it.

Kazumi means Beautiful Harmony and was inspired by the Cherry Blossoms that we see each Spring, blooming in profusion in Washington DC. The Cherry trees were a gift from the Japanese in 1912.

Peace and Knitting, JoLene Treace

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Simple Style Available March 2009, Interweave Press

December 14, 2008

Well I just discovered that Interweave Press will be releasing Simple Style by Ann Budd in March of 2009. I was quite happy to be part of  the book, which was a bit of a stretch for me, and am eager to see the finished product.The book features projects by 16 different designers. Besides myself, designers include Pam Allen, Véronik Avery, Mags Kandis, Deborah Newton, and Vicki Square.

I don’t tend to think of my designs in those kinds of terms (simple), so I suppose that is where it was a stretch for me. For someone who has a love of detail, that can be a challenge which was why I really wanted to submit something for this book and was thrilled when the design was accepted.

I addressed the problem of going about the design by thinking of Japanese style, as they are notorious for using few elements to best advantage. I tried to follow this in choosing inspiration and subsequent design elements. I had wanted to do a design for some time that was inspired by the Cherry Blossoms that I had photographed in Washington DC one spring just before the Cherry Blossom Festival, and as they were a gift from the Japanese that was perfect to base the design on.

My design is named Kazumi, a ladies shapped pullover in Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo (a bamboo blend yarn).  The name Kazumi is a Japanese name meaning “Beautiful Harmony”, and is a name for both genders. A name for a design is also an important design element. I have taken as long as 2 years to complete a design because the name was the final element of the design to fall into place!

My design in Simple Style features a Channel Island Cast-On and a delicate eyelet lace ribbing at the sleeve cuffs and hips that then flows into a simple ribbing pattern. I have heard lots of good feedback on the design already. As soon as I have a picture to post, I will.

Until then, here is the link to the book on Interweave’s site.

Peace and Knitting, JoLene Treace

Book Submissions: Interweave

April 3, 2008

I found out that I have two designs, a baby blanket and a baby sweater set, going into a book of knitting gifts that Interweave is doing.

The baby blanket was designed with my grandaughter Jessica in mind, and the sweater set was designed with my grandson Ian in mind, although both have in mind that sometimes we don’t know the gender of the baby we are knitting for.

I will let you know the names of the designs when the names are finalized.

Kazumi will be in Simple Style, and when the book comes out I will let you know.

Peace and Knitting, JoLene Treace