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Archive for October 27th, 2009

Wow. NeckWarmer is a BIG. HIT.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

My One-Day NeckWarmer pattern is going a small bit crazy on Ravelry.com. The last time I saw this kind of action was when I released my ZigBagZ patterns (Maxi Collection and Mini Collection), in February about a year and a half ago.

I am pretty sure this is topping even the bags… I have had over 100 people “favorite” my pattern in about 22 hours. Here is a detail/closeup from the Lynn DT Hershberger Designer page on Ravelry:

100heartsDo you see? 100 hearts? I can not help myself, I am incredibly thrilled. As I type this, the number has grown again. Also, there are 25 people who have “queued” the pattern. This is a feature intended for keeping track of items you intend to knit at some point. Not just that you like it, but you plan to put it on your needles.

In reality, knitters use the queue for a number of different reasons, but I find these numbers to be not just encouraging… but heartening. One can not plan for a pattern to become a success, but this one sort of happened quickly.

I guess those sayings I keep repeating: 1) Be yourself; and 2) Trust your gut, are really working out for me this week. Isn’t it great when all things fall into place, if only for a while?

For the record, I put up the pattern page for this item before the pattern is/was ready to be sold. It is in progress and very close to release. However, I wanted to put this design in my November 16 Featured Pattern ad, on Ravelry, and I could not submit an advertisement if it did not point to an existing pattern page.

I did this in a little backwards fashion. To be honest, those ZigBagZ happened the same way. I don’t want this to be a trend, but this freelance worker/designer is happy with what is happening right now.

Thanks to all of you who are supporting me now. Whether old friends, family, or new acquaintances, I appreciate every one of you.

Pending One-Day Neckwarmer Pattern

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

We had no internet yesterday for 14 hours… thank goodness for this tiny 9″ netbook with wireless, and the Library and Rae’s Yarn Boutique as alternative internet connections.

cowl125I knit a neckwarmer in one day, following that zigzag train of thought started by loving the Parisienne Beret pattern. Now I have wool/silk blend yarns and a different stitch pattern, slightly, a different stitch count, two options for top/bottom edges.

One never knows where inspiration will pop up. So now, I have a pattern almost written, a sample knit and photographed, and if all goes well (must be approved) I will have a Featured Pattern Ad on Ravelry starting November 16, for 2 weeks.

I loaded the pattern and project on Ravelry last night, sitting in my car in the parking lot at Rae’s Yarn Boutique. I have a key code for her internet service, and though I also hold a key to the store it was faster to stay in the car. It was a little amusing, but also entertaining.

By the time 13 hours passed from first loading the pattern, I have had 71 people favorite the pattern and 16 folks add it to their “queue” as planned knitting. I must say this is more than a thrill, patterns usually do not take off this fast. WooHoo!

If you are a member of Ravelry (it’s free), you can view the One-Day NeckWarmer Pattern there.

Now to test quickly and get that pattern finalized.