Thursday, August 04, 2011

Colfax Shawl in Knitscene Fall 2011

My 1st print magazine design, Colfax Shawl.
Photo from Knitscene

Have you seen the Fall issue of Knitscene? I am proud to have my first print magazine published design in Knitscene. Back in October of 2010, I saw Lisa Shroyer's call for submissions for Knitscene's Fall issue. I looked at the mood board and thought about submitting. At that point, I had only self-published 2 of my designs on Ravelry. I had a design that I had swatched a month ago and wanted to send that in. But I wanted to re-knit the swatch in a different color. Well, time went by pretty fast and the deadline approached. I never did get the chance to re-knit it. I was left with 2 choices: not submitting or submit my design in the current color swatch that day. Well, I went for it and quickly sketched out my design proposal. I really had no clue what I was doing, but I did the best that I could. Drawing was never my strong suit in art school, but I was hoping my swatch could convey my idea.

My 1st print magazine design, Colfax Shawl.
Photo from Knitscene

Melody was the one that kissed the package and dropped it in the mail box for me at the post office. She was my lucky charm. Honestly, I didn't feel that I had a chance of getting in but it wouldn't hurt to try. In the beginning of December, I got a email from Lisa that she loved my shawl design and the color yarn I used. In fact, she chose a yarn and color for the sample that is pretty much the same as the yarn I used. It was fate.

When I got the acceptance email, I was jumping up and down. Melody thought it was funny and started doing the same even though she didn't understand why I was so happy. I immediately called my husband and then my sister. Even though they both do not knit, they were excited for me. I was on cloud 9 for a while.

The shawl is knit from the top-down with a simple eyelet pattern and sections of stockinette. The border of the shawl is done with a crochet hook. You don't need to know how to crochet. As long as you can make chains with a crochet hook, you have all the necessary skills for the border. The finished shawl measures 60" wide and 27" deep at center point, after blocking. It's a full size shawl which is a first for me. I think there may be more full size shawl designs in my future.

Giveaway on blog
To celebrate, I am having a little giveaway. I am giving away a copy of Knitscene Fall 2011 and the same yarn/color (Zitron Lifestyle in Grass #59) to make a Colfax Shawl of your own. Please leave a comment that you would like to be entered in the giveaway. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you, either Ravelry name, blog link, or email address. Giveaway ends on August 10, 2011.

In the mean time, Ravel It. It has been fun seeing the projects show up on Ravelry. I love the variegated versions that some people are doing.

58 comments:

Hannahbelle said...

This is so super awesome! I loved the shawl when I saw it but I feel like the story behind it makes it even better! I would love to be entered in your giveaway -- in the meantime I'm going to haunt some of the projects on Ravelry!

Jane said...

Yay congrats! Love this shawl

Miss Julep said...

Oh AWESOME!! What a gorgeous shawl!! Congratulations! I MUST go get a copy:)

Lissa said...

This is so very exciting, Angela! I'll definitely share this post with my knitter-friends who don't already know your work, and in the meantime will keep working on my version in Happy Feet.

(The variegate yarn call-out is super sweet!)

Vicki Knitorious said...

Congratulations, Angela!! I like the picture in my head of you and Melody jumping for joy.
; )

Knitting in Pink said...

Gorgeous shawl and gorgeous color yarn! Congratulations on being featured in Knitscene!

Cami said...

Wow, congrats! It is a beautiful shawl, and I love the color!

larissa said...

Congratulations! It is really lovely. And I love that Melody kissed it goodbye. That is awesome luck.

I was in a similar situation this summer, having my first design submission accepted at a print magazine. I'm waiting impatiently for my design to come out in Jane Austen Knits. You captured the feeling exactly in this sweet post.

caednkat said...

Congratulations.
This shawl is on the top of my "Make for Me" list right now. So as soon as I get some more baby stuff done it's up next.
Would love to win the prize too!

Hannah said...

It's beautiful! As to be expected, of course. I really love the shade of green you chose, too. It's been so long since I've knit lace, I would love to win this! Congrats, and thanks for the generous giveaway!

kim said...

Congratulations! I need to get my knitting needles warmed back up for fall/winter stuff and this would be awesome!

Sayschnicklefritz said...

So proud of you! Keep 'em coming!

Ginger said...

That's a lovely shawl and I like the green color, it reminds me of spring!

Ravelry: GingerLee25

Kelly-ann said...

Congrats! How sweet that your little girl gave you good luck ;) By the way, gorgeous color and design.

Kelly-ann (on Ravelry)

melonkelli said...

Congratulations! The green caught my eye when I was browsing through the magazine recently.

melonkelli (on Rav)

Andrea said...

Congratulations! Thanks for the celebration giveaway :)


peatmoss83 at hotmail dot com

Erin Joy said...

That is excellent news, Angela! I'm so happy for you! All your patterns are awesome! I'd love to be entered in the giveaway - thanks for sharing the love!

rhymeswithspoon said...

Congrats! What a lovely pattern and I LOVE that shade of green!

judy said...

Thank you, my niece did like the shawl! Congratulations on your submission acceptance for the shawl pattern to appear in Knitscene! What an honor!

judy said...

Oops! For the giveaway,my Ravelry name is: Heavenlybabies. Thanks for your generosity!

lulubelle said...

Wow, that is a gorgeous shawl in a beautiful color! Please enter me in the drawing. My Rav name is crekamakesthings. Thank you!

APlanet4Creation said...

Congrats!! My girls are sort of past that stage. They ask why we are happy. :)

CelticCastOn said...

You SHOULD be proud and happy dancing, Colfax is AWESOME! My fav right now.

oylenshpeegul said...

I would love to be entered in the giveaway. That's a great looking shawl! -- oylenshpeegul (at ravelry or gmail)

Julie said...

Congratulations! It is a lovely pattern. You (and Melody) deserve to be jumping for joy.
(sewknitful)

Creative Design said...

How excited are you? Well done! Kissing can't hurt! I hope I win! Would love to! I feel like a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch...."pick me! Oh no, pick me"

Congrats to you!

Sheila
http://etsy.com/shop/sheilalikestoknit

reedsandstrings said...

Congratulations on your print publication! Very exciting, and such a pretty pattern.

I'd love to be entered into your drawing. I'm reedsandstrings on Ravelry (and that is also my gmail address).

Liz md P-H said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so extremely happy for you and hope this is just one of many many more "my design is in a magazine" posts.

Sue said...

Congratulations on your first magazine design being published. I really love the color of the shawl and the design is very pretty. I am sure this is just one of many for you!

KnitNurd said...

I am so excited and happy for you, Angela! I will definitely have to knit your design. I actually live very near a town called Colfax. Congratulations!!!!

barb :0) said...

CONGRATULATIONS !!!!
What a Fabulous accomplishment !!! It very exciting :0) I can't wait to knit this pattern !!!!

mooncalf said...

Even though I've already knit this lovely shawl I'm sneaking in a comment because, well, I could have two right? You know, one to wash and one to wear ;)

Barbara said...

Congratulations. I'm trying to finish Kouyou, my second try at lace knitting. Your instructions are so clearly written. I'm already planning to knit the Colfax shaw next!

littlebirdbigcity said...

Congrats Angela!!! I am SO proud of you! I love the things you're dreaming up these days. Can't wait to see what comes next. (also, I love that color green, superb choice!)

dg said...

Awesome pattern, great blog, plz enter me in giveaway. also congratulations.

margot said...

Love it! Want it!

Pamela said...

Congratulations! I love reading your blog! The shawl is beautiful and in my favorite color, green!

Msewe on ravelry

Sara said...

I favorites this before I saw your giveaway. Well done. Beautiful shawl. SareBearKnits on ravelry

Yarny Days said...

Angela! This is so beautiful, and I am so proud of you. I think that says it all, about the way I feel right about now.

Grace said...

Congratulations! I simply must throw my name in the hat! This is beatiful!

Knitterella said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so excited for you. The pattern is gorgeous and I love the color. It must be surreal to see you beautiful pattern in print along with the great photos. So glad you went for it!

celia said...

Congratulations!!! What a generous giveaway too. I'd love a copy of knitscene and yarn to knit yoru shawl. Can I be so cheeky as to ask for a signed copy if I win it? :D

Marguerite said...

Reading this and seeing the pictures makes me so excited for fall. I can see this as the perfect accessory for November. I'd love to win your pattern and lovely yarn. It's absolutely lovely!

rohanknitter said...

Congratulations!!! That is sooo exciting, I can totally understand the jumping up and down. (although I can't say I'm surprised, your designs are lovely)

Amy said...

Your shawl is just awesome! I look forward to seeing more of your work in the years to come. I would love to enter your drawing - that green color is just screaming my name.

Joan said...

Oh yes please, what a lovely project-- thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway!

I'm "Frenchknit" on Ravelry btw

love2stitch said...

Congrats, Oiyi. I have been following your blog for a while now and you so deserve that publication. You have the talent to combine clear patterns into great looking garments... and this one in my favourite colourway: GREEN.
I love your generous give-away and like to enter... I am love2stitch on Ravelry.
In any case I anm going to queue your shawl... if I win or not :-)

hetty said...

Congratulations! I love that shawl. Lucky you that your daughter is so supportive of your ventures. What a lovely and generous give away. Count me in!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations on the publication! The shawl is lovely :) I'd love to be entered in the giveaway. It's been good to see your crafting and designwork grow! -woodlandsprite on Ravelry

renee said...

Congratulations! I love the design and especially the fact that you added a little crochet in there too! I am big fan of shawls these days and this one is perfect!
-slowlikehoney on ravelry

opportunityknits said...

Congrats! It must be super exciting to see your shawl in a mag and on Ravelry!

Loretta said...

Congrats Angela! What an accomplishment! Throw my name in the hat :-)

margaux said...

huge congratulations!!! so excited for you!! :-) WOO!!

Marisa said...

Wow, so glad to hear of your fame! Beautiful design. I hope you create a bunch more too.

tomobeans said...

Another beautiful shawl pattern!
congratulations~!

:)

Maryli said...

WOW! I love the design & the color of this shawl :-) It is perfect in every way and that is so sweet that Melanie kissed the package and brought you good luck! Congratulations!

moemoe said...

I would love to be entered for the contest

MOe

Anne-Marie said...

Gorgeous! I love how they styled it. Congratulations!