So for about three months, I’ve been keeping a secret from y’all. And now, finally, I can give it up!
I am releasing a pattern kit!
Okay, lets take a few steps back. I was contacted by Ann of the wonderful bag shop The Silver Shed USA in July (actually my Mom was, but Mom quickly connected us). Ann wanted to know if I interested in doing a kit with her bags and one of my patterns. Immediately, I sat down and brainstormed for a new pattern, staying up up way-to-late (about 24 hours; much like today, actually). I had used Undead Yarn to design the toy. I had wanted to use my friend Heidi’s yarn in a design for a while and this seemed like a perfect way to showcase her yarn. I was very delighted when Heidi was agreeable to adding her yarn to the kit.
So when you buy our new kit you get my pattern, an awesome Silver Shed USA bag, and yarn dyed in Heidi’s amazing new worsted weight yarn base. It’s really quite exciting!
How did this stay a secret for so long? It was very hard. Only Heidi, Ann, my Mom (tester and tech editor), and one other tester (who has awesomely tested every single one of my patterns from the very beginning) knew about this pattern for months. Testing this pattern where I had a very tight amount of yarn available (I used one whole skein of Heidi’s yarn — every bit of it) did teach me something, though, and I want to pass it on to you: I am a tight crocheter. Because the kit has a finite amount of yarn in it, I actually have a suggested gauge written into the pattern. Pay attention to it. This is probably one of the few times you’ll see a gauge listed in my patterns, but if you are buying the kit, it could mean the important difference between you having enough yarn and having to buy an extra skein of yarn. So take the extra time to do a gauge swatch, measure, and then tear out your swatch so you can use every bit of your yarn. You’ll need it.
So what about this new pattern? Well, here let me introduce you to him. Meet Cyrano the Bookworm:
For those of you perhaps not up on your old movies, Cyrano is named after the title character of the movie Cyrano de Bergerac — the 1950s movie with Jose Ferrer, not the 1990 version or Roxanne with Steve Martin. The character Cyrano is acerbic and clever with words… except when it comes to expressing his devotion directly to the love of his life Roxanne. Actually, that’s not totally correct, but I’m not about to ruin the movie for you. Go and see it.
Anyway, Mom, my sister Davina, and I were sitting there brainstorming for the perfect name for a bookworm and Mom was the one who came up with the idea of naming him Cyrano… and it has stuck.
This pattern kit (available here) is a first for me and I’m very excited to undertake this new venture with Ann and Heidi! I’ve been dying to show you. I hope that you like the kit as much as we do!