Monday, February 28, 2011

New Kits!

It's official folks. Sock Tabbee is now available for purchase though our website. If you live in Salt Lake, they can be found at The Wool Cabin. If you don't live near us and would like to see us in your LYS, ask them to check us out!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Got the juices flowing again.

Well everyone, I wanted to clarify a little bit about my last post. I don't want you to think I was complaining about the experience. The goal of it was to acutally share my personal struggle and how I over came it.

It's easy to experience an event and go directly to the worst possible scenario. We have all done it at least once ;)

Many of you may remember my personal experiences about thinking errors and how being aware of them has helped me become what I feel to be a better person.

My initial thoughts, during the events of my last post were me, jumping to the worste possible conclusion. I was catastrphizing by mind reading someone elses motives.

I knew I was doing that and I struggled with my reason and my emotion for several days until finally reason won. So If I seemed like I was simply complaining, I do apologize. I am sure that there has been no malintent and that any similarities between my designs and others is purely coincidental.

The main thing I wanted to express was my learning process and that we all have our moments of frustration and misunderstandings, and that we all can get through them.

So with that said, I am proud to announce that I have had a breakthrough on my desigining, and I no longer feel in a funk. I have been excited and feeling good all week and I am eager to continue this trend. So while I have my two Super Secret Scarf Patterns in the works and testing soon to begin, I have redesigned the look of one of my early patterns. For a short time, I am willing to offer 5 free copies of this pattern for some proof reading. It is possible that during the moving of text and simplifying the wording, I may have made some typos or deleted important info. What I ask in return is that you take the time to thoroughly read through it and tell me if you spot any mistakes. If you've read this, please contact me at

Thank you for continuing to read, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Well folks. I feel that I must clarify something that is weighing heavily on my soul lately. But in doing so I want to make it clear that I'm not asking for sympathy, I'm not in the mind set of "poor me" either. I just want to express this the best way I can so that I can get it off my chest.

I believe that inherently people are good. That being said, I have been a trusting person and for the most part willing to take most people at their word.

When I design, pattern, I feel that it is very important to be able to look at several different ideas for inspiration, choose specific design elements, and put them together in a completely unique way. I don't believe that if you make 5 mofications (or whatever the magic number is) then you can call a pattern your own. Someone worked hard on that pattern and I don't think that its fair to the original designer. It is for this reason that I design patterns the way I do. I live by the golden rule as much as possible, and I over look it when others don't. I realize that its ok to hold myself to a certain standard, but It's not fair to hold others to the same. Because the fact of the matter is, they likely don't have the same values and standards I have.

I worked very hard at the last pattern I designed. I decided what I wanted to make. Found a design element that I felt was unique to that item and pondered it for months until I came up with a way that I could make it. Not only make it, but make it in a way that it could be conveyed in a pattern for others to make. After sending out multiple copies for the testing phase, I saw at least 3 very similar designs pop up. Ok, so the first two popped up and I thought, "there's no denying a good idea and it was only a matter of time before someone else like me would come up with the same idea. But when the third one popped up, which looked identical to my original concept, I had to wonder. Am I not protecting my patterns enough? Is it possible that there might be people masquerading in the testing pool to get ideas then steal them? Of course not! Why would they go to that much trouble?

So reason has one out. Ok so the third pattern I saw ended up not being what mine was intended for. And it does look like its contructed in a different fashion. And even though the designer originally had in mind the exact item I did, it's not the same thing.

My lesson from this whole experience? In my idea that people are inherently good, am I misguiding myself into being foolish? Should I be more selective about my testers? How else can I protect my design until its been formally published? If those of you who are reading this have any ideas, I'd love to hear them.

And again, I'm not on my soapbox today to illicit sympathy or any other attention. The main purpose was for me to therapeutically release this concern that has been troubling my thoughts lately, and come up with a plan of action that will help me to avoid these feelings in the future. This is a place where I can be proactive, and this is a time when I can alter my initial thoughts to be a more level headed and successful individual.

So now you know why I chose this particular image for this post. Anyone who has worked with me in the past who would like to test out one of my latest patterns, can find mE on Ravelry as Mybb.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Here's the latest pattern I've been working on. I like them because they fit a variety of different sizes. This is due to the subtle ribs throughout the body. Also they are knitted from the fingertips up so that you can get the most out of your sock yarn and make them as long as you like.
They feature my own unique design, using a similar method that is used for making collars on sweaters. Quite simply, these are sweaters for your hands. They are ideal for adding a bit of warmth to your hands and arms, but leave your fingers free for a variety of uses. Which, for a person like me who has a touch screen phone and commutes to work every day, they are ideal.
They could even be a way to add a little to gloves if layered over top.
I'm putting the finishing touches on the pattern and then will be asking for volunteers to test the readability and proofread.
If anyone is interested in testing this pattern prior to its release, you can contact me on Ravelry as mybb or leave a comment here.
For those of you who don't knit but would like a pair, they can be purchased HERE.