Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Blog Anniversary Gift

One year ago today, I sat down at my computer and finally started something I'd been mulling over for months: this blog. I'm so happy that I chose to embark on this little adventure. I have truly enjoyed sharing all of my crafting experiences with you.

I had three goals in mind at the start of 2011:
1. Write a new post once a week.
2. Submit a pattern to be professionally published.
3. Open up an Etsy shop.

Despite my best efforts, I only achieved two of those goals. First, I submitted two patterns for publishing this past fall and unfortunately was rejected. You may have noticed that I didn't make it a goal to get published but rather to go through the process of professional pattern submission. It was a learning experience and I have no regrets. I also plan on submitting more patterns in the future along with self-publishing on Ravelry and Etsy.

Second, at the start of November, I opened up my very own Etsy shop. I have to admit that it was a thrilling experience with positive and negative notes too. I sold many patterns from my shop, but was surprised at the lack of sales of the knitted items I had made. Oh well, you live and learn!

I had hoped to post an entry on a weekly schedule, but alas, life gets in the way. However, 44 posts in 52 weeks isn't that bad. So I'm satisfied.

So today I am celebrating my own personal little holiday... and what holiday would be complete without a gift? Therefore, I have a gift for you.

My blog anniversary gift to you is ... a new free pattern.

Introducing the Simple Stitch Pillow.

This simple pillow was designed for my brother, Steve. Years ago, when I first learned how to knit, I made him a pillow for his apartment. That pillow, which was made of hand-wash only yarn and was seamed shut, has been looking quite sad lately. So I decided to make Steve a new one that could easily be tossed in the washing machine, but still looked worthy of resting on any couch or chair.

The Simple Stitch Pillow is knit in one flat piece and features three kinds of beginning-knitter-friendly stitches: the garter stitch, stockinette stitch and double rib stitch. Three large buttons keep the pillow cover closed. Although you could use virtually any super bulky weight yarn to make the pillow, I recommend Lion Brand’s Thick & Quick yarn because it can take a beating and is machine washable.
This pattern uses less than 3 skeins of Thick & Quick yarn (I was able to complete in 235 yards, which is just a smidge more than 2 skeins) and covers an 18 in x 18 in pillow insert.



  1. Hi i like your hand made pillows and it is really very nice gifts ideas.

    thanks for sharing with us.

  2. You are very welcome! I'm so pleased that you like them!