Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Francis Phenomenon

When I decided to wing it and make my own cowl neck sweater out of the Frances (Francis) alpaca yarn my mom got me for my birthday a couple of years ago, I could never have guessed what an amazing experience I was in for. Today, thanks to a beautiful green version of Francis by Lolly for National Knit a Sweater Month 2008 (NaNoSweMo), Francis Revisited is now in over 1000 queues over on ravelry, and has been downloaded 139 times and counting today. That's a new one day record by quite a few (like 80 or so). Watching other people knit Francis and love it as much as I do has been an amazing experience. The support and feedback over on ravelry warms my heart. I'm hoping to find the time to add a few more designs this year, but time is limited with teaching, writing my dissertation, and holiday knitting, but the success of Francis inspires me to want to make more sweaters and write more patterns.

5 comments:

Yarnhog said...

That is so cool! Congratulations!

I found your Francis pattern a couple of months ago and fell in love with it. I haven't made it yet (for lack of the right yarn), but I am looking forward to it!

Sarah said...

It's such a beautiful pattern - I saw Lolly's version and I'll be casting on as soon as the Christmas gift knitting is done. Many congratulations on a lovely design.

Beth said...

Thank you! This is what I mean when I say it just warms my heart. I love knitters and crafters and ravelry!!!

And I have to say the more I look at Lolly's the more I think my next sweater will have to be green!

Lolly said...

It is such a great pattern, Beth. I can't wait to make another one! thank you for linking to my version. I am so happy wit the way it turned out!

Cazj said...

I have just downloaded your gorgeous pattern - thankyou for making it free - now all I have to do is find the right yarn and finish everything else first - well perhaps just some of it.