Meet Designer Sara Delaney

4 09 2011

First off, please let me apologize for my absence. Now that the kids are back in school, I hope to be a more regular blogger here! Let’s meet the lovely Sara Delaney!

How long have you been knitting and how’d you get started?
I learned to knit when I was 9, two years after learning to crochet. My Memaire taught me, one needle under my right arm and it was a disaster. She was a Continental knitter trying to teach me English style. After a few failed attempts she sat me down in front of her and said, “Do what I do.” So I did and now I’m a Backwards, Right-handed, Continental Knitter. It’s kinda crazy but it works.

How did you start designing?
There wasn’t a yarn shop where I grew up, only a K-Mart and the knitting resources there were lackluster at the best of times. In high school I took 3 years of Clothing Construction and Design classes. Once I understood how clothes were put together I was excited at the prospect of making the fabric to fit into those shapes. Of course I was a teenager and easily distracted so it took me a few years to really get around to doing it.

What was your first design?
A striped sleeping cap that was 7 feet long.
I started making crazy hats for a family member when I was a kid because they swore they’d wear anything I made. I pushed to see just how crazy I could get the hats before they wouldn’t be worn but they always were.

What did you design for Vampire Knits?  What inspired you?
I designed the Shapeshifter Shrug. I loved the idea of versatile piece based more on the wolf/shape-shifter side of the Vampire legends.

Who’s your favorite vampire, or what’s your favorite vampire story?
I have to go back to the original piece of modern vampire fiction here. I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula in high school and fell in love with the characters. To then see the Count portrayed by Gary Oldman on screen was pure enjoyment. He was the consummate shapeshifter, perfect for every encounter.

Shapeshifter Shrug

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Doll-Sized Werewolf Hat

2 08 2011

My two girls have dolls they like to dress up. They have one American Girl doll and 3 Our Generation dolls (the Target/Battat version of AG). These are 18″ dolls and their clothes are interchangeable.

The girls and I thought it might be fun to alter some of the patterns in Vampire Knits to be doll-sized. The first one we tried was the Werewolf Hat.

Directions:

Using the same yarn as the Werewolf Hat (Knitpicks Suri Dream in Fedora)

**Note – this yarn is discontinued. If you don’t have any, you can use another yarn that’s similar. I also made a few in Cascade Bollicine.**

With size 9 or 10 dpns , cast on 39 sts (13 on each dpn)

Join yarn, careful not to twist.

Rounds 1 and 3: knit

Rounds 2 and 4: purl

Round 5 and on: knit.

Knit til it measures 2.5 inches. Begin decreases.

Round 1: k 11, k2tog, repeat twice (36 sts)

Round 2: k1, ssk, knit across dpn, repeat twice (33 sts)

Repeat these two rounds til there are 3 sts left on each dpn. Cut a long tail and using a tapestry needle, pull yarn through all stitches (like a drawstring). Weave in ends.

Ears (make 2)

c/o 1

kfb

purl

kfb (twice)

purl

kfb, k2, kfb

purl

kfb, k4, kfb

purl

knit

bind off knitwise. weave in ends, sew ears onto top of hat.

 

Maybe next I’ll make a doll sized Tourniquet. 🙂

 





Thank you, Comic Con!

31 07 2011

Last weekend, I went down to San Diego for Comic Con. You might remember that last year, Random House was promoting my book, which was due out in September. It was a great experience for me, and I learned a little about promoting the book. I got to do an interview, and met a lot of people and got to talk about the book a lot.

This year, the book had been out for 10 months. My publisher brought a few cases of the book to sell and give away. (They sold two cases on Friday, so we gave some books away on Saturday.) I brought Vampy m&ms, 3 of the projects, and some magnets to give away. Potter Crafts Marketing Director, Donna, brought the books, lots of buttons, and markers for signing. Donna sported the Tourniquet scarf and walked around a bit, letting people know I was there for the signing.

I signed a LOT of books! It was fabulous! I signed for women, men, knitters, crocheters, people who had crafty friends or family, and people who just liked the book itself.

I signed a book for a man whose mother has used her own copy of the book so much it’s getting worn. I signed a book for a man who actually knew who I was and was familiar with the book and asked me to sign the Paw Warmers page, because it was going to be his next project. I have to say, this one blew me away the most. I was on Cloud 9 after meeting JJ.

Thanks to Donna at Potter Craft and thanks to all the people who came to visit me at the booth and sign the book. I hope you all love the book, and would love to see pictures of projects you’ve made (this goes for all of you – I may have to make a post calling for photos! :)!