New Pattern Preview!

Hey ya'll! Are you guys as anxious about the arrival of Fall as I am? It can't get here soon enough for me. Here in NOLA it's "Hotter than two fleas fornicatin' in a dog's arse!"--as my very hetero, very Cajun, cousins would say! Speaking of dogs and Fall, I'm elated to share with you my inaugural knitting design! It was inspired by my love for kid's knits and my canine sidekick. Without further ado, I present to you, "Positive Chi"...



The pattern will be available on Ravelry by the end of the week. Here's a cover shot...


It is so satisfying to have a design idea actuated into a complete concept and then bringing that concept to a tangible fruition.


I have a men's cowl and cardigan coming out soon, so stay tuned! I hope everyone is enjoying their last weeks of summer!


Mnjack's picture

Wow...I love it. I can't wait to see the men' patterns. Great job. By the way I like your new pic too.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks Jack! I can't wait to share the two other designs I've done. They're for us big boys! The cowl/wrap pattern should be out by the end of next week. I'm waiting for it to be photographed to finish up the graphics.

Bill's picture

...that sounds perfect for
San Francisco weather!

Craig's picture

Great work. Love the colours, looking forward to see what else you come up with.

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks Craig!

purlyman's picture

I love it!! As a huge fan of baby sweaters and the proud "daddy" of Kenneth (Chi) I love this sweater!! This is so cute. I can't wait to try it myself. Thanks for sharing it!


TheKnittingMill's picture

Hmmm...I just thought....maybe I should come out with an adult version (",)

MMario's picture

Probably wouldn't hurt. And the Adult version you could get some more detail into the chi.....

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks Frank! I totally thought of you and a couple of our other chi-owning knitters when I was planning it!

MMario's picture

whoo-hoo! Looks great!

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks so much Mario! (Slowly but surely, I'm still plowing away at QAL and now about 75% done. I can't wait to show you!)

Bill's picture

Millard...that's handsome!
You are a natural designer!
...and I want to knit it for my grandson...please let us know when it's available on ravelry...

TheKnittingMill's picture

Awww...thanks Bill! That means a lot coming from you! I've really missed delving into the creative process since I left graphic design over a decade ago. Critical care nursing definitely warrants creativity at times, but trying to figure out how to keep a confused, post-surgical neuro patient from crawling over the bed rails in order to "deactivate the bomb under his bed" and not pull the drainage tubes out of his brain (true story) is a whole different ball of wax! LOL

Fabulous! I know a little boy who would adore this. Let us know when it is available.

steve kadel's picture

excellent. congrats

i picked a terrible day to give up sniffing glue

we put birds on things

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks Steve! I love your new little quip. They always make me laugh.

DeceptiveCookie's picture

Yay! It's fabulous... and adorable to boot.

You have to let us know when it's available.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks Chester! Comes out on Saturday. It's really a fun knit and quick!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Mill...that is a great design. My sister had a little red Chi that we all adored. The profile of the pup on the front reminds me of Trixie, it is so perky and alert. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks Joe! I've had MANY breeds over the years, as I always adopted them from a shelter or fostered, but I have absolutely fallen in love with chihuahuas! They're a really cool breed--sort of cat-like really. Suki is a family favorite. My family members actually argue over which one gets to dog-sit for her when I'm out of town!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I never pegged on the cat-like qualities of chihuahuas...maybe that's why our 2 dogs and my cats always got along. LOL It was always fun having all of them line up for a walk in the park together. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

PaulJMC's picture

Great one Millard. Looking forward to seeing it on Rav.


In cielo non c'e vino...beviamolo sulla terra!

rc_in_sd's picture

Great job, Mill! I especially love the paw prints on the back.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks! I always like to include something a little unexpected in an inconspicuous place.

philvm's picture

WOUF ! I like it...
Nice mix between stripes and dog...

sorry for my english... normally I speak French...

CRobertK's picture


That is absolutely adorable! I too love kids knits and I certainly love dogs! I even know a little boy who's birthday is late this fall that would absolutely love this... Hmmm...

Thanks for sharing your great work!


-- Why live and let live when we can live and help live?

-- Why live and let live when we can live and help live?

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks Cory!

rjr585's picture

I think this is fabulous and already have the perfect little guy to make it for! It reminds me of the high end sweaters I see in the Jack and Jill stores. Thanks for sharing this with us. I will definitely order it.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks Ray! That's a really nice compliment, and that's the sort of look I was going for. I'm so glad you like it! The pattern was due to be released on Saturday, but I think I may be able to get it uploaded tomorrow depending on what time I get home from the hospital tonight. BTW...welcome to MWK!!!

michaelpthompson's picture

That's way cool Mill! I was so going to compliment you on the paw prints 'til Ray beat me to it, but I did think that was a cool touch.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."