My actual first design was a shawl for my mother. I called the pattern "Megdans" after her. What did I do? I took four lace patterns and placed them next to each other, and added a seed stitch AND a garter stitch border to make this gigantic shawl. It's warm and cuddly, and I was very proud of it.
I had huge dreams of publishing this pattern and submitted it to Knitty.com. The lovely people at Knitty knew that the pattern was soooooooo not ready to be professionally published. I was disappointed, but it was a good learning lesson. I think I've grown a bit since I submitted that pattern, and although I'm not submitting as many patterns as I would like to, I'm still designing.
Anyway, I will be posting up the pattern for "Megdans" here on this blog next week, and also on Ravelry. In the meantime, I thought I would whet your appetites with a few lovely pictures that my friend Hector Plahar took (two years ago!!). The fabulous model is my sister Danielle. Enjoy, and stay tuned for the pattern next week!