New Pattern: Highlight

I told you I would be back this week. Well, here I am! I have a new sweater design for you. Highlight is a top down raglan pullover with a few extra details. It’s not your run of the mill raglan, by any means.

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Yes, that is me modeling. This sweater is a pullover design that utilizes brights and darks, color blocking and stripes. I am really loving bright bold colors and patterns lately. Maybe you noticed with my last shawl design (Flouro). This sweater has a few details, that are not entirely as obvious as the color.

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The sweater has a lowered neckline in front and also faux saddle shoulders. It is still all one piece, worked flat and then joined. No seaming involved, though you do have to pick up stitches for the collar.

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Look down at my hip. The seams are split and the back is slightly longer than the front.  I especially love this detail. I think I will really like layering this with a cami in the winter for extra warmth. It gets really cold here in North Dakota.

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The color and yarn choice are definitely elements that I thought very hard about for this design. I wanted brights and I wanted to pair them with something dark. I like the contrast. The brights are toned down a bit by the dark. Now, that’s not to say that this wouldn’t be great in another set of colors. It would be. You could have fun with it. Think about it a little. It could be a great stashbuster. Or something to use those minis up on. Each stripe could be a different color. RAINBOWS!!!!

The yarn is Rain City Knits Organic Merino fingering weight. It is a gorgeous yarn and really a pleasure to knit with. Krista has some of the most vibrant colors I have seen. In fact, when I was thinking about this design, her colors were what I had in mind.I do have some leftovers. I might be thinking of a hat.

Now, sometimes when I release a pattern, I put it on sale. I decided to put this one on sale, too. I have a promotion going right now to go along with Stockpile, too. This sweater pattern will be 35% off with the code HIGHLIGHT at checkout until October 5th.

Please check out my group! I will be putting together some fun giveaways this next few weeks and you wouldn’t want to miss out on yarn!!! and patterns!!! and extra stuff!!! Oh, and the next KAL. I also run my test knits there, so if you want in on one of those, let me know. I will be putting up a new one…hopefully next week. Maybe two, even. So, please stop by.

Book Review: Kung Fu Knits

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Today, I am not writing about my stuff (though, I will be later this week). I am writing about a new knitting release called Kung Fu Knits by Elizabeth Green Musselman published by Cooperative Press. Now, being that my knitting nickname and business name is Ninja8tofu Designs, you would have to figure that I would be interested in something called Kung Fu Knits.

Kung Fu Knits is unlike any other knitting book that I’ve ever seen. It combines knitting patterns and a story. I really enjoyed how this was put together. The illustrations and story are just perfect. The photography is also fabulous. The book is aimed at a demographic often ignored in knitting: boys, but its not only for boys. I would have enjoyed everything in this book when I was a kid.

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What kid wouldn’t love this? I can say that I have very little knitting time that I get to knit other people’s things, but I am definitely going to be knitting myself some nunchuks and throwing stars! Yes, I am knitting them for me! You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy this. In fact, those pants look pretty enticing, too.

So, really…if you have a kid who would enjoy anything Kung Fu related or a neat story…or if you might be a little bit of a kid at heart (like me) I would recommend checking out Kung Fu Knits. I can guarantee you that it’s unlike anything you have seen before.

I also just want to put in a word here about Cooperative Press, the publisher. If you haven’t checked out their knitting books, do so immediately. They are really great and quite unique. The themes are all wonderful and there is literally something for everyone.

Pricing Information
Digital download: $9.95
Paperback: $15.95 (comes with the digital download if purchased through Cooperative Press

Stockpile and Sale.

Some of you may know that the Malabrigo Junkies group here on Ravelry, runs a KAL every October called October Stockpile. This is a huge event and every year I usually do a coinciding sale for all things Malabrigo. So….

First off, they are spotlighting “Quickie” patterns. Quickie patterns are patterns put out by independent designers in conjunction with Malabrigo ya]rns. They are patterns that specialize in using between 1 or 2 skeins of yarn. My “Quickie” pattern is called The Roseway. It’s a garter stitch shawl, knit on the bias with a scalloped edge and eyelet detail. It’s quite simple, but goes very quickly! Perfect for a quick knit. It will be on sale for 40% with the code Quickie at checkout.

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Also on sale, will be all of my other patterns using Malabrigo as a main yarn. These will be 25% off with the code Stockpile14.

Some of these patterns include:
Lime Gelato

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Curve

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Kinsale
Hyde Park Cardigan
The Vintage ice cream Truck Ebook ( these patterns can also be purchased separately)
Little Momo
Momo
The Phoebe Hat
Twin Leaves or the Ebook

Please continue to stop by the Ravelry group. I have some fun things planned coming up! Including free pattern giveaways and kit giveaways. I also have some new patterns coming out in the next few weeks.

Fall is coming…

In some parts of the country, it may not seem like it, but fall is coming. Thank goodness. I love fall. I love every single bit about it. I love pumpkin, sweaters, the return to knits, the crisp air, the spooky evenings…Well, ok I don’t like that it leads into winter. If it could just stay fall all the time, I’d  be totally happy.

 

I’ve spent the past week sending kids off to school and then having most of the come down with some strange cold-like illness the past week.

Off to Kindergarten

Off to Kindergarten

Off to College

Off to College

I am enjoying a bit of a return to knitting myself. I, sort of, took the summer off. I mean, I still designed a few things, but my knitting time was drastically reduced. I chose, instead, to spend time doing things with my kids and just dealing with their day to day ruckus. I hope you don’t all feel abandoned!

 

Ha…well, I am back at it, full force. Right now I am working on a secret project I can’t talk about. It is soo fun. I can’t wait to show you. I am also working on some upsizing of my children’s pattern. I plan on doing a whole series of them. First up, is the Lady Abernathy, which is the upsized version of  The Abernathy Sweater

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The Abernathy is arguably one of my best selling patterns. So, I can’t wait to finish it! Almost done with the body. The sleeves should fly! It is also being knit in DK gauge in Wollmeise DK and I am just loving it. When I start the second upsized sweater, I will let you see that one, too!

 

I also, can’t seem to quit working with chevrons. Currently, I am working on some FUN colorwork charts for some warm wooly bright colorwork hats.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this update. I am thinking of starting a Photo Friday of some sort. We will see what I come up with.

New Pattern, Summer and KALS!

Yes, it has been over a month since I last blogged. If you think I’ve spent all this time relaxing, going to the beach, and spending time with my family, then you would be partially right. I’ve not done a lot of relaxing, but I have spent a bit of time at the beach and with family. It has been fun, but I am starting to buckle down and get ready for fall. Always need to be a season ahead! It is sort of difficult sometimes to plan cozy fall and winter items when it’s 90+ degrees outside, but I’m working on it!

In the meantime, I have something for you. Well, sort of. I am putting it up for pre-sale today. I have released A Little Flouro.

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You will receive an info sheet when you purchase and on August 1st, I will upload the full pattern. Just for fun, I decided to do a KAL in my group, for this pattern. To go along with the KAL, I also decided to give you a 50% discount from now until August 1st. If that’s not enough, I also decided to include all of my shawls, scarves, and cowls in the KAL. You can get those for 30% off with the code SHAWLS from my Ravelry shop.

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A Little Flouro is knit with Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light and Madelinetosh Tosh Mo Light. Both are wonderful yarns for shawls. Though, there are a very wide variety of yarns that would work for this pattern.

If shawls, scarves and cowls aren’t your thing, perhaps you want to check out a kid knit this month? Well, in August, the Knitting For Boys group on Ravelry is also having a KAL of my kid’s patterns. So, for this KAL, I offered up a code for 25% off my kid’s patterns. You don’t have to be a member of the group or even do the KAL to be able to use the code though. The code is KIDSKNITSRFUN and it is good for use on any of my kid patterns (or multiples). I do encourage to you follow the link above to the group. They are a fabulous resource for kids patterns, are a very helpful group and they have a KAL every single month. So, if you like KALs, definitely check them out.

Stripes and Solids-New Pattern!

I am so excited to show you this shawl! I’ve had the idea for k for a while, now, just not the time to put my plan into action. I had hit a bit of a creative numbness sometime in April and needed a break from the sweater I was working on (it is still on break, actually) and wanted to go in a completely different direction, so I chose this project. If you’ve seen my past work, you know I have a thing for stripes and I’m sure I’ve mentioned my love of garter stitch.

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Well, I combined those two loves in this shawl. I also combined my love of unusual construction. The striped section is formed first with loops for picking up stitches easily. Then the solid section opposite is worked. Lastly, the top border is worked.

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There is a funny little story behind this shawl, too. As I said, I’ve had the plan for this shawl for a while and had picked out the colors in early March. I’ve mentioned before that I am a big hockey fan, right? One of my teams, the LA Kings, made the playoffs this year (we won’t talk about my East team…)Well, I started this in April during their series with the Sharks. Can you believe it took me until game 6 to realize these were Sharks colors? I think I was on auto-mode. I must have zoned out completely! I just knit and watched the games (and probably cried after the first 3). We had a rough start to that series…I finished this shawl right around Game 6. Then, we closed out the series. I did play around with naming it Sharkskin, but I thought maybe no but me would get it. Now, we are playing in the Stanley Cup Finals! Go Kings Go!

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This hockey discussion brings about a certain point, though. Colors! Three colors makes it really fun to pick out combinations. As you can see, even “team” colors will work wonderfully. I’m kind of wanting to knit another with neutrals and neons.  The combinations are literally endless and it could be fun to do your stripes in a bunch of different colors, say you have any mini skeins laying around and aren’t sure what to do with them. I know I’ve mentioned the yarn I used before, Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock. It is one of my absolute favorites for just about everything. And Dani does absolutely FABULOUS colors. Stop by her shop here and check it out. I believe she is going to do an update and have some kits available for this.

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Since you made it through this big long post, I can let you in on a “deal” for this pattern and since the Kings are currently playing for the cup, I will have this 25% off using the code GOKINGSGO at checkout until the cup finals are over. Now, that could be 2 games or 5 games!