This has been a long time coming. This post, that is. It seems like when I get sick or busy, my blog suffers the most. Well, it was the sick this time. It tore through our house like you don’t even know. I am still dealing with it now. I have been just exhausted. This girl does not like to take naps or go to bed early (or sleep all day), but I’ve been doing just that. I even fell asleep during my beloved Kings’ games. No, seriously…snored right through a couple of them.
Enough of that. I hope to get back into posting on here again (I know, I say that EVERY TIME) with Monday knitshaming posts at the very least. I am trying to catch up on my backlog of self published stuff that I want to get out to you! There are some really fun things coming! Including plans for another KAL very soon!
Oh, yes…I did mention a Holiday Sale. I feel like having a sale. Call me festive or …I don’t know. I like to get my stuff out there, so pass on the word. This will be the last one of the year on all my patterns. It is a Buy One Get One sale. You just put two patterns in your Ravelry cart fr0m my Ninja8tofu Designs store, enter the code HOLIDAYBOGO and you will get one for free (ravelry automatically gives you the lowest priced one as the free one). This sale will run from now through the end of the day (CST) Cyber Monday (December 2nd). Now, I’m not the only one spreading the love with a sale, Marly (MarlyBird on Ravelry) is compiling a list of sales that are going on in the knitting world over this holiday season. Definitely check that out, too!
I have a new pattern to show you. I’ve called it Backup Goalie. I am so excited about this one! I actually started this hat last spring, but had put it on hold for a bit so that I could finish some contract work. I figured releasing a “hockey” themed hat in June, probably wasn’t the best idea. I guess it isn’t really “hockey” themed aside from the colors, but I call it “hockey” themed due to the fact that its inspiration comes from the backup goalie. I remember when I was younger, I would catch a glimpse of the backup goalie sitting on the bench, usually hatless or with a baseball cap on and I would think to myself that their heads looked cold. Seriously, that’s what I thought. It stuck with me. What can I say?
The pattern is a colorwork pattern that starts with 1×1 ribbing. The body has a chevron-ish colorwork pattern, which works it’s way to the crown which is done in a star pattern. The crown was really fun to design.
The hat pattern includes instructions and charts for 2 weights: fingering and worsted. The worsted hat only has one size, but the fingering hat includes a Medium size. If one is comfortable playing around with pattern repeats and gauge, it is possible to come up with several different sizes.
The yarn. Oh, the yarn. Both the fingering weight and worsted weight hats use a yarn I call a favorite. First of all, the fingering weight hat uses Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock. It’s a nice plump sock yarn that just knits up gorgeously in colorwork. The worsted weight hat is done up in the bouncy, cushy, Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted. The fingering weight hat is knit at a looser gauge and that makes the hat a bit more slouchy. One could also use a sportweight yarn at this weight for something a bit less slouchy or if they have trouble getting fingering weight to work at the stated gauge.
The black and gray versions (Los Angeles Kings’ colors) have been adopted by me as they match my winter coat. My daughter has taken the blue and gold version (Buffalo Sabres’ colors). They have been worn almost non-stop since finishing. The weather here has been a little on the cruel side. One day it’s 80, the next it’s 30. There may have been a few 70′s in between, but not many!
I almost forgot to mention! For the first 3 days of it’s release, I am offering the pattern at 1.00 off! So, until midnight on the 26th, Backup Goalie will be $1.00 with the code BACKUP13 at checkout.
Well, I guess I don’t knit ALL THE THINGS!
So, last week my friend Kelly, from Kelly Without a Net, did a blog post about something called, Knitshaming. I’ve decided to go along with this and do some Knitshaming of my own. Wait…what is knitshaming? Well if you clicked her blog title in the first sentence, I linked you to her explanation. Have a project that is destined for the frog pile or is frustrating, etc? Or if you have a funny observation…shame it, post it, hashtag it Instagram it, Facebook, Twitter…you get the idea. I have an example below and kelly has some examples on her blog. Every Monday, at least, I will do some shaming. For this week:
The hashtag is #knitshaming.
Hello! Sorry I have been so absent with posting this week. My toddler was sick, so my internet time was not plentiful. I have City Tweed winners for you! First, though, I just want to thank everyone for the extremely positive feedback on the the my patterns and all the patterns in the City Tweed Collection! It was great to see all of you stopping by Facebook and here on the blog! I hope to keep seeing you around. I do enjoy doing giveaways and just posting in general. Without further delay, the winners are : Renee Clark from Facebook and Holly from the blog. Holly, I will be getting a hold of you asap for delivery information!
Thanks again, everyone!
So, as some of you already know, I have a pattern in the new City Tweed Collection from Knit Picks. It is full of absolutely gorgeous patterns for their City Tweed Yarn line, which includes Dk weight and Heavy Worsted weight. There are several patterns I’d love to knit if I had the time. I may even try to squeeze one in. I do a bit of spare time knitting though, I usually choose to knit for my toddler.
My pattern, Chevrons, uses the Heavy Worsted version of City Tweed. It is a top down, round yoke, with simple and striking colorwork. The colorwork was inspired by my love of simple shapes and geometry. Yes, that’s just how my brain works It also has a turtleneck that you can button (as in the Knit Picks sample) or leave unbuttoned as in my daughter has it modeled below.
The Knit Picks description reads: Geometry is really the inspiration for this design with simple shapes set off by “planes” or single stripes. The Chevrons Sweater shows off just enough colorwork to keep one interested, yet not be too complicated to an adventurous beginner. Chevrons is a seamless round yoked sweater worked from the top down. The knitting is started flat and joined in the round after the collar while short row shaping raises the back of the neck for a comfortable sit.
I hope you like it as much as I do! The other patterns in the collection are also quite lovely. The Hypatia Cowl, Stomping Grounds Pullover, Cabled Faux Argyle Cardi, Clarendon, Scarf, and Chickadee Sweater round out the collection. To add to the fun Knit Picks has City Tweed on sale at 20% off until 9/25/13!
Didn’t I say “giveaway”? I did! I did! Ok, so what am I giving away? I have two copies of the pattern book (pictured above). There are two ways (well technically three ways) to win a copy. First, you can comment on this blog post letting me know which pattern you want to knit the most. Second, you can hop on over to my Facebook page and “like” my Ninja8tofuDesigns page and comment on the post about the giveaway, (eta: You don’t have to like my page, only do it if you want to) . You will get an entry if share my Facebook post, too. I will give one copy away through this blog and one through my Facebook page! Please remember to leave a way for me get a hold of you. On the blog, you can leave me your Ravelry name, email, etc. The Facebook winner will be announced in a post and will have to message me (due to Facebook rules). I will pick winners on Friday 9/27/13!! EDIT: Someone let me know that I can’t see the people who like my page. I had no idea. So, instead, like or comment on the post about the giveaway and only like my group if you want. I post pretty regularly on there, though!
Also of note this month, I am having a sale. All the patterns in my shop (with the exception of my Spare Time patterns (adult and child) are 25% off with the code: ”STOCKTHEMADNESS” at checkout through October 5th. The Little Spare Time and Spare Time Pullover are 20% off through the end of the month with the code “SPARETIME3″ at checkout. Don’t forget that the KAL for the Spare Time patterns is ongoing in my Ravelry group through the end of October!