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!

 

Farewell to Frost, Maybe?

Spring has been a long time coming. No really, up here, in North Dakota, it’s taking it’s sweet time. I can’t remember which day I actually last saw the sunshine. Yesterday, our temp said we made it out of the 40′s, but I’m pretty sure it was lying. The first signal that Spring has arrived is generally that my allergies reappear. Sigh…Spring is a busy time, too. This year, it is especially busy. What has been keeping me busy lately. First of all, I have a graduate this year. You’ve seen her before, she sometimes does some modeling for me.

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So, with her growing up and heading off to school in the fall, I decided that I need to find another model. Well, I haven’t found anyone, yet. So, in the meantime. I’ve taken up modeling things myself, which is a whole different challenge considering that I am also the photographer. I learned with this latest pattern, that it is really hard to take pictures of yourself, highlighting the knitwear while also presenting a flattering picture of one’s self. I may need to train my 5 year old to run the camera (just kidding!!!).

Second, and this may seem funny to some, but playoff hockey is also keeping me very busy. No, don’t laugh…ok laugh if you want. I love hockey and while one of my favorite teams did not even come close to making the playoffs. In fact, they have the second pick in the draft(cough…Buffalo…cough), my other team is keeping me on the edge of my seat. GO KINGS GO!

So, yes, another thing keeping me busy: designing. I have several works in progress, one of them, this new lightweight cowl, Farewell to Frost.

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Farewell to Frost is a tubular cow, meaning it is knit it a tube and then joined with grafting at the end of the knitting. It is knit up in the very lovely Sunshine Yarns BFL Silk lace. I’ve been wearing it a lot. It comes in very handy when you just need a little something to keep the chill away (even AC chill).

cowl4The cowl pattern is open to modification. You could knit it at a different gauge, maybe try fingering weight. You could add length, or subtract it and the stitch pattern is easy to expand for a wider cowl if one wanted. Texture is provided by lace and variations between garter and stockinette. It is wonderfully soft and lightweight.

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From now through Wednesday, the 15th you can get the pattern at it’s introductory price of 30% off with the coupon code BYEBYEFROST  at checkout. Just add, Farewell to Frost to your cart and use the coupon code in the appropriate area. Thanks so much for stopping by and hope to see you around soon.

 

 

New Pattern: Lime Gelato

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. Phew. I assure you, I’ve been super busy. I know, I always say that, but it’s totally true! Well, better late than never, I have a new pattern for you! Why do I say, “better late than never?” Well, mostly because this sample has been knit up for nearly a year! When I first started the sample, I suddenly got the opportunity to work on some really fun projects (which I hope I can show you soon). I had a lot of knitting to do on those, so I had to set this aside. By the time I finished, it was time to start Fall projects. So, I just finished the sample and figured I would get it tested over the winter and release for spring this year. I think it was the right decision.

Lime Gelato is an open front cardigan knit up in the wonderful Malabrigo Sock yarn. It’s a nice lightweight cardigan perfect for layering in the warmer weather that is hopefully headed our way sometime soon. In the summer, I get really chilled by air conditioning when I go out to eat.

 

Why the name Lime Gelato? Well, if you’ve been around this blog for a while, you may remember my Limepop Sweater. From that, you might remember that I like lime and I like green. I had been looking at a David’s Tea book and of course, I noticed a tea called Lime Gelato and so I started calling it that and  it just stuck. It had gone nameless for quite a while.

LGback4smallerI took some of my favorite things and combined them in this cardigan. The textured yoke is made with a garter ridge pattern which I really love.  The back has a cable/lace pattern that is delicate, but not too delicate. The collar and hems are all done in squishy garter stitch, which is one of my favorite textures. It might seem like a lot of different elements for one sweater, but it I was very happy with how it turned out. It keeps you interested without becoming “too much”.

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Now, since I am hoping Spring is coming soon and I am so excited to release this pattern, I decided to offer Lime Gelato for 30% through the end of day on the 29th. Just add the pattern to your Ravelry cart and check out. No coupon code is needed. 

Honestly, these pictures are really making me long for warm weather. It’s been really cold here this winter and winter seems to be going on forever. I keep looking ahead in the forecast and telling myself that I will “get through” the next week and then it will warm up…I’ve done that for the last 3 weeks! I know! It’s bad everywhere. I just want to go outside and play.

Ninja KAL! Come Ninja with us!

Last year about this time, we had the first Ninja KAL. It was a lot of fun and there was much knitting success and prizes. Well, I’m getting ready to do it again! I hope you will come  join us.

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Who: Everyone!

What: Knit any Ninja8tofu Designs pattern 

When: We start March 1st and it will run through the 31st. There is a sale code to go along that runs from now until March 17th that will give you 25% off any pattern in my shop (linked above). The only ebook included in the sale is The Vintage Ice Cream Truck.

Where: The event will take place in my group here. There will most certainly be prizes and ninja hi jinx!

Hope to see you soon!

New Pattern: Bullseye

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Hello! Look at that boy! Isn’t he looking sharp? Well, he is becoming quite the little sweater model. Yes, this means I put out a sweater pattern! I am a serial single and double skein purchaser. I always think that I will find a cute accessory to make out of them and sometimes, I do. It never fails, though…I usually will want to knit a sweater. That was the story of that green color there. Lounge Lizard in The Plucky Knitter Sweater is one of my most favorite colors in existence. It is so rich and vibrant and it just shines when my little guy wears it.

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Bullseye is  knit top down, with a round yoke.  There are short rows to lower the front of the neck. It comes in sizes 12 months to 10 years.

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This is a really versatile sweater. You don’t have to do “these” stripes. You can do any you would like. You could do more colors or only two colors. You could throw colorwork in there if you wanted. It’s really up to you. Don’t want to stripe the lower half of those sleeves? You don’t have to!

The yarn is the same I used for my recent Snowed In hat (also in the picture).  It is The Plucky Knitter Sweater yarn and I love, love, love it. It blocks so beautifully and the colors are just so saturated and lovely. I mean…look at them!

New Year’s Noggin KAL!

I hope everyone has been having a great week. It’s been nice here. It’s even nearly 40 degrees today! I’ve spent the last month or so working on my next KAL! I had done a poll earlier this year  to determine what kind of pattern we should do for the next KAL and it seemed people really wanted to do hats and that they wanted to do them around the new year. So, here we are. I have some new patterns and a KAL to tell you about.

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The patterns are up for  “presale” right now. That means that you will receive and info sheet to download when you purchase and the actual pattern will be delivered to you on the evening of January 1st and the KAL will begin on January 2nd. This KAL will run until February 2nd.

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As a part of the festivities the patterns will be on sale until January 5th. If you purchase Snowed In or Twin Leaves singularly, they are each $3.50. If you purchase them together in the ebook New Years Noggin KAL it is $5.00. No coupon code is needed for either of these purchases, just use the “Add to cart” method of check out and the sale price should show up automatically.

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If that’s not enough incentive, all of my other hat patterns will also be on sale for 20% using the code NOGGINKAL at checkout. You can find those patterns in my shop.

As usual, we will have some prizes and hopefully some fun chit chat. So far, I have found some lovely stitch markers and a couple of skeins of yarn, including Malabrigo Rios, and The Plucky Knitter Trusty.