New Pattern: Frisco for the kids!

Yes, another new pattern this week. It’s been a fast and furious new year around here with pattern releases. It seems like I blog about nothing else as of late. None of these new patterns have been child specific until today! I bring you, Frisco.

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I have always had a thing for reverse stockinette stripes. I just love the way the fabric creates a unique texture on the “wrong” side. So, I decided to make the “wrong” side the “right” side this time.

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The name Frisco is a bit of a homage to my daughter’s favorite baseball team (and current World Series Champtions). I hadn’t set out to do this in San Fransisco Giants colors, they just happened to be the colors that I had on hand. I also started this project during the playoffs (not that I really planned it that way, I wasn’t watching).

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The cardigan is sized from 6 months, through size 10, so it offers a very wide range of sizes. It is also worked up in worsted weight, so it is a relatively “quick” project. To sweeten the release, I have decided to offer it at 20% through Thursday with the code “Frisco15″ at checkout on Ravelry. European customers, this should be available on Ravelry through Loveknitting within 24 hours, so keep checking!

There are a couple other parts to this post besides just talking about my new pattern. Next, I’d like to address European sales. I do a fair bit of sales with the EU and the whole VAT MOSS thing has really shaken things up a bit around here. I had to make a decision what to do. Do I not sell to the EU, do I collect the taxes myself and pay them (which is really really complicated), do I use a 3rd party seller…It was a tough decision, but I decided to go with the Ravelry option of selling them through Loveknitting. Now, basically, if you are in the EU and you find me on Ravelry, you will go to purchase a pattern and be directed to the Loveknitting site to complete the sale. Most of my patterns are available there right now. New patterns can take up to 24 hours to be uploaded.

Next, I hope you will keep checking back in. I am hoping to actually incorporate more of “me” into my blog posts, not just the designs I am working on. I hope you will enjoy!

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Malabrigo Quickies and a quick review!

These past two months have been so very busy. I released 4 patterns in December! Well, I am not done yet. The next few weeks will bring even more releases!

First, a review. Last week, I released two hat patterns, but I was so ridiculously busy that I didn’t get a blog post up for them. First, we have a nice quick colorwork hat. Knit up in Malabrigo Worsted, this hat is super quick.

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Snowy Night is a two color snowflake pattern. You can knit it to fold over the rib or not. It is super warm and cozy when knit up in the called for yarn. I used Bobby Blue and Natural. You can find the pattern here.

Second, we have a fingering weight hat done up in Rain City Knits Organic Merino Fingering called Fishbones. Bright, fun colors contrasted by the dark background colors anda feature of this pattern.

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It’s a fun slouchy hat to add a little color to the doldrums of winter! It can be found here.

Last, but not least,my latest pattern, Iker. Before you ask, you say it like: Eeker. This pattern is a fun scarf done up in garter stitch and short rows. It is fun to watch it take shape!

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Iker is also a Malabrigo Quickies pattern. Brought to you with support from Malabrigo, quickies are patterns that take 2 or less skeins of yarn. In this case, Malabrigo Sock.

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I knit my Iker up in Natural and Black.

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Nice and long you can wrap it a couple times around for maximum neck warmth.

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One last picture. This quickie can be purchased in my shop, here. Use Code Quickie15 and you can get 25% off this pattern, today and tomorrow only.

New Pattern: Chevron Mitts

It is going to be a busy season for me as far as pattern releases go. Today, I have some fingerless mitts for you. Chevron Mitts are a take on my Chevrons Pullover. I really fell in love with this graphic when I made that sweater for Knitpicks.

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I have a real “love, love” relationship with fingerless mitts. I am a tactile person, but I also tend to run a little cold. These always seem to work as a good compromise for me from Fall to Spring.

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I again went to one of my favorite yarns when designing these, Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock. It is just absolutely perfect for colorwork. I know I’ve probably said that 100 times. The mitt pattern comes with two sizes and uses relatively little yarn. The colorwork section is perfect for minis or scraps. The main color used less than 50g. In fact, I used leftovers from another project to make these!

To make things even more fun, I hear that in a Sunshine Yarns update on Friday, there will be kits! How exciting. I will update this post when I find out the exact time. Even more fun, this pattern is on sale with the code CHEVRONS at checkout  on Ravelry through Saturday.

Lady Abernathy KAL! and more!

The Lady Abernathy is up for pre-release here!
About the KAL
The KAL is to celebrate the release of my new pattern Lady Abernathy, which is the “grown up” version of my popular Abernathy Sweater for kids. It will start on January 1st, so you will have all of December to get ready! The KAL will also include the child size Abernathy Sweater and Abernathy Hat, as well. For now, you are recieving this info sheet with yarn requirements and pertinent information. The full pattern will come out either the last week in December. At the very latest, it will go out December 31st.
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There will be prizes in my group, Ninja8tofu’s Tofu Shack.So, I definitely think you should stop by and check it out. I will take the next few weeks to reveal prizes and more KAL information. I want it to be a lot of fun for everyone!
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With Code ABERNATHYKAL this sweater, the children’s sweater and the hat, will be on sale for 35% off through the 10th of December. After that they will be 25% off through the 20th and after that it will be 15% off for through the end of the month. All to prepare for the KAL at the beginning of January!

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Over the weeks leading up to the KAL, I will be posting prizes. They are sure to include, project bags, stitch markers, and whatever other fun things I can find! Feel free to chat in this thread and ask questions. I will put up a KAL sign up thread for your to “officially” sign up.

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2014 Gift A Long Designer Interview

Today, on the blog, I am featuring an interview with another Indie Designer participating in the 2014 Indie Designer GAL. I will be doing two of these, today, we meet Arlette of Arlette’s knits.

I think one of the coolest things about the Indie Designer GAL, is that I have been introduced to many talented designers that I had never seen before. Arlette, is one of them. She has beautiful designs.

© 2014 Arlette Thibodeau

© 2014 Arlette Thibodeau

When did you start knitting and how did you learn?

I learned about ten years ago. A friend tried to teach me to knit, and I couldn’t understand it for the life of me. That made me so mad that I bought a copy of Stitch ‘n’ Bitch and pretty much didn’t leave the house for six weeks. I just parked on the couch in front of Adult Swim and threw myself at the whys and hows of knitting until I felt like I could do a half-decent job.

© 2014 Arlette Thibodeau

© 2014 Arlette Thibodeau

How did you begin designing?

I think I always did? I always came up with my own stuff, anyway. A fringe benefit of my “I WILL KNIT UNTIL I HAVE SOLVED KNITTING” approach is that I really, truly understand how knit fabric works. Once I’d made a couple of ribbed scarves and stockinette hats, I kept throwing myself at projects just above my skill level, just so I could sweat and frown my way through a new skill. It was an incredible education, but it also meant that for the first several years of knitting, I thought people who knitted because it was “relaxing” were completely crazy.

From there, my secretly competitive nature led me to design. I used to do layout at a small newspaper, so I already had a pretty decent set of the skills you need for self-publishing. I couldn’t just invent a hat; I also had to throw myself at writing out a pattern, photographing it, laying it out and publishing it, just to see if I could do it.

© 2014 Arlette Thibodeau

© 2014 Arlette Thibodeau

What inspires you to design something?

Shapes from nature, or from my environment. My ADD means I’m often awash in mostly useless extra information, especially visual, so design gives me a way to pin down whatever it is that’s distracting me and properly examine it. If I can’t stop looking at a mountain, for example, I start to wonder what exactly it is about the mountain that keeps drawing my eye. Once I figure that out, it’s a pretty short hop to figuring out how to knit it.

My “Flatirons” pattern came from the Boulder Flatirons: they’re made from the same giant chunk of sandstone sticking up out of the ground at a sharp angle, so when the sandstone eroded away, the peaks that were left were similarly shaped, and the layered sandstone they’re made of is all pointed the same direction. It’s so orderly! It’s like someone took a giant comb to the mountain and tried to brush its hair.

Any quirky knitting habits?
I spit-slice everything I can. It’s the perfect join. If I’ve knit you something and it’s made of something that’ll felt even a little, you should know that it’s got a little spit in it.

What knitting notion seems to go missing for you (for me it’s tape measures and of course, stitch markers)?
Tapestry needles. Every few months I do a roundup and check all the odd little corners they disappear to, and end up with about a dozen of them.

What is your favorite thing to knit?
Hats! They’re so low-stakes, they don’t take a bunch of yarn, and you can try out new techniques really easily on them. Plus they’re easy to give away — a lot of the time, once I’m done weaving in ends on a hat, I’m already bored of it, so it’s nice to give it to someone who’ll appreciate it.

© 2014 Arlette Thibodeau

© 2014 Arlette Thibodeau

Hobbies aside from knitting?
Photography, and … hmm. The occasional sewing, beading and screen printing? I actually got rid of a bunch of hobby supplies not long ago so I could focus on just a few. There isn’t time enough in the world for all the crafts I’d like to try, so I might as well get as good as I can at a handful of them and ignore the rest.

What an awesome interview and I can so relate to the spit splicing thing. It is my favorite, too!

Remember knitters, you can knit the GAL until the end of December. So, please check out Arlette’s patterns, they are gorgeous. I want to knit Double Dutch, the brioche hat!

An Indie Design GAL, What is an Indie Design GAL?

Have you heard whispers? Have you seen some posts? Have you stopped by the GAL group and wonder what is going on? Well, I am here to help out a bit with this. Show you some info that can answer your questions. An Indie Design GAL is a gift a long/ knit a long put together by Independent knit wear Designers. A BIG gigantic group of us have gotten together to offer a discount on our patterns and run a ginormous KAL. It is really big and there are a lot of prizes. A lot of prizes might be a bit of an understatement.

So, first of all…the designers who run the GAL have a very informative group on Ravelry. In this group, they have this awesome and very informative thread. This will tell you pretty much everything you need to know about the Indie Designer GAL.

Here is my image for the GAL…It includes 11 of my 20 eligible patterns.

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They had us bundle all of our patterns with a feature on Ravelry called, “bundles”. It is quite handy! Here is a link to that bundle. Now the sales start November 13th at 8pm EST and will run until November 21st 11:59 pm EST. You use the GAL code, giftalong2014 at checkout. The discount for every pattern offered, is 25%.

To go along with this gigantic sale, I will be featuring other designers on my social networking sites, including here on my blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. So, if you don’t follow me on those, you might want to. I can’t promise that I will be terribly interesting, but I will try!

New Pattern: Hydrophile

I am just rolling them out here, aren’t I? Well, this one has been a long time in the planning. I actually got the yarn for Hydrophile almost 18 months ago! It does not usually take me that long. Shocking, I know. It is one of those things that happens. You start the design and then other things with deadlines get in the way. When I did finally come back to it, it was like a whole new design to me and I was excited to finish it. I am excited to show it to you now!

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While I did the sample for Hydrophile, the lovely yarn made me think of water and how much I wanted to be at the beach. In fact, most of this sample was knit while sitting on the beach. So, I chose the name Hydrophile. Hydrophiles are molecules that are attracted to or dissolved by water. I thought it a very fitting name for it.

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The cardigan is top down, knit flat. It is almost a shrug, but not quite. The body has some slight shaping and a ruffled bottom edge pays more homage to water echoing the waves hitting the shore. The open front is edged with a garter collar to give textural interest. It hangs beautifully when worn open. The collar is wide enough that you can use a shawl pin to wear it closed.

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The cardigan is worked up in Malabrigo Arroyo, which is a favorite of mine. It knits up so beautifully. The colors are so saturated and vibrant. It wears beautifully and is just so soft.