New Pattern: Go Kings Go!

Now, I know I told you that I was going to try and share things other than new patterns on here. And I will, I swear. I have just been so busy and I have just spent the last month in what I like to call, “Sickland.” Actually, I have a more colorful name for it, but this seems uh…less offensive.

Now, I had planned to release this pattern over a month ago. Test knitting went kind of slow and then I got sick and needed to do photos for it, but I was not really camera presentable to put it nicely.

Ok, enough…I am really happy with this gorgeous cardigan. Go Kings Go! is “hockey” related and by now, it is probably pretty evident that I love hockey. Some time ago, I put out a pattern called Go Buffalo, in homage to one of my two favorite hockey teams. It was a top down, striped raglan cardigan for kids done in Buffalo Sabres blue and gold.
Buffalofront2-2_medium2I got a lot of feedback shortly after releasing that indicated that people would like a grown up version. Well, I didn’t have the time right away. So, I set it aside until I was ready to upsize some of my popular kids patterns. I found a window of time this fall for this one. I knew though, that I could not wear blue and gold, so I chose my other hockey team for inspiration, my beloved Los Angeles Kings!


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It is almost exactly like it’s child counterpart. A v-neck raglan cardigan with stripes. It does have some added slight waist shaping, which could be omitted.

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When it came to yarn choices, there were plenty to pick from, but I decided that I wanted something from Miss Babbs. I have used her yarns in the past (strangely enough all for sweaters for my Mom), and I had fallen in love with each, especially with her Yowza Whatta Skein. The colors are gorgeous. It knits up beautifully and it’s superwash. Also, it holds up impressively.

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I maybe glossed over the color part in that last paragraph. I shouldn’t. The color is beautiful. I mean, I know what you are thinking, “black and gray…blahh how can that be gorgeous.” But really, these colors just shine. They have depth and are really stunning in person. I am not sure I captured them as well in these pictures. At any rate, it is perfect for this cardigan and you should really check out her stunning yarns on her website here.

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My Kings had gone on a lovely 8 game winning streak, unfortunately, they followed that with a 3 game losing streak. So, until they win their next game, I am offering 30%, no coupon code needed. Now, they could win tonight…later this week…etc. So, this sale could be over at any time. Hopefully, it will be over tonight. I mean, I love a sale, sure, but I want them to win. Also, until March 10th, the rest of my patterns are on sale to celebrate Malabrigo March when you use the code MALMARCH15 at checkout.

I will be doing a blog post next week. Hopefully, I will have a little fun to share including the next KAL which will be for the kids!

 

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.

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.

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.

Baby Ruched Giveaway!

Well last week, Baby Ruched was released. It seems to be doing quite well. I am so excited about how well it is doing that I have decided to do a little giveaway! All you have to do is comment on this post and later this week, I will pick a winner! Before I tell you what you will win, I want to show some lovely shots of this little cardigan.

Baby Ruched Cardigan in Knit Picks Stroll Tonal




So, now that I got that out of my system, I want to tell you what I am giving away. I will give away a copy of the pattern Baby Ruched Cardigan along with one skein of Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Summer Blooms. One skein is enough to make up to an 18 month size(VERY close on a 2T size as well).

Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Summer Blooms

I LOVE this colorway! I will also give a secondary prize of a choice of one pattern from my for sale patterns on Ravelry. So, there will be two winners. Make sure when you post you give me some way of getting a hold of you either your Ravelry ID or an email. Good Luck. If you win the Baby Ruched pattern and you’ve already purchased it, I will give you the choice of another of my patterns and you will still get the yarn! So, there you have it. Just comment to win! ETA: I will keep this giveaway open until 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at which time, I will do the drawing! Thanks!

Hello Hello!

Well, I have completed my New Year’s resolution. I knit a pair of socks and I loved every minute of it. Now, they aren’t perfect. I made a few mistakes, I fixed most of the them though. Just, note to self, no more toes when watching the Sopranos. It’s a bad idea. This was a pretty basic pattern. Even the toes were a piece of cake! I knit them up in Knit Picks Felici in the Green Veggies colorway. I will block them and have a picture for you next post. I literally just finished the toe.

I have a new pattern coming out very soon. It is for a girl this time. It is my very first girl cardigan pattern and I am just absolutely smitten with it. I used the same model that I used for the Maggie hat. She is just so adorable. I will give you a sneak peek here. I am hoping it will be up next week, I will surely let you know!

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