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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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.

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!

City Tweed Collection Giveaway!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

Spare Time KAL!

Phew! Ok, today is the day. I am announcing the KAL officially so that you may get ready! First of all, it is a Sweater KAL for both adults and kids. I am really excited to share this news with you!

Introducing, to go along with Spare Time Pullover, I present, Little Spare Time. I hope you all like it!

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This pattern is a little different than the adult Spare Time Pullover. The children’s is top down and knit in a lighter gauge with a little bit less positive ease.

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The Little Spare Time KAL pattern is only a presale right now. The adult version is ready to go, though.

Use code SPARETIME1 for 30% off through the end of August. Sept 1st-16th, use Code SPARETIME2, for 25% off and from the 17th through the 30th of September use code SPARETIME3 for 20% off. These codes are also good for the adult Spare Time Pullover. Regular price for both of these patterns is $5.50

When you purchase, you will receive an info page to download. It will allow you to get your yarn and needles ready for our September 16th start date. The pattern file will go out in an update to buyers either the 15th or 16th of September. The KAL will run through the end of October. So, there should be plenty of time to finish! There will be some prizes, but I haven’t gotten them all lined up yet. You can stop by my group, Ninja8tofu’s Tofu Shack, for discussion having to do with the KAL. I will also update my facebook page, Ninja8tofu Designs, often during the KAL. Remember also, that you may choose to knit the adult version, Spare Time Pullover, as well. I hope you all will stop by and have a great time with us!

Back at the Blog and a KAL is coming.

Phew! It has been a LONG time since I have posted on here. I do have a reason.  I had a rather long and drawn out ordeal with losing access to my blog. Then, suddenly, I got it back. That’s the quick version of the story. I was also really busy with summer, the kids, and working on new things that again the blog and my lost access didn’t get taken care of as quickly as it normally would. But, it’s ok! I am back and hopefully that won’t happen again!

In the mean time, I published this little cutie.

shrug1bright_medium2It’s called Curve and it is knit up in Malabrigo Mecha. I am in absolute LOVE with Mecha. It seems a lot like Rasta to me, except that it is thinner and superwash. The colors are just gorgeous! I got the idea for this little shrug and HAD to do it in Mecha. It knits up so quick! This makes a great gift knit.

shrug2bright2_medium2I hope you like this little shrug. The pattern is available here in my Ravelry shop.

Thanks for stopping back into my blog! I do apologize for my absence. It was really quite a silly situation. Keep checking back, next week I will have some news about a KAL that will start around mid-September. I am REALLY excited for it. The KAL will be as inclusive as it can be with a pattern for the adults (already released) and a new pattern for the little ones based on the adult pattern.  I am so excited to show it to you. Also, check out my Facebook link at the top of the page. I post  every few days on there and will be showing some sneak peeks on there!

Thanks again, for stopping by.