Knitshaming! Have you heard about it?

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.


City Tweed Giveaway winners!

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!

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.


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!

New Patterns and a Gift Card Giveaway!

Hey there guys! I’ve got some releases and a giveaway. First off, I have TWO new patterns today! Both are for babies/toddlers and both are knit up in Shine Sport yarn from Knit Picks.

First is the Garter Stripe Polo:

This is knit top down, in the round. The sizes available are 6months [12 months, 18 months, 2T, 4T]. I really like it. It’s a quick knit that looks fantastic with many different color combos!

Secondly, there’s Miss Abbey. This is also knit from the top down and joined in the round after the keyhole neck feature.

The garter bands on the sleeves and hem provide a simple adornment that looks very cute!

Knit up in a snuggly cotton blend, these two are great summertime knits.


Now for the giveaway. Well, this comes about because I completely forgot to submit ads on Ravelry for June. So, I have no ads for this month to spread the pattern love. Big fail on my part. My excuse is that in my insanity that was May, I just completely forgot about ads! So, in order to “spread the love”, I want to do a Knit Picks gift card giveaway. Basically, I will give you a $10 gift card to Knit Picks if you A) post a comment letting me know what you think of the patterns B) let me know your ravelry ID and C) favorite or queue one of these new patterns.  I need to know your rav ID so that I can check if you either loved or queued a pattern. I figure this is my attempt at advertising for the month! I will randomly []choose a commenter, check ravelry and then send you a gift card! You will have until June 15th and 1:00pm to enter this giveaway.

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!