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!

 

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

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.

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:

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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.

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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!

Pinterest! Prizes! A KAL!

It’s been a busy few weeks at Ninja8tofu central. The kids are heading back to school, my Mom is preparing for a big move, my gorgeous niece has moved to town for college! Oh and getting ready for the KAL and continuing to design and knit ALL THE THINGS! Phew! It’s also been very very hot. That can make knitting difficult at times.

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So, this KAL…Yes, there has been some preparation for the KAL. I am really hoping everyone has a great time with it. I am very much excited for it! Being that this is a “Spare TIme KAL.” All the things having to do with this KAL involve our spare time. First, I started a pinterest board. This board will be filled with pins from now and throughout the KAL with things I like to do when I am not knitting. I will include activities, recipes, movies, etc. Whatever strikes my fancy at that moment or whatever I am doing, I will pin it. I am inviting others to pin-along, too.  Just message me on Ravelry or Facebook  if you would like me to add you, just remember you need to already be a pinner. If you aren’t a pinner, you will have to join Pinterest first before I can add you to the board for posting.

I am putting together some prizes, too! Of course, all the prizes will be in some way related to my spare time.  I’ve posted about two of them in the Ravelry KAL thread, already! I have more planned, too and I will reveal them as we go along!

There is a discount code (SPARETIME2) for 25%  off for both Little Spare Time and the adult Spare Time Pullover.