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.

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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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.

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

Fall is coming…

In some parts of the country, it may not seem like it, but fall is coming. Thank goodness. I love fall. I love every single bit about it. I love pumpkin, sweaters, the return to knits, the crisp air, the spooky evenings…Well, ok I don’t like that it leads into winter. If it could just stay fall all the time, I’d  be totally happy.

 

I’ve spent the past week sending kids off to school and then having most of the come down with some strange cold-like illness the past week.

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Off to College

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I am enjoying a bit of a return to knitting myself. I, sort of, took the summer off. I mean, I still designed a few things, but my knitting time was drastically reduced. I chose, instead, to spend time doing things with my kids and just dealing with their day to day ruckus. I hope you don’t all feel abandoned!

 

Ha…well, I am back at it, full force. Right now I am working on a secret project I can’t talk about. It is soo fun. I can’t wait to show you. I am also working on some upsizing of my children’s pattern. I plan on doing a whole series of them. First up, is the Lady Abernathy, which is the upsized version of  The Abernathy Sweater

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The Abernathy is arguably one of my best selling patterns. So, I can’t wait to finish it! Almost done with the body. The sleeves should fly! It is also being knit in DK gauge in Wollmeise DK and I am just loving it. When I start the second upsized sweater, I will let you see that one, too!

 

I also, can’t seem to quit working with chevrons. Currently, I am working on some FUN colorwork charts for some warm wooly bright colorwork hats.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this update. I am thinking of starting a Photo Friday of some sort. We will see what I come up with.

New Pattern, Summer and KALS!

Yes, it has been over a month since I last blogged. If you think I’ve spent all this time relaxing, going to the beach, and spending time with my family, then you would be partially right. I’ve not done a lot of relaxing, but I have spent a bit of time at the beach and with family. It has been fun, but I am starting to buckle down and get ready for fall. Always need to be a season ahead! It is sort of difficult sometimes to plan cozy fall and winter items when it’s 90+ degrees outside, but I’m working on it!

In the meantime, I have something for you. Well, sort of. I am putting it up for pre-sale today. I have released A Little Flouro.

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You will receive an info sheet when you purchase and on August 1st, I will upload the full pattern. Just for fun, I decided to do a KAL in my group, for this pattern. To go along with the KAL, I also decided to give you a 50% discount from now until August 1st. If that’s not enough, I also decided to include all of my shawls, scarves, and cowls in the KAL. You can get those for 30% off with the code SHAWLS from my Ravelry shop.

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A Little Flouro is knit with Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light and Madelinetosh Tosh Mo Light. Both are wonderful yarns for shawls. Though, there are a very wide variety of yarns that would work for this pattern.

If shawls, scarves and cowls aren’t your thing, perhaps you want to check out a kid knit this month? Well, in August, the Knitting For Boys group on Ravelry is also having a KAL of my kid’s patterns. So, for this KAL, I offered up a code for 25% off my kid’s patterns. You don’t have to be a member of the group or even do the KAL to be able to use the code though. The code is KIDSKNITSRFUN and it is good for use on any of my kid patterns (or multiples). I do encourage to you follow the link above to the group. They are a fabulous resource for kids patterns, are a very helpful group and they have a KAL every single month. So, if you like KALs, definitely check them out.