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.

Off to Kindergarten

Off to Kindergarten

Off to College

Off to College

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.

Ninja KAL! Come Ninja with us!

Last year about this time, we had the first Ninja KAL. It was a lot of fun and there was much knitting success and prizes. Well, I’m getting ready to do it again! I hope you will come  join us.

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Who: Everyone!

What: Knit any Ninja8tofu Designs pattern 

When: We start March 1st and it will run through the 31st. There is a sale code to go along that runs from now until March 17th that will give you 25% off any pattern in my shop (linked above). The only ebook included in the sale is The Vintage Ice Cream Truck.

Where: The event will take place in my group here. There will most certainly be prizes and ninja hi jinx!

Hope to see you soon!

Holiday Sales and other stuff

This has been a long time coming. This post, that is. It seems like when I get sick or busy, my blog suffers the most. Well, it was the sick this time. It tore through our house like you don’t even know. I am still dealing with it now. I have been just exhausted. This girl does not like to take naps or go to bed early (or sleep all day), but I’ve been doing just that. I even fell asleep during my beloved Kings’ games. No, seriously…snored right through a couple of them.

Enough of that. I hope to get back into posting on here again (I know, I say that EVERY TIME) with Monday knitshaming posts at the very least. I am trying to catch up on my backlog of self published stuff that I want to get out to you! There are some really fun things coming! Including plans for another KAL very soon!

Oh, yes…I did mention a Holiday Sale. I feel like having a sale. Call me festive or …I don’t know.  I like to get my stuff out there, so pass on the word. This will be the last one of the year on all my  patterns. It is a Buy One Get One sale. You just put two patterns in your Ravelry cart fr0m my Ninja8tofu Designs store, enter the code HOLIDAYBOGO and you will get one for free (ravelry automatically gives you the lowest priced one as the free one). This sale will run from now through the end of the day (CST) Cyber Monday (December 2nd). Now, I’m not the only one spreading the love with a sale, Marly (MarlyBird on Ravelry) is compiling a list of sales that are going on in the knitting world over this holiday season. Definitely check that out, too!

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.

Told You! & New Pattern Release: Spare Time Pullover

I told you I would be back soon! Today, I am releasing my Spare Time Pullover pattern. I am so happy to get this pattern out there! It’s been a long time coming. It’s aptly named because for me, that’s just what it was, a spare time project. Also, that is why it took so long to get out. I did the original numbers for it in October and knit the sample in November!

This all starts with my desire to be comfortable at all times. I wanted some ease, but too much ease. I wanted cozy, tea-sipping, comfort food eating…wait, I’m talking about a sweater right. This sweater was knit up in Madelinetosh Vintage. I really liked working with it. It knits up quickly and gorgeously.

SpareTime3I wanted something to wear at home, but wouldn’t be awful to wear to the store or a meeting with teachers or running errands in.  I also had an idea for a collar. I wanted it sort of like a shawl collar, but kind of bandanna like.

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The sweater is worked from the bottom up in a combination of knitting in the round and flat knitting. The shoulders are joined using three needle bind off.

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The sleeves are picked up and knit as is the collar.  There is very little seaming (just a little on the collar).

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I hope you enjoyed this sneak peak at my third and final March pattern release! Thanks for stopping by! Remember, the NinjaKAL is still going on in my group until the end of the month. Hope to see you there!

 

NINJA KAL! Get Ready!

Just a reminder that the Ninja Kal is getting ready to start in my group on March 1st. You can come by and join in the fun. Remember to celebrate this month of fun and knitting together, all the self-published patterns in my shop (including ebooks) are 20% off through the 15th of March using code NINJAKAL at checkout. The project declaration thread is up. So come by and declare what you would like to work on this month. Even I will be knitting along (though, I probably won’t finish!)

I also posted another prize photo. What Ninja can be without their stars?

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I will be posting again soon as I have a new pattern for you in the next few days!