Friday, June 17, 2016

Review: Custom Colorwork Techniques - Craftsy Class

Hi everyone!
Today I'm reviewing the Craftsy class by the designer Stephannie Tallent - Custom Colorwork Techniques - Mitts.
I really enjoyed this class. It was very comprehensive and it was also quite empowering, because Stephanie encourages you -- once you have learned some basic concepts -- to go ahead and design your own mittens. She gives you all the information you need, from calculating your stitch counts, choosing your colors, and designing interesting edges that coordinate with your design motifs. 

She has a warm friendly style, and is really pleasant to watch and listen to. It's obvious that she loves the topic, and her enthusiasm shines through.
Among the subjects covered are: creating charts, choosing colors (a quick review of Color Theory), duplicate stitch to add colors, and customizing your design.
Class materials include a mitt pattern, templates and a size and motif worksheet to work out your own ideas.
Stephannie is very responsive and answers all the questions that students post.
Mitts are a great small portable project to work on during the summer months, so it's perfect timing to start a project now, when there are no looming deadlines!
I feel as though I learned a lot from her class, and I'm excited to design a pair of mittens for myself. I am sure you will enjoy it too.

Go to this link to get 50% off the class, for a limited time!



See you next time!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Special Offer - I Like Knitting magazine

I've been fortunate that I Like Knitting magazine has published several of my designs and articles in the past. 
They are an online publication that you read on their website on a PC, or on a tablet.

They are currently offering a discount on their Website + Tablet subscription next week, and wanted to extend the offer to you, my lovely readers.  The sale is going to run from today through May 22, 2016.  They are offering the Website + Tablet subscription, normally $34.97, for $19.97, or 43% off.   
To take advantage of the offer, use this LINK.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Mother's Day Sale, and the new Galaxy Shawl

Mother’s Day Sale
For Mother’s Day I’m having a special sale just for my lovely Newsletter subscribers. From now until May 10, buy 1 pattern, get 1 FREE! Just put at least 2 items in your cart, and use the code “MOM”. Stock up on your favorites!

New Release
I have a new release – the Galaxy Shawl. There’s a new release special discount  - get a 25% discount with code GALAXY!


Galaxy shows the sparkle of distant stars in the edging and wide expanses of deep space in the garter stitch body. It’s a long triangular shawlette that is just the right length to wrap once around the neck. Garter stitch is knit at a looser gauge to create a soft cushy fabric that drapes nicely.
The lacy edge, knit simultaneously with the body, provides interest and charm. This shawl can take you through all of the seasons. It’s light enough to toss in your bag and take along for chilly summer evenings and air conditioned spaces.
It is knit side to side, from one point to the other. It’s perfect for a gradient yarn, or it can showcase a beautiful variegated or handspun yarn. It’s designed to use whatever amount of special yarn you may have.

Would you like to knit along with us? There’s a KAL for the Galaxy Shawl starting on May 10. Relaxed atmosphere, friendly chat and no obligation to use any special yarn or to finish by the end date. It’s all about the fun - come join us in the Ravelry Group! There are lovely prizes :-)
Yarn: 400 to 450 yd. (365 to 410 m) of fingering or sport weight yarn.
Pattern Info: Pattern includes instructions on how to adjust the shawl to use whatever amount of yarn you have.
Instructions include both charted and written directions. 
It has been tech-edited and test knit.

In Other News:
I have talked a few times on this blog about the importance of swatching. Still not totally convinced? Have a look at this article. It might give you second thoughts. 

See you next time!

P.S. If you haven't already done it, why not subscribe to my Newsletter (top right of this blog). You'll get discounts, special offers, useful knitting tips, and new releases -- plus a free pattern just for signing up.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Book Review - Henry's Hat

This is a review of the book Henry's Hat, by Eric and Joanna Johnson.

This book is about a little boy, well a chipmunk really, who has fun playing a game called Imagination in which he wears his favorite hand knitted hat.
One day he loses the hat, and he has lots of adventures in trying to get it back. 

The illustrations in this book are just precious and so adorable. There is lots of detail for little children to find: things like little birds, and small insects living their life in the corners or edges of the pages. I really enjoyed the emphasis on handmade things in this book. People wear sweaters, they have knitted afghans and blankets in their home, and so on. 
There is a happy ending of course.
The book includes the pattern to make Henry's hat for your own special girl or boy. There's also a sweater with a big letter initial on the front that you can personalize for the child in your life. There's even a stuffed animal pattern to make your own little toy chipmunk, and the chipmunk in turn wears a miniature sweater just like Henry. So much fun!

This book hits all the buttons. A cute little story for the children, beautiful illustrations for adults to admire, and knitting patterns that the knitter in the family will enjoy making. This book has something for everyone in the family. I think you will really enjoy it.

Look at the cute hat!

See you next time!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Win your very own Sirka Counter!

** The winner of the drawing is lucky number 6: Kathy! I will be in touch! ** 
 This is a review of the Sirka counter. Let me start by saying the Sirka is a beautiful piece to have in your possession. It has great colors, and just feels nice in your hand.
But of course, it's not just a pretty face. It lets you keep track of stitch patterns, repeats, decreases and increases, stripes, and anything else you would like to count while you're knitting. It’s nicer than the little counters that sit right on your needle (how do you use them on circular needles, anyway?)  

I also like this better than relying on apps on my phone, because frankly it can drain the battery, and sometimes you want to use your phone for other things!
I won't try to explain everything about how the counter works – it’s on the website – but I will say that lets you keep track of several different things at a time such as decreasing for the neck, while at the same time, shaping the arm holes, and at the same time remembering to cable every 8 rows. You get the idea!
You advance the little hands every time you do the thing that you need to repeat and you keep doing it until you reach the end – which is marked by one of the colored hands on the face of the counter. That's not a very good explanation, but it does give you an idea that it is easy to use, and it is also fun to use.
I really enjoy using my counter! And I'm so grateful for GrellowandGray for sending me this one for me to try out.
Do you want to win your very own Sirka? Just enter a comment on this blog saying why you want to own your own counter. You must include your email or Rav id or Instagram handle so I can tell you if you've won! 
I’ll draw a winner in one week, on March 14.
Good luck!

Project Bags

Here’s what’s new in my Etsy shop. I have added a cute fabric featuring ukuleles, banjos and guitars. It’s available in both drawstring and zipper styles. Here are some comments from my past customers:

"This bag is so well made! Great work and super fast door-to-door! Already stuffed with goodies to knit! Thank you!!!!"
"Fast shipping, great product, couldn't be happier. I'll come back again and again! "

Plus I have some fabulous Scottish tartans in pure wool.

Here is a discount code! The code is GOODSTUFF5, which will give you $5 off your purchase. 

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