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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Easy Breezy Knit Along - Join now!

It's a Knit a Long!



Here's how it will work.
- Any pattern of mine will qualify.
- You have till June 30 2018 (over 4 months) to finish.
- Projects already started are eligible!
- If you subscribe to my newsletter, you'll get a discount coupon very soon ;-)
- Post pictures of your finished projects here to be eligible to win.

Prizes, prizes, prizes!

Quare Fibers sock yarn















Plucky Knitter DK



Stitch Sisterz Cashmere Fingering



I will give away one of these 3 pretty skeins of yarn to 3 lucky winners chosen at random.
You know what? If you win and you don't like these yarns, I will let you shop my stash. And it is extensive!

I will include 3 free patterns of mine too.

Also, in the Ravelry group, I will be available to answer questions you may have.
I hope there will also be good chatter among the participants.
Maybe I'll even give out a participation prize ;-)

So, let the games begin!! Join us here.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

What Do You Like in a Project Bag?

As you may know, I have a Etsy shop, Goodstuffcrafts.
where I sell project bags and notions pouches.

What TV shows or movies inspire you?
What themes or designs would you like to see in a project bag?

I will give a free pattern to one randomly-chosen answer to this question.

For example, I already feature Star Wars, Gilmore Girls, Doctor Who, Van Gogh's Starry Night, knitting sheep, alpacas wearing sweaters, balls of yarn, and more.
What else would you like to see?

Give me your ideas, you might win :-)

I'll leave this giveaway open for 2 weeks.  
Just comment below.




Sunday, February 4, 2018

New Pattern - Casa Loma Shawl - Coupon Code


New Pattern


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My newest pattern is now in my Ravelry shop!
It's the Casa Loma Shawl. Casa Loma is an actual Scottish castle in Toronto. See above photo.

It is a long triangular shawlette or scarf that is just the right length to wrap around the neck once. Garter stitch is knit to a looser gauge to create a soft, cushy fabric that drapes nicely.
The lacy edge provides interest and charm. This shawl is comfy and elegant, no matter which way you wear it.

Until Feb 8, 2018, get 25% off this design with code CASA.   


It uses 393 yards (359 m) of Sport weight yarn, but there are instructions to use whatever amount of yarn you have available. You can use different weights of yarn too :-)











New in the Etsy Shop

I sewed up these pretty pouches in silvery metallic linen, with different colors of zippers and lining to make them fun. Perfect for notions, cosmetics, or essential oils.

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Just $20.00!

Hope you like them :-)



Monday, January 22, 2018

Say goodbye to (some of) my patterns.



Hi everyone!
 It’s nice to write to you again.
I haven't blogged for some time. There was the holiday season, then we took a quick trip to Florida to visit some old friends, then both hubby and I came down with the flu. It was a really bad flu, we spent the better part of a week in bed. And not in a good way ;-)

Patterns Going Away

The next thing I wanted to share with you is that I'm planning to discontinue some of my older patterns in Ravelry. Either they were never very popular,  or they no longer reflect my current aesthetic, or maybe I just would have done them differently if I were writing them today.
If you would like to buy any of these, I'll keep them for another 2 weeks - and to help you with your buying decision, please use the coupon code "GOODBYE" for 25% off,  which will be valid on any of my patterns published in 2011 or earlier.
Happy shopping! Two weeks from now, many of these patterns will no longer available for purchase. 

I hope you understand, I'm trying to go for quality rather than quantity.  I have over 100 patterns published and maybe it's time to narrow them down a little bit. 
I would love to know what you think about this - do you think I should keep all the old patterns around, or is it a good idea to cull them down and keep the best ones only?

UPDATE:
OK, I have decided.

I'm going to discontinue selling these patterns:
 Carol Landis Top
 Jelly Beans Kids Sweater
 Le Marais Vest
 Terrigal Trio of Tops
 Crayon Pocket Cardi

Thanks for your interest!  

 

Current Knitting

I hope we will have some fun knitting adventures in the new year. What are you up to right now? What are you working on? 
I'm working on a sweater for my grandson. He, mysteriously, does not like buttons. So I'm going to try a zippered cardigan this time. Here's a picture of where I am so far.

















I also recently finished this pair of socks

This has got to be one of my favorite pairs of socks ever. Both the yarn, from Desert Vista Dye-works, and the pattern, Geek socks, from Knitty Magazine, came together in a pretty perfect way, don't you think? I'm super happy with these socks. 


What are you proud of that you have made? 







Etsy Shop

Oh I can't resist showing you some of the new project bags in my Etsy shop
Here is one featuring colorful balls of yarn with a gold-flecked cork fabric trim.

You can get a full size project bag, an optional vinyl window, or a cute little notions pouch. I think it's one of my favorite items. 

Currently, all my Star Wars bags are 15% off. Take a look and see if any appeal to you.

 That's it for now, we will talk soon. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Happy Holidays - and Free Pattern Coupon Code



Hello everyone!
I would like to offer my best wishes for a joyous and happy holiday season. To celebrate, and to thank you, I'd like to offer you a free coupon code for a free pattern download from my Ravelry store.  

There is one small catch. You need to be a subscriber to my newsletter to get the code. 
Please subscribe by this Tuesday December 12th, and you'll receive the free coupon code in your next newsletter. 
You should see a sign-up window in the upper right hand corner, or you may get a pop-up.
Thank you for subscribing! 
Here are a few items you might enjoy.












While I have you, I'd like to share some new project bags in my Etsy Shop. These will be great gifts for the knitters that you know, or for yourself. 
Take a look. I have pretty Marimekko fabric, with cork trim; a cute print featuring balls of yarn, and various plaids in pure soft wool. Very Outlander!




If you're doing a lot of knitting these days, you might want to be careful not to overdo it, take breaks, and rest from time to time. Fellow designer and blogger Dana Gervais has some great suggestions for taking care of your hands, plus some stretching exercises you can do. Here is the link.  Thanks, Dana!

Thanks again for reading my blog, and happy holidays!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway - Knit Mitts by Kate Atherley

** We have a winner - It's Anne Westbrook, quotku on Ravelry. Congrats, Anne! **


Today I’m reviewing  Knit Mitts: Your Handy Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves by Kate Atherley. (Read on to see how you can win your own copy!)
It goes way beyond just patterns (for both mitts and gloves), it gives you a complete guide to everything you need to know to make mittens and gloves that fit perfectly and keep you warm.


From reading her other book, Custom Socks  I know that Kate’s style is meticulous and conscientious, with great attention to detail. This book is no different.

She discusses fit in great detail, providing a survey of measurements that she has collected (for a range of children’s and adult sizes), and describing how to use and adapt them. She explains how a proper fit is important to making sure the mittens keep you warm.

Kate includes a discussion of working in the round. She talks about choosing yarns;  wool, mohair, possum, and cashmere, are all recommended. Acrylic yarn is not.
She suggests using a lining, both for extra warmth, and also to help those who might be allergic to wool. This is a brilliant idea!

Also  included are discussions of swatching, double stranded knitting, and  felted mittens. Kate is super thorough, and includes tips and information on gauge, needles (DPNs and circular needles), casting on, working in the round, blocking, and finishing. 
I got as far as page 20 before I just had to jump ahead to look at the patterns that are in the last section.
Many of the patterns are written for different gauges which is awesome. Therefore you can use any yarn that you want to.  Information on various customizations is there too.

The Hannett Mittens are my favorite - they have a gorgeous cable pattern that I am dying to cast on, in spite of the fact that I live in California!


Her other patterns, which include colorwork and other fun techniques, are all enticing and charming. I really am now dying to make a pair of mittens, seriously. 

I think you will enjoy this book as much as I did.



Thanks to Interweave Press, I'm able to offer a giveaway of a copy of this book to one lucky person who comments on the blog, naming a favorite pattern or a favorite aspect of the book.


Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from F+W Media.


Now for the giveaway information. If you post a comment on this blog entry stating which pattern is your favorite, and sign up (or be signed up already) for my newsletter, you will be entered into a giveaway to win your own copy of this book.

Be sure to give a Ravelry ID, or an email address -- or even your Instagram handle will do -- so that if you win I have a way to contact you! Don't forget

I will select a name in one week's time, on Nov 8, 2017. 

Talk to you soon.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway - Alter Knits



This is a review of the book AlterKnit by Andrea Rangel, a new publication from Interweave Press. 

More than a stitch dictionary, this book presents a new spin on colorwork, or Fair Isle knitting.
It does give a nod to traditional patterns, but Andrea goes way beyond what you may have seen before  -- and comes up with some original and whimsical colorwork designs. 
The book also has sections on choosing yarns and colors for your colorwork, a really important factor.

It shows you how to hold the yarn for two color knitting, teaches you how to deal with floats -- that's the yarn that sits behind your knitting when you're not using one color or the other. She teaches about swatching in the round and how to cut steeks in your knitting. These are all very valuable skills to have with colorwork knitting. It's easiest to do all your knitting in the round, so for something flat,  like a cardigan, you will need to cut your knitting in the round to make the front opening.  The book covers this technique in good detail. 

From there, we are on to the actual patterns. I even made a swatch of one of them that I thought was pretty, although there are so many, it will be hard for you to choose just one to start with.
There are abstract or geometric designs; there are motifs like flowers, animals, skulls, mushrooms, and bicycles. 

Not only are there swatches for all of them, but the book also includes a few patterns, so you can move right into making some garments for yourself. It's easy to substitute one pattern for another as long as you take into account the stitch repeats. 

There's plenty of guidance for using all these pretty designs in your knitting.
If you’re anything like me, you'll find your imagination taking flight with ideas of what you can make next! 

Thanks to Interweave Press, I'm able to offer a giveaway of a copy of this book to one lucky person who comments on the blog, naming a favorite pattern or a favorite aspect of the book.
Check this link to see all the swatches.  
If you love colorwork, you will enjoy this book.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from F+W Media.


Now for the giveaway information. If you post a comment on this blog entry stating which pattern is your favorite, and sign up for my newsletter, you will be entered into a giveaway to win your own copy of this book.

Be sure to give a Ravelry ID, or an email address -- or even your Instagram handle will do -- so that if you win I have a way to contact you! Don't forget

I will select a name in 1 week's time, on Sept. 5. 2017. 

Talk to you soon.