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November 24, 2014

Twist Collective Winter 2014


Well, what can I say? The new Twist Collective is out and I'm over the moon. Not only do I have two pieces in the edition, but one made the cover. There have been 21 editions of Twist and I've been in all but one of them and my first cover was edition 19, so I consider it a very special honor to make the cover even once. And of course, it helps that James Brittain took the beautiful photos that Kate carefully styled. Every pattern in the magazine is the result of the hard work of a small group of talented people. I feel so fortunate to get to work with all of them.



Of course the magazine is full of brilliant designs. I keep wanting to tell you what my favorites are and then I realize there are too many I love, in different ways, for different reasons. I think it's definitely worth making a few passes through the edition.


And of course, don't miss the articles. Lela Nargi's article on Carol Milne's glass sculptures is not to be missed. Barbara Gregory, whose work is always exceptional, talks about the merits of mosaic knitting. Franklin Habit and Clara Parkes both bring their wit and wisdom to their columns, and don't miss Amy Kings final installment in her goat rearing adventures.


Here's where you can get all the details on my two pieces.


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November 15, 2014

2014 Gift-A-Long

Last year, a few designers organized a mass gift-a-long in which any designer could participate and offer up their patterns for 25% off for a limited time. It was, I would say, a huge success, both for crafters and designers. Well, the gift-a-long is back and bigger and better. I'm really impressed with all the work the mods have done and they've drummed up a ton of great prizes that participating knitters and crocheters can win.

I'll be offering the patterns pictured below (also here) in this year's gift-a-long. Per the GAL rules, ebooks/collections aren't permitted, only individual pattern downloads, and there is a limit to the number of patterns we could offer this year, so I've picked the patterns where the discount will go the farthest. I mean, how many people really need 25% off a $3 pattern, right?

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But don't stop at my shop, because there are so many great patterns on sale. Some helpful links:

  • The Gift-A-Long group is here
  • Participating designers and their eligible designs can be found here.
  • Find out about prizes here.
  • What to see blog posts about the GAL? Check out this thread.

I hope you'll take some time to look around, share links with your fellow crafters and, if it's in your budget, support some independent designers while getting a great discount. As always, if you have any questions or problems with purchasing my patterns, don't hesitate to contact me.

Filed under: crochet , design , knitting , pattern

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October 31, 2014

Precipice Shawl and Cowl

There's clearly something in the air. Dyers are making beautiful gradient kits and knitters and crocheters are scooping them up. Why? Because they are beautiful, of course. The good folks at Pigeonroof Studios gave me some of their Mini-Skein Sets, a few months back and I've been swatching and ripping and mulling things over, trying to find the right project for them. I ended up settling on a crochet fan motif. The scalloped stitch pattern helps the gradient pattern to blend between colors, making the ombre affect even more pronounce, though I really feel it could be just as fun to mix up the order of the skeins, alternating darks and lights, for a different effect.

I started with a cowl, which uses only one, 240-yard/6-color Mini-Skein Set. It can be easily finished in a weekend, making it a great option for the gift-giving season. The stitch pattern is a simple 4-row repeat, and the buttons fasten into the existing openings created by the pattern.

But if you can get your hands on 4 or more Mini-Skein Sets (or a little under 1000 yards of the yarn of your choosing) you will have more than enough for a dramatic shawl.

The stitch pattern is only slightly more complicated, to form the triangular shape and it's edged with a surprisingly simple little border. While the pattern is written for 4 Mini-Skein Sets, you can really adapt it for whatever yardage you have, just work until you cannot work another full row in the current color, and switch to the next.

As with my other crochet patterns, all the stitch patterns are fully charted and include row-by-row instructions as well. US Crochet terms are used throughout, but the symbols should be standard for anyone who routinely works from crochet chart. For more on UK and US crochet terms, you can visit this page.

If you are interested in purchasing the cowl, the shawl or both, they are available individually and as a set. I'm also offering all three of my crochet shawl patterns and the cowl as a set. If you've already purchased either of my crochet shawl patterns, you can simply purchase the other items, individually, and the discount will be given, automatically.

Find out more about the pieces and purchase them individually or as a set using the following links;

Precipice Shawl

Precipice Cowl

Precipice Shawl and Cowl set

Crochet Collection

 

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September 22, 2014

Leo makes stuff too

When we moved into our house, a few years ago, there were a lot of things we liked, but there were some things that really needed to change, like the room with the horrifying mural and pepto pink trim. We still have to address the black shower in the master bath. I'm not sure what altered state led to that decision but I can assure you, it was a bad one. Anyway, one issue we have finally resolved, was getting rid of all the toxic railroad ties and the "rustic" wood fence, next to our driveway. Pardon the arrows, these are Leo's notes from the project.

After transporting all the ties to a facility equipped to dispose of the safely, we went to a landscaping supply shop and picked out some rocks and such to spiff up the joint. Leo somehow managed to schedule everything so that he ended up working some days in the rain and some days during 90+ degree weather.

When the delivery folks dropped everything off, they asked Leo how many people would be helping him. When he said, "um, none" the all looked worried for him. For the record, Leo's never actually done this before. No big deal, right?

 

There was a lot of breaking of things and also, clay and gravel and loose rocks pretty much everywhere. I wouldn't be surprised if our neighbors were taking bets on whether or not it would ever be finished. They do not know the ingenuity and tenacity of my husband, though.

Check out our spiffy new stairs.

And the lovely rock wall around our rose garden. Those rocks are locally sourced volcanic rocks and when it rains again someday all that moss turns a gorgeous array of greens and yellows.

We've also started tucking some plants into the crevices between stones. We don't water anything in our front yard so whatever we plant has to make the best of what nature dishes up.

i love it. Every time I leave the house I just bust with pride at how nicely it all came together. There's more to do, of course. The fence will need replacing, and the gate was a quick and dirty fix we put up when we first moved in, so the dogs can't escape, but this was huge and I love the end result.

 

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August 26, 2014

New pattern: Willoherb Pullover

I'm really excited to unveil my newest design, the Willowherb Pullover. If you like some of my other designs, you may recognize both the name and motif. I released a Willowherb Hat and Mitten set earlier this year.

This pullover has been tech edited and ready to go for about a month, now, but I've been waiting to release it until today because Kristi's including me in an update. This Thursday, starting at noon, EST, if you buy a sweater's worth of Paulie Worsted, you'll get a coupon for a free copy of this pattern. Plenty more details on the Shalimar update page and in the Shalimar ravelry group.

This pattern is available in 10 sizes, from 32" / 81.5 cm to 60" / 152.5 cm and fits comfortable with a little negative or positive ease. If you are between sizes, you can simply choose a size that suits your personal preference. I'd probably go down to the lower size, but if you like a fit that skims instead of clings, going up to the next size will be your best bet. Either way, I offer plenty of tips along the way, to customize your fit. You'll also find a comprehensive schematic in the pattern. It can be really helpful to measure a well fitting sweater in a similar weight, and compare it to the measurements in the schematic.

The sweater is offered for $8 as a stand-alone pattern or $10.50 if you buy it with the Willowherb Hat and Mitten set. You can either buy the two-pattern ebook, or buy the patterns individually. The discount is automatic and retroactive for customers who bought the hat and mitten set before I released the sweater.

As always, I want you to be happy with any purchase you make from my store. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me and I'll do my best to help you out.

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