Monday, November 10, 2014

My Mountain Design Contest

Hello Lovely Knitters,


I have great news! a design that I submitted to the My Mountain Design Contest with my local yarn shop Paradise Fibers has made it to the semi-finals!

This is a simple knit in an Aran yarn with no shaping in the main body, wide stripes on the back and a double cable offset on the front. The best news is that if you vote for this pattern enough it will win and be offered in a free e-book from My Mountain Yarn / Schachenmyer.
So if you like my design head on over to the My Mountain page and vote for it, you can vote once a day every day until the 23rd of November.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Back after Baby and Free Pattern Knit Wrap

Oh my goodness, I can't even believe that the last post on this blog was almost a year and a half ago! Forgive me please dear knitters as things around here went from very stagnant to incredibly busy in such a short amount of time. First let's introduce our new addition! This is Theodore who is now a proud 8 and a half months old and is already crawling and cruising around the house like he means business! 


Babies, I tell you, so dang cute and so. dang. time. consuming. See those cheeks? they use at least an hour of kissing, snuzzling, pinching time a day, at least, and those are only the cheeks! SO needless to say that the last 8 months have been very busy. Before that? well let's just say that when you try and try to make a baby for 2.5 years without any success your heart hurts enough that sometimes the everyday things (yes even knitting) suffer a little bit, or even a lot. Thankfully little Theo is here, happy healthy and ready to (maybe) let Mommy knit a bit...


Maybe I can find out where we left off? Ahh here we are, how about we chat about the Knit Wrap? this was a great little piece that I did for the Knit and Crochet Now T.V. show. Talk about a whirlwind project! Knitting for the T.V. is a little different as you have to make partial projects that illustrate the different steps that are involved within the project for the host to demonstrate on. So after deciding what steps are the most pertinent to the project you work a small section of knitting to demonstrate each step. Which in a more complicated project can end up in a whole bunch of small pieces of demonstration knitting!


My project for Episode 302 was the Knit Wrap, this is a quick knit worked in Bulky Yarn, about 1144 yards, on US 15/10mm needles. Basically it is a large rectangle with a garter eyelet border on the bottom and top with a lattice work pattern in the middle. Then the top of the rectangle is worked with a garter stitch collar by binding off stitches in sequence to create a rounded almost picot looking trim. Below you can see some pictures I snapped in my studio before mailing it out the door which also show the basic shaping of the piece.


Super easy and fun this pattern is now offered for FREE on the Annie's Website, you can find it here, and you can always purchase episode 302 from the website as well. Let me know how it was, I never saw it!


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Class Available: Design your own sweater that fits!

I have a new class available at Paradise Fibers! Design your own Sweater that Fits is a step by step workshop to learn the process of designing and writing a sweater pattern based on gauge. In this class we will work a small sample modified drop shoulder sweater, and then move onto a full size garment, either modified drop shoulder or raglan shoulder that will fit you! We will measure in class to have a perfect size, work shaping if desired, add patterning and also learn how to write it all down in pattern format.

This 2 part class will take place on May 11th and June 1st each class is 4 hours each and you will have time for homework in between classes with personalized instruction in each class. If you live in or around Spokane come join me for a day of designing fun!


You can find out more information including homework here: Design Your Own Sweater That FITS!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Winners!

Congratulations to breezy 54 and Ellen Anderson, check your ravelry accounts for your free patterns!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Last days to enter the Shimmer Mittens Giveaway!

Today and tomorrow are the last days to enter the Shimmer Mittens Giveaway! Check out this blog post and leave a comment.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Exciting News!

Got some very exciting and flattering news this morning, Kara Gott Warner the Editor of Creative Knitting has written an article for About.com focusing on how to propose a garment to a magazine. She has used my proposal for an upcoming pattern I did for their special lace issue being released in April 2013. You can check it out here, and make sure to look for the Special Lace Issue when it is released!

Sapphira Lace Tank and Cardigan

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Shimmer Mittens: New pattern and giveaway!

Time for a new pattern release! These are the Shimmer Mittens, a quick knit with cushy garter stitch mosaic patterning and sizes for the whole family. I am a huge fan of long striping yarn and I also really love mittens so this project was a perfect match.



 These mittens were designed when I was lucky enough to receive some brand new colours of Knitpicks Chroma. Knitting with secret yarn is always fun and it really puts the pressure on to make a great pattern. The Soft Rock colourway is simply beautiful, brimming with subtle hue shifts that really do evoke a sense of earth and rock. It made me think of driving in British Columbia through the Rocky Mountains past the walls of rock that had been blasted out of the mountainside to make room for the roads. It was an interesting colourway to pair a contrast colour with, when it was beside a grey the Chroma looked cold, when it was beside a dark blue it lost the soft grey areas, but finally I decided on Wool of the Andes from Knitpicks in Pumice. This lovely soft brown is a heathered tone that brings out all the lovely shades within the Chroma without overpowering any of them.

These mittens are designed with 5 sizes, which is actually a step down from my usual 8 sizes of mittens but there are two good reasons. First the stitch pattern gauge couldn't be sized the way that St st can and so 5 sizes was the only option. Second these mittens are sooooooo stretchy! The length stretch on them is amazing due to the garter stitch and the slipped stitches ensuring a perfect hand length fit.

These mittens also work up very quickly, a friend of mine knit two pairs over a single weekend!

Now the fun part, you can win a copy of this pattern! Just leave a comment on this blog telling me who you knit mittens for and how often.

I will draw 2 lucky winners using a random number generator on March 28th since it is my Mom's Birthday ( Happy Birthday Mom!) remember to leave a way for me to contact you.

If you can't stand the suspense and would like to purchase ths pattern you can get it on here on Knitpicks or here on Ravelry.  Also you can check out more information on my website like measurements and materials here.