5.22.2014

The M Club: Third Shipment for Magia Mystery KAL!

Well, shipments for the members of the M Club went out at the end of April, and it sounds like most people have received it, so it's time for me to tell you all about it!
The kit for Magia Mystery KAL contained this pile of goodies:
  • A 630 yard skein of Indigodragonfly MerGoat Lace in Horton Hears a Houdini, a stunning lilac color (yes I knew it would be lilac season when it shipped) that Kim brewed up for us.
  • Beads: 50 grams Size 6 Matsuno glass seed beads
  • A Chiaogoo .8mm steel crochet hook
  • A package of Sport Beans.. in case you knitter's run low on energy during the KAL!
  • And for the 4th MKAL: A merino gumball from Knitted Wit in the prettiest spring green you have ever seen!
You can probably tell from the bead size and crochet hook that this MKAL we will be placing beads on a stitch instead of pre-stringing!  Time for a new technique!

There was discussion over the weekend about exactly what a MerGoat might be... turns out it's a merman/goat hybrid, that might look a bit like this?
For those of you not in the club you can get ALOT of ideas for yarn and bead combos for Magia over in my Ravelry group... there are some stunning options being built!

And want to hear one more thing?  I enjoyed knitting Magia so much that I am going to join in and knit along with you!  I've always wanted a black lace shawl and I think Magia will be the perfect addition to my wardrobe.  Black can be difficult to knit as it's hard to see... so I'm thinking that summer is the perfect time to tackle a black lace shawl.  I'm using Shibui Cima and I just have to decide on beads... which do you like the most?

5.19.2014

A dress in a weekend!

What a week... thankyou SO MUCH for the incredible response to Just One More, I am thrilled you are all as excited about the project as I am!

I needed a little creative recharge this weekend (and my hands needed a break from knitting), so I decided to whip up a dress.  Sometimes plans like this work, sometimes they don't, but this time, the odds were in my favor and I achieved dress success! (Did I really just write that?)
Pattern: GreenStyle Creations Laurel Dress
Fabric: Liberty of London Dufour Jersey Darby Blue Multi, 63 inch wide, 1 yard
(purchased on sale this winter from fabric.com)
Size: X-Small
(I had literally NO fabric leftover and had to be pretty creative to make 1 yard work...)
Modifications: 
  • I raised the center front of the neckline by 1 inch as I got advice (thanks Betz!) that I might enjoy a bit more coverage there!
  • I had just enough fabric to make it a few inches longer than the tunic length, which makes it perfect for wearing with leggings and boots.  If I want to wear this without leggings I will definitely need biking shorts underneath it... : )!
  • I made the cowl about 1.5 inches less deep so it wasn't quite as big.  I had done this on my Renfrew with great success.  I love a cowl neck, but not when they add too much bulk!
  • The sleeves are about a half inch shorter than in the pattern... this wasn't on purpose, my machine ATE the fabric while I tried to do a small hem and I ended up having to turn it under one more time! WHOOPS!
  • Instead of pockets in the seam, I applied over sized patch pockets, the liberty jersey is particularly drapey and light and I was worried the in-seam pockets would make the side seam hang funny!  I LOVE them, and on my next one I am going to make them even bigger!
Working with a print like this was right up my alley, it is so busy and multi-directional that my "relaxed sewing skills" are totally hidden.... I think I'm ordering this next as it looks equally forgiving. I'm officially on a sewing with knits kick... WATCH OUT!

5.15.2014

Just One More: A New Serialized E-Book

It's time to tell you about a project I've been working on behind the scenes....
JUST ONE MORE!
This collection of 6 shawls is based on my severe addiction to knitting... I’ve always said that one design begets the next but I found this year that as I worked on a new pattern I’d come up with a similar and equally intriguing concept I’d want to explore. So, the NEW shawl patterns in this collection are all based on previous designs, but re-imagined. I just can’t stop myself! And, because I know you are wondering, some designs will have options to add beads... but not all of them!

This is a serialized e-book, and one design will be released in the first week of every month from May through October of 2014. As with my other e-collections, video tutorial links will be included to help you with any tricksy bits. The designs in this project are so exciting, and I CANNOT wait for you to see them!

May's pattern: Magnify Shawl (It is included in the e-book should you purchase it!)
Inspired by the edging in the Magnify Cowl, Magnify Shawl is a long crescent shaped shawl.
First the sawtooth edging is worked over 39 stitches for the length of the border. The edging‘s “teeth” incorporate alternating sections of garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and beaded ribbing.
 
Once the edging is complete stitches are picked up along its straight edge and then simple garter stitch short rows are worked to create the shawl shape.

You can read more about Magnify, and the yarn I used (Propanicus Moon Proper Sock... a superwash BFL that loves beads) on Ravelry... thanks to Gale Zucker for a fabulous photoshoot!  Can't wait to work with her again!

Purchase Just One More 
Purchase Magnify Shawl 

Note: Purchasing the eBook Just One More ($21.00) represents a significant discount over purchasing each pattern separately ($7.00 each).  No refunds can be given for buying the patterns separately and then, at a later date, purchasing the complete eBook.  If you have made a single pattern purchase in error and wished to purchase the book instead, please contact me within a week to resolve the issue.

5.09.2014

Magnify Mystery KAL- REVEALED!

Well, it's time to share my Magnify Cowl with you!
Magnify was Spring 2014's Mystery KAL... and what fun it was!  Magnify's knitters had no idea what they were making... and in the end it was an infinity cowl! There were some pretty silly guesses, though!
Worked in 4 different sections, the first two sections are knit separately. Then the third section is worked to join the first two sections together... basically making a scarf, and the fourth section is worked on the other two ends of the first sections turning it into a loop.  You can see more photos of the process in my Ravelry group.
Perhaps one of the more confusing things for people was how to wear it!  Your best bet is to just throw this puppy on... it's going to move around when wearing it and that way all the sections will show at some point. Hopefully these photos give you a few ideas!
The stitch plays with beads that are slipped up in between stitches, once of my favorite all time beading techniques.  I adore this saw-tooth edge and have a new shawl coming out next week that uses it too!

all photos copyright Gale Zucker

5.08.2014

TNNA 2014 Recap

I promised you all a little recap of TNNA 2014... as usual, I was so busy chatting/showing my line/laughing/seeing friends/and high on yarn fumes that I didn't pull out my "real" camera once. 

Despite that, though, I do think I got a few highlights to share, just forgive the less than stellar photography!
The Booth, almost set up!
Kirsten Kapur(from Through the Loops) and I... K was an AH-mazing help all weekend long (and a great roomie too!)
This might be the worst photo of the coolest thing ever... my new book cover in the Random House booth.
Flyers were handed out to store owners with a free pattern from the book, more on that soon!
I had a GREAT photoshoot with Gale Zucker for a new project ready to release next week... and no, I'm not totally naked back there : )!
Choosing new colors of Freia Fibers for fall Cambio kits.... I was just too color coordinated for Tina to not take a pic!
One thing I'm a bit "proud" of is that I only came home with 2 skeins of yarn, though I saw A LOT I coveted.... My studio is STUFFED to the gills and I'm trying to only bring yarn in that I know I have a plan for.

And get ready.... I've got another Mystery KAL releasing for sign-ups this weekend! I'm spending the next few weeks getting ready for that, knitting on some secret projects and shipping orders to stores....things are definitely not boring around here!

5.06.2014

New Kit: Stereo Cuff!

Well, I'm back from TNNA! I know I've been hinting about releasing this kit for a while... want to see what debuted in my booth?  I'll be posting some photos from the weekend later this week!  Promise!

Introducing the Stereo Cuff Kit!
Stereo Cuff is deceptively simple… there are only 8 stitches with 3 colors of beads slipped up in between. What’s not to love? The kit includes almost everything you need to make a Stereo in one of three sizes. The pattern even contains links to video tutorials for working with beads!

 
MATERIALS Included in Kit:
10 yards light fingering weight yarn
mercerized pima cotton (100% cotton) or  Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus (100% superwash US Merino wool), 5 grams each of 3 colors of Size 8 glass seed beads, 2 snap clasps, Dental floss threader
MATERIALS NEEDED
2 US Size 1 [2.25 mm] double pointed needles, Sewing thread and needle

Stereo comes in 7 colors.... 4 wool, and 3 cotton!


The Stereo Cuff kit from your local knitting store, or my Etsy shop!

And thankyou for all your cowl love on the weekend's giveaway!  I bet you want to know who the winner is!  Congrats to Andrea (Rav Id: PeatMoss83), get in touch so I can ship you your pile of goodies!

5.01.2014

A Cowl Designing Giveaway

ARE YOU READY????

Craftsy and I decided that the best way to celebrate the success of my new class Design Your Own Cowl was to do a GINORMOUS giveaway!  So, who wants to win some amazing yarns that are perfect for designing cowls along with two of my favorite designing tools? 
Wondering about what is in that pile of goodies?
Lace- 
 1 skein of Artyarns Silk Mohair (Eucalyptus)
 1 skein of Miss Babs Yet Yarn (Fieldmouse)
Fingering-
 1 skein of Lorna's Laces Solemate Yarn (Aslan)
Sport-
 1 skein Manos Serena (Natural)
DK- 

 1 skein of Fyberspates Scrumptious DK Worsted (Magenta)

 1 skein Manos Silk Blend Semi-Solid (Nickel)

Worsted/Aran-
 1 skein Cascade Eco+ (Liberty Heather)


1 Gauge Ruler (a must for any designer!)
1 portable digital yarn scale (you can learn all about using the scale in my class!)
   THIS IS MY CURRENT FAVORITE DESIGN TOOL!
I cannot wait to see what the lucky winner is going to create with while playing with these yarns.... I'm tempted to keep some of them them for myself! The Fyperspates pink is GORGEOUS!

So, all you have to do to be entered to win is leave a comment below telling me what you love about cowls... that shouldn't be hard, right? (don't forget to leave a way to get in touch with you!)
I'm off to TNNA (the industry trade show) and I'll leave the comments open until I return (5/5 at midnight EST).  I'll announce the random winner as well as release a new kit I've been working on this Tuesday 5/6!

Oh, and ps... my class is 50% off during this giveaway!  Just use this link to get the discount!