5.31.2016

Synthesis Mystery KAL revealed... with a Giveaway and Contest!

Gosh, I've been waiting for this week for months.... literally! One of the hardest things I have to do is not show my version of a Mystery KAL while you all knit away on yours! I've had my Synthesis done since January and have kept it hidden away. I am TOTALLY excited to be able to start wearing it!
Synthesis comes in two sizes, and incorporates those dropped stitches I am obsessed with, garter stitch, and a knitted on edging. It isn't hard knitting, but there are a few things to keep track of :)!

Wondering about the construction of Synthesis?
It is knit in 8 parts which I broke into 5 clues.
1. Top Edge is worked as one long strip.
2. Stitches are picked up along long edge of strip
and divided into sections.
3. Right Strip is worked out from Top Edge.
4. Right Connector is worked in between Top Edge
and Right Strip.
5. Left Strip is worked out from Top Edge.
6. Left Connector is worked in between Top Edge and Left Strip.
7. Center Connector is worked in between Left Strip and Right Strip.
8. Stitches are picked up along bottom edge, and then a knitted on Bottom Border is worked.

As always... my mystery KAL constructions are unique and keep the knitter guessing! I'm working on our MKAL for the Fall, and I have to say, it could be my craziest construction to date!
I've set up a thread in my Ravelry group for those of you knitting away on Synthesis that want support/help/cheering.... Synthesizers Knit ON! Please feel to join in there if you want to KAL along with everyone! I've also released a final version of Synthesis written as a shawl (with all the clues taken out.) This version has been uploaded to Ravelry.
I've also set up a contest thread for photos of finished Synthesis Shawls.... there will be two prizes, one for the best photo (judged by me), and one random winner. The prizes there are REALLY good, so go check them out. I'm leaving that contest open until July 15th, so there is time to finish up (or start and finish) AND get a great pic! I'm already deeply in love with this photo of Kikukat's Synthesis.
Finally, to celebrate revealing Synthesis I have an extra Synthesis M Club kit to give to one of you.... 2 skeins of Mrs. Crosby Reticule in Synthesis with beads to match (this yarn was dyed exclusively for The M Club)
Just leave a comment below letting me know what you think of this construction. Don't forget to leave a way to get in touch with you... I'll keep comments open through June 3rd and announce a winner in a future blog post!

5.12.2016

Beaded Waves Cuff... now in Cotton!

Well, I'm starting to get ready for my yearly trip to TNNA... which means NEW KITS! Ready for the first one?

Some of you know this one has been in the works for a while... it's Beaded Waves Cuff in Cotton!

With only 10 yards of yarn, 3 different colors of beads and an hour of your time you can make this cuff! Beaded Waves Cuff plays with elongating stitches on one row, and then placing beads on them on the next row. The kit includes generous amounts of beads to allow for fun color play without the risk of running out.

The pattern is sized and has a  video tutorial to help with the tricksy bits!





I've got some available in my Etsy shop... and tons more coming with me to TNNA! Tell your local Yarn Store you want to see them stocked and that they can pick them up in booth #491! Thanks for helping spread the word about these fun, satisfying, and pretty kits!

So, which is your favorite color? I can't wait to hear! (I am LOVING THE FUCHSIA!)

5.10.2016

Recap: Maryland Sheep and Wool 2016!

We're back from Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival... the best Mother's Day weekend I've ever had! My girl was helping out in Jill Draper's booth (some of you bought yarn from her)... and I was helping out there and taking time to enjoy the festival!
There was a great meet up on Saturday of many from the Ravelry group... so fabulous to give and receive so many hugs, and see what everyone got! I even did a Facebook Live event from the meet -up which isn't the best quality, but gives you an idea of what being at a festival is like!

I passed off Knitlandia to Helene... the first person on the Book Around! I am so very very excited to follow the travels of Knitlandia! Read fast Helene!
I got to see Kate... who I talk to alot online but not so much in real life... we had Artichoke French, it did not disappoint!
Some highlights from Saturday:
Some highlights from Sunday:

And YES... I got yarn... wanna see?
From Left to Right:
Spirit Trail Fiberworks Birte in Maine Sumac- for an "idea"... if all goes well you'll see it next Fall at Rhinebeck! (or maybe even before!)
Flying Fibers Yarn Company Yorkshire Medley in Rust- I am SUPER excited to swatch with this blend of Blue Faced Leicester and Wensleydale that my friends Jeri and Irina are having milled exclusively for their store!
Neighborhood Fiber Company Capital Luxury Lace in Fells Point- for the future!
DragonFly Fibers brand new base Valkyrie in Winter Woods- I am officially obsessed with knitting up Novus Jacket in a few other gauges... this might work really well for it!
Jamie Harmon's Rainbow Yarn- Merino/Angora/Alpaca 2 ply yarn... I'm making my buddie Carmyn (see the cutie above) a little shawlette out of it as she and I decided it was just too yummy not to buy!
Briar Rose Fibers Collett- their new bulky base, perfect for this "other" idea of mine! They had a Novus Jacket knit up in it and it was PERFECT for it! Unfortunately my photos didn't do it justice!

I'm sure you can tell from above that I got just a little bit inspired while at the festival! I have ALOT of knitting/designing ahead of me!

Oh, and I forgot to announce the winner of the Escapado Kit ... congrats go to Kitten with a Whiplash! I'm not sure I'll do colorwork, but I love your idea of some dance lessons : )!

5.05.2016

Knitlandia "Book Around" and MD Sheep and Wool Festival

On this morning's hike I had an idea! (When my family hears this they know to be scared, are you scared?) 

Last night I finished reading Knitlandia by Clara Parkes, Knitlandia is a series of essays based on Clara's journey's around the globe experiencing yarn festivals, craft publishers, filming tv and workshops, knitting retreats and more. They are all about being a knitter and traveling the world from that perspective. It's an entertaining, enlightening, and quick read. In fact I made myself slow down a bit to cherish it as I knew it would be over before I was ready for it to be. A personal highlight was reading about Clara and the public pools in Iceland, I won't tell you more, as I want you to read it for yourself.. but I certainly learned a bit about what to be prepared for when I go in September.
I want this copy of Knitlandia to travel around to knitters around the globe... kinda like a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but knitting book style!  Let's call it a "Book Around"!

Here's how it is going to work... I'm going to sign the book and start a mini journal with some thoughts about the book. While I'm at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend I'm hoping to get my copy signed by Clara. At 3:30 on Saturday we are having an informal meet up in the shade of Building 1 (see map below, all are welcome!). There is a thread in my Ravelry group if you want more info!
The first person who asks me for the book at the meet up, will get it from me. Then they'll read it, sign it, write something in the journal. Next they will send it to the first person who comments in this post, and then e-mail me with who they have sent it to (so I can keep a record, we don't want our book getting lost!).

That knitter will:
  • read it
  • sign it
  • journal a bit
  • take a photo of yourself with your book and post it in my Rav group and on social media (if you use it) with the hashtags #bookaround #knitlandia
  • send it to the next person in the comments list
  • e-mail me with details on where the book is!
Knitlandia will "Book Around" the world!
(If this works we can try it with another book in the fall)

So, all you have to do to be involved is leave a comment on this post... that will get you on the "list".
Just leave a way to get in touch with you... Ravelry ID is best! When the book is full up, or we get to the end of the list, it will get sent back to me and I'll find a way to surprise Clara with it!

Remember this is global, so don't sign up if you aren't willing to send a package overseas (it will probably cost around $10-15 to send). It's up to you if you want to send a goodie along for the person you are sending the book to as you'll be paying the postage... just don't send goodies for everyone down the line, we don't want to end up with a 100 pound box being shipped!


Also, I don't want your being on this list to stop you from reading to Knitlandia NOW... you should totally buy it to support Clara and her work, and still be part of this fun project (you can just re-read your favorite essay when it arrives at your doorstep!)

Oh, and I just had another idea... (scared yet?) 
I'm going to do a Facebook Live post from our meet-up and introduce you to a few knitters (and what they bought!). So, if you can't get to Maryland, keep an eye on my Facebook page around 3:40 and you'll see the post. If you can't watch it then Facebook Live posts can be replayed so you'll be able to view it anytime!