Sunday, August 23, 2015

Knit It Black Photoshoot!

Whew! The last few days have been a whirl. Vivian is here to shoot another project for Malabrigo (that I've been coordinating) so I scrambled to finish the Knit it Black knits and shoot them on the same trip. Travis was kind enough to break from his pie-baking to snap a few backstage shots on his phone: 

Sexy garage set!

Task-mistress Pog checkin' out our progress. 

So proud!

There are a few more on my Instagram, if you scroll back a little. I'm really grateful that the 90+ degree heat laid off on the day of the shoot, lemme tell ya! Pog was a real trooper, too (though I only made her hang out for a few photos.) I can't show you the final shots yet (they're not yet edited, Vivian would murder me, hehe) but when we were scrolling through the results and saw these two together, we agreed that they needed to be gif-ized:


And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my ass. You're welcome. 

If you would like to pre-order the collection at a little bit of a discount, help me help some black dogs and cats, or just support dat ass, there's another week or so left on the Knit it Black Kickstarter ;-) 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Black Goodies to Chic Up Your Crafting

As long as we're celebrating all things knittery and black, I thought I'd whip up an all-black tools & goodies post! Please join me on my indulgent fantasy-shopping journey...

Lantern Moon makes some incredibly lux ebony knitting needles, including this interchangeable set.

I've talked about The Sexy Knitter's tool tins before... well, they now come in BLACK. Ooh la la!

Did you know that Blue Moon Fiber Arts has a whole spectrum of black colorways, called the Raven Clan? Oh yes. Oh yes yes yes.

Fringe Supply Co. sells several types of gorgeous black scissors.

Want to try some weaving? Wood Creek Looms come in several stains, one a gorgeous black.

It's not always easy to get your hands on Northbound Knitting yarn, but there's a reason for that: the most gorgeous blacks and grays you've ever seen.

This adorable project bag from givemeacrown would be perfect for small projects, notions, or heck, toiletries.

At wildwoolfarm, you can "adopt" Black Jack the goat!

Beautiful shiny buttons from MellowMoonSupply!

Awesome steggo needle gauge from sevenyaks.

Gorgeous yarn bowl by MorninGloriPottery

Mmm, the ultimate knitting bag as far as I'm concerned: a soft black leather tote by sord.

Even though Knit It Black has met it's goal, I still have a few black-related blog posts and such to go up, so I'm gonna do 'em anyway! Plus, we're still working on the stretch goal, there are still some groovy prizes, and it's a good chance to snag the collection for a few bucks less than the final price ;-)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Knit It Black for Black Dogs and Cats

I can finally reveal what I've been working on - an all-black knitwear collection to benefit animal rescue charities (and specifically those that focus on black dogs and cats, who are often the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized.) I'm running a Kickstarter to help offset the costs of producing the collection  - photography, materials, editing, etc - and it just went live this morning. Please, if you have a second to check it out and consider donating, that would be wonderful. There are great prizes for donors- patterns, copies of the collection, yarn, kits, pet goodies... and I think the collection itself is going to be lovely (if you aren't actually into wearing a lot of black, you can, of course, knit it up in other colors ;-) ) Expect a mix of garments and accessories, in fairly classic silhouettes, at a variety of difficulty/intensity levels (but nothing too brutal.)

For more info, click the video above, or you can click through here to read all about it!

I will, I'm sure, be talking more about this project as the month wears on- but for now suffice it to say that I'm pretty darn excited about how it's shaping up!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

They say never to work with animals or children...

...after this last little film project I think I understand why. 

I am pleased to semi-announce/continue hinting at a project I've had cooking for awhile now. Please enjoy this tiny sampling of "working with Pog" outtakes, and keep tuned in for the full scoop very very soon! 

(music courtesy of Nunavut Sound)

Friday, May 29, 2015

New Knitting Fabrics!

A little side project I've been working on, and something I'm pretty excited about: fabrics for knitters! (Knitters who are also sewists, probably. But there is also giftwrap and wallpaper for the rest of us.)

These samples are printed on the cheapest cotton option, so please excuse the rumpling and the general thinly-woven look. The printing itself looks great, and I'm excited about the fact that Spoonflower's digital printing method means that I can reproduce watercolors instead of having to work exclusively with flat colors (as I'd have to with a more traditional screen-printing method- though I hope to experiment with that someday as well.)

There are five basic designs available right now, in an assortment of colorways:

Stitch markers! (Only one color for these, thus far.)

Pompom makers, my very favorite tool of all, in green, blue, and white.

Yarn, of course, in all it's various forms (balls, hanks, cakes, skeins, and donuts! Woohoo!) This one comes in a lot of colors and backgrounds- black/white, blue/gold on white, blue/gold, red/teal, and orange/teal

Circular needles! Straights are great but they get too much attention, relative to how often knitters actually use them. Time to celebrate the circ. In white, seafoam, and tan.

And finally, my favorite- hats! All these hats are based off designs of mine. The colorway shown stays fairly close to the real colors (though some small liberties have been taken, with one in particular.) Also available in black/white and blue/gold.

They would be great for project bags or needleholders (if I ever get my sewing skills up to par, I just may make a few!)

And just to make this spicier...
I'm giving away a free fat quarter of your choice to the first person who can correctly identify all the hats in the hat print shown above! You can find my catalog of patterns here- they are all from published patterns, though some of the colors may have been tweaked (or may not be featured in the first photograph.) There are 14 in all; most are self-published but not all of them. Post your guesses in the comments- first person to get them all right wins!

**We'll do the Kona Cotton, which is one step up from the basic stuff above and ought to be pretty nice. Because of shipping costs I will have to limit this prize to the US, but if you live elsewhere and want to play I'd be happy to offer up a handful of patterns as a prize instead!**

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Introducing Vignette

Hey there, boys 'n girls! Another pattern already, you say? They do always seem to come in waves, don't they? Ah well. This one is a slight bit more summery than the last-


Vignette is a simply-textured half-pi shawl, designed to show off the gorgeous gradient yarn (Twisted Fiber Arts Muse in "Vintage"). Easy knitting and a delightfully drapey, soft result!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Pyranine, and the return of an old favorite

Hello my sleepy blog! I have two fun things for you today!

Pyranine! A highlighter-bright hat named for the chemical used in yellow highlighters (pink ones use rhodamine, if you're interested. Woo chemistry!) The neons alternate with more subdued versions of themselves for a neat sort of shadow effect. The colorwork itself is dead easy, perfect for mindless knitting or a first foray into stranding. Click through to check it out on Ravelry, or click to buy now!

And next, the return of an old friend- Salad Wristers. This was one of my earliest patterns and I've been meaning to reknit/revamp/relayout/rewrite it (aka, make it not suck) for a long time now. It's finally back! Admittedly, the red yarn doesn't really lend itself to the salad-like appearance of the original...but I'm helpless in the face of rich, ruby red silk. Anywho, you can check that one out on Ravelry as well. 

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