Monday, December 31, 2012

End of Year Mosaic Time!


It just wouldn't be new year's eve without a photo mosaic of the year's patterns.
Top row: Sharona (redux), Voluta, Brimley

This year's been kind of a blur. I feel like it was a little skinty, pattern-wise, but that's probably because I have been working on more secret projects than usual (hopefully all of which will see the light of day next year. Yay!) I had my first trade show booth (with the fabulous Ms Tiny Owl), went on an excellent anniversary road trip to the House on the Rock, and visited friends and relatives in England for the first time in like, 8 years (which I COMPLETELY failed to post about. How did that happen?? I'll get on that...) I ran a successful Kickstarter (I'll have an update on that project soon too!) and had Halloween for Christmas. I did my first online workshop over at Craftsy. I CUT MY HAIR SHORT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 6th GRADE! (That link is not from when I did it, but that's how I cut it.) I started working for Malabrigo right at the beginning of 2012 and that has been a major crash course in project coordination (and super fun.) Starting in 2013, the Freelance Pattern Project ebooks that I arranged (rather than the ones Hannah did before she left) will start going up and that's both very exciting and terrifying... I'm also elbow deep into several of their future books which is crazy!

In 2013 (and in no particular order)....

- I will publish my first garment patterns. OMGIKNOW. 

- I'll be attending VKL in New York City, where I have not been since I was eight so that's quite exciting. I'm not exhibiting, just screwing around- say hi if you're there!

- Also, TNNA in Columbus, of course! I probably will not exhibit this year but I plan to loiter in my compatriots' booths like the wooly riff-raff that I am. 

- We'll finish work on Doomsday Knits (and if all goes well, it will be out sometime before the end of the year)... this includes going out to Oregon to shoot the book and see my long lost love, Ms Vivian Aubrey and her wee new baybay (who is not really SO very wee anymore, but still fairly wee.)

- I'll be contributing to several pattern clubs (The Woolgirl Poet's Club, the Twisted Shawlette Club, and another Twisted club that hasn't released details yet ;-) ) 

- There is the possibility that I will be going down to Uruguay to be at the shoot for Malabrigo's next book! I am not sure exactly when that's happening yet, haha. 

- I'll be planning something super awesome and secret and fun for 2014 ;-) Look for details in the fall!

Going to be a busy, busy year. With lots of airplanes (shudder. As an aside, has anyone tried Earplanes? Do they work? I have the worst ears) and fun places and great people and collaborating and yay. Here's hoping it all goes off without a hitch and my head doesn't explode!

And a very happy 2013 to all of you! May it be full of puppies and joy and delicious confections and all things that are good. I leave you with this: a video of my husband riding a children's toy (his Christmas present) in a vacant building while wearing a dinosaur costume. (If you stick with it long enough you'll see how much better I am at it. Unfortunately Trav is a really nauseating cameraman, even more than I am.) 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

"TNNA" Sweater

Don't mind me, just hanging out in my magical fairy fort, wearing the sweater I was supposed to finish in time to wear to TNNA in June but only just bound off the other day (that's, um, why TNNA is in quotes in the title.)

Mysterious fairy fort veil!!

Half of the back!

I just wanted something easy and comfy to protect me from the convention center's air conditioning. But it was only about half done when it came time to head to Columbus, and though I worked on it a lot there, it's been sitting on the back burner since. The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Worsted in Kale, which is very easily my favorite Madtosh colorway ever. I have about three whole skeins leftover, too, which is exciting.


It's really simple- a basic raglan, no body shaping, no sleeve shaping, wide neck, stockinette with some reverse stockinette on the edges. It was originally supposed to be worn inside out but when I started alternating skeins (to avoid getting a sharp line when I switched them) I forgot to carry the yarn up the correct side so, um, oops. No biggie, except the reverse stockinette along the vertical opening looks a little silly on this side, but would've been a cool i-cord-esque detail if it was inside out. No buttons or other closures, because I was lazy and didn't want to have to count more than absolutely necessary ;-) It was a delightfully mindless project to have with me at the show, in the end, and now it will be a delightfully just-north-of-schluppy sweater to bum around in all Christmas. Yay!


Friday, December 21, 2012

Tick, tock...

Just a wee reminder- 11 more hours to get buy-2-get-1-free patterns.... and until we can make fun of everyone who was stocking up bottled water and spam yesterday (and everyone involved with this.)

The Link: Dull Roar Ravelry Shop

The Code: 2012buy2get1

And just for kicks, here are a few things I'm pretty confident you could still finish by Christmas, if you knit really hard (click the photo to go to the pattern page):

Knit it for: Your friend, your sister, your girlfriend

Knit it for: The most obnoxiously cute person you know who lives in a cold climate.

Knit it for: Just about any lady. Very mom-friendly, and can be worn as a cowl rather than capelet (but some moms will rock a capelet too!)

Knit it for: Your dad, your brother, your boyfriend, or any girl in your life who prefers a more simple, unisex style. 

Knit it for: Someone you still need a gift for on Christmas Eve. This one's fast!

Knit it for: Chicks who dig hats. Possibly dudes who dig hats... I've never tried it on Travis but it just might work. 

Knit it for: Your quirky cousin, or if you're me, your mother-in-law.

Knit it for: Someone who either enjoys the romance of gauntlet-like items, has perpetually cold cost/mitten wrist gaps, or likes to pretend they're a superhero.

And this one takes a little longer but if you're determined and have a long boring flight or car trip to pass...
Knit it for: Anyone who will look this cute in it.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The World is Ending Again

Get out your canned bacon and hysteria, 'cause it's time for another Apocalypse sale!

Mayan Apocalypse #doomsday
Photo by markhillary, used under creative commons

IT'S A DEAL SO HOT IT'LL BURN YOUR PLANET TO A CRISP! SO COOL IT'LL START A NEW ICE AGE!'ll...turn you into zombie and cause you to eat all your loved ones?

I don't know, that's all I got.

Anyway- on the 21st, everything* in my Ravelry shop will be "Buy 2, get 1 free" from 12:00 to 12:00 EST (or until the world blows up, anyway.)

Just use this code: 2012buy2get1

Get there before they do. (Photo by Bahman, used under creative commons)

 *Except ebooks. They will count as 1 pattern towards the "buy 2" part, though.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Poor ole Michael Boncible, Re-Phoncible

Well that's probably my dumbest post title to date. Anyway, I have another new version of an old pattern...


It's the same as the original, except this time in Crystal Palace Mochi Plus (colors Ice Wine and Caramel Latte...which sounds like a distasteful combination but actually looks quite lovely, hehe) 


I like these pictures so much better than the originals, but with Phoncible being one of my best sellers (possibly due to the fact that it features Noro) I'm a little afraid to change them. What do you think? I suppose there's no harm in trying them on Ravelry for a bit...


(BTW- if you're getting sick of that scenery/outfit, don't worry, I think I only have one or two more things I photographed that day....)

Monday, December 17, 2012

I call 'er Marla


This hat is a slight variation on Darla- same experimental Mal yarn (this time in Glitter, snagged from Imagiknit when they had some in stock awhile back.)


Basically... the ribbing is longer. The slit is similar. I'm pretty sure the decreases are the same or very similar. I rather like it :-)


Friday, December 7, 2012

Needles and Artifice Winner!

Drumroll, please...

The winner of the Needles & Artifice ebook is: Captain Lilly Ainsworth! (aka roesleinknits.)

Congrats, Sophie, hope you enjoy it!

Thank you everyone for playing! Don't worry, there's still time to add the book to your "Things-I-Want-For-<insertholidayhere>" list :-) May all your lives be steamy and also punky!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sharona Redux

The rights to Sharona have reverted back into my hot little hands, which means I can finally release this beast into the wild! Sharona Redux has some very minor differences from the original, so I'm releasing it as a new pattern (Ravelry-wise) to save confusion, but the overall effect is much the same.



This yarn (Madelinetosh DK in Rosewood and a matching shade of Habu Wool Stainless Steel) is the exact yarn that I swatched with when I sent the submission into Interweave over two years ago. I've saved it since then because I couldn't bear the thought of it becoming anything else. Those yarns and this pattern were meant to be, as far as I'm concerned.



 It's a fun pattern, and one that affords a lot of room for creativity- try different yarn combos, different colors...make it longer, or shorter, or wider, or thinner. What if the Habu was the main yarn and the Tosh was the accent?


 It can be worn doubled over, or more like a capelet (shoulderette? Is that a word?) You can put the point to the front, back, side, or tuck it in completely. (I totally would've taken photos of these options if it hadn't been raining on my cameraman, I swear.) 

 Anyway- Here she is on Ravelry, and on Craftsy. Or, of course, you can hit this magic button:


(Oh, and those mitts you see peeking out? Those have been waiting for publication forever. I'm working on it, I promise.) 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

I call this series, "Self-Loathing and Reconciliation"

tongue pointy pointy2 faces hugitout goteamfail 
(Go Team Venture-Fail!)

...and I call these hats P├ętoncle and Varia (I think. Don't hold me to that.) The patterns will be available shortly :-)

Oh, and here's Varia's lil' sister, PinkyScallopface (I don't have to come up with a real name if it doesn't have its own pattern, okay??) A smaller and simpler variant, with a pompom, cause...yes.


It had to happen. Pinterest has been taunting me with scalloped everything for months now. I stole Pinky's color scheme right off that trailor ;-P

Chutes, and also Ladders now available!


I'm pleased to announce that the pattern for Chutes, and also Ladders is now available for individual purchase on Ravelry and Craftsy! (And through Deep South, if you are a wholesale customer.)

Just in time for a last minute gift!



Twists are magical things! They’re like cables, but less fiddly. Here, they’re used to “draw” a series of criss- crossing ribbony things, separated by eyelet ladders. The chart is very intuitive, making it much easier than it looks, and the glittery cashmere yarn can only be described as “really friggin’ luxurious.” The combination is sophisticated but light-hearted, and the hat knits up more quickly than you’d expect – perfect when you need a gift that will really wow ‘em or just a special treat for your fine self. 

This hat uses a on-the-light-side-of-DK weight yarn doubled up to make something closer to a Worsted, though you can also substitute a worsted weight yarn, of course! Pick something with a touch of healthy drape- this yarn is cashmere, but an alpaca or silk blend would give a similar effect. (It's hard to beat glittery cashmere though!) 


Check it out on Ravelry 

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