Have you heard about the Indie Design Gift-a-long yet?
It started last year, on Ravelry, and there were 177 designers who took part — including yours truly — and it was a HUGE amount of fun. This year, there are 293 designers, and a ton more patterns, more prizes, and definitely, more fun!
Long-time readers of this blog will remember my Chawton Mittens, which were originally published in the inaugural issue of the Jane Austen Knits magazine all the way back in 2011. Well, the rights reverted back to me after a year, and re-releasing that beloved pattern has been on my to-do list since then. Today, my friends, I’ve finally done it!
Chawton Mittens — including brand new pattern photography!
So, my new Brightness and Contrast pattern is really focused on what I call That Skein. I think most people (well, most knitters!) immediately know what I’m talking about… but let’s take a moment to just revel in the sheer variety and wonderful insanity that That Skein can bring to your knitting. And, at the end, I’ll do a draw for a copy of the pattern!
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I am absolutely thrilled to announce that, in all my bloggy silence, I have NOT been idle. Nosireebob. I have, in fact, been knitting! And what’s more, I’ve been designing! And now, I have a lovely new shawl to share with you all: Brightness and Contrast.
Brightness and Contrast in action
I’m thrilled to announce a brand new pattern, launching today. Introducing the Hue and Value shawl!
Last year, Ruth from Rock+Purl very kindly gave me the opportunity to talk about colour on her blog. I told the story of developing cataracts, losing access to the world of colour, and then finally having the eye surgery and re-gaining that whole magical world. Recently, she invited me back to talk about colour again, but this time I wanted to help YOU unlock some of the magic.
I am reposting my entry here in all its glory… This all stemmed from a talk I did with Johanna Botari at the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Guild last autumn, and I owe thanks to Johanna for giving the talk with me, and to Angela Blackstone, the Guild’s programming coordinator, for asking us to speak! This isn’t a straight copy of that talk by any means, or even of my portion of the talk, but it’s a chance to share some of the cool resources I found while preparing for it. Continue reading
Thanks to my sister, I found out late last night that there’s a preview of my forthcoming pattern out there in the wild…
A Needle Pulling Thread -- summer preview page in the spring issue (with thanks to my sister for the photo!)
Let’s look a little closer, shall we?
Zooming in (and correcting the colour somewhat)... TA DA!
This is a beach coverup that I designed, at the request of Kate Atherley/Wisehilda, the knitting editor of the magazine (and tech editing genius, Knitty sock editor, and all-around knitting inspiration), for A Needle Pulling Thread magazine. (ANPT is a Canadian needlework magazine, featuring knitting, crochet, quilting, beading, embroidery, etc.)
The request was for something reeeeeeeeally simple, in linen. Et voilà:
Simple? Check. Linen? You bet.
I’ll have more to say about the coverup design when the actual summer issue comes out — for now, you can read my sister’s blog post about finding the preview.
I literally just did a dance in my chair — at the office, no less — on seeing Maria’s finished pair of Chawton Mittens in her blog post. These are the first completed Chawtons I’ve seen (aside from the original sample pair). She had a few technical difficulties, but the results are still outstanding. Way to go, Maria!
Maria's Chawton Mittens
Interweave has now made the patterns from the (dare I say it) outstanding special issue, Jane Austen Knits, available for individual download.
That means that my Chawton Mittens pattern can now be yours for $5.50 US as a standalone pattern. You can still buy the entire magazine, either as a PDF download, a Zinio subscription, or a printed copy, of course!
(Can I just say how surreal it is, STILL, to see my name on the Interweave website?)
Rav link for Chawton Mittens
The Chawton Mittens are, I hope, utterly Austen. But they really don’t have to be. Cameos are really trendy these days, whether they feature classic Grecian goddesses or something a little more quirky. There is absolutely nothing saying that you have to knit the Chawton Mittens as designed; you could easily use them as a framework to show off your own allegiances.