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Indie Design Gift-a-long 2014

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!

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Chawton Mittens — Re-released!

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

Chawton Mittens — including brand new pattern photography!

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That Skein

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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Brightness and Contrast

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

Brightness and Contrast in action

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Announcing: Hue and Value!

I’m thrilled to announce a brand new pattern, launching today. Introducing the Hue and Value shawl!

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Setting Colour Theory In Motion

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

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Sneaky peek

Thanks to my sister, I found out late last night that there’s a preview of my forthcoming pattern out there in the wild…

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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?

Preview of forthcoming design

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:

Preview of forthcoming design

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.


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