Black Friday – Cyber Monday Sale

27 Nov

For those of you who have missed the 25% discount from the Indie Designer Giftalong, all is not lost.

I’m having a sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, details below:

30% off all of my self-published patterns, see them all here.

Ravelry coupon Code: COBFCM2013

Start date November 29, 2013 at 00:00 GMT
End date December 3, 2013 at 12:00 GMT

2013 Indie Designer Giftalong – Join us!

31 Oct

A big bunch of independent designers on Ravelry (including myself) decided to organize a giftalong for the holidays with KALS/CALS, prizes and, probably best of all, a 25% discount on 100s of patterns to prepare for the gift season. There are over 160 designers taking part, so there is something for everybody.

Here’s a description of what it is, copied from the group:

What is the Indie Design Gift-A-Long?
It’s prepping for the holidays as only fiber folks can, with special deals from tons of indie designers! The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 2 month long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a rather extensive list of independent designers. From November 1 – November 15, 2013 tons of indie designers will be discounting some or all of their patterns 25% for this event. There are ten KAL/CALs to participate in, prizes of all sorts given out, some games, and generally a lot of fun!

If you think you might be interested, go check the group for more detail. Enjoy!

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Birthday Sale

6 Jul

To celebrate my birthday, I’m having a sale! From now until Monday 8th July end of day (GMT time), get a 43% discount on all my pay patterns (includes ebook), using the code “Happy43″ in your Ravelry cart.

Have fun with it!

2012 in review

30 Dec

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 16,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

The Mother Bear Project

20 Dec

I know I have already shared this wonderful charity with you, but I feel like I can’t do it too much!

Here’s a description of what they do, from their own website:

“The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of a hand-knit or crocheted bear.

The simple gift of a hand-knit bear with a tag signed by the knitter has touched children with the message that they are unconditionally loved.”

I discovered the Mother Bear Project a year ago and started immediately making bears. Since then, I have made 29 and am just about to start my 30th.

One of the wonderful things that Amy (the founder of the Mother Bear Project) does is to share pictures of the children who receive their bears whenever possible. Thanks to her, I have already been able to see 8 of my bears in the hands of a child. There are no words to describe how it feels.

Here are the pictures that I was so lucky to get to see…

If what the Mother Bear Project does resonates with you, check here the different ways in which you can help.

Happy holidays!

Lakritz Socks

7 Nov

Edit:

Lakritz socks can now be purchased directly in my shop on Ravelry and are no longer available in Tangled magazine, which, sadly, does not exist anymore. To purchase them, just click below:

The Lakritz socks were born from my wish to use a self-striping yarn to the max. Yes, horizontal stripes throughout are fun, but I wanted to use them in all sorts of directions to spice things up. Also, I thought it would be fun to start knitting socks from the sole, for a change. Embrace your inner math geek while calculating the stitch counts and measurements for a perfectly customized, one-of-a-kind sock.

If you are interested in knitting these socks but feel intimidated by the calculations, you can download this Excel file that will do all the work for you! Just fill in your measurements in your unit (cm or inches) and it will calculate all the numbers you need for you.
Lakritz Calculations – V 1.0


Materials:

Yarn: Regia, Design Line Kaffe Fassett (75% Wool, 25% Nylon; 260 m 280 yd/2.11 oz 60 g; CYCA 1): #4453, 2 skeins

Needles:
US size 1 (2.5mm) circular needle or dpns

Notions: 5 stitch markers (m); some contrasting scrap yarn; darning needle

Gauge:
30 sts and 48 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch
Adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge.

Available Sizes: totally customizable

Necessary Skills:
Toe up magic cast on (or Turkish cast on), knitting in the rd, ssk, sssk, k2tog, p2tog, w&t

Difficulty: experienced

Cost: $5.29

Check out the other projects on Ravelry:

Time to Start on Your Holiday Knitting!

15 Oct

I Know it might sound early, but the Holidays will be here before you know it! No need to panick just yet, but it’s probably time to get started if you haven’t yet.

I have just started myself, I won’t share what I have done or what I am working on as I want to keep it a surprise for the recipients, but I’m getting organised.

If you are short of ideas or are looking for some quick things to knit, here are some of my designs that you could use:

The Snowflake Cup Cozy is a very quick knit, perfect for the last minute or if you are short of time

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The Toastie Slippers are also very fast to knit and perfect for the winter

Grow With Me Beanie will fit any child’s head, very practical if you want to knit for a child but are not sure of what size s/he needs

Or, if you are knitting for a child, you could always knit a toy, such as Fridolin the Bunny

From experience, I can say that knitted socks are usually very popular, why not try my Blois Socks?

Shawls are also favourites for elderly women relatives, I’m partial to Mela, embrace the asymmetry! The advantage of this one is that you can use any yarn and any gauge so it’s great to use stash yarn.

These are only a few ideas, there are many more things that you can knit for holiday presents, I hope it got you thinking :)

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