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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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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 🙂

Fridolin the Bunny

23 Jan

My latest pattern, Fridolin, is now available for purchase.

Fridolin’s long, skinny legs and arms together with his long floppy ears make him perfect for small hands. He can easily be grabbed and carried around. He also makes a perfect snugly companion for anyone, who could resist his charm?

You can make Fridolin different sizes by using different yarn weights. Below are the information for sock yarn using two strands and worsted weight yarn, you can of course use a different yarn type if you want but keep in mind that the size will also be different.

Difficulty
Intermediate

Yarn
The sock yarn version is knit using two strands of yarn
About 200 yds / 185 m of MC and 310 yds / 285 m of CC of sock yarn
Or about 70 yds / 65 m of MC and 110 yds / 100 m of CC of worsted weight yarn

Notions
Needles: US6/4.0mm circular needle (or dpns) for sock weight yarn or US7/4.5mm needle for worsted weight yarn or size needles needed to obtain gauge
Accessories: darning needle, 1 stitch marker, toy stuffing

Necessary Skills
Knitting in the round, toe-up magic cast on or Turkish cast on, ssk, k2tog, picking up stitches

Gauge
20 sts x 28 rows / 10 cm – 4” with sock yarn
18 sts x 26 rows / 10 cm – 4” with worsted weight yarn
in stocking stitch (stockinette) in the round

Size
40cm/16” tall in sock yarn
50cm/19.5” in worsted weight yarn

Pattern costs: US$ 3.75

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A New Version of Thorgal

24 Dec

I’ve just finished making another version of Thorgal for my eldest son. My prototype was for his younger brother and I’d promised to make him one too. It’s hot off the needles (so still unblocked). We tried to do a little photo shoot but the boys were a little bit too excited. His brother is also wearing his, so we have matching tops 😉

A Quick Winter Gift Needed, Knit a Snowflake Cup Cozy!

7 Dec

The Snowflake Cozy is a very quick and easy knit and is perfect for a last minute winter gift. Knit it like the sample in red and white for traditional Christmas colours or use other more unusual colours for a fun look.

Difficulty
Easy

Yarn
About 59 m/65 yards of worsted weight yarn
45 m/50 yards of main colour
14 m/15 yards of contrasting colour

Notions
Needles: Size US 8 – 5.0 mm needles or size needles needed to obtain gauge
Accessories: Darning needle, 1 button

Necessary Skills
Knit, purl, easy fair-isle, i-cord bind off

Gauge
16 sts x 24 rows / 10 cm – 4″ in stocking stitch after blocking

Size
To fit cups about 10.5 cm/4.25” high, 31cm/12” circumference

Cost: $1.00

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Ici Paris Beret – KAL starting 1st December 2011

30 Nov

Today, the European Fiber Network (EFN) released my latest pattern, the Ici Paris Beret.

The pattern is available in both English and French!

They are organising a KAL for it starting tomorrow, 1st December. Here is the description from the pattern page:

Our December designer was inspired by her native home of Paris. And what could better call to mind this most romantic of European capitals than a beret!

In winter the Parisian sky is almost always grey, captured eloquently by the soft shades in this stunning yarn.
The iconic symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, is reflected in the pattern of the whimsical lace.

Clever crown decreases are beautifully incorporated into the lace. The X’s and O’s circling the cabled brim are a nod to Corinne’s partner and the English custom of signing love letters with symbols for hugs and kisses.

This traditional, yet whimsical hat, even ties in to Corinne’s current home, Germany, by using the country’s most famous sock yarn, Wollmeise.

Come with us on a jaunt to Paris, and knit the Ici Paris Beret as a sentimental holiday gift or to stuff your own stocking!

Now, here are the essentials about the pattern:

Difficulty
Intermediate

Yarn
About 185 (280) m / 200 (310) yards of sock yarn
Shown in Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin, colourway Feldmäuschen

Notions
Needles: 2.5mm/US1 1/2 size circular needle or dpns, or size needles needed to obtain gauge
Accessories: stitch marker, darning needle, cable needle

Necessary Skills
Provisional cast on, simple cable, knitting in the rd, Kitchener st, picking up sts, k2tog, sl sts, yo, kfb

Gauge
28 sts x 46 rows / 10 cm – 4″ in “Eiffel Tower” stitch (mostly reverse stocking st)

Sizes
Women S/M (M/L): Brim circ: 46-58 (52-63) cm / 18-23 (20-24 1/2) inches
Crown to brim height: Beret 19 cm / 11 inches, Slouchy 23 cm / 9 inches

Cost: EUR 3.00

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