Thursday, April 10, 2014

Feautred on Craftsy

Have you visited the Craftsy website? If not, hop over and check it our right now (well, finish reading my post first).

Look what was featured in a blog post about intarsia!

My sweet Emma wearing the Tweet-Tweet hat is amongst the pictures and featured patterns on the Craftsy blog. Here is what they had to say about it:

"This has to be the cutest and best pattern for someone new to knitting and intarsia. Hats are always a great first project because they don’t take too much time and, knit in worsted weight yarn, this too will work up quickly. A small intarsia bird design will get you to practice using two contrasting colors. Even better, this hat pattern comes in five sizes to fit 16″ to 20″ heads!"

Remember that hats with single or double rims can really stretch. My daughter has a 22" head now and she still comfortably fits in the same hat from last year. 

If you are interested in trying your hand at intarsia, then I have a handful of good beginner patterns.

Kite Tails

Plus I have two patterns to be re-released very soon. Both were published in Knit Now Magazine in August 2013.  The first pattern, Little Birds Tunic, has already been reknit and had fresh photographs taken. It is with my tech editor now but should be available by next week.

Little Birds Tunic
It features a sweet bird motif on the bottom front corner of the dress. The Little Birds Beret features the same three birds as well. I have yet to reknit that one, so it will not be available for a several weeks. I have some lovely colors in Chickadee set aside for that project: Petal, Pommegranate, and Twig. I can't wait to see how it all turns out!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dreaming about Quilts

I am dreaming big right now, dreaming about quilts. To absolutely specific, I am dreaming about making a real quilt this summer.

Many years ago (6-7?), I made a simple patchwork quilt called Lotus Brick Path Quilt from Amy Butler (a free pattern, I might add).

Mine was made in blues and greens (real surprise there).

This was the perfect first-time-quilting experience. The straight sewing was a breeze. Ordering and then playing with the fabrics was incredibly fun, but machine quilting was a major pain. I'm going to be a bad crafter and blame my machine. My mother bailed me out and helped with that part quite a bit (okay, she did most of the machine quilting).

Now it is time to give this quilting thing another go. What I can't decide is if I should dive straight into a twin size quilt for either of my kids or start slightly smaller with a wall hanging or throw? I do have plans to make two table runners this summer. Alas, I cannot find pictures of these anywhere. They are both from Amy Butler's Softwares program. Trust me, they are cute. If you click on that link, watch the images of the patterns change. I plan to make the pink triangle table runner and the blue/green/gray one.

So here are the big project contenders:

1. "The Color Wheel Quilt" from Joelle Hoverson, author of Last-minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts. I'm thinking this would look pretty sweet in my bedroom or in the guest room (aka craft center).

2. "Off Track" from Allison Harris of the Cluck Cluck Sew blog. This would be for Tommy.

3. "Tea Party" also from Allison Harris. This would be for Emma.

Someday.. a long time from now.. I hope to make this to hang in my dining room.

In the meantime, I seem to have gotten my knitting mojo back. So I will be putting the sewing machine aside for a little while. Yesterday, I added up my planned designs for the next 6 months and you won't believe this, but I have 8 in the works! Yowza! Better get clicking...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Kite Tails Winner!

Congratulations to Jane for being selected as the winner of the Kite Tails pattern giveway! I will contact you today to send you your new copy of the Kite Tails pattern.

Remember to keep checking in with my blog often, you never know when I might have another giveaway. I have several patterns that will be published over the next few months... so stay tuned... and keep knitting!