Malabrigo March Sale is on now!

Silky in Loro Barranquero

 

Every March, the Malabrigo Junkies group on Ravelry has a month-long celebration of all things Malabrigo. To add to the celebration, Whitknits.com has every Mal yarn marked down 20%. I am also offering a 25% discount on my Ravelry patterns with the code MM2015. You can see all the yarns here and all the patterns here. If you don’t see what you want, please contact me since I might be able to find it for you.

Happy Malabrigo March!

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Valentine’s Day Sweetheart of a Deal

Sweetheart Deal

 

Get a Sweetheart of a deal at Whitknits.com. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by saving 15% on yarns, needles, accessories, Eucalan, books and pattern books by Noro, Araucania and Debbie Bliss.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

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Win a $50 gift certificate, free patterns and a surprise or two!

 

Eden Prairie

Eden Prairie

Come join us for the Pick Your Own Pattern KAL with prizes and surprises! Just use one of my patterns, start February 20 and complete your project before the end of March to be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Whitknits.com, plus your choice of two of my patterns, and a surprise or two. There are some rules, (aren’t there always?) and you can read them here in the KAL thread. If you decide you want to join us, please just post into that thread. I hope to see you in the KAL!

Thanks,
Nancy

Gardener's Shawl

Gardener’s Shawl

 

Yarden

Yarden

rushmore

Rushmore Cowl

 

 

 

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BUY-ONE-GET-ONE-FREE Pattern Sale!

Yarden cover

It’s that time of year again…for a two-for-one pattern sale.

Now through the end of the day on February 9, for every two patterns or eBooks that you take, one will be free. This offer is good on individual patterns and two-pattern eBooks. If you take two eBooks, you will get four patterns for the price of one book. Learn more about the offer here and see how to take advantage of this offer if you are located in the EU. You can see some of the patterns in this post, but all can be seen here here.

WS cover

Piet on Point

See You in September cover

 

BC2

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15% off all Madelinetosh yarns

Fog

Fog

To help kick off 2015, save 15% on all tosh yarn for 15 days.

You will save on 178 colors of tosh merino light, 86 colors of pashmina, 49 colors of dk, 69 colors of vintage and 42 colors of sock. You can see all the yarn by clicking the link above or below.

This sale goes through midnight on January 16. Enjoy!

Coquette

Coquette

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Special Offer on New Cowl Pattern

CW and jacket

Here is my newest pattern – Cowl Whitman. It is a stockinette stitch cowl with a funky stranded color design. The cowl works up quickly in worsted weight yarn and begins and ends with some rows of twisted ribbing. The pattern is given in two sizes but either size can be doubled to make a significantly larger infinity cowl. Only the small size is pictured and it’s designed with a snug fit to warm the neck.

Pattern is on sale through midnight January 9, for $4.80.

A note about the name: I was having a hard time coming up with a name. My husband is very funny and after much trial and error, he suggested that I name it to honor my mom, Carol Whitman. She would be thrilled to have a pattern named after her and would very much appreciate the humor in it.

Sizes: Small (Large)

Blocked measurements:

  • Circumference 20.5˝/52.4cm (30.75˝/78cm)
  • Depth: 8˝/20.5cm for all sizes

Gauge: 21 sts/27 rows = 4˝/10cm in stranded pattern after blocking.

Recommended yarn:
Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, 100% superwash merino, 200 yards/182 meters per skein, 1(2) skeins Espadrilles (MC) and 1 skein Dirty Panther (CC).

Pattern assumes you can cast on, knit, purl, knit in the round strand two colors and bind off. Instructions are given in chart and written form.

 

CWflat

 

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Happy ThanksBlackSmallCyber today through Monday Sale!

Happy ThanksBlackSmallCyber today through Monday Sale!

 

We could all use a bit more simple in our lives, so instead of having individual sales for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Whitknits.com has rolled them into one five-day sale. Everything in the store is marked down 20%. Save on every yarn, addi needle set, Eucalan and patterns. Remember all clearance yarns are already marked down 50%.

Sale ends at midnight December 1 US EST.

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Designer Interview and drawing with Jessica K. Larsen of GooseBear Knits

Now that the Ravelry Gift-A-Long is in full swing, I would like to introduce you to one of the participating designers, Jessica K. Larsen, the creative force behind GooseBear Knits. You can see all Jessica’s designs here and the ones discounted for the Gift-A-Long here. Please read to the end of the interview for a giveaway. Now on with the interview.

Hi Jessica, how did you come up with the name GooseBear Knits? There has to be a good story in there.

Hah! I was trying for a fun name that was unique but easy to remember. My first few ideas were already taken…so, apparently not that unique ;-)

I was kicking around ideas with my husband and he came up with some outrageous suggestion just to make me laugh. My pet name for him is Mr. Bear, but when gets silly like he did then, I always tell him he’s a GooseBear (Mr. Bear + Silly Goose = GooseBear). At that point he said “How about GooseBear Knits?”, and as they say the rest is history.   It should be noted that he doesn’t actually knit, but he’s extremely supportive of my knitting and designing!

From reading about you, I know you learned to knit when you were 5 or 6. Who taught you to knit?

My mother and my grandmother. I don’t have any specific memories of learning to knit but I know they were both involved. My dad also did some knitting around that time of my life. When I picked knitting back up about 10 years ago, my Grandma was really excited. She oohed and aahed over everything but especially the lacy projects, claiming that I was a far more accomplished knitter than she ever was, which is just plain silly ;) I’ve still got a couple of sweaters she made for me, they don’t fit anymore, but I still keep them. Every time I pull a new design off the blocking mats I really miss her. She’d get such a kick out of me designing knitting patterns.

Snark

Has your engineering degree been helpful with knitting?

I travel frequently for my job and I’ve found that my best designing time is on a long flight. Have yarn & needles, will travel ;-)

That’s probably not what you meant when you asked the question though…as a design engineer, I’m used to starting with a set of parameters, usually dictated by a customer. When I’m designing a new pattern I tend to create a set of parameters for myself as a starting point. For example, when I was designing Snark, I wanted to have a shawl that highlighted the beautiful gradient of Call Me Sally’s Annablle Sock, it needed a little something to keep me interested, and I wanted people to be able to use as much of their skein as possible without having a bunch of leftover yardage.

Engineering is all about optimization. I work in the aerospace industry, so when I’m designing airplane parts it’s all about finding the best balance of size, weight and cost. This definitely reflected in my pattern writing style and my design aesthetic. I strive find the balance between providing enough information to make the item without bogging it down with unnecessary ‘extras’. My designs tend to highlight one or two design elements a time.

Larchmere Hat

Which design of yours is your favorite and why? I adore Larchmere!

Oh gosh! That’s a hard question to answer because I love them all in different ways for different reasons ;-)

When something comes off the needles and/or back from photography, I have a tendency to wear it all the time….especially shawls. Right now that would be Glenridge. As fall starts turning toward winter, I find that it’s just the thing for wrapping around my neck. Plus my sample is such a bright color it’s kind of helping me keep some green in my life now that most of the leaves have fallen.

Glenridge

Do you have a knitting group that meets regularly?

I have a fantastic LYS (River Colors Studio in Lakewood, Ohio). They have regular sit and knits scheduled throughout the week. Since I’m not lucky enough to be retired, my options are limited to Thursday evenings, all day Saturday and all day Sunday. If I’m having a really great week, I do all three and if life is really busy it might be several weeks between visits. We have a really great knitting community there, so it’s my home away from home. Oh and there’s a fabulous bakery next door. There’s nothing better on a cold winter day than hanging out all day at the LYS with friend and the occasional trip ‘next door’ for my favorite chocolate chip cookie in town and a warm beverage!

My husband wants to know if LeBron’s return to Cleveland has an impact on your designing?

Hah! No, but sometimes it negatively impacts my commute home from work, which means less knitting time L

Actually I’m more of a baseball fan. How many more days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training?

Needles for blog

In conjunction with the Gift-A-Long, Jessica is giving away some goodies in her Ravelry group in this thread. And speaking of goodies, she has donated a pattern, winner’s choice, for me to give away here. Just leave a comment about the interview and on December 1, I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner. A big thank you to Jessica and good luck to all!

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Gift-A-Long 2014 – Not to be missed!

gal tag big

 

Perhaps you have noticed gift tags on Ravelry that look like the one above. That is because the Indie Design Gift-A-Long is underway. This is a push to complete holiday knitting with games, prizes, sales, knit alongs, plus lots of camaraderie and cheer. Almost 300 designers will collectively offer 3,822 patterns at 25% off. The sale period ends at 12:59 p.m. (US EST) on November 21. Use the code giftalong2014 in your Ravelry shopping cart and you will save 25% on every participating pattern. I have decided to include all my self-published designs in this promotion and you can see them in this Ravelry bundle. Once you have your patterns, mine or those of another designer, please consider joining one of the many knit or crochet alongs in the Indie Design Ravelry group. This is when the fun begins! Rav members have put in countless hours to organize the Gift-A-Long, no small feat, and participating designers alone have donated 1,866 patterns to be given away. To date, there are more than 90 physical prizes including an interchangeable needle set, pattern kits, yarn and other notions. This really is not to be missed so I hope you will participate. Drop into the Gift-A-Long group to learn more about the schedule and all the events. Enjoy!

 

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New pattern – Piet on Point

Piet on Point
Piet on Point was inspired by the color blocked paintings of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. By rotating his work on point, I was able to fit it into a triangular shawl, and that also inspired the shawl’s name. Piet on Point is a modular garter stitch shawl that is worked in three separate panels. The panels are joined together with a three-needle bind off and finished with a wide outer border. The pattern includes yardage information for each rectangle, triangle and trapezoid. That way you can use up to nine different colors for the interior and arrange them how you want. You might be able to find some colors, if not all, in your stash. This is not a difficult pattern requiring the ability to cast on, bind off and pick up stitches.

The pattern is on sale at 20% off through midnight October 19. Also, there is a KAL for it here. Thanks so much and please let me know if you have any questions.

PoP

 

PoP 1

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