Happy new year!
The pattern for Sophie’s Rose is now available through PDXKnitterati! (See bottom of post for launch sale info.) This is an asymmetric triangle, knit from the small point to the sweeping ruffle.
I designed this for Anne Lindquist at For Yarn’s Sake, using two very special yarns. The main color is Sophie’s Rose, the semisolid brown with raspberry pink accents. MadelineTosh dyed this custom color in honor of Anne’s new granddaughter, Sophie.
The coordinating color is Knitted Wit‘s Madge, on her Merino Single Fingering base. The theme is a garden trellis interspersed with rows of roses.
The big ruffle makes it really fun to wear. I wore it to Madrona last year, and lots more since then.
This pattern is available through Ravelry, link here. To celebrate this pattern launch, I’m offering 20% off through January 15, with coupon code ROSES.
If you want a kick start with this project, I’m teaching a Sophie’s Rose class on Saturday February 7 at 10 a.m. at Twisted in Portland. We’ll go through the trellis stitch and the rose rows, and also talk about the ruffle. I taught this class at For Yarn’s Sake last year, too. The instructions for these stitches are in the pattern, but sometimes it’s more fun (and easier to visualize) in person,
Happy new year! Are you casting on something new today, or trying to finish up last year’s project? Either way, I hope you have a chance to get some knitting in today. There are serveral cast on parties around town; I know Twisted is having one at noon, and Lorajean is having one at the Knitted Wit studio from 11 to 2. Being the contrarian that I am, rather than casting on I think I’ll try to finish my Honey Cardigan. Apparently I set it aside last year when the weather changed, but the body is done and it just needs sleeves and finishing. I could use a new sweater about now. It’s cold out!
It’s the anniversary of my 29th birthday. Again! To celebrate, I’m having a pattern sale. 29% off all patterns that are available from ME in my Ravelry pattern store. Because today, it’s all about me. Heck, it’s all about me, all weekend! This sale is good through Sunday, September 7, Pacific Daylight Time. Use the coupon code BIRTHDAY to get your discount.
The only pattern you don’t want to use this code for is the ZigZag Lightning Cowls; they are still celebrating their launch with the code ZIGZAG through September 9, which gets you a slightly bigger discount.
What else is going on? It’s the first week of our Snowy Woods KAL.
It’s such an addictive knit that yarndiva1 is already binding off. Binding off the longest version! I’m not that far yet; here’s a progress picture from Wednesday. I was downtown, and found a very cooperative model.
snowy woods cowl, on otter
It’s not too late to join the Snowy Woods KAL. We are having fun discussing this in my Ravelry group. Come on over!
The Malabrigo Junkies on Ravelry are having a Stockpile event. It’s time to stockpile gifts for the holidays. Time to get knitting! (And if you’re not on Ravelry yet, please join. It’s amazing.)
In order to enable you for this event, I’m offering 20% off any of my patterns for sale through my Ravelry shop, now through October 15. Use the coupon code STOCKPILE to get your discount.
I love Malabrigo Worsted for squooshy warm accessories. My favorites:
Kerfuffle Cowl, a two color snowflake cowl
Ruffle Kerfuffle Scarves and Cowl, which includes the Kerfuffle Cowl pattern *and* two steeked scarf variations (Come on, you know you wanna try steeking!)
Thrumbelina, thrummed slippers that will keep your feet cozy! Besides yarn, you’ll need some fiber, such as Malabrigo Nube. (and you know you wanna try thrumming, too!)
But I don’t want to limit you to just these, so the coupon code works for any pattern in my Ravelry shop.
Happy stockpiling! Remember to use the code STOCKPILE to stockpile!
FO pic! Here’s my sister with her Webfoot Scarf, hot off the needles.
Christmas was great, lots of family and friends. The kids gave me a Cuisinart ice cream maker, so tonight we had bourbon vanilla ice cream profiteroles with chocolate truffle sauce and bourbon caramel sauce. It was beyond delicious.
Coming down to the end of 2012. It’s been a good year, lots of travel and knitting. Sometimes both at the same time! I’m looking forward to what happens next for PDXKnitterati. I have a few deadlines to meet, design-wise. How do you keep yourself organized? I like lots of lists. And for my knitting, there’s this:
A different silk taffeta bag for each design project. All the bags go into my favorite around the house basket, Bindi by Lantern Moon. I think it’s been discontinued, but I love the size of this.
What’s next on your knitting radar? Do you have a selfish project lined up for January after gift knitting through December? I’m having a pattern sale on Ravelry; all of my patterns there are 20% off through January 5. The coupon code to enter is MeMeMe as in, it’s all about ME (which really means you). Thank you for reading and knitting!