I cannot believe that it’s already October! This year really just seems to be galloping along at breakneck speed, and I find myself barely managing to keep up with it.
That said, I applied for and got into the Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Fair again this year (woohoo!!), to be held in San Francisco on Dec 7-8. Please save the date so you can come hang out with me, if you are in the Bay Area! I’ll have chocolates!
In preparing for the fair, I worked with my friend Kwaku of Nkadu Photography to get some update photos of some of my yarny lovelies, and I am so excited to tease you with a couple of these photos!
I finally got a male model!! Yippee! And he’s modeling my unisex, ultra-warm, super-cushy Procragratiication Infinity Scarf! Get yours now in my Etsy shop.
I write a lot about the Procragratification Infinity Scarf, but I have a secret love affair with it’s cousin, the Pompom Hurrah Scarf that I’m happy to reveal today. How beautiful is this scarf on my stunning model?
My green and purple Pompom Hurrah Scarf! I absolutely love this scarf! And you can get yours in different colors in my Etsy shop.
Now I have a question for you. What other color combinations should I make the Pompom Hurrah scarf in? It’s such a pretty scarf design that I want to play around with even wilder color combos! I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. And to help, here’s the color palette that I currently use for my chunky scarves.
I’m so excited to hear your color combo suggestions, and see how many of them I can actually make! Let’s do this!
Hope you enjoy the rest of your week.
I know I promised these photos a while back, but I got all excited about the giveaway and the birthday sale that I’m now getting around to it. Are you ready for them? Well here we go!
Here’s the before – my yarn corner, and the study in general. In dire need of some serious TLC!
Then during the cleaning and re-organization process:
And now the after!!
My little yarn corner (aka “studio”) of the study, all cleaned up!
I “repurposed” one of our old bookcases for my bulky and superbulky yarns. (I donated most of the books we had, and moved all the other ones into the Expedit bookcase, making sure they all fit! Yay! More space for my yarn!)
I moved one of the 4-cubby IKEA Expedit bookcases to the poopoola’s room, and kept this one to store my blocking equipment, notions, recently finished projects (in the top left cubby), and paperwork (in the green box shoved in the bottom left cubby). On top I have my trusty body form, buttons, ribbons, business cards and a photo book.
Pretty Ribbons and Buttons
Here’s a trusty zip bag (that held one of our comforters) that now works as a holding area for projects that are in “the queue” i.e., ready to be worked on as soon as I’m done with the 5 currently on my needles! Teeheehee…
My knitting books, printed patterns, and folders hang out here. So do my yarn ball winder, and the tissue I use for wrapping my items before shipping.
To the right of my knitting books, we have my needle and equipment carrying cases, paper bags all ready for my next craft fair, and a Pampers holding box (re-use and recycle, right?) for projects that are in line to be frogged. Wedged in that little corner is a box full of my pattern swatches, a folder and clipboard, and my old trusty plastic mannequin.
On top of the new bulky yarn case is a sign I found at Ross (I think), and a jar I got at Goodwill. I filled the jar with pompoms and leftover yarn pieces, then stuck some of the straight needles I received from a friend when I was in the UK. Looks all quaint and cute, right?
And a grainy photo of how it looks together!
I hope you enjoyed photos of the re-organized “studio”. Knowing how I roll, this arrangement will change again very soon!
Have a great week everyone, and hope you are getting ready for fall weather! I know I am, and I’ve got quite a few new lovelies for all of you!
Today is my birthday, and I’m so thankful to be alive, thankful for my ability to knit and create beautiful accessories to share with you all, and thankful for all of you – my newsletter readers, my Facebook fans, my Twitter followers, and all others who I may not know of yet.
To celebrate, and to thank you for being with me another year, I’m having a 30% off sale in my NiseyKnits Etsy Shop. No coupon required! All items are 30% until 11:59pm PST Sunday night (9/22/2013). So go crazy!! Get that scarf you’ve been eyeing forever. Or even better yet, get started on your holiday shopping! Go you!
Not sure what to get? Here are some fun items that make for great unisex gifts!
The Ribbed Scrunchable Scarf (available in a lot of different colors)- works well for both men and women, is super soft and ultra warm, and…wait for it… machine-washable!
Or the Procragratification Infinity Scarf, probably one of the warmest, softest cowls you’ve ever met. And it’s also machine-washable! Great gift for both men and women.
These are just two of the collections available in my shop. There are hats, mitts, and shawls, all ready to be shipped, or you can make a custom request.
Custom orders placed within this time period will also receive the 30% off deal, so if there’s something you want but you’d prefer it in another color, color/combo, size, yarn type, just email me and I’d be happy to whip something up for you. It’s fun for you, and even more fun for me! Don’t forget to visit my NiseyKnits Etsy Shop between now and 11:59PST on Sunday 9/22, if you would like to take advantage of the sale.
Thank you once again, and I hope you find something special for yourself or a loved one during this sale. Have a great day!!
I hope you are all enjoyed the long weekend and are having a great week back on the daily grind. Just in case you forgot, here’s a quick reminder that the Color Flow Chunky Cowl Giveaway ends tonight, 11:59PM PST.
There are many ways to enter, so go ahead and enter via the Rafflecopter widget in the Color Flow Chunky Cowl Giveaway post or the Rafflecopter giveaway below. There will be 3 winners, and each person will receive one of these cowls pictured below! So go ahead, leave me a comment on how you’ll style the Color Flow Chunky Cowl, or what other colors you’d like to see them in. All the best and have fun!!
And the prizes are: An Aster drop stitch cowl, A Thunder drop stitch cowl, and the initial prototype of the Color Flow Chunky Cowl!
A NiseyKnits giveaway
While this giveaway is ongoing, I took the opportunity to do some reorganization of our study/my “studio”. Ok, I’ll be honest. I planned and started this reorganization in May, but I was not able to work on it as much as I needed to, until the past week. It’s been in flux for a long time, but I got the energy and motivation to work on it last week.
I have mostly the “before” and “in progress” photos. I’ll update this post with some “after photos” soon. In the meantime, the Color Flow Chunky Handknit Cowl Giveaway has been extended till 9/4/2013, so please enter, get your friends and family to enter, and share with your colleagues. LOL! You want them to look stylish AND stay warm during this winter, don’t you.
Where most of my yarn lives – trying to make the study and my yarn look prettier and more organized
I have to admit that I’ve had a knitting mental block the past few months because everything was everywhere in the study. It has really affected my designing mojo, and I just knew that I had to clear, clean and reorganize this creative space so the creative space in my brain would also get cleared.
I found a new home for all the books in this bookshelf and commandeered it for my yarn! Hehehhe…
Anyway, while you wait to see the “after photo” (I think you’ll like it a lot!), don’t forget to enter the Color Flow Chunky Cowl Giveaway. I’m loving the various styling and color suggestions, and I can’t wait to read more of them!
Enjoy the rest of your week!
I’ve been playing around with ideas for new collections this fall, and I think I’ve found one that I like. I’ve been wanting to create a quick accessory where I get to use a lot of different colors in my work. I’m quite excited at how this initial sample turned out.
This chunky cowl slips over your head very easily, and keeps you warm and cosy without requiring multiple wraps. The color flows and changes add a touch of fun and versatility to the cowl. I’ll provide the option for users to pick what three colors they’ll want in their cowl. If you have a few minutes, I would love your input on this new line.
So what do you get for sharing your thoughts with me? Once you participate, you’ll be entered into a giveaway to win one of 3 prizes!! Oh yeah!! To enter, follow the instructions below. You can enter as many times as you want from 8/22/2012 to 9/04/2013. The 3 winners will be chosen randomly and informed within 48hrs after the end of the giveaway.
The first prototype of the Color Flow Chunky Cowl
The Color Flow Chunky Cowl again
- The first sample of this new collection (pictured above), which I’m tentatively calling the “Color Flow Cowl Collection”. (If you have a better name, please feel free to suggest it in the comments below.
- One of my drop stitch cowls (they are very warm, ultra-stylish, and add very little bulk to your wardrobe). One winner will get the Aster-colored cowl and another winner will get the Thunder (Teal)-colored cowl.
The Aster Drop Stitch Cowl
The Thunder Drop Stitch Cowl
Thank you so much, and I can’t wait to read your comments and ideas. Enjoy the rest of your week!
To enter to win this great giveaway I’ve included a Rafflecopter form below. Give it a couple of minutes to load up if you don’t see it right away. You have a variety of options to enter…do one or all it’s up to you. Any extra entries simply give you more chances of winning. Thank you so much and good luck!
NOTE: You have to choose your entry option (i.e. Comment, Facebook like etc) to get entered.
A NiseyKnits giveaway
The past few months have been rather hectic around here, so I haven’t had the opportunity to knit as much as I would like. It’s also summertime, so it’s a little difficult staying indoors playing with wool when it’s so bright and beautiful outside. What I have been doing though, is playing around with knitting different versions of one of my simplest patterns, the Red Sheila scarf. What do you think of them?
Red Sheila in Malabrigo Cornucopia
Red Sheila in KnitPicks’ Chroma Worsted, Smoothie colorway
Red Sheila in Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Amoroso colorway
The scarves will be listed in the NiseyKnits Etsy Shop shortly.
Which of these scarves is your favorite? Let me know in the comments section below. Enjoy the rest of your week!!
Last week, I shared 3 shawls from Quince & Co.’s recent design set. Here are the last 2 shawl designs from that set.
The fourth shawl from Quince & Co.’s newest pattern release is the Qinnitan Shawl, designed by Melanie Berg using Petal 111 and Chanterelle 118 colorways from their Finch yarn line. Qinnitan is another crescent-shaped shawl, worked in fingering weight yarn. The incorporation of stripes adds a welcome touch of playfulness to this shawl. I also love the choice of neutral colors for this design.
Qinnitan Shawl by Melanie Berg. Wide shot. Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge.
Qinnitan Shawl by Melanie Berg. Side view. Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge.
Qinnitan Shawl by Melanie Berg. Front view. Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge.
The last shawl in this set is the Fulmar Shawl by Veera Välimäki, designed in the Egret 101 and Iceland 153 colorways of their Finch yarn line. Now I haven’t knit anything designed by Veera yet, but her designs are mind-blowingly gorgeous! When I grow up, I want to be like her. She takes the simplest stitches and crafts beautiful designs that will stand the test of time. She does the same thing with Fulmar, using clean lines and soothing garter stitch for a wonderful knitting experience. The shawl is worked from the neck down and shaped using short rows.
Fulmar Shawl by Veera Välimäki. Front view. Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge.
Fulmar Shawl by Veera Välimäki. Detail shot. Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge.
Fulmar Shawl by Veera Välimäki. Worn around the neck. Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge.
BONUS: You all saw how I was so excited by Veera Välimäki’s work, right? I thought I’d share one of her top-selling designs on Ravelry with you, because it’s just too pretty to keep to myself. Veera takes garter stitch and striping to a whole new level, creating designs that seem almost magical. I’m truly in awe of her work, and can’t wait for when I actually knit one of her designs (or meet her in person! Squee!!).
Color Affection is probably one of the hottest patterns on Ravelry, with almost 9500 projects to its credit. Again, Veera uses garter stitch and striping to create a stunning shawl that is both warm and stylish. Without further ado, here’s Color Affection.
Color Affection by Veera Välimäki. Wide Shot. Photo by Veera Välimäki.
Color Affection by Veera Välimäki. Wide Shot. Photo by Veera Välimäki.
Color Affection by Veera Välimäki. Back view. Photo by Veera Välimäki.
Color Affection by Veera Välimäki. Wrapped around shoulders. Photo by Veera Välimäki.
Gorgeous right? I told you!! Which of these designs is calling out to you? Tell me in the comments section below! Enjoy the rest of your week and see you back here next week!
After scarves, shawls are my next favorite items to knit. Qunce & Co., an American yarn company (and one of my favorite yarn companies! I love their site, their yarn, and their packaging. Everything of theirs is so pretty!!), recently came out with a week of shawls. I love the designs so much that I thought I’d share with you all!
First up is the Everly Shawl, designed by Mindy Wilkes in the Petal 111 colorway of their Finch yarn line. The shawl is so light and pretty that it could work as a scarf too. The lace border is a simple 4-row repeat, and the body is worked with short-row shaping without wraps, according to the designer. I love when simple stitches create such a work of art.
Everly Shawl by Mindy Wilkes. Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Everly Shawl by Mindy Wilkes. Detail shot. Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Everly Shawl by Mindy Wilkes. Worn as a scarf. Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Next up is the Leaves Shawl, designed by Kristen TenDyke in the Little Fern 205 colorway of the Sparrow line (linen yarn). This shawl looks so light and airy, but because of it’s large triangular shape, it can keep you warm and cosy without adding bulk to your outfit. The lace details are quite stunning, and look more intricate than they actually are. How neat!
Leaves Shawl by Kristen TenDyke. Wide shot of shawl. Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Leaves Shawl by Kristen TenDyke. Detail shot of leaf edging. Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge.
The third shawl is the Lullaby Rain Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle in the Glacier 105 colorway of their Chickadee line. This shawl is a top-down crescent shawl with ribbing and a soft curve at the neck to keep the shawl in place on your shoulders. You also have the option of finishing the edging with a plain garter stitch border or a picot border, giving you the chance to add your own touch to this elegant shawl.
Lullaby Rain Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle. Back view. Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge.
Lullaby Rain Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle. Side view. Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge.
Lullaby Rain Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle. Front view. Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge.
Stay tuned for 2 more shawls from this collection next week. Which of these is your favorite? And what color would you rock that shawl in? Tell me in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you!