Hitch Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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Today I’m very excited to be part of the blog tour AND you can win a digital copy!

Hitch includes 29 patterns from different designers; you’ll find sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, socks. And shawls!

As you may know, Stephannie Tallent, the editor of this volume, worked closely with me as a tech editor for Knitcircus magazine and helped develop our excellent templates and tech-editing workflows. She can edit a pattern like nobody’s business, designs gorgeous, intricate patterns and has a vision for beautifully-designed and executed garments of all kinds.

I was thrilled when Stephannie released her first book, California Revival Knits, and happy to get a chance to be part of this collection honoring the work of one of her favorite directors. If you look at the cover, my design, the Miss Fremont shawl, was lucky enough to get a cameo there!

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The Hitchcock film I like best is Rear Window, so I looked at Grace Kelly’s costumes, other sketches by costume designer Edith Head and other clothing of the time for inspiration. I was particularly struck by the full New Look skirt with flowers radiating from the waist, so took that as the inspiration for my shawl design.

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The Half-Pi shawl is a favorite shape of mine, so within that construction, I chose a lace pattern to echo the feminine floral of the skirt. Here you can see the original sketch, the lace swatch, and final shawl blocked and pinned. Believe it or not, this was designed before I began dyeing gradients, but you can see that the idea was definitely starting to unfold! The shawl is worked in Blue Sky’s Alpaca Sport Weight, 100% baby alpaca, which was a joy to knit, soft, fuzzy and drapey, so perfect for a shawl.

So many wonderful designers are represented in Hitch, which uses red, white and black to highlight the drama and suspense of the theme. Go check out all the Hitch Designs on Ravelry and tell me which one you’d like to knit first! Leave a blog comment, and the Random Number Generator will choose a winner for us Sunday evening, the 17th of November.

Want to participate in a Knit-A-Long or hear about more giveaways? Join the Hitch group on Ravelry.

The Full Blog Tour

9/28/2013: Sunset Cat Designs
10/5/2013: Knitting Kninja
10/05/13: Knit One, Heart Too Podcast
10/7/2013: Herrlichkeiten
10/8/2013: Knit and Travel
10/9/2013: Knit & Knag Designs
10/10/2013: Wooly Wonka Fibers
10/11/2013: Verdant Gryphon
10/15/2013: Impeccable Knits: Shifting Stitches
10/16/2013: Rewolluzza
10/21/2013: Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
10/22/2013: Peacefully Knitting
10/23/2013: Dark Matter Knits
10/24/2013: Turnknit: Dani Berg Designs
10/25/2013: SweetGeorgia Yarns
10/28/2013: doviejay knits
10/29/2013: Triona Designs
10/30/2013: Tactile Fiber Arts (you’re here!)
11/4/2013: A Knitter’s Life
11/5/2013: Catchloops
11/6/2013: Yarn On The House
11/07/2013: Ramblings
11/12/2013: Hazel Knits
11/13/2013: Knitcircus
11/19/2013: indigodragonfly
11/9/2013: Fyberspates
11/22/2013: A B-ewe-tiful Design
11/25/2013: knittingkirigami

Super Scary Mochimochi Book Giveaway

Hi, All,

Hope you had a great weekend!

 

You all know what a huge fan of Anna Hrachovec‘s designs I am (and my kids are, too), so it’s with great excitement that I bring you this Halloween giveaway.

Thanks to the generosity of the people at Potter Craft, we have a copy of Super Scary Mochimochi for one lucky knitter!

 

photo courtesy of Anna Hrachovec/Potter Craft

Maybe you never knew that knitting a Teenaged Werewolf, burnt toast or a Zombie Slumber Party was even possible, but once you check out Anna’s designs, you’ll know it was just what you were waiting for this Halloween. Her little monsters are just as cute as every other tiny thing she’s designed (but don’t tell them; they think they’re scary).

To Enter:

Please leave a comment about the book, Anna’s designs, or anything else related to Mochimochiland, and the Random Number Generator will help me pick a winner after the last Trick-or-treater on Halloween night.

Stay Safe

For everyone in Sandy’s path, my thoughts are with you, and I hope that you are able to stay safe this Halloween week. Wish I could make it so that these little cuties were the scariest thing knitters and their families encountered this week.

Take care and keep on knitting,

Jaala

 

Balm Knitalong Big Finish and Rabble Rousers Book Giveaway

Check out knitpurple09’s beautiful Balm to the Soul!

And jantaber’s colorful one!

Thanks so much to everyone who joined the fun in the Balm to the Soul/Bridge Over Troubled Water KAL; what a delightful group, and so many generous people making gifts for friends or prayer shawls. Everyone who finished a shawl will receive a copy of the Juniper Lemon Shawlette pattern as soon as it’s published. Hope to see you all back again for the Juniper Lemon KAL starting August 15th!

Rabble Rousers Book, by Hunter Hammersen

Hunter Hammersen, one of my favorite designers, has just published a fun new collection, Rabble Rousers; What to Knit When You’re Up to No Good. The accessories projects feature lace and textured patterns all one skein or less, so perfect for gearing up for holiday gifts! The book is available in physical and electronic forms, and anyone who purchases the physical book gets the e-version for free.

Fracas Hat

The collection includes the Clamor loose-fitting hat, Tumult textured cowl, Fracas lace-and-ribbed hat, lacy Uproar cuff, and mitt-and-cowl Ruction set. For knitting that’s up to no good, these look pretty good to me!

Tumult Cowl

Thanks so much to Hunter for giving an e-book to one lucky reader; to win, just comment about your favorite pattern here or any of Hunter’s work. The giveaway will run through this Friday, August 3rd.

Take care,

Jaala

Wednesday Book Giveaway: The Embellished Sock

A truly original look at footwear by designer Charles Gandy, The Embellished Sock, Knitted Art for the Foot will give you fun pictures to look at and projects to try! Ruffles, ripples, loops, snakes and tulips are some of the fanciful decorations you’ll find in this book, as well as tips and photo tutorials for techniques like Kitchener grafting and a Crocheted Provisional Cast-On.

 

The 18 sock patterns are accompanied by finishing tips and You Tube videos  to make sure knitters succeed at these over-the-top footwear projects.

One lucky winner will receive a copy of this book, courtesy of Acorn Creek Press and Charles Gandy.

To enter, please comment on any pattern from the book, or any of Charles Gandy’s other patterns.

Winner will be picked by Random Number Generator this Monday evening, July 30th.

Are you gearing up for the Ravellenics? Team Knitcircus is still accepting new members if you’d like to join the fun!

 

 

Knitting By Nature Book Giveaway

Madison is such a hotbed of knitters; I ran into author  Sheryl Thies at the Meg Swansen/Amy Detjen book signing at beloved LYS The Sow’s Ear, and she gave me a copy of her new book, Knitting by Nature!

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I’m passing on the good fortune to one of you; this book includes 19 scarves, wraps and shawls, all inspired by garden plants. Most of the designs feature very approachable lace patterns, not surprisingly, many flower and leaf lace formations. My fave is the Red Beets lace cowl, worked in a glorious red-purple Lorna’s Laces Shepherd’s worsted. You’ll also find the Acorn lace shawl, complete with little acorn tassels, Bean Sprouts scarflet, Bleeding Heart loop-closure stole,Brussels Sprout cabled and bobbled shawl, Clematis lace scarf, Colorado Blue Spruce and Daylily shrugs, Roses Cape, Tulip scarf, Hop Vines and Violets triangular shawls, Willow poncho, Maple Leaf mobius, Zebra Grass, Pears ascot, Ostrich-Plume Fern and Hyacinth rectangular stoles.

To enter, just leave a comment with your favorite Sheryl Thies design, your favorite kind of lace project or favorite shawl shape. The mighty Random Nunmber Generator will choose a lucky winner this Friday evening, July 20th.

Take care and stay cool,

Jaala

Knitting Recipes Sneak Peek

Our wonderful graphic designer, Anneliese, just gave me a flash drive full of photos from our last Knitting Recipes shoot, and I’m so excited to share them with you!

We had such a good time shooting at Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse on Madison’s eclectic East Side.

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Sarah relaxes in a two-color cowl…

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Lookin’ fresh next to the lovingly-restored vintage wall ads in the Willy Street neighborhood.

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Reversible lace in Blue Sky Alpacas!

Can’t wait to share the patterns with you. Soon!

Keep cool,

Jaala

Knitting Awaits

Yoke-Along

Well, my Brown Sheep Nature Spun for the Yoke KAL hasn’t arrived yet. So I still ordered yarn from the Sow’s Ear to support my LYS, right? But, since I want instant gratification, turned to some beautiful, robin’s egg blue Cascade Eco+. Can you believe it’s such a nice hefty skein that it only takes two to make a sweater for me (nearly six feet tall over here)?

ready for a new start, along with my garden seeds…

Can’t wait to get started! Of course, there’s a little matter of book deadline knitting; here’s a sneak peek at a pattern coming soon:

Balm to the Soul

Tomorrow we start the Balm to the Soul KAL! Tech-Editor Amy and I have been confabbing, checking all of the numbers twice and updating the pattern with line-by-line instructions and stitch counts. If you’ve purchased the pattern already, you’ll see the update in your Ravelry inbox tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who’s joined the group already; we’re going to have a blast! Please join in if you’d like to complete a nice summer shawlette in DK or worsted weight (for quick knitting…)