WIP Wednesday: actual knitting content edition

Clearly, I meant to post this yesterday. SPOILERS: I have, in fact, finished the socks.

I'M SORRY THEY ARE SO LOUD. MY DAD PICKED THE YARN

I’M SORRY THEY ARE SO LOUD. I CAN’T REALLY TURN THE VOLUME DOWN. IT’S MY DAD’S FAULT, HE PICKED THE YARN!

I should have finished these bad boys by tomorrow at the latest.
Hopeful I’ll get some photos of them being modelled by the recipient as well. Aren’t you people lucky?

I’ve been busy re-formatting some of my patterns into “my” templates so I can publish them now, if the copyright has already reverted to me, or publish them as soon as I regain sole copyright. Speaking of which …

I’d like to say a quick “thank you” to everyone who has downloaded, commented on, or thanked me for the Aki Scarf pattern promotion. At one point on Saturday the pattern made it to number 1 on the Hot Right Now list on Ravelry.
Of course I grabbed a screenshot!

For posterity!

For posterity!

It’s super-weird seeing your name in (metaphorical) lights.

The code is valid until midnight BST on Friday the 25th. Full details in this blog post.

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Aki Scarf pattern promotion

Well, I’m finally almost back to full speed following my cold. To celebrate this return to my normal ill health I’m releasing my Aki Scarf pattern from Knit Now issue 28.

Aki Scarf from issue 28 of Knit Now, made in Noro Obi

Aki Scarf from issue 28 of Knit Now, made in Noro Obi

And for 1 week only (valid until 25th of April 2014 23:59 BST) the pattern is absolutely free with the code “SPRING INTO AUTUMN” (normal price £1.00). Aren’t I generous?!

The pattern has instructions for the chunky Noro Obi version and the King Cole Galaxy DK version, along with suggestions for making your own in any yarn you want.

Aki Scarf in King Cole Galaxy DK (with the occasional cameo of the Noro sample!)

Aki Scarf in King Cole Galaxy DK (with the occasional cameo of the Noro sample!)

How to use a coupon code on Ravelry:

Log in to Ravelry (free membership required) and go to this page.
Click “Add to Cart” on the right hand side.

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When the dialogue box opens click on “use a coupon code” next to the “checkout now” button and paste in code “SPRING INTO AUTUMN” (without the quotation marks). Click “apply”

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Price should now read “£0.00” or “Free”. Click the “checkout now” button.
You will not go via PayPal.
If you get the PayPal page, back out and check you have done everything correctly.

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WIP Wednesday: minimalist edition

Made “progress” on the tapestry
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And worked on this
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Which I will show you in a few days or a few months. I’m a tease, I know!

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If you’re too ill to do any crafting

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You make do with button sorting.
Now, key decision: do I sort by colour or by size?

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New Knit Now pattern: Colina Scalloped Collar

Colina Collar from Knit Now issue 33

Colina Collar from Knit Now issue 33

Hello good people (and bad people too. I don’t discriminate).

On sale today (Thursday the 3rd of April 2014) is issue 33 of Knit Now Magazine and in it I have a little pattern.

I’m not usually know for my “whimsy” but I’ve had this collar idea in my head for a while. Wear it to keep the spring chill off your neck or use this Peter Pan-style collar to make a plain top that little bit fancier. The name of the design (Spanish for “hill”) was inspired by hillock shape of the scallops.

Modelled how I would wear it - under a collared blouse or shirt.

Modelled how I would wear it – under a collared blouse or shirt.

It’s part of the “Designer’s Challenge” where three different designers use the same yarn and come up with their own quick knit.

I chose a (relatively) simple collar to fancy-up any spring outfit, and to give you a bit of sneaky warmth around the neck!

It’s knit in garter stitch, shaped with increases/decreases and short rows, and finished with a little organza ribbon.

I love the ribbon I found in, of all places, the newsagent/stationers WH Smith!

I love the ribbon I found in, of all places, the newsagent/stationers WH Smith!

The collar uses just one ball of the chunky, single-ply Peruvian crossbred-sheep wool by Libby Summers.

And just in case you thought “wow, that looks like a really easy project I bet she didn’t spend a lot of time designing that”, then may I show you my test pieces?

That's a lot of swatching!

That’s a lot of swatching!

This doesn’t include the 2 collars I completed in the challenge yarn but had to rip out in their entirety!

Knit Now is available in selected newsagents and supermarkets in the UK and will also be available online via MoreMags (in either physical or digital format). See the MoreMags website for more details.

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My reading material of choice

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I love a good chick magazine!
Boom-chika-waa-waa!
I have a cold. It’s possible I’ve gone a bit loopy.
Chorus: “Gone? A bit?”
:p

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A late WIP Wednesday

Back pain can really suck the joy out of the day, can’t it? That and the strong pain killers I took combined with lack of sleep from the night before made me very much zombiefied. Anyway…

Here’s the beaded shawl;

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No progress on this for a couple of weeks now due to Other Things.

Here’s the tapestry. Not going to finish it before the end of the month!
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I cast on another pair of socks for my dad (he chose the yarn!)
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And here’s a shot from a few days ago, in better light;
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And lastly;
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Attempt number two at learning to drive will begin soon!

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