June 19, 2013

Off to TNNA!

So, if you follow knit designers, you surely have at least heard of TNNA – it’s the biggest industry convention trade show thing of the year, every June in Columbus, Ohio (though I think that’s changing next year; oh how the ice cream will be missed by the knitters).  Last year I went for the first time, as a designer wandering aimlessly, pretty much; this year, I’m going to have a booth for the first time!  I’m excited, and very very nervous.

Jeni's day 2

Because it’s a big deal, and big deals call for sales (right? maybe?), I’m having a sale this weekend!  And since I’m leaving on a red-eye flight around midnight tonight (Wednesday night / Thursday am), I’ll start the sale then, and it’ll run until Monday night, since that’s when I’ll get back.  So, Thursday-Monday, enter coupon code TNNA2013 to get 35% off any orders totaling at least $18.  This works out to be approximately buy 2 normal patterns, get 1 free, but this way it’ll work with collections as well – so you can use it on multiple normal patterns, or on the Short Stripes Trio or the Betiko collection plus one more normal pattern (you’ll save more than the price of a single pattern), or Remixed by itself (or plus more to save more).  The code will work on my website or on ravelry.

giant suitcase full of handknits

If you follow me on twitter/instagram, you’ve been seeing some peeks at my booth preparation – I’ve been spray painting picture frames, printing coupons and labels and tags, making buttons, organizing samples, and planning out my booth space.  I have some display details I’ve left secret, which I’m pretty excited about.  I’m nervous things aren’t going to come together exactly as planned, since it’s my first booth, but overall, I think it’ll be a pretty cool space… Oh, and I’m sharing the booth with Tin Can Knits, so that’s awesome too!  (If you’re going, we’ll be grouped together in the area with all the Deep South designers.)

Another TNNA prep thing I spent the last couple weeks working on is 8 new print patterns, now available wholesale to shops (through Deep South), and a new wholesale webpage on my site, which gives preview pdfs of every print pattern!  Click the preview link to see the first page, and sometimes more, of each pattern.  These are the print versions of the patterns, different from the pdf download versions – but, I am in the process of getting all my digital patterns up for preview as well!

For all my patterns which are in my new pdf format (I changed my pdf format this year, so most patterns still need to be updated), there are now preview pdfs of the first 3 pages (usually).  Currently, these previews exist for Robin (above), Maurice, Barry, plus that ebook, Betiko, Biratu, Haka, Skoodlet, and Shapeshifter (those are the only 2 older patterns I’ve updated so far).  So click those links to find the previews (orange links below the you need sections).  Eventually, I hope all my pattern pdfs will have preview links on my site, but it’s a long process…

I think that’s all for now.  My mind is very fluffy lately, with all the tnna prep and stress and excitement… Oh, I’m working on the Adventure KAL between everything else – if you see me knitting in Columbus this weekend, you’ll get a little bit spoiled if you want to ;)

Filed under: knitting,leethal.net,self-publishing — leethal @ 1:08 pm

June 10, 2013

leethal Adventure Knit-a-long!

Summer is almost here and it’s time for some adventure!  So in July will begin the leethal Adventure Knit-a-long!

mystery adventure!

A knit-a-long like no other, you will be led on adventures each week as you make choices about your knitting project.  You’ll be able to choose between four different items – three accessories, or one smaller gifty item – and then all the items will have many different specific design options to choose from.  Nothing will be that hard; there will be lots of different techniques used (like short rows, cables, slip-stitches, twisted sts…) but not more than a couple at the same time, and if you don’t like how one option is looking you can just pick another one!  Any yarn weight can be used; most items will need about 1-2 skeins of yarn (normal accessory amounts), in one or more colors.

mystery adventure!

Most details will remain a mystery for now, during this get ready… phase, and then we’ll get set… on Monday July 1st.  That’s when more details about the adventure knit-a-long itself, and about the different items, etc, will be revealed.  Finally, we’ll go! on Friday, July 12th, when actual project knitting begins, with the second part going out the following Friday, and the final pattern section released Friday, July 26th.

If you pre-order now, you’ll just get an intro page, and you’ll get a discount for early pre-ordering – only $8 now.

The whole adventure collection of patterns can potentially make well over a hundred different specific items (with the four different item types and all the options involved), so when all is revealed and the knit-a-long is over, the collection price will be $12.  But, since it’s all mysterious right now, and a new kind of knit-a-long I’ve never done before, I’m starting things out majorly discounted, then raising the price by $1 with each section’s release.  So when the first official pdf goes out on July 1st, it’ll be $9, then up to 10 with the first section of knitting, 11 on the second week of knitting, and 12 at the end.

mystery adventure!

I’ve been planning this for a couple months now, and continue to work out all the details and knit up my sample items during this pre-order time, but I have enough done to tell you I am loving how the items are looking, and I am extreeeemely excited for this to begin!!  I can’t wait to reveal more of the general details in a few weeks, because the way everything is going to be presented is special in and of itself.  I’m just really happy with how it’s all coming together, so I wanted to get the ball rolling with the pre-order phase, because I just couldn’t stand waiting any longer!

mystery adventure!

To celebrate summer and adventures and the beginning of this project and everything else fun, I’m going to give away three knit-a-longs today (Monday June 10th)!  Either comment here on the blog or tweet @leethal and tell me one adventurous thing you plan to do this summer (it can be anything from climb a mountain to stay up all night to play a new board game to watch a scary movie – your definition of adventure can be as broad as you want it to be!); if you enter on twitter, use #adventureKAL!  I’ll pick three winners at the end of the day, randomly from all the adventure comments.

Edit:  Winners have been chosen!  I picked from both the comments here and on twitter, but random number generator chose numbers kind of close together, all in the blog group, sorry twitterers.  The winners are misstlog, Nicole Reister, and Cindy Manzanares!  Yay!  Thanks everyone for playing – so many awesome adventures planned!!

Okay I hope you’re excited too!  There are adventure placeholder pictures on the webpage that you can use for ravelry project pictures for now, and feel free to ask me any questions in the leethal group forums!  I might not be able to answer them yet, but I’ll say what I can for now ;)  Happy almost-summer!

Filed under: contest/giveaway,knit-a-longs,knitting — leethal @ 10:12 am

June 7, 2013

I’m in Knitscene Accessories 2013!

Hey you guys, I have a pattern in a magazine!  Woo!

That’s a montage from their webpage of just a few of the 33 patterns in Knitscene’s new Accessories 2013 issue, and there’s my pattern!

Pink Squish Hat

It’s called Pink Squish Hat, and it’s a bulky cabled hat knit modularly in four sections, all connected with short rows, no seaming or picked up stitches!  It starts with the sideways cabled brim, then the body is knit in the round, then it switches directions again for the top sideways cable, then back to round to close up the crown.  Both sideways cables are closed up with buttons, tah dah!

Pink Squish Hat

It’s pretty neat to have a pattern in a real knitting magazine.  Not something I’d pursued before, but I read the submission call for this issue, with words like modular, bulky, and cables, and it was calling to me!  I brainstormed this up, put together my very first official magazine submission, and was accepted!  Exciting!

Pink Squish Hat

I love the photos of my hat in the magazine, and the issue as a whole is fabulous!!  So many great designs!  I’m tempted to list my favorites, but the list would be too long, so check out all the patterns if you haven’t already.  Some great interesting modular pieces, lots of variety, excellent stuff.

Pink Squish Hat

The official sample is in Quince & co Puffin bulky yarn, which I LOVE.  After I finished knitting up that hat, it was such a super quick and fun knit that I went stash diving and knit up another one for myself to keep!

Brown squish hat

This brown version is in Brown Sheep Lanaloft Bulky, which doesn’t show the cables quite as well as the Puffin, but it worked in a pinch.

Brown squish hat

Sorry about the quickie phone photos here.  I was actually preparing to leave town for eleven days in about an hour, when I found out this issue was released for pre-order, which is why I didn’t blog about it sooner.  I had knit this second sample months ago, but hadn’t sewn on buttons yet, so I threw it in my suitcase and found these buttons while traveling in Bellingham, Washington (at NW Handspun Yarns), sewed them on in the hotel room so I could wear the hat… planned to get some photos of it in Bellingham, but rain and forgetfulness prevented that from happening, sigh.  So I just snapped these real quick so I could blog it… anyway, you get the idea.  It’s the same hat as in the good photos above, in brown ;)

Instagram from Bellingham trip Instagram from Bellingham trip

So yeah, things have been hectic – that trip was to Rochester, New York, for a 3-day long family thing, then from there to Bellingham for a week, where I did some working in coffee shops, lots of walking around and not working… I have yet to edit all the photos I took, but I did post instagrams all throughout the trip – here are a few.  Above, PDX airport on my way out, and a view of Bellingham from the train on my way back home.  Below, the Canadian coast out the train window just after crossing the border (on a day trip from Bellingham to Vancouver, BC) – those birds in the sky are bald eagles! – and our fave dinner spot of the trip, Boundary Bay Brewing co.

Instagram from Bellingham trip Instagram from Bellingham trip

And if you’d like to see a glimpse at how much of my Bellingham time was spent, goofing off with Pete’s co-workers (Pete was there for a work trip, I was tagging along), here is a video for you to enjoy.

Okay, back to work for me!  I’m hoping to post again in a couple days with a superfun announcement about a project I’ve been working on!!

Filed under: hats,knitting,personal — leethal @ 3:43 pm
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