February 15, 2016

First VIP club 2016 hat pattern: Provocateur!

Provocateur!

The first leethal VIP club hat mini-mystery-knit-a-long happened early this month, beginning on February 2nd and (the mystery) ending last Tuesday the 9th.  The KAL continues a bit, as knitters can still post their projects to the forums, since a one-week KAL is so quick, but there’s no more mystery.  The hat, Provocateur (ravelry link), looks like this!

Provocateur

It’s constructed sideways, knit flat, with short rows making the crown shaping, decreases along the bottom and staggered increases making the bias design, with cables flaring down diagonally from their starting points squished together at the top.

Provocateur

It’s designed for worsted-aran weight yarns, with three different gauges making for three heights.  My grey sample (below) is the largest gauge, using Cestari Traditional Collection 2 Ply aran weight yarn, for the tallest/slouchiest height; my orange sample (above) is the medium gauge, using Harrisville Designs Highland worsted weight yarn, for a semi-slouchy height.

Provocateur

There are three different circumferences given, which vary depending on gauge/height (all details are included in the pattern), but you can also customize your circumference by stopping at any time, making it custom fit to your head by trying it on as you go.  Both of my samples are worked to the medium circumference row count, which is a medium circumference in the orange (medium-gauge) sample, and a kind of large or medium/large circumference in the grey (large-gauge) sample, for an extra loose, slouchy hat.

Provocateur

The whole pattern is written and charted, so knitters can work from whichever is easier for their brains.  The project starts with a provisional cast-on (instructions included), and ends with a 3-needle bind-off to seam the two edges together, which creates a pretty much invisible seam in the garter stitch, as you can see below.

Provocateur

I have tutorials for cabling without a cable needle here on my website, which will make the project go much more quickly!  The cables are basic – 2 front stitches twisting left over 1, 2, and 3 back stitches – but there are seven cables on every single right side row for awhile.  The rows go more quickly in the second half, as the cables hit the bottom edge and there are six, then five, then four, then three cables per row.

Provocateur

I recommend using either the shadow wraps or the German short rows method for the short rows – I have tutorials for both on my website here – because of how you’ll need to sometimes work wrapped stitches into cables.  I used shadow wraps on one sample and German short rows on the other, and they both worked well for me.

Provocateur

It’s meant to be worn this way, with the seam over the right ear, so that the cables shoot down from the top in front, and then are spread out in the back which helps the back slouch down nicely.  I am REALLY happy with how this pattern turned out – one of my favorite hats I’ve designed!

Provocateur

This pattern will continue to be a part of the leethal VIP club, going out to all new members, throughout the whole year.  Five more hat patterns will go out to club members, one every other month – they will all have different kinds of constructions, and different techniques and stuff.  Provocateur will be released for individual sale a year after its initial release, so in February 2017.

Provocateur

Check out all the awesome Provocateurs on ravelry to see what it looks like in different kinds of yarns, colors, sizes, etc.  I love them all!  And sign up for the club (on ravelry here) if you haven’t already, to get this pattern immediately and then the other five hats in time to join the knit-a-longs.  This first one has been so much fun!!

Filed under: hats,knit-a-longs,knitting,leethal VIP club — Lee Meredith @ 4:59 pm

January 1, 2016

Happy 2016! Now I can reveal the leethal VIP club!

I brainstormed this idea late last summer I think, got super excited, and then was bummed I couldn’t actually do anything about it because I wanted it to be a full calendar year thing, and now hey, it’s the start of the calendar year!  The time is finally here!!  Introducing my BIG 2016 THING:

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So here’s the deal.  If you sign up to be a club member, you get…

  • 6 hat patterns spread throughout the year (as mini-mystery-knit-a-longs, in the ravelry group)
  • 20% off ALL my self-published patterns ever released
  • 50% off all brand new patterns self-published in 2016, for the first week
  • extra club member treats in your inbox

The whole shebang is $20, for the full year membership.  Or rather, the 2016 membership (no matter when you sign up, it ends at the end of the year).  Sign up through ravelry, or my website, but be logged into ravelry so that the discounts will work.  I’ll give all the fine-print details below (also given on the webpage, and included in the club pdf that you’ll get when you sign up).  But before I do that, there is already one club treat you’ll get immediately!

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The first club treat is this vintage knitting coloring book calendar, with drawings of photos from vintage knitting magazines, mostly of the 60’s and 70’s.

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I made the drawings by tracing the outlines of the photos on a lightbox, turning them into these coloring book style line drawings.  The knits are perfect for coloring!

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Print out the 6 pages (2 months per page), and color them in, either all at once or as each month arrives.  I did these pages with colored pencils (top page) and markers (page below):

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And there’s a bonus!  I had one extra drawing that didn’t really fit with the rest, as it had a more 40’s kind of vibe (the photo was from a 1951 knitting booklet), so I made it into a free-to-all 1-page calendar pdf, downloadable from my downloads page here.

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Other club treats throughout the year may include things similar to this (coloring or coloring-adjacent kinds of activities), and/or tutorial-type things like mini craft projects, recipes, mini-knitting-patterns… I have lots of vague ideas but the extras will basically be things that I get inspired to make in the moment.  If one day I suddenly have an idea for something fun I want to share, there’s an extra for you!  Spur of the moment inbox goodies!

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By contrast, the hat patterns are pretty well planned out already.  The 6 hat patterns, released at the beginning of every other month throughout the year (the first Tuesdays of February, April, June, August, October, December) will all have different constructions from each other, and they will use a variety of techniques.  Cables will be reoccurring, but not used in every pattern.  Yarn weights will vary; most likely, none of these patterns will be fully any-gauge, but some will have multiple gauge options, or be adjustable based on gauge, or have some other variations/options.  These will be more straightforward patterns than I often write though, meant to be fun quick projects without too much extra thinking required.

The first hat, to be released February 2nd, will use worsted weight yarn (my yarn is pictured below).  There is already a ravelry page up, since that’s required in order to be able to sell the club membership (which is technically sold as an “ebook”), but normally the hat pattern pages won’t go up until their release days.  I will give yarn requirement info to club members (and post it on the club page) a couple of weeks before release, so that everyone can get ready to cast on right away when the patterns are released.

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On each hat’s release day, the pdf will be released without photos, for a mini-mystery-knit-a-long, for the first week.  The whole pattern will be there, just no photos.  The knit-a-long will happen in the leethal knitters! ravelry group.  After one week, the pattern (and ravelry page) will be updated with photos.

To keep the mini-mystery-KAL’s mysterious, there are placeholder pictures on the club page you can use as your top project photos, and there will be new ones added with each hat release as well (please don’t put a photo of your hat at the top for that first week); there will be spoiler and spoiler-free KAL threads for each hat’s week of mystery.

The hats will only be available to club members throughout the year, not individually.  In 2017, the patterns will continue to be available as a collection/ebook, at the same price as the club, but without the membership discounts and extras.  1 year after the original release date of each pattern, it will be made available for individual sale.

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And now for some details about the discounts.  (There are a few more fine print details on the club page, so if you have a question, or if you run into an issue, it might be addressed there.)

You must be logged into ravelry at time of club membership purchase (and future pattern purchases) for the discounts to work.  If you don’t have a ravelry account, it’s free to get one, and you don’t have to use it for anything else, just be logged in and the discounts will happen automatically.

The 20% off all my patterns includes all self-published patterns, ebooks, and collections, purchased through my website or ravelry.  The discount will automatically be applied (no coupon code needed).  The only patterns this doesn’t include are by third party publishers and collaborations, so Meridian by Twist Collective, Unbroken by Holla Knits, Galax by Interweave, etc, and the In Triplicate patterns (because they are in a collaboration).

The 50% off new patterns is for the first week of release, and only applies to brand new patterns which were not previously available for pre-order.  After 1 week they will be 20% off like all other self-published patterns.  The discount will automatically be applied (no coupon code needed).

The half off doesn’t include patterns that could be pre-ordered before 2016 because it just wouldn’t be fair to everyone who already pre-ordered the patterns – this means the Triyang collection shawls, and the third pattern in the Full Body Trio.  Patterns which were previously released by a third party, and are newly self-published may or may not be eligible for the 50% discount, depending on specifics – it will be announced either way at time of re-release.  Basically, if it wasn’t available to purchase previously, and I’m under no pricing obligations to a third party, the discount will apply, but there might be outside reasons why it can’t, so if I’m able to discount a pattern to club members, I will.

Note to blog readers:  Things in my life have been changing a bit lately, and I’m not sure exactly how 2016 will go, which means I might not have a lot of design time beyond the 6 club hats.  I have plans/ideas for two collections (a smaller one and a bigger one) that I really want to release in 2016, but I can’t guarantee they are going to get done.  So, my point is, don’t expect the half off discount to have tons of opportunities to be used throughout the year… I’m hoping for around like 10 patterns besides the hats, but I might be overly hopeful about that.

The discounts will not work with gift pattern purchases.  This means 2 things.  1) If you are a club member, and you use ravelry’s “send as gift” button to gift a pattern to another knitter, your club discount will not be applied.  2) If you gift the club membership to another knitter, they will get the hat patterns and the treats, but the discounts will not work for them.  However, in that case, the discounts will work for you, and you are free to use them.

There will be no limited-time sales offered on my patterns throughout the year, with one possible exception of the holiday gift-a-long, but only new 2016 patterns will be offered in the GAL sale (if I do it), so only patterns which members had the chance to get at 50%.  I’m kind of burnt out on sales, so I’m opting to skip them this year (no birthday sale, etc) and do this club system instead.  Of course, the 50% discounts are limited-time, but tied into the release of a new pattern, which is already being promoted and talked about and stuff.  Anyway, we’ll see how it all goes.

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And a few other club details.

Hat knit-a-longs and other club chatter will all happen in the leethal knitters! ravelry group.

Use #leethalVIP with any club stuff posted to social media! (And if you want to pin it, there’s a custom-for-pinterest image on the webpage!)

Everything (new hat patterns, pattern updates, information about what yarn you’ll need, extra treats) will be sent to members through pattern updates, with notifications sent to email inboxes and ravelry message boxes (you can turn off the notifications from going to your email inbox from within any of the update notification emails, if you check ravelry often and don’t want them in both places).

I think that’s enough for this word-heavy post.  Post any questions you might have about the club in the comments here, or, better yet, in the ravelry group so everyone can read the answers there.  I’m really excited about this whole club situation; I am absolutely LOVING the first club hat design and can’t wait to share it with you!  I’ll blog the club patterns here each after the mystery week is over, and of course show them off on instagram and stuff.  Sign up now to maximize your membership and get your calendar right away; oh and, if you color your calendar pages and show them off, be sure to use #leethalVIP because I’d love to see your coloring!!  Happy new year! <3

Filed under: hats,knit-a-longs,knitting,leethal store,leethal VIP club,self-publishing — Lee Meredith @ 12:01 am

November 20, 2015

In Triplicate 1-color pattern: Directrix

Quick unrelated note for if you’re reading this post when it’s new:  The Indie Design Gift-a-Long just started, and it runs through the end of the year; you can get 20 of my patterns for 25% off through November 27th.  See the GAL ravelry group for details (and to see patterns by all 335 participating designers!) and check out my gift-a-long bundle on my designer page to see my on-sale patterns; ALL my patterns are eligible for gift-a-long knitting!!

Directrix, by Lee

And now for the final of my 3 In Triplicate patterns: Directrix the 1-color hat.  (The first two were Transversal 2-color wrap, blogged here, and Incenter 3-color mittens, blogged here, and the full 9-pattern collaborative collection was blogged here.)  Directrix is a really fun modular knit, with a squishy garter stitch base.

Directrix, by Lee

It works well with a pom-pom, which you can use to add a pop of some other color(s) if you want to!

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We had fun putting different pom-poms on all the In Triplicate hats – we made a bunch and let all the hats try on different ones during the photoshoot.  (See Line Segment and Lemma hats to see all the poms!)

Directrix, by Lee

Directrix is sized to be able to pull it down for maximum ear/forehead warmth, or to wear more slouched back, which works great with a pom-pom.  The height is totally adjustable, if you want to add more slouch height, or subtract a bit of height so it wears more fitted to the head.  And the circumference has three sizes – my sample is a size medium.

Directrix, by Lee

Since the bottom chevron section is worked sideways, you can try it on around your head to know when you’ve reached your ideal size, stretching it more if you want a snug fit, or stretching less if you want a looser, slouchier kind of fit.

Directrix, by Lee

The chevron pattern is made with increases and decreases, to make the bias garter stitch base, and slipped stitches to make the raised chevron lines – no cables, just slips!  You’ll pull the yarn tightly across the back when slipping to make the stitches pop up off the base like that.  Using a semi-solid kind of colorway is ideal, so that the color shows the movement of the garter stitch lines, going the opposite way from the chevron lines.

Directrix, by Lee

The hat is made modularly with no picked up stitches or seaming!  Start with a provisional cast-on, work the sideways section with stitches left along the top edge for later; when you reach your size, close it up with a 3-needle bind-off, then work around those top edge stitches, and in the round from there up to the top.

Directrix in multi-colors

I had some extra leftovers of my In Triplicate yarns, so I decided to make another Directrix in multiple colors, as an experiment – I think it worked out very well!  I added pink and yellow stripes to the grey base in the first section: rows 29&4 in pink, rows 5&6 in yellow, and rows 7&8 in pink, on every repeat.  I weaved (wove?) in the ends as I knit, to prevent so much ends-weaving finishing work.

3-color Directrix

And then I switched every row between grey and pink throughout the body and crown sections – the all-knit rows in grey, and the rows with purls in pink.  (All these notes are in my ravelry project page, in case you want to use them later.)  I took a few quickie snapshots after blocking it:

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This is the size large, so it’s comfortably loose on me, but not too big, since it’s nicely stretchy.  If you want a REALLY large size hat, I’d recommend going up to worsted/aran weight, since this large size in DK weight is not super large.  (Pattern includes sizing/measurement info.)

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I love how the crown looks in the 2 colors.  As you can see, it can be worn more pulled down, or more slouched back, but I think it would really benefit from a pom-pom weighing it down a bit in the slouched back position.  I might need to add one!

Directrix, by Lee

So that’s Directrix, and that concludes my In Triplicate blog posts!  I also posted a mini-tumblr-post here about yarn trio choices; and you can see the Blue Moon Fiber Arts post about the collection here, and Shannon’s posts here (whole collection) and here (her patterns)!

Directrix, by Lee

Oh but wait, now that you’ve seen everything, a little more about yarn-usage.  With my 3 skeins of Blue Moon Gaea Sport, I made my 3 sample items + the extra Directrix (all below), plus those 3 big pom-poms pictured above, plus I had enough left of the pink for another hat, and a good chunk still left over (more pom-poms?).  That’s A LOT of items out of 3 skeins of yarn (they are large skeins!).

In Triplicate! Directrix in multi-colors

You get 10% off your order of 3 skeins of the yarn when you buy the collection, in your choice of any 3 colors (see lots of gorgeous options here – some of my favorites are shown below) through January; use the 3 skeins to make up to EIGHT of the In Triplicate patterns!  The collection includes some spreadsheets of different ways you can maximize your yarn if you want to nerd out with planning your projects.  You can also just start knitting, and keep making project after project after project until it runs out.  Be adventurous with adding stripes to things or using multiple colors in different ways in order to truly maximize every last bit!

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Our In Triplicate holiday knit-a-long (in the ravelry group) will begin in December, so get your yarn ready, share your color choices with the group, and post your projects to win prizes later on!  (You can totally make In Triplicate projects for the gift-a-long and cross-post them to the In Triplicate KAL!)  I can’t wait to see your color choices!!

Filed under: collaborations,hats,knit-a-longs,knitting,yarn — Lee Meredith @ 1:29 pm

July 27, 2015

Adventure Knitting 3 – revealed!

The third annual Adventure Knit-a-long is winding down (but there’s still time to get in on the action!!) and now that all parts are released, I can start showing you what’s up with this year’s pattern collection!  First things first.

It’s currently Monday, July 27th, which gives you almost a week to get a finished project up on ravelry and qualify for the HUGE GIVEAWAY, which will happen next Monday, August 3rd.  All finished project pages with at least 1 photo of the finished item are eligible to win, so the more you make, the better chance you have.  Even if you haven’t started yet, there are some very small, quick-knit items, so you can totally whip one up in time!

The extremely generous prize sponsors are:

Anzula
Canon Hand Dyes
Hazel Knits
Infinite Twist
Jill Draper Makes Stuff
Knitted Wit
Schmutzerella Yarns
The Sexy Knitter
Space Cadet
Three Fates Yarns

ThreeFatesYarns TheSexyKnitter

SpaceCadet-Colour Schmutzerella-Yarns HazelKnits

KnittedWit JillDraperMakesStuff

Anzula CanonHandDyes InfiniteTwist

Check out the prizes forum thread in the leethal knitters! ravelry group for more details about them (they are all awesome and you should check them out!!); the official prize list will be posted tomorrow in the group!

So now, the pattern!  Warning to mystery KALers who are still in mystery-land with their knitting, there will be spoilers below, of individual parts of the whole, stitch patterns and some close-ups of items.  Nothing that hasn’t already been included in the spoilers sections of the pdfs.

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For now, I will reveal what is included in the collection, and how it all works, and I’ll show you all the stitch patterns, and some peeks of items… After the complete ebook and print book are released, I’ll put up another post with all my samples and details about them.  That will probably be in about 2 weeks, but it depends on how long the print book takes to finish and ship and stuff.  The ebook will automatically be sent out to everyone who bought the knit-a-long, as soon as it’s finished, in about a week, after the KAL is over.

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There are 5 items to choose from in this collection:  smooth hat (aka normal hat), pointed hat, standard cowl (which can be a scarf or stole if you don’t join it around), rounded cowl, or mitts (which can be made as hole-less wrist-warmers, or with plain holes for thumbs, or with knitted thumbs).

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Any item can be made in any yarn weight, all custom fitted to the size you want.  The smooth hat can be fitted or slouchy; the pointed hat can be made more or less pointed; the cowls can be wide or narrow, long or short; the rounded cowl can be more or less rounded; the mitts are fitted to your hand, as long as you like.

For all items, you can choose how you want to join around: sewn seam, 3-needle bind-off, grafting, or buttoning closure.  (Some KALers are mixing and matching, like sewn seam with buttons sewn over it to hide the seam and look neat, or buttons only at the bottom.)

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There are 5 “habitat” background stitch patterns, all patterns working with all items.  This is what they look like in color coded swatches – arctic, forest, grassland, lake, and ocean.  They each have one “embellishment” option, which is shown in the top half of each swatch.  (You can click any of the photos to see them bigger on flickr.)

Adventure Knitting 3 patterns

There are 5 motif patterns for each of the 5 background patterns – these are called “animal” patterns, because the animals live within the habitats.  Here are swatches of the 25 different motifs (26 actually, because Lake has a bonus extra pattern) – they are meant to be placed within the background pattern base, so they look a bit wonky standing alone in the swatches, but it gives you the idea of what they look like…

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Adventure Knitting 3 patterns

Adventure Knitting 3 patterns

Adventure Knitting 3 patterns

Adventure Knitting 3 patterns

You can add any of the animals onto the matching habitat that you’re using (if you have enough stitches), worked within the habitat stitches.  Use just one animal in an item, or a few, or all 5; work them once, or repeat them, or work in scattered clusters.  Check out the KALers’ projects on ravelry to see tons of different ways the animal patterns can be used!  Here are peeks at a few of my sample items, animals placed in different ways:

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Above are the Ocean habitat in fingering weight yarn (by Schmutzerella), and the Lake habitat in worsted weight yarn (by Anzula).  Below are both the Forest habitat, but made really differently – aran weight yarn (by Jill Draper Makes Stuff), and sport-DK weight with changing contrasting colors (the changing colors are by Infinite Twist, with the blue main color by Louet):

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I had lots of fun naming the patterns and drawing the animals to go with them!  They are very much not designed to look like the animals, it’s just a naming theme; I chose animals I like and wanted to draw, and picked a variety of different kinds of animals for each habitat.  With a cryptozoology twist!!  Each of the 5 habitats feature one crypto-animal!

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Each habitat has the 5 animals (except Lake has the bonus one) – they each have 2 independent patterns, which are mostly pretty large and complex (ish), and then 3 patterns which are kind of smaller/medium/larger versions of each other.

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These are named as babyteen, and grownup versions of the animal (eg, one of the patterns is Bison, so there is a Baby bison, a Teen bison, and a Grownup bison).  One of the animals is a Wolf, so I had to draw this to hide it tiny in the pdf/booklet.  I just couldn’t not do it.  Below is the print booklet page.  (I think this is just for the KAL, I won’t include it in the final book, too silly.)

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So what else?  I’ve made 9 samples so far, but I’m working on a couple last-minute extras this week to round things out and show as many combos as possible.  Oh, I forgot to mention another option – you can choose to go on your adventure either on flat ground or walking uphill.  Walking uphill means making your piece on the bias, or diagonally – it makes the item more complex to make, but it looks extra cool.

It's finishing day! Grafting up my sock weight #AdventureKAL hat which I finally finished knitting last night. I'm so slow with fingering weight!

I’ll start showing peeks of my samples on instagram and ravelry soon – I’ve made all the different item types, some uphill, some flat, in all the habitats.  Below is my stack so far – from top to bottom, there are: an aran weight smooth hat in the arctic uphill, a worsted weight smooth hat in the grassland flat, a sock weight smooth hat at the lake uphill, a sport-DK weight pointed hat in the forest flat, worsted weight mitts with thumbs at the lake flat, aran-bulky weight mitts with plain holes in the arctic flat, an aran weight standard cowl in the forest uphill, a sock weight rounded cowl at the ocean flat, a bulky weight rounded cowl in the arctic uphill.  I will be adding one more pointed hat, and a pair of wrist-warmers (mitts with no holes).

Adventure Knitting 3 sample stack

You can check out the finished items thread in the forum, or FO’s on ravelry here, to see what some finished items look like by knit-a-longers.  There are some seriously awesome projects!!

The final #AdventureKAL section went out today! Each of the 5 habitats gets a family of 3 new stitch patterns (baby, teen, and grownup) - that's 15 this week, totaling 25 motif patterns in the collection! All animal drawings are on the webpage (profile li

Oh and, this year’s Adventure Knitting is the same as the last two, with the printable folding booklet (see 1 here and 2 here).  The KAL version of the booklet is kind of crazy long, because written and charted patterns are separated; the final booklet (included in the ebook, released next week to everyone who bought the KAL) won’t be quite so many pages.  You can find folding and binding instructions on my website here.

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Speaking of tutorials on my website, there are lots of new tutorials which have recently been added, or updated, to go with the stitch patterns in this collection (shadow wraps, some complex twists, and new videos on the cables and twisted stitches pages).  My tutorials page is updated to be better organized, too – check it out!

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 Okay that’s enough for now!!  Head to the leethal group to get involved with this last week of the knit-a-long; check out the collection on ravelry here or on leethalknits.com here.  Follow me on instagram or twitter to see peeks of my samples and stuff.  Happy adventure knitting!

Filed under: adventure knitting,contest/giveaway,hats,knit-a-longs,knitting — Lee Meredith @ 6:48 pm

June 3, 2015

Third annual summer Adventure Knit-a-long!

It’s coming!  This year’s leethal Adventure Knit-a-long starts in July!  It’s released for pre-order now, on my site and on ravelry, and you can start chatting about adventure plans in the leethal rav forum.  If you sign up, you’ll automatically receive each pattern section on the release dates, and the complete collection ebook when it’s all over.

Adventure Knit-a-long 2015!

There’s an early-signup discount right now – $8 until Monday, when it will raise to $9 for the rest of the pre-order time, then it will go up each time a section is released.  (Note: If you are in an EU country, your country’s VAT will be added to the price.)

Here’s the calendar:

  • (Monday, June 8th: pre-order price raises to $9)
  • Thursday, July 2nd: setup section released (price raises to $10)
  • Thursday, July 9th: pattern section 1 released (price raises to $11)
  • Thursday, July 16th: pattern section 2 released (price raises to $12)
  • Thursday, July 23rd: pattern section 3 released (price raises to $14, the final price)
  • ebook will be released shortly after the KAL ends

A leethal Adventure KAL is like a mystery KAL with tons of choices, Choose Your Own Adventure style, so you end up with a custom item.  So, KALers’ projects all look totally different from each other, which makes the sharing part really fun, and then when the KAL is over you have the whole collection and can make more different items in the future.  (To show you Adventure Knitting variety – first year’s collection; second year’s collection.)

If you join the KAL, you’ll be choosing from several different accessory items to make, selecting design details for your item, and picking from a wide variety of different stitch patterns to use.  Techniques used and experience level required depend on the choices made, so if you want to make a really simple, mindless kind of piece, that will be possible; if you want to make a crazy complex piece with lace, twisted stitches, cables, short rows, and more, that will be possible too!

Adventure Knit-a-long 2015!

The way the sections will work this year will be a bit different… I won’t reveal much now, but because of the structure, and the fact that there are several small-ish kinds of items, this KAL will be very inviting to making multiple items if you want to.

As for the theme, some of that is part of the mystery, but I’ll tell you this: there will be animals.  The pre-order pdf gives you a bit more theme info (not much), and these drawings show a glimpse of where the adventure will take place.  There won’t be so much of a story like there was last year – I’m focusing on the knitting itself this year – but there should be some fun drawings and stuff, and I might throw in an extra non-knitting item for fun, still planning these extra details out.

Adventure Knit-a-long 2015!

This year there will be prizes given out at random to KALers with ravelry project pages!  Details about that will be announced in the ravelry group as things progress, but basically, make sure you put up your ravelry project page(s) once you get started knitting, as prize drawings will be based on those.

The pre-order pdf gives some info about yarn needed, so you can start planning – I’ll paste some of that in here for you:

  • All items and stitch patterns will be for any gauge / yarn weight, but if you use a heavy weight yarn, you may have fewer options for stitch patterns.
  • Most patterns this year are for one single yarn, but that yarn can be multicolored – stitch patterns may be obscured by very contrasty variegated yarns, but more subtle variegation, or gradient style colorways with blending stripes, may be a very nice fit.  There will be an option for a two-color design as well, so if you have two solid colors you want to use together, that’ll work too!
  • Most items will use one or two skeins worth of yardage, so if you have one good single skein, you will definitely be able to use it!

Adventure Knitting DIY book

Above is the DIY bound book from the first year’s collection – KAL pattern sections come to you both as normal pdf pages, and as printable, foldable book pages, which you can bind together when the collection is complete and make yourself a book like that!  And all complete Adventure Knitting collections (post-KAL) are available as ebooks, which include these printable pages, so you can make the books of each collection for your bookshelf.  Also, post-KAL, the collections are turned into print books, for those who prefer normal books over KALs and DIY books – something for everyone!  Below are the first two Adventure Knitting collections on my shelf – A Day in the Woods and The Mysterious Trunk – and last year’s in the print book format.

Adventure Knitting 1 & 2 on the bookshelf! This year's is so much bigger than last year's! Ebook complete with book cover coming very soon to KALers! Working outside of the house today - final proofing of the Adventure Knitting 2 print book! And I'm wearing my knit pants for the first time, so that's exciting too!

This year’s will be the same – a collection of items, with tons of options; right now, the KAL is listed as an ebook on ravelry, with just one “mystery item” as a placeholder.  When the setup section pdf is released to KALers, the items will be revealed and pattern listings will go up for each item type.  Of course, projects of the same item type will all look different, depending on stitch patterns used, and also yarn weight, etc.

I’ve been designing all the stitch patterns over the last few weeks – pictured below is one of my swatches, over 20 different stitch patterns tested out in a row, many of them successes (many not!).  The structure of how the stitch patterns will work within the pieces is different from the last two years, and I’m really loving how it’s all coming together!

I've spent the last few days swatching one stitch pattern after another, creating the biggest swatch ever. That's a 7 inch wide swatch, wrapped around my neck 4 times, approx 110 inches long :-O

Things haven’t been plugged into pattern pages yet (mostly working from charts for now, while I plan it all out), but I’m really hoping it all comes together a bit more compactly than last year’s collection, which got kind of overwhelming and huge (112-page DIY book pictured below).  I LOVE last year’s collection – the knit items, the stitch patterns, the theme, the fortune telling objects – but it did get a bit out of control with the amount of time I spent on it, and getting the collection to fit into the print book format was quite the challenge.

Adventure Knitting 2

But, even with this year’s pattern collection planned to be a bit more compact, the quantity of samples made will probably end up being pretty similar to last year’s stack (below), since there are just SO MANY options and I want to show them all!  (Well, not ALL, then I’d have to make like a thousand samples!)  Luckily, this year there aren’t any really big projects like there were last year – there are a couple items which can be made extra large if you want, and would look awesome in large sizes, but I can choose to stick to smaller sizes for my samples due to time constraints.  Anyway, I’m rambling a bit here, giving you a glimpse into my process, or something :-p

The final pattern section of the #adventureKAL went out today, so here's a not-spoilery shot of ALL my sample items. 6 shapes, to make 10+ different items, 24 stitch patterns, endless possibility!

So, come adventure with us – the group is already chatting about yarn choices and stuff.  Also, there’s a casual KAL thread for making projects from the first two Adventure Knitting collections, for those who want some adventurous knitting fun this month before the official KAL starts!  This can be for if you’ve just now discovered Adventure Knitting and want to try out one of the previous collections, or for if you are already an owner of a previous collection and want to maybe make another item from it while you await this year’s KAL.

While we eagerly wait till July, I may post some very vague peeks on instagram during this month, glimpses at what kinds of accessories this year will have to offer, maybe some new drawings…

Oh!  Speaking of instagram – use #AdventureKAL on whatever social media you’re into, when posting about your KAL projects.  Of course, ravelry will be the main place for sharing projects (both project pages, and leethal group forum), but we can also check in with the hashtag for sharing beyond rav!

Adventure Knit-a-long 2015!

I think that’s all for now.  Any questions?  Ask them in the rav group and I’ll answer what I can… Yay Adventure KAL!  I’m so excited!

Filed under: adventure knitting,knit-a-longs,knitting — Lee Meredith @ 12:55 pm

November 13, 2014

Gift-a-Long!

It’s that time, knitters!  The 2014 Gift-a-Long (or GAL) has just begun!!  The GAL includes a massive sale (293 designers, 3822 patterns total) through Nov 21st, and knit-a-longs (/crochet-a-longs) through the end of the year, with TONS of opportunities to win prizes!  There are 1866 pattern prizes that will be given away to winners throughout the GAL, which you can win by participating in the group, posting your works in progress, playing the games, etc.  (If you like the numbers, check out the stats page, with a giant infographic about the participating designers and stuff.)

GAL 2014 pattern collage

I have 20 accessory patterns in the sale – you can see them all here.  There is a mix of older and newer, some less popular patterns that I love and think can make great gift knits, and some popular old favorites.  The sale is 25% off all the patterns (that’s all 3822 of them!) with the coupon code giftalong2014.

Wobble Bass Junction Wizzö Barry in yellow

Rumours long loop stripy cowl ten 10 yard cuffs! Krewe cowl

ALL patterns by me (and all participating designers) are eligible to knit for the GAL, including patterns from outside publications (like my designs for Knitscene, Twist Collective, Holla Knits, etc), and ALL paid (not free) patterns are eligible for prizes.  So if you already have one (or more) of my patterns that you haven’t gotten around to making yet, this can be a push to get to it – knit it now, post it in the GAL group, and hopefully you’ll win a prize!  The only rule is that you can’t have already cast on before now – GAL things don’t need to be finished before the end date, but they do need to be started after the start date (Nov 13th).

So, check out the GAL ravelry group for all the details, KALs, games, and other fun stuff!  And now, part of being a participating designer is promoting each other, so we each got connected up randomly with another designer to interview (and more to tweet about, pin on pinterest, etc, so my social media will be all GAL-ified for the next few weeks!).  I was hooked up with Katherine Rollins, designer of some beautiful accessories featuring lots of colorwork and fun ruffles.

Gathered Dusk Path of the Peacock

Interview!

What’s the first thing you ever knit?
A: Do you mean finished? The first thing I remember trying to knit was a Kaffe Fassett design from the book, “Glorious Knits.” I was a teenager pretty new to knitting and I hate to say that I worked one multicolored repeat but never finished the jacket! The first finished projects happened late in high school and college. I knit huge traditional Icelandic Lopi sweaters for almost everyone in our family!

What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever knit (or, one of your favorites, if you can’t choose 1 absolute favorite!)?
A. When I finally learned sock knitting in 2007, I got hooked. I love socks!

Is there a knitting technique that you haven’t tried yet that you are really wanting to explore?
A. I haven’t tried Mosaic knitting but I am intrigued.

Is there a technique you’ve recently tried for the first time and LOVED?
A. Lace! I need to explore it more.

What’s your favorite yarn you’ve ever used?
A. Okay this is a hard question. I haven’t explored near enough yarn to answer fully. My taste runs to luxury yarns but my wallet doesn’t always follow! I loved using Kashmir by The Woolen Rabbit. But I have enjoyed knitting with Knit Picks Capra and Capretta yarns. I have a Wollmeise skein and a Madelinetosh skein in my petting box. I need to use them but haven’t decided on a pattern.

Is there any local yarn in your part of the world (North Carolina) that you love and recommend that people check out?
A. There is a really fun cotton yarn made one state over in Virginia, Wolles Yarn Creations. The yarn has long color changes. I knit a Holden Shawlette from it and I hope to design a shawlette for it one day.  The other local yarn that has come on the scene recently is Silver Spun from Feel Good Yarn Company. It is an intriguing combination of cotton, silver, and lycra. I want to design some sporty socks with it.

What’s the one thing you wish you were knitting right now?
A. That changes from moment to moment! I would like to be knitting right now either a shawl or a blanket of my own design. Coming up with the right design, now that is the trick!

Evening Tide Ruffled Ascot

Thanks for the interview, Katherine!  (Click the photos to go to the pattern pages!)

Mt. Hood Snow Cap

So, I considered doing a quick round up of some of my favorite designs/designers here for the end of this post, but then I thought, there are so many, I won’t know when to stop!  So instead, I’m going to keep it local – here are my neighbor designers here in Oregon:

Star Athena (I love so many of Star’s designs – a few favorites are the Pendleton CowlMt. Hood Snow Cap {pictured above – I have plans to make this for myself and embroider snow on Mt Hood with thick white wool}, Galanthus, Interval, and Lebowski); Shannon Squire (tons of beautiful designs, including Mosaic Mason Jar Cozies which could be an excellent gift knit {pictured below}, and I really love the Tytonidae Cowl and the Mesh Leaf Cowl); Larissa Brown (lots of fabulous designs – I especially love Lichen, Layer Cake Blanket, and Cane Sugar Mitts); Marnie MacLean (so many fantastic sweaters, really gorgeous shawls – a couple favorites are Foothills Shawl and Estival – and she has some beautiful crochet patterns as well!); Michele Bernstein (I want Thrumbelina on my feet right now!); Birch Hollow Cottage (adorable kid stuff and toys); Carol E. Herman (love the Topiary Fingerless Mitts); Galzanne Knits (some really nice cowls and hats); and Sheila O’Keefe (the Snowflake Coaster is such a perfect gift knit!).

Mosaic Mason Jar Cozy

If you want in on the fun, go join the group, check out the designer list (you can browse through the designer names quickly here, but check out the thread for photos so you can discover new designers!) and buy all the patterns you want during the sale period right now!  But remember, you can knit not-on-sale patterns for the GAL, and posting in the group can win you awesome prizes!  Yay!  Happy knitting!!

Filed under: gifts,hats,knit-a-longs,knitting,lots of links,portland stuff — leethal @ 5:00 pm

August 26, 2014

Adventure Knit-a-long is moving along!

Now that we’re around halfway-ish through the knit-a-long (ravelry link), I want to show you some peeks of how it’s going!  You can still totally join and catch up – we’re currently still in the section 1 week, section 2 goes out this Thursday, and section 3 next Thursday.  Since section 1 has been out for close to a week now, I hope it’s okay that I post a few spoiler-y photos to show you glimpses at the stitch patterns and stuff!

I’ll show you the mystery trunk stuff first… if you don’t want any knit spoilers, stop scrolling when you hit the big sun picture.

So, in the first blog post, I posted the first part of the story, about finding the mysterious trunk.  Here’s a bit more of the story, taking off from: A big, old steamer trunk sits near the window, filled with wooly mystery.  You hope for something awesome as you unfasten the metal clasp…

adventure kal illustration

You find a stack of notebooks, filled with notes, symbols, and sketches.  Flipping through the first one, you realize these are knitting patterns.  Short stitch patterns, handwritten out, page after page.

Adventure KAL 2014 illustration

One compartment holds another notebook and some loose papers with sketches and writing on them… a hand, what looks like a cup of tea leaves, more symbols… you open up another compartment. Whoa.

Adventure KAL 2014 illustration

Not only was she a designer, it seems that the owner of this trunk was also a fortune teller.

Adventure KAL 2014 illustration

You see an old Ouija board, but what catches your attention more than that is what looks to be a homemade version of a Ouija board, drawn on paper and pasted onto a piece of cardboard…

adventure kal illustration

So that’s when adventurers made the first trunk discovery, and received this printable board in their first mystery pdf:

This is the first item found in the Adventure KAL mysterious trunk. Cast on day is this Thursday, and another item will be pulled out of the trunk next week!

The main point of the board was to help choose between the 6 different shape options (of course, details about the shapes/items were sent out to help make a non-random decision).

Adventure KAL shape sketches

The setup knitting section went out, and then another item was discovered in the mysterious trunk!  There are story pages to go along with all the discoveries, but I’ll just show you what the are…

Adventure KAL illustration

Adventure KAL illustration

Adventure knitters found a printable fortune teller – it can be folded into a fortune teller of our childhood, or it can be used flat as a spin-the-bottle wheel.  Either way works to choose stitch patterns randomly from the first set of 8 patterns included with the section 1 pdf.

Adventure KAL 2014

And then last night, more items were discovered in the trunk!  First, a few decks of cool looking tarot cards were found (in the story/illustrations)…

Adventure KAL 2014 drawings

Adventure KAL 2014 drawings

… along with a set of handmade divination cards with names and symbols matching the stitch patterns!  Knitters received a printable page of these cards (complete with back side pattern), which can optionally be colored in, if that sounds fun.  I colored a set with colored pencils:

Adventure KAL 2014 cards Adventure KAL 2014 cards

Okay if you don’t want to see any knit peeks, stop scrolling now!

Adventure KAL illustration

And now for some section 1 glimpses!  Here are most of the stitch patterns, which are meant to all be used in any order!

Adventure KAL 2014 Adventure KAL 2014

Two of those patterns can be knit in 2 colors if you like.  Below is one of my samples, worked with the 2-color versions, patterns chosen in random order using the spin the bottle method.  The beginning of this piece as seen here can turn into a triangle, a strip (aka scarf), a loop (aka cowl), or a bent strip (like an L-shaped scarf).  This is in sport weight wool, pre-blocking on the left, and post-blocking on the right.  Blocking really helps with these pieces!  (The patterns used here, in order from bottom up, are: Hebe, Vesta, 2-color Pallas, Astraea, 2-color Libra, Sun, 2-color Libra.)

Adventure KAL 2014 Adventure KAL 2014

Here is a worsted weight cotton 1-color rectangle section 1, which will become a dishcloth (patterns: Sun, Taurus, Virgo).

Adventure KAL section 1 peek

And section 1 of my crescent sample, in worsted weight, large size:

Adventure KAL section 1 peek

Below is a post-blocking closeup of that one.  I love how this turned out SO MUCH, I can’t wait to show it to you completely.  I originally planned to use 2 colors – less than half a skein for section 1 (here), then a full skein of the other color for section 2, then the remainder of the first color skein for section 3.  I hadn’t really worked out how much yardage I’d need, or how big I wanted it to be, etc, and I ran out of yarn way early for that plan.  The partial skein for section 1 was good, and the full skein for section 2 was good, but section 3 takes about as much yarn as the first two sections put together.  So I used another entire skein (but a smaller skein) to complete section 3, and I really love the end result!  (By the way, I added the yardage to make the sample how it was meant to be, according to the pattern, but this shape is actually super flexible – if you run out of yarn early, you can just bind off and it’s totally fine!  Or you can work the last section extra big, if you have extra yardage, to use up the last of it and make it as big as possible.)

adventure section 1 closeup

This image below was intagrammed when I finished it because I loved it so much and couldn’t wait to show it to you, even if that meant pixelating it into blurry mystery.  (Also, I wanted to show proof that the shirt project does indeed work out.)  For the rectangle shape option (which can be made as a square), the pattern includes instructions for making two rectangles and sewing them together to make a boxy shirt.  I made mine as squares; I made the front using all lacy patterns, in random order, and then I made the back in one repeating pattern for the whole piece to go faster.  I LOVE how it turned out so much!!

mystery shot of adventure KAL project

So that’s all you get for now.  If you are participating in the KAL, you’ll get section 2 (including spoiler photos), and stitch patterns 9-16, on Thursday, so soon!  Oh, if you want to see more, check in with ravelry!  So many awesome projects have been going up!  The spoilers thread has dozens of photos of projects that all look totally different from each other, so cool, and then lots of knitters have put photos in their project pages, but mostly behind the mystery shots, so click the photo arrows to check them out.

Adventure KAL illustration Adventure KAL illustration

I’m super happy with how this has been going!  I can’t wait to send out section 2 and see the projects grow!

Filed under: knit-a-longs,knitting — leethal @ 5:44 pm

July 1, 2014

Adventure Knit-a-long #2!!

It’s beginning!

Adventure KAL drawing!

The second annual leethal Adventure Knit-a-long is now available for pre-order; cast-on will happen in August!  (It’s here on ravelry.)

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, the Adventure Knit-a-long is something I did last summer for the first time, and it was very much fun (it’s now on my site and on ravelry as Adventure Knitting: A Day in the Woods), so it’s back for another go!  It’s a mystery knit-a-long inspired by Choose Your Own Adventure books – tons of options, choices to make in every section, countless possibilities for your one-of-a-kind finished item(s)!

Here are some photos of items knit with last year’s pattern collection, to give you an idea of how different your adventure knits can be from each other:

adventure knit items! adventure knit item!

adventure knit item! adventure knit items!

This year’s will be very different from the first one, totally different items, constructions, stitch patterns, story… the choose-your-own-adventure aspect will be a bit different too (not so much mimicking the format, but more of its own thing this time), so be prepared for possibly unexpected elements!

There will be a total of 24 different stitch patterns (all both written and charted).  You can make your entire piece one solid color, or add optional contrasting color designs or color changes.  All items are knit flat, using increases and decreases for shaping; some items/shapes are more complex than others, and same with the stitch patterns, so pattern difficulty ranges around adventurous beginner to experienced intermediate.

It will be given in foldable book format just like last year’s (see the video on this page to learn more about the DIY book format), in addition to the normal pdf format, plus some extra printable things.

Adventure knitting!

Here are some notes which are also in the pre-order pdf…

There will be six different shapes to choose from, and some shapes can be made as different items (there will be 10+ items total); they can all be made in any weight yarn, and any size, although some item types will be better suited for lighter weights or heavier weights.

I’ll give away a bit about the items, to help you brainstorm about what you might want to make before the KAL begins.  There will be many different types of neck accessories.  Pretty much any kind of neck accessory you like, you’ll be able to make it (some form of it).  There will also be some small items, simple things if you don’t want to commit to much before knowing what it’ll look like, and some simple but large items.

You can basically use any yarn you want for the KAL.  If you pick a yarn from your stash that you’d like to use, there will likely be an item that will work well with it.  Most items will need 2-3 skeins of yarn, but there are those smaller items that take less than 1 skein.

All items can be made in one solid color only, or can use optional contrasting color(s) for simple optional color patterns; or you can use multiple solid colors in wide stripes or blocks.  All yarns should be solids or semi-solids, or self-striping with really long color sections should work – not busy variegated colorways.

Try to use yarn that will block well (like wool; though there is one item that’s meant for cotton) – blocking will be somewhat important to smooth everything out.  Also, yarn with good stitch definition is recommended.

As for yardage, because your yardage needed will depend on your yarn weight, item choice, and desired size, there won’t be really precise yardage estimates given, but the patterns will be written in a way to help you use up all your yardage and not run out.

Adventure KAL drawing!

The KAL schedule is:

  • Thursday, August 14th:  Setup section released
  • Thursday, August 21st:  Section 1 released
  • Thursday, August 28th:  Section 2 released
  • Thursday, September 4th:  Section 3 released

In addition to those pattern section releases, you will get some other stuff throughout the KAL as extra pdfs.  That’s still a bit of a mystery for now, but if you read the pre-order pdf text you might get a hint!

The setup section on August 14th will involve very little knitting.  That week is when you’ll make your shape/item choice(s), pick your yarn, cast on, and knit a few setup rows to get ready for the first section.  So the real knitting begins when section 1 is released on August 21st.

But, the sooner you sign up the better, because the KAL price will go up as the adventure goes on.  Right now it’s $8 for the pre-order; once the setup section is released, it’ll jump to $10, then 11 then 12 for sections 1 and 2, and with the final section the price will raise to the final $14.

So if you want in on the adventure, pre-order on leethalknits or on ravelry, download the pre-order pdf to read a bit of the story, start thinking about your yarns, and chat about our upcoming adventures in the leethal ravelry group!  I will be there to answer your questions, and I may post new pictures or other kinds of mystery hints in there as the month goes on.

Adventure KAL drawing!

Want to learn a bit about the story?  Okay, here’s the first page:

You arrive at your aunt’s house on a pleasant, breezy day in August, bags packed with a couple weeks’ worth of clothes and books. She has invited you to housesit while she’s on vacation, since she knows you’ve always loved her cats. As you walk up to the front door, you realize what that nagging has been in the back of your head throughout the five hour journey – you forgot your knitting! And you’d been so looking forward to spending these weeks in a cooler region, so much nicer knitting here than where you’ve been for the first month of summer! You curse your forgetfulness and cross your fingers, hoping there’s a good local yarn shop nearby, as you knock on the door.

After saying hello and going through the housesitting checklist, you casually ask about the LYS situation. She says she thinks there is a small shop downtown, not far from here (huge sigh of relief!), but you’ve reminded her of something. When she was tidying up the attic a few weeks ago, she came across a trunk that had belonged to her aunt, your great aunt, and had ended up with her several years back – she’d always meant to sort through it but it had gotten hidden behind some boxes and forgotten over the years. She’d popped it open, and seen a bunch of yarn and some hand-knit items. Since you’d be here housesitting in a couple weeks, she’d decided to leave it there for you to have first dibs on anything that interested you, since you’re the only big knitter in the family.

“So you might want to take a look at that trunk first, before hitting the yarn store, just in case there’s any useable yarn in there.”

You think, cool, I might save a few bucks. You never met that great aunt; you might remember her name coming up in some of your dad’s stories, but you’re not sure.

So once you’ve gotten settled in, played with the cats a bit, and your aunt has left on her trip, you pull down the attic ladder and head up. A big, old steamer trunk sits near the window, filled with wooly mystery. You hope for something awesome as you unfasten the metal clasp…

Adventure KAL drawing!

There is one more page of story text in the pdf, so I won’t spoil too much here.  I’ll just say, there’s a bunch of exciting stuff in that trunk!!  It’s full of knitting related things, and more, all of which will work together to make up your adventures!  Throughout the knit-a-long, you’ll be given things that were found in the trunk, and you’ll use them to create your knits.  You’ll see…

I’m so excited to finally be announcing this – it’s been in the works since last summer when the first one was a success, and I started really planning this year’s way back in November (this instagram caption is about the beginning planning of this KAL!).  It has evolved a lot since then, and I’m really happy with how everything is turning out!  I can’t wait to go on adventures with you!

Filed under: knit-a-longs,knitting — leethal @ 12:03 am

March 25, 2014

Stuff and things going on with me…

Hi!  Things have been busy busy, as usual, and I just wanted to kind of catch up with you over here on the blog.  If you follow me on instagram or twitter, you may have seen a lot of these updates – most of the photos in this post are straight from instagram… Here are things!

There are a couple new interviews with me that you can read if you’re interested in my design process or other random things I talked out – one on Tin Can Knits, and another on Infinite Twist.

Unbroken hat!

Do you know about the Holla Knits knit-a-long that’s happening right now?  It’s kind of amazing – you automatically get one free pattern of your choice per Holla Knits item that you finish for the KAL, and then you also get entered into drawings to win bigger prizes at the end.  You can knit any Holla Knits garment or accessory (which includes my Unbroken hat, above), and the lists of pattern prizes are here.  The KAL runs through May 2nd, so you still have plenty of time to join in!  (The action happens in the ravelry group over here!)

Just shipped out TWO trunk shows to LA shops for the upcoming LA Yarn Crawl, along with fat stacks of promo postcards. LA crawlers, look out for my stuff!

If you’re in the LA area, I will have TWO trunk shows up at shops during the LA Yarn Crawl!  A Coloring Book show at Needle in a Haystack, and a general Leethal Knits show at Knit Culture (with coupon giveaways!).

Mikkey!

I released a new pattern, like 3 weeks ago, but I’m waiting to officially blog it until I finish the Bulk Trio ebook of all 3 patterns together, which should have been done by now but it’s not yet.  So, soon, that will be done, and then I’ll tell you allllll about Mikkey!

Mikkey!

I worked a really exciting and weird freelance gig doing crafty things for a commercial – I can’t show or tell you anything about that yet, but that’s a major reason I got off track on other things and you haven’t heard from me for awhile.

Currently knitting up a prototype of a sweater that I designed. Whoa. This is a BIG deal to me; I kind of thought I might try designing a sweater like in another couple years, but then this idea just happened and now I'm knitting it!! (The hot pink stripe

I designed a sweater!  This was one of those things where I had multiple in-progress designs that were supposed to be higher priority, but… I got this idea and I just couldn’t let it go!  I think it had something to do with getting my mind off everything else while working on that commercial, it like opened my mind up to new ideas that I wasn’t really supposed to be thinking about, but the inspiration struck and I spent some time driving to and from that gig and thinking about the sweater, and then I didn’t want to leave it with just notes to get back to in six months that I might not ever get back to because the energy may pass and never return… So I wrote up the pattern, and knit up a prototype version and the pattern is basically done now!  It’s a classic leethal-style any-gauge, custom made to your measurements design, so I made the prototype in a quick bulky gauge to try it all out.  My plan is to knit up the official sample in worsted weight over the next couple months, while focusing on other higher priority designs, and then once that’s knit I’ll get it out to testers, give them plenty of time, and plan on releasing the pattern around late summer / early fall.

Finished my bulky sweater prototype! The design is for any weight, so I'll be making the main sample in worsted; wanted to work everything out in a quick gauge first to kind of make sure it would go as intended, and it totally worked! This is a mystery sh

I spent a few days completely designing a hat that I was really excited about, and then when it was finished it turned out to be UGLY.  Damn.  So I threw that out the window.  (That’s it below – looked great in progress, but the finished piece was a huge failure.  Alas.)

Garter stitch + slip stitches in beautiful @infinitetwist handspun!

I’m slowly still working on the colorwork shawl for the Betiko Collection, and feeling crazy guilty about how long it’s taking, as I keep getting distracted by other things… but it will be released eventually.  It’s more of a spring design anyway  ;)

bechdel fest drawing

In non leethal knits things… I started a new tumblr, which will be a media-watching project starting soon-ish (maybe April 1st, or maybe a bit later, not sure yet) – Bechdel Fest.  Right now, you can check it out to see content related to the underrepresentation of women in film and television (and also of POC) as I just kind of set it up for the project.  When I start, I will be watching only movies and TV shows either made by women or featuring female main characters, for a month or so – see the about page to read the details of the project.  (It doesn’t actually have to do with the Bechdel Test, that’s just a punny name for the project/blog.)

Built to Spill - Keep it Like a Secret Waitresses, the - Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul Belle and Sebastian - This is Just a Modern Rock Song New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies

Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell Kinks, the - Kinks-Size Le Tigre - Feminist Sweepstakes Nina Simone - The Best of Nina Simone Mountain Goats, the - We Shall all be Healed

Speaking of projects, my 500 records in 2014 plan is going pretty well – I’m currently up to 119 (once I add the two I listened to this morning).  Pretty good!  And I’m having fun listening to more vinyl, getting more in the habit of putting on records, and I love how the flickr set is looking!

Rainbow records!!

It’s Pete’s spring break right now, so we’ve caught up on some movies in the theater – I really liked Frozen!  We had a friend stay at our house, which motivated some house projects, like our rainbow record shelf above, and getting our library room in order, so that’s neat! I can’t think of any other updates so now I’m just telling you things randomly :-p  So okay that’s all for now!

Filed under: knit-a-longs,knitting,lots of links,movies,music,personal — leethal @ 9:01 pm

February 5, 2014

Rainbow-filled donation drive!

Knitters, are you getting ready for the Ravellenic Winter Games?  I’m participating (sort of) in this year’s games by having a donation drive!  If you are on the lookout for fun patterns to use for your projects over the next few weeks, and if you want to help a good cause, here’s the deal…

Rainbow Spiral Hat!

First, let me introduce you to a new sample of one of my very first patterns – a rainbow-tastic version of Spiraling Stripes Hats!  The pattern itself has been updated, all re-formatted in my new pdf style, with some edits and added notes about the different sizes/styles.  (here on ravelry)  This style is knit exactly as the pattern is written, in aran weight yarns, for the oversized slouchy fit.

Rainbow Spiral Hat!

It was made in 9 colors of aran weight leftovers, mostly Malabrigo (one Quince & Co in the mix), making a complete rainbow:

Rainbow Spiral Hat!

It was topped off with a fishtail braid.  Bonus: the yarn colors were all switched at the top, so turning the ends into the braid meant ZERO ends to weave in!

Rainbow Spiral Hat!

So, wait, what does this have to do with the Ravellenic thing?  Well, for the first 4 days of the Olympic games – this Friday February 7th through Monday February 10th – 100% of proceeds from this hat pattern will be donated to International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.  This organization does work all over the world (including Russia), and some of their main issues are decriminalization, stopping discrimination, torture, violence, and abuse, freedom of speech, assembly, and association, health, and human rights.

My donation drive is part of a bigger collection of designers all doing donation drives during this Olympic season – the fabulous Bristol Ivy had the idea and we all jumped right on board!  Check out her blog post here for a list of all designers participating – some are donating more locally; some are giving a cut of sales from throughout the entire Olympics time.  Check out the list and the patterns, and buy as many as you want to during this fundraising event!

As far as leethal patterns go, it’s not just that hat – I’ll also be donating from the sales of all of my patterns that could potentially be made with rainbows!  Of course, you don’t have to actually make them as rainbows… but you COULD.  Technically, I know, you could make any pattern with rainbows, but I’m counting the ones that either have specific instructions for striping, and/or that have a many-colored sample included in the pattern.

Update (the next day):  My husband was reading this post last night, and pointed out how perfectly fitting my Freak Out! mask pattern (rav) is for protesting Russian politics and how awesome it would be if someone made a rainbow version for their Ravellenics project; I don’t know how I hadn’t put that together when making the pattern list for this donation drive!  Duh!!  So, 100% of sales proceeds from Freak Out! will also be donated:

Freak Out! Freak Out!

50% of proceeds from the sales of all of these patterns (Friday-Monday) will be donated:

3 color Robin

Barry in yellow stripy cowl!

all Short Stripes Trio patterns (full trio or individually purchased) (rav)

adventure knit items!

Adventure Knitting (rav)

Flying V's

Flying V’s (rav)

Junction

Junction (rav)

Either/Or

Either/Or (rav)

Gentle on My Mind

Gentle on My Mind (rav)

Slanted & Enchanted scarf

Slanted & Enchanted (rav)

infinity moebius scarf thing

Parallel Lines (rav)

Note (added 2/7):  The above 4 patterns, as well as Freak Out!, are part of my Remixed collection (8 patterns total, $20, rav) – I will donate 50% of sales of the full collection as well!

Flippable!

Flippable (rav)

Betiko - mystery pattern version

Betiko (half of the pattern price will be donated whether it’s purchased alone or with the collection) (rav)

Custom Tritop! Brimming with Color!

Custom Tritops (rav), Brimming with Color (rav)

Shapeshifter! Skoodlet!

Shapeshifter (rav), Skoodlet (rav)

scarf5 clarissacuffs2

Game Knitting (rav)

ten 10 yard cuffs! ten 10 yard cuffs!

Ten 10 yard Cuffs (rav)

Haka!

Haka (rav)

Ocean Breezes! Mr. Pointy

Ocean Breezes (rav), Mr. Pointy (rav)

Coloring Book

And lastly, 35% of all proceeds from any of my Coloring Book patterns, including the whole ebook collection (bought through my site or ravelry) will be donated.

Coloring Book Pigment Scribbled Lines

And just to let you know, the day after this ends (Feb 11th) is my birthday, and I will be having a birthday sale like I do most years, but it will only be on patterns not included in this donation drive, so the two events won’t conflict with each other.  I’ll announce details on that one later :)

If you do cast on for a rainbow, please show it off by posting pictures in my ravelry group (or at least adding it as a rav project) – I would LOVE to see some rainbow projects!!

Filed under: contest/giveaway,hats,knit-a-longs,knitting — leethal @ 9:50 am

November 1, 2013

Quick (gift-able) Knits ebook and the Indie Gift-a-Long!

A couple of exciting things!  First, you can now (finally!) get my best-of leethal Quick Knits book collection in digital form!

leethal Quick Knits Ebook cover

This book of 12 of the most popular leethal Quick Knits patterns has been out in print booklet form for awhile now (you can get that for $12 over here, or maybe at your local yarn shop!), but I’ve just now gotten the book into e-format, so you can get a pdf of all 12 of these selected 20-yards-or-fewer patterns for $11.  Just in time for quick gift knitting!

pen tube bookmarks! Garter Strip Light-switch Cover

The items range from functional and practical (like the pen tube bookmark, the guitar pick pouch, the drink sweaters, the picnic wrapper), to cute and not-so-practical (like the various wearable flowers and leaves, the light-switch cover)…

Drink Sweaters! April's quick knits club stuff!

…to fun and silly (like the old timey moustache and the superhero mask).  Many potential gift items, as well as patterns which may teach you new knitting techniques on a small, non-intimidating scale!

Old Timey Moustache! Superhero Mask!

So, there is a thing happening which is what pushed me to finally get this ebook together, since the Quick Knits were a perfect fit for gift knitting… and this awesome gift-focused sale and knitting event is about to begin!

Giftalong!

Have you heard about it yet?  A TON of indie designers are teaming up to offer a huge selection of patterns at 25% off November 1st – 15th (with coupon code giftalong, GMT), and then you, the knitter, get to knit-a-long (or crochet-a-long) your new patterns for gifting (or for yourself!), share your progress, and have a chance to win lots of great prizes!  All the info is in the ravelry group over here.

The whole thing kicks off today, Nov 1st, and you have all the way till the end of the year to finish your knitting, but the more projects you post in the threads, the more chances you’ll have to win!  Oh and, only participating designs (the ones being offered for 25% off now) are eligible for the gift-a-long-ing.  (Side note:  I’m trying REALLY hard to release my upcoming collection before Nov 15th, so that I can include those designs as gift-a-long options, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it.  Wish me luck!)

Here are my leethal designs you can choose from (also listed in the gift-a-long thread here!) which will be 25% off with giftalong coupon code now through November 15th:

another pattern mosaic

So that’s the new Quick Knits ebook (normally $11), Ten 10 yard Cuffs, which are also super quick gift-able knits, and 7 accessory patterns which can knit up fast and make good gifts!  If you like bulky cables, you can choose Lemmy (shown below), or Twisted Ankles, or the Haka hat+cowl set

Lemmy

If you want to choose your own gauge, using a bulky weight for extra fast knitting, or a finer weight if you prefer, you can choose from Either/Or (shown below in the full mittens option), Wild is the Wind hat, Gentle on My Mind hat/bonnet/hood, or Wobble Bass hat.  Many of these are gender-neutral, and all of them can be customized based on yarn choice and other options, to best suit your giftee!

Either/Or

So, take advantage of that coupon code – browse through the forums (or the Pinterest boards!) and check out all the other awesome designers participating!  And then get knitting!  Yeah!

August 12, 2013

Woodsy knits! My Adventure Knitting sample pieces!

Adventure Knitting: A Day in the Woods is now released in its entirety!  In pdf form (which includes the DIY bound book!); in a few days, it will also be available in print book form, so I’ll post one final time about it then.  For now, I want to share with you all my sample adventure knits!

adventure knit items!

I made two of each of the four items, in varying weights and color combinations.  First up:  Orange Trail (hat), in chunky Louet Riverstone solids, three colors total:

adventure knit items!

First I climbed the birch trees in blue and green, then I played in the river, with blue as the main color and green as contrasting, and then added red as a second contrasting color in the second half of the section.  I used the solid blue to climb the flat peaks for the crown.

adventure hat

The brim was closed with a sewn seam (seen here), and the size is slouchy.  When I stopped the first section (brim) it measured approximately 19 inches, unstretched, and I stopped the body second section at approximately 7 inches.

adventure knit items!

For my second Orange Trail sample, I made a fitted hat with a buttoning brim:

adventure knit items!

In worsted weight, I climbed the basket tree with 5 colors, then I used one solid (Quince & Co Lark) to swing on vines for the second section.  Since this was a leftover-busting hat, I ran out of the green towards the top of the vines and switched over to the brown (Knit Picks Wool of the Andes), which then blended into the crown, in the color rows pattern, with orange as the main color, and the contrasting brown switched to greenish beige, then to dark green at the tip.  All finished off with a yellow button to close the brim.

adventure knit items!

For the brim, with the 5 colors, I used this locking in technique to carry all 5 strands along the back side (locking 4 strands into a stitch together, as if they were 1 strand), instead of breaking them, to avoid having to weave in a million ends.  It’s pretty bulky along the brim, with the 5 strands of worsted, and it was a huge pain to keep the 5 balls detangled while knitting, but it works!  I striped in rotating color order (color A, B, C, D, E, repeat), with 2 rows, 4 rows, 6 rows, rotating throughout the brim.

inside of hat brim

This hat was originally totally different.  I knit the whole thing, using this recycled tweedy greenish yarn as the main color, with a very different vines cable design.  After it was finished, I decided to redesign the cables, frog the hat down to the brim, and reknit it in a different main color.

frogged hat frogged hat

I used the stone hilltop crown pattern in this first hat, switching between the 5 colors, which I really love.  But since I was able to use this first crown as the stitch pattern sample, I used the other crown pattern in the reknit hat, to test out all the patterns; I am sad to have had to frog this colorful crown though, love it!

frogged hat

I’m really glad I decided to redesign the cables, I like the vines pattern much better now!

adventure hat adventure knit items!

Moving on to the first Green Byway sample – mitts in 2 slightly different natural sheep colors of handspun (around sport-DK ish weight):

adventure knit items!

Even though you can barely make out the first two stitch patterns, I really love these mitts!  I started out climbing the giant redwoods in the darker yarn, then I played in the river with the dark as the main and the lighter as the contrasting.  I finished along the diamond path (with 2 pattern repeats) in the lighter yarn, with the buttoning hand closure.

adventure knit items!

The way the mitts pattern works, with the button closure, you can button the hands closed however you like, with bigger or smaller thumb holes; so the mitts are up higher on the hands, or down lower on the wrists, or even upside down!  Above, you can see with only some top buttons closed, and below with a couple on the bottom and a few on the top closed:

adventure knit items!

And then, with all the buttons fastened to make them wrist-warmers instead.

adventure knit items!

For my other mitts sample, I used aran weight Imperial Yarn Columbia, all in the solid color, with buttoning wrists and sewn closed hands:

adventure knit items!

I started out up the bristlecone pine trees, then tried out the footpath, before ending along the chain-lined trail (with just one pattern repeat).

adventure mitts

With the hand sewn closed, you can customize it to your liking, sewing more or less, to fit your hands and have a taller or shorter top part; you can also sew it up from the bottom of the third section if you want the thumbhole positioned differently.  With the size and shape of these particular mitts, it worked out perfectly to sew them closed along the cables, so the plain stockinette parts are where the thumbholes are.

adventure knit items!

On the Aqua Passage, I made this squishy, bulky, colorful cowl!  I busted through a bunch of leftover bits here, a couple different colors (brown and yellow) of Brown Sheep Lanaloft Bulky, an unknown similar bulky yarn (red), and an aran weight blue held double.

adventure knit item!

I started (at the top) with the giant redwood in brown, then I had fun at camp, starting with the red as main and brown as contrasting, and adding the yellow as a main in the third repeat, and blue as main in the fourth repeat.  I finished it off along the dipping track, using red until it ran out, then yellow until that ran out, then blue at the end.  You may prefer a more planned color design, but I like the colorful, scrappy look!

adventure knit items!

This is such a comfy, cozy cowl, in the smaller loop size with the body knit to 8 inches, so squishy in the bulky with the slipped+twisted stitch pattern; I can’t wait to wear it in the fall!

adventure knit items!

For my second cowl, I made the long loop size, so it wraps around twice, with the button closures on both first and last sections.

adventure knit items!

Using a solid purple Louet Riverstone worsted, and a self-striping Knit Picks Chroma, I started up the birch trees (with works excellently with a solid + gradually striping together!), then I used the Chroma to hike along the footpath for the second section.  Because of the loooong rounds, the Chroma stripes changed colors quickly instead of gradually, so that you can’t see the stitch pattern too well, but the stripes do look cool and textured, so I’m happy with the result.  I switched back to the solid purple for the last few rounds of the second section, then used that for awhile in the third section, trekking along the hilly pathway:

adventure knit item!

Then I switched to a solid bright yellow-green Malabrigo Merino Worsted for about three quarters of the last section, for an extra pop of contrast!  I’m really happy with the look of the final piece!  I chose the pink buttons to make that single row of pink in the center pop a bit.  I’m really looking forward to wearing this one, as well; love it!

adventure knit item!

And then there’s the Gold Route – the quick knit option, a coffee cup sleeve.  I made this one in sock yarns – starting (at the top) with Black Trillium variegated Merilon yarn (crazy colorful Hazel colorway), climbing the basket tree.

adventure knit item!

Then I added some plain grey Knit Picks Palette for the second section contrasting color, to have fun at camp for awhile.  I used the solid grey for the third section, to finish along the hilly pathway; and both first and last sections are closed with buttons for some extra fun!

adventure knit items!

I really love this sleeve!  Fun, colorful, buttony, and practical – so many good things!

adventure knit items!

My final sample, a solid (well, hand-dyed semi-solid) coffee cup sleeve, in all cable patterns, was made with lovely Knitted Wit Superwash Merino Worsted green yarn.

adventure knit items!

I started up the bristlecone pine, then swung on some vines, and ended on the twisty road, for cabley goodness in all three sections.  These ends were grafted closed.  The cables make for great squishy bulk for a useful coffee cup sleeve:

adventure knit item!

In case you can’t tell, I really love all my adventure samples!  This project has been SO MUCH FUN to design, write, knit, organize, and follow along with knit-a-longers.  So much fun.  This will not be our last adventure!  I think adventure knitting is the perfect summer knitting activity, so I’m planning to hopefully, probably, almost-for-sure, make this a summer tradition!  At least for a few years until the next fun thing takes its place, who knows what the future will bring!

adventure knit items!

For now, you can still have woods adventures, of course, and if you have any feedback I can consider to make next summer’s adventure even more fun, let me know in the feedback thread.  Thanks!  Adventure on!

Filed under: hats,knit-a-longs,knitting — leethal @ 12:50 pm

July 30, 2013

Adventure Knit-a-long: final section release!

The adventure knit-a-long is winding around its woodsy paths and coming to an end this week, as the final knitting section pdf was released last Friday.  Now adventurers have everything needed to make this book:

Adventure knitting!

And, of course, to knit all the projects inside!  There are lots of projects with photos up in ravelry, if you’d like to peruse them, and you can see all my sample photos now on flickr, and in my rav projects pages.

Adventure knitting!

But, I’m going to leave the spoiler photos out of this post (except for this glimpse below) because my release schedule has changed a bit while I’ve been doing some assessing the last few days.  Instead of this week, the final pdf release, with everything all together in one place and photos and all that, will come next week.

I’ve decided to add charts to all the patterns (that’s 20 charts), and also to make a print book version!  These things are all in progress and actually pretty close to done, but I want to make sure everything is thoroughly edited before putting it out there for you, and I also am going to make an entirely new video to go with the full Adventure Knitting release.

So, all that is coming next week.  And, with all that new content, the final final price will raise from the current 12 to 14.  I say final final because the final pattern section is already out now, so you can pay 12 now and get everything, then you’ll automatically get the final complete pdf next week.  I’ll be sending out the charts to all KALers this week, before the complete pdf is done.

adventure knit items!

So, what exactly comes in this final KAL section file?  Well, it’s a big one!  Each of the four items (color paths) gets its own booklet, as all the items are finished differently, with their own stitch patterns, constructions, etc.

Adventure knitting!

And then there’s a fifth booklet of finishing and notes, with technique and construction help and how to finish all the items.  So that’s eight booklets (64 pages) total now (before the charts are added, which can be optional for your booklet).

Adventure knitting! Adventure knitting!

Which can all be bound together into a book!  The pdf includes a written how-to for binding them, and there’s also a video up (but it’s a bit longer than I like, so I’m planning on redoing the binding how-to video for next week’s release).

Adventure knitting!

You can bind all the booklets together with just a sewing needle and thread; it’s surprisingly easy to do once you get started and get the pattern of it down.

Adventure knitting!

And then, also included in this pdf is a foldable cover!  (The inner cover pictured here is the final book cover, not the Knit-a-long cover.)

Adventure knitting!

The way the book fits into the cover, you can lay it flat and it can stay open to any page for easy pattern following.

Adventure knitting!

The printable folding cover:

Adventure knitting!

Now that the KAL is finishing up, I think I can confidently say that it has gone really well and everyone had lots of fun on their adventures!  Hooray!!

adventure knit items!

And now, for KAL participants, it’s time to get those photos up in your project pages because when the week is over there will be some major giveaways!  I’ll draw the winners next Monday, so you have till then, and I’ll be doing three separate giveaway drawings.  You can read all the details in the giveaway ravelry forum, but in short:  the amazing donated yarn prizes listed below will go to winners with finished item photos up in their rav projects; another batch of winners will be chosen from ALL project pages with photos, so this will include still in-progress knits, to win $15 coupon codes for my patterns/ebooks; a third set of winners will be drawn from KALers who posted feedback in the feedback thread, to win $10 coupons for my patterns.

You can only win once (if your name gets chosen for two of the drawings, you’ll get the better prize), but the more projects you have up in your rav projects, the better chance you’ll have at winning.  And now, the prizes!  There are some seriously awesome prize donations!!  (Read the giveaway thread for a little bit more detail about each yarn company.)

One extremely lucky winner will get a Paintbox Kit of their color choices by Infinite Twist:

infinitetwist

Someone will win this fabulous Party Cake by Art-by-Ana – so cool!

party cake

Eat Agar is generously donating one winner’s choice of a handspun skein of Sukoshi or Summer People yarn, mmmmm handspun goodness:

eatAGAR

And one of my favorites (I’m biased since she’s a Portland local!), Knitted Wit, is giving away a skein of Shine fingering weight yarn in this rad Haute Pink colorway:

knitted wit

Even if you haven’t adventured along at all yet, you can still enter to win the prizes by jumping into adventure knitting right now and getting some project photos up before Monday!  You can do it!

Again, if you want to see some examples of adventure knit items, check out my flickr here.  (But remember, you can mix and match the stitch patterns and use any kinds of yarn you want, so your adventure knitting could look nothing like mine and be perfectly customized to your knitting preferences!)

knit fit!

Oh hey, an off-topic note to pacific northwesters!  I’ll be at Knit Fit! in Seattle again this year, November 2-3, and registration opens Thursday (Aug 1st).  I’ll be teaching recycled yarn making (my first time teaching that, I’m excited about it!) and hosting a Game Knitting night again, which was SUPER fun last year.  We’ll be playing along to Singles this year, kind of the ultimate Seattle movie.  It’s all going to be superfuntimes so register asap!  Yay!

July 23, 2013

The Adventure Knit-a-long continues: Onward we go!

The second section of adventure knitting along is now in progress!  The new part went out to adventurers last Thursday night and lots of knitters are well on their ways through these new explorations, so check out the spoilers forum if you want to see their beautiful work!

camping drawing

This section of adventure knitting lets you choose between having fun at camp, playing in a river, swinging from vines, or trying out a footpath.  It’s all worked in the round so the construction is very straight-forward; some options are best for a single solid color, while others are meant for 2 or more colors.  This section adds one more booklet to the adventure book – the four pattern options here are the same regardless of what path you’re on (so it doesn’t matter if you’re making the neck accessory, head accessory, etc).

Adventure knit drawing

This blog post is short and basic since I don’t want to give out spoilers here yet, but you can check out my ravelry projects to see all my samples up through this section, or you can scroll through my adventure knits flickr set to see all my sample spoiler photos in one place!  Next week, when the KAL is over and the complete collection is released, I’ll blog about all my samples.

Adventure knit drawing

I do have one for-a-limited-time-only announcement right now!  For any of you who have been following along, hesitant to join while things were still so mysterious, but maybe now you’ve seen enough spoilers and information that you want to have some adventures… I’ve made a coupon code, valid just now through Thursday at midnight when the final section is released, to knock the price back down to the original pre-order price of $8!

Enter coupon code JoinTheAdventure (either in your ravelry cart or on my website) to take $3 off the current price.

If you have adventurous knitting buddies who might be interested, spread the word!  Now’s the time to join in and catch up with the KAL while you still can!  The accessories can be pretty darn quick knits, so you can join today and be caught up for the final section by this weekend to adventure along with us!

Adventure knit drawing

I’ve been perfecting a couple different options for binding all the booklets together to make a complete adventure knitting book, once all the parts are out.  I’m pretty happy with how the binding is looking – I’ll be making a how-to video to go up on Friday when the final section is out, so you can bind up all your booklets!  Here is a peak at a bound book, with the cover page of this current section showing:

adventure book

Also, just so you know, I’ll be doing some adventure KAL participant giveaways next week – drawings for everyone with photos up in their ravelry project pages, and maybe some other prizes, we’ll see.  So be sure to check in with the forums to stay up to date with the KAL fun, and to show off your adventure knits in the spoilers thread and all that good stuff!  Yay!

Filed under: knit-a-longs,knitting — leethal @ 12:15 pm
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