May 12, 2016

Remixed: Making Recycled Yarns ebook, including Rejuvenation hat pattern!

Look what’s here!  It’s the final piece of my Remixed collection (on ravelry here), the long-awaited Remixed: Making Recycled Yarns ebook, which is included with that collection (with 8 any-gauge accessory patterns) and also available by itself (on ravelry here).

Making Recycled Yarns ebook cover

I think it’s worth the wait; I ended up putting a lot more into it than originally planned, it just kept growing, and I’m really happy with how it all turned out.  It will teach you everything you need to know to turn old sweaters into new yarns:

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

It’s 43 pages long, has over 200 detailed photos, and goes into detail about how to deconstruct and unravel different kinds of sweaters, and how to handle and use your yarn in lots of different ways.  The whole thing is written in a casual, friendly tone, as I talk you through how I’ve handled different kinds of sweaters and processes, giving you tips from my years of experience.  The ebook was professionally edited, by Robynn Weldon, so it’s top quality and error-free.

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

(The recycled yarns above were used to make my Freewheelin’ cabled shawl and my Either/Or full mittens.)  There’s a bunch of info about exactly how to look for sweaters to recycle at thrift stores, to get usable yarns that you’ll like; what the deal-breakers are, what to pay attention to, etc, including a shopping checklist.

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

There’s detailed info on how to deal with your recycled yarns: measuring yardage and weight, splicing, working with multiple strands, adding to your yarns…

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

And then there’s a whole section on spinning recycled yarns!  If you have a spinning wheel, you can do so much with recycled yarn-making.  Plus, since you’re spinning yarn which is already yarn (not turning fiber into yarn), it’s SO easy and you basically don’t need to look at your hands, so you can do things like read subtitles at the same time.  Anyway, below is a recycled yarn I made on the left which I then spun and plied together with another similar red recycled yarn – one of them is a wool/angora blend and the other is a merino/cashmere blend, so they plied together to make a ridiculously soft new yarn:

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

Here is a recycled wool yarn that I spun and plied with three different strands of threads and lightweight yarn (it was used to make a Wild is the Wind hat sample):

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

The ebook goes into making self-striping yarns, like this one made from a striped sweater, spun and plied with thread (it was used to knit my Freak Out! mask/hat):

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

And there’s a tutorial on how to chain ply (aka Navajo ply) recycled yarns, like I did with this cotton yarn, turning a striped sweater into a self-striping bulky yarn (used to make one of my Gentle on My Mind hat samples):

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

Another self-striping chain-plied yarn I made, shown before and after spinning, from a wool striped sweater (used to make a pair of Either/Or fingerless mitts):

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

And then here’s a different self-striping yarn I made from that same striped sweater yarn, plied with an angora recycled yarn (used to make my striped Wild is the Wind hat) – the ebook explains all the details.

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

There’s also a bit about making accessories out of parts of partially-deconstructed sweaters, like I did with these two items:

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

And there’s a new pattern included in the ebook!  I wasn’t planning on adding a new pattern to the Remixed collection, but I felt so bad about the long wait for the ebook, I thought a new pattern might help everyone to feel better (mainly myself, to ease the guilt feelings).  So, I kind of remixed my Scant top-down hat pattern, using that same construction and crown pattern, adding a brand new (sideways modular) brim.

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The hat is called Rejuvenation (on ravelry here), and it’s only available with the new ebook / the full Remixed collection, but it is included for you as a separate pdf file as well, for easy knitting.  It’s named after an album by The Meters:

Rejuvenation

This sample happens to be made from the two yarns recycled from the sweaters that those two accessories above also came from – a wool/cashmere blend, which was held triple-stranded to make a bulky weight for the hat, and bulky multi-colored yarns in very short lengths to make the scrappy-striped brim:

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

The pattern is for any weight/gauge, no swatching needed, custom sized, and it works very nicely with the brim in a contrasting color or not.  It would work with stripes/multi-colored yarns in either the body or the brim; it’s a simple enough design that it’s very versatile with what kinds of yarns you can use.  My other sample is all in one yarn, a spun recycled yarn, approximately aran weight:

There's a new hat pattern included in my Remixed yarn-making ebook! Rejuvenation uses the same measure-as-you-go top-down construction as my Scant pattern, with a brand new modular brim, which can be folded up or down. You could say it's a remix of an old Rejuvenation

Here’s what the yarn looked like; it’s the same yellow wool pictured above, spun and plied with a red angora-blend recycled yarn:

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

The hat can be worn different ways, brim up or down, spun around on the head in different positions.  You can see more photos and also read more details about the specifics of my samples on their ravelry project pages: bulky striped-brim sample, and plied yarn sample.

Rejuvenation Rejuvenation

So that’s an idea of what’s in the ebook.  You can find the table of contents and a preview of the first few pages here on my site, if you want to see exactly what’s included.

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

I’m hoping that it inspires knitters who never considered making recycled yarns, and helps make the process clear and manageable for everyone, all info needed in one easy-to-follow pdf.  If you want to try out making recycled yarn, but you’re overwhelmed by the messy expanse of free online tutorials and forums, this ebook is a way to get everything in one place, learn all the steps of recycled yarn-making from the beginning, read lots of detailed tips and info that will help you along the way, all illustrated by clear photos and lots of examples.

from Making Recycled Yarns ebook from Making Recycled Yarns ebook

If you do use the ebook to make your own yarn, I’d LOVE to see it!  Use #remixedyarn on instagram, etc, and it would be awesome if you’d post your yarns in the leethal knitters! ravelry forums!!

Filed under: hats,knitting,Remixed,self-publishing,thrifty finds,yarn — Lee Meredith @ 12:58 pm

January 28, 2016

New pattern: Twou!

The first pattern in my Triyang collection (ravelry link) (besides the actual Triyang pattern) is out now!  Thanks for your patience, as this collection has been taking me a bit longer to get out to you than I’d originally hoped/expected… But Twou is out now, Vire will be out by the end of this week, and Liy about a week after that.

Twou!

Before I talk about the Triyang collection and Twou, a couple of quick things:

  • If you happen to be reading this right away, and you happen to know a teenager in Portland, I am teaching a free class for teens at the Kenton library on Friday (Jan 29th), no-sew crafting with reclaimed t-shirts (making tote bags and other things, materials provided).  Register to reserve a seat.  It’ll be fun!
  • I was interviewed by Joeli via Skype and it’s now up on YouTube!  And the whole thing was being broadcast via Periscope, so viewers could ask questions in real time, which was super cool so now I’m brainstorming ways to start using Periscope in the future…  I just signed up for account, so follow me there at leethalknits.
  • The annual Holla Knits knit-a-long is starting on February 1st, through April – read all the details here.  My Unbroken hat is a Holla Knits pattern, so if you’ve ever thought about making one now is the perfect time; for every finished knit-a-long project you’ll automatically win a free pattern!  And be entered to win bigger prizes too.  Fun stuff!

Twou!

So now, there’s a big reveal about the Triyang collection: All the patterns are written so that the sections can be mixed and matched with each other!!  And with garter stitch / stockinette, or even with your own stitch pattern ideas.

Custom Triyang

The final collection pattern release will be topped off with a fifth pattern pdf, the Custom Triyang pattern, which is the Triyang pattern rewritten for combining sections with the other collection patterns, and for using stockinette instead of garter stitch, so you can take your pick for each of the three sections – garter, stockinette, lace, cables, or colorwork.  So this means if you love just one of the sections of Twou (or Vire or Liy) but you’d prefer to just do quick & easy garter stitch for the other parts, you can do just that; or if you fall in love with the top section of Vire, and the middle section of Liy, and the bottom section of Twou, you can use all those sections together.  I’m currently working on a sample with garter stitch stripes on the bottom, Liy colorwork in the middle, and Vire cables on the top – I’ve been calling it my Frankenshawl.

frankenshawl

Anyway, more about the custom pattern will come when it’s actually released, but up there are my sloppy mockups of the Custom Triyang concept to give you an idea of what you can do.  For now, Twou!

Twou!

I won’t get into the construction, because all the collection patterns have the same construction, same as Triyang, which you can see details about here, including the animated gif of how it’s constructed.  It’s three modular sections with no picked up stitches:

Twou!

The sizing of Twou is determined by the yarn weight/gauge.  I have two samples, one in DK weight (on size US 4 needles for a somewhat dense gauge) for a small size, and another in the same DK weight held double, on size US 8 needles for a very densely knit aran weight larger size shawl.

Twou!

You can go up to a bulky weight for a very large size if you want, or you can mess with gauge/density to adjust the size as well.  Use a nice drapey kind of worsted weight yarn (like a superwash wool or silk blend or something else that will look good worked loosely for an openwork kind of lace), knit on extra big needles (like 2-3 sizes larger than you’d normally use), blocked stretched out to make it open and lacy, for a different kind of large shawl.

Twou!

The pattern includes all the details about sizing (approximate lengths you’ll get with different gauges, yardage estimates, other yarn info, etc) – some of these details are also on the ravelry page.

Twou!

The samples are in Infinite Twist Helix DK weight yarn (Spooky Purple colorway), a plied wool which looks and feels awesome in a dense-ish kind of gauge, for a squishy cozy kind of lace knit.  The smaller size in one strand (pictured below) used about 285 yards, and the larger size (above) with it held double stranded used about 920 yards of the Helix (so about 460 yards of aran weight).

Twou!

Helix is sold in 200 yard skeins, so you’ll need 2 skeins for the smaller size, 5 for the larger size.

yarn being used in Triyang collection pattern sample

And hey, Infinite Twist is currently having a HUGE SALE on Helix!!  Through February 15th, buy 3 skeins get 1 free!  So if you want enough for a large (double stranded) Twou, add 4 skeins to your cart, write a note in the “Anything else we should know about your order?” box at checkout saying which color you’d like for your free skein, and you’ll get 5 skeins.  If you want to make a smaller single-stranded Twou, you could get 4 skeins (add 3 to your cart, get a 4th free) and make two Twous!

Or, other things to match… I started making a pair of Incenters out of Helix and it’s a great fit (mine are scrap-busting with many colors, but Incenter is designed for 3 colors normally).  I also designed Krewe in Helix – the main sample uses mini-balls, but you could use just one color for the contrasting, and you’d only need 2 skeins total, 1 in each color.

So you could get 4 skeins, 2 in the same color to make a Twou, and 2 in different colors to make a Krewe, and it’s even meant to be because they rhyme!!  Just add 3 to your cart, and say which color for the free skein when checking out.

Here are direct links to the Helix pages, divided up by color families: reds & oranges, yellows, greens, bluespinks & purples (my samples are in Spooky Purple), and neutrals.  There may be shipping delays coming up because of Chinese New Year (Infinite Twist is based out of Shanghai) but shipping to the U.S. for orders over $30 is always free!

Infinite Twist Krewe kits! Infinite Twist Krewe kits!

While the shawl was designed in one color, you could knit the sections in different colors if you want a multi-colored version – the pattern includes notes on how to do this. For yardage estimating, the first (bottom) section uses approximately 30% of the yardage, section 2 (middle) uses approx 27%, and section 3 (top) uses approx 43% of the yardage, so plan accordingly.  (If you’re making a single-stranded shawl with Helix, you could use one color for the bottom and middle sections and another color for the top section, and 2 skeins would be enough.  For the double stranded, using 4 skeins in one color for the bottom and middle sections, and 2 skeins in a different color for the top would maybe work, but the yardage for the top section would be cutting it very close.)

Twou!

This is a really fun to knit lace shawl.  It’s not just me saying that… I hired my friend Emme to knit the larger size sample and she went on to pretty much immediately knit another one for herself, which she completed in four days!  That kind of proof that a knitter really loves a pattern I designed is pretty much the greatest thing for a designer to hear, makes me so happy! :D

Twou!

So I’m a bit belated on this blog post – as you’re reading this, there’s a good chance Vire is already released, so you can find that on ravelry right there next to Twou, and I’ve been posting details about the collection patterns on the leethal ravelry group over here.  And speaking of the ravelry group, the first VIP club mini-mystery-knit-a-long starts next Tuesday!  I’m suuuper excited about that!  So much going on!  Hope you’re having a good first month of 2016!

Filed under: knitting,self-publishing,Triyang collection — Lee Meredith @ 9:10 am

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

December 11, 2015

New pattern PDF: Insta-hat! Plus, Remixed poster!

(Temporary note: buy this now, by Sunday, for 50% to be donated to charity! See my previous post for details.)  New pattern re-release!  Insta-hat, now in re-written PDF format:

Insta-hat!

If you follow me on Instagram (or other social media), you’ll probably remember the mystery knit-a-long I posted for free last December, as a holiday gift to followers – the pattern was this Insta-hat, and those original Instagram posts still exist (links are on the ravelry and leethalknits pages).

Insta-hat!

The brand new PDF is re-written to be easier to follow (as a normal pattern instead of split into mystery KAL posts), extra sizing info added, some embellishment options added, new photos were taken, it was professionally tech edited… So now it’s a high quality normal for-sale pattern, but the price is extra low ($4) since it’s an upgrade of the existing free Instagram pattern.

Insta-hat!

The hat is a quick knit, in bulky weight, with easy lace repeat patterns – it’s a good adventurous beginner level pattern, or it’s a fun fast knit for more advance knitters.  It can knit up in 1-2 nights no problem, for most (depends how you are with bulky yarn, of course, but it’s definitely a relatively quick knit).

Insta-hat!

It is interesting enough to look cool in plain yarns, but simple enough to work with variegated, so it’s a good way to use up any skein of bulky you may have in your stash.  My samples are in madelinetosh A.S.A.P.:

Insta-hat!

Patons Classic Wool Bulky, plus handspun embellishment:

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Punta Yarns Flame Handpainted (discontinued yarn), which is super bulky weight for an extra dense gauge:

Insta-hat!

Hand-dyed recycled yarn (made by me), a light-ish bulky weight for a more loose gauge:

Insta-hat!

And that extra big version works nicely with the brim folded under, for a warmer hat and a different style:

Insta-hat!

This hat is written in 3 circumference sizes, and a range of heights, so you can make it fitted to your head and more or less tall for slouch or a fitted top, as you like.  Detailed sizing info, and sizes/measurements of all the samples, are included in the new pdf.

Insta-hat!

And instructions for how I did the woven yarn embellishment are given in the pdf, if you like that:

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This hat works well with a big pom-pom, especially if you make it slouchy!

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Here’s an instagram shot I really like, from back when I first made this sample:

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Last year when I designed this, I’d only meant to make a couple samples, but I ended up making four because it was such a fast, fun knit, I just kept going, “ooh but it would look so good in this yarn too!” and making another, then another.  It would make an excellent last-minute gifting pattern – make one for each member of your family!

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So that’s Insta-hat.  Click here to ravelry where you can browse lots of versions by other knitters!  If you like it, consider using the new PDF version instead of the Instagram posts; it will be easier to knit from, and also I’d be very appreciative of you supporting my work :)

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In other news, to go with my release of the newly updated Remixed patterns, I’ve just released a poster of the Remixed artwork! You can learn more about these drawings in this blog post; I added color to the knitted accessories for the poster:

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It’s available through MagCloud here, printed on high quality heavy paper, 12×18 inches, for $6 (plus shipping).  (Patterns are on ravelry here.)

Remixed Poster

Lastly, just want to let you know that the 3 upcoming Triyang collection patterns are coming along nicely!  Here are peeks at all 3, the colorwork, lace, and cabled designs (badly lit, sorry – Portland is gloooomy today!):

My Triyang collection shawls are coming along well! (Available for pre-order now, 50% goes to charity through Sunday!)

You can find the Triyang collection for pre-order on ravelry here or on leethalknits.com here – like all my other patterns, if you buy it by this Sunday, half will be donated to charity.  You’ll get the Triyang pattern immediately, and these 3 patterns in a few weeks.  Details about the collection are on my blog here.  I’m pretty excited about it!

December 7, 2015

December donation drive + Remixed mega-update!

A few days ago, Bristol Ivy posted this message on instagram:

I try hard not to get too political on here (with limited success sometimes) but right now I’m just worn out. Worn out by the violence, the sadness, the ignorance, the demonization, and the needless devastation happening all over the world. So I’m going to try to do my own little bit of good. For the month of December, 50% of all pattern sales from my Ravelry store will go to charity: 25% to UNHCR, 25% to Doctors Without Borders. Link to store is in profile–please help me spread the word! Let’s shine what light we can.

(Her follow-up post includes some other designers who are doing the same.)

I too am worn out.  So much.  Unfortunately, I just can’t afford to donate half of a month’s worth of sales (even if there’s a chance my sales would double as a result, it’s still just a chance, and I can’t take that risk), but what I can do is a week.

50% of all sales from now to Sunday December 13th, of all self-published patterns, collections, ebooks, will be donated – half to UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency), half to Doctors without Borders.

some leethal patterns

You can buy patterns through ravelry or leethalknits.com, and everything counts except for the few patterns I have through third parties (like Twist Collective or Holla Knits).  Everything else is fair game: Triyang collection pre-order, old Quick Knits ebooks, big collections, etc.

some leethal patterns

Aaaand, it includes the In Triplicate collection too.  It won’t be just half of my patterns’ percentage (which is a third of the patterns – the other two thirds by Star Athena and Shannon Squire), but half of the whole collaborative collection sales will be donated.  (Now is REALLY the time to grab that collection, because not only will half be donated, but also the knit-a-long starts today – check out the ravelry group for that.)

some leethal patterns

Oh, there is one exception for my patterns.  Siskiyou (and the whole collection it’s a part of) automatically has 10% of sales going to local domestic violence agency Raphael House of Portland this year; so during this week, I’ll up Siskiyou’s donation percentage to 60%.  So $3 out of every $5 pattern sold this week will go to Raphael House (instead of the standard donations that the rest of my patterns will contribute to).

Remixed patterns

The other major news I wanted to tell you is: all 8 Remixed patterns (pictured above; on ravelry here) have been completely reformatted, reedited, and improved!

Remixed collection image pattern cover page

The pdfs take up WAY fewer pages now (cut down by more than half in some cases), but all the info, and process photos, etc, are still there, just most process photos are smaller now, and some redundant wording has been cut down.  There is no longer the “printable pattern” version at the back of each pdf, since the full patterns are not so overwhelming for printing now (and of course you can choose not to print the cover and/or any other pages you don’t need on paper, like technique photo tutorials).

pattern cover page Slanted & Enchanted scarf

The patterns themselves, like how they are made, are the same as before, but some things are worded differently now, hopefully much improved for better understanding, and more enjoyable knitting!

Freewheelin’ and Wild is the Wind have been upgraded the most – both have totally redone charts, and parts now written out that didn’t used to be written out.  There are now no patterns in this collection that have something charted but not written (only 3 of the patterns have charts at all, but now all the charts are also written).

Freewheelin'

So, if you have Remixed in your pattern stash from way back, and you were overwhelmed or annoyed at the pattern length, replace those old pdfs with the new ones!  I’m hoping things are easier to follow now, and happy new knitting experiences will be had :)

And, of course, if you don’t already have the Remixed collection, now is the perfect time to grab it, while half is being donated.  (Also, when I finally get the yarn-making ebook done next year, the collection price will be going up.)

Happy holidays to you, and please consider my patterns for your gift knitting this week so I can donate nice big chunks to excellent causes this season!

Filed under: gifts,knitting,Remixed,self-publishing — Lee Meredith @ 7:20 am

November 12, 2015

In Triplicate!

New collection!  In Triplicate is a collaboration between me, Star Athena, Shannon Squire, and Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  There are 9 patterns, and they are all designed in the same yarn – Gaea Sport – in the same 3 colorways (Ochroid, Mica, and Lover’s Leap).

In Triplicate collection

I will be posting about each of my 3 patterns separately (left column above: Directrix, TransversalIncenter); today, I’ll just tell you the story of how our collection was built…

But first, I will say some basics: each of the 3 of us got 1 skein of each of the 3 colors – these skeins are LARGE (560 yards each).  We used our 3 skeins to design 3 things; we all ended up with leftovers after our initial 3 samples were done.  So, you can get 3 skeins of your own and use the collection to make MANY of the things!  We even included a page of spreadsheets that show you how to maximize your yarn – if you plan carefully, you can make up to EIGHT of the items with the 3 skeins!  Or, you can skip the careful planning, make a bunch of hats and mitts no problem, and then see about squeezing out a neck thing with whatever you have left; or make your favorite neck thing first, as big as you want, then use the rest to make some hats/mitts.  Point is, with the 3 skeins and 9 patterns, you can make lots of things… I have this vision of knitters making something for every member of their family with the same 3 colors, different items for each person, but all matching/coordinating, and it’s so cute in my head!  You should do it, and take a holiday photo with everyone wearing their things, and post a comment here to show me because I want to see how cute you are!

Okay I went off on a matching-knitwear fantasy there, sorry about that… So, yeah, maximize your yardage, make all the things.

In Triplicate!

The full 9-pattern collection is $20, and each individual pattern is available solo for $5.  They are all in the Gaea Sport, which is actually a DK weight yarn (according to ravelry – I think it even knits up like a light worsted, but I guess light worsted is basically the same as DK, right? Oh, yarn weight labels, so arbitrary!).

If you buy the collection before December 15th, it will include a 10% off coupon code for 3 skeins of Gaea Sport, in your choice of any 3 colors!  Aaaand, there will be a knit-a-long starting in December, with prizes to be won, in our new In Triplicate ravelry group!  (Side note: if you’re a Gift-a-Long knitter, the collection patterns will be eligible for that as well!)

In Triplicate!

Now, more about what In Triplicate is, and how it came to be!  Shannon, Star, and I each designed a head accessory, a hand accessory, and a neck accessory.  One of each of these is in 1 color, 1 is in 2 colors, and 1 is in 3 colors – that goes for both the 3 designs by one designer, and for the 3 designs of one accessory type.

THIS is the idea that Star, Vivian Aubrey (pictured below with me), and I came up with oh so many years ago (5 years? I think?) on a day trip to Black Sheep Fiber Festival in Eugene (I mentioned it very briefly here).  During lunch and in the car ride, we excitedly developed this idea – I think we even drew up a spreadsheet on a napkin over pizza.  Well, we might not have actually drawn it on a napkin (it was probably a notebook), but there was definitely pizza, I remember that!

Me + Vivian!

So, that was back when Vivian was designing more, and we three were planning to make this happen for several years, until finally one day this spring Star and I got talking about it, and we knew Vivian wouldn’t mind us rolling with it because she had really gone off and become an awesome knitwear photographer and hadn’t been focusing on designing in years… When we started building the collection this year, we had planned to have the photography done by Vivian, but due to jam-packed schedules and deadlines we sadly were not able to make that happen.  This was a bummer, but we so appreciate Vivian’s original part in the concept development!!

Vivian + Star!

After we got the okay from Vivian to go off and find a new third designer, we immediately knew our first choice was Shannon, local Portland designer and long-time knitting scene buddy of ours.  So we arranged a secret meeting (I think Star texted her something like, “we have a proposition for you”), and she was instantly on board!

In Triplicate!

Next was deciding on a yarn – a big decision since the entire collection would be in the same yarn!  We wanted to love it, we wanted it we be pretty versatile, have beautiful colorways, and we were really hoping it could be local… It just so happens that Shannon (Star too, actually) had worked a ton with Tina of Blue Moon Fiber Arts, which fit ALL the criteria!  So that decision ended up being super easy!  Tina was immediately on board as well, and she met up with us at Shannon’s house with an enormous box of colors.

color trios for In Triplicate collection

We had pretty much the BEST time ever playing with yarn colors for hours, trio-ing (like pairing, but with threes, right?) the colors up.  There were about 100 colors total, and we just started grouping them into sets of three:

color trios for In Triplicate collection

And then we twisted all the trios together:

color trios for In Triplicate collection

I really love colors.  This was an excellent way to spend an afternoon, I am not exaggerating at all, seriously, best time.  We made dozens of trio combos – these were our favorites:

yarn trio possibilities for In Triplicate

Update! A Blue Moon blog post just went up with much better photos of all our favorite color combos, and I put up a tumblr post of my personal favorites here!

The point was to make lots of fun combos that would work well, so we could show you ideas for your own color threesomes, and also to find our #1 favorite, to actually use for the whole collection.  Well, sometime near the beginning of the process, someone, Star? – that whole afternoon is really kind of a blur, I think I was high on color? – held up these three together, and they just POPPED.

color trios for In Triplicate collection

Like, magic.  All four of us were like, whoa, yes, I never would have thought “let’s do our collection in yellow, grey, and HOT pink” but dude, you guys, these three colors look AMAZING together.  I even documented when Shannon twisted them together for the first time, above, because we knew, these are our colors.

In Triplicate yarns!

So that was it.  None of our couple dozen other combos could beat it – of course, there were many that we REALLY loved, but we had our pick.  One of the best things about this collection’s release will be getting to see the patterns worked up in totally different colorways!  I’d love to see the designs in something like orange, aqua, and olive green… or black, white, and grey… or red, turquoise, and light grey… If you choose three colors with one being neutral-ish, one being really bright, and the third kind of a muted color, you have yourself a color trio!  So many possibilities!

In Triplicate yarns!

So next, we designed and knit the things!  We had tea meetings, brainstorming email chains, late-night texts, problems to be solved… the collaboration process was so cool!  I’m such a solo worker normally, it was great to have other people’s ideas bouncing around with mine, changing my design directions, giving me focus with my designs, so that the collection could really be cohesive and not just 9 random patterns.

In triplicate

When we first started, we were just like… 3 accessories, 3 colors, we’ll see where it goes… but then once we had some ideas sketched and swatched, we starting seeing common threads and rolling with that.  So we ended up with a few design themes: geometry-inspiration (bold lines and shapes, stuff like that), slipped stitches, garter stitch, texture.  Not all 9 patterns have all these elements, but they show up over and over throughout the collection.

In Triplicate!

Once we had our designs/samples done, or nearly done, it was time to figure out more collection specifics.  We decided not do a print version, and to release the collection as 9 individual pdfs (instead of an actual 1-file ebook) – we’re planning on having the collection be available as a collection through the end of 2016, and then we’ll just each have our own individual patterns available.  We divvied up the tasks, and I acted as graphic designer for the collection – here’s a glimpse at a pattern cover.  I made a custom In Triplicate font!

In Triplicate pdf preview

Star made drawings and doodles to use throughout all the patterns – both knitting and geometry themed.  They add so much awesomeness to the patterns!  LOVE them!

In Triplicate pdf peek

Early on, we grabbed the domain name intriplicatecollection.com on an impulse, but then kind of realized we didn’t really need it, since the collection would just exist on ravelry… but we had it, so, I took Star’s drawings and threw this webpage together just for fun!  It’ll just exist during the time that the collection is available; go check it out!

In Triplicate webpage screenshot

With everything almost ready for release, it was photoshoot time!  We gathered at Portland State University to get some good vaguely geometry-themed backgrounds, and with me as the main photographer and my husband as assistant, we modeled the heck out of our designs!

In Triplicate! In Triplicate! In Triplicate!

In Triplicate! In Triplicate! In Triplicate!

In Triplicate! In Triplicate! In Triplicate!

Of course there was other boring stuff involved, like LOTS of editing – we all edited each others’ patterns first, then sent them off to a pro tech editor to make them as perfect as possible.  It was fun building the pdfs because I got to see how different we 3 designers are.  My patterns are the longest (but not CRAZY long like some of my older patterns – these range 5-8 pages total) even though I thought I was trying to design simple things, comparatively simple I guess.  It’s just how my designing mind works.  None of my patterns are hard though, really!  They just have multiple sections and stuff that takes up a bit of space… they are all really fun to make!  Anyway…

In Triplicate!

I’ll show you my designs in detail next week.  Do check out the others though!  I love all 9 patterns, but I really especially love Shannon’s Trisectrix shawl (big holes and asymmetry!), the texture of Shannon’s Point of Symmetry mitts and Star’s Lemma hat, and the smart+creative simplicity of Star’s Abscissa mitts.

In Triplicate!

I can’t wait to start seeing In Triplicate knits popping up – be sure to post photos in your ravelry projects so we can admire them!  Happy knitting, times three!

Filed under: collaborations,hats,knitting,self-publishing,yarn — Lee Meredith @ 1:25 pm

September 3, 2015

News, timelines, and lots of design process ramblings

News for Oregonians!  For the first time this year, I’ll be teaching at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby – and registration deadline is very soon!  Register online by this Saturday (Sept 5th) to ensure your spot.  If you miss that deadline, you can still come and sign up in person at the event, but you risk there not being space left.

leethal hats

I’m teaching No-Pattern Hat Knitting; I’ll teach you how to make 3 different kinds of hats with constructions that allow you to size it to your head as you knit, in any weight/gauge.  I taught this class at Knit Fit! in Seattle last year and it was great!  I’m excited to teach it again!  My class is Friday September 25th in the afternoon slot.

Damn I've made a lot of hats! This is just a small percentage, for class examples. Excited to teach no-pattern hat knitting for the first time, at @knitfitseattle !

And another thing for more northern Pacific Northwest knitters – I won’t actually be at Knit Fit! this year, but my Game Knitting night will be!  This year’s movie is Clueless so I’m bummed to be missing it, but you should go and have tons of fun without me!!

Game Knitting night has begun!!

So, I don’t use this blog a ton anymore these days… I figure it kind of exists for followers of my work who want to keep up with what I’m up to, and as a place to talk in more detail about new designs and stuff.  It’s been quite a busy year, and is continuing to be, so how about I use this space to tell you all about what’s up with me, and you can read it all the way to the bottom if you’re interested… and I’ll tell you a few more newsy things up front.  I don’t have a big vision for this blog in the long term, but for now, right now, I feel like rambling on a bit about my year and design work, so I’m going to do that, and I’ll continue to announce new patterns as they come, and if there’s some random tutorial or project here and there that I find the time to post, I will, but yeah, mostly just the rambling and the announcements.

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I want to address some things you may have pre-ordered from me, to let you know they are not forgotten and give you a general timeline.

  • Full Body Trio.  Tionne, the first pattern, was released last fall, Lopes came in the spring, and the final pattern (Chilli) was originally meant for the end of this year.  My original design idea was for a piece that was a warm layer for winter/fall, so that was my plan… but I did some rethinking on the design this year, a new idea popped into my head, and the concept evolved into a springy (possibly summery) kind of garment.  So, that is staying on hold for awhile longer – planned release is now early spring of next year.
  • Triyang collection.  Nothing new to say about that, but I’ll just repeat here that I plan/hope to get the other 3 patterns out by the end of this year.
  • Adventure Knitting 3.  The ebook is complete, has been for awhile, so if you buy it digitally you’re all set.  But the print book (like the first 2 have) is on hold for a little awhile because I just flat out ran out of time; I needed to get caught up on deadline projects first, then I’ll get that book together and hopefully have it released in time to make a good holiday gift possibility :)
  • Remixed.  This is my big guilty weight on my shoulders.  The pattern collection was complete several years ago, and the recycled-yarn-making ebook is still in progress.  I feel terrible about this, and I learned big lessons about how to plan long-term projects going forward… I keep planning/trying to squeeze it in between other things, but there ends up not being time enough to complete it.  It really is getting there, and my plan as of right now is to basically spend January on this ebook, like top priority for that entire month (unfortunately, there is no sooner month with time available).  As for the patterns, I have a huge update in the works, which I almost finished last spring and then wasn’t able to do the final steps, and I really hope to find the 2-3 days needed to focus on that and get it done and released – this will be all 8 pattern pdfs in a modified format to take up WAY fewer pages, more in line with my current pdf style, and edited/updated to just be better patterns generally.  Also, when the patterns are updated and the ebook is finally released, the price of the whole collection will be going up a bit, so ordering now will save a few bucks.

Okay, that’s that.  Now I’ll tell you all about what I’ve been up to, design-wise, for the last almost-year…

Last fall, there was a submission call for a publication that spoke to me – I immediately started brainstorming and came up with 2 different design ideas I loved, which I thought fit the call really well.  I put a ton of work into designing both patterns pretty thoroughly, and sent in my submission.  Unfortunately, the call got an overwhelming number of submissions (it’s a popular publication) and mine didn’t make the cut.

original Twou as a submission idea

original Twou as a submission idea original Twou as a submission idea

Which was totally okay with me, because during the proposal-making process, I’d thought and brainstormed, and ended up realizing, hey, this one design, the construction is awesome and super versatile, it would actually make for a perfect collection!  That design ended up becoming Twou – the lace design in the Triyang collection.  The big gold swatch in that photo was the design swatch for that proposal.  Twou will be a bit different (heavier weight yarn for one thing) but that was the beginning of the Triyang collection design process.  As soon as it didn’t get in there, I started planning the collection around the construction, deciding to do it similarly to the Betiko collection, a garter stitch, any-gauge pattern, and then lace, cabled, and colorwork designs in the same construction.  But unlike the patterns in the Betiko collection, I decided to just do one version per pattern, just a single gauge pattern for each of the non-garter designs.  I was super excited to get the ball rolling on this… but needed to work on other things first that were already rolling.  So, I’d get back to that collection plan in 2015 (this planning ahead after the proposal was still happening in late fall of last year).

So then, there was that other submission – remember how I said I proposed 2 different pattern ideas?  Shortly after that proposal didn’t work out, I saw another call for submissions for another publication, for which the second design idea fit perfectly!  The first proposal was for fingering weight, and this one was for worsted (or, based on the call, I wanted to change the design to worsted), so I made a new swatch and sent in that proposal… and didn’t hear back… and pretty much forgot about it… until earlier this year, I found out they’d held onto the design for a later issue from the one I’d submitted to, and it was picked up for that one, yay!

And, even though it’s not out yet, I can actually tell you what it’s going to be in, and show you a photo of it, because it was revealed in the fall issue of Interweave Knits!  (And online too.)  So yeah, this pattern will be in the Gifts issue of Interweave, coming out pretty soon!

Ohmygosh I was flipping through the new Interweave Knits fall issue and did a double take! This is my design!! It's shown on pages 3 and 4, with the featured needle set. It will be in the Gifts issue this fall!

So, that was designed and knit and everything in early spring of this year, around the same time I was designing and knitting Lopes.  And around the same time I’d originally been hoping to be designing the entire Triyang collection… I had this whole plan at the beginning of the year, which involved the then-unnamed triangle shawl collection being released in the spring, before the Adventure Knit-a-long launched.  Well, the theme of my life pretty much is things always take SO MUCH more time than I expect/want them to… Zulo took a ton of extra time, throwing off my early spring, and then Lopes did as well, and since that new Interweave pattern was thrown into the timeline, by the time I actually got going designing Triyang, it was already getting really close to the time of year I wanted to release the whole collection.

And then, like I mentioned in my Triyang post, I ended up spending WAY more time than expected swatching out versions of the shawl shape, trying to get it just right and figure out how to write the pattern, etc, etc.  So by the time I was actually ready to knit the samples, and figure out stitch patterns for the other collection patterns and stuff, it was late April, and I had to make some choices.  I could really try to get the whole collection out as planned, as quickly as possible, before the Adventure KAL, and then the KAL would have to happen in late summer, possibly like really late summer.  I didn’t want to do that – I wanted the KAL to happen in early-mid summer, and I knew trying to get the collection out pre KAL (which still needed to be designed at this point!) would risk things taking longer than expected and the KAL getting bumped even more… it just wasn’t going to work.

Oh, and then, kind of a tangent, there were a couple of other designs thrown into the mix right around this time of the year.  I worked really hard (spending way too much time, once again) on a publication proposal in May, cutting into that Triyang designing time.  And I did a design for a third party in June (a secret one, pixelated below, which will be revealed probably in a few weeks), which again lengthened my timeline on self-publishing plans.  Of course, I take on all these projects because I want to, and I love doing them, I just kind of am terrible at planning realistic timelines for myself.

I knit at a shipwreck yesterday! #wwkipday #placeswhereyoucanknit

I made my decision, got Triyang and the collection in general (especially Twou, which already had a lot of work put into it) into a state where I’d kind of worked through everything that was in-process in my brain and in notes, wrote up the whole pattern in as complete a format as possible, so that I could put the whole thing on hold for a few months, and I’d be able to pick it back up where I left off no problem.  (Putting a design on hold and coming back to it later is normally pretty risky, since you might not remember little things that you hadn’t thought were worth writing down at the time, or you might not be able to decipher your own notes, or just not being in the same headspace as before can hurt the design…)  During this first run of Triyang collection designing, I made alllll the swatches I mentioned last week, figuring out ratios and everything, all the design details, for the Triyang pattern, which would relate to the whole collection… lots of notes were taken.

Triyang notebook pages Triyang notebook pages

Since Twou had been semi-designed for that submission, I did more swatching in the new heavier weight gauge, made some stitch pattern decisions, and got that pattern basically done, to come back and knit the sample later.  Twou will be in Infinite Twist Helix DK weight yarn (in Spooky Purple):

yarn being used in Triyang collection pattern sample

I also made yarn decisions about the other two designs, so that I’d be ready to dive right in when the time came to focus on them, getting these skeins of Black Trillium Pebble Worsted (in Phoenix Rising and Saltwater) for the colorwork pattern:

yarn being used in Triyang collection pattern sample

And this giant skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted (in Blue Moonstone) for the cabled design, perfectly squishy for the big cables!

yarn being used in Triyang collection pattern sample

So that collection was all planned out for later, and I set it aside, the first Triyang sample in-progress and the other yarns all ready to go, so I could pick them up as soon as possible.

yarn being used in Triyang collection pattern sample

I started work on designing this year’s Adventure Knitting collection then, in May.  With the plan to get that done, like completely totally done, by the time the actual KAL started, in July, so while the KAL itself was happening I could be knitting the Triyang samples and designing the other collection patterns.  And then, like a month or so after the KAL, I’d release the entire 4-pattern collection all at once.

These are all my color coded swatches for the new Adventure Knitting collection - 31 stitch patterns! I just posted the big reveal blog post with all the patterns and details! (Blog at leethal.net)

Well, of course, Adventure Knitting got totally out of hand and took SO MUCH more time than I wanted it to.  I had this plan that I’d make this year’s much simpler and shorter than last year’s, which was ridiculously long and complex and just too much.  Well, this year’s was different, and there were some things that were shorter/faster, but other things that kind of spiraled away from my plans and got bigger and bigger… and in the end, this year’s pattern book was even LONGER than last year’s.  Blech, why do I let these things get so overwhelming?  One idea leads to another and I can’t stop myself.  Great for you (SO MANY pattern options to choose from!), not so good for me and my timeline.  So, I was still finishing up samples and doing work on the pattern all the way through the KAL, and wasn’t able to even pick up Triyang until the KAL was over.

Which leads me to other factors… My plan to release the Triyang collection asap after the KAL was part of the greater plan/timeline for the year.  Because I’m doing the big awesome exciting collaboration project this fall!  (Mentioned back here.)  And then, three other opportunities happened to come up for the fall which I couldn’t pass up, because they are all so great and exciting and I’m wanting to branch out and do more third party stuff and diversify my income and all that self-employment stuff… so… I have deadlines now for 6 (SIX) different patterns within the next couple of months.  Which is insane, for me.  I usually design pretty complex patterns, and I usually average around 1 per month.  So yeah.

Just spent the most glorious 2 hours with @bluemoonfiberarts, @starathena, and @shannonsq around this table of about a hundred colors, scheming away about something.

This is why my Triyang collection plans got further bumped.  I really loved the idea of releasing all 4 patterns at once, and I even had a head start – Twou was almost completely designed in like April – but once the KAL was over, and these other deadlines had appeared, there was no way.  The Triyang pattern was almost done already, so I powered through that and got it out as quickly as I could, and now I’m focused on all this new excited stuff through early November.  And then, I really hope I’ll be able to get those 3 Triyang collection patterns designed and finished extra quickly, since they are all started.  Of course, there’s that theme of everything always taking longer than expected, but I’ll just do my best and see how it goes.

One thing I did to speed up the Triyang release was a new system that I think turned out really well, and will hopefully speed up future pattern releases as well.  I skipped the entire test-knitting process!  The pattern got knit by me (in the case of Triyang, knit over and over and over by me, like 20 times!), and then when it was in its as-finished-as-possible-by-me state, it went to an excellent tech editor who gave extremely thorough notes, found a couple of typos, checked that all my numbers were correct, etc, and now the pattern is all set for public use!  (Thanks Chris for the great edit!)  The only thing missing is project pages on ravelry when the pattern is brand new, which my patterns usually have from the test knitters; so if some of you fabulous knitters out there make a Triyang and post your projects on ravelry, I will be so happy!  There are already a few, which is awesome, including this finished one by Sarah!  Love it!!

So that’s a bunch of assorted behind the scenes leethal stuff that’s been going on in my year.  As for what you can look forward to for the rest of the year, besides those Triyang patterns around the end of it, more details about that collaboration will be revealed in a couple of months, and I’ll be instagramming peeks at those patterns as I work on them.

I was trying to photograph these giant cakes of yarn on my head, because why not, but they kept falling. My job is really hard.

I’m designing a hat in this Knitted Wit yarn…

I've been in heavy duty pattern editing, copy writing, and charting mode allllll day, so I'm very excited to be casting on a new hat in this fun speckle-y @knittedwit Targhee Shimmer Worsted!

…that you can expect around October 1st:

Hard at work on 3 different designs today, but this is the only one I can show you now. Looking good in worsted merino! #kwsnowy

And then a couple of other things I’m working on won’t be revealed until next year.  And speaking of next year, I have some big plans for 2016!  A couple of months ago, I brainstormed up an idea that I am SUPER excited about, but now I have to patiently wait until the end of the year to launch it.  At least I’ll have plenty of fun work to keep me busy till then!!

Filed under: hats,knitting,portland stuff,self-publishing,Triyang collection — Lee Meredith @ 7:06 pm

August 25, 2015

New pattern: Triyang!

New pattern time!

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Triyang (ravelry link) is a garter stitch shawl, made any size with any weight yarn, with a fun modular construction – 3 narrow triangles are joined with short rows, increases, and decreases, no picked up stitches, to form a long, slightly asymmetrical triangle shape.  Only 2 stitches are cast on, and there’s no bind off at all.

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It can be made with or without stripes for different kinds of looks.  The pattern includes detailed notes on striping.

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The pattern also includes instructions for maximizing your yardage – weigh your yarn before you start, and then make your shawl to use up as much yarn as possible without running out.

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The pattern gives small, medium, large sizes – my blue-green gradient sample is the small, and my grey+white striped sample is the large – but you can make any size.  The edge of the first section ends up being almost exactly half the length of the top edge of the final piece, so it’s super easy to make exactly the size you want!  Or do the yarn weighing thing and make it whatever size you can get with the yarn you have.

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My large sample is big enough to wrap around twice for mega coziness, or drape more loosely around once, keeping the shoulders comfy, or make weirdo poses like this:

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The pattern also includes a breakdown of the construction, with schematics, customization options – like adding ties…

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…or making it small for a kerchief…

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…or using 3 equal skeins for 3 color blocks without running out of yarn (this sample is using 3 mini-skeins – the same style made with 3 full size skeins would make an awesome big shawl!)…

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…and detailed instructions for the differing stripes pattern, which is what’s used in my large striped sample.  There’s also a photo tutorial for German short rows (there’s also one of those on my website here), which is the recommended method.

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The pdf is 8 pages total, but the pattern itself is on just 1 page!  (A sentence which does actually warrant an exclamation point, which you know if you’re familiar with a lot of my patterns, usually much longer than 1 page!)

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My large striped sample is in fabulous Anzula Cole aran weight silk/camel blend yarn – 2 skeins each color Au Natural and Pewter.  This yarn was excellent to work with, and this shawl is absolutely luxurious and I love it so much!!

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My small sample is in a Canon Hand Dyes William Merino Gradient yarn cake, fingering weight; I used approximately 430 yards out of the 460 yard cake, maximizing it the best I could without risking running out at the end.  I love how this gradient worked out!

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If you love the gradient look, but you like a larger shawl, I have some ideas for you!  I think it would look awesome to use 2 of these gradient cakes – 1 cake from the center out, then start a second of the same colorway from the outside in, so the colors shift blue to green and back to blue, or whatever the colorway is.  It would also look fantastic to stripe between a gradient yarn and a solid yarn throughout, doubling your yardage.  Or, you could use 2 gradient cakes of the same colorway and hold them together, doubling the weight, for a larger + thicker shawl, since the pattern is written for any weight.

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And then, my little cowl kind of sample with the ties – that’s in Knitted Wit Targhee Shimmer Worsted, which is 80% Targhee wool and 20% silk.  Love this yarn!  And these aren’t 3 colors I’d normally have chosen, if I had a full palette to choose from, but I got these from the dyer’s extras and I thought, hmmmm, maybe this would be cool, and then I ended up loving it!!  Yay for stepping outside your color comfort zone!

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Speaking of stepping outside your color comfort zone… what you do all think of my striped sample, modeled over grey clothes?!  That was a difficult photoshoot for me ;)

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Anyway, there are 2 more little samples – a kerchief version, in orange Knitted Wit Welterweight Rambouillet (which happens to be one of my all time favorite yarns ever, by the way), with a button closure:

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And then the first actual sample I made, to test everything out and figure out the yardage percentage per section, so I could better plan my main samples (I instagrammed it many months ago)… this one is handspun alpaca striped with hand-dyed yarn scraps from my stash, all around worsted-aran weight.  It’s just a little bit smaller than the official small size:

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Other pattern things!  This is the start of a new collection!  The Triyang collection is similar to the Betiko collection – this first main pattern is a basic version, any-weight/any-gauge/any-size, with customization possibility.  (Not to the extent of Betiko, but same kind of concept.)  The 3 upcoming patterns will use the same construction as Triyang, same shape, with stitch patterns plugged in.

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I am releasing this collection for pre-order in a new way – there are ravelry pattern pages up already for the nonexistent patterns, with preview photos!  The preview for Twou, the lace pattern, with swatches, a sketch, some chart bits, the yarn being used for the sample (Infinite Twist Helix), and the beginning of the sample knit on the needle:

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Then Liy, the colorwork pattern, with all slip-stitch striped colorwork, no stranded knitting (only 1 color used per row), directly below (in Black Trillium Pebble Worsted).  And the cabled pattern, Vire, is down below that (in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted).  These will all be released around the end of the year, probably/hopefully in or around December.  If you pre-order the collection now, you’ll get Triyang immediately, and then each of these delivered to your inbox as soon as they’re out.  (On ravelry here.  Each individual pattern will be $6, the 4-pattern collection is $16.)

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The design details in these photos may change significantly in the final designs – these are sketches and swatches from the planning process, to give you an idea of vaguely what the shawls might look like.  I am at varying levels in the design process for these designs; I’ll be posting further previews as I work on them, but that won’t be for a few months.  I’ll be posting another blog post in the near future more about this collection, about the design process more, and I’ll talk about why the other 3 patterns are delayed a bit (other exciting things happening this fall! too much excitement!).

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Other things… For this collection, I created a new custom font for pattern headings and stuff, and I made a new pattern template, so the Triyang pdf has a bit of a different look to it from my other patterns.  I had fun thinking outside the box for the cover page!

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Oh, something else I had fun messing around with – I wanted to show you a visual of how the construction works, very basically, so I made an animated gif!  Not to scale, kind of a wonky shape, but just to give you an idea:

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So there’s the order of how things are worked – you start at the left point, across the bottom section 1, then the middle section 2 gets worked up from there, and the final section 3 starts again at the left point, out all the way to the other point.  Here are 4 samples’ left points, where the 3 sections meet up:

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The design process was pretty extreme for figuring out exactly the best ways to make the shape and stuff… I’d originally planned to have different options for things like increase ratios and short row stitch counts, to make differently shaped triangles (like, more or less deep, more or less asymmetrical).  But after a couple weeks of swatching (there are 8 of my large swatches pictured below), I came to the conclusion that the best pattern would be made by sticking to the best combinations of these elements instead of giving options and making it too complex for no good reason.

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Okay I’ll stop typing now and just show you a few more photos.  I’ll be back to the blog soon for kind of a more behind the scenes process post about this collection, plus more general leethal news kinds of things… For now, enjoy Triyang, and I hope wherever in the world you are you’re getting some good knitting weather!

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Edited to add a couple notes:

There’s a casual knit-a-long for Triyang in the leethal knitters! ravelry group, which basically means, if you make a Triyang you’re encouraged to share it there in the group, and if you have any questions, you can ask them in there.

If you own or work at a yarn shop, Triyang is enabled for ravelry in-store sales, and it should be available wholesale on Deep South very soon!

Filed under: knitting,self-publishing,Triyang collection — Lee Meredith @ 7:00 am

May 28, 2015

What’s new this spring

Hi readers!  I am excited to tell you that I have a new page on my website: print patterns!  An assortment of my most popular patterns (kind of a random selection actually, based on things like formatting, not just on popularity) are now available in high-quality printed format; you can see them all on that page, where you can link to the pattern info pages to learn more about the patterns, and click over to buy them through MagCloud.

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When you buy a print pattern there, you’ll also receive a digital copy of the pattern (not the ravelry digital version in your rav library, just a pdf of the print pattern, but that way you can get started right away!).  The pricing of the print patterns there is the same as my print patterns sold in yarn shops; if you want to save on shipping, you can always ask your local yarn shop if they carry my patterns ;)

And speaking of yarn shops, if you happen to own or work at a yarn shop, the other big website update I just completed is my wholesale page.  It’s now all up to date, with a current downloadable line sheet, and previews of all available patterns.

So those are my announcements of what’s new right now… as for more exciting new pattern type news, I have been working hard on many things, including this year’s Adventure Knit-a-long!!  But you’ll learn more about that very soon (like, next week!) so I won’t say anything else for now.  Lots of other things I’ve been working on lately are supersecret, so I don’t have much to show you for now.

#leethalPAD day 22: Page. I actually took this shot last night, then was tired and forgot to post it, oops! Sketchbook page where I'm keeping notes on a bunch of design swatches to figure out the best details for this construction. #leethalPAD day 18: Stitch. I broke out my macro lens! Working on a big construction swatch for my next collection!

I just got this Ikea cart thing (way discounted, woo!) and filled it with my in-progress / soon-to-be-in-progress projects, meaning yarn which has a planned purpose and needs to be knit up asap.  I have A LOT of knitting to get done in the next few months!  Ah, who am I kidding, the next few months, I have A LOT of knitting to get done like always and forever.  So many exciting project ideas, so little time!

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So, I’m hard at work on Adventure Knitting.  I have a collection in the works, which includes that stripy project in the corner up there, which is not supersecret – I’ve posted some insta peeks at that one (below).  That collection was originally meant for a spring release actually, but due to timing issues, and more thinking on it, I decided it’s actually a better fall collection anyway, and I don’t want the Adventure KAL to be so late in the summer like it was last year (when it happened in August).  I’d rather push the KAL to earlier in the summer, then release the collection after that, when we’re thinking ahead to cooler weather, so yeah, that collection is something to look forward to a bit later in the year…

Mmmm handspun undyed alpaca and assorted hand dyed recycled yarns, all dug out of old stash from back when I used to spin & dye lots. Looking good!! Working on a design while hanging out on PSU campus, listening to Songza's "whip-smart women of the 90's" playlist (pretty good), on the first bare-legs day of the year.  Good day!  Hope you are having a happy Friday :)

And then I’ve been working on several secret things, one in the so-not-leethal yarns pictured below!  And another in a secret yarn I can’t show you, but it is fabulous and I can’t wait to show you eventually.

Currently working on a design prototype in this - solid black and off-white, fingering weight. WHO AM I? (That might have been the first time I ever bought solid black yarn in my whole life.)

And then there’s a collaboration project in the works which is VERY exciting – I’m working with awesome Portland designers Star Athena and Shannon Squire, local yarn dyer Blue Moon Fiber Arts, and our photographer friend (and sometimes designer) Vivian Aubrey.  This is actually the idea for which the seed was planted several year ago between Star, Vivian, and I – I blogged about it briefly here back in 2012 – but it got put on hold for years, and then evolved.  We’re really excited to have brought Shannon and Tina of Blue Moon on board, and the ball is officially rolling!!  Here is an epic pile of Blue Moon yarns:

Just spent the most glorious 2 hours with @bluemoonfiberarts, @starathena, and @shannonsq around this table of about a hundred colors, scheming away about something.

As for more personal life update stuff – I was down with a horrid flu for the last few weeks, so things have been slowed down a bit.  There were a few days, two weeks ago, when I felt like my body was trying to kill me and I couldn’t even knit, and then I was well enough to knit simple things but not really do anything else, for like a week… and I’ve been kind of slow and blah for about the last week.  Yesterday and today I’m finally feeling just about normal, so yay for normal!  (I think my furry buddy was a bit worried about me when I was really sick.)

Two days spent too sick to even knit :(  This little one has been so nice today, I think she can tell how miserable I feel.

Here in Portland, the weather is turning, the weeds are going crazy, and I’m trying to enjoy the nice bits and not think of the uncomfortably hot days ahead… I got this beautiful poppy plant for the front yard which makes me happy to look at everyday, and I’m growing tomatoes, strawberries, and blueberries in the back yard (and the wild blackberries, which involves mostly cutting them back, and keeping a small-ish patch to harvest).  I made granola yesterday for the first time, and it went really well – had my first warm weather season breakfast this morning: yogurt, blueberries (store bought for now), banana slices, and granola, yum!  (I’m a very seasonal breakfast eater – oatmeal everyday October-ish, through May-ish, and then cold cereal/yogurt topped with granola, berries, and other yummy things in the warm/hot months, one thing I love about summer!)  Anyway, to sum things up, the weather is super nice right now, the yard work needing to be done is overwhelming and awful, but berries are good, and flowers are pretty.

I fell in love with this Iceland Poppy while running errands at Home Depot, had to bring it home with me. Now it's being pretty in our front yard. Granola success! Since this was my first time making it, I kept it pretty basic - lots of slivered almonds, some sunflower seeds, some craisins, maple syrup and honey... Slightly modified from a basic online recipe. Next time I'll try personalizing it mor

So that’s all for now… you can look forward to Adventure KAL news very soon!  Happy springtime!

Filed under: knitting,leethal store,personal,random stuff,self-publishing — Lee Meredith @ 11:39 am

March 12, 2015

Interviews, studio photos, and nerding out with sales analysis…

Want to see me being awkward on camera?  Well, now you can!  I was video-interviewed for Kimberly Golynskiy’s (aka 80 Skeins‘) travel-knitting blog, Around the World in 80 Skeins.

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She visited me at my home here in Portland, and then I took her out on the town to a food cart dinner and my neighborhood knit night (pictured below). She was awesome and her blog project is SUPER awesome – throughout the year she’ll be traveling to places like New Zealand, Iceland, Norway, Argentina, Germany, Belgium, Peru… the list goes on and on, those are just some especially exciting ones.  I’m really looking forward to following all her journeys!  Anyway, you can read/see her post about me here, and watch the video interview!

Knitting and drinking with @80skeins at Tuesday knit night! (IPA and bulky design prototype.)

Oh and speaking of interviews – I did a couple of blog interviews last November that I don’t think I ever posted here.  So if you’re interested: Eclectic Closet interview post, and Front Porch Knitting interview post.

Somewhat related:  My studio had gotten so overwhelmingly cluttered and disorganized over the last couple of years; I’d go through phases of spending chunks of time on one area, but then piling new stuff up… I just am terrible at maintaining order.  So, when Kimberly set up the visit, that was the kick in the butt I needed – some outside force beyond just me wanting to get it in order, an actual reason to clean things up.  Here are some embarrassing before shots I took around the beginning of the year:

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So, with a mission to get it looking photogenic for the visit, and channeling motivation from years of following Unfuck Your Habitat on tumblr, I spent the better parts of about five days on it, and here’s how it looks now…

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Because of all the STUFF I have packed into this small room, and how colorful all that stuff is, it kind of always looks messy even when it’s not.  But if you can look past the colors, you’ll see clear table tops!  Ooh yeah!

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Everything in its right place.  So satisfying.

(Note: You can go to my tutorials page to find links to tutorials for the coffee can cubbies shown above, as well as many projects that were shown in photos of my living room area in the 80 Skeins blog post.)

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And I even did some small extra projects, like hanging Interweave calendar pages that I’d had sitting around for like 3 years – you can see them above the window on the right in the above photo, and here’s a better shot of them:

I finally put up these old Interweave calendar pages in my studio! It had been on my I'll-get-around-to-it-someday list for years!

Because one thing I’m terrible at is putting yarn away where it belongs, I’ve devised an elaborate yarn storage system so everything has a place, and I can try really hard to put it all away right away in the first place, instead of tossing it onto a table top or an overflowing box on the floor.  So, full and almost-full skeins/balls go in the colored shoe cubby spots hanging there in the closet, and in the more decorative yarn-holders you’ll see in other shots; big partial-balls go in that white hanging unit in the closet below, with the drawers, smaller partial-balls go in the white tube-ish things in the center of the photo below, and then little tiny balls for scrappy future projects go in CD spindles which you can see in a couple of the photos, to the left of my record player.  And I have a container for tiny scraps near my ball winder, since I save EVERYTHING because I am a crazy person.

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I have a nice selection of craft books in the studio which I may want to access in here, while working or doing other craft projects – stitch dictionaries, knitting technique books, sewing project books, general craft project books… and then I have many shelves full of other craft/knitting books in the library.  I still have several bags and boxes full of stuff that needs to be sorted through, but it’s a space in which I can actually do projects now!  Empty floor space, clear table tops, access to sewing machine, etc, etc!  Functional studio!

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And working at my desk is so much nicer now.  When it was messy around the whole room, I’d be able to focus on my computer and ignore everything around me, but it would be a lingering source of stress all the time… or something.  It’s just a much more pleasant workspace now!

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Another mini-project I did awhile ago – swatch pin-board thing above my turntable!  It’s just the 3-pack of round cork trivets from Ikea.

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With nothing pinned up:

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I also did some unfucking in the library, including doing this zine display project inspired by a photo that I’d reblogged on my tumblr awhile back.  This is not nearly all my zines – notably, my collection of Croq issues is left out of this display, in their own space on the shelves.

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I love this little room so much, so cozy and book-filled!

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Another big project I did recently is my 2014 bookkeeping for taxes.  Being inspired by Bristol Ivy’s stats charts in her Stockinette Market reports, and also by some talk in the ravelry designers forums, I decided to make some charts of my own sales numbers.

This is probably of no interest to most blog readers, but I figured lots of designers, aspiring designers, and maybe other crafty business types, might be interested, so I’m sharing!

First, my design gross income breakdown.  This is everything I do related to knit design, so it does include knit teaching, but it does not include the freelance gigs I had in advertising last year which were not related directly to leethal or my knit design.

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The above chart in more detail:

My total design income

  • 74% online pattern PDF direct sales (self-published patterns, direct to customers, almost entirely through ravelry / my website)
  • 11% wholesale print patterns & books (sold and distributed to yarn shops by my distributer)
  • 5% wholesale to companies for kits/clubs (patterns sold digitally wholesale, to be included in kits, clubs, etc)
  • 4% teaching
  • 3% online wholesale pattern PDFs (sold to yarn shops through ravelry in-store sales)
  • 2% print books sold directly to customers (sold through MagCloud or in person)
  • 1% third party pattern design income (magazine royalties, sales through sites like Knit Picks and Twist Collective, etc – I had no new third party patterns in 2014, so these are all old pattern sales)

Of course, this is specific to 2014, and the full year on average; it varies month to month.  In years where I release a pattern (or multiple) through a third party publisher, that percentage may go up quite a bit… but overall, most of my design income does come through direct online sales of self-published pattern PDFs.  My patterns don’t tend to be great sellers in yarn shops, for whatever reason.  I never know if that means I should try harder to market to shops, so that number might go up, or if I should focus all my energy where my patterns already do best, and just not worry about wholesale.

Now moving on, a breakdown of that 74% above.  This is only direct digital sales, not wholesale or print books, etc.  First, collection sales versus individual pattern sales; then a breakdown of those collections, categorized by type of collection:

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Collections are defined (by me, for my purposes) as a collection of patterns which can be bought altogether, and also each individual pattern can be bought separately.  “Small collections” are no more than 4 patterns – so these are my trios and the Betiko collection – and “big collections” are Coloring Book and Remixed.  (Not included are a few patterns that are sort of technically ebooks, but that I consider to be big patterns with multiple options, and the different patterns/items cannot be bought separately, like Flying V’s.)  And then, “ebooks” are my big ebooks which cannot be bought as separate patterns – these are my two Adventure Knitting books, and Game Knitting.  This category’s percentage is so huge because my Adventure Knit-a-Long is grouped in there.

And then I categorized all my individual patterns sold by type and did some analysis on what’s most popular.  The total sales per type has a lot to do with how many of each pattern type I have available, which is why I made the second chart.  For the second chart, I divided the sales total by the number of patterns I have of that type, to get the average total sales per pattern, to get a better sense of popularity of different types of patterns.

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For example, I have a lot of hat patterns – 25% of my total sales of individual patterns come from hat patterns, but I have more hats than anything else.  When I divide the sales total by the number of hat patterns I have, the sales average per pattern drops down much further, instead of being so close to cowls and shawls, which means hat patterns are not actually so popular.  Shawls, on the other hand, are the other way around, their per-pattern average shoots way up above all other pattern types, so the shawl trend seems to still be strong, for now at least.

Lastly, I did a quick basic chart of my annual pattern sales since I began selling pattern PDFs in 2008.  This says some valuable things, I think.  Mainly, that if you’re a new designer, in the first couple of years, know that my experience is the norm, of sales getting higher year after year, as we have more and more patterns in our catalogs.  For me, even though I did quit my day job in 2008, in those first years most of my income came from other things – freelance writing, photography, teaching, selling of handmade items – and over the last few years I’ve been focusing more and more on selling patterns and little else.

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That 2013 peak is a result of a couple things: I released some popular collections that year (mainly, Coloring Book, and my Short Stripes Trio, which has been by far my most popular of all my trio collections), and I had a huge giveaway which gave my sales a giant bump in the fall.  In 2014, my only really successful release was the Adventure Knit-a-long; nothing else gave me a big bump (and I also had fewer total releases than 2013) – but my 2014 dot is higher than where it would be if you were to ignore 2013 and go along the same pre-2013 line, so the 2013 bumps helped a bit even if 2014 went down from the previous year.  So there’s kind of evidence that just chugging along and not having any really huge successes, but regularly releasing patterns and keeping at it, can result in a slow & steady upwards climb; in order to make a big jump, you do need something big (or a combination of big things) to make that happen, but that big jump won’t necessarily mean too much for the future (although it sure is nice at the time when it happens!).  That was a bit rambly, hopefully it made some sense.

Good mail day!! That's @hazelknits DK in colorway Sedge <3  Can't wait to start knitting with it!

So there’s that!  In more current design news, I’m way behind schedule, but I’m really hoping to have my second Full Body Trio pattern done and released by the end of April, which will be in the Hazel Knits yarn pictured above (fingers crossed that everything goes well!) and then I have a collection planned that I wanted to get out before this summer’s Adventure Knit-a-long… which may push that KAL later than I’d wanted.  Last year it was in August, and I wanted it to be earlier this year, like start around July 1st, but that just won’t be possible if I try to do this other collection before.  So chances are, I’ll aim for releasing that collection around June (or possibly spread throughout May-June, not sure yet), and then Adventure KAL will be in August again.

And I am just sucking at the whole #yearofmaking thing.  I’ve taken some photos here and there that I need to sort through and upload… and I think the whole studio unfucking was a big deal, in my world of making, since now I can use it for future making!  Here’s a shot of the one and only zentangle drawing I did, after I bought a book a couple months ago – I bought a new pen the other day though, so maybe I’ll do more soon!

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Phew!  What a couple of weeks it’s been!  Yesterday I noticed that my blog wasn’t loading, and it seemed to have completely disappeared from my website admin panel, so that 24 hours or so was kiiinda super stressful, thinking my entire blog had been deleted somehow!  But, obviously, it was not; my web host found some permissions issue, which they promptly fixed and all is well!  On top of that scare, in the last few days I’ve had a flat tire (then had to buy 2 new tires), a broken shower (that I wasted hours trying to fix and then had to call a plumber in the end), and early symptoms of a cold, blech, but I hope after a weekend of rest (and KNITTING) things will be back to normal soon enough :)

Filed under: home stuff,personal,photos,self-publishing,year of making — leethal @ 5:05 pm

March 4, 2015

Final Betiko collection pattern: Zulo!

The Betiko collection is now complete!  Here is Zulo:

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Zulo (on ravelry here) is a lace patterned version of the Betiko shawl construction, completing the Betiko collection (on ravelry here), along with Biratu the cabled version, and Lerro the colorwork version.

Betiko collection is complete! Find Zulo on ravelry or my site (profile link). You all liked that spirally photo of the final sample so much, that inspired me to make this as the collection graphic - thanks for all the hearts!

It’s a leethal kind of lace shawl pattern, so it’s not lace weight!  The fully patterned version was designed in worsted-ish weight (the yarn is called DK, but it seems to me like a standard worsted, yarn labels can be weird), but it can totally be made in a lighter weight, knit loosely, for a more lacy looking lace shawl.

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Like the other collection patterns, there is the fully patterned version (lace in all sections and panels), and a simple variation, with stockinette stitch in the main body, lace only around the edges and in the triangle wedges.

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My simple variation sample is in fingering weight, the main color being 1 full skein of sock yarn, and the edging in a contrasting partial skein.  The simple shawl can be made in any weight, any gauge, any size, and you can even customize the shape (making it more short and deep, or long and narrow, etc, as you like).

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The fully patterned version is in a standard size, the size of the sample (pretty darn large), but the size is adjustable by working the main body section more or less to make it bigger or smaller, or by adjusting your gauge.

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The yarn used in the main sample is Three Fates Yarns Themis BFL DK (which is labeled as DK weight, but appears as a worsted weight), 3 skeins in Orange Love Machine.  I loved working with this yarn!

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My simple variation sample is in Three Fates Yarns Terra Sock fingering weight, 1 full skein (460 yards / 420 meters) in Fremont, 1 partial skein (120 yards / 110 meters) in Netarts.  Love these colors, especially that pop of the gorgeous contrasting edging color!

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There are two different outer edging patterns, thinner and wider edges – either edge can be used in either shawl version, so you can choose depending on how much yardage you have or whether you want a bit of extra size.  My simple sock weight has the wider edge, and my worsted weight has the thinner edge (which makes them actually about the same size, because of the gauge difference).

Zulo shawl

I have a feeling this orange shawl is going to get a ton of wear by me!  It’s big enough that it can wrap around twice and tie for extra bundling as needed.  (I don’t know what I’m doing in that photo, but I like it!)

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And while my medium-sized sock yarn shawl is smaller, it’s still big enough to wrap around the neck nicely, or even to cover the shoulders a bit… you can make the simple version any size though, so you can easily make a GIANT one if that’s what you want!

Zulo shawl

The pattern pdf is kind of massive, but that’s because of all the variations and patterning – all the lace patterns are charted and written, there are tutorials for the provisional cast-on and the short rows, and there are detailed schematics and process photos.  It has been heavily tested and edited, and you can see some beautiful other versions by my awesome test knitters on ravelry here.  I especially love Lisa’s because it looks so different from mine, so delicate and lacy and PRETTY, not a normal leethal-style looking knit item!  Kate’s is also worth pointing to – it really works in the colorful variegated yarn!  Many thanks to all the fabulous knitters who helped me test and edit this lengthy pattern!!

Zulo shawl Zulo shawl

So, Zulo finally concludes the long-term Betiko collection, which began in 2010!  That’s when Betiko was first released* (originally as my first ever mystery knit-a-long), but then I didn’t decide to turn it into a collection until 2013, when I released Biratu, then Lerro last year, and now it is DONE.  Let me tell you, it feels good for this to be crossed off my giant design to-do list!

Betiko collection - 9 shawls

And I am super happy and proud of the entire collection… which is really more like 8 patterns, pretending to be 4 patterns, since they all have two versions.  I plan to never do patterns this complex again, and to never do a collection spread out like this again… but in the end, I’m glad I did this one, because I love all the patterns, even if they are a bit overwhelming at first glance.  The great thing is, if you knit one of them, then you know how the construction works, and you can knit any of the other ones without needing to read most of the general construction-y info pages, since they all work the same way.  And they’re not actually hard to make, they just have lots of versatility ;)

Betiko collection - 9 shawls

*In case you didn’t know – if you were an early buyer of Betiko before the collection began, you can use coupon code betikoknitter to get the collection with the $6 you spent on Betiko subtracted from the total.

Betiko collection

Side story:  Above is the first collection graphic I made a couple weeks ago, getting ready for the collection to be complete… then last week, when I completed the final sample, I posted the below photo on instagram.  It got a record number of like clicks!  Omg you guys were into this shot!  So, I was inspired by your instagram enthusiasm and I made a brand new collection graphic, at the top of this blog post.  And I love it!  So glad that happened!

Sock yarn shawl, finished and blocked at 3:30am.  (My boss is a hardass you guys.)  Sample knitting is complete and pattern is on its way to being released next week!

Oh, if you’re in Portland, these two shawls will be hanging out at the Three Fates Yarns trunk show at Happy Knits this Friday and Saturday for the Rose City Yarn Crawl!  Check ’em out!  (I’ll also be around at a few shops throughout the weekend, so say hi if you see me!  I’ll give you a postcard or button!)

Zulo shawl

Another side note… now that this collection is done, I have another very similar collection in the beginning stages – it will also be a small group of patterns all using the same construction, just like this one, except not with the two different versions for each pattern.  Simplified.  But fun.  I’m really excited about it!  Once I have things to show, I’ll be posting about it on instagramtwitter, and my ravelry group :)

Zulo

And speaking of my ravelry group… it’s been real quiet in there lately, and that’s a bummer, so I’m going to make an effort to make things more fun over there!  Which means, I’ll be posting more about what I’m doing, and announcements and stuff (the kinds of things I usually just post on twitter – since not everyone is on my preferred social media outlets, I’ll repost things from twitter and instagram in the group), and we can hopefully get some conversations going!  Let’s all hang out together, leethal knitters!

Zulo shawl

Well I hope you like Zulo** – it’s a great knit for this transitional weather season, since it can be warm or not so much, depending on how you make it and how you wear it.  Happy knitting everyone, whether you’re in this weird early spring here in the pacific northwest, or that brutal long winter over in the northeast, or wherever else in the world you might be!

**Betiko is a Basque name meaning eternal, as that shawl is forever customizable, and Zulo is a Basque word for hole (as in eyelet holes, in lace).

Filed under: knitting,self-publishing — leethal @ 7:31 pm

January 22, 2015

Adventure Knitting 2: The Mysterious Trunk!

You may or may not know about Adventure Knitting 2: The Mysterious Trunk (here on ravelry) from last year’s Adventure Knit-a-long (the second annual Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-inspired leethal KAL); the full collection is now available digitally as an ebook, and as a print book, which you can buy directly here, or yarn shops can order it wholesale from Deep South here.  (If you live in Portland, you can buy a copy at Twisted!)

Adventure Knitting 2!

Yes, the knit-a-long for this collection happened about 5 months ago, I know… there are reasons I waited so long to blog about it after it was over.  The main reason was that once the KAL ended and the ebook was released digitally, it took awhile for me to make the print book version… and then I finished it and was so happy with it, but then I had second thoughts about how my Adventure Knitting collections were listed in the ravelry database (they had each been listed as a single pattern instead of as an ebook), so I went through a lengthy process to change that… And it was the holidays, blah blah blah, so now here I am, finally showing and telling you all about it!

Adventure Knitting 2 Adventure Knitting 2: The Mysterious Trunk print book

Above left is the DIY book version that you can print & bind yourself if you have the ebook, and to the right is the print book, if you want it on your bookshelf but don’t want to DIY it.  So, I said some things about this collection when first announcing the KAL, and then when I posted sometime in the middle of the KAL, so I’ll keep some things kind of basic here to not repeat too much.

Adventure Knitting 2!

The story is that you find a mysterious trunk.  And you look inside…

Yeah, I made a video to go with the book, and my husband composed custom music for it.  We are nerds; it was fun!

So, as you just saw in the video, inside the trunk you find yarn and needles…

Adventure Knitting 2

…and a bunch of knitted items…

Adventure Knitting 2!

…and handwritten/drawn design notebooks and scraps of paper…


Adventure Knitting 2!

…and a bunch of cool fortune telling stuff!

Adventure Knitting 2!

That’s the trunk story – what you actually get in the ebook is the full story and patterns in ebook format (easy to read on a computer/tablet screen), plus the DIY book of the whole story and patterns, which you can print out and bind if you want to:

Adventure Knitting 2

And you get printable pages of all the fortune telling stuff – everything you get is pictured below.  So you can print everything out, then read the story and follow along when the story talks about the different items found.  These all relate to the knitting patterns, by the way.

Adventure Knitting 2

I talked in my last Adventure KAL post about the board, the fortune teller, and the divination cards, so you can see/read more about those there.  The fourth item found was a numerology sheet.

Adventure KAL 2014 illustration

And along with that, a second, smaller set of divination cards was found at the end, so that all the stitch patterns are represented on cards, as well as a blank fortune teller so you can fill in your favorite stitch patterns.  So, in the end, there are 4 different fortune telling methods you can use to choose between all the stitch patterns.

Adventure Knitting 2!

The stitch patterns can be picked at random (or by asking the spirits!) using these items, or using just your favorite item out of the options.  Or you can forget the whole randomizing aspect and choose your favorite stitch patterns to use.

Adventure Knitting 2!

The divination cards are all printed on the back cover of the print book, as you can see below (there are 2 stitch patterns per card, on top and bottom, for 12 cards total).  Because all these things can’t be included physically with the print book, they are all downloadable on my website (at the bottom) – so if you buy the print book, you can download and print out some or all of the fortune telling items, as you like, to use with the pattern.  If you want to print nothing, you can use the cards on the back cover by tossing a small object (like a loop of yarn) up over it and seeing where it lands.

Adventure Knitting 2: The Mysterious Trunk print book

So, that’s what you get, now onto the knitting!  You can knit countless items with this pattern collection, as everything is mix&match-able, all any gauge, any size, 1 or more colors, etc…

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!

The 24 stitch patterns are all designed to be used together, in any order.  Many of them blend seamlessly from one to the next; some are more like stripes, cutting across the piece; several can be made with or without a contrasting color.  All the patterns are both written and charted, and they use a variety of techniques, for different experience levels.

Adventure Knitting sample piece Adventure Knitting sample piece

You can pick and choose what kinds you want to use and which ones you want to skip.  There’s a page which groups the patterns into different categories, to help you choose if you don’t want total randomness.  If you choose all lacy patterns, they will blend together in any random order, like you see below.  And a lot of the not-lace patterns also blend like this.

Adventure Knitting sample piece

Below is an example of a few blending-together type patterns in a solid color, with one of the 2-color patterns cutting through as a stripe, but it still all kind of connects together from each pattern to the next:

Adventure Knitting sample piece

And here is a piece that used lots of the 2-color patterns, switching between a few different contrasting colors (all the same main color throughout) for a more colorful item:

Adventure Knitting 2!

And then there are the shapes – 6 different shape options, which make 10+ different item options.

Adventure KAL shape sketches

First, the rectangle.  A small rectangle in cotton makes a dishcloth; a long, narrow rectangle can make a scarf or cowl…

Adventure Knitting 2!

…and 2 rectangles sewn together can make a top.  Instructions are included in the pattern for the top:

Adventure Knitting 2 sample knit

This one was made in a merino/linen blend, sport weight knit at a very loose gauge, as a layer garment.

Adventure Knitting sample piece

There’s also an option called the “swatch-style basic rectangle” which is not on the bias, just a plain rectangle with no shaping.  You can use this shape to try out some stitch pattern combos in a small dishcloth, or to make a more basic scarf or cowl.

Adventure Knitting 2 sample knit

The white piece above / at the right below (click to see it big) was my swatch of all 24 stitch patterns, in a row, making a short scarf.

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Next shape is the triangle – this can be made small as a kerchief, or large as a shawl.  The i-cords are optional, depending on what kind of item you’re making.

Adventure Knitting sample knit

This is a small head kerchief in sock yarn (Anzula Squishy).

Adventure Knitting 2!

There are some ways you can make other kinds of triangles using other shape patterns – there’s a modifications section in the ebook which didn’t fit into the print book, so it’s available on my website.

Adventure Knitting 2 sample knit

The strip or loop shape can be used to make a scarf or a cowl, any size (width/length) you like.

Adventure Knitting 2 sample knit

This big, squooshy cowl was made with aran weight Quince & co Osprey (left over from my main Biratu sample).

Adventure Knitting sample knit

The cowl gets seamed to join in a loop, on the bias.  This sample used the purple as the main/only color for the first section, and then switched to grey as the main color, with purple contrasting stripes, through sections 2 and 3, giving it that purple triangle.

Adventure Knitting sample knit

I made this experimental cowl below, trying out the idea of switching colors for every stitch pattern.  I was not happy with the effect, it hides how the patterns work together and makes everything too busy, so I didn’t use this cowl as an official pattern sample.  But, I still love it as an accessory to wear!

Adventure Knitting sample knit

It’s a smaller cowl than the purple+grey one, perfect around the house size that doesn’t flop in my way a lot.  It’s in Cascade Soft Spun, which is labeled as aran weight (I think it’s more on the light side of bulky).

I made this experimental color-flipping Adventure Knitting 2 cowl that I've been wearing around the house like constantly lately. It's not an official pattern sample so I realized I never took a photo of it on me, just a few flat shots in my rav projects. Adventure Knitting sample knit

Next is the bent strip shape.  This one can be made more long and narrow as you see here, for a bent scarf, or it can be made super wide as a shawl.

Adventure Knitting sample knit

This was made in sport weight yarn – Brown Sheet Lanaloft Sport.

Adventure Knitting 2 sample knit

Again, the i-cords are optional, so you can tie it into a cowl if you want to:

Adventure Knitting 2 sample knit

And then there are two shawl shapes – first the crescent:

Adventure Knitting 2 sample knit

It’s asymmetrical, worked from the top center outwards, so you can stop whenever you want, or when your yarn runs out.  I used three colors as you see here, with no 2-color patterns, but it’s just like any other shape – you can use all 1 color, or 1 main color and contrasting color(s), or a self-striping yarn, etc.

Adventure Knitting sample knit

Mine is in worsted weight, and I used three full skeins (down to the last inch! oh not quite though – I actually had to use a different yarn for the last inch), in all lacy patterns, and it’s HUGE and I LOVE it!  The gold-green shade is Dream in Color Classy, the light grey is Fly Dyed 5 ply TLC english wool, and the blue is an unknown wool (from a craft swap or something years ago).

Just took a walk around Laurelhurst park on this beautiful sunny day, where Pete snapped a few shots of me in my adventure knit shawl and my freshly dyed hair.

It wraps around twice and ties really nicely – that’s how I wear it most of the time:

I'm kind of into my errands-running outfit right now. #fallisbest

The last shape is the polygon, which is like a giant blanket-style-shawl shape:

Adventure Knitting sample knit

Mine is in bulky yarns – Brown Sheep Lanaloft Bulky and Patons Classic Wool Roving, and then Malabrigo Chunky for the one single 2-color pattern contrasting color.

Adventure Knitting 2 sample knit

Some knitters have made this shape in lighter yarns, and some have skipped the third section, for different looks – you can check them out on ravelry.  Lots of options for all kinds of different items!

Adventure Knitting 2!

And you can check out tons of other knitters’ versions of all the shapes in the rav projects, or in the KAL forum thread.  A few of my personal favorites are this giant loop, this crescent shawl (fourth photo down), this polygon, and this wide bent strip (there are lots more great ones, but I’m keeping the list quick).

Adventure Knitting 2!

So that’s that!  I took a ton of photos, having much fun with the mysterious trunk photoshoot – you can see them all on flickr here.  And the book is filled with silly little drawings like these:

Adventure KAL 2014 illustration Adventure KAL illustration

I am SO happy with this collection, and all the details, but honestly, I spent way too much time on it.  2015’s Adventure KAL will be simpler, fewer items, I just can’t afford that much time spent ;)  I tell you this because I know it was a bit TOO much for some, too many options/items/etc, overwhelming for a lot of knitters… so this year’s (coming in the summer) will be not as crazy.  More like the first Adventure Knitting collection, which had 4 items and 20 stitch patterns (still a lot, but not SO much).

Adventure Knitting 2!

If you have the book, I hope you have tons of mysterious fun with it – post your projects on ravelry so we can all see them!  Happy adventure knitting!!

Filed under: adventure knitting,knitting,self-publishing — leethal @ 8:39 pm

December 16, 2014

New pattern set: Twist on a Classic mitts + What a Twist hat!

New bulky, QUICK patterns, just in time for last-minute holiday knitting!  This is technically one new pattern, plus one pattern re-release, but they are available together as a new matching set.

Twist on a Classic mitts What a Twist hat

Twist on a Classic (ravelry link) is a new pattern for fingerless mitts – they are fun and speedy to make, they are cozy in bulky yarn (but can also be made in lighter weights), they are custom fit to your hands, and they have a classic look that would be pleasing to any giftee ;)  But also, I recommend making a pile for yourself, as I have done since designing them – I’m wearing the red/orange pair right now as I type and I love them!!

Twist on a Classic mitts

What a Twist (ravelry link) is a re-release of my Pink Squish Hat pattern from Knitscene in summer 2013.  The pattern rights went back to me, so I made a leethal-style pdf, renamed it, and now you can buy the pattern directly from me.  It’s not a typical leethal pattern – it’s designed in a single weight/gauge (bulky weight, 13 stitches to 4 inches), and there are no modifications or variations offered – but, it is constructed in a cool modular way that makes knitting it really fun!  And it’s reeeally cozy to wear!

What a Twist hat

When I made plans to self-publish the hat, one thing that bothered me was that I wasn’t able to squeeze a hat out of one skein of the recommended yarn, I had to dip into a second skein, leaving almost a full skein left over.  So, I thought, how about I design a pattern that’s perfect for using up that almost-skein, for an item that pairs well with the hat?  So that’s what I did!  2 skeins of Quince & co. Puffin (or other similar bulky yarns) are the perfect amount to make a hat and a matching pair of mitts!

What a Twist hat Twist on a Classic mitts

They are fun to make together, since they use a lot of similar techniques, and they are definitely great to wear together, both being covered in bulky cables and garter stitch squishiness!

Twist on a Classic mitts What a Twist hat

So, you can get the patterns individually (from my site, hat/mitts, or on ravelry, hat/mitts) for $5.50 each, or you can get them together at a discounted set price – $8 for both.

What a Twist hat What a Twist hat

I don’t need to say much about the hat; it’s pretty straightforward, and I posted about it back when the magazine was released.  Several projects have been posted on ravelry, so you can see what other knitters had to say over there.  I made this new sample above with the contrasting crown cable, but I’m actually not into how that looks, so I recommend just using one color throughout ;)

Twist on a Classic mitts

But I will tell you more about the mitts!  They are made sideways, so they’re custom fit around your hand, and the cable is knit modularly with no picked up stitches, just simple short rows (no wrapping), with increases and decreases connecting it as you knit to the adjacent sideways sections.  The mitts are joined together with 3-needle bind-offs, and the thumbs are knit in the round.

Twist on a Classic mitts Twist on a Classic mitts

They can optionally be made with a contrasting color cable, which is a fun way to show off a small amount of a special yarn, like I did with my handspun sample…

Twist on a Classic mitts

…which are solid color handspun for the main yarn:

Twist on a Classic mitts

They were originally designed for bulky weight, but since they are custom sized around your hand, they can easily be made in any weight.  The pattern as written works well down to around aran weight (or anywhere from heavy worsted through all levels of bulky/chunky weights).  Here is my aran weight sample:

Twist on a Classic mitts

(That’s a recycled hand-dyed yarn, which slowly changes colors from orange to red.)

Twist on a Classic mitts

There are modification notes included for going down to lighter weights, and/or making longer mitts, and also for changing the placement/width of the cables, for if you’re using a lighter weight and want to expand the cable… I started a new pair today using a wider cable modification, again with a special handspun yarn as the cable panel:

Decided last minute to include some modification notes in the pattern I'm releasing tonight, which meant casting on another sample to test a mod idea - looking good!

An awesome tester knit up a mitt with the wider cable mod, and the longer length mod, which you can see on ravelry.  The way the pattern works, if you are a somewhat experienced knitter, once you make one pair normally so that you understand how the parts all fit together, you can pretty much make them any weight, any size, custom cables if you want, etc.  But of course, you can just follow the pattern exactly as written and not have to think about mods!  Lots of options!

Twist on a Classic modified mitt in progress

They are worked continuously from beginning to end – if you make the single color version, you never break your yarn, including for the 3-needle bind-offs and other finishing steps, so you only have 2 ends to weave in.  If you make a contrasting cable, then you’ll just have the 4 extra ends to weave in from the cable.

Twist on a Classic mitts

The pattern is written for 2 lengths, and then there are the mod notes included to go longer.  The shorter length (only for bulky weight) knits up SO quickly – they take me about an hour per mitt, and I am not a fast knitter!  The longer size is for nice long mitts in the bulky weight, or shorter length mitts for the aran weight range, like my red sample.  They are still a very quick knit, even in the lighter weight.

Twist on a Classic mitts

The pattern includes full instructions for all techniques used (cast-ons, bind-offs, sideways edge techniques, cables), and process photos to help you along.

Twist on a Classic mitts

I love every pattern I design, but something about these makes me a little extra excited, how they are SO quick and fun to knit, and have such a simple look that can be really plain and classy, or totally wild and wacky, depending on yarn choices.  I love them!!

Twist on a Classic mitts

I hope some of you are able to take advantage of the release date and whip up a few pairs for last-minute gifts!  If you do, please snap a photo and throw your projects up on ravelry – seeing your versions is my favorite part!!

Twist on a Classic mitts

Happy holidays!

Filed under: gifts,hats,knitting,quick project,self-publishing — leethal @ 7:30 am

January 29, 2014

Pattern updates and other news!

Newsy stuff time!  (No, not Newsies stuff, although I am all for seizing the day and carrying banners and whatnot.)  First off, Portlanders, my Coloring Book sample knits are currently on display at Twisted!  You can check it out through Sunday, and I will be present for meet+greeting, question answering, etc on Sunday during the “Super Ground Bowl Hog” party from 4-6!

Coloring Book Coloring Book

(Side note to other yarn shop folks – the print book is available through Deep South!  Just, you know, making sure you know.)

I’ve recently finished a bunch of pattern updates!  As I’ve talked about before, I made over my pdf template about a year ago, so I’ve spent the last year slowly going through my old patterns and re-formatting, editing them so everything is consistent, blah blah blah, and also, page counts are drastically cut down (hooray for those who like to print out their patterns!)… I’ve now uploaded the new pdfs for Junction (on rav)…

Junction

Ocean Breezes (rav), and Swerve (rav).  The patterns are essentially the same, but the updates are meant to be easier to follow, some wording has been improved; they are just overall better now, so there you go!  There is actually one other old pattern which has been more heavily updated, but that one will be talked about next week because it goes with another thing… vague enough?  You’ll see soon!

(Side note: Junction, and also Barry, will be available at Stitches West in the Anzula booth, with the samples there for you to check out!  Fun!!)

Ocean Breezes Swerve mitts in Chroma

There are still several leethal solo patterns remaining in my old pdf style – Custom Tritops, Terrapin, Mr. Pointy, Double Scoops, Brimming with Color… – so if you own any of these (digital versions), hopefully within the next few months you’ll get an updated version… it’s a pretty time-consuming process, but eventually they’ll all be updated.

And then there are my free patterns!  I uploaded SIX new free pattern pdfs last week!  Most notably, I made a brand new pdf of Scant, which had previously only been available directly on leethalknits.com – it’s still there, but it’s now also available as a pdf download there and through ravelry.

Scant in handspun

Also updated to my fancy pantsy new pdf format (okay it’s not really that pantsy, but it is new & improved)… the scrap-buster-tastic fun modular scarf/cowl Orthogonal (on rav)…

Orthogonal!

…and my super oooold free patterns Leethal Mary Janes (rav), Gradient Mitts (rav), Big Bulky Bucket Hat (rav), and Waving Chevron Scarf (rav):

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buckethat5.jpg waving chevron scarf

In other update-y news – a couple weeks ago, I completed a big update to my leethalknits info page, with the shop list (sort of) up to date.  (I don’t know who orders wholesale print patterns in real time, I just get lists of shops every few months, so it’s never completely up to date necessarily.)

(And, for any LYS people who might be reading this, my wholesale page is now totally up to date also, with my downloadable pdf 1-page line sheet to help break down my print patterns.)

Lastly, what have I been working on lately?  Well, mostly, my upcoming two Bulk Trio patterns!  I’ve been posting peeks on instagram:

Done and blocking!! Upcoming design in my Bulk Trio, sample in worsted weight Shepherd's Wool held triple stranded... Indie-dyed bulky weight sample coming soon! This is a fucking BIG accessory project but it's looking damn good and it will hopefully be finished tonight! Phew!

Above is the first one, which I’ve been working on for a couple months now – the first sample is done, the pattern is pretty much done, but I’m waiting on yarn for the second sample… For the third trio pattern, I forced myself to keep it really simple (for me) and it’s coming along very quickly!  These peeks below don’t give much away because I’m keeping it pretty secret until it’s released.  So now I’m really working on the two patterns simultaneously, and I don’t know which one will end up released first; they’ll probably be back-to-back, bam bam bulk bulk!  You can pre-order them both by grabbing the Bulk Trio (on ravelry), which will get you Lemmy immediately.  (All three patterns are flexible gauge, working for weights in the general bulky range.)

Wearing upcoming design prototype out on errands, pre- washing, blocking, photographing. Can't resist, it's so snuggly! That green Burly Spun I showed you a little while back ended up not working for that project, so I went to buy some new yarn for it and decided to step outside my usual color comfort zone! #nofilter  (This is an upcoming design for the Bulk Trio, and I LO

So that’s all that.  Happy knitting everyone!

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