July 28, 2011

Sock Summit (sale), and stuff, yeah!

So, here in Portland, starting today, the second Sock Summit is happening, which is so super awesome, but I still feel a wee bit out of place in the whole scene since I tried to knit a pair of socks last time the Summit happened, 2 years ago, and they haven’t gotten much farther than you see in that photo taken then… I am just not a sock knitter.

my first sock

But hey, I want to do something to celebrate this event, so, since I don’t design socks, and I don’t design anything in sock weight yarns, but I do design things for any weight yarns – buy one of my any-gauge patterns, get one freeeeee!

Custom Tritop! betiko

Enter coupon code socksummit in your shopping cart, with at least 2 of these patterns, and you’ll get one free: betiko, custom tritops, shapeshifter, skoodlet, game knitting (not the same, but you can definitely game knit in any weight yarn), the mystery knit-a-long hat (scroll down for more on that), and ten 10 yard cuffs (not actually any-gauge, but easy to adjust, and great for using up sock yarn leftovers!).  I wouldn’t exactly recommend using sock yarn for some of these (like skoodlet), but it’s possible to if you want to!

cuff507 Shapeshifter!

As for those of you actually here in town for Sock Summit itself, you can see a trunk show of my designs down the street at Twisted!!  And they’ll have all of my patterns, double scoops knit kits, and connect-the-dots stitch sets on sale for 10% off during the weekend!  (This photo is from my last trunk show at the same shop, last year.)


Twisted is a must-visit shop if you’re in town for Sock Summit, so be sure to make it there!  Along with my trunk show, they are also having shows for Star Athena, Imperial Stock Ranch, and Larissa Brown (that one’s mostly at Twisted’s booth at the Summit).   Another shop I strong encourage you to visit is Urban Fiber Arts – an excellent new-ish shop in northwest which focuses on local stuff – tons of locally spun and dyed yarns, plus lots of spinning stuff as well!  We have so many great shops here, so hopefully if you’re visiting you’ll be able to take a day to yarn shop hop around town!

As for my part in the Summit, you’ll find me wandering the marketplace tomorrow (Friday), before I’m taking a class on natural dyeing with Kristine of A Verb for Keeping Warm (excited!).  I’m bummed that there’s not a big panel discussion like there was last time, because that was a major highlight; and we’re all sad that ravelry isn’t playing a part this time (that ravelry party last time was one of the funnest nights of my life, no exaggeration!).  But, hey, I can’t complain that this amazing knitting event is happening right here, a 10 minute drive from my house! Yeah!

mystery hat, revealed!

Moving on, I do have a couple other things I wanted to mention…  The mystery hat knit-a-long is coming to an end – the final pattern won’t be up till Monday, but I have posted some photos of the hat on flickr and ravelry.  I won’t put the fully spoilery photos up here, to avoid spoilers for anyone who’s still in the midst of the knit-a-long, but you can click over to my ravelry projects to see them all.  I made samples in sport weight (with buttons), in worsted weight (guy-size, with no buttons), and in bulky weight (with buttons) (those links are to flickr photos).

mystery hat, revealed!

There’s another pattern that will be released on Monday that I am insanely excited about – it’s a secret, but what the secret is has already been revealed on ravelry, so I’ll just point you over there for now… I can’t wait till Monday!!  Eeeeeek!

future design prototype!

I have also been hard at work on several other patterns… re-visiting this one that I mentioned awhile back, for (hopefully) an early fall release, and working on a few future ebook patterns.  Here are a couple peeks at those, above and below – once I finish the three that are close to done (third here), my plan is to release the ebook for pre-orders, which will come with those three patterns!  More on that as I get closer!

future design prototype!

Okay that’s not even everything I have going on, but it’s enough for now!  Back to work for me, and maybe I’ll see some of you at Sock Summit!!

Filed under: contest/giveaway,hats,knit-a-longs,knitting,portland stuff — leethal @ 3:36 pm

June 23, 2011

Trivia fun, plus film photos!

First, I put up the answers to that first batch of trivia questions, as comments after the blog post, so you can check that out if you were curious about the answers… I’m especially proud of the pop culture mashups.  My personal favorite is The Bee Geesus and Mary Chain – saying that out loud never gets old!  I also love Yo La TenGo-Go’s and Aimee Mann or Astro-man?

Zach's Shack

So now I’ve started posting my second batch of trivia on twitter – one question per day, around noon-ish (west coast time).  The first person to reply with the correct answer each day wins a $2 off coupon code for my patterns, which will work through my website or through my ravelry patterns shop.

Zach's Shack!

I want to have a non-twitter, more permanent place that you can see what the categories are, with more details, so here they are!

Category 1 – Ten Degrees of Television: I’ll describe a tv show which connects through an actor to the next and previous shows.  I’ll say who the actors are during each question, so the question will usually start by mentioning the actor who was also in the previous day’s show, and end by mentioning the actor who will be in the next day’s show.  And, of course, the question will give more info and clues than just TV actors’ names!

So, today’s question (which I just posted before typing this) was: “Bryan Cranston was father Hal in this Fox comedy which aired from 2000-2006; Grandma Ida was played by Cloris Leachman.”  And yesterday’s question ended with “…Bryan Cranston stars as chemistry teacher Walter White.”  So tomorrow’s question will start with something about Cloris Leachman… all connected!  With posting one question each day, the connections kind of get lost, which is why I wanted to post about the category here – so if you miss the previous day’s question, you can always go back into my twitter feed and find it in case it might help.

Zach's Shack

Category 2 will be Ten Degrees of Movies:  Each answer is the name of a movie – each movie is connected through an actor to the previous and the following movie.  Same as the connections in the TV category, except I won’t be telling you the connecting actors!  Movie actors’ names are more well known (generally) than TV actors’ names, so you get to figure them out in this round.  However, the answer to each question will just be the movie’s name, and the actor connecting to the previous day’s movie will just be extra awesome points.  I’ll give you a virtual high five or something.

This is the same category as round 3 of my first batch of trivia, so scroll down to the comment that starts “round 3 answers” and read the questions and answers, with the connections in parentheses, if you want to better understand how this category will work…


The 3rd category will be Colorful Mashups:  I will describe some kind of imaginary movie remake or other kind of project, which mashes up two different elements as pop-culture-mashups, or before+after.  Here’s an example of one in which both are music-related: “The Swedish indie rock band well known for their 2006 hit single Young Folks time travels to open for the legendary singer from The Beatles, who plays some of his solo songs like Imagine” – the answer would be Peter Bjorn and John Lennon.

Again, this is the same kind of category as Music Mashups in the first batch, so check out the comment that begins “and the last of the answers – Round 4” to better understand how that works.  The only difference is that one was all music, and this one will be different things – some movies, some actors, some music, etc.  There will be a theme throughout however, which is hinted at in the category name…

Portland neighborhood

My last category when I hosted trivia was an audio round – I played the beginnings of songs and players had to say the band and song name.  I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to use this at all in the twitter trivia… I may give song names and you say the band, but I don’t know how well that would work, so I’ll more likely skip it altogether.  We’ll see.

So that’s that!  Follow me on twitter around noon each day to play along, and I’ll be posting the whole batch of questions here on the blog like I did last time, once it’s all been played.  Oh, one note – like last time, I’ll allow one win per person, per category.  So, if you win one, then you can start playing to win again when the next category starts – and of course, keep on playing for fun the whole time!

Bryce canyon!

To add something visual to this wordy post, these photos you’ve been seeing are from the batch of film I had developed a few days ago – I’d been saving up some rolls, since I had rolls in cameras and was waiting to finish them off, thinking I’d finish them much sooner.  So some of the rolls had been sitting around for several years!  Some were shot spread out over the last couple years, on various day trips, and on our honeymoon road trip, and a little bit on our recent road trip down through California (more on that later!)…

Japanese gardens

grand canyon!


There were 3 rolls of 35mm (shot on my Canonet QL17 and my Argus C3 Matchmatic, two color and one b+w) and 3 rolls of medium format – one shot square format on my Holga (color), one on my grandma’s old square format Kodak Duaflex II (b+w), and one on an old Ansco box camera (b+w).


at our wedding!


Click on the photos to see some info on flickr – many details are unknown because I’m bad at keeping track of things over the years.  Most of these roll had been severely heat damaged and/or were very expired… and then the Holga just always get major light leaks when I shoot it square format.  Everything came out though, nothing was damaged beyond repair like I had feared!


Japanese gardens

somewhere in San Francisco

The black and white shots at the booth, at the top of this post, were taken at Zach’s Shack, where we play trivia and where I hosted this trivia live – see, it’s all connected!


at our wedding!

Japanese gardens

Portland neighborhood

A fun note – when we did my Buttonhead photoshoot at the Rhododendron garden I was actually shooting with some of those prop cameras, and some of those shots were in this batch of film!  The camera I’m posing with in these shots is what was used to take these photos:

at the Rhododendron garden

at the Rhododendron garden

at the Rhododendron garden

at the Rhododendron garden

Filed under: contest/giveaway,personal,photos,portland stuff,trivia — leethal @ 2:33 pm

May 13, 2011

It’s time for some leethal trivia!

Hey remember how I was going to share my trivia with you?!  I think it’s about time!  So, I did post all of these questions on twitter, one at a time (back in March-April), but now here they are all in one place for your nerdy trivia enjoyment.  I put way too much time into this, planning out all the rounds, designing the themes, writing the questions… so I’m excited to share it all publicly and hopefully it will reach out to some trivia fans beyond Zach’s and twitter…


Since everything’s already been out there, and because it’s so easy to find the answers online, there won’t be any prizes for getting the answers here – except for one chance!  No one ever got this bonus question on twitter, so I’ll put it out there for you (and I’ll even raise the prize amount!) – the first to comment with the answer gets a $5 coupon code for my knitting patterns:

In round 3: Ten Degrees, each answer is connected to the next through an actor (as explained in the category intro) – list all 10 actor connections for the bonus win!

So, beyond that, feel free to comment with answers to questions/categories you like, for fun!  The questions are listed here with no answers, so if you want to play with friends or anything, don’t scroll down to the spoiler-filled comments… I will post all the answers as comments sometime next week, just to give you some time to have fun with it first.


And fun news for trivia fans on twitter:  I hosted my second trivia night last week, which means I have a whole new batch of questions!  This month is a bit crazy, and I’ll be out of town for a chunk of it (more on that later) so I’m planning to start twittering those questions, just like last time, at the beginning of June.

(Those photos were taken at trivia nights that Pete hosted, by the way.)

And here we go!

Round 1:  Well Rounded People

Note:  All clues are written to be gender non-specific, so keep in mind when I say “actor” that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a man, and some quotes used have minor edits to keep the neutrality.

1.  This chef, author and television personality is “best known for culinary and cultural knowledge, as well as often biting observations of the world’s most exotic dishes,” to quote the Travel Channel website.

2.  An American singer/songwriter loved by the Beatles, who, in addition to 16 albums released between 1966 and 1980, did the songwriting for the film Popeye, and wrote songs which were recorded by The Monkees, Glen Campbell, Fred Astaire, The Shangri-Las, The Yardbirds, and Three Dog Night.

3.  Television personality, author, magazine publisher, designer of home furnishings and other products; two TV movies were made about a brief stint in prison, starring the same actor in both.

4.  Born in 1960 in London to a Scottish father and an Australian mother, this actor has worked with the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, acted in a performance art piece in London and Rome, appeared in many British films including several with director Derek Jarman, many American films with directors such as the Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze, Cameron Crowe, Danny Boyle, Jim Jarmusch, and David Fincher, as well as multiple Italian films including the latest which premiered in the US in 2010.

5.  A major cast member in multiple TV shows from early childhood on, in the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 2000’s, this Hollywood Icon has been writing and directing films and television since 1977, producing since 1980, and won the Academy Award for best director in 2002.

6.  This filmmaker has written+directed movies and television with lines such as:

“Heineken? Fuck that shit! Pabst Blue Ribbon!”

“Oh Diane, I almost forgot. Got to find out what kind of trees these are. They’re really something.”

“There’s a man… in back of this place. He’s the one who’s doing it. I can see him through the wall. I can see his face. I hope that I never see that face, ever, outside of a dream.”

“This is a story that happened yesterday. But I know it’s tomorrow.”

7.  This American born in 1897 has been played in movies by Diane Keaton, Sharon Lawrence, Amy Adams, Hilary Swank, and Jane Lynch, though Lynch’s scenes were cut from the film.

8.  This German film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and opera director’s films include Even Dwarfs Started Small, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Encounters at the End of the World, and the filmmaker’s first 3-D documentary premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

9.  With occupation on Wikipedia listed as “poet, civil rights activist, dancer, film producer, television producer, playwright, film director, author, actor, professor”, this well rounded individual is best known as being the writer of autobiographical books and of poetry, and most recently has released a cookbook called Great Food, All Day Long in December of 2010.

10.  Australian actor who has played the roles of both of two cousins in the film Coffee and Cigarettes, Bob Dylan, Galadriel of Middle Earth, and an English Monarch.

Round 2:  Making Stuff

I’ll list 5 terms that relate to the making of something… you tell me what the terms all relate to.  Some terms may apply to different things, but there should be just one answer that all the terms have in common.  And, the answer could be a specific thing – like, for example, coffee, in which case your answer could be “coffee” or “coffee-making”.  Or it could be a type of making, like weaving, for example, which could be used to make lots of different things (like scarves, blankets, clothes, etc), and your answer would just be “weaving,” not the actual thing that it’s making.

1.  autolyse, biga, gringe, poolish, proofing.

2.  cassette, fork, frame, headset, stem.

3.  cockling, fresco, gesso, impasto, scumbling.

4.  baste, boning, dart, ease, shirring.

5.  annatto, labneh, rennet, slurry, starter.

6.  anchor, CSS, PHP, script, SQL.

7.  awl, endleaves, headband, mull, signature.

8.  bolt, cloche, damping off, thinning, tilth.

9.  back post half double, chain, extended single, gauge, slip-stitch seam.

10.  chuck, dado, furring, pitch, scarfing.

Round 3:  Ten Degrees

Each answer is the name of a movie – each movie is connected through an actor to the previous and the following movie.  So, answer #2 has an actor in common with answer #1 and another in common with #3 (like the game Six Degrees).  In the live trivia that I hosted, I had players write the actors that connect the movies for an extra 1 bonus point per connection.  For you, win a $5 coupon for my knitting patterns if you’re the first to correctly list all 10 actor connections in the comments – connect each answer to the next, and then #10 connects back up with #1 for 10 total actors.

1.  Written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry, this film includes lines like “Joel, hide me in your humiliation!” and “I love being bathed in the sink – such a feeling of security.”

2.  A story of the making of the musical Red, White and Blaine, which features the musical numbers Nothing Ever Happens on Mars, A Penny For Your Thoughts, Covered Wagons, Open-toed Shoes, and Stool Boom.

3.  A quote from imdb of this film’s plot description, altered to change giveaways, reads: “A 9-year-old is left alone in New York City with enough cash and credit cards to turn the Big Apple into his very own playground. But he won’t be alone for long. The notorious Wet Bandits are bound for New York too, plotting a huge holiday heist! The kid is ready to welcome them with a battery of booby traps the bumbling bandits will never forget!”

4.  This 2002 film about a 17-year-old misfit includes characters named Sookie Sapperstein, Mimi Slocumb, Bunny, Mrs. Piggee and lines like “I think if Gandhi had to spend a prolonged amount of time with you, he’d end up beating the shit out of you, too,” and “His conception was an act of animosity, why shouldn’t his life be one as well?”

5.  Baz Luhrmann’s updated classic was accompanied by a popular soundtrack, with tracks by Garbage, Butthole Surfers, Des’ree, The Cardigans, Radiohead, Everclear, and The Wannadies.

6.  This 2008 comedy directed by David Wain about 2 energy drink salesmen, which involves a ton of live action role playing, includes bits of dialogue like “No, venti is twenty. Large is large. In fact, tall is large and grande is Spanish for large. Venti is the only one that doesn’t mean large. It’s also the only one that’s Italian. Congratulations, you’re stupid in three languages.” and “No, I like to rock n’ roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands… I can only rock from like 1-3.”

7.  This television series about LA caterers, which aired on the Starz network and was sadly canceled after 2 short seasons, was co-created by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, and shares many other writers, producers, and actors from that show.

8.  A 2009 comedy set in 1987, with characters James Brennan, a recent college graduate who majored in Comparative Literature and Renaissance Studies, Joel, a college student of Russian literature and Slavic languages, and Mike Connell, a maintenance man and part time musician who claims to have played a gig with Lou Reed.

9.  Noah Baumbach’s 2005 critically acclaimed film which was named after an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.

10.  This 2000 film’s one-line synopsis on imdb reads: “A single mother’s life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.”

Round 4:  Music Mash-Ups

I will describe an imaginary concert lineup with 2 bands or musicians, which are mashed up as pop-culture-mashups, or before+after.  For example, if the question reads – “The Swedish indie rock band well known for their 2006 hit single Young Folks time travels to open for the legendary singer from The Beatles, who plays some of his solo songs like Imagine and Give Peace a Chance” – the answer would be Peter Bjorn and John Lennon.

1.  A show that starts with crowd favorite song Joey, sung by frontwoman Johnette Napolitano, ends with Debbie Harry’s excellent dance accompaniment to Atomic.

2.  Will Oldham is first to play this mismatched lineup, under his stage name, opening for Leslie Sebastian Charles – though he too goes by a different name when performing his hit song Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car.

3.  The singer of 80’s band ‘Til Tuesday goes solo, and after contributing to soundtracks for PT Anderson films, acting in The Big Lebowski, and appearing as herself in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she plays a show with a questionable surf rock band that’s known for using theremins, tesla coils and sound bites from forgotten science fiction films and TV shows.

4.  The venue is packed to the brim with ultra-hardcore fans when these 2 bands play together – first up are Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew, who delight their followers with tracks off some older albums Fakebook, Painful, and Elecr-O-Pura; and headlining is the band that made history by being the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts, reaching number one with their debut album, Beauty and the Beat.

5.  It’s a weird crowd tonight at this show that opens with I Wanna Sex You Up and All 4 Love, and closes with songs from the About a Boy soundtrack and lots of Damon Gough’s famous storytelling between songs.

6.  This show starts hard with glam metal hits off the album Look What the Cat Dragged In, before the hair band closes their set with Every Rose Has Its Thorn to slow things down for headliner Mark Kozelek to play his signature mellowed-out covers of Modest Mouse songs with his band, along with their own tunes from the album Ghosts of the Great Highway.

7.  Fans of this beloved singer/songwriter from Tacoma, Washington, get nostalgic when her set – featuring songs like I Wish I Was the Moon, Hold On, Hold On, and This Tornado Loves You – is followed by a Swedish pop band they are embarrassed to have loved many years ago, and they can’t help dancing to Don’t Turn Around.

8.  It’s an all-English band lineup tonight, starting with the indie pop beats led by singers and childhood friends Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim, performing singles VCR and Islands off their debut album from 2009, and ending with the New Wave band responsible for singles The Mayor of Simpleton, King for a Day, and Senses Working Overtime.

9.  After a month in a psychiatric hospital, Stuart Leslie Goddard opens this show under his solo performer name, playing fan favorites from the 70’s and 80’s just like he did at his huge 2010 show The Pirate Metal Extravaganza, and is followed by the band of a fellow Brit, whose musical genres are listed on Wikipedia as “Chamber pop and Dark Cabaret” and whose 2005 album includes guest appearances by Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, Boy George and Devendra Banhart.

10.  Brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb play a diverse set of hits from the 1960’s through 2000’s, then the mood changes when the headliners, led by brothers Jim and William Reid, open with the single Blues from a Gun off their 1989 album Automatic.

And that’s that!  Comment with answers if you want to, play with your friends if you want to, and enjoy!
(This trivia was written by Lee Meredith, posted here only for your own personal enjoyment, thanks!)

Filed under: contest/giveaway,trivia — leethal @ 2:21 pm

March 10, 2011

New free pattern – Cassady! (plus trivia!)

What a week it’s been!  My blog was down for most of yesterday and the first half of today, for some unknown reason, but it’s back now so that’s great!  I hosted trivia night for my first time last night and it went really well!!  I had so much fun designing all my categories and questions that I’ve thought of a fun way to recycle them…  I’ll try it for a few days and if it’s working out well then I’ll keep it up through all 40 of my questions!

Starting tomorrow (Friday) about 10:30am-ish probably (west coast time) I’ll tweet my first trivia question – the first twitterer to reply with the correct answer will win a $2 off coupon code to my knitting pattern shop, or the Bad Movie Bingo pdf, your choice.  I’ll put a limit of one win per person, per category – there are 4 categories with 10 questions each.

If it’s tons of fun, I might do 2 questions per day, at different times of the day, so if you aren’t available to play the first question, maybe you’ll be around for the second… I’ll probably do 1 question per day through this weekend, then on Monday I’ll tweet my trivia plans for the week.  Sorry to non-twitterers, this is just a fun thing that twitter is the perfect platform for – once all the questions have been tweeted, I’ll throw the whole thing here on the blog.

update 3/14: ok I’m going to try to do 2 questions each day (maybe just one or none on weekend days though) – around 10:30am and 6pm west coast time.

Zach's Shack

That above is Zach’s Shack, where the trivia night happened last night, by the way… and now I’ll shut up about this trivia nonsense and move on to what you probably care more about!


I have a new free pattern!  Cassady!  (Once again named by Mary-Heather, who also named my Swerve and Betiko patterns, making her my official naming genius.)  It was posted on WhipUp blog a couple days ago, for the guest blogger series – I talked a bit about the sideways edge cast-on I’ve been using, and how it’s kind of hard to grasp without actually doing it.  Once you do it, you see how easy it is, so here’s a free and quick way to try it out!


The kerchief is for any-gauge, and custom fit to your head – pick out a pretty self-striping or variegated yarn to show off in the 2 different directions of garter stitch.  This example was knit up in Knitted Wit worsted weight merino; I think it will work fabulously in a sock weight yarn.

The way the pattern works, there’s no need for a gauge swatch, as you start with just 1 single cast-on stitch, work out from there (starting with the tip of one side of the ties) and measure as you go, making the sideways stitches to fit perfectly around your head, then working the main part with decreases along the edges to make the triangular body.

Whether or not that made sense to you, trust me, it’s easy and awesome – there’s no swatching, no seaming, no picking up stitches… magic!


I’ve been wearing mine around the house pretty much every day since I made it, like I am in the photo above, to hold my hair back out of my face… you can also wear it around your neck if you like, though that might look better with a more drapey yarn choice:


I also knit up a sample in a bulky self-striping yarn, but I don’t like it as much – while you can technically knit Cassady in any weight yarn, I’d recommend no heavier than worsted… this one functions, but I just don’t like something about the way it fits and the bulk…

Cassady in bulky yarn

So that’s that – knit yourself a Cassady in some leftover yarn (you could even stripe to use up smaller bits of multiple yarns!) and be sure to post the project in ravelry so I can see your version!  Yay!

Oh yeah, I also released March’s quick knits club ebook on Monday, but I’ll save that for another blog post sometime soon!

Filed under: contest/giveaway,knitting,random stuff — leethal @ 11:55 pm

December 14, 2010

Holiday cards for sale now and free with purchase!

These have been for sale through Trillium for a little while now, but now they are available through my shop as well!  Connect-the-dots holiday cards!

connect-the-dots holiday cards

There is a happy holidays penguins design, and a seasons greetings polar bears design (card insides are blank):

connect-the-dots holiday cards connect-the-dots holiday cards

They are meant to be given to your giftee, who can then connect the numbers and reveal the greeting!

connect-the-dots holiday cards

All the materials are recycled/reclaimed (cards, envelopes, label paper from Scrap, and 100% recycled premium quality paper) – because of the way I source the materials, nice envelopes are a bit harder to come by than the cards, so I’m offering cards without envelopes for a little cheaper ($3.75 vs $4), in case you don’t need the envelope.  Here’s a card on a gift under my tree:

connect-the-dots holiday cards

Because this month is flying by so darn quickly and there are only a few days left when shipped items will arrive by xmas, I’m having a free cards sale through the end of this week (the 17th) – buy anything from my site that gets physically sent (not patterns) and I’ll include one of these greeting cards!  Let me know (via email) if you prefer one design or the other, and also if the item is being sent directly to a gift recipient, then I can write a personal note from you inside the card!

leethal printed shirt

In case you’re a newer reader and mostly just familiar with my knit stuff (my focus nowadays), I used to make all kinds of things from recycled materials, and there are still plenty of those in my shop!  Lots of recycled shirts (and a couple sweatshirts, like the one above) with prints from my hand-carved lino blocks and handmade stencil screen prints (I’m a baller and respect the needles tame the yarn)…  A bunch of hats and a few cuffs made from recycled sweaters, sweatshirts, and t-shirts…

hat! hat! floppy ears tie hat!

Clock kits with printed fabric clock faces and instruction booklets for taking apart a thrifted clock and rebuilding your new fabric faced one…

clock kit! clock kit!

Tons of photo prints in sets of three 4×6’s and matted 8×6’s fitted for 8×10 frames…

trio envelopes

And then there are the knit kits, which I’m running super low on at the moment, and the connect-the-dots stitch sets of course, which I’m waiting on from the printer so most of those won’t ship out till the end of the week (as noted on the webpage)…

stitched argus! pincushion: orange-on-aqua

So, grab your gift items while you still can, and I’ll ship them out as soon as I can!  I use regular first class mail so I can’t guarantee arrival dates unless you’d like to pay more for faster/better shipping; if so, just let me know when you place your order.  Within the states, I think any orders placed by Wednesday (or Thursday morning) should be fine to arrive by xmas…

Filed under: connect-the-dots,contest/giveaway,gifts,leethal store — leethal @ 9:00 am

August 22, 2010

Knitting-related notes and news and stuff…

In an attempt to liven up the ravelry group a bit, I’m trying to organize some kind of leethal knit-a-long over there… It’ll probably be a Buttonhead knit-a-long with encouraged Game Knitting on the hat!  I think the buttonhead design is the perfect kind of pattern to game knit on, with its simplicity and custom sizing, so I’m pretty excited about this idea.  But, the forum is still open to suggestions/votes for other knit-a-long ideas…


…and, there’s a giveaway involved!  Now that I’m blogging about it, I’ll put an official deadline on the giveaway part: on Thursday (26th) I’ll pick a poster at random and send along a goodie package of fun craftiness.  Just post in the forum with a vote for what kind of knit-a-long (or other fun group leethal activity) you’d like to participate in!  And then all the knit-a-long info and sharing and stuff will happen there in the rav group. Fun!


In other news, Knit Picks has just announced to designers that we’ll have more control on pricing with the Independent Designers Program, which means my plans have changed for Swerve.  It was that the pattern would be $2.50 until Sept 1st (with $1 going to the Pancreatic Craftacular), then drop down to $2 after that, but now I want to sell through Knit Picks for $2.99 instead of $1.99, so the price will be raising to $3 in September instead of lowering.

Swerve fingerless mitts!

So, my only point is that if you were thinking about buying Swerve, now would really be a great time to do so, since you’ll both save some quarters and donate to Pancreatic Cancer research at the same time!  And on that note, be sure to consider grabbing any of my other patterns (or on ravelry) during this last stretch of the month while I’m giving $1 per pattern sold to the fundraiser!

Swerve fingerless mitts!

And one more bit of knitty business… I’m just about ready to send my new hat pattern set out to testers, and I’m looking for several of them since this is a customizable, any-gauge, multi-changeable-parts pattern set, so I’ll want testing of all the different options.  I’ll be putting a more detailed call out on the ravelry testers group in a day or two, and sending an email out to the testers list I already have, so comment here if you want to be added to that email list.


The hats have 3 different decrease designs to choose from – these first 3 I’ve made are all kind of bad at showing the patterns, but you can get an idea from the photos below.  All three designs involve some garter stitch, to match the garter brims, and all three have a three-point kind of thing going on…

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And for my last piece of news… Pete and I are planning our wedding!  After 2 years of engagement, we’ve finally decided to go ahead and tie that silly knot, keeping it low-key, low-stress, and crafty…

recycled sweater flowers!

It’s gonna be in Southern California (where our families are) on October 10th, and I’ve started making these crazy recycled-sweater “flowers” for the decorations!  I think I can see a tutorial coming soon…..

recycled sweater flowers!

Filed under: contest/giveaway,hats,knitting,personal — leethal @ 11:20 pm

April 2, 2010

Book Giveaway #5: Manga Cross-Stitch

Here’s my last book giveaway of the week, and definitely the most specialized one – Manga Cross-Stitch: Make Your Own Graphic Art Needlework, by Helen McCarthy:

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This book needs to find a very specific home, with a needle crafter who is a huge manga fan – I know you’re out there!  I think it’s awesome that such a specialized book got published in the first place, and it’s a super nice book!  If you’re a manga fan but have never tried cross-stitching, this book will go through all the basics to get you started with the craft, including lots of simple and complex stitches…

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I know basically nothing about both cross-stitch and manga, so I can’t get into much detail for you, but it seems like a great book with everything you could possibly want to know about making custom manga designs with a needle and thread on canvas.

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Oh yeah, and there’s a CD!  From the publisher’s website: “Also included is a CD with hundreds of unique manga designs. On the CD are charts for printing out and stitching. Plus, the software included lets artists create their own personalized manga designs by creating their own color palettes.”

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To enter to win this book, comment here either telling us your favorite manga character that you’d love to stitch, or sharing a cross-stitch project that you’ve done (either just say what it is, or link to a picture).

I’ll pick a winner (at random) on Monday (April 5th) around 3pm.  I’m sorry, but I need to limit these giveaways to within the US to keep my shipping costs low.

(Since I’m giving away 5 books this week, and I really want each of them to go to a home where they’ll be used and enjoyed, please only comment to win the books that you want.  If this book doesn’t appeal to you, see if some of the other books are more your style, and only comment on those – thanks!)

Filed under: books,contest/giveaway — leethal @ 10:00 am

April 1, 2010

Book Giveaway #4: Mother-Daughter Knits

This is my 4th, and last, knitting book giveaway (tomorrow is a different kind of craft book) – Mother-Daughter Knits: 30 Designs to Flatter & Fit, by Sally Melville & Caddy Melville Ledbetter.

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This book is all about making knits custom fit to your body, and includes a whole chapter on shapes and body types and getting the most flattering results.  The patterns, all designed by mother-daughter team Sally and Caddy, are mostly garments, as you’d expect, but there are a few fun accessories thrown in for good balance:

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The garments include a wide range: shrugs, coats, pullovers, cardigans, shirts, tanks, vests, skirts, and dresses…

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I like this Altered Austen Jacket a lot:

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You can browse through the patterns on ravelry to get a good feel for the book.  I think it would find a good home with any garment knitter who wants to be able to modify patterns to get the best personal fit.

Enter to win this book by commenting on this post… I’m running out of ideas for questions to ask you… Just share either why you’d like to have this book, or tell a story about your mom (or grandma), or daughter, and knitting, or other kinds of crafting… My mom taught me basic knit and crochet stitches when I first wanted to learn (in college), but then I was mostly self-taught.  I really wish I’d met my dad’s mom and been able to knit with her – she was a super amazing knitter but died before I was born.  I’m very anti “not your grandma’s knitting” kinds of slogans – grandmas’ knitting was/is awesome!  Ok that was a tangent, but comment with anything related to any of that to win this book!

I’ll pick a winner (at random) next Monday (April 5th) around 3pm.  I’m sorry, but I need to limit these giveaways to within the US to keep my shipping costs low.

(Since I’m giving away 5 books this week, and I really want each of them to go to a home where they’ll be used and enjoyed, please only comment to win the books that you want.  If this book doesn’t appeal to you, see if some of the other books are more your style, and only comment on those – thanks!)

Filed under: books,contest/giveaway — leethal @ 10:00 am

March 31, 2010

Book Giveaway #3: Scrumptious Toppers!

Today’s book giveaway is for Scrumptious Toppers for Tots & Toddlers: 30 Hats & Caps from Debby Ware.

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This one is pretty insane, but could be a good fit for the right kind of creative person with a baby and clever modification skills…  For example, I could imagine this one turning into a pretty cool monster hat (different colors, different kind of embellishing…):

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This one below is about as simple as they get – the most subtle, classic kind of design in the book:

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If fun fur scares you, I wouldn’t recommend flipping through this book….

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There are only 6 of the patterns on Ravelry, but you can get a pretty good idea of the style of the book and patterns from this peek on Google books.  I know it’s obvious that I’m not into these designs (which is why I’m giving it away) but I really hope it finds a good home and gets used – I would love to see some cool modifications of some of these hats!

To enter the giveaway, comment on this post telling us what’s your favorite hat you ever knit, or your favorite hat to wear, or the hat pattern that you’re most wanting to try… pretty much anything you want to write about hat knitting!  You all know I’m a hat knitter above all other knits; I’ve made well over a hundred hats, and I love choosing which one to wear each day!  I can’t choose a favorite, but as for a pattern I’m dying to knit – I spun up yarn for an Elizabeth ZImmermann Snail Hat months ago and have yet to cast on!

I’ll pick a winner (at random) next Monday (April 5th) around 3pm.  I’m sorry, but I need to limit these giveaways to within the US to keep my shipping costs low.

(Since I’m giving away 5 books this week, and I really want each of them to go to a home where they’ll be used and enjoyed, please only comment to win the books that you want.  If this book doesn’t appeal to you, see if some of the other books are more your style, and only comment on those – thanks!)

Filed under: books,contest/giveaway — leethal @ 10:00 am

March 30, 2010

Book Giveaway #2: Classic Elite Knits!

This second book in my week of giveaways is Classic Elite Knits: 100 Gorgeous Designs for Every Occasion, from the Studios of Classic Elite Yarns

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Very heavy on women’s garment patterns, most are not my style at all, but I do like these 2 ok (I’d wear the zig zag one in different colors):

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And this squishy cabled number looks pretty snuggly:

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There are shorter sections of men’s and children’s garments (mostly all sweaters)…

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I would totally wear this in my size:

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And then there’s a short section of accessories, with mostly pretty basic stuff, like these:

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You can browse through all the designs on ravelry, and also on the Classic Elite website here.

To enter to win, leave a comment on this post telling us what was your favorite garment you ever knit (a link with a photo would be fun!), or the sweater pattern that you most want to knit.  I’ve still never really knit a sweater (this is the closest I’ve come, but it doesn’t even close in front, so it’s more of a shrug), but if I had all the time in the world and could make absolutely anything, I might choose Fair Isle Short-Row Pullover by Teva Durham…

I’ll pick a winner (at random) next Monday (April 5th) around 3pm.  I’m sorry, but I need to limit these giveaways to within the US to keep my shipping costs low.

(Since I’m giving away 5 books this week, and I really want each of them to go to a home where they’ll be used and enjoyed, please only comment to win the books that you want.  If this book doesn’t appeal to you, see if some of the other books are more your style, and only comment on those – thanks!)

Filed under: books,contest/giveaway — leethal @ 10:00 am

March 29, 2010

Book Giveaway #1: Weekend Knitting!

I’m launching my week of book giveaways with my favorite one!  The other 4 books are ones that really aren’t my style, so I want them to go to people who will enjoy them, but today’s is a book that I really do like – I was given 2 copies, so I get to keep one, and give the other away to a lucky reader!

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Weekend Knitting, by Melanie Falick, was first released in hardcover in 2003, and re-released in this paperback version last year.  It features mostly pretty simple projects, treating knitting as a relaxing weekend hobby, nothing too intense, but also nothing too boring… I love these Argyle Slippers!

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There are a couple of nice brioche accessory projects, which makes me wonder, why have I never tried brioche stitch?!  Love how it looks in 2 colors:

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Including a wide range of home projects, bags, accessories, garments, and some kid stuff (see all the projects on ravelry), the book has a style that will appeal to most knitters.  I’m not a sweater knitter, but this Unisex Knock-Around Cashmere Pullover has me thinking about making one:

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If you know me, you know how I love games, so I was happy to see a couple of different game-related projects here, fitting with the relaxing weekend theme:

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Scattered throughout are also lots of weekend-y extras, like several recipes, lists of movies and books with knitting, hand massage techniques for knitters….

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So, to win my extra copy of Weekend Knitting, leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite relaxing weekend activity, or what you wish you had more time to do… for me, that would be reading – ever since I quit my day job to be full-time self-employed (almost 2 years ago!) I haven’t had any time in my life to read books, since any “free” time is spent knitting, or doing something else that’s fun and relaxing, but still work-related….

I’ll pick a winner next Monday (April 5th) around 3pm.  I’m sorry, but I need to limit these giveaways to within the US to keep my shipping costs low.

(And a note about this week of book giveaways – since I’m giving away 5 books this week, and I really want each of them to go to a home where they’ll be used and enjoyed, please only comment to win the books that you truly want.  If this book doesn’t appeal to you, just wait and see if any of the books later in the week are more your style, and only comment on those – thanks!)

Filed under: books,contest/giveaway — leethal @ 2:11 pm

March 27, 2010

Month of leethal Giveaways!

So all the house-buying stuff has been going super well, and now our moving date is exactly one month from today!  That means many things, a major one being that I need to de-stash!  I also would like to make an extra bit of moving-expenses money, so I’m kind of combining these needs into a leethal giveaway sale!

giveaway stuff

I’ve created a giveaway page in the shop (which you can click to from the top of the shop home page, or the photo box on the leethal home page), full of various pieces of recycled sweaters and other fun crafty gifts, and if you place any order from my shop (that totals at least $9) you get to choose one – I pay shipping on the gift, you get some fun materials to craft with!

Want some ideas for how you could use these sweater pieces?  Here are some projects/tutorials I’ve made!


Felted sweater jewelry! For this project, it’s best if the sweater pieces are very felted (technically, fulled) to avoid any unraveling.

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Use sweater pieces in bigger recycled sweater projects, as buttonbands and/or pockets, like the ones in my cardigan or vest.

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No tutorial for these, but coffee cup sleeves are easy to make, functional, and have tons of room for creative embellishments!


I’ve made tons of hats with felted and un-felted sweaters – this hat tutorial for the one above shows how to make a kitty hat with a sweater that doesn’t felt (only difference between a felted sweater is that there can’t be raw edges that will unravel).  I did a post on craftster many years ago (pre-blog) with a bunch of recycled material hats… Here are a few more examples below – the triangle top fabric on the left is one of the giveaway options:

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And one last how-to by me – also a looong time ago on craftster, I did a silly little tutorial for these felt boots:


You can find more recycled sweater projects in a Threadbanger roundup I did awhile back… I know I once saw a how-to for making a purse with a sweater yoke (which would be perfect for light pink piece three down on the right) but I can’t find it – if anyone knows what I’m talking about, you could post a link in the comments…

bead baggies

And then my other crafty giveaway option is a baggie of beads, which came from Knittn’ Kitten!  I have an alternate motive with this option of sharing a piece of my most favorite craft store with a few of you far away from Portland who aren’t lucky enough to be able to shop there.  Each baggie has a bunch of beads, mostly glass, all in pairs, so they’re great for earrings.  The reason I’m de-stashing so many of these beautiful beads is that I keep buying bags of them, use 2 for a pair of earrings for myself, and the rest of the bag sits there since I don’t really do any other bead projects, so now I get to spread the bead goodness!

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I did a tutorial for these simple 2-bead earrings, a good beginner project… Each giveaway baggie also includes some cheap earwires to play around with (the same kind I used in this pair and these) and a few eyepins.

If you were being observant at the top of this post, you may have noticed some books in the back of that giveaways photo – that’s because leethal’s month of giveaways will include some raffle-style blog giveaways as well!  This week, Monday through Friday, I’ll be posting a book a day to give away!  4 are knitting books, one is another kind of craft book, all ones I’ve been given and haven’t used, so I want them to go to new homes where they’ll be appreciated and used!

And one last thing, for you, my dear blog readers… I’m extending the shop giveaway to pattern sales (on leethal or ravelry) for anyone who reads this and contacts me about it – if you purchase $12 or more worth of pattern pdfs, through April 17th, email me (leemeredith at gmail dot com) with your gift choice and your mailing address, and I’ll send it your way!

I just found out from Heather this morning that she declared April Stashbusting Month!  So, I didn’t know it when I planned my giveaway month, but I’m totally participating in busting my stash (though I doubt I’ll be doing much stash crafting this month!) – play along and make things with your stash stuff! Yeah!

leethal printed shirt

I almost forgot – I added a bunch of new leethal recycled, printed shirts (and a couple sweatshirts) to the shop!  They were made back in December, finally online now… I’m working on more shop updates, so throughout the next couple of weeks I’ll be adding more stuff for sale, and probably adding more to the giveaways page too (I’ll let you know about both here on the blog), but then after the move, I’ll probably be taking certain things that haven’t sold out of the shop for good.

leethal printed shirt

I think that’s all for reals… Happy giveaway month!

February 8, 2010

Ebook Review + Giveaway! Card. Paper. Ribbon.


I’m so happy to tell you about this new ebook by Kristin Roach, of Craft Leftovers! Card. Paper. Ribbon. is a fabulous 63 page pdf ebook, packed with well photographed and illustrated how-tos for projects like turning used wrapping paper into “papercloth” and then sewing it into awesome things……


…..combining used gift wrapping ribbon with yarn to crochet or knit into sturdy bags and boxes……


…… and making paper from old greeting cards, which could then be turned into new greeting cards, or a rad stab stitch sketchbook!

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Divided into 3 sections (greeting cards, wrapping paper, and ribbon, naturally), each project goes into great detail, and also has tons of room for creative personalization.  I love the horizontal format (in fact, thinking that’s how I’ll be laying out my next ebook!) – more friendly to computer screen viewing – and the whole thing is beautifully designed.

Kristin collaborated with Diane of Craftypod for the publishing part (love that idea of an indie craft business person publishing another indie crafter’s ebook!! keeping it all in our awesome community!) and they just did a fabulous job of putting this book together!  As all of Diane’s ebooks have, Card.Paper.Ribbon. has printable pages for each project, with no unnecessary photos wasting up your ink.  What really makes this book visually stand out for me is Kristin’s great illustrations throughout – both practical and super cute, love them!


So hey guess what?!  Diane and Kristin offered me a giveaway copy of this awesome ebook!!  Leave a comment here sometime in the next week (by Monday the 15th around noon) answering the question:  what’s something that normally gets trashed (like wrapping paper) that you’d love to see in crafty reuse project ideas? I’ll pick a winner at random to be emailed the prize ebook.

And if you want to grab a copy for yourself right away, head over to the Craftypod shop, where you’ll also find all of Diane’s awesome ebooks!

Filed under: books,contest/giveaway,general crafts,self-publishing — leethal @ 8:07 pm

February 1, 2010

Stitch Set Winners plus a Free Puzzle for all!

Ok stitch set giveaway winners have been picked!  I used the random number generator when I should have used the sequence generator, since I was choosing 9, so I ended up with duplicates.  As you can see below, I chose 3 more to replace the duplicates, and one of those was yet another duplicate, so I chose 1 last number, and that gave me the 9 winners…


So the winners are:

  • Matted stitch set:  17. Marie in Florida
  • Regular (old version) set:  18. Roxy
  • Regular (old version) set:  7. April

Individual connect-the-dot stitching pieces:

  • 9. Anita
  • 37. Lil
  • 29. KAT
  • 24. Renee G
  • 11. Kelly
  • 12. Jenny G.

It was a crazy super awesome coincidence that Marie – the only person to specifically mention loving the orange/yellow/red matted set – was the winner of that exact set!!  Like holycrap wow!  Marie must have amazing karma!

Thank you everyone for the comments – it seems that color preferences are kind of evenly spread between lighter and brighter shades, so I’ll continue ordering some of everything, and if buyers want specific colors, you can always email me with requests… seems to be the best way to do it.

So I’ll be emailing all the winners to get mailing addresses today.  If you don’t hear from me, it might be related to the weirdness of wordpress comments lately, so you could shoot me an email, but I think it will all be fine…

Winter Accessory Connect-The-Dots

For everyone else, I want to offer up a free connect-the-dots puzzle!  This is a winter accessory that didn’t make it into the Winter Knitting mini-zine for the January club.  It’s sized to print out approximately 4.5 x 6.5 inches – you can print it on a lighter ink setting if you want to, so the numbers won’t distract from the picture so much.  It’s a fun picture to color in and decorate to customize, or for kids to do and color I’d imagine…  Go to the original file on flickr to download and print!

Last minute reminder – today (Monday) is your last day to sign up for the February club!  I usually switch the sign-up month over in the early afternoon, so you can sign up late Tuesday morning if you aren’t reading this till then.

Filed under: connect-the-dots,contest/giveaway — leethal @ 5:15 pm
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