Star of Butin: A New Beaded Cast On!

Oooohhh… Star of Butin is ALL.ABOUT.BEADS! (With a few knit stitches in between!)... even the cast on uses beads! I had to find a way to  have those beads not twist while casting on, and discovered that the German Twisted Cast On was the perfect solution!

Of course I know that not many of you use this technique, so I shot you a video!

If you don't have yarn and beads in stash you can use one of my Stars Adornaments kits to make Star of Butin!

Let me know if you have questions... as always I am happy to help!


Thankyou Sale and Star of Butin (New Pattern!)

Happy Holiday Season All!
Thankyou Sale
My Ornament, Jewelry and Accessory kits are just the thing to make this holiday season sparkle! They are fast, and fun, and fly off the needles, so you do have time to make handmade gifts for your people!  They are also fabulous gifts for knitters as well... if you have a knitting relative, friend, teacher, helper, or loved one you can wrap a kit up for them without even knitting it!!!!!!
PLUS, I just released a new ornament pattern called Star of Butin, AND if you place an order, you'll get a code to download Star of Butin for free! The Stars kit will make one of these if you don't have supplies at home.

So here are the details... go to my Etsy shop, choose some kits and use the coupon HUGETHANKS15 at checkout to get 25% off your order. (This sale is only for items in stock and will end on 12/1 at 12:00 PM EST.) Your sales receipt will contain a link and download code to redeem your free Star of Butin pattern.

Also, I should let you know that Craftsy is having a huge sale as well and all classes are $19.99 or less!  This includes all 5 of my knitting classes with them!



What's on The Needles? (and a Seven Sisters Yarn Giveaway!)

TGIF Y'all! What a week since the last giveaway.... all has felt quite unbalanced as of late, and as usual I am coping by knitting ALOT. I've finished a new mitten pattern, a shawl, knit alot of swatches AND I've got some fun stuff on the needles!

Remember those socks I told my honey were in his future... I'm almost done with the toe (on the first one). I still don't think I like knitting socks!
I'm working on another Adornament design as I am teaching them in a few weeks and I know a few of my students have already knit Stello, Stellita and Astellar. This way they'll have something new to try!
I got 2 skeins of Nona from Spirit Trail Fiberworks last weekend at KRR, and I have cast on the last sweater in the Novus Collection. I'm almost done with the sleeve which means I need to do some math before I can cast on for the front and back!
An obvious solution was also to order yarn to make Max a sweater. I haven't knit one for him in a long time. I know he wants a heavily cabled number, and that is still in his future, but for now I am knitting him Rift in Green Mountain Spinnery's Mewesic. It will be great "background" knitting on the cruise as the body and sleeves are knit in the round with simple shaping. I can handle that while chatting away! I don't have a deadline for this... it's fine if it takes a year, but in the end I will love knitting it and he'll end up with a new sweater (which he totes deserves!) I'm pretty sure this will be done before the stupid socks...
Oh, and did I tell you I'm trying something new and participating in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long in Ravelry this year?   I've got 15 patterns on sale for 25% off until November 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm (23:59) US-EST... just use the coupon code giftalong2015 at checkout. There are many different threads to enter your finished gift-knitting in to win prizes... you can enter with any of my designs or those of participating designers, and they don't have to be ones that you purchased on sale!

SO GO FORTH MY DEAR NELKINITES AND SPREAD THE WORD… this would be a great opportunity for you to get some gift knitting done and share my designs with people who don’t know them :)!

Finally, I wanted to update you on Knitting for Munich! So far we have shipped 502 hats to Munich from Canada and the US... there are even more waiting to be boxed up and sent out (I wait until I have a very full box for each shipment). The last date to send donations is Nov 30th. After that Andrea will let us know if they need more. I want to make sure the hats all get to where they are needed first. Thankyou so very very very much!

Time for a giveaway... 
Karen from Seven Sisters Arts was at KRR... it was lovely to meet her! Karen used to be one half of String Theory Fiber Arts (the dyer I worked with on Skywalker) and she and I had many interactions/emails over the year but had never met in real life. She likes boots as much as I do, so clearly she is A-OK!
I kept drooling in Karen's both on her yarn, especially her gradient kits, I couldn't quite bring myself to get one as I didn't have a plan for it....  (and I'm a girl who likes a plan). BUT Karen gave me one to give to you! What do you think of that?  I chose this insanely stunning gold/earthy combo in Meridian called Seaweed ... if you don't want it, I'm happy to keep it! Can you imagine a Magmatic Boom in it? Or a Clarus?

So, what's on your needles? Has the gift knitting started in earnest? Leave a comment below by 12pm (EST) on Nov 24th.  I will randomly choose a winner and announce them in next week's Friday post!

Last week's winner...
Congrats to ....  Carolm7323 Get in touch so I can get you your arm knitting kit! You lucky winner! I promise this will make your arms buff!


Winter/Spring 2016 Workshops!

I'm just back from a fabulous weekend away... for the first time ever I went to a knitting retreat AS A KNITTER! It was amazing! If you have never gone to a retreat you must... the experience of camaraderie, familiarity, learning, and laughing with people who share your passion is indescribably PERFECT! Since I wasn't working I really let my hair down... don't worry, I didn't dance on a bar, but I did wear my pajamas and I got a lot of knitting done!
Sunday afternoon at Knitter's Review Retreat in Canandaigua!
The weekend has me so unbelievable excited for the cruise and the afterparty and classes at A Good Yarn, I'm going to get to meet many knitters from my Ravelry group for the first time. I'm packing extra tissues, I'm pretty sure there are going to be tears (from laughing!)!!!!

It also has me completely jazzed for 3 events in the first quarter of the year. I'm "trying" to be good and only book one thing a month so I can get some design work done.... we'll see how that goes! Hopefully one of these will work with your schedule and we'll get to knit together!

Vogue Knitting Live in New York City
Vogue Events are amazingly well organized with phenomenal teachers and a marketplace that is AMAZEBALLS! I am teaching some of my favorite classes here, Lace with Beads, Beading 101, Adornaments and more.... I hope I have time to shop!

Wonder/Wool Retreat in Corning New York
A smaller retreat, at the Corning Museum of glass, besides workshops with myself, Patty Lyons and Melanie Berg (who is coming from Germany!) there will be opportunities to blow glass! There is a Friday evening event at the Museum with a private tour and cocktails.... I KNOW this is going to be a unique retreat with the opportunity to really connect with your fellow knitters! I do hope you will join us!

Note: if you are worried about travel, the Elmira airport is super close by, and has many flights coming through it daily... this is the airport I use for all my work trips and I totally love it (as much as one can "love" an airport)!

DFW Fiber Fest
Oh, Texas in April, with some of my favorite knitting teachers... classes for this event sell out quickly, so don't delay if you are thinking of attending!!!!