6.23.2015

I need your help... (and a giveaway!)

Oh my, I just had a really good mail day, and my needles are itching to cast on a new design with this yarn, BUT I can't decide what bead color I should use for it!

I bet you need some background to help you decide which bead you like best.... this design is destined to be part of a super secret special project with Swiss Wulle Festival and Siidegarte. The yarn is Siide-Nobel, a luxurious blend of silk and baby camel (yes, I said baby camel!) and it is going to make the most gorgeous secret project ever!

You might remember that I met Fides and Gaby when I was in Switzerland last summer and that I fell in love with both them and their yarns. During my visit Fides and Gaby loaded me up with yarn to design with (it's an occupational hazard of mine). I received a sweater's quantity worth of Siide-Buschper which has already been knit up in a sweater that will be released later this summer (see sneak peek below!) and two skeins of Siide-Fideel.
This morning while surfing the internet (and stalking the mailbox for my yarn) I saw that the Swiss Wulle Festival announced Under the Same Sky, a collaboration with native knitwear designer Nadia Crétin-Léchenne. Isn't this shawl stunning?

I immediately thought of the two skeins of Siide-Fideel I got last summer, but there is no way I have time to join in on the Under the Same Sky KAL, no matter how gorgeous and fun to knit I think this shawl is!

So, since I am asking you for help choosing beads, I figure in exchange one of you should get to win them so you can join in on the KAL in my stead...

The giveaway details... 
Which bead do you like best with my yarn?
A- Silver lined square hole pale pink (Matsuno)
B-
Silver lined square hole pink AB matte finish (Matsuno)
C- Transparent raspberry AB  (Toho)
D- Transparent topaz AB Delica (Miyuki)

Just leave a comment letting me know your choice (A,B,C, or D) below by 12pm (EST) on June 28th, don't forget to leave a way to get in touch with you! I randomly choose a winner on Monday the 29th and get your 2 skeins of Siide-Fidel out to you!

6.19.2015

Meta Mystery KAL: Shawl Revealed!

Thankyou all for playing in what a I know was a crazy Mystery KAL (even by my standards!)... I really tried hard with this one to keep you guessing as to what you were making until the last possible moment. Writing patterns like this is so stimulating for my design cortex as I end up with a construction even I did not know was possible! (Is a design cortex a thing? If not, it should be!)
Meta was designed to be knit in sections (or kites) and then those kites are connected to create a uniquely shaped shawl that sits perfectly on the shoulders. First 3 mainly garter stitch kites are knit, one of which has optional beads. Then kites 1 and 2 are connected by a rectangular panel that has a lace stripe. An edging is worked out from the side of kite 1. Then kites 2 and 3 are connected with another panel, and an edging is worked out on kite 3, and suddenly you have a shawl!
Now, that you see the construction, let's show you a few more photos of Meta!

The edging!
The connector stitch!
One of the things I do in Mystery KAL's is not give blocking directions as it seems there are many ways shawls can be blocked and this changes their final shape!  You can see the many ways Meta was blocked here.  I didn't get many blocking photos of mine (whoops!) but did snap this one...  I used Knitter's Pride Knit Blockers on my edging to get the "steps" straight! Others pulled the edging into points, which is also stunning!
I have a few thankyou's to make as the clues were error free because of a dedicated crew of testers and tech editors who questioned me throughout the entire process so that we could make sure the resulting pattern had as little errata as possible! This is particularly extra important with Mystery KAL's as since the knitter doesn't have a photo to check their work by they don't know if something is going wrong! SO, huge thanks to Kate, Ann, Justine, Lorrie and Lori! Meta would not have been the success it is without you!

Those of you who haven't finished up your Meta's a thread has been set up in case you have questions/need support/want to show your progress! There is also an Finished Meta Contest, that is open until July 2nd! 

I do have another Mystery KAL planned for September, details will come out in August!... it is another fun construction, promise!

6.16.2015

Migra Mitts: The MClub's 3rd shipment!

Migra Mitts were designed as the pattern for the 3rd kit of 2015's M Club!
Migra Mitts are knit with one skein of Gale's Art MYS 622 a stunning blend of merino, yak, and silk. Gale dyed a stunning deep red for the club. It's actually even richer than shown in these photos. We called it Lola's Red as is it one of my favorite colors, and Lola is my alter ego (did you know that?) She's the one who dances with her hair down until all hours of the night, I don't let her out very much anymore....
Migra means Migrates in Spanish, which is a perfect translation for this beaded stitch as it migrates (or travels) from one side of the hand to the other. The pattern is sized, and the Right and Left Mitts are mirrored.
You’ll get to play with two different beading techniques (beads on yarnovers and slipping beads in between stitches) while working double sided lace in the round... FUN TIMES!!!! The lovely part about this pattern is that the smaller beads (size 8) are the ones that are slipped between sts, and the larger beads (size 6) are worked on yarnovers... this makes it really easy to notice if you have gone off pattern or forgotten a bead!
A KAL for this pattern is "on" for 2015 M Club Members in our Ravelry group.
And of course there is a video!

6.11.2015

Beaded Waves Cuff: Pattern, Kit and Tutorial!

It's time to tell you all about my newest jewelry design and kit: Beaded Waves Cuff! I've actually had this pattern ready for a while, and have taught it numerous times in the last year, it just wasn't ready for public consumption until now!

Beaded Waves, is simple, and fun! It plays with elongating stitches on one row, and then placing beads on them on the next row. I've used the technique of placing beads on Elongated Stitches in Fino and Oscillo, so it was a natural progression to design a cuff with the technique!

In the pattern I have suggested 2 possible layouts for the bead colors, one with 2 colors and one with 3 colors. There is even a blank diagram for you to design your own bead pattern once you get the hang of the pattern!
Pattern available here for $5.
Kits available here or at your LYS for $17.
Tutorials available here and here for free : )!