Thursday, December 7, 2017

Orlets Pullover by Nadya Stallings

Pre-P.S. The discount on the new KnitDesigns by Tian crochet pattern, Linstead Shawl, is still available until noon (12pm EST) today, December 7, 2017. Don't miss out!! Find it and purchase it here>> Check out Linstead Shawl here 

 
Hello,
I just had to share this new knit pattern with you because it is so fun and perfect for relaxing this holiday season - it's not one of my designs. It's a pattern I tech edited a little while ago and so proud of the finished pattern.

This is the Orlets Pullover by designer Nadya Stallings. She is a prolific designer working with major publishers, with designs that varies in style and complexity. If you are not familiar with Nadya's work, you have to go check them out here.

The Orlets Pullove is an oversized and cozy sweater. Can't you just imagine snuggling down on a snowy afternoon, with a favorite book by the fire, wearing this pullover over tights while hubby plays on the floor with the kids? No, just me?





This pattern is the first of a 3-pattern collection, Gem Hill. The next pattern will be the Turquoise Wrap and then the Carnelian Dress. Gem Hill collection contains surprise patterns which will be removed as soon as the third pattern is available for sale. So, grab the collection now for only $14.50  to get the Orlets Pullover, bonus patterns, the
Turquoise Wrap, and the Carnelian Dress.

When you're done with your holiday knitting, make this for yourself.
 


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Until next time... Stitch on!
Tian

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Judging your knitting by the right standards

In the knitting world, WIPS can be a dirty word. Is it for you?

For me, fiber is my job. I knit and crochet often. But there are days, weeks even, when I have nothing to show for all my knitting, between swatching, sketching, tinking, and ripping back. It’s those times when I look at my ever-growing stash and think, “I haven’t knit anything” or “I don’t have time to knit proper”. But it’s all in my own head, isn’t it? I look at the couple rounds I put in on the latest sock while waiting in the pickup line at school, or the few rows on the cowl while I wait for the pot to boil to put in the spaghetti in. THAT is not nothing. There are a lot of those little moments of knitting and crocheting that do add up to progress and shouldn’t be discounted.
The fact is, particularly us women, we beat ourselves up too much. We want to present that outward facing side of perfection to the world. We expect everything to be done now. All tasks must be done in 24-hours. We’re all on this 24-hour cycle where if we didn’t get it done today, take a perfect picture, and post it perfectly filter on Instagram, we didn’t check off the list, we are not good enough. To that I say, so what? Okay, sure I didn’t knit for 5 straight hours today – that probably would be too healthy anyway. When you add it all up, I might get more than 5-hours of knitting and crochet by the end of the week. And that is something to be proud of and cherish.

We make time for the things that are really important. If it is a priority, make space for it. But don’t judge your success by what you have accomplished over short periods of time. Look back on the span of a week, a month, a year, and take stock of what you have accomplished. The holidays are coming and we will be under tight deadlines. Set realistic goals and celebrate, with everything you have going on, that you were able to accomplish what you did.


“Perfectionism is not a prerequisite for anything but pain.”
Danna Faulds
Happy Thanksgiving

Until next time... Stitch on!
Tian

A rising tide lifts all boats!
Tian Connaughton
KnitDesigns by Tian
Crochet & Knit Designer & Tech Editor
{Simple Designs, Beautiful Results You Will Love To Wear!}
Normal Work Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm EST


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P.S. I just wanted to share real quick a massive sale Knit Picks is having. Make sure you don't miss it and get going on those Holiday knits and crochets!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I Like Knitting magazine, December 2017 issue review


First impression is elegant. This issue has a romantic theme that carries from the patterns to the photography styling.

Let’s start with the basics of the magazine.

This issue has 30+ beautiful knit designs around a central theme of Gift-Worthy knits, which are broken up into smaller focused sections. Each issue also includes a note from the editor, which is always well crafted and sets the tone for the whole issue. There are also articles, pattern spotlight, a stitch tutorial, and much more.

In this issue is an article, A Yarn for the Ages: Unravel the History of the Harrisville Mill, about my tour of historical fiber mill Harrisville Designs. During the tour, John guided me around the mill while he explained textile manufacturing, the process of turning fiber into yarn, products for weaving, and the vast history of the mill. This was such a great experience, learning about the process of how fiber is spun into yarn. If you’ve wondered where your yarn comes from, check this out and get 2 free fingerless mitt patterns (Silver Mist Fingerless Mitts) on the blog using the Harrisville Designs Shetland Fingering weight.



There is also an article, How to use your skills to help those in need, written by my designer buddy Ashlee Lackovic. In this touching and thoughtfully written piece, Ashlee shares how knitting can be used as a way to give back to the community by donating to causes such as Hospice, NICU, and so much more. “Never underestimate the power that knitting has to make a difference, to give back and to help.”

Featured Pattern
Lavender Tea Cardigan by Corrina Ferguson
This sweater is worked from the bottom up with raglan shaping for the body and sleeves in pieces. It is seamed together (no intarsia just happy stripes on the sleeves!) and a button band is added to the front. Work all waist and raglan decreases and increases 1 st from edge to allow for seaming.
















The issue is separated into fun pattern sections:

The first is section is On Point. These are 5 hat and cowl designs which use stitch patterns that feature arrows, either done using colorwork or textured stitches.


Sugar Plum Shawls features 4 romantic and elegant shawls perfect for any occasion.


Convertible Knitting has 3 patterns that magically converts into something else. It’s like getting a 2 for 1.

Winter Nights are those 8 patterns perfect for cozying up on a cold winter day, to keep you warm and toasty from head to toe.
 

The Art Deco section has 3 designs featuring geometric shapes which is reminiscent of the style of 1920s and 1930s.


The final section is Peppermint Merri-mint which features 4 patterns perfect for the holiday season.



Take a look at the full issue and let me know. What is one (or two) pattern you want to get on the needles right now? I love hearing from you. Please leave a comment below to share.



Until next time... Stitch on!
Tian

A rising tide lifts all boats!
Tian Connaughton
KnitDesigns by Tian
Crochet & Knit Designer & Tech Editor
{Simple Designs, Beautiful Results You Will Love To Wear!}
Ravelry: KnitDesigns by Tian
Normal Work Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm EST

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.