Friday, October 30, 2015

And the winners are....Fall 2015 Design-A-Long Yarnie Giveaway




The Fall 2015 Design-A-Long Hat was such great fun! This was truly a Choose Your Own Adventure knitting project. Read more about the Design-A-Long here.

For 4-weeks, a clue for each section of the Hat was emailed out. Each clue contained 3 options with pictures of what option look like, from which to choose. The knitter choose the option they wanted based on their own aesthetics.

 

The Fall 2015 Design-A-Long Hat


There were 11 project pages in Ravelry, and 6 projects marked "Finished" with photos. Originally, there were to be only 2 winners from the "Finished" projects, but in the last week of the Design-A-Long, I was having so much fun talking with the knitters and seeing their progress, I found it hard to leave anyone out, so I decided to add a few more yarnie prizes. (In Oprah's voice: Everyone get yarn! You get yarn, and you get yarn!)

So, names of each of the 6 FOs were placed in a hat (yep, one of the hats I completed for the Design-A-Long, and drawn at random for a yarnie prize. Below are the prizes lined up in order.

Aren't they all so pretty!



 

And the winners are....

mlritchie - Anzula Cricket
Deevena - Fiesta Yarn Boomerang
GamerBaberKnitter - Ultra Alpaca Light
Renrat - Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme
asumplehomestd - Berroco Weekend DK
Andrealea - Valley Yarns Colrain

Thank you all for participating. I had a ton of fun putting these clues together and hope you found the experience as fun. Email me with your complete mailing address and I will get your yarnie prize in the mail ASAP :)


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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Harrison Sweater - The sweater you steal from your man, every time.

www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-harrison-sweater
Sometimes the thought of crocheting and knitting for the guy in your life can seem daunting. What a slog! What a pain it will be to make a sweater in his size, in a blah color that he likes but will not be fun for you to work with. I feel your pain.

So, here is The Harrison Sweater. It's a sweater your guy will love to wear. But even better, it's the sweater you won't mind one bit crocheting for your man. WHY? You look good in it too and you can steal it.

Sure, when you go to the yarn store you can tell him the yarn will be for his sweater. (Hint: This yarn doesn't count as stash because it's yarn for HIM! he he!) So, go ahead, get the yarn he wants. Yep, talk him into that super soft cashmere and merino blend and duh, let him pay for it. It's his sweater after all...


He will love you for ever and BONUS, you'll get an awesome sweater out of it!


Go get your pattern copy and have your, I mean, HIS sweater done in time for the start of winter. Click here...
The Harrison Sweater is a classic shape and pattern, in a neutral color. But I think the thing I love most is how good it look in my own closet.  It's your man's sweater you'll love to steal, umm... borrow!




The Harrison Sweater
The Harrison Sweater
ABOUT THE SWEATER:The Harrison Sweater, previously published in Love of Crochet Magazine is now available for individual purchase in my KNitDesigns by Tian Ravelry Shop.

BUY YOUR PATTERN COPY HERE.

The Harrison Sweater, is a bottom up crochet cardigan worked from the bottom up with set-in sleeves.  The sleeves are worked from the cuffs to the shoulders.  The shoulders are joined, sleeves set-in, and side and sleeve seams joined.


THE YARN:
The yarn used, Knit Picks Swish Worsted was the perfect match for the design.  The yarn has a great hand and stitch definition that makes the basketweave pattern pop.  The color, cobblestone Heather, makes the cardigan the ideal everyday piece for the man in your life, but the all-over texture adds detail and interest to push you through completion.  Just one more row....

I absolutely loved creating this cardigan and hope you enjoy it as well.

 

Go, check out the Pattern Page to get your copy here:




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Monday, October 5, 2015

Just Hit Send...Knit & Crochet Design Call For Submission and Yarn Support


It's one of those things, where the initial idea is amazing. The swatch is beautiful, but as the sketch progress, doubt creep in. Is this good enough? Is the idea being conveyed well enough? Then the worst kind of doubt rear it's head: Am I good enough?

We have all been there. No matter how many emails I receive that a design was accepted, the doubts and fears still creep in. I am plagued by inferiority and feelings of personal judgment. The bottom line is that these editors are looking to say yes. I need to make their lives easy by being clear and leaving little room for guessing at my intentions.

I've been listening to Tiffany Han's podcast Raise Your Hand Say Yes. I was first introduced to Tiffany this summer during her CreativeLive classes. There is something about her; the way she breaks things down and made everything seem doable was inspiring. Something she says a lot that sticks with me is: You will figure it out. You are the type of person that figures things out. And that's true for many of us.


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This weekend, I had to dig deep to reach that person that figure things out for a couple emails I had to send. These were not life shattering emails but they were nerve racking for me. One was for yarn support from a yarn company I've have admired for a long time. This was scary because I fear they might remember me. I've submitted a couple times for their Call for Submission and have been rejected. Those rejections hang over me as I type the email. Will they remember my submission and reject me because of my rejected design ideas. Sure, you read on the Ravelry designer forums, a rejected design is not a rejection of you... your design just wasn't a fit for the collection. Yeah, my head gets it, but my heart bleed sometimes when those rejection emails come through. I feel as if I am being rejected!

Right now, Tiffany is running a year long coaching program, 100 Rejection Letters 2.0, starting October 2015. This has inspired me to take up the challenge of getting 100 Rejection Designs in 12 months, starting right now!

Will this be scary? ABSOLUTELY. But it's just emails. I know I have what it takes to create beautiful knit and crochet designs. I just have to be brave and JUST HIT SEND...



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