Tuesday, September 12, 2017

In Motion Vest and Brightwood Hat & Mitts


In Motion Vest and Brightwood Hat & Mitts, first published with Knit Picks last September is now available for individual purchase from my Ravelry store.

In Motions is knit vest perfect for those cool days when you need a little extra warmth. Whether you’re off for a run or just running errands, the In Motion Vest will keep you comfortable and warm. You can even add a bit of flair with colorful novelty buttons!

The vest is worked in pieces from the bottom up with a curved hem at the back. How would I describe this detail? Sexy and playful. Because working out shouldn't have to be boring.


 

 >>>Get In Motions Vest Now for $4.99 until Sept 17, 2017<<<

The Brightwood Hat & Mitts are colorful and comfortable accessory set is perfect for cool weather activities. Lined with a contrasting color in fingering weight yarn, the hat will keep you warm and toasty, while the fingerless mitts can be worn all the way up the forearm or folded down inside the cuff as you warm up.

 

 >>>Get Brightwood Hat & Mitts Now for $4.99 until Sept 17, 2017<<<

After September 17th, the price on both patterns will increase to $6 for the In Motion Vest and $7 for the Brightwood Hat & Mitts.




Until next time... Stitch on!
Tian
A rising tide lifts all boats
Tian Connaughton is a knit and crochet designer, technical editor, and coach. Her mission is to help aspiring designers to develop their ideas, build confidence, and live the life they've always dreamt. 







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Friday, September 1, 2017

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

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

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.


Until next time... Stitch on!
Tian
A rising tide lifts all boats!

Tian Connaughton is a knit and crochet designer, technical editor, and coach. Her mission is to help aspiring designers to develop their ideas, build confidence, and live the life they've always dreamt. 






Are you an aspiring knit and crochet designer needing more help figuring our where to start?



Click here to get your printable PDF copy of Unlock Your Inner Designer: How to start designing (course + workbook)  





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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

We don't need ANOTHER Fiber Festival

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During the Spring and Fall seasons, you can't get away from fiber festivals. It seems there are a million of them happening at every turn. Do we need them? Are fiber festivals relevant?
Stemming from a twitter conversation with Lindsey of Erin Lane Bags, it struck me how much the area {New England} is loosing out with the loss of Stitches East this year.

There are a lot of people who think there are already too many fiber shows in the area, so why we would need one more, particularly with big shops like Webs so close by. This conversation with Lindsey made me realize the extent of the loss of this show.
Gong to the yarn shop is GREAT! Especially having Webs in my backyard, who could ask for more?
{Raises hand} Me. All of us!

Fiber festivals are not just a place to buy more yarn and fiber supplies {Lord knows I don't need any more. I have so much yarn, I think even Webs might envy my stash, just a little bit}. The point of a fiber festival or at least in my mind is to make those connections with the makers. It's a way to talk in real-life to those makers who you have admired and supported for so long, to look them in the eye, talk with them and get an insight on their process and inspiration. Also, fiber festivals are great places to meet up and hang out with like-minded fiber enthusiasts and just have fun, in a safe, non-judgey space {yeah, I get the weird looks for muggles too}.




Sure we can read their blogs and follow them on social media to see what they are up to, but nothing beats that one-on-one, face-to-face, human contact where you can see and touch the work, experience new products, and get your fill of all the fiber fumes!

There is just something about real life that just makes the fiber festival experience so much richer.

Hopefully, Stitches East makes a return to the Northeast. Let this be a warning. If you like and enjoy a fiber festival, go out and SUPPORT them. Show them you want the show next year, no matter how small the show, because if we don't show them that we want it, it will go away. And then we'll have nothing!

Comment below and tell me which fiber festivals you plan to attend this Fall.

Tian



Until next time... Stitch on!
Tian
A rising tide lifts all boats!

Tian Connaughton is a knit and crochet designer, technical editor, and coach. Her mission is to help aspiring designers to develop their ideas, build confidence, and live the life they've always dreamt. 






Are you an aspiring knit and crochet designer needing more help figuring our where to start?



Click here to get your printable PDF copy of Unlock Your Inner Designer: How to start designing (course + workbook)  





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