9.15.2014

Knockout Knits Local Release Party!

Oh what a night.... Knitting Etc (my LYS) threw me a fantabulous release party for Knockout Knits on Friday evening! There were knitters, friends from near and far, snacks, wine and CAKE! Luckily I remembered to deputize my dear friend to take pics... so I can share the event with you!
So fun to watch knitters perusing through the book for projects!
I learned quickly to keep my handwriting neat : )!
Many designs from the book were out... and lots of fondling was had! (and yarn bought!)
Mo and  I getting to talk IRL for the first time : )!
Meet Chelsey... who taught me to knit at a playdate when our girls were toddlers!
CAKE! (Pro Tip: at Wegman's they will print an image onto edible paper for you!)
We learned that 10 year old girls REALLY like the Cha-Ching Mitts (on the cover!)
Pretty much the best montage I have ever made of just a few of my favorite people who came on Friday!
Sorry to those of you missing from these photos.. rest assured I know you were there and am thrilled you could celebrate with me... starting my fall events at home was more than I could have hoped for! Thankyou Hickory, Steven, Dawn, Robin and all the Knitting Etc staff for throwing a PARTY!

Next up: This weekend I'll be at Lion Brand Yarns in New York City  for a book signing and classes and at Trillium Yarns at their new home in Morristown, New Jersey! WOOT!

9.05.2014

Knockout KITS!

The moment the skein of Stonehedge Fiber Mill Fine landed on my doorstep to use in Knockout Knits I KNEW I was going to design a pattern I could make a kit with!  I just love that it ended up being on the cover of the book as well... it's like the universe wants us all to make the Cha-Ching Mitts!
Cha-Ching Mitts are based on a traditional coin stitch with an unexpected twist, Delica beads! I haven't used Delica beads in a kit before as they are more expensive and harder to find, but their cylindrical shape was just too perfect and I had to do it. (see the color swatches below to view their shape) The kit is packaged in a clear plastic tube, keeping the yarn safe but visible. The easy-to-memorize stitch pattern is both charted AND written out! And as always, video tutorials are included to help with learning the stitch. And then, of course, I had to make a matching Cha-Ching Tam as well.
  
Materials Included in Kits
230 yards Stonehedge Fiber Mill Fine (100% Merino wool), 170 Size 8 Delica glass seed beads, Dental floss threader, Pattern (both charted and written out!)

The kits comes in 5 colors, they are available in my Etsy shop, AND at your local yarn store!

And also, if you stalk Amazon knitting book ratings (like I am going to admit doing lately) you'll see that Knockout Knits is NUMBER 1 (in knitting books!)  Thankyou so much for your support and spreading the word about my labor of love!  And to those of you who have already written such glorious reviews, THANKYOU! 

And the winner from Tuesdays giveaway? Congrats to Momyerom... get in touch with your address and I'll send you out a book!  And if you are a stats geek like myself and Justine you can see which projects are most popular in the book here.  (Thanks Justine!)

9.04.2014

Video Tutorial: Hibisco Necklace Bind Off

Here's a little video I shot to help you with any tricksy spots you might run into while working the bind off on Hibisco Necklace, one of the many patterns in my new book Knockout Knits.



I've added it to my growing list of tutorials : )! Enjoy!

There are even kits for Hibisco, in four glorious colors!  Check them out!

9.02.2014

Release Day for Knockout Knits!

I've been waiting for this day for so long I'm not even quite sure how to do it!

I'm going to start with a check-in with my editor, Caitlin, as it only seems fitting to share the day with her... and then there's an interview with a newspaper (yes, I wrote that.) And then I'm  going to do what 1st world parents have done for the last few decades... take my girl back to school shopping!  And then yoga, as I might need by then!

I'll be telling the story of writing my book at events this fall... I'm not letting myself get nervous (more yoga!)... hopefully I'll meet many of you at those!

But first, there are a final few patterns from Knockout Knits to show you.  These are some of my favorites which I saved for today!


Laden (with and without beads) from Beaded Beauties
Crux Cowl from Wrapped Stitches at Play
Loco Shawl from Getting Your Lace On!
Close up of Loco! I LOVED knitting this shawl, and can't wait to see more come off your needles!
SO, to celebrate, I've got one SIGNED copy of Knockout Knits to giveaway ..... want a chance to win it?
After looking at all the designs in Knockout Knits, leave a comment below telling me which you pattern you want to knit first... that shouldn't be hard, right? (don't forget to leave a way to get in touch with you!)
Comments will be open until Thursday 9/4 at midnight EST. I'll announce the random winner as well as release three new kits, Friday 9/5!