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August, 2015

Midwestern Knits at Knit 1 Chicago!

Me and Carina XOXOXO

Me and Carina XOXOXO

Thursday night Midwestern Knits took over the lovely Knit 1 yarn shop here in Chicago by plastering our samples in every corner of the store and forcing everyone who came in to purchase a book.

Pile o Books!

Pile o Books!

Signing a Book Despite Being Asked Not To

Signing a Book Despite Being Asked Not To

There was a lot of laugher (um see the first pic!), a few happy tears, and a lot of ogling beautiful yarn with the help of Lynn, Knit 1’s owner. I even got to force Carina to sleep on my couch to get to hang out with her more!

A huge thank you to everyone who came out. Our trunk show is touring so keep an eye on our events page to see if it’s coming to a shop near you! And if you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, order a print book or the ebook now!

Midwestern Knits KALs!

Midwestern Knits KALs!

And while we’re talking Midwestern Knits, 7 KALs from the book are kicking off in 2 weeks. Head over to the Midwestern Knits ravelry forum for more information!

I’m hosting KALs for Michigander Mitts and Mishigami, but those don’t start until October. I’ll be sharing more information about them soon though!

Check Out the New craft.girl Magazine!

Craft.Girl!

Craft.Girl!

I’m super excited to share that I’m part of a new magazine Interweave / F&W just released called craft.girl! It’s described as ‘a fresh, fun, and fabulous magazine dedicated to inspiring the crafter in you!’

“craft.girl features projects and how-to instruction to help those looking to try a new craft, create something individual and accomplish something from start to finish!  Projects included feature jewelry, beading, knitting, crochet, embroidery, and sewing crafts for new or beginning enthusiasts.  Experience craft.girl and learn about crafts, share ideas, stay updated on fashion and trends and let your self-expression shine.  craft.girl highlights over 25 easy, cross-crafting, DIY projects.”

Click through to download your copy of craft.girl, or order the print version.

Coffee Cross Stitch Project!

Coffee Cross Stitch Project!

Inside you’ll find two projects by me, starting with this cute coffee cross stitch pattern and a little how to about getting started!

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AND I also whipped up a cute embroidery project for the magazine as well.

Bath Embroidery

Bath Embroidery

A simple design perfect for a tiny bathroom wall!

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Inside the magazine are step by step stitch instructions and a guide to color placement. Don’t those bubbles look great in the two colors? I love this little design!

So be sure to head over to Interweave to pick up your copy. The other projects in the magazine are really fun, too! You’ll be crafting everything in no time!

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New Pattern! Sedona Sweater in knit.purl Magazine

I’m honored to be a part of a new knit.purl Magazine!

knit.purl Fall/Winter 2015

knit.purl Fall/Winter 2015

And I’m pretty in love with my new Sedona Sweater!

Sedona Sweater

Sedona Sweater

From the Magazine: Build-as-you-go construction starts with a horizontal lower body in this pullover. With attached dolman sleeves and a wide neckline, the end result is graphically interesting and fits with roomy comfort.

Dolman Sleeves, negative ease

Dolman Sleeves, negative ease

So the magazine pictures show the sweater with 2 1/2″ of positive ease, but here I’m showing it with about 3″ of negative ease – you can see how it fits tighter across my bust but is still nice and roomy around the middle, so those dropped stitches still have a really nice drape. Clearly you can see this sweater has a lot of forgiveness!

Super Roomy and Comfy

Super Roomy and Comfy

Finished Size 29¾ (33½, 37¼, 41, 46½)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 33½”, modeled with 2½” of positive ease.

Fun Back Interest

Fun Back Interest

Yarn baa ram ewe Dovestone DK (50% bluefaced leicester wool, 25% wensleydale longwool, 25% dark brown masham; 252 yd 230 m/3½ oz100 g): #003 parkin, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) skeins.

Needles Size 7 (4.5 mm): straight, 16″ circular (cir), and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

LOVE those Dropped Sleeves!

LOVE those Dropped Sleeves!

Notions Markers (m); removable m; cable needle (cn); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge 19 sts and 26 rows = 4″ in St st.

Close Up of the Build As You Go Construction

Close Up of the Build As You Go Construction

If you’re interested in getting a seamless back section, Joni Coniglio created an amazing tutorial on the Knitting Daily blog! Find it here.

Grab a digital copy of the magazine here,  or preorder the print copy here. Check out all the other great projects in the magazine on Ravelry! Thanks to Harper Point Photography and knit.purl for allowing me to use their photos.

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YarnTalk Episode 7: Midwestern Knits Blog Tour!

You missed us over these past 2 weeks, haven’t you? Well never fear! #YarnTalk is here!

YarnTalk Episode 7!

YarnTalk Episode 7!

This one is pretty special to me because we talk a lot of Midwestern Knits – Leah, who is in the beginning stages of getting her book Great Northern ready for a kickstarter, and I talk about indie publishing, and I’ve got an interview with Blowing Snow Cardigan designer Emily Ringelman.

Emily and The Fluffs!

Emily and The Fluffs!

And OF COURSE we’re joined by Emily’s hilariously large cat The Fluffs!

Blowing Snow Cardigan by Emily Ringelman

Blowing Snow Cardigan by Emily Ringelman

Want to win a copy of Blowing Snow Cardigan? Enter here!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And enjoy this week’s episode of YarnTalk!

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Meet Midwestern Knits!

I’m so excited to share with you that my new book, Midwestern Knits, is out today!

Check out all the patterns in the book now on Ravelrypurchase the ebook or the print book! And remember the print book comes with a download code as well, so it’s the best of both worlds!

Click on a Midwestern Knits project pic below and zip right over to it’s pattern page on Ravelry so you can queue and favorite till your heart is content. Or just cut to the chase and purchase the eBook now!

 

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Thanks SO much for being so excited about Midwestern Knits! Keep your eye out for KALs and blog tour posts for each and every one of these fantastic projects. Grab your print copy here, or your ebook copy here!

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