Vagina Mitten Contest!

From November 5th through November 15th, if you purchase the Clam Hands pattern through my Ravelry store, you will be entered to win two balls of Knit Picks Palette to make your pair of Clam Hands!  As an added bonus, you can use the coupon code HOTLIPS to get $1 off your Clam Hands pattern.

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Notice how I gave you the option for Blue Waffle colors…  Well, have at it!  I’ll be randomly selecting the winner on November 16th.  Go grab your Clam Hands pattern for your chance at some free yarn!

Look familiar?

You may be familiar with my Gaia shrug pattern:

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Perhaps you can see the resemblance to a pattern published by Drops:

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We have a growing trend here. Large yarn industry companies are ignoring the rights of smaller, indie designers by stealing our patterns to sell their products. The most recent is the issue with Trendsetter Yarns and the Wingspan pattern by Maylin. This gained a lot of exposure, but there are many cases, like mine, that fly below the radar.

I was happy to see a resolution between Trendsetter Yarns and Maylin, although TY’s apology was lacking. If you’re a fiber enthusiast, please support the rights of indie designers and not companies that choose to exploit their works. I have tried to contact Drops about the Gaia pattern situation, but they have never responded. There may not be anything I can do about them removing the pattern, but I can choose to boycott their products and the products of any company that partakes in similar business practices.

Nox

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Nox is Latin for night. It seemed perfect for my newest pattern. The Brown Sheep Burly Spun is one of my favorite super bulky yarns and makes for a quick project.

 

Can’t you just imagine shifting through trees in a dark forest? That’s what I envisioned for this piece. It’s perfect if your Druid. Or like big, giant, slouchy hoods. What’s unique is the backless and sleeveless design. I wanted to try something different with a layering piece, but I definitely wanted to keep the hood.

I can see this knit being popular with the COS play and LARPing crowd. It’s not my cup of tea, but I’ve seen the way your mages and sorcerers dress. Imagine if you knit it floor length, oh snap! Bitches will start droppin’ dice bags like they’re hot.

Anyway. As an introduction, you can use the Nox50 coupon code to receive $1 off your Nox pattern purchase. It’s only for the first 50 purchases and expires at 11:59pm on March 9, 2013, so jump on it!  Get the pattern here.

More MagCloud Prints

There are two more additions to my MagCloud arsenal:  Pearl Clutcher Magnum and Rutland!

ImageYou recently met Pearl Clutcher Magnum, but Rutland is from a few years ago.  I had high hopes for Rutland, because it knit up so beautifully.  When I first made it available, a lot of people jumped on it.  But as time progressed, knitters were finding horrendous errors in the pattern.  After helping a few people through the pattern, I sat down and start going through the numbers.  It was a nightmare.  

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I remember saving the pattern and coming back to it later, but the save didn’t take and half of the numbers reverted back to a previous save.  I didn’t catch that until it was too late.  While most people inquired politely, I did get a lot of hate mail about it.  I understand the frustration, but I don’t think “die in a fire” is an appropriate message over a knitting pattern.

Anyway.  I stepped away from designing for a while after that; making a few things here and there, but I lost my enthusiasm.  As you can see, I’m back in the saddle.  After Freyr and the two Pearl Clutchers, I decided that it was time to give Rutland an overhaul.

Yesterday, I sat in front of my computer with a pot of coffee and combed through the pattern and converted the entire thing into charts.  I love knitting from charts.  Not so in love with making them (especially when different sizes require their very own chart).  It’s worth it though.  All mistakes are stamped out, because it’s all right there in front of you.  

I’m confident that Rutland is now the pattern it should have been two years ago.  I hope people will give it another chance; it really is a lovely knit and I still wear mine daily.  I may even make another, soon.  Go check out the MagCloud pages and you can also find Pearl Clutcher Magnum and Rutland on Ravelry (click here for my designer page).

 

It’s here!

It's here!

And that was fast! I love MagCloud. Here’s the Pearl Clutcher cardigan in the large format print from MagCloud (click the photo to go buy your copy). The charts are so big and east to read… And if you’re wondering about the bottle of Knob Creek, it’s for scale. Not because I’m trying to promote binge drinking.