Have You Heard About the Amazing Stitch Along Event?

Have You Heard About the Amazing Stitch Along Event?

What is the Stitch Along?

Let me introduce you to the Around the World Stitch Along! It is an event that I am joining in as a participating designer. It is my first year, but the even itself is in its second year. The easiest way for me to start is to tell you what the intro in the Ravelry group page says!

We are a group of independent designers from most of the continents (and welcome anyone else from around the world – especially Asia, South America, and maybe even Antarctica if there are designers there) who have come together to share our designs with special deals and fun.

This event will last six weeks, beginning February 15, 2021 and ending March 28, 2021, so you can make more than one project or make a really large project to enter for prizes! We will have games and prizes and drawings, along with the help and chatter from the actual designers of the patterns you will be making. This Stitch A Long will kick off the autumn knitting/crochet season in the Southern Hemisphere and will catch the end of the winter knitting/crochet season of the Northern Hemisphere.

Remember that to win a prize, you must not only finish and post in the correct thread, but you need to be a member of this group.

If you want to join the group it can be found here – Stitch Along Ravelry Group

Has the Stitch Along Sale Started?

Yes! Each of the 25 designers taking part in the Stitch Along has a bundle of 5 patterns which are currently reduced by 25%. The sale runs until 23:59 PST on 19th February 2021. In order to grab your discount use the code SAL2021. The group Mods have put together a bundle of all patterns eligible for the discount. You can browse it here – Sale Bundle.

Will There Be Prizes?

Yes! If you cast on your project on or after 10am PST on the 15th February and cast off before 23:59 PST on the 28th March you could win a prize! To be eligible you need to tag your Ravelry project page with aroundtheworldsal2021, make a paid for pattern by a participating designer and post in the Finished Object thread. There are plenty of patterns for you to choose from!

Each of the designers in the Stitch Along have been asked to find a sponsor who is willing to donate a physical prize. I have been extremely lucky to have Kelly from Kelly Connor Designs sponsor me. She does the most amazing project bags and this one of hers will be on the prize list! If only I could win it!

Will There Be Games?

Yes! Pop along to the group on Ravelry and join in some of the games. You can also play on Instagram. One of the first games is this one that you can put on your Story to be entered for a prize!

Which Designers Are Taking Part?

We have a thread in the Stitch Along Ravelry group where you can find the list of participating designers. You could spend some time browsing their patterns. I am sure you will find lots of shiny new things to cast on. Once the sale is over there will be a big bundle of all the eligible patterns which will be searchable.

And I Have a Test Knit Running!

If you haven’t seen my posts on Instagram, Facebook or Instagram you might not know, but I have a test knit currently running for a beanie style hat. I still have a few spaces available if you are interested? It is in DK weight yarn, one solid and one variegated. It comes in three brim sizes and has instructions for three crowns depending upon how fitted or slouchy you like your hats.

The pattern itself will be released for sale on 2nd March, which means if you sign up now and finish before the end of the Stitch Along you can enter the finished hat for a prize! If you would like more details the test is happening in my Ravelry group – Mosswood Drive Hat Test.

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The World’s Gonna Know Your Name – Hurry!

The World’s Gonna Know Your Name – Hurry!

The World’s Gonna Know Your Name Has Been Released!

The World’s Gonna Know Your Name is my latest knitting pattern and I released it last week! If you are a subscriber to my newsletter you will have received a code to get it for FREE! But hurry! The code expires tomorrow!

As I usually do I have also discounted the pattern for the first week as an introductory offer, this also finishes tomorrow! If you haven’t subscribed to my newsletter then you have missed out on this offer. But don’t worry! When you sign up you get a code for 50% off one of my patterns, and there will be other free ones for subscribers in the future so now is a great time to make sure you don’t miss out again!

The World’s Gonna Know Your Name – Why?

Where does the name for this pattern come from, I hear you ask! Well I am a huge fan of musicals. Two of my absolute favourites are Jesus Christ Superstar and Hamilton. The name for this pattern comes from Hamilton. In fact it comes from the opening song – Alexander Hamilton. I was listening to it a lot when I was working on this initially. Then when I revisited it to do all the editing I was able to watch it on Disney+.

The World’s Gonna Know Your Name – What?

So I guess you want me to tell you a bit more about the pattern? It is a headband knitted in DK weight yarn. It includes instructions for a provisional cast on and to graft at the end if you want. But you could also use your favourite cast on and cast off methods and seam it to finish. I know a lot of people aren’t fans of grafting stitches.

It is a great pattern for using up the odds and ends of balls of yarn when you have finished other projects. The biggest size should only use a maximum of 30g. And you could get really inventive and use up lots of different colours by using stripes or blocks of colour.

The most noticeable thing about The World’s Gonna Know Your Name is the twist at the front. It gives the finished item the appearance of a turban style headband. It is really effective and eye catching, but you will be surprised how much fun it is to do. The pattern includes a photo tutorial to help for the first time, but soon you will be making lots of versions of this in all the colours for everyone you can think of.

The World’s Gonna Know Your Name – an original?

The are a few things you can do to make the finished headband unique. One of my testers added a cute little button to the front. You could also add something sparkly, or change the look with some colour work. You can check out some of the tester’s project pages on Ravelry.

Do you like to have a project that you can just pick up and put down when you have only a few minutes to work on it without worrying about losing your place? Maybe you need something to keep in the car for when you are running errands? I know I have been keeping a project in there at the moment because whilst we are being encouraged to shop alone I will stay in the car whilst my husband or son runs in to quickly grab a few things. And of course, its always nice to have a project that you don’t need to concentrate on too much when you are enjoying a movie or series in the evening.

The World’s Gonna Know Your Name – Where?

You can grab your copy in a few places. Here on my website as well as on Love Crafts. If you are a subscribe to my newsletter I sent out a code which you will be able to redeem on either Ravelry or Payhip. For everyone else it is discounted on these two sites by 15% for one week. So you will need to be quick!

If you enjoyed this post please check out my others – Emma’s Blog

Don’t forget to follow me on social media @allneedles and tag me in photos if you are making one of my designs – I love to see them!

The World’s Gonna Know Your Name – Hurry!

The World’s Gonna Know Your Name – Now!

The World’s Gonna Know Your Name is Here Now!

The World’s Gonna Know Your Name is my latest knitting pattern and I have released it today!. And the most exciting news is that it is FREE for subscribers to my newsletter!

If you haven’t subscribed to my newsletter then you have missed out on this offer. But don’t worry! When you sign up you get a code for 50% off one of my patterns, and there will be other free ones for subscribers in the future so now is a great time to make sure you don’t miss out again!

The World’s Gonna Know Your Name – Why?

Where does the name for this pattern come from, I hear you ask! Well I am a huge fan of musicals. Two of my absolute favourites are Jesus Christ Superstar and Hamilton. The name for this pattern comes from Hamilton. In fact it comes from the opening song – Alexander Hamilton. I was listening to it a lot when I was working on this initially. Then when I revisited it to do all the editing I was able to watch it on Disney+.

The World’s Gonna Know Your Name – What?

So I guess you want me to tell you a bit more about the pattern? It is a headband knitted in DK weight yarn. It includes instructions for a provisional cast on and to graft at the end if you want. But you could also use your favourite cast on and cast off methods and seam it to finish. I know a lot of people aren’t fans of grafting stitches.

It is a great pattern for using up the odds and ends of balls of yarn when you have finished other projects. The biggest size should only use a maximum of 30g. And you could get really inventive and use up lots of different colours by using stripes or blocks of colour.

The most noticeable thing about The World’s Gonna Know Your Name is the twist at the front. It gives the finished item the appearance of a turban style headband. It is really effective and eye catching, but you will be surprised how much fun it is to do. The pattern includes a photo tutorial to help for the first time, but soon you will be making lots of versions of this in all the colours for everyone you can think of.

The World’s Gonna Know Your Name – an original?

The are a few things you can do to make the finished headband unique. One of my testers added a cute little button to the front. You could also add something sparkly, or change the look with some colour work. You can check out some of the tester’s project pages on Ravelry.

Do you like to have a project that you can just pick up and put down when you have only a few minutes to work on it without worrying about losing your place? Maybe you need something to keep in the car for when you are running errands? I know I have been keeping a project in there at the moment because whilst we are being encouraged to shop alone I will stay in the car whilst my husband or son runs in to quickly grab a few things. And of course, its always nice to have a project that you don’t need to concentrate on too much when you are enjoying a movie or series in the evening.

The World’s Gonna Know Your Name – Where?

You can grab your copy in a few places. Here on my website as well as on Love Crafts. If you are a subscribe to my newsletter I will be sending out a code which you will be able to redeem on either Ravelry or Payhip.

If you enjoyed this post please check out my others – Emma’s Blog

Don’t forget to follow me on social media @allneedles and tag me in photos if you are making one of my designs – I love to see them!

How Has January Treated You So Far?

How Has January Treated You So Far?

So we are over half-way through January and I just wanted to check in with you all to see how things are going?  What have you been doing craft wise?  Are you working from home?  Are you home schooling the kids?  Have you braved the cold weather for some winter walks?

January Was Off To A Good Start…

January has been a bit of a mixed bag for me so far.  Probably like you and most other people I started the new year quite hopefully.  The covid vaccine had started to be given to the most vulnerable and it is only a matter of time until more people at risk can have their dose.  My husband was still home on leave and the kids and I were on holiday.  I celebrated my birthday at the beginning of the month.  A Lockdown Birthday in the miserable month of January is a little on the sad side but we made the best of it.  My husband made me a really nice chicken pie, the first he had attempted since I stopped being able to eat gluten and milk.

But then January decided it didn’t want to be boring.  It wasn’t going to be outdone by all the fun and shenanigans we had in the last few months of 2020.  What we really needed in the world was new strains of the virus to shake us all up and make us wonder if we really did, indeed, know what January was going to have in store for us.  It seems it wants to be known as the month of surprises.

January, You Are Sneaky!

The first thing to affect us as a family with the renewed call by the Prime Minister for us all to stay at home.  My daughter is in college, the same one where I work.  We were both told that term would be delayed by a week.  Instead of going back on the 4th of January we would now be going back on the 11th to give the college time to set up mass testing for staff and students.  This week was going to be taken off our Easter holidays instead to make up for the loss of teaching time.  This quickly changed to working and learning from home for the whole of the month and probably the whole of February too.

My son is currently studying a computer coding course at Uni. He has barely been on campus at all yet. I believe he has done around 10 hours since he started at the end of September. This doesn’t bother him in the slightest. He is quite self-motivated and happy to work through everything distance learning style. The timetable has changed a little and some of his assignments have moved but I think he is secretly happy not to have to attend campus.

But the biggest surprise January has had in store for us as a family revolves around my husband. He works in Saudi and was unable to get home on leave last year for 11 months. He left on 2nd January 2020 and did not come home again until 30th November 2020. He has worked out there for many years. We have lived with him as a family for periods of time too. But this was by far the longest time he has been away and we have been apart.

He was planning to fly back to work so that he would be back at his desk for 17th January. We were already thinking that was looking a bit dubious. Over the Christmas holidays Saudi Arabia had closed all its borders again. This was in response to the emergence of new strains of covid. We had been keeping a close eye on developments to see when he might get back to work. Finally, in the beginning of the month there was an announcement that the borders were open. To most people. Those coming from the UK or South Africa had to spend 14 days in another country before they could cross into Saudia.

This was a bit of a logistical nightmare to say the least. It meant him changing flights to both a different departure and destination airport. As well as flying by a different carrier. He also had to leave a few days early and so missed being home for our wedding anniversary. But we finally got him sorted, and he is currently in a flat in Bahrain with one of his friends. They have a few more days to go until they can go back to work. And I think they have binge watched all the series available on Netflix already! I did offer to send them back with a jigsaw puzzle but they declined my kind offer!

And For The Rest Of The Month?

So we have passed the halfway mark in January. We are starting to see the light a little earlier in the morning, and for a little longer in the afternoon. I am starting to think about what I want to do in the garden over the coming year when the spring finally arrives. We have had a lot more snow this year than is usual and I am definitely looking forward to the weather drying up and warming a little.

We are settling in to a routine again. Lockdown 3.0 doesn’t feel much different to Lockdown 1.0 except this time the weather isn’t quite as user friendly. I do my college job on the phone and computer in the mornings with some music on in the background. After cooking and eating lunch I settle down in the afternoons to work on my knitting patterns. They were neglected somewhat during the Indie giftalong as well as during the festive period but I have now picked up where I left off in November.

I have a headband pattern which I will be releasing on 2nd February. It is a DK weight, ideal for beginners and using up scraps. I will tell you more about that in my next post. But I will say that I will be sending codes to subscribers to my newsletter which means you will be able to get the pattern for free. If you haven’t signed up yet now is the ideal time to do so! Emma’s Newsletter

I also have a beanie hat that I am just getting ready to go to testing. This is also knitted in DK. Later in the spring I hope to share with you a shawl and a cardigan pattern. You will have seen photos of all of these on my Instagram and Facebook if you follow me.

What have you been working on so far this month? Have you joined us on Facebook in our Knitting Across the Pennines group? Loraine of Woolly Madly Deeply and I have been hosting a bit of a Find, Finish or Frog during our livestreams. You can catch us on Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings or watch us later on You Tube.

Don’t forget to share your projects with me on social media. I love to see your WIPs. Tag me @allneedles If you enjoyed this post then check out my others – Emma’s Blog

Quick as a Flash – Birthday Sale!

Quick as a Flash – Birthday Sale!

I Am Having a Flash Birthday Sale!

Today I am having a birthday sale. I wanted to share my day with you and have you join in the celebrations with me. Usually I would be able to visit my family and friends on my birthday. Or I would meet them somewhere for a coffee. I would be able to go out to my favourite restaurant for dinner.

Birthday Sale
Everglade Beanie

This year is different. With the national lockdown restrictions all the restaurants are closed. We can’t go to the shops to buy gifts or sit in a cafe and enjoy a coffee with friends. But I can share my day with you in the form of a flash birthday sale. For just 24 hours all my patterns in my Ravelry store and my Payhip store will be reduced by 25%. But you will need to hurry to grab your discount – it all ends at 23:59 on 7th January 2021.

How To Join In My Birthday Sale

In my Ravelry store my birthday sale discount will be applied to your basket without the need for a coupon. Just add the patterns you want to your cart and check out. As simple as that.

In my Payhip store you will need to use the coupon code Birthday to get your 25% off all my patterns.

Which Patterns Will You Choose?

The weather has taken a decidedly wintry turn in recent weeks. But that is ok, as it is the perfect weather for sitting cosy in front of the fire and tv and picking up a knitting project. And with the national restrictions related to covid-19 we are all enjoying staying safe at home more than we may have done this time last year.

Do you enjoy knitting stocking stitch in the round so that you can concentrate on a TV show? If so then you may enjoy the cowl Meet Me Inside, my latest pattern. It is a cowl knitted in once piece in the round and you can make it as long or as short as you want.

Or do you want a garment pattern? Vera and Stanhope are both v-neck raglans which are knitted top-down. You begin flat, but once the neck shaping is completed the body and arms are all knitted in the round.

If you prefer your garments knitted flat then how about Arundale? This vest was designed for my Dad but one of my testers made it for herself and loves it with a pair of jeans. She didn’t want to knit in the round as she likes long, straight needles that she can tuck under her arms as she knits.

Are you knitting for a baby? I have a few patterns for the little ones in mind which I designed for my grandson and my granddaughter. How about Sandy Point? I used a fair isle effect yarn to make mine, but you could use a solid or variegated and it would look brilliant.

Or for a little girl you can’t go wrong with a pair of frilly knickers! I recently took part in the Indie Designer’s Gift-A-Long where my Knickers pattern was the talk of the town. One of the other designers was even a little sad that the pattern wasn’t graded big enough to make herself a pair!

Don’t Forget To Share My Birthday Sale!

No matter which of my patterns takes your fancy don’t forget to share, share, share! Tell your friends about the sale, tell me which design has caught your eye, and of course please share photos of your WIPs!

I love to see what you are making. Tag me on social media using @allneedles or #allneedles #emmasadler #emmasadlerdesigns

I will be releasing some new patterns soon so don’t forget to make sure you are signed up to my newsletter to be the first to know and receive exclusive coupon codes!

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