Tonight is the 100th episode of this thing that Loraine, from Woolly Madly Deeply and I do. We do it on a Thursday evening and a Sunday afternoon. And we do it live. That is a live stream podcast in our Knitting Across the Pennines Facebook group. Have you seen us do it yet? If you haven’t, then this is the perfect time to join us. Celebrate our 100th episode with us!
We started Knitting Across the Pennines way back in February. In the elapsed time from our 1st to our 100th episode the world has become a very different place. We have a very laid back format, just some general chit chat like you would hear at any knit night. Mainly about knitting with some crochet and sewing thrown in there. We show WIPs and FOs. We talk about yarns and patterns. Both those we love and those that have disappointed us. You can watch all those early episodes on You Tube.
Sometimes we have a real treat from Loraine. What she doesn’t know about knitting and yarns isn’t worth knowing. She has even been on the telly news! She has given us hints, tips and tutorials on all sorts of techniques. And she is spot on with her knowledge of colours.
Some of our 100th Episodes highlights….
As we have reached our 100th Episode I thought I would share with you some of the crazy things we talk about.
In Episode 36 Loraine share with us her story of explaining climbing techniques at a funeral (don’t watch whilst taking a drink!)
Whilst in Episode 88 I show off my cowl that I have been developing the pattern for. Loraine wasn’t impressed with the look when I wore it as a headband and compared me to Hilda Ogden! How rude!
And I can’t not share with you Episode 97 where I confused an Excel pivot table with a lazy Susan!
Future 100th Episodes
On a Thursday evening we tend to try and have a bit of a virtual knit night. We all grab a beverage, often a huge bucket of tea but sometimes something more of an adult version. We grab a WIP, usually something that isn’t too complicated or needs too much concentration. And we chat. Our regulars show us what they have been working on and their finished items. We also share what has been happening during the week. We do have a giggle! And we hope to continue to enjoy ourselves for the next 100th episode.
On Sundays we will share patterns that we have seen and liked. Yarns we have tried. Loraine might share a tutorial for a skill with us. And sometimes we have a guest. In the past we have had a couple of pattern designers, and a yarn dyer.
Going forward we would love your ideas. Is there something you would like some hints and tips about? Is there a designer you would love to see as a guest? Or someone who makes project bags or stitch markers? What kind of patterns do you like? Would you like us to share our favourite kids knits or relaxing crochet project ideas? We love to hear from you so please get in touch.
Where Can You Find Us?
If you would like to join us live we are in our Facebook group – Knitting Across the Pennines. If you join our group you will receive an invitation to join our live streams and you will be able to chat with us via the comments. If you can’t join us live you can watch us on catch up. Or if you would prefer you can watch any of our videos on You Tube. Leave us a comment to let us know what you thought. We have a Ravelry Group too! Come and join us and join the party!
Just a heads up that at the end of the month I will be releasing a new pattern called Knickers! If you haven’t done so yet now is the time to sign up for my newsletter. Subscribers will receive and exclusive discount coupon! You can sign up here – Newsletter.
Did you know that LoveCrafts have a Pattern of the Month? And did you know that Vera has been nominated for it this month?
I know you have heard a lot about Vera recently. The pattern was my most recently released one at the end of September. I know I have told you all about my inspiration, the yarn I used, why I used it and I have described the construction. But what I haven’t told you about Vera until now was that it has been nominated for the LoveCrafts Pattern of the Month in October!
Why a Pattern of the Month?
Pattern of the Month is something that LoveCrafts do to showcase just 10 patterns a month. It is great for Indie Designers like me as it gets my work out there and seen by people who may have previously missed it. It is also great for crafters as they might just find a new to them designer who has just the style that they have been looking for.
I found out the great news earlier in the week when I got an email through. It explained that Vera had been picked as a nominee for Pattern of the Week with a link to the collection. There is some stiff competition there I can tell you! All 10 patterns are stunning! And there is a lot of work that has been put in by all the designer to produce the patterns.
Shiny New Patterns
I must admit that if my Vera pattern was not one of the nominees I would find it incredibly hard deciding which one I wanted to vote for! From socks and hats, to children’s jumpers and home items there is a really good variety for you to choose from. But obviously I would like it if you felt you would like to use your vote for my Vera jumper.
The voting will be open through the whole of the month of October. At the end of the month the pattern with the most votes will be crowned Pattern of the Month. And during the whole of November that pattern will have a special badge displayed on it. I think Vera would look so good with a special badge!
Now, I know you are going to get distracted by all the pretty, shiny new patterns that you see when you click the link. And I can’t blame you for that! I did exactly the same thing when I first saw the collection. But I hope its not too rude to remind you that I did ask you very nicely to vote for my pattern and I did ask you first.
Start Spreading the News!
As well as clicking on the link and voting for Vera there is something else you can do to help me if you wouldn’t mind. Could you please share the collection and get all your friends and followers on social media to vote too? Now, I wouldn’t be so pushy to ask if they could all vote for Vera to be Pattern of the Month too, but if they would like to do that it would be just awesome!
And if you have made any of my patterns, or have started to make one, please don’t forget to let me know! I just love to see your WIPs and FOs. Don’t forget to tag me so I can see your wonderful work! You can find me as @allneedles in most of the usual places.
And keep your eyes open for a new pattern that I will be releasing soon!
As you will know from my last post, Vibrant Vera is Live, I launched my latest knitting pattern last week with a special introductory discount. It is available on Ravelry, Payhip, LoveCrafts and here on my own website. Did you check it out yet?
The Discount Finishes Soon…
I launched Vera with a 10% discount here on my website as well as on Ravelry and Payhip, but that runs out tomorrow! If you have been thinking about grabbing your copy then now is the time to do it! Don’t get distracted. Don’t delay any further. In just a few short hours the pattern goes back to full price.
Just a Little Recap…
Vera is a lightweight jumper, perfect for the changing seasons. It has a slightly deeper than usual v-neck so it looks great with a vest top underneath just showing a little bit. It is knitted using 4 ply sock yarn. I used a gorgeous light grey as the main colour for the whole body, the top of the sleeves and all the ribbed sections.
Then I got creative with the sleeves. After having joined Sock Madness one year and having knitted pairs and pairs of socks I had found myself with a lot of different scraps. I didn’t want to use them to make a blanket. Or scrappy socks. I played around and used them in the body of Stanhope which was inspired by the TV series Vera that I was watching at the time. You can read more about that in my blog post Want an Exciting Idea to Use Up Your Sock Yarn Scraps?
But one jumper made with sock yarn wasn’t enough. I still had loads of scraps left over. I wanted to use them in a more inventive way. So I used them to make sleeves!
What I love the most about these sleeves is that no two versions of Vera will ever be the same. If you use up your scraps then no one will have the same colours or patterns as you. I divided mine into two and used the same on each arm. But one of my testers got really creative and used totally different scraps on each arm.
Every time I wear my Vera jumper I find myself looking at the sleeves and noticing something different. If you wanted to be even more inventive you could use scraps for the ribbed sections too. A scrappy yarn neck or cuffs. It would look great on the bottom of the body section too! So much interest to be made from mixing up the colours and patterns a little!
Looking Forward to the Future…
I am working really hard to get even more great designs out and I want you to be the first to know when I do. I offer a 50% discount code for all new subscribers to my email list. You can use this on any one of my patterns either on Ravelry or Payhip.
And even better, when I release a new pattern you will get an exclusive subscriber discount of 25% instead of the usual 10% introductory discount I offer in general. Sign up now and you will be all set for my next release.
Let’s Get Social…
Don’t forget how much I love it when you share your projects with me! You will find me on all social media as @allneedles. Tag me in your posts and use #verajumper if you are sharing a photo of your crazy sock arms with me.
I can’t wait to see what combinations you will come up with!!
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This is the news you have been waiting for! Today is the launch of the Vera jumper, my latest pattern! I know you have seen the photos on social media. You have read my last blog post, Link telling you the exciting news that it was coming soon. And you have had the emails telling you to get ready.
Well now the wait is over. You can buy your copy of Vera and get to using up all those scraps of sock yarn! I am so excited to see the combinations of colours and patterns you will come up with on those stand-out sleeves!
What You Need To Know….
Vera is a lightweight jumper, perfect for this time of the year where in many places the temperatures are changing. It doesn’t matter if you live in the Northern Hemisphere where weather is getting colder and wetter. And it also doesn’t matter if you live in the Southern Hemisphere where you are looking forward to warmer and longer days. This is the perfect sweater for this time of year.
It is knitted in 4 ply sock yarn. Which makes Vera jumper lightweight yet warm. At a time when you want an extra layer, but you don’t want any more bulk to your outfit this is the only garment you will need. The deep v-neck is perfect for wearing over a contrasting vest.
How long do you like the body of your sweaters to be? I quite like mine to sit at around the pocket of my jeans. But one of my testers likes hers longer and another likes hers shorter. Vera is perfect as it is knitted top-down in the round which makes it easy to try on as you go. You can stop, try it on and then decide if you want to keep knitting or go on to the ribbing at the bottom.
And Have You Seen Those Sleeves?
The best bit about the Vera Jumper is the sleeves. They are gorgeous. They are eye-catching. And they will be totally unique to your version! No one else will have used the same scraps of sock yarn which means that your Vera will be totally unique to you. With the added bonus of having used up lots of scraps that you didn’t know what to do with!
Will you do as I did and split your left overs, using half on each sleeve so they are the same? Or will you do what one of my testers did and use different scraps on each arm? I cannot wait to see what yours looks like!
Don’t forget to share with me on social media. Tag me @allneedles and use #verajumper so I can see all your gorgeous projects!
Where Can I get Vera Jumper?
Vera is available in many of the places that you like to buy your digital patterns. You can grab it on Ravelry. It is also available on Payhip. If you buy on either of these two platforms it has an automatic 10% off for the next seven days. So now is the best time to head over and get it before the discount runs out.
The pattern is also available on LoveCrafts but unfortunately I am unable to offer a discount on there at this time.
And the best news of all is that you can buy the Vera Jumper right here on my own website. And it also comes with the same discount for the same length of time. Hurry! You don’t want to miss out!
And Looking to the Future…
If you want a 25% discount off my future new releases please sign up to my newsletter. Every one on my email list will be sent an exclusive code as my patterns are released to give you an even bigger launch discount. Go and do it now before you forget and miss out!
A year or two ago I went through a phase of loving sock knitting. I would swoon over the gorgeous sock yarns on Instagram. I loved how portable they are as a project. And it was addictive using the self-striping varieties. Just one more row. Just one more row…
I joined the Ravelry group Sock Madness and took part in Sock Madness 13. And of course I needed to buy more gorgeous sock yarns. Oh my goodness! Can those guys knit a pair of socks fast! I was able to keep up for the first few rounds. But eventually I got knocked out. The fastest I was able to knit a pair of socks in was 4 days. And even that was a push. It turns out I like my sleep too much to win that particular knitting contest!
And all these gorgeous sock projects meant that I had left overs. Lots of lovely scraps of sock yarn. They were pilling up and I didn’t know what to do with them. I kept them in an organza bag and would take them out from time to time to look at but I didn’t want to make a blanket or use them for squares. I wanted something bigger. Something different.
What About a Jumper?
I loved the way sock yarn made cute patterns and I wondered what it would look like in a bigger garment. Like the body of a jumper. I played around a bit and ended up designing Stanhope.
This is a raglan jumper with a slightly deeper than usual v-neck. It is knitted top-down and in the round once you join the neck. The jumper uses a main colour for the top of the body and the sleeves, and then it transitions to a stripped yarn for the lower body. I was hooked on sock yarn again!
One jumper made of sock yarn is never enough is it? So I had used the yarn in an interesting way on the body of a jumper, but what if you had smaller amounts of scraps? Where else could I use them? The sleeves of course! And this was when Vera was designed.
I really loved the fit of Stanhope, and so Vera is the same style. It is also a raglan as that is the style that suits me best. It has a lovely deep v-neck so it shows just a little of the vest that I like to wear underneath. And it has a cute faux side seam. I’m not a huge fan of ribbing so although Vera has it, I have kept it to a minimum.
The body of this sweater is plain. All the focus is on the sleeves. The use of the scraps on the arms is eye-catching. I divided what I had in half and used the same yarns in the same order on each arm. But if you wanted you could use totally different scraps on each side. One of my test knitters did that and it looks stunning!
I Saved the Best News for Last!
Vera will be released 29th March. The pattern will be available on Ravelry, Payhip, LoveCrafts and here on my website. And if you are a subscriber to my newsletter you will be sent a code for 25% off for the first few days.
Apart from writing and developing my own knitting patterns I also love to knit other people’s designs. This week I thought I would give you a sneak peek at my latest Ravelry projects of Knits I have loved over the summer.
The first pattern I would like to share with you is Edythe by Jenny Weibe. I got this pattern way back in January when I found out that my step-daughter was having a second baby. But it was early days and we didn’t know what she would be having, so I didn’t cast on until June when I had been given permission to buy an abundance of pink baby yarn.
The pattern has options to make a top, tunic or dress. I made the 3 month size in the dress option. Obviously the ruffles are super cute, and they inspired me to write the pattern Knickers! There is a sneak peak at this pattern in my blog post What New Patterns You Might Have Missed. But I also really loved the feature in this knitting pattern that was the off centre button band on the back. You can check out my project page for Edythe on Ravelry.
The next knitting pattern that I loved was Fable by Alicia Plummer. I made this using Rowan Pure Life, a cotton yarn that I bought at Woolly Madly Deeply. The pattern and yarn were just the perfect pairing. I made the 36″ but I will admit I did add an extra inch or so length to the body. I love the detail on this tee before you do the ribbing.
It is a top-down pattern and anyone who knows me will know just how much I love to knit stocking stitch in the round! You can check out my project page on Ravelry.
As soon as I saw this I knew I had to knit one! My step-daughter had specifically asked for knits in pink and grey and so this pattern was perfect for showing off the two colours together. I went for the pink as the main colour and the grey as the contrast. It is worked from the bottom up in one piece to the armholes. The sleeves are picked up and knitted rather than being worked flat and seamed.
I added two cute buttons to the front and I also put a little popper on the inside wrap to keep it looking nice when the baby is moving around in it. You can check out my project page on Ravelry.
Wyeth Kids Test Knit
The last pattern I want to share with you isn’t available just yet as it is a test knit. I saw a post on Instagram by Alicia Plummer asking for test knitters for her upcoming kids version of her Wyeth pattern.
I thought it was fantastic timing as I was thinking about making something for my grandson. I had, at this point, knitted plenty of pink things. I wanted something in blue for a special little boy so that he didn’t feel left out when the baby came and was given lots of presents.
I knitted it in Malabrigo Rios in the colourway Azules. It was a little more on the purple side in real life than I would have liked and it doesn’t really show the pattern as well as a solid would, but Rios is one of my favourite yarns and always a pleasure to knit with. Look out for when Alicia releases this knitting pattern. My Ravelry project has some info so far!