Exciting Pattern of the Month Nomination!

Exciting Pattern of the Month Nomination!

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!

You can vote by following this link – Voting

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!

Did You Miss Out on your Discount?!?

Did You Miss Out on your Discount?!?

Did You Grab the Vera Discount?

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!!

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

Did You Miss Out on your Discount?!?

Vibrant Vera Jumper is Live!

Grab Your Copy Now!

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!

Did You Miss Out on your Discount?!?

Want an Exciting Idea to Use Up Your Sock Yarn Scraps?

Let Me Introduce Vera…

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…

Sock Madness!

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!

The By-product

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!

If you would like to find out more about Stanhope then check out my blog Swoon-Worthy Stanhope.

What About Sleeves?

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.

Now is the time to sign up!

What New Patterns You Might Have Missed

What New Patterns You Might Have Missed

As promised in my last post I thought I should give you a bit of a round up of all the patterns I released over the summer. If you are anything like me you will have been distracted by the nice weather. Maybe you were working in the garden, or just enjoying some time relaxing.

My Loyal Royal Subject

This pattern was released way back in April. Its a cowl knitted in the round with a provisional cast on and the stitches grafted together at the end. It was knitted in Cascade Eco+ and designed to go with my headband You’re My Favourite Subject.

Both of these patterns are named for one of my favourite songs from the musical Hamilton. I was listening to the soundtrack a lot whilst working on these designs and so it seemed right to name them for the King George song. This pattern can be found on Ravelry and Payhip.

Muzies

This next pattern was one that was designed with my granddaughter in mind. I was well underway with making cardigans and other bits and bobs for the upcoming new baby. One thing I thought would come in useful was some cotton cloths. When my grandson was little he used to have a muslin with him all the time and he called it his Muzie. So that was the name I gave these.

The pattern is for a set of three cloths, each one with a slightly different stitch pattern. They are knitted in 100% cotton which means they can be washed safely at 60 degrees. They can be so versatile. You could use them as a comforter. Such as for little preemie babies to keep the parents’ scent near them at all times. They can be used as comforters, as cloths to clean up little ones or even as wash cloths.

You can find this pattern on Ravelry and Payhip.

Mabel

Mabel was a dress that I released in July. Again, it was designed for my granddaughter. The skirt is knitted first, in the round and then the body is knitted flat. I love the way that the skirt flares much bigger than the waist.

Knitted in Baby DK yarn you will find the perfect colour for the little one in your family. The pattern comes in sizes from Preemie up to 12 months. Every little girl deserves a cute dress!

The pattern can be found on Ravelry and Payhip.

Balla

This pattern was designed as a special request from my step-daughter for her daughter. I had previously made a sleep sack, Cadalach, for her son when he was born and she wanted another one. This time I designed the sleeping bag to go around the baby from side to side rather than head to toe.

Knitted in baby chunky yarn it is a quick knit despite its relatively large size. It will keep babies nice and cosy in their pushchair or pram. However, it is not recommended for unsupervised sleeping.

Balla is available on Ravelry and Payhip.

In the Pipeline

I have a few patterns that I am currently working on, in various stages of production. I have a few more baby items to come but also so other projects. Vera, a jumper, will be coming at the end of the month. I am also starting to work on a couple of cowls and hats.

Currently my patterns are available on Ravelry, Payhip and LoveCrafts. But the exciting news is that over the next few weeks I will be working to add them here on my website too. Soon you will be able to check out directly from here! Balla is the first of my patterns to be available.

Have You Signed Up for My Newsletter?

If you haven’t done so yet, now is the perfect time to sign up for my newsletter. Not only will you be the first to know when I have released a new patter but you will also receive exclusive codes. There is a 50% off code when you first sign up and all my new patterns have a 25% off code which is only available to subscribers. You can sign up here!

If you enjoyed this post why not check out the rest of my blog? Such as this one where I talk about what I have been up to over the summer – So Long My Summer Love

And if you have made it to the end I have some news for you! My granddaughter was born at the end of August. She is called Hope Samantha and is absolutely gorgeous!!

All the Epic Details of a Never-Ending January

All the Epic Details of a Never-Ending January

The Highs, the Lows and Everything In-Between

Wow!  We finally made it right to the end!  I don’t know about you, but at one point I really didn’t think January was ever going to end.  The cold days, the dark mornings and the miserable evenings.  But today does feel different. 

Get Some Healthy Fresh Air

I walked the dog a little later than usual, and as it was almost light we went in the fields for the first time in what seems like forever.  Arthur got a good run, and I got a dose of much needed daylight.

Most days our walk happens at 7am when its still dark.  Its starting to get light by the time we get in around 8, but this morning we headed out around 7:40 and so it wasn’t long before we were enjoying the wind and mud in the actual light of day.

Get the camera out and Arthur is happy to strike a pose (in exchange for a gravy bone!)

Saturday is parkrun day!

I have continued with the parkrun touring with my group of friends on Saturday mornings. This month has had a fair few, as it started with the double on New Year’s Day. A group of us travelled to Burton-on-Trent to run Conkers followed by Rosliston. . We stayed in a very “interesting” Travelodge and a few of us even made it to midnight to see in the New Year.

The other parkruns we have travelled to this month were Riverside in Chester-le-Street, Fountain’s Abbey, Millfield, and Sheffield Hallam.

Read a Book!

I have set myself a target on Good Reads to get through 20 books in 2020.  I have got off to an ok start.  I finished off The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley which I started way back in November of last year.  It was a well-written book, just not my kind of a read.

I finished This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay.  The diary of a junior doctor, it was both very funny and very sad.  I really enjoyed this book and will definitely read his other one.

I also read The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell.  A well-written book and a good story but I have to admit to feeling a little disappointed that it wasn’t as creepy as I thought it would be.  If they ever make it into a movie I will give it a go though as I think there is plenty of potential for jump-scares.

 

And of course there was knitting….

The photos above were originally shared on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  You can also see two of the projects I worked on in the photos above.  The berets are coming very soon.  They were inspired by one of my running friends and our trip to Burton over the New Year.

The other is a sock yarn jumper.  Designed to use up all your scraps of left-over yarn for the sleeves.  This one will be up for testing in the near future so if you would like to test for me then please keep a look out for a post calling for testers.

Fancy a New Knitting Pattern?

January also saw the release of Stanhope to my Ravelry store. A sweater designed for sock yarn, but will work wonderfully with any 4-ply yarn to make a versatile and lightweight pullover. Perfect for the longer and lighter days to come, hopefully! I wrote about it in more detail in my last post.

If you enjoyed reading about Stanhope you can find out how to purchase the pattern here. And of course, don’t forget to share with me on social media. Use the buttons above or I can be found by searching @allneedles and using #allneedles #emmasadler #emmasadlerdesigns

How Was January for You?

What were your achievements? I would love to see your finished projects, and your wips.  Show me pictures of your gorgeous fur babies and tell me about any books you are reading….

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