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!

Don’t Miss Out on Meet Me Inside!

Don’t Miss Out on Meet Me Inside!

Last week I released the pattern for my Meet Me Inside Cowl. It was launched with an introductory discount which will be ending soon! Hurry and grab your copy before time runs out!

If you follow me on social media you may have seen one or two photos of this cowl, or you may have read my previous blog post about it. But if you don’t follow me you might not have seen this eye catching cowl, so let me introduce you now!

You can grab you copy of the pattern here on my website, as well as in my Ravelry and Payhip stores. If you are a subscriber to my newsletter you will have an exclusive coupon for a 30% discount, but this will also be finishing today!

Earlier in the year I was listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, a lot! And at the same time I was designing this cowl. One of the songs from Hamilton, Meet Me Inside seemed to fit as the name for the cowl due to the construction.

The Lace

One of the things you will notice first about Meet Me Inside is the lovely lace detail. This is a stocking stitch based lace and although it is quite simple it is also eye-catching. It adds a bit of interest to the pattern whilst you are knitting it, but is simple enough that you will be able to memorise the pattern quite quickly. If you are looking for a pattern that is good for TV knitting without being just garter or stocking stitch then this could be perfect for you.

There is a stocking stitch section which is designed to sit at the back of the neck. You could make this as long or as short as you want. Just stop when you are ready or keep on going!

The Meet Up!

The Meet Me Inside comes from the cast on and bind off. It uses a provisional cast on which is grafted together with the live stitches at the end to cast off. This has the added advantage of leaving you without a seam to join and no ends to weave in when you have finished.

It is knitted in the round, which again cuts down on the amount of ends you will need to weave in. You don’t have to worry about a right or a wrong side either. There is nothing more frustrating than spending a lot of time and effort to make a gorgeous looking cowl only for it to slip and show the wrong side when you are wearing it. With Meet Me Inside you have the perfect reversible item that will keep you looking good and warm!

How Long Will You Go?

The cowl starts and ends with stocking stitch sections. You can make these as long or as short as you like. The same for the lace section. If you love the look and are enjoying knitting it there is no reason why you can’t just keep going. I made a short cowl which sits nicely around my neck, but if you prefer a longer style this pattern is perfect!

Use All the Yarn!

I used one strand of Baby Cashmerino and one strand of mohair held together to make my Meet Me Inside cowl. I know that a lot of people can’t wear mohair, so if you leave it off it will still be a gorgeous cowl. Just sub in your favourite DK weight yarn of any fibre and you will be good to go!

I released this pattern just a few days ago, on Tuesday 15th December 2020. Don’t forget to make sure you are on my Email List so you get your excusive subscriber discount for all my new patterns.

And if you are on social media don’t forget to tag me if you are making any of my patterns. I love to see your WIPs and FOs. I am @allneedles on all the regular places. Or use #allneedles #emmasadler or #emmasadlerdesigns

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

Don’t Miss Out on Meet Me Inside!

Magical Meet Me Inside Is Launched!

This morning I released my Meet Me Inside Cowl, and I wanted you to be one of the first to know! If you follow me on social media you may have seen one or two photos of this cowl, or you may have read my previous blog post about it. But if you don’t follow me you might not have seen these eye catching cowl, so let me introduce you now!

You can grab you copy of the pattern here on my website, as well as in my Ravelry and Payhip stores. The pattern is released with 15% of automatically on Ravely. On Payhip you will need the code allneedles. If you are a subscriber to my newsletter you will have an exclusive coupon for a 30% discount!

Earlier in the year I was listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, a lot! And at the same time I was designing this cowl. One of the songs from Hamilton, Meet Me Inside seemed to fit as the name for the cowl due to the construction.

The Lace

One of the things you will notice first about Meet Me Inside is the lovely lace detail. This is a stocking stitch based lace and although it is quite simple it is also eye-catching. It adds a bit of interest to the pattern whilst you are knitting it, but is simple enough that you will be able to memorise the pattern quite quickly. If you are looking for a pattern that is good for TV knitting without being just garter or stocking stitch then this could be perfect for you.

There is a stocking stitch section which is designed to sit at the back of the neck. You could make this as long or as short as you want. Just stop when you are ready or keep on going!

The Meet Up!

The Meet Me Inside comes from the cast on and bind off. It uses a provisional cast on which is grafted together with the live stitches at the end to cast off. This has the added advantage of leaving you without a seam to join and no ends to weave in when you have finished.

It is knitted in the round, which again cuts down on the amount of ends you will need to weave in. You don’t have to worry about a right or a wrong side either. There is nothing more frustrating than spending a lot of time and effort to make a gorgeous looking cowl only for it to slip and show the wrong side when you are wearing it. With Meet Me Inside you have the perfect reversible item that will keep you looking good and warm!

How Long Will You Go?

The cowl starts and ends with stocking stitch sections. You can make these as long or as short as you like. The same for the lace section. If you love the look and are enjoying knitting it there is no reason why you can’t just keep going. I made a short cowl which sits nicely around my neck, but if you prefer a longer style this pattern is perfect!

Use All the Yarn!

I used one strand of Baby Cashmerino and one strand of mohair held together to make my Meet Me Inside cowl. I know that a lot of people can’t wear mohair, so if you leave it off it will still be a gorgeous cowl. Just sub in your favourite sport weight yarn of any fibre and you will be good to go!

Don’t forget to make sure you are on my Email List so you get your excusive subscriber discount for all my new patterns.

And if you are on social media don’t forget to tag me if you are making any of my patterns. I love to see your WIPs and FOs. I am @allneedles on all the regular places. Or use #allneedles #emmasadler or #emmasadlerdesigns

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

Don’t Miss Out on Meet Me Inside!

Coming Soon – First Look at Marvellous Meet Me Inside!

This morning I found myself wishing I was wearing my Meet Me Inside Cowl. Can you also feel the chill in the air? It was only 1 degree centigrade this morning when I walked the dog. There was a distinct feel of winter in the air. Does it feel like that where you are at the moment? It got me to thinking that I should have brought a cowl with me to keep my neck and face warm.

If you follow me on social media you may have seen one or two photos of this cowl that I will be releasing on 15th December. But if you don’t follow me you might not have seen these cuties, so let me introduce you now!

Earlier in the year I was listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, a lot! And at the same time I was designing this cowl. One of the songs from Hamilton, Meet Me Inside seemed to fit as the name for the cowl due to the construction.

The Lace

One of the things you will notice first about Meet Me Inside is the lovely lace detail. This is a stocking stitch based lace and although it is quite simple it is also eye-catching. It adds a bit of interest to the pattern whilst you are knitting it, but is simple enough that you will be able to memorise the pattern quite quickly. If you are looking for a pattern that is good for TV knitting without being just garter or stocking stitch then this could be perfect for you.

There is a stocking stitch section which is designed to sit at the back of the neck. You could make this as long or as short as you want. Just stop when you are ready or keep on going!

The Meet Up!

The Meet Me Inside comes from the cast on and bind off. It uses a provisional cast on which is grafted together with the live stitches at the end to cast off. This has the added advantage of leaving you without a seam to join and no ends to weave in when you have finished.

It is knitted in the round, which again cuts down on the amount of ends you will need to weave in. You don’t have to worry about a right or a wrong side either. There is nothing more frustrating than spending a lot of time and effort to make a gorgeous looking cowl only for it to slip and show the wrong side when you are wearing it. With Meet Me Inside you have the perfect reversible item that will keep you looking good and warm!

How Long Will You Go?

The cowl starts and ends with stocking stitch sections. You can make these as long or as short as you like. The same for the lace section. If you love the look and are enjoying knitting it there is no reason why you can’t just keep going. I made a short cowl which sits nicely around my neck, but if you prefer a longer style this pattern is perfect!

Use All the Yarn!

I used one strand of Baby Cashmerino and one strand of mohair held together to make my Meet Me Inside cowl. I know that a lot of people can’t wear mohair, so if you leave it off it will still be a gorgeous cowl. Just sub in your favourite DK weight yarn of any fibre and you will be good to go!

I will be releasing this pattern in just a few days, on Tuesday 15th December 2020. Don’t forget to make sure you are on my Email List so you get your excusive subscriber discount for all my new patterns.

And if you are on social media don’t forget to tag me if you are making any of my patterns. I love to see your WIPs and FOs. I am @allneedles on all the regular places. Or use #allneedles #emmasadler or #emmasadlerdesigns

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

Did You Miss My Trendy New Trollies?

Did You Miss My Trendy New Trollies?

Last week I released my latest pattern – Trollies. It is a cute little pair of shorts for babies up to 12 months old and I just wanted to make sure you didn’t miss the release and don’t miss out on the time limited discount. I know I usually release my new patterns on the last Tuesday of the month, but the end of November is looking pretty full for me. My husband is hoping to come home for the first time this year and I have a few other commitments. So I have brought the Trollies release forward by a couple of weeks.

Where Can I Buy Trollies?

The pattern is now available to buy in my Ravelry Store, in my Payhip Store, here on my website. Hurry though! All release discounts only last for the rest of today! The pattern is also be available on LoveCrafts but I am unable to offer a discount on there.

Tell Me More!

If you follow me on social media you may have seen one or two photos of these cute little shorts. Or if you have read my previous blog post My Trendy New Trollies Have Arrived! you will know that I designed this baby knit when my step-daughter was expecting her second baby.

She had not long found out that she was having a baby girl, and had requested a few things in pink and grey. I decided to go with grey for these shorts as they will be perfect for the baby to wear when playing on the floor with her big brother. But I also wanted to incorporate the pink so added a cute little bow.

If you want to have a look at some of the other things I knitted for my granddaughter you can see them in my earlier blog post Recent Knitting Patterns I Have Loved

The Lace

One of the things you will notice first about Trollies is the cute little lace detail on the bottom of the legs. This is a garter based lace and although it is quite simple it is also eye-catching. It is knitted separately and then the legs are picked up afterwards. If you wanted you could leave this off for a cleaner, simpler finish. You might also prefer to knit Trollies without it if you are making them for a little boy.

You could also knit the lace in a contrasting colour. One of my testers did this and I think it is super cute and effective. If you are like me and need portable projects to keep in your bag in case you find yourself waiting whilst running errands, this is perfect. You can easily knit the little lace sections on the go.

The Waistband

As you will see in the photos I finished off the waistband of my Trollies with a cute little pink bow. But I think it would look super cute if you used a button instead. A few of my testers used nothing at all and left the waistband plain. I put in some elastic in my pair, and have included instructions on how I did this in case you want to do it too. One of the testers made an i-cord and used this instead of elastic and used it to tie a pretty bow at the front.

Why not have a look at some of my testers project pages for some inspiration – Labedz Trollies, Eyenowhour’s Trollies, KenneyJane’s Trollies, Erin’s Trollies.

How Big Will You Go?

So how big is the little one you are planning to make these for? 12 months old? Not a problem at all! The pattern is graded for sizes from Preemie all the way up to one year. As I said earlier, the lace is knitted flat then the legs are picked up and knitted with the body being in the round. This means there is very little seaming to do at the end, just the little bit in the crotch. That makes this pattern perfect for knitters who don’t like to sew seams or weave in too many ends when they have finished.

Use All the Yarn!

Really these are a great stash buster project for all those bit and pieces of baby yarn you have left over from making cardigans and blankets. You could go wild and use a different colour for the lace, for the legs and even stripes on the body part. How many combinations of colours can you come up with?

The pattern is now available in my Ravelry store and here on my website with 15% off, you don’t need a code. You can also get the pattern in my Payhip store where you will need to use the code MyTrollies to get the discount. But hurry! The code expires in just a few hours! Don’t forget to make sure you are on my Email List so you get your excusive subscriber 30% discount for all my future pattern releases.

And if you are on social media don’t forget to tag me if you are making any of my patterns. I love to see your WIPs and FOs. I am @allneedles on all the regular places. Or use #allneedles #emmasadler or #emmasadlerdesigns

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