Exciting News! Cowlabunga 2 is Coming!

Exciting News! Cowlabunga 2 is Coming!

Cowlabunga, the Inaugural event, launched in March 2020. It got us through those first few worrying weeks of Lockdown One last year. It kept us connected to our friends from different parts of the world and gave us something to focus on That is why Loraine and I have decided to bring Cowlabunga back this year to get us through the last few weeks of Lockdown Two!

What is Cowlabunga?

Cowlabunga is a 6 week long KAL/CAL (Knit along or crochet along) of cowls hosted by Loraine from Woolly Madly Deeply and myself. All our cowl patterns are eligible to be entered.

You can find Loraine’s patterns in her Ravelry store or her Payhip.

You can find my patterns in my Ravelry Store or my Payhip.

You can join in the chat in our Ravelry group – Knitting (and Crochet) Across the Pennines or in our Facebook Group of the same name.

Tell Me About Cowlabunga 2020

We had such fun with our cowl knitting and crocheting last year, didn’t we? It was initially kicked off to coincide with the release of Loraine’s pattern Find My Way cowl. We had some amazing entries and some worthy winners of the prizes.

Jadzeea made a version of Ziga Zig Ahh!

Stringnbeans made a beautiful Find My Way

You can find more projects in the Cowlabunga FO Thread on Ravelry.

When is Cowlabunga 2021?

From Sunday 4th April 2021 at 15:30 UK time through Sunday 18th April 2021 at 23:59pm we will be discounting all the cowl patterns we have available by 25% using the unique code Cowlabunga2021. The KAL itself will then continue to run until Sunday 2nd May 2021 at 16:00 UK time.

We will have a cast on party live in our Facebook group on the Sunday afternoon. You will be able to join us in the chat to tell us which patterns you have chosen and which yarns you will be using. We love to see your WIPs and FOs so don’t forget to post in the FB or Ravelry groups with pictures. And tag us when you are posting on social media!

Is there a Cowlabunga Discount?

There most certainly is! This year we will be using the discount code cowlabunga2021 and you can use it as many times as you want! Just put the patterns you want into your Ravelry shopping cart, enter and apply the code between Sunday 4th April 2021 at 15:30 UK time through Sunday 18th April 2021 at 23:59 pm and 25% will be taken off the price. You will be able to buy more than one pattern but if you choose to buy from both of us you will have to check each shop out separately.

What Prizes Can I win?

This year we will be offering pattern codes and e-books as prizes. Last year I don’t think we realised how much the Covid pandemic was going to affect life, the post included! And I must admit that I was absolutely terrible at getting to the post office to send off my physical prizes. So this year we have decided to keep everything digital. Both Loraine and I will be offering codes for our single self published patterns and some e-books of our collections.

Show Me Some Eligible Patterns!

Both Loraine and I have released new cowl patterns since last year, so even if you entered before there will be something new to tempt you. However, if you already own one of our cowl patterns you could make it again. Test knits are also eligible if the pattern releases before the event finishes on Sunday 2nd May 2021 23:59. As long as you don’t cast on before 4th April 15:30 you can enter your project for a prize!

You will find a bundle of all our eligible patterns on Ravelry – Cowlabunga Cowls

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Ravelry Project Pages Simple Set-Up Steps

Ravelry Project Pages Simple Set-Up Steps

Do You Know How to Set Up a Ravelry Project Page?

Recently I have had a few new test knitters who are new to Ravelry. One of the things I ask my test knitters to do is to set up a Ravelry project page for their sample so that people who might buy the pattern in the future have a few pictures to look through other than my own.

As they hadn’t used the site before they asked for help to set up their pages. I have been meaning to do a post on this for ages, so here we are!

Open Your Notebook

The first step is to click on my notebook at the top right hand corner near your little picture icon. That will open up your projects page. As you can see from the above picture I have quite a few Ravelry project pages! On the left hand side of this page is a blue button that reads add a project. Click on this button.

First Step

The first thing Ravelry will ask you is which craft you will be using on your project. From the drop down menu I have chosen Knitting. Then you can name your project. I have chosen Clan MacKenzie for this sample. Most people name their project for the person they are knitting the item for or the same as the pattern.

Now you are able to chose one of three choices. You can say you used a pattern and enter the name here. I am using a pattern that is still in the testing stage at the moment. So here I have added the tester code.

Alternatively you can say you didn’t use a pattern or that you used one but you know it hasn’t been added to the Ravelry database yet. Mostly these bottom two options would be for designers or people who make up their own instructions. Ravelry is huge so if the pattern has been published anywhere at all it is most likely to be in the database already.

Add Some Details

So this is what your Ravelry project page will look like at the point where you start adding details. Where is says Pattern name you can click the link icon and it will link to the pattern or test.

Add Some Dates to Your Project

Click on the little calendar icon to add a start date. Making sure you put in start and finish dates means that your projects will be put in the correct order if you have them arranged chronologically. Don’t forget to change it from WIP to Finished when you are done!

Your Ravelry Project Category

One of the details you can fill in about your project is what kind of thing you are making. Under Pattern category you can choose if it is clothing or for the home for example.

Loads of Sub-Folders to Choose From!

Clicking on these folders will give you further options. So in this example I chose accessories which then gave me the above options. If you choose belt or other then your options stop here, for everything else you will get more categories of pattern.

Who Knew There Were So Many Pattern Sub-Categories?!

For this example I chose Feet/Legs which gave me the next lot of pattern types. Some of the things you can choose from here include socks and slippers.

Don’t Get Stuck Forgetting Which Needles You Used!

Making a record of which needles you used is a really helpful detail. You might find that you loved making this pattern and want to do it again in the future but you don’t have time right now. If you were able to get gauge with the recommended needles in the pattern then that is great! But often we have to use different sizes to the designer due to our own knitting style. Believe me, you won’t remember! Pick your size from the drop down menu.

Did You Add Your Stash To Ravelry?

Which yarn did you use? This is a handy place to make a note of it. And if you have taken the time to add your yarn into your Ravelry stash you can add it directly from there into your project. You can tell the database how much of it you used and it will tell you how much you have left. Handy!

You Wouldn’t Believe the Amount Of Yarns to Choose From!

Pop the name of your yarn in, click the link button and it will come up with a few options to choose from. You can either click one from the suggested link, or if it isn’t there click none of the above. Sometimes it takes a while for new yarns to get uploaded to the database, but it will get added eventually!

Your Ravelry Project Page is Set-Up!

If you have finished adding details for now don’t forget to click save changes. You can come back and add photos later or change your needles if your swatch doesn’t work out.

Check Out My Project Pages

My Ravelry Project pages aren’t always as complete as they could be! Sometimes I add daily notes and do a really good job, other times I can just about remember to put needles and yarn in! But feel free to check them out if you want!

Emma’s Projects

Did You Enjoy This Post?

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Mosswood Drive Beanie Hat – Don’t Miss Out!

Mosswood Drive Beanie Hat – Don’t Miss Out!

Mosswood Drive is Live!

Mosswood Drive is my latest knitting pattern and I released it last week, Tuesday 2nd March! And the most exciting news is that it is still available with 25% off for subscribers to my newsletter! Check your emails for the code. But hurry, the code expires in just a few hours!

If you haven’t signed up to my newsletter yet then now would be the time to do so! Not only will you hear about all my new designs first, but you will get a fabulous introductory discount of 50% off any of my patterns! You can sign up here – Newsletter.

You can grab your copy on Ravelry, Payhip or Love Crafts.

Mosswood Drive – Why?

Where does the name for this pattern come from, I hear you ask! Its a good question! And one that might have a surprising answer. I have named patterns for my favourite songs from my favourite band (Queen, just in case you didn’t know). I have also named patterns for my favourite musicals (Hamilton and Jesus Christ Superstar). But I have also named patterns for the areas in which I live now and have lived in the past. And this pattern falls into that category. One of my very good friends lives in a road with “Mosswood” in the name. This pattern is a bit of a nod to her and our friendship. She knows who she is!

Mosswood Drive – For You?

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. 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. Mosswood Drive is a great project for that. Just do a few rounds when you have time.

Mosswood Drive – What?

So I guess you want me to tell you a bit more about the pattern? It is a beanie or toque style hat knitted in DK weight yarn. It includes instructions for a provisional cast on which can be grafted to the live stitches to make a double thickness brim. But you could also use your favourite cast on and just fold the brim over in the traditional way. I know a lot of people aren’t fans of grafting stitches.

What you have probably noticed about Mosswood Drive is the stitch pattern. It is eye catching but also really addictive to knit! You will need a solid yarn as well as a variegated. I used Stylecraft Bellissima for the solid colour and You and Me for the variegated. And this is where you can get really inventive! You could use that extremely busy skein of yarn that you love but you just don’t know what to do with. This is the perfect pattern for taming the crazy! You could use an ombre or a mini skein set. You could also use some scraps. Whatever combination you chose it will be a totally individual hat!

Mosswood Drive – The Crown?

Included in the pattern is not only the option to make it in a 17, 19 or 22 inch brim, but I have also added three lots instructions on changing the crown depending upon how fitted or slouchy you like your beanie hats. You could make one for your son who likes his hats nice and fitted, and then one for your sister who loves to wear hers big with a lot of slouch! And then there is the option to add a pom pom! So many choices!

And look at the great swirl on the crown that the decreases creates!

Mosswood Drive – Where?

You can grab your copy in a few places. Here on my website as well as on Love Crafts. If you are a subscriber to my newsletter I have sent out a code which you will be able to redeem on either Ravelry or Payhip. This will give you a discount of 25% but it expires very soon. So you will need to be quick! Sign up to the newsletter here – Newsletter.

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!

Mosswood Drive Beanie Hat – Don’t Miss Out!

Mosswood Drive Beanie Hat – Available Now!

Mosswood Drive is Live!

Mosswood Drive is my latest knitting pattern and I have released it now! And the most exciting news is that it is available with 25% off for subscribers to my newsletter! Check your emails for the code.

If you haven’t signed up to my newsletter yet then now would be the time to do so! Not only will you hear about all my new designs first, but you will get a fabulous introductory discount of 50% off any of my patterns! You can sign up here – Newsletter.

You can grab your copy on Ravelry, Payhip or Love Crafts.

Mosswood Drive – Why?

Where does the name for this pattern come from, I hear you ask! Its a good question! And one that might have a surprising answer. I have named patterns for my favourite songs from my favourite band (Queen, just in case you didn’t know). I have also named patterns for my favourite musicals (Hamilton and Jesus Christ Superstar). But I have also named patterns for the areas in which I live now and have lived in the past. And this pattern falls into that category. One of my very good friends lives in a road with “Mosswood” in the name. This pattern is a bit of a nod to her and our friendship. She knows who she is!

Mosswood Drive – For You?

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. 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. Mosswood Drive is a great project for that. Just do a few rounds when you have time.

Mosswood Drive – What?

So I guess you want me to tell you a bit more about the pattern? It is a beanie or toque style hat knitted in DK weight yarn. It includes instructions for a provisional cast on which can be grafted to the live stitches to make a double thickness brim. But you could also use your favourite cast on and just fold the brim over in the traditional way. I know a lot of people aren’t fans of grafting stitches.

What you have probably noticed about Mosswood Drive is the stitch pattern. It is eye catching but also really addictive to knit! You will need a solid yarn as well as a variegated. I used Stylecraft Bellissima for the solid colour and You and Me for the variegated. And this is where you can get really inventive! You could use that extremely busy skein of yarn that you love but you just don’t know what to do with. This is the perfect pattern for taming the crazy! You could use an ombre or a mini skein set. You could also use some scraps. Whatever combination you chose it will be a totally individual hat!

Mosswood Drive – The Crown?

Included in the pattern is not only the option to make it in a 17, 19 or 22 inch brim, but I have also added three lots instructions on changing the crown depending upon how fitted or slouchy you like your beanie hats. You could make one for your son who likes his hats nice and fitted, and then one for your sister who loves to wear hers big with a lot of slouch! And then there is the option to add a pom pom! So many choices!

And look at the great swirl on the crown that the decreases creates!

Mosswood Drive – Where?

You can grab your copy in a few places. Here on my website as well as on Love Crafts. If you are a subscriber to my newsletter I have sent out a code which you will be able to redeem on either Ravelry or Payhip. This will give you a discount of 25% for one week. So you will need to be quick! Sign up to the newsletter here – Newsletter.

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!

Mosswood Drive Beanie Hat – Don’t Miss Out!

Mosswood Drive Beanie Hat – Pattern Coming Soon!

Mosswood Drive is Coming Soon!

Mosswood Drive is my latest knitting pattern and I will be releasing it on Tuesday 2nd March 2021. And the most exciting news is that it will be available with 25% off for subscribers to my newsletter!

If you haven’t signed up to my newsletter yet then now would be the time to do so! Not only will you hear about all my new designs first, but you will get this one with a fabulous introductory discount! You can sign up here – Newsletter.

Mosswood Drive – Why?

Where does the name for this pattern come from, I hear you ask! Its a good question! And one that might have a surprising answer. I have named patterns for my favourite songs from my favourite band (Queen, just in case you didn’t know). I have also named patterns for my favourite musicals (Hamilton and Jesus Christ Superstar). But I have also named patterns for the areas in which I live now and have lived in the past. And this pattern falls into that category. One of my very good friends lives in a road with “Mosswood” in the name. This pattern is a bit of a nod to her and our friendship. She knows who she is!

Mosswood Drive – For You?

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. 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. Mosswood Drive is a great project for that. Just do a few rounds when you have time.

Mosswood Drive – What?

So I guess you want me to tell you a bit more about the pattern? It is a beanie or toque style hat knitted in DK weight yarn. It includes instructions for a provisional cast on which can be grafted to the live stitches to make a double thickness brim. But you could also use your favourite cast on and just fold the brim over in the traditional way. I know a lot of people aren’t fans of grafting stitches.

What you have probably noticed about Mosswood Drive is the stitch pattern. It is eye catching but also really addictive to knit! You will need a solid yarn as well as a variegated. I used Stylecraft Bellissima for the solid colour and You and Me for the variegated. And this is where you can get really inventive! You could use that extremely busy skein of yarn that you love but you just don’t know what to do with. This is the perfect pattern for taming the crazy! You could use an ombre or a mini skein set. You could also use some scraps. Whatever combination you chose it will be a totally individual hat!

Mosswood Drive – The Crown?

Included in the pattern is not only the option to make it in a 17, 19 or 22 inch brim, but I have also added three lots instructions on changing the crown depending upon how fitted or slouchy you like your beanie hats. You could make one for your son who likes his hats nice and fitted, and then one for your sister who loves to wear hers big with a lot of slouch! And then there is the option to add a pom pom! So many choices!

And look at the great swirl on the crown that the decreases creates!

Mosswood Drive – Where?

You will be able to grab your copy in a few places. Here on my website as well as on Love Crafts. If you are a subscriber to my newsletter I will be sending out a code which you will be able to redeem on either Ravelry or Payhip. This will give you a discount of 25% for one week. So you will need to be quick! Sign up to the newsletter here – Newsletter.

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!

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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