Don’t Miss My New Knickers Discount!

Don’t Miss My New Knickers Discount!

As you may have read in my blog post last week I Have My New Knickers Out! my latest pattern is a cute pair of ruffled baby knickers. You will probably also know that you can get your discounted copy of Knickers on Ravelry, with an automatic 15% off. On Payhip where you can use the code KnickersRelease for 15% off and here on my own website. But what you might not realise is that all codes and offers finish today, the 3rd November so don’t miss out!

As you will know, earlier this year my knitting time was filled with knitting lots and lots of baby things for the arrival of a new granddaughter. She arrived in the summer, and I cannot believe she is already over two months old! But I would like to take you back to the spring, when one of the first pink things I made when I found out the baby was going to be a girl was a cute little dress. It was a pattern called Edyth by Jenny Weibe and I was lucky enough to be gifted the pattern from last year’s Gift-a-Long.

The dress had the most gorgeous ruffles on the sleeves which were so much fun to knit! If you haven’t seen the photos of this cute dress they are in my earlier blog post Recent Knitting Patterns I Have Loved

Inspired by the Ruffles!

Anyone looking at the dress cannot help but be inspired by the gorgeous ruffles. They are simple to make and yet so effective when they are finished. And what does every little girl need to go with a cute little dress? Knickers of course! And what could be cuter than a double whammy of ruffles on those little knickers?

Last week was the exciting launch day of my Knickers! pattern, and I was excited to share the pattern because I know you will love making them for those little girls in your life. Don’t forget you can grab you copy of the pattern on Ravelry, Payhip and LoveCrafts as well as here on my own website! The pattern is discounted by 15% for just a few more hours here, on Ravelry and Payhip (don’t forget you will need the code KnickersRelease for the discount on Payhip) . Unfortunately I am unable to discount it on LoveCrafts. If you are a subscriber to my newsletter check your inbox for your exclusive discount code for 30% off.

And So Are Born Ruffled Knickers!

These Knickers have a construction that starts at the waist on the back, goes down to the gusset and then back up to the front band. This means there is a little seaming to do, but only a small amount on the sides. The ribbing is a 1×1 twisted rib, of course as it is my favourite, and it is done as part of the main body. The ribbing on the legs is done after seaming the sides, and they are picked up and knitted in the round.

And then of course you finish off with lots of fun ruffles. This is the bit where you can have a bit of fun. You can use the same yarn as you used for the main part of the knickers, or you could go wild and use a contrast. One of my test knitters did this and I think the effect is very eye-catching. Why not have a look at some of my testers project pages for some inspiration – Erin’s Knickers, Baby Ryan’s Knickers! and Jess’ Knickers Bikini Set.

Cover Up Those Nappies!

Let’s face it, they are a necessity of any baby’s life but that doesn’t mean that we need to be left looking at them. Disposable nappies, although convenient, are not nice to look at. When I had my son I used real nappies and they came with some really cute covers. But he wore trousers which covered them up so you couldn’t see them anyway. When my daughter was a baby I found that with work and the demands of a toddler it was much better to use disposables. But then she was wearing dresses and skirts which showed them off and I ended up needing cute knickers to hide them.

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 all the outfits, or even a different colour for each individual ruffle!

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

And please do sign up for my Newsletter as you will get a 50% off code for any of my patterns as well as exclusive codes every time I release a new pattern!

Are You Addicted to Test Knitting?

Are You Addicted to Test Knitting?

This week I opened test knitting for a new cowl pattern called Meet Me Inside.  I will be talking more about the pattern itself in an upcoming blog post.  But it got me thinking about the whole process of getting a pattern ready and released.

How many of you have ever taken part in a test knit before?  Do you even know how to take part in test knitting?  And do you know how fun it can be?

It’s How I Got Started!

I have been designing my own knitting patterns since 2013 and I love doing it.  As far as I am concerned it is the best job in the world.  But before I was writing my own patterns I spent a lot of time test knitting and sample knitting for other designers.  One of them being Marie Wallin.

Sample Knitting Isn’t Test Knitting

There is a difference between sample and test knitting and you might not realise the distinction.  Sample knitting is where a designer sends you the yarn and pattern, you make the sample and then send it back.  When I did this for Marie Wallin I would be making the first sample, so there wouldn’t be a photo of the finished item for me to look at.  I loved doing this, it was almost like taking part in a MKAL.  

One of the advantages of taking on sample knitting is the fact that you are usually being paid to knit.  And who hasn’t wanted to be able to earn money from doing your favourite hobby.  You get to see patterns before anyone else, and it is fun to see a new sample taking shape.

But there are down sides too.  You don’t really have much choice about your knitting.  You are told which yarn to use with which patterns and, of course, you don’t get to keep the sample after all that hard work you have put in.

Some patterns that I made the samples for are Thyme Wrap  And Hazel as well as Alice   I have made quite a few more but I will let you have a nosy through My Projects if you are interested.

So What is Test Knitting?

When you take part in test knitting you don’t get paid.  But you do have a lot more control.  You can pick which yarn you want to use.  Some designers may ask you to use a particular fibre or company, but most are very flexible.  I like test knitters to choose the yarn they would have if they had bought my pattern. 

You will usually get a choice in the size you make.  As many patterns come in more than one size designers like to try and get as many of those sizes tested as possible.  So if you want to make something for your 4 year old granddaughter it is likely you can find a test that will allow you to do that.

You choose which patterns you want to make.  If you are interested there are groups on Ravelry and Facebook where you can see tests that are open.  You can also get in touch with designers that you like and ask if they have a list of knitters that they contact when they open a test.  I know that I keep a list and I have a thread in my Ravelry group where anyone can ask to be added to that list of Test Knitters. I always earburn those people on it when I am looking to fill up spots so they get to learn about it first.  

Best of all, when you take part in test knitting you get to keep the finished item.  Many knitters who are on a budget find that test knitting helps their pattern budget go further.  In exchange for a bit of your time to read a pattern for sense and to see if the instructions accurately help you to make a thing, you will get the pattern in your Ravelry library on release.  And many designers offer codes for other patterns by way of a thank you for good project pages and feedback.

One of the reasons knitters get involved in test knitting is that not only do you get to have a sneak peek at new patterns coming out, but you will be involved in the design process.  Some knitters find it quite addictive!

If you would like to give it a try but have never been involved in a test before then have no fear!  Designers are a friendly bunch and will guide you through the process.  If you would like to be involved in the test knitting phase of my Meet Me Inside cowl pattern then please sign up!  I would love to have you join in.  The Test Thread is running on Ravelry or you can send me an email.

 

If you enjoyed this post then please take a look at my others – Emma’s Blog

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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

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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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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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