Indie Design Gift-A-Long

Indie Design Gift-A-Long

Who’s ready to have a knitting party?

I am!

And so are 300+ designers and 1000s of knitters and crocheters!

 

Really, it’s a big party. It’s a 6-week celebration of the joys of making gifts with patterns from over 300 designers. (Gifts for yourself included!)  There are games. There is a fun community chattering about the things you love to make. There are prizes. And to make all this wonderful stuff even better, it starts off with a week with oodles of patterns on sale 25% off with the code “giftalong2017”.

Here’s a link to an easy-to-browse bundle of the patterns I have on sale.

Here’s a link to the Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry. Come over and join in!

 

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Episode 32: Is Salsa Soup?



Patterns/KALs

 

Destination Achieved

Sarah: Worsted Explosion!

 

Are We There Yet?  

Katie:

Sarah:

 

On the Horizon: Winter 2018 KAL

  • Overview: Make a fabulous sweater! What makes it fab? It makes you feel gorgeous. So…It’s a sweater KAL, but with added content. (More than added requirements.)
    • Our discussions will be Inspired by: Knit to Flatter book/Craftsy class/principles
    • Knit to Flatter is about learning to celebrate the body you have been given, and creating sweaters that make you look and feel great.
      • If a piece of clothing doesn’t work for you? It’s the clothing’s fault, not your body’s.We forget this. But we shouldn’t.
      • Clothing changes the way you look to the rest of the world, and that change is something you can (and should) control. So that you appear how you want to appear.
    • In Jan we will talk through the Craftsy class in 2 chunks
  • Dates: Jan 1 to March 31
  • Thread on Rav
  • Knit to Flatter on sale on Craftsy
  • #ilwinterKAL2018

 

Off the Knitted Path

 

Thor: Ragnarok 

 

Board games for beginners

Carcassonne

Terms used:

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Episode 31: Time Whiplash

Are We There Yet?  

Katie:

  • Cloudburst
  • Chilly Podsters – started this project, then dug through my Naughty Basket, where WIPs go to die. Found a mitt started in exactly the same colourway that I’d started 2 years ago. On to the left mitt, and we’ll see how my tension has changed!
  • Wrapped Up

Sarah:

  • Last +1 design
  • Baby Bobcat – Snug as a Bug Baby Sleep Sack

 

Off the Knitted Path

Katie:

 

Sarah:

Urban Creative Exploration Reveal!

Remember this? Way back in June you voted…and the three of us have been working to create magic ever since.

knitting and yarn collaboration

It’s time to reveal what our efforts have brought forth. Let’s start with the yarn. Kim from Indigodragonfly created a subtle speckled yarn on her Chameleon Sock base (63% SW Merino/20% Cashmere/17% Silk 365 m/400 yds per 100 g). This base is an unusual one – the silk in it is a separate ply and takes both colour and light differently. Check out the incredible beauty of the Architexture colourway:

Chameleon Yarn from Indigodragonfly - an exclusive colourway inspired by the Urban Creative Exploration

Acid green. Blue. Purple. Right? Architexture is a dream.

So then it was the designers’ turns to be inspired. The yarn was so subtle and flexible that I knew I could go with texture, cables, lace, or twisted stitches…whatever excited me. I decided to go with a few techniques to bring the photo to life. The Street Art Cowl is a bandana cowl: all the drama of a triangular shawl without the bulk behind the neck or the tendency to fall off! The diagonal lines of the lace echo the sharp diagonals in the inspiration photo while the circular cables on the edging reference the huge whisk-like bulb.

Street Art Cowl - A knitting pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs. One skein project that looks like a shawl but wears like a cowl!

 

Street Art Cowl - A knitting pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs. One skein project that looks like a shawl but wears like a cowl!

$5.75 CAD

You start working flat as you would for a triangular shawl and then join in the round once the top is wide enough. At that point the patterning begins and you watch the subtle colourway dance and shine. The chevron lace pattern is really fabulous – as written originally for flat knitting it required working the pattern on both the right and wrong sides. Here, worked in the round, the sharply horizontal lace and stacked yarn overs easily create a really compelling line.

Street Art Cowl - A knitting pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs. One skein project that looks like a shawl but wears like a cowl! Lace and cables

I admit that the big whisk in the sculpture was a bit of a love-hate feature. I love circles, and I love the idea of this incredible metal piece of street art. But circles and knitting aren’t easy friends. There really aren’t many ways to get circles in knitting. I swatched all of them. (Not really!) In the end I went with a modified version of the dollar cable in Barbara Walker’s Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns. It works as an edging since it’s basically a wide ribbing.

Street Art Cowl - A knitting pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs. One skein project that looks like a shawl but wears like a cowl! Gorgeous and unusual circular cables on the edging

Awesomely, Kirsten of MediaPeruana also designed a cowl that’s also a bit of a shawl. Maybe we were both thinking of the winds of autumn! We didn’t share any details as we worked so our surprise and smiles were real last week as revealed the pictures to each other. Check out the delicate femininity of her beautiful Paisaje Cowlette:

Paisaje Cowlette from MediaPeruana Designs as part of the Urban Creative Exploration

Both patterns and the yarn are going to be at Rhinebeck this weekend for New York Sheep and Wool. You can find them in the booth Indigodragonfly is sharing with Jennie the Potter – Booth 9, Bldg 27A. Try them on, be inspired. They’re available as kits with this stunning colourway or you can buy them on Ravelry if you’re not travelling to the show: Street Art and Paisaje.

 

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Episode 30: More Glitter Than Expected

Imagined Landscapes Knitting Podcast episode 30

 


Patterns/KALs

  • +1 Pop KAL – don’t forget to enter! 
  • Street Art Cowl – Urban Creative Collaboration with Indigodragonfly and MediaPeruana
    • find kits at Jennie the Potter’s booth at Rhinebeck
    • Kristen’s design: Paisaje Cowlette – like a capelette
  • Little Bit Nostalgic Cowl – coming soon

 

Destination Achieved

Katie:

Sarah:

 

Are We There Yet?  

Katie:

Sarah:

 

On the Horizon

Katie:

  • Sarah’s pinstripe mitts (unreleased)

Sarah:

 

Imaginary Knitting

Katie: 

Sarah

 

On the Knitted Path

 

 

Off the Knitted Path

Katie:

Sarah:

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Episode 29: Show Yourself!

Knitting podcast "Imagined Landscapes"

Destination Achieved

 

Are We There Yet?  

 

On the Horizon

  • Katie:
    • VKL NYC! Registered for classes:
      • Snip’n’Zip with Franklin Habit – steeks and zippers
      • Creating Successful Sweaters with Amy Herzog – adapting existing patterns for maximum awesomeness
      • Make your Gauge Work by Patty Lyons – be more than the boss of your gauge!
    • Going with Figpox: Figpox Farms Designs

 

On the Knitted Path

  • IndigoDragonFly, or Kim McBrien Evans, recently posted this on her Instagram and Facebook, with a picture of herself in her most recent design Last weekend I was told by someone that I “needed” to show my designs on other bodies. That I was preventing this person from picturing these designs on herself. Taller than me, thinner than me, prettier than me, I am markedly aware that this was someone who has likely seen most designs shown first on someone that looks like them.

Here’s my response: Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for getting in front of the camera, even though you’re not comfortable with it. Thank you for showing the world that beauty can be at any size.

And, as a plus-sized woman myself, thank you for standing up for our right to be represented in pattern pages! I am so disheartened by the small number of plus-sized women who take pictures of themselves in their projects. PLEASE, please let me see you! Not just so that I can see what X project looks like on someone closer to my body type, but also so that we can continue to claim our right to be seen as worthy of appreciation, regardless of our size.

Here’s a challenge to all our listeners, regardless of size, age, or anything else that you might come up with that limits you from feeling comfortable putting up pictures of yourself: look through your project pages and find something that doesn’t have a modelled picture. If you still have that item, ask someone to take a picture of you in it, then upload it into Rav. Then come share that picture in the thread for this episode, and, if you’re comfortable with it, post the same picture on Instagram and use the #imaginedlandscapespodcast hashtag, plus #bodypositivity (if you’re comfortable with that last one, keeping in mind that other people use that tag as well so your picture will be visible to even more people than usual)

 

Off the Knitted Path

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Episode 28: Sad Sweater and Manitoba Fibre Festival

What’s New in Life?

Katie's goodies from Manitoba Fibre Festival

(mug is from StevenBE’s in Minneapolis)

  • Sarah:

Sarah's Goodies from Manitoba Fibre Festival

Patterns/KALs

  • Telephone Pole Fingerless Mittens, coming soon

 

Destination Achieved 

Are We There Yet?

 

Imaginary Knitting

    • Last time we discussed Line and Shadow – how to do it without mohair or alpaca?!?!
      • The designer listened to the episode, and updated the pattern page with suggestions. Thank you!
    • Silverleaf 
    • Iris by Melody Hoffmann – fingering, cocoon-style shrug – Instagram shrug in a wheatfield photo by Knitship (jennieship on Instagram)

 

Off the Knitted Path 

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Episode 27: Don’t Tell them About Knitting

What’s New in Life?

 

Are We There Yet?

  • Sarah:
    • Bobcats hat
    • +1 lace cowl 

 

On the Horizon

  • Sarah:
    • Ball Sack
    • Jolly Waves Cowl 
    • About to be a massive cast on party around here – Urban Creative Exploration with IndigoDragonfly and MediaPeruana single skein design, socks for Rainer, big wearable blanket/stole
    • PigSkin Party KAL – I’ve been ordering yarn. Want to order stitch markers, maybe bag.

 

Imaginary Knitting

 

On the Knitted Path

 

Off the Knitted Path 

 

  • Sarah:

 

Episode 26: Wearing My Bed in Public

 


What’s New in Life?

  • Katie:
    • Interstellar Rodeo and BECK
    • Adia Victoria
    • Aloe Blacc
    • Broken Social Scene

Patterns/KALs

  • Gnomes! Gnatasha, Gnicholas, and Gnorbert have launched
  • Xmas in July 
    • Winners! Contact Sarah please (imaginedlandscape on Ravelry)
      LauraKnitsPA for a gnome (#18) – Emelyn Mae Shawl fom Jennifer Lassonde
    • MacKnitsALot for another gnome (#12) – pattern of choice from me
  • Blueberry Brioche Cowl launching this week
  • Contest: Enter to Win a ticket to the Manitoba Fibre Festival here, deadline midnight Sept 3

Destination Achieved (FOs)

 

Looking Back Down the Trail, where are they now?

FOs from first episode

Are We There Yet?  (WIPs)

  • Sarah:
    • Swatching lots, like 3 designs, no… 4.
    • Little bit of blanket knitting

 

Looking Back Down the Trail – favourite FO of the last 12 months

Road Bumps & Detours – what are you saddest about not working out in the last 12 months?

  • Sarah:
    • Mitred Squares Blanket pattern

 

Imaginary knitting

  • Sarah:

Looking Up the Trail – if we only knit one thing before next anniversary, what would make us happy?

  • Sarah:
    • A pullover that I yearn to wear all the time

 

Off the Knitted Path (non-yarn things)

Gnew Pattern: Never Not Gnoming

I’m nutty about gnomes. It started innocently enough I’m sure. I knit a few, modifying, adapting, improvising. Then I kept knitting and knitting them.  I even started a ritual that made me happier about winter. I called them my Snow Gnomes, and I bring them out when the snow comes and leave them out until the last snow melts in the yard. They’re part of the season for the family now.

Then I realized that I’d played around with various patterns so much, adding little things to make it easier, faster, and – to my way of thinking – better, that I really had a new gnome on my hands. And that’s exciting, because I want to get the whole knitting world Never Not Gnoming.

Never Not Gnoming - a whimsical knitting pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs

Ornament: 5” / 12.75cm high
Medium: 5” / 12.75cm high
Large: 8.5” / 21.5cm high

Gnicholas is an ornament, with a rounded bottom and a passion for birding and perfecting his homemade granola. Gnatasha is about the same size, but plumper, and she stands on her own. She’s from Gnew Zealand and likes artisanal pickles. Gnorbert, on the other hand, is a big gnome and he has a complicated history with triathlons.

These gnomish pals are knit from the top down, with body stitches picked up from the brim of the hat, and you get to avoid sewing the hat on.  It also means that you can easily play around with the size of your gnome.

There are two beard styles you can choose from: a vertical and a horizontal option for each size.

$5.75 CAD

Never Not Gnoming - a whimsical knitting pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs

Perfect for scraps and mini skeins!

Approximate Yardage of fingering weight yarn: (with a 15% buffer)
Hat: small/medium 13 yds / 13m; large 27 yds / 25m – approximately 3 (7)g
Body: small/medium 24 yds / 22m; large 48 yds / 44m – approximately 7 (14)g
Bottom of ornament size: 3 yds / 2m – approximately 1g
White (beard/nose/hands): small/medium 8 yds / 8m; large 15 yds / 15m – approximately 2 (4)g

Never Not Gnoming - a whimsical knitting pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs

Notions
•darning needle
•stitch markers
•small amount of stuffing
•poly pellets for medium and large gnomes

This pattern has been test knit. Seriously test knit. The interest and passion people had for this pattern was amazing to see, and there are dozens of versions for you to go and enjoy. The testers were so inventive and playful it was the most fun I’ve ever had ironing the kinks out of a pattern. There’s a Thorin Dwarf, a gnome with a leaf hat, jingle bells, attacks by cats, felted versions…

I’d love to see your version! Tag it with #ImaginedLandscapesKnits and #NeverNotGnoming on Instagram.

Never Not Gnoming - a whimsical knitting pattern from Imagined Landscapes Designs