Find the pattern here: Passport Mitts
Light pink mitts and photo by Ravelry user cascott. White mitts and photo by Ravelry user maashrink. Used by permission.
I know that some of you share with me an affection for the button tins that our mothers or grandmothers created over time, clipping serviceable buttons from garments that had reached the end of their usable life and saving those buttons for future use. Some of you may have been fortunate, as was I, to inherit these tins. I have memories of sorting through Mom’s button tins, and Grandma’s before her, as a child. These days, I use the buttons to decorate some of my hand-knits.
After releasing the Whimsy Tree pattern, I had the idea of making a second tree using natural, undyed yarn, and decorating it with white, silver, and gold buttons from Mom’s and Grandma’s button tins. I am so happy with the result.
I’m going to offer the 25% off introductory discount through the end of 2018, no coupon code necessary. You can find the pattern here: Whimsy Tree.
The Indie Design Gift-a-Long on Ravelry is nearing the last week of this year’s GAL. I was fortunate to have been interviewed by Stana D. Sortor (Fifinka on Ravelry). Her website is Stana’s Critters, Etc. Here’s one of her adorable designs, Chameleon Leon:
If you’d like to read the interview, here it is: Interview with Designer Knit Equals Joy.
Wishing you all a joyous Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Hello, dear knitters! I hope that you are having a lovely holiday season. Christmas will be here before we know it, and I wish you a Christmas Day filled with love, warmth, joy…and maybe even a little knitting time.
But first, my friend Jen has created an adorable Far Northern Woods, populated by elves, snowmen, and a variety of knit trees. Here’s what happened when a new species of tree was discovered in the Northern Woods:
Tooty elf (the one in yellow behind Joyful elf), fancies himself a dendrologist (when he is not making toys) and was therefore thrilled to discover a new tree species in the far Northern woods 😍. Being the first to see it, he named it after himself…Pinus tooty tooty😁. The other elves who are not serious biologists, found the name quite whimsical 🤣😂 and just refer to it as the Whimsy tree. (copyright Jennifer Wiatrowski)
Use self-striping or speckled yarn, or go with a single color and decorate with buttons, baubles, mini-ornaments and lights. This tree is posable so that you can express your whimsical style.
Diameter: 2.25 in. 5.7 cm at base.
Height: 11 in. 27.9 cm before bending or curling.
Yarn: About 100 yds sock yarn.
Other Materials: 1 stitch marker for beginning of round, tapestry needle, ruler, 12-inch pipe cleaner in coordinating color, small amount of polyester fiberfill. Optional: wooden base, buttons, ornaments, battery-operated lights, and other decorations for your tree; as needed: glue gun or sewing needle and embroidery floss/scrap yarn to attach decorations to your tree.
25% off with the coupon code WHIMSY through 12/20/18, 11:59 pm PST.
I’m still participating in the Indie Design GAL #giftalong2018. The pattern I’m working on is the Adult Modular Cardigan by Loraine Birchall (Woolly Madly Deeply Designs). I’m using my all-time favorite colorway EVER, Malabrigo’s Frank Ochre. It’s a fun knit and it’s working up into a beautifully squishy fabric.
One of the fun things we as designers got to do was to look through all of the patterns by the other craft. In my case, the other craft is crochet. I browsed through many crochet patterns by Participating Designers, and created a group of my favorites. If you crochet, here are some patterns you might enjoy: Carol’s Fave #giftalong2018 Crochet Patterns.
A huge thank you to Jen for allowing me to share her whimsical story here. It’s so perfect for her Northern Woods that she’s created, and perfect for the Whimsy Tree. I love it.
Here are a few more Whimsy Trees for you to enjoy. You can see all of the great Whimsy Trees if you click on “projects” while on the Whimsy Tree pattern page on Ravelry. Thanks for spending a few minutes of your day here with me.
Hi again, dear knitters. The sale portion of the Indie Design GAL on Ravelry ends Thursday night, November 29th, at 11:59 pm EST. I wanted to share one more set of patterns that I love, designed by other designers. These designs appeal to me because of their use of texture, color, and pattern, because of the techniques used, or because of an elegance of style. Remember to use the coupon code giftalong2018 to save 25% on these patterns. My sale patterns are also on sale with the giftalong2018 coupon code through Thursday night (11/29/18).
Enjoy these wonderful designs!
Shoreline Beanie by Ranee Mueller (Arabian Knits Designs):
Aviatrix Pullover by Denise Voie de Vie:
Sandrine Slouch Hat by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs):
Nancy’s Vest by Carol Sunday:
Iago Waistcoat by Kari-Helene Rane:
Katherine Cardigan by Amanda Scheuzger:
Aotearoa Mitts by Sabine Kastner:
Walter by Allison O’Mahony:
Zart Mittens by Julie Hart:
Woodcutter Mittens by Renee Kies:
Cuddle Me Caterpillar by Doreen Blask:
Pippi Lotta Doll by Irina Ferrer:
As promised, here are a few more not-by-me designs that caught my eye during the Indie Design Gift-a-Long on Ravelry. I’ve linked to each pattern, and each one is 25% off through 11/29/18, 11:59 pm EST with the coupon code giftalong2018.
Adult Modular Cardigan Jacket by Loraine Birchall (Woolly Madly Deeply). Besides the lovely fit, the construction looks really interesting. I can definitely see this as a workday staple:
Party Bones by Stephanie Lotven (TellybeanKnits). You probably already know that I love the Day of the Dead:
Kicking Horse Mittens by Kate Bostwick (Cowtownknits). I love this look:
Festive Forest Cushion by Sandra Nesbitt. The colorwork is so clever and pretty:
Bunty MItts by Ella Austin (BomBella Designs). Loving this 70’s vibe:
Of course, as a participating designer, I have patterns on sale as well. They can be found here. Edit: the sale is now over, but the GAL continues through the end of the year! My patterns can be found here: Knit Equals Joy Designs
Check back tomorrow for my next group of favorites! Happy knitting!!!
Hi everyone! I’ve been spending some time going through the sale bundles of all 349 participating designers in the Indie Design GAL. It took quite some time, as I looked at the sale bundle of each one. If you don’t know about the GAL, it’s a knit-a-long/crochet-a-long on Ravelry. It runs through the end of the year, with games, prizes, and a discount for the first week.
349 designers (including me) are offering from 10-20 of their designs at 25% off until Thursday, November 29 at 11:59 PM EST.
I am one of the participating designers, so you can knit any of my paid patterns (even if you already own said patterns) during the GAL to be eligible for prizes. I’d love to see your finished projects in the GAL, if you feel so led to make one.
But I digress. As I said in the first paragraph, I browsed through every single one of the designers’ sale bundles to find my favorites. To be chosen as a favorite, the pattern had to be one that I’d like to make. You’ll notice that there are very few socks or shawls included. While I enjoy making those, I don’t seem to enjoy wearing them so much. That’s also why there are none of those yet in my portfolio (although I do want to add some shawl patterns eventually). Click here for my Bundle of Favorite Sales Patterns – GAL 2018. You should be able to view it even if you are not a Ravelry member. To be clear, these are not my patterns but patterns of some of the other 348 designers. EDIT: The sale is now over, but the GAL continues through the end of the year.
The two patterns I purchased immediately are these two:
Autumn Oak Leaves by Irina Ferrer (Davydova) – because I love everything Fall!:
Petal Drift by Christelle Nihoul – I have admired this ever since it was published:
I’ll share more favorites throughout the GAL, and if I am able to actually work on something by not-me, I will definitely share here about it. I hope you will check out the GAL; it might be just the thing to encourage your gift-giving knitting (and crocheting, too)!
The Indie Design Gift-a-Long (GAL) starts at 8:00 pm Eastern Time tonight (11/23/18). The Indie GAL is a Ravelry-wide knit-a-long and crochet-a-long that starts this evening and runs through 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) New Year’s Eve. This year, nearly 350 designers are participating, which means that they contribute coupon codes for pattern prizes as well as offering 10-20 patterns each at 25% off for the first week of the GAL.
There are TONS of prizes (both electronic prizes and prizes like YARN), games, chat…it’s an all-around fun time and a great inspiration for starting (and maybe completing) holiday gifts (for others, or possibly for yourself).
Designer and podcaster Sarah Schira (AKA Imagined Landscapes, designer of the adorable gnomes that took over the GAL last year) has put together a great video describing the GAL and how it works. With permission given to all of us to share, I’m sharing it with you. It’s a very clear and engaging explanation of the GAL.
Sale Dates: Friday, November 23 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time to Thursday, November 29 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. The coupon code is giftalong2018. Look for the GAL sales bundle on each designer’s page or view and/or search the giant sale bundle in the GAL group.
Find my sale bundle on my designer page, here: Knit Equals Joy Designs. Bundles are found on the page above the single patterns.
GAL Dates: Friday, November 23 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time to Monday, December 31 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
The GAL group is super-well organized, and has answers to any questions you might have. I hope you will come check it out!