Hi everyone!! I hope everyone is staying safe and well. It’s getting dark quite early here now, and I’m very grateful that DH put up some lights outside and our lighted Christmas tree inside. That will help me get through the first three weeks of December, when it’s dark when I leave for work, and dark when I get home. Once we get past the Winter Solstice, I will take hope from the fact that the days are getting longer again.
The Third Annual Pumpkin-a-Long is now complete. It was so wonderful to see the 21 pumpkins that folks knitted and sent photos to me via email or messenger or posted on Facebook or Instagram. There were 3 It’s Fall, Y’all pumpkins, 4 Plaid Pumpkins, 1 Large Colorwork Pumpkin, 1 Colorwork Pumpkin, 2 Mini Colorwork Pumpkins, 2 Autumn Spice Pumpkins, and 8 Wee Pumpkins in our community pumpkin patch this year! From all of the entries, Hubby and I randomly drew winners for these two prizes:
@ogrebite on Instagram won this sweet little hand-needle-felted pumpkin, made by local crafter Wee Woollies.
And Sarah from Instagram won the fabulous yarn prize:
I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who participated, whether you made a pumpkin (or several), purchased a pattern, shared posts, made encouraging comments, or shared in the general atmosphere of Fall joy. I also want to thank Wild Knits Salem for wholeheartedly jumping into the Pumpkin-a-Long spirit. I think we might still have a wrap-up to do for any Wild Knits participants!
I hope the next few weeks into the Advent season are good ones for you. Please stay safe and well.
Good Saturday morning to you. Again it’s a gray Oregon morning – not at all surprising for this time of year. Hubby is watching an episode of The Great Courses on Shakespeare. He loves his subscription to The Great Courses Plus so he can learn about anything that catches his imagination, whenever he wants!
We’ve finished our coffee…and I don’t have a design on the needles right now, but I do have ideas flitting around my brain.
I’ve ordered the sampler set of all 150 colors of Knit Picks fingering weight yarn, Palette.One Hundred and Fifty colors of fingering weight yarn! Squee!!! Quite truthfully, I’ve always had it in mind to redesign the Willamette Valley Tee (which is now out of print) as a round yoked sweater in multiple sizes. It takes lots of colors, and I spent a lot of time and money trying to determine the right colors for the first pattern, so having these 150 colors to choose from should make that aspect of designing go more smoothly.
The one aspect of the design that I anticipate will be a challenge is how to make the single flower motif fit into a round yoke correctly, taking into account its size and the increases needed for the yoke to fit well. I’m looking forward to having the time during my upcoming vacation to really sit down to crunch the numbers, make some drawings, and work on the charting. Yay for vacation!!
Other good news is that I have used that single flower motif in an upcoming cowl pattern! I’m very happy with the cowl – it’s a bright and colorful graphic design. It’s planned to be released in Jan/Feb as part of a collection with several other designers. We all had the same 6 stitch patterns from which to choose and then expand upon, so it will be fun to see how each person was inspired by something different and how our imaginations ran in different directions. For now, I have to keep that design under wraps…
Thank you to everyone who has joined the pumpkin fun in our third annual Pumpkin-a-Long! The PAL continues through Thanksgiving (November 25). I know many of you are now thinking of Christmas gift knitting, but if you are wanting to add to your Thanksgiving/Fall décor before then, our pumpkin designs knit up pretty quickly. To enter the PAL and be eligible for prizes, please email a picture of your finished pumpkin to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it on Instagram with #pumpkinalong2020 and @knitequalsjoy.
Here are the PAL patterns:
And just for fun, Green Pumpkins…a montage. Two minutes of green pumpkin zen:
I’ve had two of my patterns, Ethereal Sweater and Little Ethereal Sweater translated into Spanish. The new upcoming cowl pattern will also be translated into Spanish. I’m looking into having Willow Poncho translated into French. If having any of my patterns translated would make a difference for you, please let me know. Thank you!
I’ll leave you with a picture of the new sample of the Colorwork Pumpkin I finished right before Halloween. It’s modified from the pattern in two ways: I made the base of this one striped, by making alternating 2-row stripes, and I used duplicate stitching on the hourglass shape on the spiders. These modifications were a big hit.
It’s not a newsletter, exactly…I tried that earlier this year, and it just wasn’t a fit. I really didn’t enjoy the newsletter format. For me, it felt like putting together an advertisement. Well, yes, I want people to buy my patterns…but the blog’s purpose is broader than that. The blog is a place where I can write about stuff that, hopefully, brings a little beauty, whimsy, and maybe useful information from my world to yours. It’s where I can write about things that caught my eye, that bring me joy, or that I thought were interesting.
I’m a nerd (or is it geek?). I posted a picture on my personal Facebook page about one of my patterns, and one of my high school friends commented with something to the effect of “you’re so talented.” My response was that I have always loved beautiful things, crafting, writing, and math…and in my older years I’ve discovered that I like problem-solving, so it all came together in this fun pastime. So, yeah, basically I’m a nerd. 🙂
Independent Knitting and Crochet Designers.
If you like supporting independent designers, Barbara Benson has created the Indie Pattern Portal. The purpose of the portal is “…to help you find stores where you purchase patterns directly from the designer, no middle-man. Each designer may use a different service (Payhip, Shopify, etc …) but the stores are entirely under their control.” It’s a great place to find professional designers.
It’s two months till Christmas today! I get pretend-annoyed by folks who announce how many days remain until Christmas, but I don’t really mind. I promise not to be one of them after today, however.
There are two Knit Equals Joy Christmas patterns, Whimsy Tree and Gnome Spa Cloth. When you start thinking about Christmas, you might enjoy making them.
Finally, pumpkins! This year I added shaping to 2016’s Colorwork Pumpkin pattern, so I’ve been reknitting samples of that pattern. It’s been really fun!
We have this volunteer pumpkin plant in our back yard, and it makes the perfect foil for knit pumpkins.
I made the pumpkin using Alexandra’s Crafts Dark Side of the Moon in Saffron Spice and Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Saffron. They were lovely yarns to work with!
I made a short (30 second) video showing how I hold the yarn in two hands for colorwork.
Here’s another lovely pumpkin made this week by Ginny. It’s the Wee Pumpkin.
I’ll leave you with that lovely picture by Ginny. It captures the warmth and beauty of Fall for me, and it makes my heart smile.
May the rest of your Fall days be warm with a touch of chill in the air. May you enjoy the rich Fall colors and the taste of apple cider. May you enjoy the warmth of friendship and family (even if virtually). Catch you next time!
Hey everyone! It’s a chilly October morning here, gray and drab, but cozy inside. We’re drinking coffee and trying to decide what to do with the day.
The Pumpkin-a-Long (PAL) continues! I’m giving away free patterns weekly – randomly chosen from those who either email a photo of their pumpkin progress to email@example.com or post their pictures on Instagram with the tag #pumpkinalong2020. At the end (Thanksgiving) there will be a random drawing for some Amanda Hope yarn, a felted pumpkin, and other prizes, drawn from the pool of finished pumpkin projects that were emailed or posted as above during the PAL.
If this appeals to you, please join us, and invite your friends!
I love this pumpkin that Carla made:
And this one by Ginny:
I made my original “Because…Pumpkins” pumpkins using Amanda Hope Yarns. I used their Aussie Extra Fine Fingering (100% Merino – yummmmm!) held together with their Superkid Mohair/Silk (also yummmmm!). Working with the two of them held together is heavenly! They create an amazingly soft and halo-y fabric. If you look closely, you can see that the colors are slightly tonal. Tonals are my very favorite – the color changes stitch-to-stitch invariably keep my interest, even when working miles of stockinette.
Check out their website: Amanda Hope Yarn and see Because Pumpkins featured in their opening slides (thank you, Wendy)!!!
If you follow on Facebook or Instagram, you know that our younger son got married last month. It was a joyous – outside, small, and socially distanced – occasion, and we are thrilled for them and so happy to welcome our new daughter-in-law to the family. It was truly a sweet ceremony and represented them so well. My pictures here were taken by cell phone, so I apologize that they’re not very clear.
This year I have truly missed my trips to the Oregon Coast. I’m hoping to take a few days there around Thanksgiving and to have some pictures to share with you here.
I hope that you and yours are safe and well. I hope that you can enjoy some fall festivities, fall knitting, or some fun fall decorating. Pumpkins are always good! 😉
Just for fun – and so that you can see the comparative sizes of the pumpkin patterns – I made this short little video:
Here are prizes for the Pumpkin-A-Long:
Prizes for completed pumpkins, to be chosen randomly after we finish the PAL on Thanksgiving, include a skein of fabulous Amanda Hope Yarn Aussie Extra Fine and an adorable felted pumpkin by Wee Woolies. Throughout the PAL, pattern winners (your choice from amongst all of my patterns) will be chosen randomly from those who post on Instagram or submit via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) progress pictures of their pumpkins, post in response to PAL questions, or even post their PAL badge. Here is the PAL badge (feel free to copy it):
Questions about how to PAL? Interested in the discount (through October 15, 2020)? Read here: Pumpkin-A-Long (PAL)
And if you’re looking for the PAL patterns, here they are:
I’m thrilled to announce that this year’s pumpkin pattern is now live! It’s called It’s Fall, Y’all.
It’s Fall, Y’all features chevrons – made simply, through the use of increases and decreases. The fabric is created by holding a fingering weight yarn together with a mohair yarn, which produces a shimmery fabric with a soft halo. You can make two shapes/sizes with this pattern, a short pumpkin and a tall one.
You can purchase the pattern here Buy Now or find it in the Pattern tab or Pumpkin-A-Long Patterns tab at the top of the webpage.
I’m so happy with the way this pattern turned out. I hope you will enjoy it!
Speaking of pumpkins. come knit some pumpkins with us during the third annual Pumpkin-A-Long (PAL)!
Discount through October 15, 2020 using coupon code PALpumpkins here on the website or my Payhip store.
If on Instagram, use the tags #pumpkinalong2020 and #knitequalsjoy.
If you’re not on Instagram, email your finished pumpkin pictures to me at email@example.com.
Post this picture to your Instagram feed if you would like to announce your pumpkin love!
If you are local, join the PAL at Wild Knits Salem! In collaboration with Holly, we are offering a special discount on the patterns to the LYS patrons. I’m so excited that this is happening locally this year!
If you are an LYS owner or indie dyer, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in joining the PAL and/or offering the pattern to your customers.
Have a wonderful weekend! Please share your pumpkins on IG, and tag me @knitequalsjoy so I can see your wonderful Autumnal creations. The happiest of Falls to all of you.
Here’s a short video Cliff and I made showing how to fill your Plaid Pumpkin with fiberfill…just for fun and because some knitters might like to see how to fill the pumpkin to retain the short, squat shape of this design.
Hope you enjoyed that and I hope it may be helpful to someone!
The Pumpkin-A-Long is wrapping up on Halloween; if you have made a Knit Equals Joy Pumpkin, don’t forget to post a picture on Instagram with the tags #knitequalsjoy2019palfo and #knitequalsjoy2019pal. Tag me, too: @knitequalsjoy. If you’re not on Instagram but are on Facebook, find the Knit Equals Joy group and post a picture of your pumpkin. The group is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2255137488135031/. Sorry, there was a glitch with the link that was sent in the notification email, but this one works.
Hey y’all! I hope everyone is enjoying these great (almost) Fall days! I’m so happy that football is back, and tonight we had some amazing pumpkin pasta with Autumn alfredo sauce. It was fabulous, and it tasted like Fall.
I know you’ve been seeing Plaid Pumpkin pictures all over the place along with a ton of Pumpkin-A-Long posts over the last few days. My apologies for the inundation of information – I wanted to get all the info out there at the beginning and have it in an easily accessible place for any general questions about how the PAL works.
Main things to remember: make any Knit Equals Joy pumpkin, post finished picture on Instagram with correct tags or in the Knit Equals Joy Facebook group; finish everything by Halloween. Prizes, fun. That’s it! This post: The Second Annual Pumpkin-A-Long (PAL) has all the details in much more detail-y form. The prizes are there now, too.
So, speaking of pumpkins and patterns, I recently started adding my designs to a new pattern site, PatternVine. I was drawn to the look of the site – it’s very lovely. I’ve slowly been updating my patterns – adding the new logo and better photos – and then adding them to PatternVine. I wanted my customers to have several different options available for purchasing my patterns.
Ladianne is one of the owners of PatternVine as well as of a yarn shop called Cheers to Ewe, and she purchased and is making the Large Colorwork Pumpkins pattern, spider version. Cheers to Ewe has a weekly show, and last Saturday they chatted a bit about my pumpkin patterns. I am of course biased because of that, but I really enjoyed the show. The enthusiasm was contagious, and you can tell they were having a good time. But I loved how the show was built around variations on a theme – plaid, in this case. If you have time and are so inclined, you might enjoy the show.
As you know, we love Fall around here, and we love pumpkins!! And to celebrate, we are having the Second Annual Pumpkin-A-Long.
There are two ways to participate: on Instagram and/or on Facebook.
On Instagram, hashtags make our job easier. You can tagyour photos with our specific hashtags, and you can alsofollow our hashtags, so that you will see any posts that anyone makes with those specific tags. The tags we will be using are #knitequalsjoy2019PAL and #knitequalsjoy for any photos posted relating to the PAL. If you follow those tags, you will see any announcement-type posts I make about the PAL on Instagram, too. The tag for finished pumpkins is #knitequalsjoy2019PALFO (the FO is for finished object). That tag will be important, because those finished object posts are the ones that are eligible for the random prize drawings. I have some great prizes on deck and will be sharing about those in later posts. Please also tag me @knitequalsjoy so that I will see your post – just in case the hashtags don’t work correctly.
Of course, some folks may not use Instagram, so we also will be posting photos in the Knit Equals Joy Facebook group. You can find the group here: Knit Equals Joy Facebook Group. I have set up an album there for progress photos and one for finished objects.
If this works well, my hope is that we can use the same format for upcoming KALs and for knitting along with next year’s Olympics.
How to Pumpkin-A-Long
To play along, knit any Knit Equals Joy pumpkin pattern (see below).
To be eligible for prizes, complete 1 or more Knit Equals Joy pumpkin by October 31, 2019. Each completed and properly posted finished pumpkin counts as an entry for prizes. You may enter as many times as you like. No more than one prize per person.
Have fun! Share your beautiful pumpkin pictures on Instagram or in the Facebook group (see above)! We want to see what you are making and cheer you on. If you have any questions, ask in the PAL. We can share and learn new things from each other.
I think that’s it! See the eligible patterns below…
Plaid Pumpkin, with a plaid colorwork design, a great basketweave design, and a fun graphic design a bit reminiscent of a spider web. Also includes instructions for non-stranded stripes or plain knitting. Just published.
Autumn Spice Pumpkin is knit in super-bulky and is nearly 40″ in circumference! The jumbo cables are a joy to knit. This is a statement piece knit in the recommended yarn, but it looks great in any weight yarn. Published 2018.
The four wonderful items in the corner frames of the photo below are PAL prizes.
Clockwise, starting from top left, the prizes are
1. Amanda Hope Yarn Yankee Doodle Sock (Fingering Weight; 80% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon; 410 yards/100g) in Burnt Orange.
2. Amanda Hope Yarn Aussie Extra Fine Single (Fingering Weight; 100% 19.5 Micron Extra Fine Merino Wool; 437 yards/100g) in Nocturne II.
3. Awesome Pumpkin Scissors donated by Carla (thank you Carla!).
4. Fabulous Cookie Stamps featuring a sheep design and two knit stitch designs. Set shown is mine; winner’s set is sealed.
Winners will be chosen randomly from all completed and properly posted finished projects. We reserve the right to replace these prizes with items of equal or greater value.
I hope you will join us for our joyful Pumpkin-A-Long! Questions? Send me a message or ask on IG or Facebook.
The Fall colors have been great, the pumpkin spice lattes have been tasty, and the knit pumpkins have been a blast! I couldn’t wait any longer to share these beautiful pictures with you.
The Knit Equals Joy Pumpkin-a-Long goes through Halloween – which means it’s still possible to knit a Wee Pumpkin before the end of the PAL – you can make one while handing out treats Halloween night! The Wee Pumpkin pattern is just $1.25 or is free through November 10th if you have purchased any of my other pumpkin patterns. Look for the “free” promotion to return again in early 2019.
Autumn Spice Pumpkin by Elaine:
I hope you enjoyed the Pumpkin Party!
Many thanks to these knitters for letting me share their photos with you.