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Issue #2: Fall 2014

The snow has really come down in the past week and parts of the Eastern Coast have really been dumped on (Buffalo, NY, I'm thinking of you).  As the tempatures drop, knitters thoughts naturally turn to quick handknits to stave off winter's bite.

That's where the Indie Design Gift-A-Long comes in:

What is Gift-A-Long? It’s a multi-designer promotion to help you kick your holiday gift-making into high gear!  Knit-A-Longs/Crochet-A-Longs run from Thursday, November 13 at 8pm (US-EST) through our New Years Eve party, Wednesday, December 31 at midnight (US-EST), plenty of time to knock out all your holiday knitting and crocheting. We have games, tons of prizes, great conversation, and a lot of fun, so pull up a chair and join us!  There are 293 participating designers (including me!), over 11,000 to knit/crochet during the "a-longs" and several thousand prizes to be won!

The sale ends at midnight tonight - so this is the last chance to get 25% off 20 of my accessories patterns - several of which as fast knits, perfect for last minute gifts.  You can see my participating patterns here, just add the patterns to your shopping cart and use the code "giftalong2014".


If you miss the Gift-A-Long sale, I'm also holding a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale.  From Friday, November 28 to Monday, December 1, use the code "bfcm2014" in your shopping cart to get 20% off any of my patterns.

These are the only sales I hold for my designs each year so stock up now!

New Designs

I've released 4 patterns since the last newsletter and one more will be released in the next few days. Here's a quick update on these designs and a preview of the soon to be released Herzblut Scarf.

Audrey II Cowl: The stitch pattern in this design reminds me of the venus fly trap plant, so of course I named it after Audrey II from "Little Shop of Horrors."  This is the perfect project for a precious skein of luxury yarn (sample worked in Bijou Basin Ranch).  Part of Gift-A-Long sale.

Interwoven Blanket: My first blanket pattern!  Whether you knit if for a baby or as a cozy throw, this blanket makes a great gift.  The sample was knit using Bare Naked Wools ‘Stone Soup Fingering’ held double. This rustic yarn provides wonderful stitch definition without a lot of weight. The sample shown here was knit with two colours of Stone Soup Fingering held together for the centre of the blanket, producing a marled effect.

I've released two new shawl patterns, both of which I've been developing for a long time.

Pyrenees Shawl: When I first came across the Pyrenees stitch pattern, I fell for the boldness of the diamonds.  I paired this with a very special yarn - Sericin Silkworks '50/50 Buffalo Silk'.  Tabi Ferguson, the magician behind the dye pots, is offering a special deal while supplies of this yarn last (she won't be dyeing again until later in 2015) - buy any skein of 50/50 Buffalo Silk in her Etsy store and she'll provide you a coupon code for a free copy of the Pyrenees Shawl pattern! And while you're there, check out her newest yarn - the Yak/Silk blend DK yarn.  Luscious!

Sinuosity Shawl: Sinuous waves flow through the body of this top-down, triangular shawl, highlighted by the luster and drape inherent in the longwool fibres of the Blue Faced Leicester. If substituting yarn, select a wool blend that has contains silk to achieve the same amount of drape.  The pattern includes instructions for both a narrow and wide edging option.

Until next time!
Janelle

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