Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Julia Farwell-Clay and her new website

It's not often that my professional and knitting lives overlap, but today they do. I'm pleased and proud to announce that Julia Farwell-Clay now has a new website and I designed it! As a devout knitter, nothing is more fun than designing for a knitwear designer. This is especially the case with Julia. I've loved her work since she first hit the scene with the Takoma and the rest of her innovative, inherently wearable sweater patterns. Julia also designed my favorite cardigan, the Hiro - I loved making it and I love wearing it. Julia just rocks.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Julia to create a fresh, fun brand that expresses her unique design sensibility. The website literally puts her terrific patterns front and center and makes it easy for knitters to both explore her work and purchase her patterns.

 If you're looking to make an amazing sweater, check out www.juliafarwellclay.com. Or contact Julie & Company today to give your company a new look or a new website.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Hacked! And congrats

I'm back. Some rat bastard in Hong Kong decided to hack into my server, bring down this site and several others, and I've spent days trying to get back online. The Knitting at Large blog and site are now working, thank goodness.

In the meantime, I'm knitting a secret sweater. Can't tell you much now other than it's a round-yoke cardigan made in Cascade 220 worsted weight yarn and I love it! The pattern, which was designed by one of my favorite designers, will be published in September. I'll tell you more about it then, but here is a sneak peak at the sleeves.

This is my palette; the sweater will be 90 percent red, 10 percent gold, 9 percent black, and 1 percent turquoise. 

Congratulations to the Meghan Jones pattern winners! I'll be emailing you the patterns shortly.

Stonehenge winners - Taphophile and Reluctant Penguin
Racer Stripes - Jennie and Michele (Michele, please send me an email since I can't find you on Rav)
Color Crossing - Maggie and Imojo 
Chevron Tee - Shelda and Naycha

Thanks everyone for playing!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Meet Meghan, a great new designer for us

Hello, hello! I'm getting lots of emails asking how I'm doing since I've been missing in action. I'm fine, thank you for asking. Just working my tail off, which is a good thing for paying the rent but not so good for blogging about knitting. But I am knitting every day as usual. That never stops - of course!

I've got lots to talk to you about. Can't do it all in one day, so I'll just get started on the top of my list. I'd like you to meet Meghan Jones, aka anythingbutsnow on Ravelry. For the past few years, Meghan has been designing and publishing beautiful patterns for cowls, mittens, hats, and baby clothes. Her work appears in Stitching In the Stacks, a new book from Cooperative Press that offers "30 exquisite designs inspired by librarians (real and fictional), library architecture, cataloging systems, and sometimes the books themselves."

But Meghan is more than Marian the Librarian. Last month, she published four terrific patterns that come in both "regular" and extended sizes. I'm delighted by her talent and ability to make patterns for the larger among us. She also offers notes on how to rework increases or decreases if you need to alter pattern sizing.

Meghan has given me two copies of each of these patterns to give away to some awfully lucky winners. To enter this contest, just leave a comment below with your favorite design. I'll pick two lucky winners for each pattern. 

Racer Cables

Sizes to 62.25
Gauge 5 spi

A flattering hourglass silhouette is accentuated with vertical cables of bright red racing up the right front and center back of this cardigan. Featuring simple intarsia techniques and bicolor cables this classic cardigan is the perfect combination of new techniques and basic stockinette.

Chevron Tee

Sizes to 60
Gauge 5 spi

Worked in the round from the bottom up, Chevron Tee has simple garter stitch stripes and a mosaic pattern embellishment. Wide panels of garter stitch hide the decreases in the A-line shaping, and are slimming to the body. The garter stitch panels continue along the raglan sleeve shaping and culminate in an open neckline.

Stonehenge Tee

Sizes to 62.25
Gauge 5 spi
Stonehenge was inspired by the monolithic blocks of granite that make up the Stonehenge circle floating in a sea of green grass. This seamless  garment is worked all in one piece from  the bottom up with areas of intarsia and A-line shaping.

Color Crossing

Sizes to 57.25
Gauge 4.5 spi

A color blocked vest worked all in one piece from the bottom up with stranded cables to transition between colors.

If you'd like to win one of these patterns, please leave a comment below with your first and second choices. You've got to play to win, so leave a comment today. Or buy Meghan's patterns - we need to support the designers who do so much to support us.