Lutana Shawlette

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Ahhh cool Autumn days are finally upon us here in Australia, it is so good to be able to finally wear some of my new knits I have created over the past few months. I am typing this with the Lutana Shalette draped around me at the moment. Knit with beautiful soFTrope kidsilk lace, this shawlette is so soft and light to wear.

I have just released the Lutana Shawlette Pattern on Ravelry today.

Lutana is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning moon. The Lutana Shawlette is a narrow crescent shape, featuring gentle short row shaping, decorative eyelet rows and a feminine ruffle. Worked from the top down, this shawl is designed to be a straight-forward knit, perfect for knitting while travelling or relaxing in front of the television.

See it on Ravelry here

$5.50

pssst: Take advantage of my Magine KAL 2-for1 offer: add Magine to your cart and choose another pattern, including Lutana Shawlette, from my shop for free with the checkout code maginekal valid to the end of April, 2014.

Magine KAL

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Happy April! Wow I have a busy month planned – moving house among all else…excitingly though I am running a KAL in my group for one of my favourite designs; Magine: To celebrate the 1 year anniversary of this design and the birthday month of Magine, the namesake of this shawl I am running a KAL (knit a long)  in my Ravelry group I’m planning to cast on one myself, so I’ll be joining in.

Magine has been very popular, however if you don’t have the Magine pattern yet, I have a special April 2014 2-for-1 offer: add Magine to your cart and add another pattern from my store for free with the discount code maginekal Through 30th April, in your time zone.

The KAL Details

Will run from April 1, 2014 , in the Ambah Designs Group on Ravelry. No formal sign up needed, just reply to this thread

Projects may be started and completed prior to April 1 2014 and still be considered eligible for prizes, all projects must be finished by midnight May 14 2014, (eastern time zone USA/Canada).
Winners to be announced May 16.(eastern time zone USA/Canada).

Projects will be tracked using the project tag: magineKAL

To be eligible for prizes, all entries must be a Magine Shawl, knit from Ambah’s Magine pattern. You may enter more than once.

After the KAL ends, there will be a 48 hour period before winners are announced, to allow time for project posting.

Each finished (complete with project page, completed photos, and tag) project will earn 1 prize entry when posted in the FO thread over here.

THE PRIZES:

All eligible entries will receive a pattern of their choice from my Ravelry store.

Winners of the following prizes will be selected randomly using an online random number generator.

  • Oyster Shawl kit including 2 skeins of beautiful Oyster yarn and the Oyster Shawl pattern pdf. 1 winner ( Oyster shawl preview below – this pattern will be released in May, with a KAL in May too, click on the image to see project notes)
  • Set of 3 custom Ambah stitch markers 3 winners. I will be posting here very soon about these cute little markers – stay tuned!

I look forward to hanging out and knitting with you there.
Happy Knitting!
ambah

oyster shawl

Migee

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I admit a fondness for gradient yarns, I had the smoke gradient shown in this design, Migee, earmarked since last year after being unable to resist the beautiful yarn from Black Trillain - those gradient kits….. I wanted to create a simple design that was almost therapeutic to knit, while savoring the colour shifts from light to dark.

The result:

Migee is an asymmetrical scarf/wrap. Wide in the middle to provide warmth with elongated tapered ends to create the perfect shape for wrapping around your neck and casually knotting or draping. Knit flat, from side to side in garter st, Migee features contrasting eyelet stripes in the body and a matching eyelet border, which is picked up and knit in the round after completing the main section. Choose a gradient yarn and complementary contrast color or go with your favorite contrasting solid/semi solid shades.

Migee is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning lightening.

View Migee on Ravelry here.

Get Migee for free! Take advantage of my special 2-for1  offer for my newly released Kalimna shawl and add the Migee to your cart for free.

Also I have a special reader only offer of a 50% discount for the Migee pattern with the code migee valid to March 31 in your time zone.

$5.50

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Kalimna Shawl

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Proudly presenting my new shawl design; Kalimna.

Kalimna is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning beautiful.

The Kalimna shawl features a delicate lace edging with garter stitch body that is simpler to knit than it appears. The long, shallow crescent shape is designed to be draped over the shoulders or wrapped around like a scarf. This pattern provides both written and charted instructions and is worked from side to side.

Choose between a Large 2 skein Shawl or a Small 1 skein Shawl.

for more details see it on Ravelry here.

$5.50

Special 2-for-1 offer:  Add Kalimna to your cart and add any other pattern from my Ravelry Pattern  store for free! the cost of the second pattern will be automatically deducted through to March 31, 2014 – in your time zone.

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Simple sewn scarf

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I am a big scarf fan. My favorite shape to wear is the triangle shaped scarf. I love how I can point the centre of the triangle at my front and wrap the ends around and leave them dangling or tie them up in front. Recently I decided my wardrobe was lacking in lighter weight, cotton versions of these. I have plenty of cotton rectangular scarves, but I find them a bit bulky and wanted some triangular scarves. I have plenty knitted versions so I decided to pull out the sewing machine. A quick peek in my fabric stash and bingo! I realised this would be the perfect use for some gorgeous ship fabric I have been wondering what to do with for a few years now.

Keeping the top edge straight, I cut a triangle out approx 42 cm deep and 195 cm long, tapering from the ends to the centre point.

I decided to get fancy and had my first go at sewing bias binding, after reading this handy how to. Red to clash nicely with my pink fabric.

The stripy fabric scarf is reconstructed from a beautiful scarf I bought on Etsy and found I didn’t wear because of the rectangular shape…holding my breath I cut out the same shape as the ship scarf and decided to had sew a hem on this one. I didn’t need to sew the straight line at the top as I maintained the original edge from the shawl there.

Voila, so simple and now I have 2 new scarves in the perfect shape. I have some more ideas to explore so I’ll be back with another fabric scarf post soon.

what is your favourite scarf shape?

Stitch Seekers Giveaway!

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How are those images for serious eye candy!

I have been eagerly awaiting the launch of new biannual knitting production; Stitch Seekers, and I was not disappointed.  “Decadence and decay” is the theme for Issue one and is so lusciously captured with beautiful styling, photography, model and, of course, knitwear. 12 beautiful projects are included plus designer profiles and interviews with producers of beautiful yarn. I enjoyed the insights into yarn production. 60 pages in all. This is a gorgeous production, one that I will keep coming back to look at again and again – I have my eye on a few of the projects too, the “Eat Cake” jacket pictured above is beckoning me and I have always been eager to give tartan a go….

I bought the eBook version, which I happily store on my ipad. My preferred way of purchasing books these days as I can read them while I knit plus I have a library at my fingertips, so handy. Pre-orders are currently being taken for the print version, which includes a PDF version, downloadable immediately. Ordering details are over here.

Deborah Moore and Rhiannon McCulloch are the two talented ladies behind Stitch Seekers publications. To celebrate the launch of their first issue they are offering a free pattern to one of my readers. To enter please have a look at the 12 patterns in issue 1 and post below which project you would like to knit. I will select the winner using a random number generator and Stitch seekers will send the winner their pattern choice. Entries by midnight Friday 28 February (in your timezone) and winners will be announced the following Monday.

The theme for issue 2 is Futurenauts vs Retrobots and if the mood board is anything to go by, it is sure to be as impressive as issue 1.

Stitch Seekers are also responsible for the fabulous Men in Knitwear Calender club. With tongue firmly in cheek they are producing a high quality series of 13 designs, with a monthly theme and fabulous image to match. as the calender blurb states “ Subscribe to the MIK calendar and enjoy a new man in your inbox at the start of every month. That’s 12 small to medium sized projects on a larger than life man + the bonus cover design; a total of 13 super cool knitting patterns brought to life by our handsome models. We don’t want to distract you from the knitwear so the models won’t be wearing loads of other clothes. You’ll never forget an appointment again!”

Hmmm not long until Mr March is revealed, the anticipation!

all images used with permission from Stitch Seekers.

FO’s, WIP’s & Intentions…

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The needles have been clicking away and the mind whirring with ideas and much yarn being ordered – I love that part; choosing colours, parcels arriving in the post….So today  I thought I’d have a bit of a show and tell post of some of the things I am up to in my knitting world.

The top image shows the large version of my new shawl design; Kalimna. This is currently being tested by a small army of wonderful folk who will be insuring the pattern is as straightforward to knit as I would hope. I am looking forward to the cooler days to be able to wear this one and it’s little sister, the small version. The pattern will be a good month or so before release and I will definitely be talking about it here when it happens. I just couldn’t resist a sneak peek!

Next picture down is of some lovely gradient yarn I have been itching to knit up since last year. The yarn is a Merino wool Gradient kit sock from Black Trillium Fibres on Etsy.  Gee it was hard to choose one from the many beautiful selections available, I have my eye on a couple of others. I also bought a skein of another colour of Black Trilliam sock yarn that I will be combining with my gradient greys, I have a scarf/shawl design in mind for these. I have just wound these and hope to cast on tonight….unless I cast on the yarn in the picture below. This is beautiful madelinetosh DK twist in Charcoal. I have had stashed away for a while now, waiting for the perfect project to come along, today I downloaded this pattern and think it will be a perfect match for this yarn, though I am planning to make a solid color version with a highlight yarn for the pockets and details. I am really looking forward to knitting the pattern and I’m pretty sure I will live in the cardy this winter. I love how the charcoal knits up, it looks quite metallic.

Or tonight maybe I will be weaving in the ends of my new shawl design, bottom pic,  knit with lovely Oyster Yarn; lovely hand dyed yarns that are soon to be released with the launch of the website www.thepurlbox.com any day now. (hurry purlbox!) I have loved working with this yarn, so much so that I included a skein of it in the Dreamy Valentine KAL prizes (winners were announced on Valentine’s day over here)

I’d better get knitting –  I have some other yarn coming soon and I really do like to try and keep my stash down to a minimum…

what are you making?

sweet valentine cowl

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A new cowl design just in time for that romantic day of the year.

A cowl for the romantic at heart. The Sweet Valentine Cowl features a love heart lace pattern, I developed especially for my Dreamy  Valentine shawl design.

This pattern provides both written and charted instructions and is worked in the round.

Choose between a long or short fingering weight version, or the short chunkier worsted weight cowl.

See it on Ravelry here

$5.50
Special Valentine’s offer: use the code sweet on check out for a 30% discount, valid to midnight 16 February.

MEASUREMENTS:
Width x Circumference
Short: 15.5cm/6” x 66cm/26” Long: 15.5cm/6” x 131cm/52” Worsted: 20cm/7.75” x 64cm/25”

MATERIALS:

Yarn:
Quince and Co. Finch (100% American Wool, fingering weight/4 ply, 221 yds/202 m, 50g) Short (S) 1 skein Peacock
Long (L) 2 skeins Chanterelle

Quince and Co. Lark (100% American Wool, worsted weight/10 ply, 134 yds/123 m, 50g)
Worsted (W) 2 skeins Carrie’s Yellow

Needles:
S/L: 3.25 mm/US 3 60cm/24” circular needles
W: 3.75 mm/US 5 100cm/40” length circular needles

Notions: Tapestry needle
Stitch marker

GAUGE: Blocked Valentine pattern in round:
Fingering/4ply (S/L): 25 stitches and 40 rows = 10cm/4 inches
Worsted (W): 19 stitches and 36 rows = 10cm/4 inches

project progress

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Re-Ronda: The cardigan is my Ronda project. You may remember I knit and blogged about it last year. I loved the look of it, however I found myself not wearing it much for two reasons, I had made it a bit short and the collar kept flipping to show the ugly side. I decided a revamp was in order and undid the collar and the hem. Moving the colourwork to the hem added just the right amount of length, then I re-knit the collar in a single colour, stockinette for a relaxed curled effect. I now think of it as re-ronda. I also added some additional length to the cuffs and I have to say I’m looking forward to wearing it again (once we get past our current heatwave and move along into Autumn). See the project with before and after pics on Ravelry here.

Oyster Shawl: the top image shows my latest WIP and a new design I am working on in collaboration with Oyster Yarns. I mentioned Oyster Yarns over here in my Dreamy Valentine KAL prize announcement. I am so taken by this beautiful yarn that I wanted to include it as a prize. The Eden’s blend, which is the yarn I am using for theis new design and the KAL prize (there’s still time to whip up a Dreamy Valentine and enter!)

You’ll be hearing more about the yarn and design very soon.

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vitamin d back side vitamin d front close vitamin d frontI feel as though I have just had a holiday and I have, in a way. I have just indulged in knitting up someone else’s design, something I haven’t done for ages, since I have been so busy making my own knitting designs. Knitting something that is already worked out, choose a size, follow the instructions has been quite relaxing.

I have had my eye on this lovely design by Heidi Kirrmaier for some time now, especially since I saw this variation out in the wild as they say (in real life )

Vitamin D is a rather popular design on Ravelry, with over 2500 projects listed and with good reason, this is a terrific pattern! I found it such a pleasure to knit, the modifications I made; see my project page for details, were simple variations making it less full in the front than the original resulting in a lovely open cardi.

I used lovely organic linen yarn, Sparrow by Quince & Co. this was actually lovely to work with, a bit hard in the hand to knit up, as linen is, but much nicer than other linen yarn I have worked with. I love that I can just throw it in the washing machine and each wash will make it softer, drapier. It is a tough fibre and perfect for the late summer/early Autumn season ahead. (though I am looking forward to getting back to the BFL/Silk yarn for my next design – whoa so soft to work!)

initially I cast on telling myself that I would just knit a row here and there as I have some other more pressing designs I am working on. I am such a monogamous knitter though! While I may have a couple of projects on the needles at any time, I obsessively work on just one  at a time, especially when there is reason and the reason for racing on with this was that I just wanted to wear it – hurry!It is such a cute cardi, I am seriously considering making another for the cooler months, in yellow, like Heidi’s…..

perhaps this was a little productive procrastination.

err yes there are a few dangling threads there…time to weave in the ends.

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