Spooky KAL wooo-oooo

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Howdy Folks, I’m hosting a KAL in another Ravelry group this month – over here. Because this is the month of Halloween, (I know it’s not really big here in Australia BUT) here’s your chance to embrace the spookier things you’ve been wanting to make.
so this KAL is open to:

* any of my designs
* use of any yarn from down under dyer’s/producers. (New Zealand or Australia)

* optional spooky theme

so you could knit one of my designs
or one of my designs in a yarn that has a spooky name like “blood red” or “vampyire’s kiss” or “sugar skull dreaming”
or you could make a spooky design from either the Northern or Southern hemisphere + use some down under yarn
or you could make a spooky design from down under using some random stash yarn….
or a design from anywhere using a spookily named down under yarn…..

There will be prizes….. randomly drawn on the spooky day of Halloween…( October 31st)
Each category that you tick with your project will earn you an entry in the prize draw. (You will need to fulfill a down under requirement within your categories…)
to be clear the categories are:
down under requirements:
either:
* an Ambah design
* down under yarn (yarn sourced and or dyed Down Under)
* spooky down under design (pattern from another Down Under designer with a spooky theme)

plus add some spooky (optional):
* spooky design (skull, Halloween spider, sugar skull, pumpkin! you know – spooky)
* spooky yarn: this yarn has a spooky name – “blood red” etc

clear as blood, I mean mud?

There’s prizes too!

including the 2 sets of custom spooky ambah stitch markers: 1 set spooky, 1 set a little less spooky. Pictured above.

plus some spot prizes and hand holding during the scary bits!

and, of course, a discount code to kick things off: inspired by a down under road trip I am currently undertaking….(see spooky pic below) use the coupon code koala this will give you “a buy one get one free” entitlement with any of my patterns, so go on, add two patterns, use the magic code word (koala) and you will only be charged for one of the patterns, or add four and only pay for two….this is good until the auspicious day of October 13.

ALSO: you can double up! I have a Sea Dragon KAL over in my Ravelry group here, it ends on October 20, so you could make a Sea Dragon and participate in this KAL and the one in my group :) (Sea Dragons are a bit spooky, right?)

sounds like fun? Come on over and tell us your spooky stories.

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Sea Dragon KAL FO update

 

 

Quaere's Sea Dragon Shawl

Quaere’s Sea Dragon Shawl

I love KAL’s. During a KAL I am treated daily to an array of images with beautiful colours, wip’s and finished projects of a design that I am already rather partial to! There is still plenty of time to join in the KAL, it runs through to October 20. The details are all over here.

Quare’s beautiful gradient shawl (above) has been knit with her own line of hand dyed yarn, her Etsy shop is here if you’d like to take a peek at them.

Susie2Roses’ Shawl (below) is knit from gorgeous yarn she spun herself. She has started on her second.

Click on the images to see the project pages.

Susie2Roses' Sea Dragon -Shawl - Green

Susie2Roses’ Sea Dragon -Shawl – Green

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jfnyland’s Dark Sea Dragon

carrieneidhold's Sea Dragon Shawl

carrieneidhold’s Sea Dragon Shawl

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a peek at one of the KAL prizes – custom Sea Dragon Stitch markers! I am excited about the new logo charms I had made, and am loving pairing them up with a variety of different heart and other charm combinations. I also a made a spooky set for a KAL I am moderating in another group next month – more details on that soon.

What colours would your Sea dagon be?

Happy knitting

x ambah

Sherbet Fountain Shawl

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Introducing my newest design; the Sherbet Fountain Shawl, released today.

A large, triangular shawl, perfect for wearing in multiple ways. I have long-dreamed of creating a design in this colour combination which reminds me of liquorice and lemon sherbet, which in turn reminds me of the Sherbet Fountain treat of my childhood!

This shawl is a fun, fast knit, perfect for adventurous beginners. Worked from the top down, the combination of textured rows keep it interesting as it grows, with the contrast colour adding something special.

Which two colours would you knit a Sherbet Fountain with?

check it out on Ravelry here, there’s details of a special introductory offer there too.

Happy Knitting!

Tsunami Hat

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Felix’s current craft project in school is to knit a colourwork hat. Yay!! Actually his was a bit slow going, I kept asking him about it – he designed the colour work months ago, and it sounded like his progress was snail paced. Until last weekend. He brought it home to work on and I couldn’t help myself, I had a little intervention. It was looking too small, the needles he was using were tiny and he was knitting so tight,….. After a little pleading I convinced him to let me unravel his work (I promised to re-knit the 10 rows he had done) I cast on onto much bigger needles (6mm). His work was so tight I could barely take it off the needles.

He was pretty reluctant to let me help after that, a little assistance here and there to help with a dropped stitch. I showed him how to do colourwork with two hands and he picked it up immediately, and managed to become a looser knitter, the big needles really helped him there.

He wanted blue colours and I found a palette for him to choose from. He chatted, while knitting about the tsunami/wave pattern he was creating  - this is a boy that loves to surf so it is a design close to his heart. He spent the next couple of days knitting consistently and insisted on finishing it – his craft teach will get a surprise tomorrow! He is so proud of his hat and has been wearing it to school.

Sea Dragon Shawl KAL

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Dancing Dragon by SallyRavels

The first day of Spring today and day 1 of the Sea Dragon Shawl KAL in my Ravelry group. There has been loads of chatter in there already,in the weeks leading up to the KAL with many wonderful colour combinations being posted. I am so excited to see these knit up into little Dragons. I thought I would share some other Sea Dragon projects with you, these are knitted by the fabulous folk who test knit the Sea Dragon shawl pattern prior to it’s release. Click on the images to visit the project page.

Will you be knitting along with us? The KAL runs from today to mid-October and you can join in at any time.

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Weedy by Mazadaz

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Blue Sea Dragon by Heidi197

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Sea Dragon Shawl by Wallke

 

Vanished into Stitches

rm rm1 rm3 rm4 rm12 rm8 rm11Wow. I am filled with awe and inspiration after visiting the wondrous Ruth Marshal show of knitted animal pelts at the National Wool Museum, Geelong, earlier this week. I know these images don’t do these beautiful works justice (iphone, poor lighting etc) this really is something that needs to be viewed in person to appreciate the artistry behind each stitch.

Ruth has a kit available on her website so you can make your own possum pelt, she has much better pictures there too……the kit is in here shop here.

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detachable pom pom

 

tea cosy iphoneI made a tea cosy for my tea loving sweetie’s birthday on the weekend. He is pretty obsessed about his tea and the cosy passed his exacting insulating requirements – phew! He tells me is growing accustomed to the neon pompom I felt was a necessary finishing touch. luckily it is easily removable if he tires of it or when the cosy needs a bath.

I thought I’d share the handy tip of detachable pompoms here.

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make sure your pompom has two long tails when you make it.

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use a needle to pull the tails through to the inside.

pompom detachable

tie a double bow to hold it firmly in place, yet easily undo when it’s time.

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I think I’ll write up this fast pattern and put it on my blog, would you make one?

Ravelry project page here

re – mirri

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Currently I am in the process of updating all of my current patterns to a shiny new layout. This is a gradual effort so it will be a while before I get them all done. It is quite fun seeing them refreshed in this way.

Today I have just uploaded the new look Mirri Collection and to celebrate I am offering a $1 discount off any of the individual Mirri Patterns, the full eBook is still available at a great discount too. check out the Mirri Collection here.

Use the code: mirri on checkout to receive the discount, valid through to midnight this Sunday, August 17.

Happy Knitting!

Sea Dragon Shawl

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Inspired by sea creatures real and imagined, the Sea Dragon Shawl is knit from side to side, with short rows forming a shallow crescent shape. Its comfortable proportions are perfect for wrapping around the neck scarf-style or wearing around the shoulders. Choose between a small or large Sea Dragon Shawl and showcase your favourite yarn: go crazy with your leftover yarn stash and knit each segment in a different colour, use a gradient or variegated yarn, or go with your favourite solid colour combination.

I have been a little obsessed with these Sea Dragon shawls, I have actually had to force myself to stop making them at 4, when there are still so many other colour combination possibilities still whirring through my mind. The scrappy version was really a lot of fun to make, using up a bunch of leftover sock yarn skeins and collating them into a technicolor shawl.  Anyway I get to live vicariously through all of the other knitters who are making this in my upcoming Sea Dragon KAL. there are already some fabulous colour combinations being discussed in the KAL thread. The KAL starts September 1, visit the KAL thread to find out more, I’ll also post more details up here soon.

Meanwhile my Sea Dragon Shawl has been pre-released on Ravelry. Up until the start of the KAL, the pattern will have a special pre-release discount. Initially only the front page of the pattern will be available for you to download, then it will be automatically updated to the full pattern on September 1.

See all the details on the pattern page here.

 

bleeding blocking

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A short tale of woe and of a lesson learnt, or I should say re-learnt as I have already been here before. Always add white vinegar to your blocking water if you are blocking a project knit in multiple colours. That’s my rule, I live by it. Usually. When I blocked my Scrappy Sea Dragon I remembered I had run out of vinegar and yet still proceeded to plunge my project into the watery depths without so much as a thought to what I was doing. My heart sank when I pulled it out and realised what I had (or had not!) done. Colour bleed was immediately apparent, particularly with the sections knit with beautiful Madelinetosh yarns. Drats! OK this time I will never forget my golden blocking rule; add vinegar.

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It’s not too bad in the scheme of things, it is still wearable Fortunately I had become somewhat addicted with this design, this is the fourth Sea Dragon I have made, so I still have 3 others for the pattern samples. I’ll be showing you those this week, as I am planning to pre-release the Sea Dragon Shawl Pattern on Ravelry. I am running a Sea Dragon KAL in my Ravelry group in September…more on that in a couple of days. Meanwhile here’s a few more shots of this scrappy version, knit up with my treasured collection of leftover sock yarns. The Ravelry project page is here.

Have you had any colour bleed disasters? What’s your tip to avoid it?

 

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