Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Class Available: Design your own sweater that fits!

I have a new class available at Paradise Fibers! Design your own Sweater that Fits is a step by step workshop to learn the process of designing and writing a sweater pattern based on gauge. In this class we will work a small sample modified drop shoulder sweater, and then move onto a full size garment, either modified drop shoulder or raglan shoulder that will fit you! We will measure in class to have a perfect size, work shaping if desired, add patterning and also learn how to write it all down in pattern format.

This 2 part class will take place on May 11th and June 1st each class is 4 hours each and you will have time for homework in between classes with personalized instruction in each class. If you live in or around Spokane come join me for a day of designing fun!


You can find out more information including homework here: Design Your Own Sweater That FITS!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Winners!

Congratulations to breezy 54 and Ellen Anderson, check your ravelry accounts for your free patterns!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Last days to enter the Shimmer Mittens Giveaway!

Today and tomorrow are the last days to enter the Shimmer Mittens Giveaway! Check out this blog post and leave a comment.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Exciting News!

Got some very exciting and flattering news this morning, Kara Gott Warner the Editor of Creative Knitting has written an article for About.com focusing on how to propose a garment to a magazine. She has used my proposal for an upcoming pattern I did for their special lace issue being released in April 2013. You can check it out here, and make sure to look for the Special Lace Issue when it is released!

Sapphira Lace Tank and Cardigan

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Shimmer Mittens: New pattern and giveaway!

Time for a new pattern release! These are the Shimmer Mittens, a quick knit with cushy garter stitch mosaic patterning and sizes for the whole family. I am a huge fan of long striping yarn and I also really love mittens so this project was a perfect match.



 These mittens were designed when I was lucky enough to receive some brand new colours of Knitpicks Chroma. Knitting with secret yarn is always fun and it really puts the pressure on to make a great pattern. The Soft Rock colourway is simply beautiful, brimming with subtle hue shifts that really do evoke a sense of earth and rock. It made me think of driving in British Columbia through the Rocky Mountains past the walls of rock that had been blasted out of the mountainside to make room for the roads. It was an interesting colourway to pair a contrast colour with, when it was beside a grey the Chroma looked cold, when it was beside a dark blue it lost the soft grey areas, but finally I decided on Wool of the Andes from Knitpicks in Pumice. This lovely soft brown is a heathered tone that brings out all the lovely shades within the Chroma without overpowering any of them.

These mittens are designed with 5 sizes, which is actually a step down from my usual 8 sizes of mittens but there are two good reasons. First the stitch pattern gauge couldn't be sized the way that St st can and so 5 sizes was the only option. Second these mittens are sooooooo stretchy! The length stretch on them is amazing due to the garter stitch and the slipped stitches ensuring a perfect hand length fit.

These mittens also work up very quickly, a friend of mine knit two pairs over a single weekend!

Now the fun part, you can win a copy of this pattern! Just leave a comment on this blog telling me who you knit mittens for and how often.

I will draw 2 lucky winners using a random number generator on March 28th since it is my Mom's Birthday ( Happy Birthday Mom!) remember to leave a way for me to contact you.

If you can't stand the suspense and would like to purchase ths pattern you can get it on here on Knitpicks or here on Ravelry.  Also you can check out more information on my website like measurements and materials here.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Knit Wrap from Knit and Crochet Now

Had a nice surprise this morning when I opened up my Ravelry design page; my Knit Wrap was just added to the Knit and Crochet Now website and is available for free. It was the middle of September when I was asked to design two projects for Knit and Crochet Now, one was this wrap and the other is a Rug I will talk about later. We were actually in Disneyland at the time celebrating my milestone birthday when the email came in.

                                               My very excited cuties in front of the castle


Knitting for a T.V. show is such an interesting process, for those of you not familiar I will elaborate a bit. They had a definite idea of what kind of design they desired for the show and I was more than happy to extrapolate from the pictures that were sent over. First you have to knit the full sample and write the pattern, then you have to knit step-outs. Step-outs are the small samples of knitting that the host works on during the show to explain how to work the pattern. Basically it is breaking the pattern down into the most relevent parts and making small examples of those parts. Then carefully labelling each section and adding a description of what part of the pattern each step-out corresponded to and attaching it to the correct piece of knitting.


This wraps works up quickly, it took me 3 days of knitting but I was knitting like a mad banshee since the deadline was rather closeby (what with the notice being in the middle of the holiday and all). The stitches are simple; garter stitch, eyelets and knotted openwork. The collar is worked in garter stitch with stitches bound off incrementally to create a picot edge. This pattern is free and available on the Knit and Crochet Now website, enjoy!

Monday, February 11, 2013

New Year, New Look, New Website

It's been a tragically long time since I posted on this blog, but I am back with great news I have a brand new shiny website and it is ready for viewing! You can check it out at www.littlenutmegproductions.com and make sure to poke around and see how you like it.

 
There has been a heck of a lot of knitting going on around here, most of it secret but some can be shared. I worked up a 4T sample of the Petite Facile sweater for my daughter Norah. She loves how squishy and comfortable it is and got to choose the button herself. As is tradition in the Jones-VanEyck house you can have any sweater you like but you have to pose in it before it is truly yours. The yarn is Lettuce in Malabrigo Rios and was lovely to work with, and it worked up perfect on 4.5mm/us7.


 
 I have also rereleased Blithe, which was a pattern available through Knitcircus last year. As they are no longer in business you can purchase this pattern via the new website and you can also check out the variety of adorable Abigail pictures. Like I said, to receive the sweater you have to pose in it.

 


Lastly I have a new mitten pattern available, the Aquarelle Mittens. Available in 8 sizes from 2T to Adult XL these mittens take 1-2 balls of Chroma or any other worsted weight self striping yarn. You can buy this pattern through Ravelry, my website, or through Knitpicks as a kit.