New Pattern: Samarah

My newest hat pattern was just released this morning! Introducing Samarah:

 

Samarah is a loosely knit, dk weight hat that knits up quickly and beautifully. The lace is easily memorized and simple for beginners, yet satisfying enough for advanced lace knitters. Cozy up your noggin with the luxurious Malabrigo Silky Merino, which provides incredible stitch definition and will help you to create a beautiful new hat.

Purchase Samarah on Ravelry or on Craftsy!

Must.Knit.Faster Mailing List!

Well hey there, lovely readers! Have you every opened up your email one random day and thought to yourself “Man, how rad would it be to have an email from Rebecca?” Well wish no more my darlings, because just in time for your New Years stash down promises, you can join in the Must.Knit.Faster newsletter fun! Just click this handy little link here to take you to the Must.Knit.Faster sign up form: http://eepurl.com/LsYvb

I hope that you’ll consider joining the list- you can look forward to monthly newsletters full of new pattern releases, news-worthy info, and maybe even a coupon code or two! Check us out!

Have a lovely new years!
XOXO, Becca

Winter

It’s finally winter, but you wouldn’t know it by stepping outside here in northern Virginia.  On Saturday, the first official day of winter, we hit 65 degrees and it was warm and sunny.  Not 2 weeks ago we were watching snow fall while our fire roared, keeping us toasty.  Yesterday, the temperature was nearly 75 degrees, and as I was driving home from the grocery store I watched summer-like thunder clouds roll in.  Fat raindrops began to fall and hit my windshield and I actually had to turn on the vehicles air conditioning.  What in the world is going on here.

I’ve got a new design coming soon, and it’s in final testing right now.  It’s a dk weight lace hat that will be a great beginners lace pattern.  It’s getting great reviews on Ravelry where I’m having it tested, and I can’t wait to be able to release the final pattern.  I received yarn support from Malabrigo for the sample in the form of 2 skeins of Malabrigo Silky Merino.  The stitch definition that this yarn provides is making me swoon, guys.  It’s love.

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I’ve got tons of fun stuff planned for 2014, and I hope that you will try to be a part of it.  Be sure that you are signed up for the Must.Knit.Faster Birthday Club– you’ll get a Birthday Club exclusive pattern (or 2) around the first of the month of your birthday.  The only stipulation is that you have to still be a member of the group when your birth month rolls around to get the free pattern(s).  It’s gonna be fun!  Sign ups are now open in the Must.Knit.Faster Ravelry group, so check it out!

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful…

… but the yarn is so delightful!

Today is the first snow day for the 2013-2014 school year!  Yesterday our northern Virginia town was hit with about 2″ of snow and a subsequent ice storm, and since we don’t live in a snow-heavy place, it’s a pretty big thing.  And we have a forecast of 2-4″ of more snow tomorrow!  Yikes!  Time to buy a snow shovel and start working these arms!

The woods behind our house, covered in ice

The woods behind our house, covered in ice

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The bush in front of our front porch

And since my 2 younger children are both sick- though the older of the 2 is recovering- I’ve had to resist the urge to run out and play, I mean, LET MY KIDS run out and play in the snow.  Yeah, that’s what I meant…  So we’re all stuck in the house, my kids are busying themselves with important things (Little Big Planet) and I’ve decided that today is a perfect day to finally wind the yarn for my upcoming Spring & Summer designs.

Hello, Beautiful!

Hello, Beautiful!

These beauties are from the incredibly generous Sarah at Cephalopod Yarns.  I am forever humbled when my yarn support requests are accepted- for someone to have such faith in me as an indie designer is probably one of the best feelings that a designer can have, and when that support comes from such an incredible company it amplifies the experience 100 fold.  And you guys, this yarn is amazing.  It is 100% super wash Merino (not that I would ever have the gall to put merino wool in the washing machine, but it’s nice to know that the option is there), and it is so buttery soft.  The colors are so saturated and vibrant.  Dark Waters is easily my new favorite color.  I want to knit a sweater for myself in this base and in this color.  I can’t wait to show you all what these 3 colors are to become!!!

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New Pattern: Belvedere

Introducing Belvedere!

This hat is knit in Malabrigo Worsted in Frank Ochre.  Guys… this hat is ridiculously cozy.  I don’t even want to take it off!  It’s warm, and it’s so soft.  The harsh chill in the air here in northern Virginia the past few days has given me the perfect opportunity to try out this hat, and it does not disappoint.  The pattern is written out, and fits most adult heads up to 22″.

Belvedere is available on Ravelry here, and the pattern is eligible for the Indie Gift-a-long!

Happy knitting!

W.I.P. it so good that it hurts

It’s W.I.P. central around here right now, and I’m pretty sure that it’s the same way around any crafters house right about now.  Normally, I don’t knit for other people.  Call me selfish or whatever, I don’t care.  But after years of spending hours slaving over hats, scarves, mitts, etc. for others as Christmas gifts or birthday gifts, then never seeing those items again until the person calls to ask how I can fix a wool hat that went through the wash with the bath towels and felted, I’ve come to the conclusion that the majority of my gift list could be better served with a gift card.  Last year I started a new tradition of knitting the kids each a winter hat for Christmas.  This year I will be continuing that tradition, plus adding a pair of mittens.  The Mr. also gets  a hat and mitten set, and his hat is complete, thanks to the gift-a-long on Ravelry:

It’s kind of a crappy photo, but it was taken prior to 7am and I hadn’t had enough coffee by that point to have been able to fake a decent selfie.  I’d apologize, but I’m pretty sure I just did you a favor by snapping this quick pic.  The pattern is Earthen by Alicia Plummer.

The next gift-a-long project was a pair of boot toppers for the mother of a kid in my daughters class.  She’s a photographer and we agreed to trade the boot toppers for a pattern photo session coming up.  I used the gorgeous skein of hand dyed teal that I dyed a few weeks ago.  I modified the bulky-weight pattern to accommodate the worsted weight that I had on hand, and they turned out great:

The pattern for these was Boot Candy Boot Cuffs/Boot Toppers by Sara Gresbach.

Then finally, I knit a Wabi hat by Alex Tinsley for myself.  I have since changed the pom-pom to something a little fuller and a bit smaller, but it’s gotten a TON of wear in the past week since I’ve finished it.  Just a W.I.P. pic:

Next up are 3 hats, 3 kids mitts, 1 adult mitts, and a hat that I am currently designing for a friend.  Oh, and plus all of the actual design work that I’ve been working on through all of this gift-a-long madness.  My fingers are killing me.

XO, Becca

Big news and a HUGE sale!

Have you guys seen the Indie Design Gift-a-long group on Ravelry?!

 

 

Holy cows, guys get there NOW!  An awful lot of us indie designers have teamed up to offer Ravelry users 25% off of our patterns from November 1- November 15.  Some designers have chosen to offer a few select patterns from their collections, but I went all in- my entire line of patterns (that I own the rights to sell) are available on Ravlery, and by using the gift code giftalong at checkout, you get 25% off of your items- no limits!

My design store can by found here, or by clicking the image below!  Happy gift-a-long’ing!

Living the Dream

The other day I was asked what I wanted to be when I was little.  Without a second thought, I responded with my obvious, go-to response of “a fashion designer.”  And it’s true.  As far back as I can remember, I desperately wanted to be a fashion designer.   My parents bought me that silly little play set that every little girl in my neighborhood had- the one with the little plates featuring pleated skirts, shoulder pad-heavy blazers, and ridiculous hats to rival the Queen of England herself.  You would arrange these plates to create new outfits, place a piece of paper over the plates, then use a crayon to color over them to create new, “unique” designs.

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How far back did this photo take you, ladies?  This is an older version of the one that I had (I was born in the early 80’s), but it serves the purpose of showing you what I am trying to describe.  I could spend an entire afternoon creating and not get bored.  I told everyone who would listen (any many people who wouldn’t) that I was going to design clothes when I got older.  Most people could care less, and to those people I would tell them even louder.  I would shove these hilariously awful “designs” in their faces to prove to them that I had the skills.  Yep, I was that annoying kid.  I can even vividly remember making this crude little doll out of a paper plate (that was her head) and some paper towels (those were her dress), and showing her to my parents.  I cried when they rolled their eyes and told me to go play.  It was an ugly, heartbreaking moment and to this day whenever my children show me something that they made with their own little hands and imagination I go over the top with praise.  My kids feel that love and admiration, and I hope that they always will.

Fast forward 12 years or so, and there I was facing down my school guidance counselor who really wanted to see me succeed.  Her and her office full of college pennants and the community college certificate bearing her name and discipline.  I’m betting those pennants were gifts.  She encouraged me to apply to universities that I had no chance of getting into- believe it or not guys, Yale didn’t want me.  I was shocked.  I did end up getting into a school, but by the end of my first year the financial aid people had realized that I was an upper-middle class white girl who’s parents both worked and therefore I did not qualify for any more aid.  Good bye, future plans, hello back up plan.  Sadly, my back up plan didn’t work out either and is, in my home, a very taboo topic.  It was a very “nobel” and “honorable” career choice, but it was also ended in my defeat and memories that I try like hell to suppress daily.  Hello, barista apron.

So years went by, life happened, and like loads of other pregnant ladies, I fell into knitting.  I sucked at it, and made an awful lot of long rectangles, but I kept at it.  Eventually I got tired of knitting other peoples designs and decided to try designing one myself.  It was crude and it was ugly, but I kept at it.  As the years have gone by, my designs have improved, my knitting has improved, and my ideas have only gotten bigger.  I’m not making near enough money to actually live on, but that I make any money at all selling my designs still blows my mind.  I see photos of people wearing something that I designed and I can’t even describe the pride and the exhilaration that I feel.  They’ve chosen MY design to wear to a wedding, or to give as a gift to someone special, or for just everyday wear.  It’s incredible.  And I can’t thank you all enough for helping me get to the point of being able to live my dream.

XO,

Becca

 

New Pattern: Borealis!

You GUYS.  I have been holding this in for far too long, and I am so excited to introduce you all to my latest pattern, Borealis!  It was a collaboration with Malabrigo Yarns as part of their Malabrigo Quickies project.

Borealis uses 2 skeins of Malabrigo Yarns Merino Worsted in coordinating colors.  I used Lettuce as the main color and Mariposa as the coordinating color.  The pattern makes perfect use of that gorgeous skein of variegated yarn that you just had to have and have been hoarding whilst looking for just the right project.  This is it!  It’s quick, it’s simple, and it’s so very warm.   The pattern can be purchased on Ravelry HERE, or on Craftsy HERE.  Be on the lookout for a few more patterns coming soon!

XO, Becca