Big News!

Occhi Blu Press LogoI am really excited to let all of you know I am working on a NEW book that will be self-published in spring 2017!  I dont have a title yet, but I can tell you it is Crochet, and includes 12 brand spanking new patterns using lace and fingering weight yarns. But never fear, many of them will have information on how to modify for heavier weight yarns! Photos and a title will be coming before the end of the year!
To go along with this book, I am starting my own Publishing Imprint – OCCHI BLU PRESS!

Like my new logo?

Because I am using my name for my business, I really wanted to have a specific name to go with any new books I self Publish in the future.  Back when I published Crochet Rocks Socks, I used my then business name of KRW Knitwear Studio.  But it’s really strange to have a publishing company in your own name.

So how did I come up with Occhi Blu Press? Occhi blu is Italian for “Blue Eyes”. When I was a little girl my Nonno used to sing this song to me all the time in Italian.

“Occhi Blu
nasino su
ha {insert age} anni poco piu
ti si chiama Caterina”

Which translates to: (roughly)

“Eyes of blue
Nose out
Has just over {insert age} years
and we call her Karen

So Occhi Blue Press just seemed like a great name for a publishing company!  And the cute logo was designed by Elizabeth Green of Stitch Definition!


Have you seen Filament? I am giving away one free copy!

Filament Magazine

I am really excited to review Filament! This new knit magazine is the brainchild of knit designer Kathleen Dames and  designer, yarn dyer and photographer, Anne Podlesak. (If you have bought some of my recent patterns, Anne did the photography!)

Before I talk about the magazine, I thought I would quote what they stated in the intro of the magazine.

In this issue we share our modern take on classic 1930s style, filled with great details and fun-to-knit shapes that we hope will give you many hours of knitting enjoyment this Fall and into the Winter months. The collection features inspiration from some of our favorite movie and cultural references from the 1930s[.]

And that is exactly what they did!  First you have to see the photos! If you click on the photos you will go to their official Ravelry Page in a new window.

Oh I need to gush a little.  This magazine first of all is a beautiful feast for the eyes!  If you know me, I am always drawn to shawls and socks first, but every single one of these patterns are gorgeous, and I know I will be making at least one this fall!  But which? I cannot decide between Claudette or Bittersweet to be my first project…..

The patterns are well written with clear charts and notes that help you along the way. I love that close ups are included in the patterns,  I dont know about you, but I always use them to help me find my way when I am lost!

The book is 32 pages long and with 10 fantastic patterns all professionally edited, charted and graded, the download price of $21 is a steal!  And now for a limited time, US purchasers can get the print version for $21 +free shipping. (elsewhere its a a flat rate to ship)

Or you can enter to win a copy of the pdf for free!  anyone world wide can enter.  Just follow the rafflecopter instructions in the form below!  Your first entry gives you 5 chances to win! You can enter from now until the end of day, pacific time, on Sunday, September 4, 2016.  I will announce the winner here on Monday morning!

Oh — and be sure to leave me a comment and let me know which you think I should make first?

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What’s in your bag? (Travel edition)

Tomorrow I am traveling by car for 5 days across the state of Washington and then from eastern WA to southern Montana.  Over the course of those 5 days, our family will be traveling over 3000 miles to drop our 2 kids off at college.

So as I pack up everything I need, I think the most time I spend on decisions is packing up my projects!  But along with those projects, I have a very special travel bag that fits in most of my airplane carry-ons and in the bags I bring with me in the car.  I thought I would share with you what I have!

First is the bag itself.  This is is a medium wedge writs bag by Sew for You.  I love this bag because it can hole enough yarn for a shawl! It also is small enough to go into my travel back pack I carry on to the plane.  And the cute sheep fabric makes me happy!

Now on to what’s inside.

First you will see here is the tape measure.  I always have one in the bag!  I got to so many events that give out tape measure I never really have to buy one any more.  This one is from Craftsy!

Next to it on the left, you will see the part I always make sure I have with me.  This is the Sock Knitting Needles and Tools Mini Case from Zig Zag Stitches. I know I know the name makes it sound like it is for sock knitting.. but let me show you what is inside!

This is what the case looks like on the inside! I love that it is so small! I think this is my favorite part!  I can put so much stuff in there! Now lets talk about what is in there.

  • First you will see a safety pin with stitch markers on them. these are my all time favorite markers because they work for both knit and crochet because they look, they are very light weight and I can put a ton of them on the safety pin and not worry about losing any of them.  If you are a knitter, these are perfect because they fit just about any needle size except for a few of the larger sizes (like 10 up)
  • Next is a flat ruler.  Why is this so cool?  Well, It is a ruler than is amazingly precise.  It can measure  not only to the 1/8 of an inch but also has 32nds and 64ths of an inch on one side, 10ths and 100ths of an inch on the other side.  No more lyinging swatches when you are on the go! (and honestly.. I use this at home a lot too!)
  • I always have Bent Tip Tapestry Needles with me. These are my favorite type of needles. the bent tip helps with sewing pieces together and for weaving in ends.  Some times I will put a smaller size in there if I am working on a finger weight yarn or to kitchener stitch up socks.
  • Crochet hook. This is there for a couple reasons.  First of all it is small enough so that if I drop a stitch while knitting, I can pick it up! and also who knows when you might need an extra hook!
  • And finally, scissors.  I absolutely love these scissors! first they are small enough to fit in this case. But most importantly, they fill the TSA requirements for having sharp objects on the plane.  I have never had an issue with this set! And they are very sharp!
  • I also have one unpictured item I also throw in – a travel size tube of hand lotion. When I travel my hands inevitably dry up no matter where I am so this takes the edge off.

So that is what is in my bag!  What is in yours?

(The FTC wants me to let you know that there are some affiliate links in this post. However everything that I have linked to is something I have tried out for myself, paid for and absolutely love!)


Thank You to all the CGOA 2016 Sponsors

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of the CGOA 2016 sponsors!  And I thought you all would like to see what I got in my goodie bags! Many of these have links when you click on the photos.  Please click the links and purchase to help support our supporters! (there are no affiliate links here)


Imaginant

Imaginant

Imaginant brings together the ideas of a shawl worked side-to-side, worked all in one piece and includes the edging as part of each row. Once you have completed the pattern, the shawl is done! (Who doesn’t like to weave in a lot of ends?) Imaginant is easy to customize in length and depth by adding or reducing the number of repeats so it truly can be your own shawl. And using a delicious yarn with a little bit of silk like we did will make this shawl perfect from day to night.

When I conceived Imaginant, I was crocheting a lot of shawls from side to side.  I love the idea of making the entire shawl from one end to the other, with all the stitch pattern changes and the edging all in one piece.  Imaginant is the first shawl I have designed in knitting this way and I love how it turned out.  And I think it is my favorite knitting pattern I have designed to date! I chose Anzula’s Luster because I love the silk in it and the lovely squish factor it has.  And the colorway Lottie?  Lets just say I saw it live for the first time in January 2016 at the TNNA Show in San Diego and I fell in love.  I already had the pattern written then, but was shopping for colors. One look at Lottie and I knew it was a match made in Heaven.

 

Imaginant is a lightweight shawl with a simple lace pattern that even a beginning knitter will find easy. My favorite part is that it only uses 2 skeins of Luster so when you are done you only have 4 ends to bury.  But the fact that the pattern customizes so easily, you can either reduce or increase the size simply by adding or removing repeats is my favorite part of the pattern. The pattern is completely charted, but also has written instructions so you can knit up the shawl with whichever instructions make more sense to you.

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And as always, as a little thank you for reading my blog, USE THIS LINK to automatically get 35% off the pattern.

Or you can use the code IMAGINE and get 35% off  when you buy the pattern.  Just put IMAGINANT in your cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code IMAGINE.

Either way, you’ll see the change in price reflected right away.  Good through the end of the day, pacific time, Monday, August 8, 2016.


Xanthopsia

Xanthopsia in its true definition means all things appear to be seen in yellow. This sunny shawl will make all of your days feel like summer. With an easily adjustable pattern (just add or reduce the number of row repeats) to make it the length and width you would like it to be, Xanthopsia will become a favorite for every season – and any color you want!

Xanthopsia is a fun shawl to crochet. I designed the shawl to naturally ruffle when worn to add swing and dimension to the shawl as you wear it

And as always, as a little thank you for reading my blog, USE THIS LINK to automatically get $1.00 off the pattern.

Or you can use the code YELLOW and get $1.00 off the pattern when you buy the pattern.  Just put XANTHOPSIA in your cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code YELLOW.

Either way, you’ll see the change in price reflected right away.  Good through the end of the day, pacific time, Saturday, July 23, 2016.

I hope you enjoy!


Riven – New Sock Pattern From Karen!

Riven Socks are wonderfully simple to make and are what I think to be the perfect socks for warmer weather because of the open work used in the leg and the foot. Although the name implies that fabric is torn, the holes in the pattern are intentional and actually allow for better-fitting socks in the long run. Don’t let the look of the socks-in-progress fool you at first as they may seem completely different from any others you might have made. Once your foot is in them, you will wonder where these socks have been all your life!

I am in love with this new sock pattern. I worked with Happy Fuzzy Yarns And used her Corrie Sock Yarn in the Verdigris Colorway to get this beautiful sock.  You will be amazed at how it fits your foot.

And as always, as a little thank you for anyone who reads my blog, use THIS LINK to automatically get $1.00 off the pattern.

Or you can use the code GREEN and get $1.00 off the pattern when you buy the pattern.  Just put RIVEN in your cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code “GREEN”.

Either way, you’ll see the change in price reflected right away.  Good through the end of the day, pacific time, Friday, July 8, 2016.

I hope you enjoy!


And the Winner is…

The Winner of the Learn to Crochet Ripples Class Is….

Congratulations Lisa!

If you want to purchase the class now you can save 20%!  Use keycode CDV10KW when checking out.

I hope you will join me in Sharon’s class Learn to Crochet Ripples.

*Keycode CDV10KW is valid through July 1, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. ET, only at AnniesOnlineClasses.com. The 20% discount only applies to the Learn to Crochet Ripples Workshop streaming online class and DVD versions. Only one keycode can be used per order. Keycodes cannot be combined. No price adjustments on previous purchases.


Class Review – Learn to Crochet Ripples with Sharon Silverman

I am really excited to share with you a new Class from my friend, Sharon Silverman!  Learn to Crochet Ripples.

Sharon is a fantastic teacher!  In this class not only are you learning the secrets of beautiful ripples, but Sharon is also walking you through creating 5 Gorgeous Projects.You can see them below!  Click on the photo to see them larger

Sharon masterfully sends you on a journey to learn ripple patterns by methodically teaching you the basics with the Washcloth pattern. You will learn how to start reading a chart and what I love best is that she works the first couple of rows with you, stopping to show you how to read what you have already done so you know if you might have missed something.  The fact that you can stop the video and work with her makes you a success from the moment you start!

As you go through the projects, sharon teaches you tips from the masters about how to make your work flawless.  She teaches very concisely without a lot of flowery words, but will repeat a technique that might trip you up  more than once so that you won’t have any problems going forward and completing your project. The number of tips you will learn from how to make stitches, keeping the peaks and valleys straight, weaving in ends, edgings, changing colors, and working with long chains is very impressive – and that isn’t the full list of things you will learn!

This is a DO NOT MISS class!  Though the class is perfect for a beginner, even an advanced student will learn some tips from Sharon.  I highly recommend everyone take this class.

Annie’s has given me the opportunity to give one of my readers a chance to win this class!  To enter to win  All you have to do is use the form below to enter!  This giveaway is available to everyone worldwide!

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If you want to purchase the class now you can save 20%!  Use keycode CDV10KW when checking out.

I hope you will join me in Sharon’s class Learn to Crochet Ripples.

*Keycode CDV10KW is valid through July 1, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. ET, only at AnniesOnlineClasses.com. The 20% discount only applies to the Learn to Crochet Ripples Workshop streaming online class and DVD versions. Only one keycode can be used per order. Keycodes cannot be combined. No price adjustments on previous purchases.