Monday, August 31, 2015

Interview: Luise of Impeccable Knits

I recently posted about my finished Lissadell sock for a test knit. Luise O'Neill of Impeccable Knits generously let me interview her, and run a giveaway for the pattern. Join me in getting to know this designer.

 Was there an inspiration behind your name, Impeccable Knits?
I was looking for a brand name that would reflect both my first love in knitting (cables) and my commitment to creating excellent patterns and one of my daughters suggested the name.  I thought it was perfect and am doubly pleased that it makes me think of her every time I see it.

When did you learn to knit?
My maternal grandmother taught me how to knit before I started school so I must have been about 5. I don't really remember actually learning but I do remember that my grandmother was never without either embroidery or knitting needles in her hands.

Do you just knit, do you crochet or any other craft?
I don't think I've ever met a craft I didn't like! I used to do a lot of sewing, quilting, crochet and embroidery but these days most of my hours are spent with knitting needles.

Do you start with the stitch pattern, and decide what to make with it, or do you start with the type of project then find the stitch pattern?
It really depends -- sometimes it's one and sometimes the other. There doesn't seem to be a consistent pattern (oops, bad pun!) as to how any given project begins. And often a project that begins with a stitch pattern ends up morphing into something totally different as I work on swatches and stitch combinations.  I've had a sweater sleeve idea turn into a sock and a shawl idea become a hat. It's always a marvelous adventure.

How long have you been designing?
Since 2008.

Where can we find you on the internet? (ravelry, social media, etc)
I'm on Twitter, Instagram and Ravelry as impeccableknits and have a lovely group of knitters that hang out in my Impeccable Knitters Gathering Place Ravelry group. I also have my Shifting Stitch blog where I like to share knitting tips and a website

 Any comments on Lissadell socks?
The Lissadell socks started out with a stitch pattern (from one of Annie Maloney's beautiful stitch dictionaries) which I thought was perfect for a spring/summer/fall sock -- some cables with a touch of lace to make them airy.  I also wanted to something a little different in the overall design and so these became a lovely adventure in trying out a new toe technique.

Luise has kindly let me giveaway a coupon code for her newest socks, Lissadell. The coupon code will give you the pattern for these socks free on Ravelry. Please check out her other patterns available on Ravelry.
Affliate Link: Luise O'Neill also has patterns on Knit Picks website. Check them out to buy the yarn, but consider buying directly from Luise on Ravelry.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happenings 8/26 Bees and Owls

I hope you are having a wonderful crafty week. I have been busy, and have a lot of things to show you! 

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Finished Item
Not knitting, but related. I have been working on making stitch markers. I love being able to combine beads and wire into a useful item. I have been listing them for sale on ebay, and will be listing some in my etsy shop as well. I hope you will check them out and tell everyone where they can find great stitch markers. 

Working making my patterns available on, stayed tuned. A project that has taken several months is finished, pictures will be coming soon.

Just had to share this Romper set. Adorable! The designer is Marcelline Simonotti and she has other adorable patterns available. This is the Honey Bee Baby Onesie Romper Set.

This owl is crocheted using a overlay crochet technique. This pattern can be used to cover a pillow, as a bag, or a laptop cover. The fabric is thick, and doesn't need a lining. Wondering Owl - overlay crochet by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk

Just.Skein.Crazy is a blog written about yarn and life in Peru. Great photos, especially the recent one showing women in Peru spinning everywhere they go. 

The winner of Sarah's Shawl pattern is Elizabeth S. 
The winner of the polymer clay giveaway from Fire Mountain Gems is Quinn P.
The winners have been contacted, thanks for entering. 

This weeks contest is a pattern for Chloe's Heart. Please enter now, the contest ends tonight Wednesday 26, 2015.

A giveaway starts Monday on this blog for a new pattern. Hint: Cables and Lace
The end of the book and magazine sale. If you want any of these items, get them now!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Ended Giveaway Chloe's Heart Pattern

Enter to win a copy of Chloe's Heart sent to you via Ravelry. Please leave a comment with your Ravelry ID, and what you think of the pattern. More photos can be seen on Chloe's Heart Ravelry Pattern Page.  Please add it to your favorites or queue, if you want to help me out. Thanks!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Ended Giveaway Fire Mountain Gems Polymer Clay

The giveaway for this week is for Polymer Clay from Fire Mountain Gems. You can make beads, household items and much more with this item. Polymer Clay Daily has a new inspiration for you every day, and these items great, but still possible to make.  My favorite blog for Wow polymer clay inspiration is Elvira Lopez Del Prado the designs uploaded are stunning to look through. One image:
That is a Wow!
So now you can win your own Polymer Clay from Fire Mountain Gems. Just follow the rafflecopter instructions. Sharing this post is appreciated! This Giveaway ends Thursday August 20, 2015 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Happenings Aug. 12: Paddington Bear, Rose Granny square

A finished item from earlier this year. It was a secret until it release. A cute toy from a book you may remember reading as a child. A crochet pillow you will want to make now for this winter.

You may remember me talking about items that I can't talk about until they are released. This was one that I'm glad to be able to show you now. This is a Man's vest in Homestead from Plymouth Yarn. This yarn has that great wool feel, firm and sturdy, but not scratchy. Here is my photo:
Okay I never said I was a photographer. Fortunately Plymouth yarn uses one:

 Coming to Happenings soon.

This is the River Rose Pillow Cover. I love square. Wouldn't it be great to have those flowers warming up your room this winter. (Yes, it is coming). It is also a great block for anything else you would use granny squares. What would your granny squares become?

Remember Paddington Bear? He was always getting into trouble. Make your own Paddington Bear and be ready for adventures.
The tag is so authentic! Pattern is here on Ravelry.

If you like listening to people talk about knitting, you might want to listen to the Knit More Girls podcast. After reading the reviews on itunes, I wasn't sure I wanted to listen. Finally I subscribed. They each talk about knitting and various yarn related activities, and have frequent contests and giveaways. Why don't I still subscribe? Mainly because I want my listening to be informative. Then long commercial like information from the sponsors didn't make me want to stay either. The reviews were to harsh, remember they are from several years ago, but this one isn't for me.

The winner of last weeks Swarovski Coral Focal Bead is McKayla K. Congratulations!

Giveaway for a free pattern to Sarah's Shawl ends Wednesday August 12, at midnight. Enter Now! Winner will be announced on the blog post and in next weeks happenings.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Ended Enter now to win your copy of Sarah's Shawl Pattern

Sarah's Shawl is a top-down Faroese shaped lace shawl. You can now enter to win you copy of the pattern 
PDF will be sent through Ravelry or email. Please leave your Ravelry ID or email with your comment so I can contact the winner. What color will your Sarah's Shawl be? Please feel free to share this giveaway with your friends. Giveaway ends Wednesday August 5, 2015 at midnight.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Happenings August 5: MKAL's, Finished vest, wool beds

Welcome to Happenings! A lot is going on, so lets get right to it.

The Rick Rack Unconstructed Vest by Melissa Leapman for Interlacements is now finished.  This colorway is Scottish Lichen. Just might make one for myself, sometime.
Isn't it pretty?

One item was being very frustrating, but is now going nicely. I hope.

Like a good mystery? Join one of these Mystery Kal's this summer:

Five motifs to make the item of your choice. Square 1 is already released, join now. One square each Monday in August. DK weight yarn

A fingering weight shawl to remind you of cool mountain breezes will be released throughout September. Optional beads, One thousand yards, but knit on large needles for the yarn. 

Two color mystery socks, cast on today. Even the cover photo is mysterious.

Dancing Bees shawl pattern, first clue was released June 20, but there are still two clues left. Knit it as a triangle, three-quarter, or square. Beads optional, lace weight yarn.

Join in the 4 stages of a thunderstorm with this Kal. Inspired by the soothing comfort of rain, full of hope. Fingering weight.


Gorgeous cabled baby blanket. Would love to see if it could be extended, or several seamed to make a larger blanket. This is Cable Berry Blanket by Grid Mammal Crafts, available free on Ravelry.

The huge sale from my library is still going. Check out the books, booklets, and magazines on Ravelry. Or just go to the Book & Magazine Tab above. The sooner you look and tell me what you want the more likely you will find the pattern you have been looking for. Please share this with all your friends. Included subjects are knitting, crochet, jewelry, hemp, sewing, and cross-stitch.

Winner of the Swarvoski Coral Focal Bead Giveaway will be announced. (Enter until Midnight Central Time Wednesday August 5, 2015.)
New contest up Monday! 
A different kind of finished item.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Ended Giveaway Swarovski Coral Focal Bead Winner Announced

Swarovski Crystal Coral Pendant
Fire Mountain Gems

This beautifully asymmetric Swarovski crystal coral bead is inspired by nature and draws on the mysterious beauty of the ocean's coral, as well as the play of light on the water's surface. The intricate facets reflect rainbow rays for maximum brilliance. This focal piece can be used in necklaces, earrings and other projects. Here is a tutorial to help get you started!
And, one lucky reader can win one of these beautiful Swarovski beads. To enter simply use the Rafflecopter options below.
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