Black Friday Comes Early!

This week end I released another pattern!  This one was the Criss Cross Cabled Headband which matches the previously released Cowl.  It has eye catching cables within cables that are actually much simpler to knit than you would think!

IMG_2589

And as it’s that time of the year, I thought I would offer a coupon code to celebrate.  For 15% off in my Etsy Shop simply use the code BLACKFRIDAY when checking out.

If you prefer Ravelry then I have a code AUTUMN2015 which will give you the same discount.

But hurry, both offers finish at the end of the month!

Free Pattern Release!

I just wanted to share the good news!  Today I have released a free pattern for a short cowl to celebrate the launch of a brand new yarn on Craftsy – Cloudborn Fibres.  This is the perfect project for the cold weather we have been having recently.  And it knits up quite quickly so if you are still looking for a project for Christmas gifting then look no further!

Double Dutch Cabled Cowl

Double Dutch Cabled Cowl

The Double Dutch Cowl is knitted in aran weight yarn, it is knitted flat and seamed at the end so the construction itself is quite simple.  The cable is a little more complicated than some other cables you may have knitted in the past.  But once you have got the hang of it you will be knitting away in front of the TV, all nice and cosy whilst the cold weather does what it wants to outside.

And more good news!  I have also released a pattern for a headband/earwarmer to match.  It is shaped at each end and wider in the front section.  It comes in a few sizes so you are bound to find one that you are comfortable with.

IMG_2580

Double Dutch Cabled Headband

Double Dutch Cabled Headband

The cowl is available as a free download on Ravelry and Craftsy.  The Headband is a paid for pattern, also available on Ravelry and Craftsy.  They are both available in my Etsy shop, if you buy the headband the cowl comes as a free automatic download with it.

Keep your eyes open over the next few weeks for the matching boot toppers too.  They are currently in the testing phase.  So as soon as I know the pattern is error free I will be releasing it.

Over the next few days I am going to write a blog post on the stitch pattern used to create this eye catching cable.

Cables and Houses

This week has been another very busy one for me.  I have been writing more knitting patterns and getting them up for testing.  I have also managed to publish one for sale.

Criss Cross Cabled Cowl

Criss Cross Cabled Cowl

It is a short cowl, knitted flat and seamed at the end.  The eye-catching cable within a cable detail at the front is actually much easier to do than it looks.  It takes less than 100g of aran weight yarn and is a pretty quick knit.  If you are looking for something to knit up for a Christmas gift the pattern is available from Ravelry, Love Knitting, Etsy and Craftsy.  And before too long I will be releasing patterns for the matching headband and boot toppers!  Check out my Ravelry Group for current coupon codes.

Today I have also signed up to take part in a Black Friday event on Etsy as part of the Craft Britannia Team.  I will be offering 15% off everything in my shop from 27-30th November with the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY.  There will be many other shops taking part too with the same code.  Check out further details on my Facebook page.

This week has also been a busy one for another exciting reason.  A very good friend of mine came to visit and we spent the week looking at houses.  She is hoping to move into the area.  And of course I am also hoping that she does.  I showed her around the area a little and also introduced her at the knitting group I go to – Guisborough Knitwits. I just have to hope she comes back!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for updates on new patterns, discounts and calls for test knitters.  I also post random pictures of the dog and things I am currently knitting.

Yumi and me taking a selfie!

Yumi and me taking a selfie!

Have a good weekend!

Corn Rows

This week has been very busy!  I have been trying to get ready to go away on holiday.  So I have a pattern with the tech editor and test knitters.  Hopefully there won’t be any problems with it so I can release it next month.

I have written 3 blog posts and scheduled them to be published over the next two weeks.  And I am just about to send a newsletter out.

But what I am most excited about is the release of my new pattern this week.  It is Corn Rows Cabled Boot Toppers and it matches the Corn Rows Cabled Headband that I released at the end of last year.

Corn Rows Boot toppers

Corn Rows Cable Headband

Corn Rows Cable Headband

I hope you like it!

Banners, Branding and a New Pattern

It has been a couple of weeks since I last wrote, but that is because I have been waiting to reveal a few things.

The change to Designs by Emma @AllNeedles is now almost complete.  Here is my new design!

Custom Esty Shop - Starter Kit_Avatar Logo

The only thing left to do is the name of my page on Facebook.  For some reason, because I have over 400 likes I have to provide some kind of evidence of the name of my business.  Such as a phone or utility bill.  I have neither of these so am still working on this one.

My Etsy shop has had a complete re-vamp.  A new name as well as a new banner and profile pic.  Pop over and take a little peek.  I would love to know how you think it is looking.  I now need to start going through all my listings and update the pictures and descriptions.  Something I always put off!

This week has also seen the release of my latest knitting pattern – The Caitlin Cabled Skater Skirt.  This one has been a bit of a labour of love.  It was designed for my daughter which is why I named it after her.  She just loves skater style skirts which are really flared at the bottom and get more fitted the closer they get to the hips.  The shape creates a wonderful swing when the wearer moves and twirls.

IMG_0669

The pattern was originally designed in a smaller size for children from 11 years up through the teenage years, to fit up to a 32 inch waist.  It has elastic inserted into the waistband, so if you need a smaller size you just put in a smaller piece.  This adds even more to the gathers and swing of the skirt.  When I started to share pictures of the skirt on Instagram I had such lovely comments but more and more people were asking for a larger size.

So much maths, headaches and testing by some wonderful knitters later the pattern also includes a size which will fit up to a 36 inch waist and also is a little longer for taller people.  The pattern is a lovely big cable alternated with a smaller cable.  The flare is created by panels between the cables which get smaller towards the waistband.

IMG_0656

As always, all my patterns are also available on Ravelry, Love Knitting, and Craftsy too!

Writer’s Block

This week family life has taken over a little and I am late in writing this.  My daughter injured her finger in PE and so instead of blogging yesterday morning I ended up in the small injuries unit at A&E.  She has damaged her growth plate and now has a rather snazzy splint type thing she has to wear.  You can see a picture on my Instagram.

http://instagram.com/p/zCXlW0Njpi/?modal=true

I have also spent time this week looking at my knitting pattern business and decided I need a re-brand.  When I first started over a year ago I was concentrating more on making handmade knitted and sewn gifts.  Now I am moving more towards knitting and crochet patterns so my logo doesn’t quite fit anymore.

With this I have been trying to write a new tag line.  I have been finding this incredibly hard.

What do I offer?  Knitting and crochet patterns.  So what?  Well, I have a variety of patterns available, from quick knits for beginners to larger more complicated projects.  Especially the few that I have lined up for release over the next few weeks.  And?  I like to think that my patterns are the kind that you will not only want to make, but want to wear when you have finished too.

And there you have it.  Knitting and crochet patterns you will want to make and wear.

What do you think?

A Lesson In Customer Service

This week I had an email from a knitter who had bought one of my patterns.  She was struggling to follow the directions and wanted to check with me because she thought there might be a mistake.

At first I was a little taken aback.  That particular pattern had been test knitted by 6 different people.  Surely if there was a mistake it would have been picked up before now?!  So I checked the stitch count and replied asking for more details.

Sure enough it turned out there was a mistake in the pattern.  And it wasn’t just with one row, it was at least 3 of the 8 row repeat!  By this time it was getting quite late at night, so I promised I would look into it more first thing in the morning.

Next day I pulled up the pattern again, got out my needles and yarn and knitted a swatch.  I was able to work out the problem and fix the pattern in about an hour.  It wasn’t what I had planned to do with that hour, but it was more important.  Once I had re-written the pattern I uploaded the new version to Ravelry and Craftsy who automatically send an updated pdf to those people who had already bought it.  I updated Etsy too but luckily no-one had bought it on there because I couldn’t see anywhere a system in place to let purchasers know it had changed.

Then I set about making things right with my customer.  I apologised but I also said thank you.  If she hadn’t taken the time to alert me,  I might never have know there was something wrong.  To show my appreciation I gifted her a free pattern of her choice.

So my lesson for the week was don’t assume that nothing can go wrong just because something has been tested.  Still listen to the the customer because very often they are usually right!