Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Folly's Cove and Much More

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Hi, Knitters,
I have a fun review for you today. Julia Farwell-Clay has created a beautiful new collection in book and digital form for for Classic Elite Yarns. It is so pretty and fun and varied. There are 11 patterns in the book that include a hat, shawl, a sweater, cardigans, a dress, a skirt, a scarf and a short sleeve pullover. Everything is photographed beautifully and Julia is a very talented pattern writer and designer.


The collection is available as an ebook, individual patterns for download and as a printed book.

Click here to see all of Julia Farwell-Clay's designs on Ravelry. She designed the Hiro Sweater amongst other well-known designs.


This week is the blog tour for Folly's Cove. Here are some things you should know about the blog tour:
1. For this week, all patterns, both individually and the entire ebook, are 10% off on all Ravelry purchases for any Folly's Cove item using the coupon code: FFC10

2. I will draw a winner for the patterns Iarrobino Butterfly Cowl and Vest which are pictured below. Please leave a comment on this post to enter to win these two digital colorwork patterns.

3. There are lots of cool stops on the Folly's Cove blog tour. After my stop is Indigo Dragonfly. Other stops include Kristin Nicholas, Kay Gardiner of Mason-Dixon Knitting, and Talitha Kuomi. These all include fun giveaways and reviews.

4. At the end of the week, check into the Classic Elite Blog for a chance to win yarn for the project of your choice from the book. Click here for more information.

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Above is the Iarrobino Butterfly Vest that is part of the giveaway for one lucky winner along with....

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Leave a comment to enter to win these patterns. One winner will win both of these patterns. Please leave your Ravelry username or email in your comment.

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My personal favorite from the book is the Meteori Shawl. It is really a lovely piece. Thanks, Julia and Classic Elite, for the book, the discount code, and the opportunity for one of my readers to win the patterns.

Now for a couple of miscellaneous knitting-related topics.


Here is Ida B. Knitting, an Opal Sock Yarn Bunny that travels to and from various Itty-Bitty Knitters'  (my Ravelry group) homes and events just like Flat Stanley. I had to share this photo from Carrie or cstein on Ravelry. Carrie took my class at VK Live in NYC and she brought Ida along for the ride. Thanks for bringing Ida and for making the effort to come to class. I love seeing you, Carrie.

The SBA Shawl Knitalong is in full-swing. There are already 77 finished shawls posted (remember you can post past knits) and there are almost 130 shawl knitters joined in the Knitalong. If you are at all interested you may want to sign up by the end of the week (although you can join anytime through March 1st). I will be drawing for the first prize from the participant sign up list in a few days and the first prize is HUGE and really good. I have a bunch of fantastic prizes already lined up and I am gathering more as we go. Don't miss out.


Don't forget that through Friday, Jan. 30th I have a 20% off discount code: SBASHAWLWKAL

Included in the SBA Shawl Knitalong and the discount code are the following shawl patterns: 
Yowza Weigh It Shawl 
Yowza Weigh It Shawl 2 
Hayward 
50 Row Shawlette 
Prairie Ridge Shawl 
Quaker Ridge Shawlette 
Drawing Nigh (not included in the discount code because Quince owns this pattern)


In other sheepy news, I am in the process of re-fluffing several of my patterns which will become available as updated downloadable pdfs through Ravelry but also as high-quality printed patterns for local yarn shops to carry wholesale. Many more details are coming soon and I am super-excited to share more with you.

In the meantime I have been re-knitting, rewriting and photographing the new samples for these patterns. There is a graphic design team working on the patterns, too.

I am telling you this because.....


..... the prices are going to be changed on several selected patterns, some will be slightly higher and some will be slightly lower. This has to be done for consistency purposes. I am really excited about this new venture and as I said more information will be coming soon.

The pattern called Lamb from Scratch, in the photo above, is one of the patterns that is going to have the price raised slightly. I originally knit this up in my very first handspun yarn several years ago. I was so thrilled with my uneven lumpy handspun yarn that I created a sheep pattern in honor of it. 

The older, more homespun, original version of the pattern is still available for $4 on Ravelry for a short while longer. I want to give you fair warning that the price change will be happening in the near future.

When the new version is available I'll send out the update to everyone who has already purchased the pattern in the past.


The newer and fancier version will be $6. I am not sure exactly when this will be changing but probably in the next few weeks. Grab it now if interested and you don't mind the older scruffier version (the pattern is the same as for the newly knit sheep in the photos here).



The new version of the pattern will be called Sweet Sheep and the samples are knit in the wonderful Solitude Wool Romney 2-ply Aran weight. It is a cute, simple sheep pattern.


One last quick thing. I was surprised to see that I am nominated for the Best Craftsy Knitting Instructor's Blog Award for 2015. Thank you for the honor if you were one of the nominee voters.

Craftsy has been very good to me over the last few years and although I don't promote my classes too often on my blog I do appreciate everything Craftsy has provided for crafters in general and knitters. It is a great new and innovative platform for learning and teaching.

Now the voting is on through midnight on Wed. Jan. 28th, 2015 (tomorrow) to select the winner of this and many other great categories. 


I'll be back soon to share some sock and shawl knitting progress.

Don't forget to leave a comment to win the vest and cowl pattern.
xo ~ susan

74 comments:

Joanne O said...

Love both sides you and Julie's designs. Thanks for the opportunity.

izzybellarina said...

I voted for you Susan. Love your blog.

Sally said...

That butterfly cowl is gorgeous! Thank you for all your lovely work and inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Love @farwellclay s patterns! I have knit hiro mittens and aspire to bigger things in her collection

JillShoke on rav

Lee said...

Of course I voted for your blog! You are such a delight!
Mamagiff on ravelry

J Webb said...

I like the cowl. I want to learn color work and I enjoy your patterns.

Amy Munson said...

Love that cowl!

inthefold on Ravelry

Alycia Ann Malicz said...

LOVE!

artsyalycia on ravelry

Elo said...

I voted for you and thanks for the opportunity to win one of these patterns.
Dingledaisy Rav.

ltcknits said...

Would love to knit these!

ltcknits on Ravelry

Teresa said...

trwhip on Ravelry, those patterns are sharp looking!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful patterns, I would love to have them.

Rav name: thirdcookie

Kristin said...

I loved knitting Julia's hero!! I would be so excited to knit the butterfly cowl

CDS said...

Beautiful cowl and vest! I'm wanting to do some Colorwork this year! Thanks for the opportunity. Susan, I love your sheep pattern :) (Grandknit on Ravelry)

Mimi F said...

Beautiful patterns! Congrats on your craftsy nomination.
mimifan on rav

Marti said...

gorgeous patterns. congrats on the craftsy nomination!

christine m. said...

woooooooooowwwwwwww! Too beautiful. I would be thrilled to win any of those designs.

Anonymous said...

What great patterns. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Becky (gathersnomoss)

Holly said...

Beautiful patterns, have a great day. Grannyslove (Ravelry)

Renee Way said...

Thank you so much for pointing out these patterns, the cowl is just beautiful!

Knitwhiskers on rav

Renee Way said...

Thank you for pointing out these patterns, the cowl is just beautiful!

Knitwhiskers on ravelry

Barbara L. said...

Both patterns are absolutely stunning and I would love to win them.

Ravelry ID: knityid

Pam Boulet said...

Stunning book! PamfromNOLA

Alison said...

Love these patterns! My revelry name is alisonnich The cowl will keep my toasty in Labrador this summer - yes I said summer!

Carolyne said...

What a thoughtful gesture. The patterns are beautiful. I love the information you pass along in your blog
csomdecerff on ravelry

Curiositydidit said...

What lovely patterns!

Karen Budnick said...

I voted for you, too, Susan. Julia's designs are gorgeous - I'd love to try to make one of her sweater designs (Hiro!) karenswb on rav

Anonymous said...

Love these designs. So happy you were nominated and I will be voting for you.

Penny

Michelle said...

Pick me! Thank you for this opportunity! :) Michelle (quique on rav)

Karey said...

Love the designs. Thanks for the giveaway. karclock (rav id).

Lyn Carter said...

These patterns are gorgeous! My ravelry name is hoytsmomma1. Thanks!

dianelaces said...

That cowl is stunning, love them both. I learn so much from your blog about different designers.

Diane (dianelaces on rav)

Jan Parker said...

The cowl looks like a lot of fun but the shawl is just gorgeous. Sure hope you are selected for the Craftsy award!
janicemary on Ravelry

Renee W said...

Been wanting to do some color work , these patterns would be a good start.
Thank you.
Reneew

Anne said...

Love the shawl! Rav ID annealden

mariaeb on Ravelry said...

What's not to love! Always gorgeous! Thanks for the opportunity. You deserve the blog win for sure, Susan!

Joan said...

Was so happy to see you nominated! Love your blog & YouTube postings.
JoanieBaloney on Rav

Whitney Crowe said...

Love that cowl!!!! Rav ID whitsknits

Malena said...

Love a good blog tour full of yarny goodness! And yours is tops! Rav ID flyingmonkeys

Elise Thomasset said...

Thanks for the chance to win these lovely patterns!
Ravelry ID: EOTinKS

Pam K said...

I love the shawl pattern. I think I need to check out this book. Rav id = pamk

Anonymous said...

Realy beautiful patterns. Love the shawl too.
Ruth (calendula25 on rav)

Denise White said...

Thank you for all the great giveaways. I would love to make the butterfly cowl with noro and a solid to give the butterflies a more variegated look. Denisegwhite@outlook.com

Anonymous said...

Those two patterns are really pretty, count me in!

I think there is a typo in the 20% discount code for this blog post.. this post says SBASHALWKAL while the post before it says SBASHAWLKAL. I'm sure most people can make sense of it, but just thought I would give a heads up!

marikajean on Ravelry

saraj0179 said...

Thank you for the giveaway opportunity! Such beautiful patterns!

Debbie1085 said...

Love those designs... too pretty! I also voted for you! I am sure you will come out as a winner!

Debbie1085 on Rav

Anne Marie Becka said...

Beautiful patterns! The book looks great. Thank you!
RavID: spinfrenzy

Shing Hsieh said...

I was so happy to see the cowl as part of this giveaway, saw it in your earlier post and fell in love. I'm shing on rav.

LauraH said...

What a beautiful cowl! Thanks for the giveaway!

Congrats on Craftsy nomination!

LauraH3 on ravelry

AnnM said...

Thank you for another great giveaway! I was also excited to hear that you are rewriting some of your toy patterns. Does this mean that you will be converting some of your earlier patterns to "knit all in one piece" like the patterns in your Topsy Turvey book? I love that design element about your patterns.

melonkelli said...

ooh, pretty!

Beach Knitter said...

Lovely patterns. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing these lovely patterns. The shawl is beautiful. Rav id: silveryblue

Anonymous said...

I would love to win! Love these designs.
kateco49@yahoo.com

Barbara H said...

Just voted...you are currently in first place!!

Dairiona Lee said...

I would love the cowl...such a pretty pattern.

I voted earlier, unfortunately the system will not let you vote often !!!!

Rav id: dairiona

Eden Stein said...

Love the vest! Can't wait for the new sheep pattern too.
-Nutterneedles on Rav

PAt Holland said...

I love that shawl too. Would love to win. Thanks for the chance. Pat H.

mn_bird said...

I love this butterfly motif and would love these patterns.

P.S. I also am taking a class from you at Yarnover and am so looking forward to that!!!

Robin (minnknitter on Ravelry)

Linda Rumsey said...

The cowl is stunning!
lindarumsey on Ravelry

Janine said...

I would love to win the patterns. My rav name is janineny2001

Juliaknit said...

I love the cowl! This year I want to do more color work so this is perfect.

Juliaknit on Ravelry

Meghan said...

The butterfly motif is super pretty. I love that it's cute without being overly twee. - Meghan4 on rav

Anonymous said...

Love all her designs and thank you for the giveaway.

Rav:HollyBerries

Vickie said...

I love the hat at the top of the post.
I am turtleknits on Ravelry.

Lindsey said...

This blog tour sure has been fun! I love seeing all the projects. Love the cowl!

Leticia Booth said...

Love the butterflies!!! Very clever. I made her Hiro sweater for my niece and it is constantly in her rotation.

Biddywink said...

Julia's patterns are lovely. What a nice giveaway!

Biddywink on Rav

Becki said...

Beautiful patterns!

QuiltingGeek on Rav

knittoou said...

Love both of these!
dlb909@aol.com

Noreen said...

Beautiful new collection of patterns! Noree1009 on Rav.

nicki said...

Another love for Julia's patterns. My Hiro sweater has been getting a workout this winter; her details are impeccable. This new pattern collection rocks!

joyce hancock said...


Those both look like nice challenging patterns which would be fun to work on. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

voted for you!

gailg ravelry ID