Finding Your Knitting Book in the Library

Today the family and I went to Downtown L.A. and among the many stops we made was the library. It was a really cool place.

The inside walls of the elevators are made up of old card catalog cards.

The inside walls of the elevators are made up of old card catalog cards.

Once you get upstairs, there are fantastic sculptures hanging from the ceiling.

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And they look great from all different angles.

Another point of view.

Another point of view.

I thought, “I wonder if they have my books here!” So I asked where the knitting section was.

Voila!

Voila!

My little models.

My little models.

I found some friends’ books, too!

Joan of Dark's "Knockdown "Knits" and "Knits for Nerds."

Joan of Dark’s “Knockdown “Knits” and “Knits for Nerds.”

Tanis Gray's "Knit Local."

Tanis Gray’s “Knit Local.”

They had “Once Upon A Knit” in hardcover, which I thought was nuts, since they were only published in paperback.

I have to say, it’s awfully darn cool to find your own work in a library. Hopefully people will check them out!

Knit Your Halloween Costume!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying this early October day. It’s currently 64 degrees and cloudy, which is lovely. It’s been SO HOT here lately (and will warm up to the 80s today), that I just love that it’s nice and cool. I’m about to take a walk and I’m going to need my ear warmers. 🙂

Since it’s October, that means Halloween is around the corner! In our house, we like to make our own costumes. Either we sew them (mostly my husband) or knit them (me) or piece them together from things we buy or make or have around the house. This is a tradition that goes way back to my childhood. My mom put together this fine costume for me ON Halloween. I never got more compliments as a kid trick-or-treating.

You may also note the homemade Steve Austin costume, and the handsewn clown costume - all made by my mom.

You may also note the homemade Steve Austin costume, and the handsewn clown costume – all made by my mom.

So, I have a few ideas for Halloween that you can knit! 🙂

Add a leotard and pair of wings to the Fairy Tutu for a cute little woodland sprite.

Add a leotard and pair of wings to the Fairy Tutu for a cute little woodland sprite.

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Who doesn’t love Little Red Riding Hood? Don’t forget the basket by Marilee Norris!

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This hat by Trisha Paetsch is a perfect accessory to any princess!

All of the above can be found in Once Upon A Knit.

Feeling a little darker? Here’s one from Vampire Knits.

You can put a few gashes on your face and wear the Tourniquet Scarf to make it look like you're bleeding at the neck.

You can put a few gashes on your face and wear the Tourniquet Scarf to make it look like you’re bleeding at the neck.

Finally, here are some ideas taken from two fandoms you might be a part of, both found in Knits for Nerds by Joan of Dark.

Feeling geeky? Knit up the Space Princess Hat. There are 3 versions.

Feeling geeky? Knit up the Space Princess Hat. There are 3 versions.

And if your geekdom is more Trek than Wars, there's the Trek Dress by Joan of Dark.

And if your geekdom is more Trek than Wars, there’s the Trek Dress by Joan of Dark.

Whatever you decide, I hope everyone has as much fun planning for Halloween as we do at my house! And if you decide to make any of these projects, please feel free to post them in the comments!!

Happy Knitting!

~Genevieve

Spotlight on Cinderella Playset

Happy Monday!! I must apologize for being absent much of this summer. It’s easy to just let things go and be loose with schedules when we have no school and no day job to rush off to!

Today’s spotlight is on the Cinderella Playset by Marilee Norris.

Cinderella & her mice friends

Cinderella & her mice friends

As you probably know, Cinderella was a girl who was treated badly by her stepmother and stepsisters. She was made to clean their house and bullied and her only friends were little mice.

She is denied the chance to go to the royal ball and meet the prince, until her Fairy Godmother shows up and gives her a beautiful dress, glass slippers, and turns her mice into horses and a pumpkin into her coach. She sent her on her way to the ball until midnight, when the spell would be broken.

One of the wonderful details of this set is the pumpkin bag. Not only is it just adorable, but it carries all the toys inside, so children can bring Cinderella and her mice wherever they go, just like her coach brought her to the ball.

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Things to know about this pattern: You will be using the 3-needle bind-off, i-cord, Magic Loop, and some sewing (the lining) and embroidering (pumpkin).

This set would be the perfect gift for any fan of Cinderella, or anyone who loves Fairy Tales and is young at heart!

Happy Knitting!

~Genevieve

 

Spotlight on Snow White and Rose Red

Today I’m going to share the Snow White shrug and Rose Red wrap.

There are two characters in fairy tale lore called Snow White. One is the girl whose step-mother (aka The Evil Queen) sends a huntsman after her to cut out her heart. Remember her? She ends up living with dwarfs (or knights in one version). The other Snow White has a sister named Rose Red.

In the story of Snow and Rose, they are two sisters who live with their poor widow mother in a small cottage.  I don’t want to spoil it if you haven’t read it, but let’s say there’s a bear and a dwarf involved in this story. In this tale, Snow White is quiet and gentle. She spends a lot of time with her mother in the cottage. Rose Red, on the other hand, loves to run outside and chase butterflies and pick flowers.

The two designs modeled after these sister characters are reflective of their personalities. Joan of Dark designed two beautiful pieces – a delicate, ruffly piece for the gentle Snow White and a simply pretty wrap for the more active Rose Red. These are two gorgeous pieces that would be an asset to any woman’s wardrobe!

Rose Red Wrap

Rose Red Wrap

 

Snow White Shrug

Snow White Shrug

 

Spotlight on the Elsa Vest

The third pattern I’m spotlighting from Once Upon A Knit is the Elsa Vest by Cirilia Rose.

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In Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, the Snow Queen is a woman whose kiss can turn someone as cold as ice. In Disney’s “Frozen” it’s a tale of a young girl with powers she cannot control and separates her from her only sister. When she can no longer hold her powers in, she freezes the whole town and builds an ice palace to live in.

This beautiful vest is inspired by the Snow Queen, Elsa. Knit up in a bulky, beautiful yarn and adorned with snow-flake like crystals, it’s the perfect garment to wear over a beautiful skirt, or even jeans.

Things to know about this pattern: You will use the selvedge stitch, ribbing, seaming, and sewing on the crystals.

A close up of the beautiful beads on Elsa.

A close up of the beautiful beads on Elsa.

Spotlight on Siren Shawl – Once Upon A Knit

The second pattern I’m going to spotlight is the Siren Shawl. It’s in the “Prince and Princesses” chapter and inspired by the Little Mermaid.

In the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, the Little Mermaid’s fate is to become foam on the sea. This gorgeous shawl is knit up in a beautiful multi-hued blue-green yarn made by Madelinetosh, and knit up to look like seaweed on the ocean waves.

Cassie Castillo has designed a truly gorgeous, timeless piece you’ll want to add to your knitting queue!

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~Genevieve

 

PS – don’t forget to enter to win a free copy of the book HERE.

One Day More

Well, folks, tomorrow is the day that Once Upon A Knit is on shelves. I hope everyone is as pleased with it as I am. I will most likely be posting notes about certain projects in the coming days and weeks in order for everyone to get the most out of knitting them.

The only designer left to sneak peek is me.

 

I’m not including the cover piece, as everyone’s already seen it.

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Hope everyone’s having a great Monday!

~Genevieve

One Week til Once Upon A Knit

It’s one week til Once Upon A Knit is on the shelves! It seems like we’ve been waiting forever, but I think it always seems like a million years when you’re waiting for something exciting to happen.

I am going to share sneaks from the last 4 designers (except me –  I suppose I could do that later this week if you like) today. Yippee!

First off are a pair of designers that work together a lot. Their names are Abigail Horsfall and Trisha Paetsch.

Abigail contributed  the Werewolf Hat to Vampire Knits and has 3 designs in Once Upon A Knit.

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Trisha designed 2 patterns in Once Upon A Knit – one you can see is part of a set she collaborated with Abigail, and another you will love!

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Our final two designers each contributed a pattern to Once Upon A Knit. Here’s the sneak peek of Cassie Castillo’s design:

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and here’s Dawn Thompson’s:

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I can’t wait for you to see ALL the patterns! I really believe there’s something for everyone – from babies to grown men.

ONE WEEK!!!

Happy Tuesday!

~Genevieve

 

Two Weeks, 2 More Designers

In two weeks and one day, Once Upon A Knit will be on the shelves!! I visited a local bookstore this weekend and found out they’ve already ordered copies at both locations, so that makes me happy. I’ll visit some local knit shops this week and pass out my postcards. I can’t believe the time is finally almost here!

Today we will meet two designers that are very successful in the knitting community. Tanis Gray has written 3 knitting books and contributed to several more. You can read more about her HERE.

You may remember her designs from Vampire Knits:

Blood Bottle Cozies

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She designed these for Once Upon A Knit:

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And Cirilia Rose, who has designed for several different yarn companies, and is working on her own book. She designed the cover piece for Vampire Knits:

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She designed this piece for Once Upon A Knit:

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Have a great Monday!!

~Genevieve

3 Weeks – 2 More Designers

Well, it’s 3 weeks til the release! Even though I’ve done this once, it’s still exciting as can be!!

Today’s designers are 2 Derby Girls!

The first designer for today is Joan of Dark, aka Toni Carr. You may remember I blogged about meeting her a little while ago.  She’s also working on a brand new book!! She designed “Love Bites” in Vampire Knits and has several designs in Once Upon A Knit.

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The second designer is Laura Hohman. She has designs in Knits for Nerds, including “Tank Girl Socks” and “Cunning Socks”.

Here’s a peek at her designs in Once Upon A Knit.

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Look for more updates, more designers, and more sneak peeks in the next few weeks while we wait for the book release!!

~Genevieve