Wednesday, April 27, 2011

And the winners are....

The three designs you all picked are:

1. With 35 votes, the Snow Drops and Snap Peas Shawl





2. With 24 votes, the High Line Shawl




3. With 19 votes, the Moody Kerchief



You are all so amazing for voting, and to show my appreciation, I'm going to give away gifts to 6 people instead of the 3 as originally planned. The lovely people who will be getting a custom knit item are....drumroll please.....Anuli, Vero, Alexandra, Meg, Kenyandesi and Reema! Congratulations to you ladies! Please email me at niseyknits@gmail.com with your address and your specifications. Thank you all once again, and please subscribe to my blog to be notified of other giveaways!

Enjoy the rest of the week. :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My First Giveaway: Help me choose three patterns

One of my favorite designers is Kirsten Kapur, who has a lovely blog called "Through The Loops" that I'm currently following. Now Kirsten is celebrating her Birthday/Blogiversary with a sale of her beautiful patterns: buy 2 patterns, get a 3rd free. She has SOOOOOO MANY beautiful patterns that I just can't decide which ones I want. I would love your input on which three patterns to get from Kirsten's shop. And to sweeten the deal, here's my giveaway details: if you comment on this post and pick which pattern you think I should purchase, you will be placed in a drawing to win your own custom handknit version of the design you picked!! Now ain't that sweet! Spread the word people. Three people will be winning some sweet handmade items from my store.

And here are the contestants:

1. Andrea's Shawl and Mitts






2. High Line Shawl


3. Moody Kerchief


4. Snow Drops and Snap Peas Shawl



5. Ulmus Rectangle





6. Roma Shawl




The pictures are used with the permission of Kirsten Kapur. So pick, 1, 2, 3, heck, rank all 6 patterns in order of preference, and help make my decision easier! The deadline for commenting is Tuesday April 26th at 11:59pm PST. I'll put up the results of the winning patterns in next week's blog entry.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Multidirectional Scarf madness

I made all these scarves using the Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf pattern by Karen Baumer. The finished scarves are listed for sale on my etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/NiseyKnits

This is such an intuitive, easy pattern that I just fall back to it whenever I want to knit outside but don't to carry a pattern or a book around. I just love it! Now for the pictures....courtesy of livedstories











Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Necklace Saga - Part 2: Gold Crochet Necklace

My friend Yaawireds loves anything in yellow. It's serious. So when she saw a cute crocheted necklace and realized I could crochet somewhat, she asked me to make one for her. Ever ready for a challenge, I said yes, and we went yarn hunting. Oh yeah!! We found this lovely Mirasol Yarn Tupa in a yellow colorway that looks like spun gold. Oooooweeee! I went crazy with joy. Sorry sorry, back to the necklace.

This pattern is simply titled Crochet Necklace, and is offered for free by a Ravelry user called creativeyarn. Here are the end results of my foray into the world of crochet. The model is Yaawireds herself, who got to take the finished item  home after the photoshoot. The rest of the yarn will be used to make a lovely shawl for her. 

PS: My photographer was not available, so I had to make do with an old digital camera. The difference in quality is so clear, isn't it?










Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Necklace Saga - Part 1: Little Green Scarflet

Of late I'm into knitted or crocheted necklaces. For the past three times or so when either the Gospel Choir or Celebration Choir at my church have ministered, I've knitted a little something to wear around my neck (I'm in both choirs). I can't put the first necklace up as yet because it's a personal pattern and I'm hoping to get it published in one of the knitting magazines. If that doesn't work out, I'll self-publish it here and on the Ravelry site.  But, I will share with you the second neck thingy. :)

This scarf is is the Soft Linen Little Leaf Scarf by Pam Allen, which was featured in Classic Elite #9086 - Make it Modern Booklet. I bought this booklet in 2008 and I hadn't made anything from it until this scarflet. When I was told the choir would be wearing green, I felt I had no option but to make myself this little beauty. My friend Yaawireds graciously agreed to model for me. I hope you like it.

PS: My usual photographer wasn't available so I had to use my old digital camera. I'm giving serious thought to investing in an SLR camera for myself.