The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 91 : Knitting On The Go

Episode 91


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I am so happy to have a pattern included in the Knittin' Little Fall 2015 Collection!

Knittin' Little is a new website created by designer Andrea Sanchez. This awesome site is dedicated to providing knitters with patterns for children as well as ways to engage little ones in the love of fiber arts.

For the premier collection, I wanted to design something special for my little guy to wear... 

A proper, gentlemanly jacket for Fall appropriately named "Dapper".

Knit in squishy Garter st, Dapper is complete with all of the pleats, buttonbands, and pockets, of a traditional suit coat. The handsome notched collar and buttonbands are worked right into the jacket fronts for reduced finishing work at the end.

This pattern contains lots of little special details that are fun to create, 
and make for such a beautiful finished product.

Here is the pattern information for all of you interested in knitting up this jacket for the little one in your life:

2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12)

Chest: 24.75 (26.75, 28.75, 30.75, 32.75, 34.75)" / 63 (68, 73, 78, 83.5, 88.5) cm
Length: 14.5 (15.5, 16.5, 18.5, 20, 21)" / 36.5 (39, 42, 47, 50.5, 53) cm
Shown in size 2; to be worn with 2-3" / 5-7.5 cm of positive ease.

Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers [100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 220 yd / 200 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein]; color 8011; 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins or approx. 550 (625, 700, 800, 925, 1025) yd / 500 (550, 625, 725, 825, 925) m of a worsted weight wool or wool blend.

2 US 7 / 4.5 mm 32” / 80 cm circular needle
Stitch markers
Stitch holders
Tapestry needle
3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) buttons 1”/ 2.5 cm for body
6 buttons ¾” / 2 cm for sleeves

20 sts / 40 rows over 4” / 10 cm in Garter st on US7 / 4.5 mm needles or size needed for accurate gauge.

As with any photo-shoot with a 3 year old, there are always the most spectacular out-takes. 
I call this one... "The most awkward pose ever..."

and finally... his "musical number"

Dapper is available for purchase HERE.

Add it to your favorites on Ravelry HERE

I hope you enjoy it! :)


Adorable New Greeting Cards

I'm kind of in love with this adorable set of 3 greeting cards illustrated by the 
talented Neesha Hudson.

You may remember Neesha as the illustrator of our Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf book published in 2012. 

I have greatly admired Neesha's amazing artwork for the past several years and her illustrations have appeared in all of our self-published knitting books to date including

I thought it would be fun to ask Neesha to take on the task of producing a small line of all-occasion blank cards featuring wool-producing animals. I love giving hand-made gifts whenever possible and I thought that these cards would make the perfect addition. :)

Cards measure 5 x 7" and are sold in a collection of 3 with accompanying envelopes for $12. 
Each card is blank inside to allow them to be used for all occasions.

They would also be so cute in a frame, don't you think?

Cards are available for purchase in my Etsy shop HERE or on nnkpress.com/gifts.


New Knits for a New Guy

I recently knit up this sweet little set as a gift for my cousin's soon to be born baby boy.

This is the Hello Kimono and Wee Hat pattern from Kate Oates new booklet, "New Guy" and I loved every second these were on my needles!

It has been maybe years since I did stranded colorwork in my knitting.  Now after this project, I feel obsessed. Now I am spending my evenings pouring over colorwork patterns on Ravelry.
I. Want. More. 

It's nice to change it up once in awhile.

For this project I used Quince and Co. Tern in Kelp, Aventurine and Popham. 

My favorite part of this little set are these sweet rocket-ship buttons. I purchased them months ago from Monarch Knitting in Pacific Grove and was happy to finally have a chance to use them. 

I'm a firm believer in buying up cute buttons at every opportunity. They can be hard to find! :)

I just gave my cousin this set at her baby shower this last weekend with a few pairs of hand-sewn baby pants. 

I can't wait to see her tiny new baby in them! :)


Welcome Mocs

I simply could not resist knitting up these sweet tiny moccasins for a friend of mine who is expecting.

The pattern is called Welcome Mocs and is included in the adorable new booklet, New Guy, by designer Kate Oates

I used Quince and Co. Tern to knit up this little pair and it hardly took any time or yarn to make them! I could probably squeeze two more pairs out of the remainder of the skein.

I am so happy with these cute little shoes. 
It almost makes me want to have another baby of my own... almost.


50% off Weekend Summer Sale Beginning Tomorrow!

Let's start the summer off right! 

Save 50% on all Never Not Knitting individual pattern pdfs starting tomorrow 
Friday, June 26th - Monday, June 29th!

Enter the code " SummerSale2015" in the checkout process HERE on my blog or HERE in my Ravelry store to receive your discount.

This sale includes all single digital pdf patterns in the Never Not Knitting pattern line but does not include e-books or any printed materials. Promotion will run from midnight-midnight PST.

Have fun and happy knitting! :)


Never Not Knitting... The Yarn Shop!

I have a little confession. I've been keeping a secret from you.

Kind of a big one.

I am opening up a yarn shop! 

I know!

As many of you already know, a few years back I started a small publishing and wholesale distribution company called NNK Press. Recently we decided to move our offices downtown and use the front of our office for an adorably tiny, but quaint storefront.

As you can see we don't have a lot of room to work with, so we are not able to function as a full-service knit shop. Instead our selection will be limited to a curated collection of specialty yarns and notions. My goal is really to support and showcase the work of independent artists. You will find some gems here you may never see anywhere else!

We are starting with a selection of yarn from three of my favorite yarn companies.
All are beautiful and a bit uncommon. All bring something special to our small space.

To get away from shelves of patterns stored in binders, I organized all of our single patterns in these cute file boxes alphabetically and by type. I love the way these turned out.

One of my favorite decorative parts of the shop are these fun yarn balls that I have hanging in all of the front windows! 

Thank you Pinterest. Thank you.

I am hoping that the Never Not Knitting retail store will be a fun stop for our local knitters as well as for all of you traveling the California coastline. If you are in our area, please stop by and say hello!

We are opening up this Friday the 19th from 10am-6pm!
Everyone who comes and visits us on our opening day will receive a free pattern!

Never Not Knitting
5990 Entrada Ave.
Atascadero, CA 93422

We accept orders by phone: 805. 703. 4010 

Business Hours: Mon, Wed, and Fri 10am-5pm

Hope to see you there!


Cabled Leaf Pullover

Hooray! I am happy to say that my Cabled Leaf Pullover pattern is now available individually!

This is a cozy pullover that will be a great go-to wardrobe addition this upcoming autumn! 
The body of the pullover is relatively simple with the addition of dart-like waist shaping for a nice fit, but my favorite part of the design is this particular type of neckline. This was my first time experimenting with a split-neckline versus a V-neck and I think it is so flattering! It was also very fun figuring out how to incorporate the cable detail right into it as if it was all one piece. I am really happy with how it turned out.

Additionally, I am happy to say that this pattern was written to accommodate nine different sizes ranging from 32"-57 1/2" bust measurement!

For this particular sweater, I worked with Manos del Uruguay Maxima which is such a soft and cozy wool. I think it would be gorgeous in Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Dream in Color Calm or 
The Fibre Company Organik yarn as well. 

Here is the pattern information for those of you interested in knitting up a Cabled Leaf Pullover of your very own!

32 (35.25, 38.5, 41.5, 44.75)[48, 51.25, 54.5, 57.5]” / 81.5 (89.5, 97.5, 105.5, 114)[122, 130, 138, 146.5] cm

Chest: 32 (35.25, 38.5, 41.5, 44.75)[48, 51.25, 54.5, 57.5]” / 81.5 (89.5, 97.5, 105.5, 114)[122, 130, 138, 146.5] cm
Length: 21.25 (22.25, 23.25, 24.25, 25.25)[26.25, 27.25, 28.25, 29.25]” / 54 (56.5, 59, 61.5, 64)[66.5, 69.5, 72, 74.5] cm
Shown in size 32” / 81.5 cm; to be worn with 2-3” / 5-7.5 cm of positive ease.

Manos del Uruguay Maxima [100% Extrafine Merino Wool; 219 yd / 200 m per 3 ½ oz / 100 g skein]; color: Sand; 5 (5, 6, 7, 7)[8, 8, 9, 10] skeins or about 975 (1100, 1225, 1350, 1475)[1625, 1750, 1900, 2025] yd / 875 (1000, 1100, 1250, 1350)[1475, 1600, 1750, 1850] m of a worsted weight wool or wool blend. 

1 US7 / 4.5 mm 32” / 80 cm circular needle
1 set of US7 / 4.5 mm double-pointed needles

Stitch markers in 2 different colors
Stitch holders
Cable needle
Tapestry needle

20 sts / 26 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch on US7 / 4.5 mm needles or size needed for accurate gauge.

Modeled by the lovely Julie Crawford of knittedbliss.com.

The Cabled Leaf Pullover pattern is available in pdf format below or in print at your local yarn shop. 

Remember that all of my printed patterns sold through yarn shops include a scratch off code on the back for you to download a complimentary pdf version that stores in your Ravelry library! By supporting your local yarn shop, you will receive two pattern formats for the price of one!

The Cabled Leaf Pullover is also available in French HERE.

I hope that you enjoy making this cozy pullover!


Knit This, Purl That!

Recently I was invited to teach at a wonderful yarn shop Knit This, Purl That! in Pleasanton, CA.
The owner, Sandy as well as her staff were so very sweet and welcoming. 

As I walked around this adorable shop I was pleased to see my patterns and knitted samples prominently displayed at nearly every turn. What a compliment!

I couldn't have asked for a nicer group to work with in my class. 
Everyone was so supportive and kind. 

I am so grateful to Sandy and these wonderful knitters for an amazing weekend in Pleasanton. 
I hope to visit again!

If you are ever in the area, be sure to stop by Knit This, Purl That! in Pleasanton. 
It's a great shop with great people!


The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 90 : Sweatoo you!

Episode 90


Enter to win a copy of Knits For Boys contributed by Stackpole Books along with a skein of Hikoo Abracadabra Yarn by leaving a comment below with your contact information by May 15th. Only one comment per person please. The winner will be contacted on May 16th.

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