Episode 25 Designer Interview

Hello all! Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast. I hope you enjoy my chat with colorwork Designer Deborah Tomasello of PatchworksByDebi at the end of a podcast. She is donating a pattern to give away!

News:

I’m going to come right out and say it. I need more test knitters. I only have 2 so far and would like at least 2 more. There is a thread with all the details in my Ravelry group so please go check it out if you are interested in test knitting. I knit my shawl with Lost City Knits Twin Canyon Fingering which is a beautiful Merino/Silk blend with 500yards per skein. Lost City Knits Foothills Fingering 100 Merino wool at 560 yards per skein. Another luscious yarn that is little less expensive but still beautiful. 

Senior Love Along is getting closer!  I am collecting cotton wash clothes to hand out to seniors living in homes during the holiday season. Please hold on to your washcloths until later in the year. There is an FO thread where you can post a picture of each of your washcloths. Each one you make is a chance to win a prize! Check out the chat thread to see pictures of all the lovely prizes!

Knitting:

WIPs

Marc’s cable sweater knit with Bainin by Virtual Yarns. Designed by me with the help of Craftsy class Custom Cable Pullovers by Carla Scott

Canadiana Sock with Fishknits Yarn Superwash Strong Heart Self Striping Sock Yarn Canadiana 

Wee Cria by Ysolda using Cashsoft DK by Rowan

All other WIP’s on hold until Marc’s Rhinebeck sweater is done.

FO

Blue Striped Rag Socks using Patons Kroy sock yarn.

Mitered Crosses Blanket square

Spinning – 

FO’s: 

Nadda

WIPs:

Still working on the Puni style Rolags from Naturally Knitty in the Spring, Sprang, Sprung color way. Slowly but surely….loving the process

Rolags from Blue Barn Fiber on Etsy. Colorway Kansas Merino and Baby Alpaca blend. Not liking these rolags at all. Getting tangled up in themselves and not carded nice. All clumped up and dare I say slightly felted in some spots. Spun on my Lendrum 

Just got some punis from On The Round of Angora and Merino blend. LOVE this fiber and the wonderful and friendly service from Rachel. spinning up so beautifully on my Greensleeves Spindle http://www.greensleevesspindles.com

Shash Enhancements:

Angora and Merino punis from On The Round in natural colors

Canoe project bag from Jan Smiley’s Esty Shop

Pattern Giveaway! Donated by amazing color work designer Deborah Tomasello you can win a copy of her InfiniTam pattern which is really more like a mini book! 31 pages long you can make in infinite number of unique tams using the different pattern selections she gives you to choose from. To find out how to win check out the thread in my Ravelry group. Also check out her huge Ravelry Group ColorworksByDebi

You have to be a member of the group to win.

My First Published Pattern! Urban Village Cowl

I am so excited to announce that I have finally published one of my designs! It is called the Urban Village Cowl

To share my excitement I am offering it free for the next week. Simply use the coupon code urbanfreebie at check out to download this pattern for free. This will expire on February 16 so please go ahead and download.

This design started out as Christmas gift for my Mom a couple of years ago. I had made her a cowl but she didn’t like how it sagged around her neck and created bulk under her coat. To make my Mom super happy (because she deserves it and because it is really cold in upstate NY) I designed a cowl that would lay flat under your coat and has a collar to keep the neck warm. Using a bulky yarn makes it a quick knit. Choose your own style of buttons to give it your own unique look!

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Here’s Mom trying on her Christmas gift!

Here’s a few more pictures of my version

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Some really important thank you’s for this really important milestone

My husband Marc (AKA Happy Chef, check him out at chefblog.com) He took the great pictures you see above.

My good friend Sandy (knit1weavetoo on Rav) who did a test knit for me and gave me lots of great advise!

I also want to thank and recommend Eleanor Dixon (eledixon on Rav) the TECHsorcist for a great job doing the tech editing.

Inspiration Tsunami

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I have so many things going on and there is so much to write about but not quite time. I will say that I am really excited about publishing some of my designs and am taking the time to make sure the patterns are well written. I have my collared cowl out being test knitted and will be sending the ptn off to a tech editor before publishing. I also have my Against the Current Shawl to submit and my Robins’ Nest cowl which will be a free pattern. I also will write out a pattern for my Guardian of Air shawl.

If you don’t already know, my patterns are inspired by Joanna Powell Colbert’s Gaian Tarot Deck. I am a Tarot reader as well as a knitter and use Joanna’s deck often for readings. I started thinking of knitted items I would make the people in her deck and started making them but not writing up the patterns.

I don’t currently have any published patterns and this is all new to me. I will put the patterns up on Craftsy and Ravelry and maybe look into other places like Patternfish. I need to learn how to set up a store here on my website as well.

Here are some pictures of my patterns thus far.

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The Forest Habitat Cowl

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Against the Current Shawl