January 12, 2018

What a week!

I’ve been on tenterhooks all week waiting for the February 2018 issue of Knitting Magazine to come out. The Geek Chic Issue is jam packed with articles and patterns that talk about the fandoms and the things we get geeky over. For me that’s Science Fiction and Fantasy, Knitting, Computers, Books and Games. Nearly all of which feature here, and guess what.
So do we!

There’s a great profile on Third Vault Yarns, as well as a knitting pattern in our And You’ll Drop Your Weapon colourway, a yarn inspired by Rey and originally featured in the February 2017 YarniTea club. You can also find a very Whovian design on the next page, that I was inspired by the Steampunk style Time Vortex to design. Aside from those two there are a number of other fantastic patterns that I can’t wait to knit, so I would recommend you picking up a copy.

If you’re just looking for a geeky yarn fix then don’t worry, we’ve got that for you and more with “And You’ll Drop Your Weapon,” “Kill It If You Have To” and a bunch of other colourways, including Gamora and Cosmic Turtle both for the first time available outside the Goblet of Fandom clubs they started in.

Speaking of clubs, there are just four days left to get your place on the Vaulter’s Book Club for this quarter. The book for this month is “The Long Way To a Small, Angry Planet” by Becky Chambers, with a knitting pattern designed by Diane Ugo. You get some squishy themed yarn, a specially designed knitting pattern, a little extra and a yummy sweet treat. So go sign up via the Google form or on the website.

October 27, 2017

Book Release: South

It has taken two years of collaboration between two crazy English teachers from Georgia and Washington state, but just in time for holiday knitting, my first knitting pattern book is finally LIVE! I have designed seven of the patterns in the collection, and the photography and bunny-soft beret pattern are courtesy of my partner, Michelle Guilmet-Buck.

South is a collection of modern accessory patterns that blur the lines of culture, gender, and generation. The eight patterns in this collection are designed to be adaptable to any situation or social event, as well as being relatively straightforward and easy enough for even the knitting novice. The collection includes four patterns for women and four patterns for men. Although the book is available in its entirety electronically, because we have elected to first make it available online, it is also possible to purchase the patterns of the collection individually. The pattern collection is available on Ravelry, as well as the individual patterns. Craftsy offers the individual patterns for purchase as well.

July 10, 2017

Introducing Parliament of Cowls

Announcing a new book release from Karen Robinson of KarenDawn Designs inspired by a work of medieval literature. Based upon Chaucer’s Parliament of Fowls, the eight cowls in this book represent various birds who are debating which suitor the female eagle should choose as her mate. Included with the patterns is a summary of the text and a discussion of the role each bird plays in the debate. The yarns used in the book are from indie-dyed Round Table Yarns and range from fingering weight to worsted weight.

The book releases July 22 and is currently available for pre-orders. All pre-orders placed by July 16 will receive free shipping and be entered into a drawing for three prizes: yarn to complete one of the cowls in the book (Falcon, Second Tercel, and Cuckoo). You’ll also receive the PDF version of the book in your Ravelry library with your print book purchase.

Check out the website for more information on each pattern and how to place your pre-order.

(Photos courtesy of Brad Barton; cover design by Elizabeth Green)

January 3, 2017

In With the New!

Big news from Toby Roxane Designs — you already know and love the patterns, now meet my brand new line of luxury hand-dyed yarns!

From now until January 15th, take 20% off all patterns and ebooks in my Ravelry shop and 17% off all yarn on my website! Use the code INWITHTHENEW upon checkout in either shop.

I’ve always loved designing with hand-dyed yarns, so it was a natural step for me to begin dyeing my own. Being truly passionate about color, I find color inspiration in the usual places, like autumn leaves and the sky before it rains, but also in unexpected places: from rusty railroad ties to a batch of unbaked blueberry scones.

In shades from the subtlest neutrals to the splashiest neons, everyone is sure to find something they’re passionate about.

October 6, 2016

Starshowers – a shawl for the sky

Starshowers is the third installment in my themed shawl club. This year we journey along the Silk Road:

On clear dark nights, I often sit,
and spend a quiet hours wake,
just marveling at the sky above,
so infinite so deep and dark.
the countless stars revolve in silence
and here I lay, a tiny thing,
all insignificant and small
under the milky way so tall.

If ever you’ve beheld the stars
beyond mountains or in deserts far,
you know what wonder I describe,
it silences the busy mind.

This asymmetrical crescent shaped shawl uses short rows to create the illusion of sweeping stars and star showers above, and gradient yarn colors to evoke the nightsky with just a hint of light at dawn, and the milky way still visible overhead.

It’s not too late to join the club! Starshowers is the third installment of Silk Road 2016 Shawl Club: Explorer featuring 4 full size shawl designs and 1 smaller holiday surprise (there are 2 clubs, the Wayfarer and the Explorer paths! This is from the Explorer path) and is available as part of the pattern club for $30 on Ravelry.

As a club member you will get these fabulous patterns before anyone else can get them, and you enjoy a member exclusive 10% off coupon good on any of my patterns or collections, all year!

Miss Babs Yarns
1 Yummy 2-ply Toes 6 skein Gradient set (100% Superwash Merino; 133 yards /122 m per color; 798 yards / 730 m per gradient set),
and 1 skein Yummy 2-Ply (400 yds /366 m per 113g)
Sample in Carmen and Oyster

March 28, 2016

Dragonfly Fibers presents Masterpiece Knits

The team at Dragonfly Fibers are inspired by color, but that’s not all. For this book, Kate Chiocchio and Nancye Bonomo of Dragonfly started by choosing paintings they loved that represented the full color spectrum of modern art.

Their goal was not an exact match between paintings and yarn; rather, they created colorways that best express what they appreciate about the works used.

Whether it’s bold blocks of color melding together at the edges of a Rothko (and attempting to create a similar effect on Dragonfly yarn) or challenging designers to develop knitwear inspired by particular works of art, Masterpiece Knits will surprise and delight you!

December 10, 2015

An update from Eden Cottage Yarns

This month brings us the last ECY update for 2015, and lots of news for you.

First of all there’s the new hand dyed yarn — primarily Bowland DK (100% superwash British Bluefaced Leicester) and BFL Sock (also 100% superwash British BFL). Also look out for our gorgeous hand-carved shawl pins and sheep straight from our woodturner friend in Japan.

Next up, we’re having a sale on our lovely Askham 4ply — this baby alpaca/silk yarn is super-fine and soft, with 200m to each 50g ball and reduced by 25%, it’s a great oppurtunity to stock up on sweater quantities. Speaking of which, we also offer 10% off (automatically applied) when you purchase 500g or more of Milburn 4ply, Askham 4ply, Whitfell DK, or Whitfell Chunky. We thought it’d be helpful for those larger projects! This leads me to saying that we now have a limited quantity of the lovely Whitfell DK (100% baby alpaca) in Steel, and Whitfell Chunky (also 100% baby alpaca) in Natural and Steel. Look out for Maya’s Shawl by Justyna Lorkowska on Ravelry, as that is a beautiful new pattern which uses three 100g balls/skeins of Whitfell Chunky.

What else…? We now have five colours of our ever-popular Milburn 4ply (superwash British BFL/Silk) available in balls as well as skeins. We thought it would be great to be able to pick it up and cast on immediately — plus it looks neater!

Stuck for a gift for a knitting friend (or yourself)? Our Drift Collection books would be a great gift — it’s a pretty hefty tome, with plenty of patterns to choose from and lots of lush photography.

Finally, may I remind you that we offer free UK shipping on orders over £50 and free international shipping on orders over £100. Customers outside the EU — once you put your address in our website does also take the 20% UK sales tax off for you.

October 2, 2015

Swedish berries

I’m a life-long book collector. In addition to piles of books of knitting, fiction, art, counted cross-stitch, needlepoint, gardening, as well as a fair number of other things, I have always been attracted to stitch dictionaries, and little books of patterns on a given theme. All three motifs in these designs came from a slim volume of Swedish stranded colorwork designs that I’ve had so long that I no longer know where or when I acquired it. Once I had these lovely motifs working together, I needed a name for the cowl design. I thought that something Swedish would be appropriate. A dear friend of mine is actually from Sweden, so I went to her for inspiration. Without my telling her, she thought the main motif looked like berries, and so suggested Vinterbär for the cowl, which is Swedish for “winter berries.” When going for a name for the coordinating mitten pattern, Björnbär, I named it after the blackberries that grow wild around my house. I named this small leaflet after the main berry motif used in both designs, with a twist. It’s also in Swedish.

Both designs are knit in the round, and feature the same three stranded colorwork motifs, though the main motif on the back of the mittens has been slightly modified to work on a hand. The mittens can be worked whatever method best suits the knitter: DPNs, two circulars, magic loop, or anything else that gets the job done.

September 1, 2015

Gawain’s Shield shawl collection pattern release

The six knitting projects in this collection are based on the enchanting medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Five stunning, crescent-shaped shawls represent the five knightly virtues symbolized on Gawain’s shield (Generosity, Fellowship, Chastity, Courtesy, and Piety), with an additional sixth project based upon the magical belt (the Green Girdle) that replaces Gawain’s shield later in the story. Included along with the patterns is a summary of the text as well as a discussion of the role of Gawain’s shield and the Green Girdle in both the story itself as well as in the patterns.

The collection is available in both print and electronic formats.

Photos courtesy of JS Webb Photography for Stitch Definition.