Come Along To Our Autumn Knitalong!

Autumn KAL! 

Hey Guys,

Jaclyn here and as promised, here is the aforementioned exciting news!

For those of you who have gotten the digital issue of Creative Knitting magazine Autumn 2015, you may have noticed there was a new knitalong located on pages 78-83!

Well I’m here with some more information on this exciting new project that’s perfect for transitioning between summer to autumn and practice the addictive method of knitting from the inside out!

The What

What will this knitalong be about, you ask? Well let me tell you!

Our autumn knitalong will have two parts, each one focusing on the technique of knitting from the inside out.

The first part, lasting about a week, will be about knitting four coasters of different styles, designed to get you familiar and comfortable with this technique.

The first coaster, entitled Spiraling Stripes and pictured on the top left, uses four different colors to create a windmill-esque design using stockinette and eyelets to make this fun and playful coaster!

Our second project is Color On Color, as seen in the bottom left of the image below. This design uses increased rounds to make the bullseye pattern along with jogless stripes. This is a personal favorite of mine for the bold color and design.

Number three (shown in the top right corner), is our Seed on Stockinette coaster. It used the seeded stockinette stitch to create this fabulously textured design!

Our last coaster is Garter Spokes (pictured on bottom right corner). Using garter stitch, this project is a great introduction to our knitting from the inside out technique while still being stylish.

The coasters for our knitalong!

The coasters for our knitalong!

The second week will focus on the last part, supersizing your coasters into an afghan or lapghan! Using the same method as the coasters, you will simply “enlarge” or “supersize” your favorite coaster to a fun and beautiful piece that you can keep for yourself or give as a gift (housewarming present, anyone?)!

Week 2's Lapghan/Afghan!

Week 2’s Lapghan/Afghan!

The Who

Our new knitalong will be led by the extremely talented Beth Whiteside who has years of experience as a knit designer and teacher, and moderated by yours truly!

Our knitalong instructor, Beth Whiteside.

Our knitalong instructor, Beth Whiteside.

The Where

This knitalong will be hosted on our Creative Knitting magazine Ravelry page which you can get to from this link.

The Why

Do I really need to give any more reasons? This project will work up in a breeze and knitting from the inside out will become one of your new favorite techniques! I know I’m excited to get started and you should be too!

The Details 

Time for all the “knitty-gritty”!

  1. Head over to the Creative Knitting Knitalong page to download your free pattern!
  2. Visit Annie’s to pick your colors of Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday Worsted for your coasters and lapghan/afghan (pick different colors to mix and match your coasters or go for all one color)
  3. Make sure to show up on July 31 to join in on the beginning of our knitalong on Creative Knitting Ravelry Fans Group to introduce yourself and get started!
  4. Then mark your calendar for August 7 when we start the second part of our knitalong: the lapghan/afghan with Beth Whiteside!

Then when it’s all said and done visit us on Facebook to share your completed projects!

There you have it! All you need to know about our new and exciting knitalong! I hope you’re as excited about this as I am!

See you on Ravelry,

Jaclyn Sign off

 

P.S- Leave a comment with any questions or thoughts you have! We love to hear from you!

 

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The Editor Wants to Know: Do You Substitute Yarns in Patterns?

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

Some patterns list generic worsted weight, lace weight, etc. yarn that forces you to find your own fiber. But how about when there is a specific yarn listed in the materials list? Do you always follow what is said? Or do you go your own way and choose an old standby or a hot new brand you’ve been dying to try?

 

 

Drop a comment and let us know! We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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Gather Around for a WWKPD Tale!

Hello, hello!

Jaclyn here on a warm Monday afternoon and today I felt like talking about a pretty important day in the knitter’s world– World Wide Knit in Public day!

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event and my very first time participating in it!

June 13th was the date and I have been clamoring to write about my experience with it to (hopefully) amuse and entertain you and then I’d LOVE to hear your stories about this special day!

So, without further ado, my WWKPD tale…

That weekend I was in Indianapolis for an event/award show my father was participating in so of course I went to A.) support my family, and B.) check out some new yarn shops (because a girl’s got to have priorities, you know?).

I was well aware that Knit in Public day would soon be upon us so you can imagine my dismay when I realized in my hurry that I had left my knitting arsenal at home. With this tragic news in mind, my first stop was a local yarn shop to pick up supplies.

My goodies procured at a LYS.

Goodies in hand, I breathed a sigh of relief as that terrible panic of a knitter without a project subsided.

Fast forward to the following night (AKA- the night of the public knitting), I stand outside a reception hall. Little black dress and heels on, makeup and hair sprayed to perfection…with my small knitting tote right beside me.

Perhaps one of the strangest places I have knitted was seated at an award banquet. Crazy? Maybe, but I like to call it dedication. (There would have been pictures if it wasn’t for the silly no flash photography rule!)

So there’s my World Wide Knit in Public Day story, now I want to hear about yours!!

Tell me in the comments below what you did for this event and share your pictures with me on twitter  and on the Creative Knitting Facebook page– we love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Jaclyn Sign off

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A Knitter’s Introduction

A Knitter’s Introduction 

Jaclyn Nuzum, the new Editorial Assistant at Creative Knitting magazine…That’s me!

Jaclyn Nuzum, the new Editorial Assistant at Creative Knitting magazine…That’s me!

Well hello there! I’m sure right now you’re wondering who this is posting on the Creative Knitting blog that isn’t Kara. Not to worry, all will be revealed shortly.

My name is Jaclyn, not to be confused with the talented Jackie Daugherty that I have the distinct pleasure to work with; I’m Creative Knitting’s new editorial assistant. Kara asked me if I would like to join her blog team and I jumped at the chance so here I am! I’ll be posting on ‘All Things Knitterly’, but I wanted to start out with an introduction.

I recently joined the team here at Creative Knitting, though I have been a fan of the publication for years. I’m now one of those lucky people who can honestly say they love their job and I am thankful every day for that.

I started out crocheting, actually. My mom taught me when I was young, probably around 7-8, but it wasn’t until I was in college that I started to take interest in the two sticks. I had stumbled upon a discarded book at the library, a beginners knitting guide. I looked through it but did not have any revelations. Later that year, I kept thinking about how interesting the patterns and stitches were when I would look online. Deciding that I had had enough looking, I got online and found some videos and taught myself; just me, some yarn, two sticks and a computer screen. I won’t tell you it was easy (you don’t want to see some of my first scarves!), but I kept at it. Fast forward a couple of years and here I am, a much more proficient knitter, though still a student in my craft.

Right now I have about 6 projects going, varying from socks to pillows and I’m always on the hunt to learn that new stitch or technique.

Join me both in my adventures and tribulations in knitting, I promise to make it entertaining!

Warmly,

Jaclyn Sign off

P.S- Stay tuned for some exciting news in the next coming days!

Don’t forget to follow (or friend!) me on Twitter, Pinterest and Ravelry!

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Are You Ready for a Knitting Podcast Like No Other? Power Purls Launches This Fall!

The Power Purls Podcast Starts August 15th! Get on the Pre-Show List!

There are some exciting things coming your way within the next few months, because I’m hosting an all-new knitting podcast, called Power Purls, scheduled to launch this fall.

What makes Power Purls so special?

This bi-weekly podcast is like no other. I will ask those burning questions and uncover what really keeps our needles moving. I will have conversations with savvy knitwear designers, yarn companies and every day knitters with compelling back stories.

Here’s a sampling of the questions I’ll ask each guest:

  • What was that pivotal moment that turned you on to those two sticks and fuzzy stuff?
  • Did you turn to knitting because of the loss of a loved one, an injury or divorce? Dig deep and tell the listeners your story.
  • How has knitting changed your life?
  • How did you turn your passion of knitting into a business?

Visit PowerPurlsPodcast.com to get on the VIP pre-show update list, along with some other goodies and stay in the loop on all things knitterly!

Get on the list. Stay in the loop!

Why should you sign up for the pre-show list? Well, for starters, you’ll get to meet inspiring knitters and designers who share candid stories about what attracted them to this amazing craft and you’ll also get the inside scoop about how they turned their bliss into a business that they love.

When you sign up, here’s what you’ll get:

  • Episode updates each week so you don’t miss a single episode
  • Strategies for how to create and submit stellar designs to magazines
  • You’ll get the editor’s perspective on what publishers are really looking for!
  • Featured guest interviews, tips and advice to enhance your knitting journey

So what are you waiting for? Get in the know, get on the list!

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