knit fit! wrap-up and other updates

I took a day off yesterday after working all weekend at Knit Fit! and getting caught up on a few other things earlier this week, but I’ll be sharing the next post about the Fall/Winter patterns later this afternoon! In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few updates!

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I had the MOST fun at the Paper Tiger booth in the Knit Fit marketplace, and I want to extend a huge thank you to Hannah and Sasa, who put on this event. It was incredibly fun to have such a fantastic marketplace bustling with activity just up the road from the Paper Tiger HQ! I also want to thank everybody who stopped by my booth. So much of what I do involves sitting at a computer, whether I’m writing a pattern, sending emails, or spending time on Ravelry, and while I love being able to see the beautiful pieces knitters make using my patterns, nothing compares to actually getting to interact with them in person. I had patterns and samples on hand for the entire Fall/Winter 13 collection, as well as my bestseller Vasa, and it was so much fun to talk to knitters about the pieces and to see folks trying them on. And a HUGE thank you to everyone who bought patterns! I have to admit I was a little nervous going into this kind of marketplace with only patterns to sell, but I clearly didn’t have to be. It was such a worthwhile experience.

While I am working on a few new patterns (if you picked up a coupon card at Knit Fit, you got a little sneak peek at one of them!), I’m looking forward to things slowing down a little bit now that the collection’s finally out. As a result, one of my main goals for the next several weeks is to knock out some of my long-term WIPs that have been languishing for the last few months (some for much longer). Here’s a look at some personal projects that are on the needles:

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Row 1: faire du véloalpaca lily mittens
Row 2: lillebarns mariushansker til mor
Row 3: winter is comingnorske sokker

Some of these projects are closer than others to being finished; Faire du Vélo is really quite close so I’ve been working on that one, and the gloves for my mother (hansker til mor) just need fingers, and they’re long overdue, so they’re high priority. The Icelandic shawl (winter is coming) is actually also really close, but I don’t know how I’m ever going to figure out where in the lace repeats I am. The biggest problem with my WIP pile is that they really are all things I want to finish. How do you motivate yourself to finish long-term WIPs?

knit fit! and a vasa knitalong

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Have you been thinking about knitting Vasa? Then it’s the perfect time to head over to Ravelry and join the September knitalong hosted by Holland Road Yarn Co. of Wellington, New Zealand! Of course, the southern hemisphere is heading into their spring, which makes it the perfect time for southern hemisphere knitters to cast on, but if you live in some of the warmer places up here in the northern hemisphere (like my home state of North Carolina) you’ve still got a month or two of Vasa-appropriate weather. I was quite excited when I discovered that Tash, who owns HRYC, had chosen Vasa for her store’s September KAL, because I had *just* been reading about the store and her yarn, Knitsch, in Extra Curricular magazine. I love it when worlds collide and I’m hoping to work with some Knitsch sock on a design for winter or early spring release… but more on that later!

If you want to join the Vasa KAL for September, you can find the Ravelry thread right here. I’ve been enjoying seeing different Vasa tees pop up on Ravelry – it’s so fun to see what colors everyone chooses! I hope some of you will join in for the KAL.

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My other announcement today is that Paper Tiger will be a vendor at this year’s Knit Fit! marketplace. Knit Fit is a knitting even in Seattle with classes, lectures, and a free-entry marketplace. This year it runs November 2-3 at the Ballard Community Center, and the list of instructors can be found here. I will be releasing my Fall/Winter 2013 collection in the week leading up to it, so I’ll have printed copies of collection patterns available and samples on display in the booth! I’m also hoping to put together a few kits, for pieces from the collection and hopefully a few of my other patterns as well (Pine Bough Cowl, anyone?).

If you’re in the Seattle area and a trip to Chicago for Vogue Knitting Live! is a little out of your budget, Knit Fit is a fantastic local alternative. You can view the schedule of classes and events here, and registration can be found here. If you’re not up for any classes, you should still pop by the marketplace and say hello! Registration isn’t necessary for the free-entry marketplace. I hope to see some of you there!