Hello Knitter Friends! It’s been a while I know. I’d be a liar if I said that 2020 has not been completely insane and upside down! So far this year I’ve gone from working in an Office at my place of employment, to working from home, to schools closing for the remainder of the school year, to navigating the distance learning for my 2nd grader, to not knowing what day it is or who I am. Ha ha ha!
On the upside of all the crazy in the world, because I have to look for a silver lining, I’ve been able to finish drafting and publishing a new pattern for my JessKnits Ravlery Shop. The pattern is Rhythm in the Needles, it is a brioche knit cowl that can be knit with one color or two contrasting colors of either sock or fingering weight yarn. It is suitable for both solid and variegated yarns. It knits up wonderfully squishy and cozy and perfect for fall and winter seasons. Here’s the super exciting part! This pattern is FREE! You read that right….FREE!!! You can’t beat that price! I really wanted to create a fun and free pattern for my knitters.
I know brioche seems hard and scary and just way to complicated to try. Trust me, it is not near as hard as it looks. I also use to feel this way. I admired brioche projects but was way too intimidated to actually try it. But, one I felt adventurous and gave it a try. I found an excellent YouTube tutorial (hint – I included a link in the pattern to this vary tutorial) that made everything click for me. I became obsessed with brioche!
I named this pattern Rhythm in the Needles because brioche knitting has a very soothing rhythm to each round that instantly transports me into a zen mode. I could knit brioche hats with matching cowls (Rhythm in the Needles cowls of course) all day long. Once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to add this pattern to your “mindless” knitting category for tv knitting, travel knitting, lunch break knitting, the possibilities are endless. You can go directly to the pattern page HERE. I really hope you will download this pattern and give it a go. It is so much fun to knit and wear.
In other new and super exciting news. I am working on a new knitting podcast called JessKnits Podcast. Original right?! You can find the podcast and listen to the trailer HERE. Podcasting is very new to me so and I am getting used to hearing my own voice. I’m working on the first episode and hope to publish it soon. You can listen to the podcast on the Anchor app or website, or just about anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Right now I know it is available on Spotify for sure. I am working on getting it available on other podcast platforms like Apple podcast. Keep an eye out for a blog post all about the new podcast.
Until next time,
I’m not sure how we made it to October this fast! Out of all of the seasons Fall is my favorite. The temperatures start to come down, the change in the colors on the leaves, warm wooly knits, hot coco, I could go on and on. It also just so happens that my birthday is in October. I like to celebrate every year by offering a discount on my designs in my JessKnits Ravelry shop. This year is no exception. This year, in honor of my birth month I am offering all of my designs 50% off! No minimums, no maximums. Also, no code needed, the discount will automatically apply when you add one of my JessKnits Designs to your cart.
I really hope you will join me in celebrating October and visit my shop.
Again Happy Fall Ya’ll! And as always, Happy Knitting!
How in the world are we already at the beginning of July?! 2019 is just flying by so fast. I’m excited to announce the July promotion that I am offering in my JessKnits Ravelry pattern shop. I’m so excited about it, that I am going to start the promotion a day early! Start on June 29th and running through the entire month of July I am offering BOGO on my published designs. Purchase 1 JessKnits pattern and receive a second pattern or equal or lesser value for free!
You read that right! All you have to do is add two JessKnits patterns to your cart and one of them will be discounted to be free! This applies to every pattern in my Ravelry shop. I’m really excited to offer this promotion as my hopes are that this will encourage knitters to not only purchase but to create a project and share it on Ravelry. I want so badly to see other knitters knitting my designs and sharing them in Ravelry so I can see them and comment on them and how good they turned out.
I have several new designs that I am currently working on and hoping to get published to my shop before the end of July. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of those. I’m also excited to tell you that I am starting the cuff on the first sleeve of my first ever sweater design. It is coming along so good. I am super super excited about this sweater. I’ll have to post a teaser photo of it once the first sleeve is completely done. It’s going to be great!
Here’s the handy dandy link to my pattern shop: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/jess-knits
I really hope you will take a look at my pattern shop and snag two patterns for the price of one during the month of July. Please when you create a project page in Ravelry, tag me on it so I can see it. I hope everyone has had a good June and that your July is good as well.
Well 2019, you sure have not been dull I’ll give you that. I cannot believe that we are already half way through this year. I’ve made some good progress on some of my fiber arts related goals. I’m close to finishing up my first free cowl pattern that I hope to have released soon. I know soon is such a vague timeframe. I’ve written the pattern and putting the finishing touches on it. I just want to make sure the bind off instructions are clear and easy to follow and that I have all the necessary resources that a knitter might need to help.
My biggest project that I have been working on for well over a year, maybe almost two is my first sweater design. I’ve gotten one of the sleeves almost done and ready to start the cuff. I am so excited and proud of how this design is coming together. I still have a long long way to go to get this design ready. I still have to draft the pattern, grade it, and then a round or two of test knitting. Going into this I did not realize just how much effort that designers go through to publish those amazing sweater designs I had been knitting. I am determined to get this pattern out, I don’t know when, but it will be published.
In other news, it’s finally summer! YAY! Work is crazy busy, Alexis is in day camp for the summer that she is loving, and I got to break out the shorts and flip flops. It’s been a fairly rainy start to the summer, but that just means lot of knitting time.
What has everyone been up to? I hope you all are having a great start to your summers and finding time for lots of knitting.
Until next time,
I’m so excited that Spring is finally starting to show up here. My redbud trees are blooming out and are looking better than last year. Hopefully my dogwood will start blooming out soon too.
With the arrival of Spring comes the outdoor activities that tend to interrupt my knitting. For example, last weekend we had a family Jeep invasion down at Robber’s Cave. Did I take my knitting with me? Yes I did. Did I accomplish much knitting? No I did not. I also had envisioned finishing up a new pattern that I wanted to publish this week as well, but alas that also did not happen.
Also, a new adventure that we are taking on as a family that will slightly impact my knitting time (though it will no doubt create some amazing places you can knit photos) is kayaking. We bought three kayaks for our family and are looking forward to some fun adventures on the water. Also, if anyone has any recommendations for excellent dry bags for my knitting pass those along! My kayak has a “water proof” storage, but I don’t know how much I trust that.
Here is a picture of the kayaks for my daughter (orange) and myself (green) on top of the hubby’s Jeep.
I’m working this week and this weekend on finishing up the pattern for a new brioche cowl (very basic and beginner friendly) that I intend to release for free in my Ravelry shop, hopefully next week (fingers crossed). Keep an eye out for that.
Other items on my to do list for spring is to get my design studio cleaned out and cleaned up. I have some major decluttering and organizing ahead of me for that. Right now it looks like two tornados hit it! Once I get it organized I have a lot of ideas for decorating the walls to make it a really creative and inspiring place.
I have so many ideas and plans for my fiber arts passion, there is a lot of planning and work going on behind the scenes here. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me in the fiber arts world.
Right now I am tied up in brioche knitting. I am working on a hat and cowl set for my daughter, and I started a second colorful hat just because.
Keep an eye out for two free patterns to be released as soon as I can get the pattern writing wrapped up. I also have a sweater pattern that is in the middle of the design process and a tunic/tank design that is at the beginning of the design process. I’m super excited for these patterns and cannot wait to share them with you!