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Important Announcement
By host Saturday, October 24, 2009 @ 9:00 AM :: 25856 Views :: announcements

After much internal debate, I’ve decided that the Fall 2009 issue of knotions will be the final issue.

This was not a decision I came to lightly, and one that I’ve wrestled with for quite some time now.  The knitting community welcomed knotions and I loved meeting so many new people throughout the past 18 months.

However, after publishing five issues I do not foresee the magazine being able to sustain a high quality of patterns on an advertising-based revenue model.  Right now, a large portion of the fees are personally funded by me. 

I considered several alternatives:

  • Offering a mix of both free and for-purchase patterns
  • Creating a subscription-based model – for example, $20/year for all patterns
  • Opening ads to be issue-wide to be able to offer ads at lower rates and be more accessible to smaller companies, indie dyers, etc

After some analysis, none of these options seemed viable.

I've really enjoyed working with you all - knitters and designers - and I've gained some great learning and insight, and have made many new friends in the process.  I'll never regret having started knotions but I do feel it's time to say goodbye.

The web site will remain live indefinitely.  If I ever get to a point where hosting the site isn't viable I will give plenty of warning so designers and knitters can work around it. 

Thank you all for your support!


bramblewood KAL
By host Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 9:53 AM :: 105990 Views :: announcements

bramblewoodBramblewood has become an instant favorite from the fall 2009 issue.  With its top down construction, simple lines, feminine shaping, and cable details it's a wearable piece that can go from office to weekend.

If you're planning to knit Bramblewood stop by the knotions ravelry group and join the KAL.  Ask questions, help fellow knitters, and be inspired by the WIP and FO pics.

I'll be there as both a participant - my Bramblewood yarn arrived yesterday - and a moderator.

Fall Preview is Up
By host Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 10:29 PM :: 51666 Views :: announcements

Come take a look, queue what you like in ravelry and come back for launch on Tuesday :)

rising fogbramblewoodsmock top


Sock Mini Issue - Installment #3 is Up!
By host Sunday, August 9, 2009 @ 4:02 PM :: 21532 Views :: announcements

Today's free pattern is Lazy Daisy, an anklet out of Crystal Palace Panda Cotton - a bamboo, cotton and elastic blend.  It's a great sock yarn alternative for those of you with a wool allergy or if you're just looking for a sock good for warmer weather.

And of course, we have today's knitmore girls update from Sock Summit in Portland.  Get a peek into some of the wares at vendor hall and hear about the ravelry party.

lazy daisy socks

Sock Mini Issue - Installment #2 is Up!
By host Saturday, August 8, 2009 @ 4:09 PM :: 34312 Views :: announcements

Today's pattern is up - bella socks, and the latest field update from the knitmore girls is too.

For today's sock I wanted to design something simpler that could be worked with a variety of handdyed and striped yarns.  Only one color is used per round.  I included a gusseted, short row heel.  Tomorrow we'll have a tutorial on adding a gusset to other patterns' short row heels.

bella socks

Sock Mini Issue - Installment 1 is up!
By host Friday, August 7, 2009 @ 11:17 AM :: 7517 Views :: announcements

We have a new free sock pattern, the knitmore girls' daily field update, an article on comparing sock techniques, and a tutorial on adding elastic thread to your knee highs.

Enjoy and we'll be back tomorrow with another installment.


Sock Summit Field Update - Day 1
By host Thursday, August 6, 2009 @ 6:59 AM :: 8555 Views :: announcements

Knitmore Girls Jasmin and Gigi arrived safely in Portland yesterday.  Get the scoop on their day, the knitters they ran into, and a sneak peak at some of the yarn they scoped out in the vendor hall. {read the full article}

They'll be back tomorrow morning to tell us all about Opening Day, and we'll have the first of our free patterns and tutorials up for you as well.

We're 1!
By host Tuesday, August 4, 2009 @ 6:34 AM :: 9166 Views :: announcements

A year ago today we launched our first issue!

I remember how crazy the weeks leading up to that day were.  Experimenting with layouts for the patterns, working with the designers to get instructions right, working every night until 10 or 11 o'clock.  And then when I was ready to launch, biting my nails and hoping that everything worked, that the server wouldn't crash and that you all liked what we had to offer.

The server didn't crash that day, but it sure did the day before the launch of issue 2 (winter).  It took a full two weeks and countless hours on the phone with tech support to fix things, and in the end I had to switch hosting providers to resolve the problem.  That was a very stressful time and your supportive comments really kept me going.

The launch of issue 3 (spring) had to be delayed due to my mom's illness.  It was a scary few months but I'm happy to report that mom is doing really well (yay mom!), and the spring issue launched without much trouble as well.

By the time we got to issue 4 (summer), things were going pretty smoothly.  I was worried about the timing because I had unintentionally scheduled it to launch the Tuesday after Maryland Sheep & Wool.  But it all worked out and the issue launched on time.  Phew!

In the past year I've made a lot of new friends - our designers, who create the beautiful work that grace our pages; our advertisers, who make it possible to produce the magazine; and most of all, you - our readers.  I couldn't ask for a better set of people to share all this with - your support, your kind words, your encouragement are all appreciated more than I can say.

And for that I have a little surprise for you!  As you may have heard (wink wink) there's this little thing called Sock Summit this weekend in Portland, Oregon.  If you're able to attend, that's great!  But if you're like me, other commitments (*cough* fall issue *cough*) are keeping you from attending.  So, in celebration of our first anniversary, and as a small token of our thanks and appreciation to all our readers we're doing Knotions Commotions - a mini issue dedicated to sock knitting.

Starting Friday and continuing throughout the weekend we'll release new sock patterns, tutorials and articles. And as a special surprise I'm super excited to announce that we've teamed up with the Knitmore Girls (I love their podcast) for daily Sock Summit reports from the field.  Even if you can't attend the summit you can still enjoy a little socky goodness.

So get your needles ready, pick out some of your favorite sock yarn, and join us on Friday to kick it off!

Follow us on Twitter
By host Tuesday, July 7, 2009 @ 7:08 PM :: 5773 Views :: quick bits

We're now on twitter - @knotions. Follow us for quick knotions updates as well as links to all things knitting that we like - FOs, yarns, books, sales - anything we find interesting.

Sign Up for Knotions Announcements
By host Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 7:53 AM :: 11928 Views :: announcements

Many of you have asked that we send email announcements when new things happen on the site - when an issue launches, when we start a new contest, or when new free patterns or articles are posted.  So, we've created a google group to send monthly announcements to you all.

We selected google because you don't need a gmail account - you can use any email address you choose.

To sign up, visit the group home page.

And we promise not to inundate you with email - we'll send approximately one email per month.

New Book Review - One Ball Knits Purses
By host Tuesday, June 2, 2009 @ 3:54 PM :: 6875 Views :: new article

sunshine hobo and ice cubeOur latest review gives you the scoop on the newest book in the One Ball Knits series.  One Ball Knits Purses is full of fashionable bags with stylish details.

{read the review}

summer issue is live!
By host Monday, May 4, 2009 @ 3:42 PM :: 7441 Views :: announcements

come on over and check it out!

Summer Preview
By host Friday, May 1, 2009 @ 12:24 PM :: 7165 Views :: announcements

The preview of our summer issue is out.  Check it out.

lazearred delicioustesla

Thrift Shop Savvy: In search of knits
By host Friday, April 10, 2009 @ 6:12 AM :: 92356 Views :: guest bloggers

Betz White, author of Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials shares some of her great advice on finding knits that can be reused and turned into something new.

Read her tips and register to win a free copy of Sewing Green.

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review: Sewing Green
By host Thursday, April 9, 2009 @ 7:43 AM :: 74815 Views :: reviews


Sewing Green Cover

Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials by Betz White.

The timing for the release of this book couldn't be better -- we're feeling more environmentally conscious than ever, and economically we're aiming to use and reuse what we have.

The book is split into three chapters.  Chapter One - Thinking Green - guides us through the basics of repurposing and reuse.  Betz believes that every bit helps, and tells us "this book is not about guilt or sacrifice", but rather she outliness simple changes to how we approach new projects by suggesting "[r]ather than making a beeline for the fabric store...check out resale shops first".  She gives good tips on how to prepare our new-to-us reuse items and points out some surprising uses for thrifty purchases, like using canvas belts as handles for a tote.  Betz also reviews new eco-friendly materials such as organic cottons and wools, and lesser known fabrics such as cork leather, corn fabric (PLA) and recycled polyester (PET).

Sewing Green

Chapter Two - Projects -  range from clothing and accessories to home decor, bags and reusable items to replace everyday disposable ones.  The projects break down like this:

  • 11 home decor - blankets, pillow cases, aprons, napkin rings, a draft buster
  • 5 clothing and accessories - skirts, lounge pants, slippers a scarf and a hat
  • 7 bags and accessories - totes, toys, bags and a waller
  • 3 reusable items - a sandwich wrap, a produce bag and a water sling
Sewing Green

The projects range from simple to intermediate and are accompanied by finished measurements, a materials list and step-by-step instructions.  The projects all have multiple pics to show the whole item as well as some close-up shots.  For patterns that have smaller pieces, the cutting lines are in the book itself and require a copier to use them (some need to be enlarged).  For larger pieces (such as the lounge pants) there is a tissue paper insert at the back of the book.  It's printed on both sides so you'll need to trace them out before using.

The book is sprinkled with "Eco-Logic" sidebars such as Furoshiki (eco-friendly gift wrapping), Green Sewing Spaces and Reducing Textile Waste, and "Eco-Innovators" introduce us to a few businesses and non-profits that work in the green/reuse space, such as Crispina ffrench and Alabama Chanin.

Chapter Three - Tools, Techniques & Resources - gives us the basics of sewing (e.g. machine and handstitching, clipping corners, how to miter and attaching buttons), as well as a resource list on where to find the more unusual materials featured in the book.

Even if you don't make a single project from the book, it's a great source for inspiration and training your eye on imagining how to take an old object and make it into something new again.

If you liked the review, come back tomorrow when we'll have Betz White guest blogging about "Thrift Shop Savvy Knits" and signup for your chance to win a free copy of Sewing Green.


guest blogger: heather ross
By host Tuesday, March 31, 2009 @ 9:44 AM :: 11746 Views :: guest bloggers

Heather Ross, author of Weekend Sewing, teaches us the differences between fabrics with drape and fabrics with body.

Read the article and register to win a free copy of Heather's book!


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book review: weekend sewing
By host Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @ 10:39 AM :: 23259 Views

Weekend Sewing Mosaic

Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching by Heather Ross

I'm so excited to make this book our first sewing book review on Knotions.  It's a lovely book with beautiful photography and great illustrations.

First, the basics.  The book's projects are divided into 3 stories:

  • Home and Away - 12 projects including 3 bags, napkins, a tablecloth and a dishtowel, a pillowcase and slippers, an apron and a checkbook cover.
  • Dressing Up and Down - 10 projects including 4 dresses, pajama bottoms, a blouse, a wrap skirt, a head scarf and a bag.
  • Sewing for Kids - 7 projects including a baby blanket, 2 dresses, 2 tops, and a pair of pants.

The women's clothing sizes are graded in a typical Small / Medium / Large:

  • Bust - 32 - 42"
  • Waist - 26 - 38"
  • Hip - 35 - 46"

If you fall outside of the size ranges, the projects are simple enough that up- or down-sizing shouldn't be too difficult.  Since all the sizes are included in the pattern sheets you'll be able to use them as a guide for your own grading.  An important note - similar to many sewing books, the book comes with 2 sheets of paper with all the patterns outlined on it.  You'll have to either trace out your pattern or photocopy it in order to keep the original patterns in tact.

By my estimate, the difficulty levels range from easy to mid-level.  A beginner could start with something like the napkins or pillowcases to practice cutting and piecing of straight edges, grow into the bags for non-fussy shaping and curved seams, and graduate to one of the garments for hems, facings, darts, and setting in sleeves.

The designs in the book evoke a weekend sensibility - easy living pieces for lounging (hello pajama bottoms excuse me while I plot excuses to wear you to the office), non-workday chores (tote bags and garden gloves), and days out strolling about town (the summer blouse and trapeze sundress). 

The projects are quite versatile too.  Take the trapeze dress and cut it shirt length and you have a cute top, shorten the pajama bottoms and you have a great pair of loungey shorts for warm weather.  The book hasn't been out very long but there are already some great variations popping up online.  Here are a few:

There's a flickr group for the book {visit the Weekend Sewing flickr group} and Heather keeps her own Tips, Tricks and Errata on her blog as well {visit Heather's Weekend Sewing Errata & FAQ}.

While the projects are fun it's the details that make this book shine.  Heather's own illustrations give you step-by-step details on how to execute the written instructions.  No need to worry if you're laying out the pattern properly, where to snip those corners for the facing, or how to set-in your first sleeve.

You'll also find great tips on the main project page.  Heather gives you guidance on the types of fabrics to use for each project, as well as suggestions for the appropriate machine needle, thread, and how to best cut out the pieces.

In the final chapter, Sewing Basics, we learn how to choose the right sewing machine, matching a fabric to a project, preparing fabric for sewing, tracing the patterns and cutting out the individual pieces.  This chapter also includes a glossary of popular tools sprinkled with tidbits of info based on Heather's own experiences.

The book offers a lot for both new sewers and experienced sewers alike with solid, basic projects that allow you to follow its directions closely or use them as the starting point for something uniquely yours.

If you're interested in the book, we're going to have Heather as a guest blogger later this week when she'll cover the basics of fabric body versus drape (a great topic for those of you who are more familiar with knitted fabrics) and you'll have a chance to enter a drawing for your own copy of Weekend Sewing.

reader FOs: magic mirror mittens
By host Tuesday, March 17, 2009 @ 7:41 AM :: 16791 Views :: reader FOs

Magic Mirrors were one of your favorite projects from the winter issue -- FOs of just about every color have been popping up.  Click through to see the details...

magic mirror mosaic

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Call for Submissions: Fall '09
By host Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @ 5:02 AM :: 8195 Views :: announcements

Hello Designers!

Submissions for the Fall 2009 issue are officially open.  The Fall issue will be our fifth issue and will be our biggest issue yet.  It launches on August 3, 2009 to give knitters time to finish their projects before the season hits.

Here are the details...

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Tricornu: Sewing Tutorial
By host Tuesday, March 10, 2009 @ 11:37 AM :: 87419 Views

Several of you have emailed or commented that you'd like to make a Tricornu but are having trouble with the sewing.  Here's a step by step tutorial to help you get through the hard part.

tricornu step 1

Step 1: Cut 2 squares the same size.  Make 1/4" snips at the midpoint of each of the edges.

tricornu step 2

Step 2: With Right Sides together, align the top square so its top meets the midway point snip of the bottom fabric.  Now, move the top fabric up 1/4".  Pin in place.

tricornu step 3

Step 3: Sew a 1/4" seam about halfway down from where the 2 fabrics meet.  Turn item 90 degrees.

tricornu step 4

Step 4: Rotate the top fabric 90° so the raw edges of both layers meet again.  Use a pencil or other small instrument to work the fabric under the presser foot.

tricornu step 5

 Step 5: Fold the fabric as pictured to prepare to sew the next seam.

tricornu step 6

Step 6: Sew a 1/4" seam taking care not to sew through the fold (the fold is only there to help keep the fabric under control while you're sewing).  Stop the seam 1/4" before the edge of the top fabric.

Continue in same manner, sewing along all edges leaving a gap to turn the piece inside out.

tricornu sewing done

The final sewn item will look awkward, but once it's turned right side out and stuffed it will take on its final shape.


Summer Submission Deadline
By host Tuesday, March 3, 2009 @ 3:59 AM :: 14166 Views :: announcements

Hello Designers!

Are you stll working on the final touches of your summer submission?  Or maybe you're hurrily knitting on it hoping to sneak in at the last minute?

If you're still working on a submission feel free to check in and let me know.  I usually make final decisions about a month before the next issue goes live so you still have some time (especially if I know it's coming).  I heard from a few of you in the past couple days but just in case you're too shy to ask I thought a blog post would be helpful too.

And if you're really running behind, the fall issue is only 5 months away at this point (can you believe we're already talking fall?).  We have an extra big issue in store for fall and it's never too early to start thinking about it.

If you have any questions, please email me at editor AT knotions DOT com.

Spring 09 is Live!
By host Monday, February 23, 2009 @ 9:07 PM :: 6154 Views :: announcements

We're live!

A few of the highlights:

  • 15 new free patterns
  • A new series Fabric Row combining knitting and sewing into the same design
  • A Knitter's Guide to Seattle
  • Review of Nashua's new magazine Nashua Handknitting Magazine


Spring Issue Preview Is Up!
By host Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 9:38 PM :: 3191 Views

We're just under a week away from launch.  Come on over and check out the preview!

quick bit: spring previews
By host Thursday, January 8, 2009 @ 3:32 PM :: 4846 Views :: quick bits

Even though winter solstice just passed us, previews of spring lines are starting to come out.  Here are a few projects to dream about while you're finishing up that colorwork mitten or tweed cardi you have on your needles.

Rowan 45

Three stories make up the newest volume of Rowan:

Bloom - Ruffles, eyelets, and other feminine touches in a muted palette.

Driftwood - Looser silhouettes with refined elements in a natural palette of taupes and blues.

Evergreen - A spirited palette of greens, deeper pinks, mustard and burnt orange showcases colorwork, stripes and a bit of lacey texture.

{view the preview}

Norah Gaughan Vol 4

The latest installment in the always-anticipated Norah Gaughan series from Berroco has two stories:

Flower Child - Peasant-style flowing garments and subtlely shaped tops give a reminiscent nod to the 70s.

Excess - Explore pleats, tucks and other clever ways of sculpting with extra knitted fabric.

{view the preview at kaleidoscope yarns}



quick bit: fiber baristas
By host Tuesday, January 6, 2009 @ 7:16 AM :: 4483 Views :: quick bits

It won't come as a shock to any of you when I say that indie yarn dyeing has exploded in the past few years.  It's a lot of fun to see the artistry of each dyer -- kettle dyeing and hand painting, muted tones and brights, traditional merino and specialty fibers (bluefaced leicester, cormo to name a few).

In a market with so many beautiful choices it can sometimes be hard to choose what's next to try. The ladies from nine indie dyers came together to create Fiber Baristas - a nine month club giving you a chance to sample all nine dyers' work.  If you've considered joining a club but weren't sure you wanted to commit to a single dyer this club may be for you.

fiber baristas

The first years' club is called Postcards From Home.  Each month the featured dyer will work up something special to reflect her region of the world.  Registrations are open until January 31st and the club runs from March through November.


Submissions Update: Spring and Summer
By host Sunday, January 4, 2009 @ 2:23 PM :: 3793 Views :: announcements

I hope everyone had a great holiday!

I've been enjoying seeing all the knotions projects pop up on Ravelry and the blogs.  At writing, there are over 200 active projects from the Winter issue on Ravelry, and the designs are in over 5,000 queues!  With all that love I'm sure you're all curious what's in store for the next couple of issues.  Here's an update.

Spring 2009 - Submissions Update

The spring issue will be released in mid-February.  With the holidays in the mix it's been a challenge for the contributors to enjoy the season *and* complete their submissions.  We'll be adjusting our Spring release date for future years as well so we won't need to move dates around after this.

If you submitted a design for spring expect to hear back from us within the week.  Final decisions are being made now (some accepts and declines have been sent out but we still have quite a few to work through).

Summer 2009 - Call For Submissions

Summer knitting is the time for smaller projects and lighter weight yarns.  Think cotton, bamboo, linen and hemp.  For project types, in addition to socks which are a must-have summer project in my book, think lace stoles and shawls, light weight garments such as tanks and vests, and accessory projects such as jewelry, belts and bags.  If you have an idea for a combo knit/fabric project, this is the season for it.

If you have an idea you'd like to discuss with me, please .

tweed raglan: blocking
By host Monday, December 29, 2008 @ 7:37 AM :: 5619 Views :: raglan series, designs: the process

The tweed raglan is finally blocking...

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The Bibliophile's Wishlist
By host Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 4:52 AM :: 24891 Views :: new article

Carol Sulcoski shares her top picks for the holiday season...

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Spring submission deadline is approaching!
By host Wednesday, November 26, 2008 @ 7:08 AM :: 5117 Views

The deadline for spring submissions is Monday, December 1st.  It's interesting to see things ebb and flow.  In previous issues, sock submissions were the highest, and this go-round it's the opposite.

In fact, right now - we need more socks!  If you have an idea for a pair of socks and would still like to submit a proposal, please do so.  I can work with you on the deadline. 

And if you're not the sock-designing type, by all means please submit what interests you!  Given that I've said in the past "no more socks!" I thought it best to let you all know that we're a little low on socks for this issue.

And as always, if you're planning to submit but aren't going to make it by December 1st, please let me know.  I'm happy to work with you on timing (several of the projects in this issue were submitted after the deadline) but it's good to know what's still coming in so I save a spot for you.

Thanks, and if you're in the US - have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Winter 2008 is Live!
By host Sunday, November 16, 2008 @ 5:13 PM :: 3326 Views :: announcements

I'm pleased beyond words to announce that this issue IS LIVE!!!! 

I hope you find it was worth the wait.

{visit Knotions Winter 2008}

New Digs!
By host Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 8:34 AM :: 3579 Views :: announcements

If you're reading this you're hitting the site via the new hosting provider!

Let's give this a couple days to make sure everything transitions smoothly.  I'll update the blog as soon as we launch!

Winter Launch - The Latest
By host Wednesday, November 12, 2008 @ 1:15 PM :: 4162 Views :: announcements

We've been migrated to the new platform and are taking stock to make sure everything is configured properly.  So far things are looking good.

We'll monitor the site to confirm we get at least 48 hours of uninterrupted service before we launch (we don't want to launch only to have a technical problem).

Thank you all SO MUCH for your outpouring of good wishes and supportive comments.  I am floored by how great you all have been through it all.

I think we're really close!

Winter Launch - another update
By host Tuesday, November 4, 2008 @ 11:08 AM :: 5284 Views :: announcements

We're getting closer.  I finally got a real update from the ISP.  We know exactly what the issue is and we've developed a short term and long term fix.

The ETA on the short-term fix is 24 hours.  The ETA on the long-term fix is TBD (they actually tried to implement it this morning but it failed).

So, the big question on your minds is when will we launch?  Well, it's on my mind too!  We'll launch as soon as we're stable -- and by that I mean as soon as we have a full day without this problem.  The earliest that will be is tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.  Once things are rolled out I'll be sure to post on Ravelry, on this blog and on my own blog so you'll all be sure to know.

Thanks again for all your support and patience these past couple days.  Technology is fun, isn't it?


Winter 2008 Launches Tonight (EST)
By host Monday, November 3, 2008 @ 5:17 AM :: 3596 Views :: announcements

Just a quick note to let you all know that we'll be launching tonight.

As luck would have it, the site had a problem with the hosting provider and had to undergo some emergency maintenance last night.  We've now been moved to a brand new server.  I just tested the site and it looks like our new digs are working fine so we should be in great shape for tonight's launch.  While I would have preferred it didn't happen at all, better to happen right before launch than right after.

I'll post here when we launch, but it should be late evening EST.

I'm sorry for the delay!

Winter Preview is Up!
By host Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 6:33 PM :: 3427 Views :: announcements

I'll keep this one brief -- the preview is up!

Countdown to Launch!
By host Tuesday, October 21, 2008 @ 1:19 PM :: 3478 Views :: announcements

The Good News

Can you believe we're less than 2 weeks away from the launch of the second issue?  Last issue I swore I would find a way to have more content on the blog in the weeks leading up to launch, but here we are 13 days away.  There's lots going on behind the scenes though -- pattern editing, photo cropping, chart making, and web site building.

The Better News

We do have a fun little giveaway in store for you with this next issue. Yarn!  Needles!  Books!  You'll need to be a member of the site in order to take part in the give aways.  I know, signing up for a site can be a pain.  We promise not to rent or sell your information -- what you share with us is only for us at Knotions.  If you haven't registered yet, visit our registration form -- it should only take a minute -- and you'll be all set to take part in the give aways when the site launches.

And Saving the Best for Last

If you're anxiously awaiting the preview, it will be up on Thursday!

Fall Raglan: WIP shot
By host Sunday, October 12, 2008 @ 6:13 PM :: 5112 Views :: raglan series, designs: the process

Here's a quick shot of the raglan's progress -- the body and all but an inch of the first sleeve are done.   The waist and bust shaping flanks the cable on the body, and I worked the shaping of the flared sleeve into the cable so it's nice and tidy (click through to Flickr for notes).

I'm still in love with this yarn (Tahki Sedona 90% Wool, 10% Silk) and the body blocked beautifully -- it grew in wdith but not much at all in length (*so* thankful my gauge swatch was right!).

Only 5 days to knit until Rhinebeck...

ps - yes, I'm still planning to publish yardage requirements in time for Rhinebeck -- although probably not until Friday.  If you need them earlier let me know and I can give you an estimate.




A Not-Quite-Preview of the Winter Issue
By host Saturday, October 11, 2008 @ 9:48 AM :: 4094 Views :: announcements

I keep getting emails and messages on Ravelry asking when the next issue launches.  I love hearing how excited you all are!

Mark your calendars -- the big day is Monday, November 3rd.

It's a huge issue and I am so excited for you all to see it!  It's twice as big as the last one -- with more garments, more accessories, and more articles.

While we're not quite ready to do the official preview, I just updated the list of yarns used in the Winter issue and I thought you all might enjoy seeing what was used in the designs.   This will give you a little sense of what's to come.

Look for the official preview in about 2 weeks!

Yarns used in the Winter Issue

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock That Rock
Caron Simply Soft Heather
Cascade Cash Vero
Commodum Aran Tweed
Crystal Palace Panda Cotton
Elann Peruvian Highland Silk
Filatura Di Crosa Baby Kid Extra
Fonty BB Merinos
GGH Samoa
Handmaiden Yarns Great Big Sea
Hayfield Double Knitting Superwash
Jaeger Silk
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Kettle Dyed
Knit Picks Palette
Louet Gems
Luxury Collection Baby Alpaca Sport
Malabrigo Chunky
Malabrigo Worsted
Miss Babs Yummy Monochrome Superwash
Online Linie 155 Supercool
Queensland Kathmandu Aran
Rowan All Seasons Cotton
Schaefer Yarn Company Helene
Schoeller and Stahl Merino Cashmere
Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK
Sublime Soya Cotton DK
Valley Yarns Colrain
Zaol Canon
Zen Yarn Garden Gemilicious Fingering

Call for Submissions - Spring 09
By host Tuesday, October 7, 2008 @ 9:35 PM :: 4593 Views :: announcements

Submissions for the Spring 09 issue are officially open.

This issue publishes February 2nd – think transitional garments that layer well, warm weather friendly fibers, cardis that...

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fall raglan check-in
By host Sunday, October 5, 2008 @ 10:00 AM :: 5795 Views :: raglan series, designs: the process

Down to the Wire

Here's another sneak peak at the fall raglan.  It's coming along nicely, although I'm running up against some really tight deadlines at this point!  The body is just about done, so I still have sleeves, a yoke and a hood.  I'm still planning to wear this to Rhinebeck so I need to make some big progress today.

A few of you had asked if it will be done for Rhinebeck.  My plan is to wear it to Rhinebeck, although the pattern won't be out by then.  I should be able to calculate yardage though, so leave a comment if you're interested and I'll make sure I post yardage before the big day.


More Reader FOs
By host Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 4:00 AM :: 2798 Views

I'm not sure if I'll ever get sick of seeing reader FOs.  Here are 4 recent ones...

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New Article: A Knitter's Guide to Santa Fe and Taos
By host Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 1:19 PM :: 3544 Views :: new article

Just in time for the Taos Wool Festival, Rebecca Freed takes us on her journey through Northern New Mexico. 

Take in its gorgeous landscape and fiber arts rich culture, get the scoop on local yarn shops and knit-friendly locations, and of course, the Taos Wool Festival!

{Read the article}

Winter 2008 - Acceptances
By host Sunday, September 7, 2008 @ 9:14 PM :: 4619 Views :: announcements

After a long (and fun!) day of reviewing submissions, I've completed the review process for Winter 2008.  I believe I've sent accepts / declines to everyone who submitted a design, so if you haven't heard back (and I'm not in your spam folder!) feel free to to check on its status.

The number of submissions more than tripled for this issue, and I'm really excited about how Winter 2008 is coming together. I even have a design in it myself!

There's a lot of design work coming about here in the next 2 months -- the fall raglan will be out in about a month and the first of the new sock series will hit in October. All that and it's only 5 and a half weeks until Rhinebeck, 7 weeks until the Winter preview and 8 weeks until the Winter issue is live!


New Book Review: Classic Elite Knits
By host Sunday, September 7, 2008 @ 3:27 PM :: 5011 Views :: new article

A new book comes out on Tuesday...

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Welcome, Carol!
By host Thursday, September 4, 2008 @ 8:36 AM :: 26373 Views :: announcements

I have big news, people!

I've known for a while now that I'd need to add to the Knotions staff in order to keep the site developing and the content fresh, but asking others to work on "my baby" is a big step for both me and the magazine.  It's not easy to find someone who's reliable, great at what they do, and fun to work with to boot.

Well, I did it!  I'm very excited to announce that Carol Sulcoski will be joining our editorial staff!

I met Carol several years ago at Rosie's Yarn Cellar, but even if you're not from the Philadelphia area I'm sure you know her work.  She's one of the co-authors of Knit So Fine, the owner and master handdyer from Black Bunny Fibers, the editor and one of the designers of the upcoming book Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarns, and her designs have also appeared in several other books and magazines.

With a resume like that, Carol has a lot to offer Knotions -- writing, designing, and techniques articles were all possibilities.  One of the things that many of you have asked for in the readers' survey is that you'd like more periodic content.  I'm beyond pleased to tell you that she'll be doing a monthly book review for us.  I've always been a fan of Carol's No-Bull Book Reviews -- they're thorough, lots of pics, and after reading them I've felt like she gave me all the information I needed to decide if I wanted to buy the book.  Take a look for yourself -- here's a recent review she did on Knitting New Mittens and Gloves by Robin Melanson.

The book for her first review is in transit right now, so look for Carol's first review in the next few weeks.

Winter Submissions
By host Tuesday, September 2, 2008 @ 9:21 PM :: 4669 Views :: announcements

Winter submissions officially closed yesterday.

I think submission time has become my most-favorite part of this process -- meeting all the new-to-me designers and seeing their work for the first time -- work that they want to be in the magazine.  It's such a big compliment when a designer wants their hard work represented in Knotions.

I'm really excited with the way this issue has come together -- more garments than Fall (something many of you asked for) and more articles too.  We've also got a bunch of small gift items -- a good mix for a pre-holiday issue, I think.  I even hope to have one of my own designs in this issue! 

If you were hoping to submit for Winter but you're a little behind schedule, email me and I might be able to extend the deadline if it would complement what's already in the issue.

Oh, and if you submitted a design for Winter I plan to reply to all submissions by end of this weekend.

fall raglan: swatching
By host Monday, September 1, 2008 @ 8:05 AM :: 13838 Views :: raglan series, designs: the process


swatching: fall raglan

fall raglan swatching


I've been swatching like crazy for the next installment of the ...

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errata: oak leaf socks
By host Thursday, August 21, 2008 @ 10:35 PM :: 5393 Views :: fall 08 errata

We found a couple errors in the charts for the Oak Leaf socks. {view the updated charts}

quick bit: custom knits
By host Thursday, August 21, 2008 @ 9:52 PM :: 5538 Views :: quick bits

custom knits

Wendy Bernard's new book -- Custom Knits -- was released today.  This is a beautiful book with designs for lots of body types...something that can be lacking in a book {view on ravelry}.  There are:

  • sleeveless, short sleeved, and long sleeved pullovers
  • fitted cardis, wrap cardis, and tie-front cardis
  • boat neck, V-neck, and crew neck
  • cropped, waist, and hip length
  • bulky, worsted, and sport weight yarn
  • shawl collar and stand up collar
  • cables, texture, and lace
  • a couple coats and a wrappy scarf

If you're a garment knitter there's great variety here for you, and at $18.15 on Amazon, it's a good value too.

BTW, this is the first post in our new "quick bit" category.  A few times a week we'll post something interesting we found online -- new books, designs, yarn, FOs, etc.

A Few (more) Commonly Asked Survey Questions
By host Saturday, August 16, 2008 @ 7:57 PM :: 3860 Views :: announcements

As the survey responses continue, there are some more questions that keep popping up on the radar.  Here are answers to a few more popular questions...

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