Archive for the ‘Offers I’ve Found!’ Category

While browsing for new Ravelry patterns to share on Monday, I came upon this lovely knit tee.  It’s DK weight, available up to a 60″ chest and looks perfect for the Summer!  What’s even better is, the pattern is on sale reduced from $4 down to just $2!  It’s an introductory price, so snap the pattern up quickly if you want it!

This one is still a possible contender for Ravelry Monday, simply because it’s such a treat to find a pattern with a decent size range, but I wanted to share it with all of you while it was on offer!

I really need to do a better job of watching Ravelry sales more closely.  Ravelry designer Schneckenstrick has a special offer – buy any two patterns, get a third free!  Sadly the gorgeous adult-size clothes patterns Schneckenstrick offers aren’t available in plus sizes, but they do have some lovely kid’s clothes patterns to choose from.  Just put three patterns in your basket and enter “schneckenstrick” at checkout.

Oh, and because I’m bad at keeping an eye on this stuff… the final date of the offer is 9th June 2013.  So, y’know, today.

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The complete lack of recent posts about embroidery might give you the impression that I don’t do it any more.  I promise that’s not the case at all!  I’m still beavering away at my knitting needle roll/bag/thing, which has planned embroidery elements, still reading upon blackwork and redwork and different stitch techniques, I’ve just had nothing worth showing off in a while!

But I do still love embroidery, which is why I thought I should remind everyone that May is the month that Urban Threads celebrates it’s birthday – and they just announced a site-wide sale on all embroidery designs!

Personally, I’m a big fan of their design packs.  The packs are 25% off, while individual designs are 50% off, but the packs are already cheaper per-design, so now is a great time to pick up your favourites!  It’s an especially good opportunity if you’re a hand-embroiderer like me – their hand-embroidery versions of the designs are only $0.50 each, which works out something like 30p per design.

I’ve picked up the Blackthorn and Elven Court design packs.  I’ve already got most of their others – the Nordic Majesty and Clockwork Magic packs were early favourites of mine – and I’d had my eye on these two since they came out.  I also picked out their standalone design, the Hops and Grain crest.  I’m a big lover of earthy designs incorporating plants, so this and the buckthorn designs were no-brainers for me.  But actually, Urban Threads are pretty good all-round if you’re Pagan, and they’ve got designs featuring symbology from Norse Paganism, Wicca, Celtic Paganism, Druidry, Eastern religions and all sorts.  Not only that, but they’re Yuletide Revelry pack features Christmas designs that manage to display a little Christian theology while still looking appropriate for both Pagan and Secular homes!

Oddly, the design categories only seem to have a tiny sampling of designs that quality – “Pagan” as a category only has two pages of designs, and yet not only does it not include the Ankh designs, Hugin and Munin or the Vegvisir, it also only contains one or two items from entire design packs dedicated to Pagan spirituality.  So your best bet really is to just search every category and save every new, useful pattern to your favourites – you never know where it’ll disappear to later on.

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Anyway, enough blathering on.  There’s a sale on!  Go!  Go!

Ravelry designer Tori Gurbisz recently released a gorgeous new cardigan pattern, the Thyone.

Like all of her clothing patterns, Thyone is available in straight and plus sizes.  Tori is one of my favourite designers – her shawls and sweaters combine classic shapes and simple, elegant designs with fun knitting elements and flattering lines.  And to celebrate the release of Thyone, Tori has released a voucher code giving 25% off her designs and ebooks!

Until 4th May, enter code MM2013 at checkout to get the discount off any of these!

I’m really enjoying researching the latest offerings for my next Ravelry Monday.  The only problem is, as I should have expected, there are too many to choose from!  Not just individual patterns, but themes.  This week has brought an explosion of shawls, socks, sweaters, hats, mitts and children’s clothes and I am finding it very hard to choose just one theme, knowing I’ll necessarily be disqualifying some beautiful patterns no matter which theme I choose.

To salve my pain just a little, I’m starting another weekly event.  Freebie Fridays.  So many of the patterns I’m falling in love with are not only beautiful but free!  And I feel particularly terrible disqualifying some patterns that are as good as many paid ones just because they fell into the wrong category.

Freebie Friday rules are a little different to Ravelry Monday rules, and are as follows:

  • The pattern needs to be free.
  • The pattern does not HAVE to be a Ravelry download, but must be listed on Ravelry.
  • The pattern must have a photo clearly showing the item.
  • The pattern still needs to produce a professional looking item and have the necessary information for potential makers.
  • Clothing for adults must still be available in plus sizes.
  • An item showcased on Freebie Friday may still be showcased on Ravelry Monday, if it fits the brief for that day.

So, without further faffing, here are my favourite free designs of the week!

Danielle Shawl Eng

Lovely lace pattern, with a bit of texture from the bobbles and a very attractive repeating leaf pattern that works as well in the border as the body.  A pattern I would gladly pay for, available as a free Ravelry download.

Worsted Merino Superwash Spring Beret

An attractive, slouchy beret with a lot of fun details in the pattern to keep things interesting, an attractive and unusual cabled twist on the brim, and the colour chosen for the sample grabbed my attention immediately.  This is not available as a download on Ravelry, but the Ravelry page includes a link to the free pattern.

Leafy Vs

This is a very pretty scarf, using a simple but effective lace design.  It looks light, and perfect for Spring, not too bulky on the next but with enough substance to keep the chill out.  The pattern is available as a free Ravelry download.

Remember Glasgow

A lovely, solid shawl in a light fingering weight, with attractive textural patterns.  The pattern will prevent it from being a boring knit, and breaks up the shape and bulk of the shawl nicely, while the use of a fingering yarn ensures that, although it’s solid and substantial enough to keep you warm, it won’t weigh you down.  Another pattern available as a free Ravelry download.

Pirate Cowl

Sometimes it isn’t so much the complete pattern but the inspiration that people want.  This cowl was a personal project by the designer, making use of free shareware colour knitting charts online to create an item for herself.  But what she made proved so popular with other knitters that she elected to share how she made it with the rest of us.  There isn’t a download, but there is a clear description of the construction involved and a link to the knitting chart she used for the skull and cross-bones design.  A lovely, wearable piece.