You may have noticed a new feature on the side bar. I have put up a Patron button. I thought I would give this a try. It’s mostly to assist in making a steady flow of patterns available for people. This entails a certain level of commitment, though. In addition to the patterns, I am looking at starting a knitting e-magazine for patrons. This will include what is going on within TLCrafts and Designs, in terms of the patterns, but will also include reviews of what I have knit recently and the yarns I have been using. I have also noticed that there are techniques that people would like to know more about. When the e-magazine launches, that will include a “How To” section. I plan on including information on how to knit socks, and various stitch techniques.
Over the next week or so, I will continue to work on the “sample” version of the magazine. This will be an April issue, but will be worked a bit differently. Instead of the usual How To section, I am giving a glance into how a day as a designer works. The e-magazine will be a bit like a podcast in magazine format. I’m really trying to make the e-magazine look as good as possible, while using the free versions of templates. Part of the monthly goal is to allow me to pay for functions to make the e-magazine better. This sample edition will be available to everyone, and I will post the link on here when it’s complete. However, once the e-magazine officially launches it will be for patrons only.
Patrons will be given additional access to information regarding patterns, including a more in depth sneak peek at upcoming projects, and insider information about larger projects or knit a longs as they come up. The highest patron level also receives a copy of the patterns every month as they are released. I am hoping to improve things as I get patrons, but for now this will have to do.
Feel free to go over to the Patreon page with the link on the right hand side of the page, and take a look through the public posts. The blog, Facebook page and Ravelry page will not change in any way going forward. The same information will be posted there. Also, Ravelry will still be where I handle all the test knits.
Introducing the Leaf Slouchy. This hat is a slouchy with the ability to be made smaller into a normal depth hat. It is available in Small, Medium and Large adult sizes. As the winter was coming the leaves were falling everywhere and I wanted to incorporate that into something. A hat seemed like a great way to show this level of a design.
So, I went ahead with some projects that I really should not have, but I’m not sorry. hehe I’m in love with this first one. And of course we had a cold snap and I’ve needed it. It’s a double knit scarf, and it’s glorious! I used Miss Babs Yummy 2 ply Fingering Weight in Rejuvenate (purple) and a Knit Picks Palette Fingering Weight in Mist (grey). Heavenly. It’s a double knit scarf, and was a Mystery Knit a Long. It’s also designed as an RPG, so for each part of the story, you roll the dice to find out which chart of that series you are to knit. It was very intense, but I am in love with every part of it. I have already worn it once. The pattern is called Heroes of Yarnia.
In addition to the scarf and the items listed in my portfolio, I also released a pattern. It’s my Leaf Slouchy. It’s a simple slouchy hat with a leaf design on it that can be made as a slouchy in various sizes, or it can be shrunk down to be just a regular hat.
I’ll be finishing up a couple things soon, but unfortunately one will not have pictures for a while. It’s a test knit I am working on for someone else, and it’s a great shawl pattern. But, the designer is planning to have a Mystery Knit A Long starting in April, so until that is over, she doesn’t want to have any social media spoilers. But, as soon as I am given the okay, I’ll post that one.
I have also continued on with the Yarnia quest line, and am working on a blanket now. That is set to go until the end of November, with a clue being released every 2 weeks. I have a lot going on this year, for sure.
Since the blanket is released every two weeks, and since that shawl needs to be done by the end of March, I’ll be getting back to my designs very soon. Stay tuned!
I have just completed another test knit for YarnOverNewYork. This hat is absolutely adorable. It makes use of the Brioche style to give definition to the ribbing and the heart. It has child and adult sizes, so if you are looking for a cute hat for a little girl, this one will be fantastic. It’s also great with Valentines day coming up.