Ripple Mania CAL: Week 3 – Ripple Variations

This week is all about ripple variations – how to make your ripples pointier, lacier, more or less textured, and so on.  This week’s Ripple Mania PDF includes four stitch patterns and one project.  Due to Hurricane Sandy, I didn’t take as many pictures as I would usually, but here are the patterns you will find this week.

I’m also very excited to announce two sponsors for the Ripple Mania prizes: Coats & Clark and Leisure Arts.

The CAL is free to join.  Each week, an updated PDF will be available to download on Ravelry, and Ravelry members can chat in the Ripple Mania CAL thread in the Underground Crafter group.  (You do not have to be a Ravelry member to download the PDF.)  Once the CAL ends on November 21, Ripple Mania will be converted to a “for sale” pattern ebook.

Ripple Mania CAL Schedule

Wednesday, 10/17 – Ripple Mania Kick Off!

Ripple Mania CAL Chat on Ravelry

Week 1 Chat on Ravelry

  • Supply list and project suggestions
  • Colorize Your Ripple: Choosing a Palette for Your Project

Wednesday, 10/24 -Ripple Basics

Week 2 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 10/31 – Ripple Variations

Week 3 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/7 – Squaring Up Your Ripple

Week 4 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/14 – Adding ripples to hexagon and square motif patterns

Week 5 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/28 – The Big Reveal!

Visit Ravelry to get started with the Ripple Mania CAL!

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Holiday Stashdown Challenge, Week 25

The last few days have been really hectic due to Hurricane Sandy.  As of this writing, my family and I are safe and we are among the lucky folks who still have power.  To be honest, I haven’t been thinking much about holiday crafting for the past few days :).  Since revising my list last week, I’m feeling very secure because I only have a few projects left to make.  I took a little break from pressure crafting after banging out a series of projects on commission last week.  And, of course, with the storm, even if I did make something over the weekend, I wouldn’t be able to photograph it outside, so I decided to just take some time for myself.

How is your holiday crafting coming along?  Feel free to share your progress and links in the comments!

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Accessories: Autumne 2012 by Voie de Vie Blog Tour and Giveaway

I was thrilled when Denise from Voie de Vie invited me to be part of the blog tour for her new pattern collection e-book, Accessories: Autumne 2012.  I first “met” Denise soon after I started blogging, when I hosted the yarn swap adventure through the Blog Hub group on Ravelry.  (By the way, Denise was a very good sport about that swap.  You can read about her swap adventures here, here, and here.)  Denise has also been generous enough to offer a free e-book to one of my blog readers, so continue on for details about how to enter.

Denise has done a courageous thing with this pattern collection: She included both crochet and knitting patterns.  Even though it seems that about 60% of yarn crafters both knit and crochet, some folks seem to feel pretty strongly that they don’t want the two crafts to mix.  Not to worry – if you’re one of those people, you can also buy each pattern in the collection separately.

So what’s inside the collection?  As the name suggests, the e-book includes five patterns for fall accessories and is available for $14.99.  The e-book layout is like an online magazine, with full page photos, mini essays describing Denise’s inspiration, and many pictures of each design.  Denise also includes some process photos for broomstick lace and tassels.   A lot of designers skimp on pictures because they worry customers will complain about the ink required for printouts, but Denise has combined the best of both worlds here.  She has a visually stimulating layout, but the pattern pages are more-text heavy with only one or two pictures so you can save ink by printing just the patterns.

The collection includes one crocheted hat, Slouching Towards Tassels Cap, and one knit scarf, The Piaf Scarf, which are both for sale individually for $3.99, and three crocheted neck/torso projects, Enveloped Cowl, Le Bouquet Stole,  and Rustically Elegant Shoulder Warmer, which are for sale individually for $5.

My favorites are the Enveloped Cowl, which Denise blogged about here, and Le Bouquet Stole, which Denise blogged about here.

Enveloped Cowl. This about describes how I feel about the pattern.  I love the use of broomstick lace and the buttons are awesome!
Le Bouquet Stole is elegant and classic.

Denise is also hosting a JAL (join-a-long) in her Ravelry group here.  Besides all of the fun of working on your projects alongside other crafters, there are prizes involved for everyone who posts project pictures by December 9.

Thanks, Denise, for providing me and one lucky reader with a free copy of your e-book!  If I wasn’t worried about Hurricane Sandy, I might even be outside crocheting up a swatch for one of these projects.


Are you ready to win your copy of Accessories: Autumne 2012?  This giveaway is open to all readers with an email address.  Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, November 2, 2012.

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