Monday, August 24, 2015

Hand Painted Work+Shelter Bags

Another future Great Northern kickstarter reward: Organic Cotton bags from Work+Shelter that I painted with our logo. I love how they turned out.

Because I used slightly watered-down paint for the black triangle, there was an element of chaos in some of the lines, which I actually really like.

The bags are about 12" wide, and not only support our kickstarter, but the wonderful work of the women at Work+Shelter.

If you'd like to reserve a bag, please holler at me! Reserving a bag means that you pledge to donate to the kickstarter once it launches on September 9th (within the first week, or I will have to release it).

If you're in the Chicago area, you can see them in person and pick the one you'd like the most!

Great Northern Blog Tour!

We recently began the Great Northern Kickstarter Blog Tour! Visit the different stops to learn more about the book, the yarns, the designs, and more!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Kickstarter Rewards Survey

If you've backed a Kickstarter before, would you take 20 seconds and complete this (seriously very fast) survey for me?

We're trying to make our kickstarter rewards super awesome, and we need your opinions!


YarnTalk Ep 7 is here! Indie Publishing, brainwave knitting, and Emily Ringelman

Check out the latest episode of YarnTalk! 

Allyson and I discuss the indie/self-publishing process for knitting books-- Since her book Midwestern Knits has just been released (yay!) and my book Great Northern is in the baby stages, we've got a unique perspective on the whole situation.

Heidi talks about a team of artists and researchers who are using people's brainwaves to knit (using a machine) scarves with their brain activity as a colorwork pattern! Very cool.

Allyson also interviews lovely designer Emily Ringelman, who has a pattern in Midwestern Knits, the beautiful Blowing Snow cardigan.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Great Northern Kickstarter Rewards: Yarn Bundles, Part 1

Here are some of the vintage yarn rewards that will be available once our Kickstarter campaign launches on September 9th. I hand-picked it from sealed plastic containers, and it's all in pristine condition and really fun stuff!

Bright Turquoise Mohair- 360g of two bright turquoise shades.

Colinette- 4 skeins of vintage Colinette yarn. 400g

Mohair- 2 cobalt blue balls o' pristine vintage mohair yarn - 80g

Multi Mix- Colinette, sari silk, Knit One Purl Too, Cotton tape-- 450g of various funky, colorful, beautiful yarns.

Japanese Silk- 25 skeins of gorgeous golden yellow silk, it's all in perfect condition. I know nothing about this other than what it says on the label: "Pure Silk, made in Japan, 100% silk"

Each skein is about 32-38g each, making for an approximate total weight of 850g or so!

This is an amazing quantity of gorgeous vintage yarn. Just the labels alone are little works of art. The yarn has been kept in a plastic bag all it's life, from what I can tell. It's perfect.

Muted Turquoise Mohair -4 balls of pristine vintage mohair. 160g

There will be more, soon! Thanks for checking out these rewards. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to be notified when these are available!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Great Northern: More amazing yarn support!

I recently got some very exciting packages in the mail. These two yarns will soon be sweaters for Great Northern!

Harrisville Highland

Fancy Tiger Crafts Heirloom Romney

Teresa has also recently posted some of her designs for the collection (two of them are finished!), and they are so beautiful! More sketches and photos are in the works.

To see all the fantastic yarn companies who have given us materials for this project, visit this ravelry thread.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

YarnTalk Episode 6, plus a giveaway!

This is a special episode of YarnTalk for me-- I get to talk about one of my favorite topics (hyperbolic crochet) Allyson interviews me about my designs, and we are having a giveaway for any one of my self-published patterns!

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Also, this episode is dedicated to my dearly departed guinea pig, Spike. You were a good, fuzzy pal.