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2016 in Review

Holy cow. 26 patterns saw the light of day in 2016. Many of those had been written and prepped in 2015, but still!

I published two sweaters: Fluvial (in Fibre Company Knightsbridge) and the Santa Cruz Cami (in in Anzula Breeze and Vera).

Knit Picks accepted proposals for the Flidais stole, Deco Hat, Isabeau shawl, Leanan Hat, and Winter Blooms mitts.

The Barley Wine Hat (available on Ravelry as well), in luscious Skeinny Dipping Polwarth DK, was part of a yarn club through Indie Untangled.

I published a bunch of other hats: the Brewery Hats collection, including BBA, Sour, Session, and Hops, all in Anzula For Better or Worsted; Wawona in Stitch Sprouts Crater Lake; and Ahwanhee, in YOTH Little Brother.

Cowls included three for Anzula in Croquet (Celadonite, Micaceous, and Owl Rock) and the Merced Cowl in The Fibre Co Cumbria.

2016 was great for shawls! Isn’t it Romantic, in Lorna’s Laces String Quintet, debuted at the winter TNNA show.  Beneath the Moon, in Mrs Crosby Reticule, is the big sister shawl to that one.

Caridwen, in Cloudborn Fibers Wool Worsted Twist, offered in both stole and shawl versions, is available as a kit on Craftsy as well as the single pattern.

Cayucos, in Anzula For Better or WorstedAnzula Wash My Lace or Anzula Croquet; and Morro, in The Fibre Co. Meadow or The Fibre Co. Knightsbridge, saw me exploring sideways knit shawls in different yarn weights, with a big emphasis on the lace borders and texture.

Estuarine, in The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering, is a glorious mix of two colored cabled and textures, in a top-down Faroese-style shawl.

Sand Ripples, in Anzula Cloud, is one of my favorite shawls, and features a delicate two colored cable border with a bit of lace.

All individual pattern rights to Hitch were returned to the individual designers, including my own patterns: Thornhill Cowl, Stolen Jewels Mitts, and the Exakta Hat. I still have a handful of hard copies of Hitch available for sale via Amazon; if you’d like it signed, please be sure to message or email me when you place the order.

Craftsy Class

This was a big deal for me! My Craftsy class, Custom Colorwork Techniques: Mitts, debuted in May 2016. Filming was in April.  I loved the experience.

Here’s a link for 50% off my class (or just click on the above photo), if you’ve not yet checked it out. Remember Craftsy has a guarantee, so if you find it’s just not for you, they’ll refund you. (Fine print: Get this Craftsy class from Stephannie Tallent for 50% off. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Expires March 8, 2017.)

Shows

I attended both Winter and Summer TNNA last year. I didn’t have a booth at either last year; it just doesn’t make economic sense to do so. I did go to Vogue Knitting Live in Pasadena for an hour or two at the Yarnover Truck booth.

Indie Design Gift-a-long

2016 saw me participating in the Indie Design GAL again. I was thrilled to offer a series of blog interviews with other designers in November and December 2016 — if you’ve not read the interviews, please do!  

I feel it’s really important to try to highlight great work by other designers, and I also included a series of posts of designs I fell in love with from other designers in the GAL.

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Interview: Jane Richmond

One of the things I love most about the Indie GAL (Gift-A-Long) is the chance to discover and/or promote other designers’ work. Over the course of the GAL I’ll be publishing gift-knitting related interviews with designers whose work I admire.

 
Jane Richmond publishes fantastic sweater designs as well as fabulous accessories. Check out her Ravelry page here.

Steph: What’s your favorite part of the GAL?
Jane: My favourite part of the GAL has to be the enthusiasm from knitters to join in and knit along together! Ravelry is such a vibrant community and I feel the GAL brings us all together in the spirit of giving and the holiday season.

Have you participated before this year?
This is actually my first year participating in the GAL! I’ve really enjoyed being involved in such a high spirited event!

Are you participating as a knitter? if yes, what are you planning on knitting? if no, what would you, had you the time?
Originally I had planned on participating in the GAL as a knitter — I wanted to make a few pairs of the Toba Slippers as gifts, but I completely dropped the ball and wasn’t able to make it happen this year.

I think those slippers would make an awesome gift. Which of your patterns do you think make the best gifts?
I think mittens and hats always make really great hand knit gifts! My Autumn hat and Lodge toque are particualrly quick knits, perfect for last minute gifts if you only have a few hours! My Woodstack mitts from our new book Within are super squishy and fun — and everyone loves fingerless mittens like Rathtrevor and Spate!

Those are all awesome. Thank you so much Jane!

Photos © Jane Richmond

Don’t forget to check out the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry to join in the fun!

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Interview: Tatsiana Kupryianchyk

One of the things I love most about the Indie GAL (Gift-A-Long) is the chance to discover and/or promote other designers’ work. Over the course of the GAL I’ll be publishing gift-knitting (and gift-crocheting!) related interviews with designers whose work I admire.

Tatsiana Kupryianchyk publishes gorgeous crochet patterns for home objects. Her overlay crochet patterns are unique and stunning.

Steph: What’s your favorite part of the GAL?
Tatsiana: This year I am participating in GAL for the first time. What is my favourite part of this event?.. I don’t know… I am amazed by it in general. I love Ravelry very much. It’s a wonderful creative space for crocheters and knitters from the whole world. And GAL brings them altogether: designers and crafters. The GAL gives a great opportunity to feel you are a part of a huge community of creative and inspiring people. People who share their passion for yarn, designing and creating.

How did you get into designing?
I have been crocheting and knitting since I was a child. I was always inventing clothes and accessories on my own. But when I came to designing 3 years ago I felt crochet speaks better to me. Though I am very happy to knit when I have time. I have created two free knitting patterns: Blue Feather Sweater and Forest Spirit baby blanket. They are available on my blog (www.lillabjorncrochet.com) And I hope to design more home decoration in the future.!

 Which of your patterns do you think make the best gifts?
I mainly design interior accessories and work in overlay crochet technique. My passion is mandala! I find it very relaxing to crochet mandala’s and to “colour” them with different yarns. I think my patterns can be great gifts for those who love to mix colours and textures… Basically I think any of my patterns can become a nice gift as they help to create home decorations (pillows, rugs, potholders and other) in your own custom colour palette which matches your interior in the best way. I also have several toy patterns which can be a perfect gift for kids.

Your crochet designs are amazing! Thank you so much Tatsiana!

Photos © Tatsiana Kupryianchyk

Don’t forget to check out the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry to join in the fun!

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Interview: Tania Richter

One of the things I love most about the Indie GAL (Gift-A-Long) is the chance to discover and/or promote other designers’ work. Over the course of the GAL I’ll be publishing gift-knitting related interviews with designers whose work I admire.

 

tr-phoenixTania Richter publishes amazing pictorial double knit shawl, scarf, and stole patterns (as well as other things!). Check out her Ravelry page here.

Steph: What’s your favorite part of the GAL?
Tania: The community that builds from the GAL and seeing how it continues to grow through the years.

Have you participated before this year?
I’ve participated the last two years.

Are you participating as a knitter? if yes, what are you planning on knitting? if no, what would you, had you the time?
While I would absolutely love to participate, this year I got hit by a few deadlines. I’m hoping my schedule is a bit clearer next year!

 Which of your patterns do you think make the best gifts?
The Epic Fox/Wolf Hat
Cloud Dragon Scarf
Steampunk Gears Scarf and Cowl
Neko Cat Scarf

Those are all fantastic. Thank you so much Tania!

Photos © Tania Richter

Don’t forget to check out the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry to join in the fun!

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