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My Favorites Knitting Podcast

Hi knitters!!!

Today I want to share with you about my favorites knitting podcast in YouTube. About why I watch them and why I really love them… All this podcast are in the same level of love.. This is not a ranking..

  1. Las Knitting Amigas

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I love this podcast for several things. the first one is because is in spanish (Argentinian and Uruguayan spanish, but is spanish), all my knitting activities are in english, and it can be a little exhausting when you are not native…So this podcast is relaxing for me. Also is host by one of my favorite designers, Joji Locatelli and Veronica which is a great knitter and a very smart and happy person. This is my southamerican rockers knit stars!!! Also it came with lots of tips, new yarns, books reviews and fun… If you want to understand how we are as southamericans, you have to watch it.

If you want to practice spanish, this is a great podcast for you, if you are a spanish speaker, you CAN’T MISS IT (NO TE LO PIERDAS!!!)

2. Along the Lanes

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She is a canadian girl living in London, and her podcast is amazing, is beautiful edited, interesting topics, lots of great tips.. not only about knitting, she talks about makes your life around crafts… spinning, painting, stamp… To make things on your own, to surprise the people you love. I really appreciate that she is very spontaneous and welcome.

3. The Next Beautiful Thing

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Before I catch this podcast,  I use to follow Carolyn Macpherson on Instagram because I am a real fan of her work.. I love her lovely lace shawls and her pictures… I didn’t know she has a podcast (I’m a little absentminded sometimes). But her podcast is amazingly fun. She is spontaneous, she have tons (really tons) of yarns, great yarns reviews. Also she share her knitting books and her stitch patterns books. She is adorable… Also I love that one of her sons always is participating in her podcast, and he is very funny.. you feel like you are knitting and drinking tea in her living room… Lovely podcast.

4. The Gentle Knitter

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This podcast is totally different. She speaks calm and slowly but she is amazing. Lover her Instagram account. She is a sampler knitter for great designers as Jared Flood, Bristol Ivy, etc.. she have tons of knitting tips. I really love her voice tone.. is calming and the shooting is clean and welcome… For me, is a MUST SEE…

5. Arne & Carlos

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They are a really knit stars..They have a YouTube channel full of projects and tips. I love their work and I’m grateful for all the free stuff they share on the channel. As an extra you can see their beautiful house and the flowers and plants they have… Its a lovely podcast, full of info and love…

6. Knitty Knits

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This is Podcast host by Kate Heppell, she is the editor of Knit Now Magazine. I have a special  affection for her, because she was the first editor who believe that  a completely unknown designer of the end of the world  (Chile is at the end of the world) will accomplished the mission to finish a design for her magazine… before her acceptance I was totally in pain with lots of rejections. I’m grateful to death with her.. Anyways, what I love about her podcast, is the vision as an editor… If you want to know about what you need as a knitwear designer or what an editor wants for a submission this podcast is great… also she is very welcome, so you can ask anything (about knitwear, obviously) and she will answer you.. she is a very nice person.

7. Sockmatician

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This podcast is host by Nathan Taylor, he is a UK designer and he specialise in double knitting (I’ve never tried it, but his designs makes me want to). I love men who knits… that’s great, that’s equality… also he is so interesting, the podcast is not only about knitting, is also about music and movies. He is sarcastic and lovely at the same time. Great podcast!

There is plenty of knitting podcast… you can find others.. this are the ones  I see frequently and I want to share with you… Hope you give it a chance…

With love, Marce

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Make It Yours: Abloom Tee

Hi.

I recently release Abloom Tee at Ravelry and I want to show some easy modifications you can make to the pattern.

Abloom is a simply Stockinette st tee with a lace border. So, one of the first mod you can do  is make it in stripes.. I recommend you, to start the stripes after the neck shaping, when you start knitting in the round again.

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you can play with color blocking or gradients, just look at your stash!

Other mod, is make it longer and convert the tee in a mini dress, for this just add more repeats of the lace border.

 

You can also do this in just one color. For example, make a little black dress.. Remember a pattern is just a guide, you can Make It Yours with very simple modifications!!!

With love, Marce

New Pattern: Abloom Tee

Hi

Yesterday I release Abloom tee at Ravelry. Is a top-down raglan tee knitted in Stockinette st, ended with a lace border. The pattern includes waist shaping and all the instructions are written (no charts).

The idea of Abloom tee was create a light weight garment for summer to fit all kinds of body types. Long enough to wear it over your swimsuit at the beach. Also you can repeat the lace border one more time an you will have a mini dress.

The pattern is 50% off (no coupon needed) until 4th july 2016 and I’m running a FO’s contest. What is this?

I know summer can be a bad knitting friend because of the heat. So, to encourage you and your friends to knit in the hot season I will reward your effort. The prices are:

  1. two skeins of baby alpaca hand dyed in Chile (aprox 800 mt).
  2. two skeins of merino fingering hand dyed in Chile (aprox 800mt)
  3. A knitting book : 150 escadinavian motifs.

How can you participate?

You only have to post your FO at the project page of Abloom tee, the gifts will be randomly assigned between the FO’s ended by 1st September 2016.

Hope you like the design and participate at the contest!!!!

With love, Marce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#MeMadeMay

Hi!

As some people know, #MeMadeMay starts. For those who doesn’t know what this is, this is a social media challenge to encourage you to make, mending or upcyclig your own clothes and also to wear them more. But, be careful, this is not a competition or something to encourage you to make lots of clothes.. you can show upciclyng clothes, or something you make long time ago…

Why to participate?

As a knitter, this kind of challenge helps me to see the wholes in my wardrobe and bring me inspiration to create designs to cover them. Also brings me a deadline to focus and the oportunity to show to more people my work.

But, what happens if you’re not a knitter designer? This challenge will help you to look your wardrobe with other eyes and save some money. You can see what clothes you can mend or upcycling, what garmets do you need to add. Maybe you can learn to sew or knitting, that is up to you!

I will run a 30% discount until may 31st, so you can join the party!!!!

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Click the picture to know what designs are on sale!!!!

Happy Knitting, and see you in Instagram!

With love, Marce

Indie Gift-A-Long Day 6

Hi!!!

The GAL has been very fun… Some knitters has made some amazing projects with Southern Star and I’m very happy!!! I also finish one sock.. casting on the other today… I’m so proud of my sock…. I will show it t you  at the end… But first, the designers of the GAL2015.

Clarice Gomes, she is a Portuguese designer and you can follow her is her Facebook page here. She have amazing shawls designs with color and beautiful lace stitches… I always have room for one more shawl!!

 

Inês Sousa, she also from Portugal, he site is Seni Handmade. She has very beautiful lace shawl patterns. Love the stitch definition of her designs. I feel tempted to make one of those. 🙂

 

Victoria Groger, she is an Israeli gner an her site is and her site is Auriga’s Knits.  She  have beautiful kids designs. I love the color choices for kids a the minimalist look of her designs.

Henya Kazatchkov, she is also fom Israel, and her site is Chicken Stitches. She have some great designs for kids and beautiful slippers.. Greats idea for add to your X-mas list.

 

Now I will show you first sock… So happy!!! I think I’m going to end both by tomorrow.. Love the pattern!!!

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Hope you the designers of today and my half FO sock!!!! See you in the GAL2015 group.

With love, Marce

 

Indi Gift-A-Long day 5

Hi..

Today I have an UFO to show you.. I kind of love how is working and can’t wait to finish but I think that will be tomorrow. But before I want to talk about some great designers.

Anjali M, she i a designer form India and her site is Affiknits. She have some amazing feminine design for women and the cutest design for kids. I love how she use lace and colorwork in her designs.

 

Nidhi Kansal she is also from India and her site is The New To. She have great garments, very well fitted and extremely gorgeous. My favorite is a cardigan called First Love. Just beautiful!!

 

Holly Stevens is a New Zealander designer. she have beautiful hats a kids garment designs. Her pattern are very wearables and timeless. They can fit in any wardrobe so they are a great choice for a X-mas gift.

 

And the last one for today is EgeszenPanka, she is from Netherlands and her site is here. She has some very nice lace patterns and what I love of her, is how she use variegated and self striping yarns. Its very hard to find good patterns for this types of yarns

 

Now its time to show you my UFO!!!! I’m working on la sock pattern from Solene Le Roux. It is call Verdon Socks. I’m really in love with the results untill now. Can’t wait to finish them!!!!

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Its my second pair of socks in life!!! So cross your fingers and wish me luck!!!

Hope you like the designers from today and don’t forget to join the GAL group and show your UFO’s and FO’s!!!!

With Love, Marce

A week is 7 times better than a day!

Mariazil is a friend designer from Greece. She have a great new!!! Her designs are for sale for one week!!!! Don’t miss the opportunity to know her work!

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Well, it’s this time of the year again, time to give thanks to friends and customers! Next Friday is Black Friday, so I thought I should give you a chance for  some serious discount on my patterns!

All you have to do is

  • go to my Ravelry Store
  • pick up  a pattern (or more)
  • go to the  pattern/s page/s
  • click the “add to cart” button and
  • apply the code blackweek2015.

You’ll get a 20% discount on the pattern/s price/s  and you can buy as many of my patterns as you wish!

This offer is valid starting tomorrow, November 22th and will last until the end of the month, so yes, that IS a black week, isn’t it?

That’s it, pretty easy, ha? Happy blackweek2015 everybody!!!

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Indie Gift-A-Long Day 2

Hi

I promised yesterday that I will show some of the designer at Gal2015. So here they are:

Adrienne Ku, she is an US designer and her label is mushroomknits. My favorites of this designer are her lace shawls. Her work is very delicate and beautiful.. Big fan!

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Barbara Benson, she is a US designer, her website is Tumped Duck.What I love of her designs is the flexibility of them.. She has many patterns that can be work really well both men and women.

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Bonnie Sennott, she is a US designer and her website is Blue Peninsula. When you look at her designs you can magically move to a warm and beautiful place. I love her aesthetics and her designs are so classy.

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And the last one is Emily Wood, she is also a US designer. She have great, timeless and very wearables designs. She is one of the new designer worth knowing in this GAL2015.

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Today was all about US designers!!! Hope you like the post and join us for the Indie Design Gift-A-Long on Ravelry!!!

 

With Love, Marce

 

Lucky Winner

Its been a month since I started my Ravelry Group, and I promised a gift for those who join me in this adventure… I have to say I was worried about to create a group and nobody wanted to join it… But wasn’t true.. Thanks to all for the support!!!

I use random .org to choose the winner!!!

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And the buttons go to Findland!!!!! The lucky winner is Tuula from Findland!!!

Thanks to all and stay for more surprises!!!!

Earthquake again!!!

Again in my country, my loved country, another earthquake strikes… This time in my family town, La Serena… Chileans again will have to stand up and rebuild what was lost. I’m greatful that my family was together in another city, and all of them are ok. But my thoughts are with all my Friends who are in the city…

Tomorrow, we celebrate as a nation, our Independence day, and for us is a very big party, not because que are very nationalist, is only because we like to party… In th region of Coquimbo (La Serena is the capitol), were the earthquake strokes, is a very big party, (at least last for week) many people lives a year for the earnings of this celebration. This year will be a funeral… I hope they can be with all their families and be safe. The material things can be recovered….

I send them all the good vibes!!!

Anyway, as we say… tomorrow is another day!!!! keep your thoughts with us

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Viva Chile Mierda!!!!