Puddles Photography Tips for Knitwear Designers Photographing Products with Fur-babies

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Aside: this blog is from Puddles POI 1. Schedule your shoot at the time of day your pet is most cuddly and obedient 2. A tired puppy is a photogenic puppy… or at the very least more likely to be obedient.My typical exercise routine is one 20 to 40 minute constitution each morning, in which I run several miles while my human saunters 1 mile, plus a game of fetch, tug, or chase in the early afternoon. In order for me to be tired, my human followed my typical walk and play schedule and added an extra run (well, at least I was running) and 3 play-times. Plus after the photo shoot, she rewarded me with a third walk (this …

Solar Flare Circular Shawl Resources

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Looking for the Solar Flare Circular Shawl how-to stitch demos videos for kntiters? Bookmark this blog post for quick access! Part 1 (in the round):http://youtu.be/4ozrL0iMSAg Part 2 (worked flat):http://youtu.be/GP833G4Qkzo Swapping Out Beads:http://youtu.be/ZFn_-0B_br0 If you prefer watching directly on youtube, check out the Knit Eco Chic channel. Happy knitting!

Vote Results

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The votes are in!  Here is the final tally:Post 3: Jennilynn Solar Flare Circular Shawl 56 votesPost 4: erindee5575 Radiation 81 votesPost 5: rainbow1907 Solar Flare Circular Shawl 9 votesPost 7: Ryna-lyn Blue Flare 28 votesPost 8: einnako Sunflower Sea Star Flare 17 votes And the prize winners for the physical prizes are:1st prize from theuniquesheep: erindee5575 & Happy birthday!2nd prize from MayaB: Jennilynn3rd prize laurelhill3: ryna-lyn4th prize laurelhill3: einnako For the digital prizes, the random generated winners are:swingcat123 – selected Fibonacci Drops Shawlgoosebearknits – selected Sheer Illusion Tank Congratulations knitters!  Thank you for all the beautiful projects and thank you everyone for voting on your favorites. You have arrived at the sun… Mission control over & out!

Sun Fire with Puddles

Sun Fire

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Upcycle your yarn leftovers or mini skeins into this warm weather sun inspired beret! Sun Fire transforms the surplus Green Sheep Cotton and Bamboo fingering yarn from Solar Flare Circular Shawl into the must have fashion accessory of the season. Wake up the sun with flare lace and flame twisted stitches! Add optional beads for extra kisses of sunlight. The tech edited intermediate level pattern is fully written and fully charted. Check out the Solar Flare Circular Shawl stitch demos on the Knit Eco Chic channel on You Tube for demonstrations of the unique stitches. $6.50 Finished Measurements:Stretches to fit: 19”/ 48cm (20”/ 51cm, 21”/ 53.5cm, 22”/ 56cm) head.Hat band size includes 3”/ 7.5cm negative ease to head size.Finished Beret …

Upcycling and Ergonomics at Laurel Hill

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As the Solar Flare MKAL winds down, I had the opportunity to interview Laurel Hill, our final prize donor. From production in a socially responsible manner in relation to man and materials, to ergonomic styling, Laurel Hill Fiber Arts Tools embodies many eco properties. At the heart of these initiatives is the founder, Rick, and the passions he holds dear. 1. How did Rick get into knitting needles & crochet hooks? Is he a knitter/ crocheter?Rick does not knit or crochet but is fascinated that no two people seem to knit or crochet exactly the same way. Working at trade shows and displaying Laurel Hill tools at various Hand Knitting events over the years, Rick became obsessed with designing fiber …

Get Out the Vote!

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The Solar Flare MKAL is coming to a close, which means it’s time to vote for your favorite Solar Flare FO (finished object)! Only votes in the official vote thread in the Knit Eco Chic group on Ravelry count. MKAL-ers are in a “like” and “love” race for four really knit-tastic prizes. Vote early & vote often as more and more MKAL-ers add their FO pictures. Here is a preview of current entries: Entry 1: Solar Flare Shawl by Jennilynn (Thread Post #3) Entry 2: Radiance by Erindee5575 (Thread Post #4) Entry 3: Solar Flare Circular Shawl by rainbow1907 (Thread Post #5) Entry 4: Blue Flare by Ryna-Lyn (Thread Post #7) Entry #5: Sunflower Sea Star Flare by Einnako (Thread Post …

Putting the Sun in the Sky

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SPOILER ALERT MKAL-ers!! If you don’t want to see the final design until you are ready, save this blog post for later. The first image is of the graphic you know and love, but other images will reveal the final design! So if you are a: A: non-MKAL-erB: MKAL-er who is on Skein 6,C: MKAL-er who is finished, then continue reading Putting the Sun in the Sky From the conception of this design, I had a vision for how I wanted to photograph it. It was a wild idea & I was told on multiple occasions by many people that I was off my rocker. “It’s impossible.” “Don’t even try it. “It won’t work.” Or my personal favorite, “Just stretch …

Row Stitch Demos for Solar Flare MKAL

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Hey knitters in the Solar Flare Mystery Knit-a-long. Here is your final how-to video demonstrating some of the unique stitches used in the row section of the Solar Flare Circular Shawl. With just one more MKAL release to come, I’m excited to see all your completed projects!! Be sure to post them in the appropriate spoiler thread in the Knit Eco Chic group. Also to be eligible for prizes, make sure your project pages are linked to the pattern! The sun is closer than you think .

Uniquely Unique “The Unique Sheep”

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You’ve heard me say it, tweet it, & pin it before, “If I could only knit with one yarn the rest of my life, organic Green Sheep Cotton Bamboo hand-dyed by Kelly from The Unique Sheep is on the short list!” So it is with pleasurable yarn-loving bias that I bring you today’s interview with Kelly & Laura from The Unique Sheep and reveal the next Solar Flare MKAL prize. 1. After perusing your website I discovered that environmental impact is an important to you. You highlight the following areas in which you strive to be eco: Re-use water multiple times in our dyeing process Use recycled boxes and bags to pack and ship our yarn whenever possible Use recycled …

Swapping Out Beads

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Who else is a perfectionist? Well, at least when it comes to knitting I am. While I was working on my own Solar Flare I realized I had used the wrong bead color on one of the ssk, yo sections. Not wanting to rip out multiple rounds of 700 stitches each, I determined to figure out another way. Hey, if it didn’t work out, I’d still have to frog, but if it did, oh how I’d rejoice! I came up with several convoluted methods, until, surprise, could it really be that easy?? Check out the you tube video on how to swap out beads & you’ll never cringe when it comes to swapping out beads again… well, at least not …