Bumpa’s Vest

Bumpa's Vest 1“Bumpa” is my dad’s grandpa name. As with most of my designs, “Bumpa’s Vest” came about because I needed something! My dad was turning 80 years old this year – a very young 80 I might add, and I wanted a special vest designed just for him. Because he still works full time in an executive environment I wanted the design to be classy enough to wear to work, yet still look great when worn for coziness around the house. My test knitters posted finished photos ranging from wearing the vest with shirt and tie to modeling it with a flannel shirt and it looks great both ways! It looks great on women too! The pockets were important for my dad, but of course are optional.

bumpa's Vest 2I was thrilled to be able to give “Bumpa” his vest at his big birthday bash and I think he looks pretty happy to model it for the official pattern photos. It really does not take that long to knit  – in aran weight yarn. I used Jamieson’s Shetland Heather Aran – so light and airy for a heavier weight yarn.  I am including this design in Ravelry’s Indie Design Gift-a-Long that is running until the end of December – there is still time to make one for your dad (or yourself!) and be part of the fun, contests, and prizes over at the Gift-a-Long!

You can learn more about “Bumpa’s Vest” on the pattern page, or in my Ravelry Store.

Earbuds and Gift-A-Long!

Ravatar with giftalong tagMy newest pattern was released just in time to be part of a great event on Ravelry! “Earbuds” is a super-quick knit that will keep your ears warm without mussing up ALL your hair. I’m afraid my curly hair always has a bad case of hat-hair after wearing most head coverings. I designed this because as a knitter I could not possibly wear those earwarmers with the horrible metal band between the ears! And it ends up “Earbuds” is a great gift too! It takes very little yarn – you’ve probably got some bulky yarn in your stash right now that you could use to whip one up tonight – seriously – one night! You can see more about it on the pattern page here, and in my Ravelry pattern store.

Transparent-TagSo, what’s with the gold giftalong tag? Well, that is really exciting! There are 170 independent designers who have banded together in a spirit of cooperation to put together this fun event. There will be a fabulous discount on participating patterns – which includes ALL of Knitwise Design patterns – 25% off from midnight Nov 1 through the end of the day Nov 15th (times are in GMT). You will need a coupon code for the discount and it is the SAME code for all the participating patterns. The code is: giftalong. You will see patterns all over Ravelry tagged with the gift-a-long tag, and loads of special ads encouraging people to participate.

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Even after the sale period is over there are going to be knit-a-longs and crochet-a-longs (or as we have been calling them – “gift-a-longs”) until the end of December. And did I mention prizes? Lots of terrific prizes that participating GAL members will be eligible for.
Make sure and go to the gift-a-long group and find out all about it!!!!

Earbuds photo #7 from i-photo