Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Victorian Cuffs on TV! 38% off through midnight Sunday

A couple months ago, I was very excited to learn that one of my patterns would be on TV! My Victorian Lace Cuffs pattern had been used to make part of a costume for Shailene Garnett, who plays Inspector Brackenreid's daughter Nomi Johnston on Murdoch Mysteries.

The episode is S14E9, entitled "The .38 Murdoch Special." To celebrate the cuffs' debut, the pattern is 38% off through midnight Sunday, May 23, 2021. Enter code NOMI at checkout.

When I found out, I was mostly excited but also a little disappointed - we used to get the channel the show was on, but we currently do not, so I didn't know when I'd ever get to see the episode. However, I was recently able to get some screenshots (yay!), which I've compiled below:

It's interesting to note the way styling affects the item. In most of the photos, a strip of lace is visible peeking out below the hem of Nomi's sleeve, but in screenshots from late in the episode, Nomi has her undersleeves pulled down so only the narrow zigzag at the edge shows, giving a multicolor cuff effect.

Assuming the show were not fictional, might a woman have really worn cuffs like this? It's entirely possible! Hand knitting was something many women did, and the cuffs are based around an authentic Victorian stitch pattern called "Tunisian Lace." Having separate cuffs would be a good way to add variety (and in this case, extra warmth) to a wardrobe.

The cuffs worn by Nomi were made by @emilyknitsto in a very pretty silver grey yarn. You can see her project page with close up photos on Ravelry. For pattern details, please see the pattern page on Ravelry.

Victorian Lace Cuffs - $5.95
$3.69 through midnight Sunday, May 23, 2021
Enter code NOMI at checkout

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Happy knitting!

Friday, April 16, 2021

Flash weekend sale!

According to the New York Times, sweater vests are back! Of course, for us knitters, they never really left. So I’m having a weekend sale! Take 40% off any vest pattern / ebook in my Ravelry store with coupon code INVESTIGATOR, through midnight Sunday EDT.

Included patterns: Anything in my Vests bundle. The code also works directly from my pattern page. Add pattern to cart, then click "Use a coupon code." Vest patterns are here.

Individual patterns -
The P. L. Argyle Family ebook
Peter Lorre, the Mysterious
Daughter of the Sea
Pete or Laurey, the Precocious
Petra Laurie, the Faithful
Kichwa Love Song

Why code INVESTIGATOR, you ask? Because 1) I like mysteries, and 2) it makes me think of one of my favorite goofy jokes: 

Q: What do you call an alligator in a vest?
A: An investigator, of course.

Happy knitting, and stay safe!
~ Caroline


Monday, March 15, 2021

I want that on a T-shirt (or a coffee mug, or a tote bag, or a spiral notebook ...)

Hi everyone! Just over a  month ago, I introduced my Redbubble store. How it came about is a story in itself.

When I was 9, I learned the Hukilau Hula from two nice Hawaiian ladies at a luau. Kahala and Puanani, if you're out there, mahalo nui loa - thank you! Your teaching lives on.

Fast forward a rather large number of years, and I was getting ready to teach a children's hula class on Zoom. I needed an outfit that didn't involve coconuts. Enter Redbubble, where I found  a sweet scoop-neck tee with artwork of Lilo and Stitch hula dancing. It's adorable, I wore it for the class, and now it's in my regular wardrobe rotation.

But that made me realize that hey, I've got original artwork too! It can be on a tee shirt (or a mug, or a tote bag, or a notebook...)! Thus were born (or expanded) my shops at the print-on-demand sites Redbubble, CafePress, TeePublic, and Zazzle.

CafePress: ArtDesign by Caroline
RedBubble: LadyCaro1
TeePublic: ArtDesign by Caroline
Zazzle: ArtDesign by Caroline

Does it matter which one you shop? While most of my artwork is available at each site, each one has its own printable product line. They all have T-shirts. CafePress has more children's options, wallets, lunch bags, and car accessories (license plates and magnets). RedBubble has shaped stickers, home decor, and a wide selection of phone cases. TeePublic has a large selection of shirt styles, plus shaped stickers, wall hangings, and bound blank books with colorful covers. Zazzle features upscale items such as neckties, cuff links, business card cases, and crossbody bags, as well as all-occasion notecards.

Here's a small selection of artwork available, with more being added all the time. Visit any of the sites to find your next perfect gift - for someone special, or for yourself!

In case you're wondering, the Latin text reads "I can't hear you,
I have a banana in my ear" and "This is a Latin saying." The rest is pretty
self-explanatory. Click to view full size.

BTW, the hula class went swimmingly. The trick to effortlessly managing the hip-swing is to bend your knees as you step. It's fun, and is honestly a great workout.

Aloha, until next time!

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Design: It's not just for knitting!

 Hey all, while knitting is awesome (obviously), some designs just need something ... different. Introducing my new shop at Redbubble! It features my art, custom printed for you on a wide variety of clothing and accessories. Check it out!

Stay warm, stay safe!

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Dinner at Tiffany's - 20% introductory discount

It's time for a new sweater and a sale! After far longer than expected, Dinner at Tiffany's was released today. The pattern contains 8 sizes, to fit 26-54" / 66-137 cm bust.

An elegant bolero of allover lace with bead and pearl trim at hem and sleeves, Dinner at Tiffany's is perfect for even the most formal of occasions. The jewel neck fastens with one crystal button at the back.

By the way, did you know that Tiffany is actually a medieval name? That surprised me, too! It's a short form of the Greek name Theophania (Θεοφάνεια, "manifestation of God", "appearance of God"), from the 12th century, but it sounds modern to our ears. So writers of historical fiction can't use it, since it sounds contrived, even though it's period authentic. This is known as The Tiffany Problem. I considered calling the design "Dinner at Theophania's," but I'm not quite sure how to pronounce it, TBH.

My very own Tiffany Problem is that the yarn I used, Rozetti Yarns Polaris, has been discontinued. It's not too big of a problem, however - if you can't find Polaris or don't have any in your yarn stash, you can substitute King Cole Galaxy DK, Universal Yarn Classic Shades Sequins Lite, Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light, or any DK weight yarn with sequins or beads embedded.

This is the exact trim used on the sweater in the photos: "Pearls & Swags" Beaded Fringe Trim from decoratingstudio.com. For a more casual look, the trim could be omitted, but it adds weight and drape to the finished garment.

The button I used for the closure is La Mode 9/16” / 13mm, style 48174. It looks like Joann Fabrics is having a sale on them right now.

The sweater is easier than it looks - it's one allover lace pattern with shaping only at the edges. If you want to get started soon, I'm having a 20% off introductory sale through midnight, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. Enter the code TIFFANY at checkout. You can purchase the pattern through Ravelry or buy it now.

Stay in if you can, knit something elegant, and please stay safe!

Happy knitting,

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Harp Day 2020 means a 20% off sale

Hey knitters, I just learned that it's #HarpDay2020! 

I've been playing the folk harp since 2001 and knitting since 2006. Playing with strings is deeply and thoroughly ingrained. :D

To celebrate both types of string, I'm having a flash sale for the rest of the weekend. Take 20% off any music-inspired pattern in my Ravelry store, individually or in combination. The sale lasts through midnight EST tomorrow, Sunday, October 18, 2020. Enter code harpday at checkout

The designs are all conveniently gathered in my "Inspired by Music" bundle, but here's a handy list of pattern links. If you prefer to shop through this site instead, you can find all the designs on this site's Pattern page:

Get 'em now before the sale ends. What's with all the sales, you ask? I don't know, except that it's getting cold - we just had our first frost advisory! - and knitting to stay warm is my automatic response. 

As for harps, there's so much to say that I can't even begin here. If you're interested in learning more about them, I highly recommend visiting the Sylvia Woods Harp Center website. One thing I will say is that playing them is not as hard as you think, and it's never too late to learn!

Happy knitting and harping,

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Cowl sale extended


Because I forgot to include Into the Unknown (!) in the original pattern list, I've extended the 20% off sale through midnight tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. The following are included individually or in any combination:

Candace’s Cables Cowl
Dorsal Graviton Cowl
Elsa Is My Homegirl
Follow the Bubbles
Halo Braid Headband and Collar
Into the Unknown
Kate Loves A Cowl
Roman Jewel Cowl
Time Tunnel
Victoria’s Violets Lace Collar
Wear Your Veggies Cowl
Wheat and Clover Cowl

Purchase the patterns through my Ravelry store or through the pattern page of this site. At checkout, enter the coupon code: warmth.

Happy knitting, and stay safe!