Gift Along 2018 Interview with Laura Goodman – Dragon Wing Arts

Gift Along 2018 Interview with Laura Goodman – Dragon Wing Arts

Today’s Gift Along 2018 Interview is with the lovely Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

Hi Laura, thanks for taking time to chat to me today, I really appreciate it.  Can I just say how awesome it is to have you in the Gift Along 2018 event?   I hope it’s a great success for you.

What made you start designing and how long have you been doing it?

I started designing in 2010 with my Spring’s Beginning scarf.   I got a hank from a local dyer and I wanted a leafy pattern. There was nothing on Ravelry at the time that quite fit what I wanted, so I decided to come up with my own idea. It is still one of my favorite designs.
Gift Along 2018 Spring's Beginning Scarf by Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

Gift Along 2018 – Spring’s Beginning Scarf by Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

What’s inspiring you at the moment in Dragon Wing Arts?  And can you share that with us?

I’m addicted to the look of drop stitches.  Again, I had a thought that I could use drop stitches with garter stitch for texture but there wasn’t quite a pattern for it. I had the yarn for the Bias Drop Stitch scarf around for AGES and I just needed something simple to work with it. Now I’ve gotten hooked on drop stitch patterns and I have three more in the works!

Any tips to aspiring designers, or things you wish you’d known before you started?

People will criticize, but you will also see beautiful work come of your ideas. Don’t let them discourage you. It takes time to get your patterns out there – there are so many patterns to choose from. It’s a wonderful community to be a part of and eventually it will work out!

Which pattern from your Dragon Wing Arts range is your favourite and why?

Other than my first pattern, probably my Crescent Trinity shawl –  it looks so much more complex than it is.  The body of the shawl is a two row repeat, and the edging is only four rows, but it came together to look great. It works in varigated yarns and gives great texture!

Do you have a favourite cast on and why?

Cable cast on – it always gives a clean edge. It’s most commonly what I use.

Tell us a little about you Laura Goodman

I’m a history nut who does tech support for a living – a bit of an odd combination. I just became a mom three months ago and I couldn’t be happier!  I can’t wait to make all the cute baby things!  It’s so hard to pick what to make – I’ve picked out a sweater to start with during the Gift-a-Long.

Have you any new releases on the horizon we need to look out for?

I’ve got one pattern I just need to get photographed and it’s ready for release- a scarf using more drop stitches and a thicker yarn. WIP pictures are on my project page .  I’m also working on a lighter pattern with a chevron or V shape and one with zig zags – all with drop stitches.     I think they will be called Obsession, Fixation and Addiction – since I’m so completely hooked on drop stitch ideas right now!  I’ve got the sample done for the triangle and I’m working hard on the chevron and zig zags so I can get them out there!
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Obsession by Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Obsession by Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

How can people contact you and see your designs?

I’m on Ravelry under DragonWing Arts.    – I’m also starting to use instagram and will work on sharing some more pictures of my new ideas!
Thank you Laura, it was great to talk to you!
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys, Softies etc

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys, Softies etc

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys, Softies and Cuddly Gift Knit and Crochet ideas

I’m not really a maker of toys, but I have made them in the past, usually as a gift for a new family member or just for fun, but this year’s Gift A-long has really opened my eyes to some incredible designs and I thought I’d share them with you.

First up

Leisurely Llama

I couldn’t resist this cute Llama, look at that adorable little face.    This one is crocheted and uses simple stitches, it looks like a quick make and you could customize the colours to suit the recipient.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys Llama to crochet

Hartley the Fox

I love this cute little fox and the designer has an amazing range of toy patterns to choose from, it was hard to single out Hartley the Fox, but as I’ve seen so many Fox cushions and mugs this Autumn/Winter season, it had to be him.  All the stitches are explained in a very comprehensive pattern, with plenty of help.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys Fox to crochet

Cinnamon the little Deer

As well as making a very sweet toy, I can see this one being a favourited Christmas Decoration in our house and being pride of place every year.    I love the little antlers and the sweet expression on his/her face.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys Crochet Reindeer

Giraffe Zoo Kids

My niece, Meghan, loves giraffes and she would go ga-ga over this pattern.  I love the outfits and the felted mane, really pretty details and a comprehensive pattern to take you through every stage of the process.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys Crochet Giraffes

Oktyabrinka

It’s been a long time since I made dolls clothes but this little ensemble did catch my eye with pretty cable details that any little girl would love.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys Dolls Outfit to knit

Hobgoblin Amigurumi

I love this little Hobgoblin, his fearsome teeth and beady eyes, great fun.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys crochet

Rayan

this sweet little doll has two heads, one awake and one asleep featuring pretty embroidery and a lace dress.  Ideal for keeping little ones quiet or for cuddling to sleep.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys knitted comfort dolly

Family Purr

Cute, cuddly and quick to make, this is a nice easy knit and who wouldn’t want a house full of kitties?  Claire is a member of Team Bundle in the Indie Design Gift Along 2018 and we’re so glad to have her help us.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys knitted cats

Sweet dog Charlie

I love this sweet little pup with his cute outfit, bag, jacket and floppy ears.   This looks like a quick and interesting knit.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys knitted dog

December Mice

More crochet and with it being so close to Christmas I had to include them.    The little tree lights and decorations are the perfect finishing touches.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys crochet mice with tree

Dashing Dachshund

This is alwas popular in the gift along and I love seeing the colours chosen for both the dog and the colourwork pattern.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys knitted dog

Dancing Owl

This one might take a little extra effort with it’s overlay crochet details but look at the wonderful colours and textures?  It’s worth every minute you spend on it.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys Crochet owl

Gingerbread Boy and Girl

I couldn’t resist this cute pair of Gingerbread boy and girl, lovely details and pretty outfits, they’ll make fabulous gifts or a decoration you’ll want to use every year.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys Crochet Gingerbread

Minions

And finally, for this selection, I had to include some Minions, they’re just so cute!
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys knit Minions

 

A Magnus for Maxwell

A Magnus for Maxwell

I’m working on a Magnus for Maxwell my cousin’s little boy.   The pattern Magnus is by Jenny Wiebe.  I’m using some James C Brett Marble Chunky in grey.   I’ve picked a machine wash yarn as both my cousin and her husband work full time and what parent has time to hand wish little clothes?

The finished Magnus for Maxwell is a cute hooded cardigan and sized from newborn to 8 years.   I’m making the 2 yr size with longer arms and body because both of Max’s parents are tall, his Dad especially.

It features ribbing, a textured pattern and is worked top down, starting with the hood and so far, it’s been a really enjoyable and quick knit.   The texture pattern is charted and written and she explains how to incorporate that pattern and keep it correct as you increase for the raglans.

I’m just about at the end of the raglan increases and ready to separate sleeves from the body.   I’ll probably work the sleeves flat, because that’s faster for me and will add an extra couple of stitches for the seam.     I haven’t had a mooch through the button stash yet to find the perfect buttons or toggles but I’ll post photos when I choose.

This’ll be a Christmas gift and it’s good having a deadline to work to.   Edited to show finished item with some bright teal buttons.

A Magnus for Maxwell 1

 

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns – Sensational Knit Socks and Crochet Socks

Hi everyone, I’ve been browsing the giant pattern bundle at the Indie Design Gift Along and looking through the Participating Designers list for 2018.   So much talent and incredible patterns for both knitting and crochet.

There are 349 designers, 263 knit designers, 51 crochet designers and 33 who offer both knit and crochet.

Today I wanted to highlight some of my favourite Indie Design Gift Along Sock Patterns.   I don’t usually knit socks but I do love to wear hand knit socks and love to play with colour.   This selection has inspired me to try harder this year and make more socks for ME.

I only found one pair of super bulky weight socks with a nice short row heel, these would be a quick knit and toasty warm.

TV Time Socks

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A few bulky or chunky weight socks for you, also very quick to knit and very warm.  Fabulous chunky knit socks.

Happy Feet

Another quick knit, this time bulky yarn rather than super bulky.  I’ve made these, super quick and easy to adapt for size, think my second pair I used 4 less sts for a slimmer fit, but they really are my go-to cold day socks and are great for wearing with my wellies on a dog walk.
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Stress Less

Bulky/chunky yarn, bit of garter, but of stocking st and enough interest to keep you going to the end, this has options for 4ply/fingering weight and bulky/chunky yarn.   I’ll be making a pair with chunk yarn for lolling on the sofa over the holidays.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns Stress Less
I made several pairs of these using some Sirdar Click Chunky yarn, they’re super warm and toasty.  Carolyn is a Mod in the Gift Along 2018 event and we love having her on the team.

don’t care

Chunky/bulky yarn, stripes and an edgy, pop of colour.   What’s not to love?    These are a great stash buster, you could use a self striping yarn and a plain yarn, or change colour every stripe, it’s all good.    This pattern is part of a larger ebook collection entitled ‘It’s not me, it’s you’ and that really makes me laugh.   Hand’s up anyone who ever had a break up and wanted to say that?   Me, me, me, lol.
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Kari Slipper Socks

I’m planning a pair of these for myself and some for my son (who until his feet became as big as canoes) used to steal my hand knit socks and wear them.    Chunky/bulky yarn, nice little bit of pattern for interest and so cozy.
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Marked Trail

I couldn’t miss this one off the list with it’s bright colourwork and the chance to use up leftover balls of yarn from other projects.     Bulky/chunky yarn and colourwork, really quick to make, that’s a win-win for me.
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Fern Socks

At last, some crochet socks, in Aran weight yarn and the chance to stripe with colours and bust a bit more of that stash.    Pretty lace and simple stitches make a really warm, quick to make sock.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns Crochet socks

Amour Fou Socks

Aran weight yarn and great textures, this design is part of an ebook called Hubby Needs Socks, the other five patterns are all using 4ply/fingering weight yarn and are all sized for men.    This pair is a quick knit but if you fancy a slower knit with cables, texture and man friendly sizing, do check out the ebook.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns Crochet socks 8

Red Moss Socks

Aran knit, I love the photo and the texture pattern really pops in this rich, red.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns Crochet socks 9

Cam’s Camping Socks

Aran yarn so it’s a quick knit, cables and textures, suitable for both men and women, this’d be fab in a core neutral colour or in an accent colour to add a bit of fun to your outfit.
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Lazy Weekend Socks

This cute pair of worsted weight socks is another fast knit, I have two colours of WOTA Worsted Superwash in my stash, Avocado and Amethyst Heather which are going to be perfect for these.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns knit socks

Comfy Cuff Socks

Crochet worsted socks this time, fun colour and textures for a warm and quick make.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns 2

Breakfast Waffles Socks

Waffle texture and warm, worsted weight yarn, easy to adapt for foot length for those with larger feet.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns 3

Raggsocka

I couldn’t resist the cables on this one, great fun, worsted yarn so it’s still a quick knit and they’ll be so warm.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns knit socks

Aiden Reversible Socks

I know a few people who have made these and really rave about how great the pattern is, easy to adapt and it make use of those difficult hand dyed skeins you have no clue how to use.   Worsted weight yarn, Rios by Malabrigo would be my choice.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns 4

Winter Storm Socks

These cute and pretty cabled socks use dk weight yarn and are perfect for the fashionable speckled skeins you’ve acquired with no real idea of what you might make, the designer comments that her daughter has pinched them already, I’ll take that as a win.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns 5

Luck-Luks

I love colourwork and couldn’t resist this cute combination of greens to brighten even the coldest of days.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns 6

Vanilla is the New Black (Sport & DK)

Dk yarn/sport yarn, looks great plain or striped and I love the detail on the heels.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns 7

Ruso

Sport weight yarn, dk might work well but a beautiful, warm sock for sitting by the fire and watching the dancing flames.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns 8

Cuddle Toes

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns 9

DragonESS

I have been called a dragon in my time and these socks are perfect for the days I want to show my scales and breathe fire.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Sock Patterns 10

Happy Hoops

the first of our fingering weight/4ply socks and a great example of colourwork from Helen Gipson, a well written and clear pattern with a beautiful design.
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A Song of Knits and Purls

Textured squares and a good neutral would make the perfect for the men in my family, who are often a little bit fussy about their socks.   It has texture so I’d enjoy the knitting but not such an obvious pattern that they’ll notice.
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Arctic Blizzard

Wowsa colourwork and a great chance to use kettle dyed or hand dyed yarns for a stunning contrast.
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Slip Slide Splash Socks

Slipped stitches and only one colour per row, mean this is the easiest colourwork you’ll find and the chance to make an odd ‘pair’ really appeals to me.  Awesome stash busting potential and even if they don’t match, my son would wear them.

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Argyle Check Socks

I’m not sure where to start, I love the slipped stitch sole and heel, the garter stitch colourwork and travelling stitches, awesome!
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Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves on my list to make

Hi everyone, I’ve been browsing the sale pattern bundle at the Indie Design Gift Along and looking through the Participating Designers list for 2018.   So much talent and incredible patterns for both knitting and crochet.

There are 349 designers, 263 knit designers, 51 crochet designers and 33 who offer both knit and crochet.

I wanted to focus on cowls and scarves today, there is so much to choose from, but here are a few that caught my eye as I was helping to assemble the giant sale bundle of over 6000 patterns.

First up

Urban Frieze

I love to see Paola’s patterns and photos, she’s such a fun lady and has an amazing sense of style.   This particular cowl combines two of my favourite things, modular knitting and mosaic knitting.   The colourwork (mosaic) is achieved by using only one colour at a time and slipping some stitches, it’s very easy but has big impact.   Modular just means the pieces knitted and joined as you go, working one piece directly from another (no seams).
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves 16

Cowl Trick

Unusually for Mary, this cowl is in Aran weight yarn, she’s the Queen of laceweight yarns and has a fabulous selection of shawls, so for her this must have felt like knitting with rope, lol.    This is a reversible piece and a very clever construction, it’s also a great one for stash busting as each layer could be a different colour.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves 1

Orbital Cowl

I had to include a crochet cowl and this one really caught my eye, all that purple and smooshy stitches.  You could have a lot of fun with colour and play with contrast levels too, lots of potential here.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves Crochet

Cailleach-Oidhche

Don’t ask me how to pronounce this, I have no clue, lol.   However, as brioche seems to be the new black, then I had to include a brioche cowl in the mix today.    The instructions include options for both a long and a short cowl, my personal preference for Winter is the longer, but in Autumn/Fall, I like a shorter cowl, so I guess I’ll have to make both.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves brioche

Thanks, It Has Pockets!

I had to include this one, as it’s the only cowl I’ve seen with zips and pockets, great idea for those of us on the go and dashing around on the school run.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves knit and zips

Sledge

I chose this one partly because I love the colours, yes I am a sucker for this olive/mustard combination, but also because it’s a simple knit, worked in the round with plain stocking stitch and some ribbing for interest.  It’ll be a good beginner knit and one of those go-to classics you wear every day.   Choose a colour to match your winter coat and pair it with a contast colour to add interest.    I’m thinking purple and mustard for mine.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves knit cowl 2 colour

Cowl Owl-Light

This cute crochet cowl can be subtle, as shown in the picture with gentle colours or in-your-face pops of colour with high contrast, intense colours.   Your choice, either way, I’m sure you’ll love it.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves Crochet Motif Cowl

Pick-Me-Up Posey Scarf

Another crochet choice, this would be great to use up those self striping yarns you have no clue what to do with and is quick to work.   I love the motif, it’s delicate and pretty without being over the top.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves Crochet Motif Cowl

Glide

Sometimes you just need a scarf, something relaxing to knit with a simple pattern repeat you can ‘read’ as you knit and that’s easier to remember as you work along.    Pretty lace, would work in any weight of yarn, what’s not to love?
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf knit scarf, lace

Twitterpated

I like this one for lots of reasons, the lace panels, the asymmetry of the shaping, the ability to use up a ton of scrap yarn and change colour whenever I feel like it and to top it all, stripes.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf knit scarf

Bouquet Cowl

I picked this one, partly influenced by the joyous colour but also because it has lace and is part of a really pretty set that I can absolutely see myself making for ME.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf knit scarf, lace 2

Cosmos Flower Scarf

Another crochet beauty, couldn’t resist the colour or the beautiful shawl pin in the photo.  The designer suggest it’s good to have some experience of cluster sts, but the rest is pretty basic and there are a ton of youtube tutorials available to show you how to work cluster stitches.   Give it a go.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf crochet scarf

Pebbles and Scales Cowl

I love texture and would love to make this one, but I must admit it also looks a bit like a Christmas Tree in this photo, if you like a textured cowl which is a fun and interesting knit, this is one!
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Knit Scales

Winter in Star’s Hollow Cowl

I love this cowl by knitting superstar Annie Modesitt, it’s a great way to use that mini-skein set you bought because you love the colours but have no idea what to make with it.    Clever use of short rows and slipped stitches make for very simple colour work with a WOW factor.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Knit Cowl

Caribou Wildflower Cowl

I couldn’t resist adding this stranded cowl pattern, great for using stash and odd skeins your bought because they were pretty, or soft, or just there.     Super warm, worked in the round then joined to make a loop, as long or short ass you like.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Knit Stranded

Pebble Brook

This is great for using those odd skeins of Malabrigo Rios (other yarns available) that you can’t figure out what you’re going to make.   I have a couple of skeins of Rios in Archangel lined up for this beauty.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Knit slip stitch
That’s it for today, tomorrow is a Sock Spectacular!   See you then.
Loraine

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Hats Part 3

Hi everyone, today I’ll be showcasing some of the gorgeous hat patterns that caught my eye, I’ll be listing them in yarn weight order, starting with 4ply/fingering weight yarn and working my way up to super bulky.    They are all available from participating designers of the Indie Design Gift Along, on the group home page, right hand side are links to any bundles, the Sale Bundle will be retired at the end of this week and the Giant Bundle of ALL the designers patterns will be made live on the same day.   Part 1, showcases Super Bulky and Bulky hats, here.

Part 2, showcases Aran and Worsted Hats, here.

Let’s get back to it and begin with DK, sport and 4ply/fingering weight hats.

A few things to note with this pretty hat, asymmetry with just one cable being featured, texture and it has both a beanie fit option and a slouchy option.     I also love the designers username shown above because Knit does equal Joy.
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Coronal

Cables and colourwork without stranding and all those floats?   Yes, yes, yes, it is possible and here it is.   A stunning crown detail, great use of colour, what more can I say.   This is sport weight I’d probably use the dk I have at hand.

 

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