Worlwide Blog tour - Around the world in 80 skeins

Kimberly Golynskiy a.k.a. 80 skeins had the amazing idea of making a worldwide blog tour inspired by the book “Around the World in 80 Days”.

The blog tour started 01/Oct/14 (October 1, 1872 was the date Phileas Fogg embarked on his journey in the book)  and through the last months Designers all around the world  have been invited to talk about their work and tendencies and how culture and environment inspires design.
Let be inspired by wonderful pictures, great stories and lovely work – from Asia, Europe, Africa and Americas. You may visit different cultures and get a better idea of what makes each work so unique and how we ended sharing the same passion for designing.
I was kindly invited to represent my country, Portugal, and the interview is scheduled to be posted next Saturday, December 13, 2014, 4 p.m., Lisbon time zone :-)
To celebrate this event I’m offering 25% discount on single patterns (only one use per customer) from December 12, 2014 to December 20, 2014 - Lisbon time zone. Meanwhile, please visit 80 skeins lovely blog and join us in this journey!


D'oiro shawl

My newest design D'oiro has been published. Oiro/ouro is the Portuguese word for gold and Doiro/Douro or Dourado has a double meaning it might be golden and/or something really special and so it is. At least for me:-)
I''ll spare you the details about the time needed to transfer my ideas to something palpable as a knitted garment. I had some experimentations regarding its shape, this time I went for a semi-circular shawl but not a half-circular, instead it has an interesting crescent shape. It looks lighter and more romantic to me, don't know exactly why but that's how I feel. Once again I mixed lace and slip stitches ending with not only a very warm shawl but also with an interesting texture. I used one of my favorite yarns  Manos silk, which is very soft and a joy to knit with.
D’oiro it’s also knitted top-down. The main section is worked with two colors in a half linen stitch alternated with eyelets providing a lovely textured appearance. A neat chain /braid makes the transition to the lace section ending with a lovely picot bind-off.

Shown in size M (blue and golden brown) - Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (DK weight yarn) approx 433 meters total - 260.6 meters (285.0 yards) in 2458 Indian Colorway (CC) / 172.8 meters (189.0 yards) in Topaz Colorway (MC). For size L see more details here, Michelle knitted a dramatic and gorgeous D'oiro (blackberry and sage) approx 545.9 m total - Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino approx 395 m and Debbie Bliss Andes approx 150m. Note that yardage will vary depending of personal taste (choice for last rows and binding-off with MC or CC color), yarn used and gauge.
More info:
Level: Intermediate
Skills needed: K, P, Ssk, K2tog, YO, provisional cast-on, color work (slip sts), drop sts, M3, twisted stitches, Ktbl, M1, M3, Picot bind-off. Wet block the shawl and woven in ends.
Pattern format: Both written instructions (line by line) and charts are provided and tables with stitch count per repeat/section for both sizes. Available in two sizes M and L.
Pattern is a pdf file document and you need Adobe Acrobat Reader application to open it.


Poeira's release promotion

My new design, Poeira, has been released (I have this in works for too long, I'll write a more detailed post about it shortly) and it is available at an introductory price: 25% off until October 14, 2014 (Lisbon time zone). Just enter the Coupon code LovePoeira during the checkout :-)

 Poeira it’s an airy shawl, seamless, knitted on the bias with a pretty pattern that combines lace with textured stitches. It has a cool spiral and a slightly asymmetrical shape, being a fun and versatile wrap easy to knit and wear. It works well with both variegated and solid yarns.

Other Info:
Two options are provided for working this pattern — version A for knitters that prefer to knit and version B, for knitters that prefer to purl. The shawl was knitted with Drops Silk Alpaca, however either solid or variegated yarns look fantastic due to the pattern’s simplicity.
As shown Poeira has 20 repeats of Chart B, to adjust the shawl’s size simply change the number of repeats of Chart B. It was knitted with Garnstudio Drops Baby Alpaca Silk (fingering weight yarn) approx 334.7 m (366 yds). Adjust the needle size accordingly to the desired effect - larger needles for an airy look or smaller needles for better st definition. Gauge is listed as a guide for yardage requirements - if you knit to a different gauge, make sure you have the yarn you will need.


Skills needed:
Long tail cast-on, K, P, P3tog, K3tog, YO, drop sts, bind-off sts, M3 and M6 (explained into pattern), cable cast-on. Picot bind-off. Wet block the shawl and woven in ends.

Pattern format: Both written instructions (line by line) and charts are provided. Pattern is a pdf file document and you need Adobe Acrobat Reader application to open it.



Fall promotion

Even though I haven't blogged much lately I just wanted to let you know about a new promotion going on (from 1 October 2014 to 8 October 2014, Lisbon time zone) if you purchase 3 single patterns from my Ravelry Store at the same time (add them all to your cart before you check out), the least expensive one will be free. No coupon code needed :-)

...and a new pattern is about to be released, do you guess which one?



Finally, Doce KAL is ready to start, yay! Doce (the Portuguese word for sweet or candy) was specially designed for the beautiful yarn Alfinete 15 (light fingering), Hand Dyed by Alfinete. Check out the store (you may contact for custom orders). I knited my shawl with a delicious pink yarn (see photo below).
This sweet crescent shaped shawl is knitted top-down starting with only a few stitches. Pattern is one size but can be easily adjusted by working additional main pattern repeats.
During a limited period (until July 12) this pattern will be available for free – no sign-ups required – I really don’t have time for doing lists and manage all the info - just enter the code seniealfinete when purchasing the pattern! This is a special offer for the readers of this blog and members of my group Seni Designs.
There’s also a great promotion running during the first two weeks (until July 24th) you can buy the pattern for 0.99€ only and afterwards and during the KAL for 2.9€. At Kal’s end (August 31) the final pattern reaches the full price of 3.9€.

Doce is available both in English and Portuguese language. As usually, I offer both charts and written instructions.

Many thanks to my wonderful testers alfinete, myshel and cartucha, I couldn't have done without you!

The mystery KAL is hosted at my group, Seni Designs, where you can find more info. I hope you can join us :-)


Carnation Revolution/ Revolução dos Cravos

Eta: This promotion has ended, stay tuned for future promos, K.A.L's and more :-)
Esta é a madrugada que eu esperava
O dia inicial inteiro e limpo
Onde emergimos da noite e do silêncio
E livres habitamos a substância do tempo

Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution (April 25th/25 de Abril) I’m offering one free single pattern at your choice for the next couple of hours. Just enter the code 25deAbrilSempre! during the checkout :-)

You can find my patterns here, choose your favorite, click on buy now button and then on use a coupon code enter the code 25deAbrilSempre! check if the promo is still running, the total for one pattern should be Free. Please note, I won't proceed refunds, make sure you followed the previous steps for this promotion and that the total is free. Happy knitting!


Fofo shawl release promotion (25% off)

Finally, Fofo has been published and there's a release promotion: 25% off until midnight of April 9th (Lisbon time zone), no coupon code needed :-)
Sadly, due to the intense rain and dark light I gave up taking outside pictures, for now. I'm very happy how this turned out, it's so soft and airy.
As my previous shawls, Fofo is a crescent shaped shawl knitted top-down. The main body combines a lovely flowery stitch on the center section and a wavy pattern on the sides, flowing into a delicate lace edging embellished with bobbles and finished with a picot bind-off (I included instructions how to knit an elastic bind-off.


 About yarn: I used 408.1 m/ 446.3 yds of Garnstudio Drops Lace and 418.6 m/ 457.8 yds of Garnstudio Drops Kid-silk held together (both lace weight yarn) but you may use only one thread and a different weight yarn (fingering would be a great choice).
Size is easily adjustable by adding more pattern repeats of Chart B.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: provisional cast-on, cable cast-on, Bobble, K, P, YO, Ssk, K2tog, M1R, M1L, S2kp, picot BO or elastic BO, M3, M7 (explained into pattern). Block the shawl and woven in ends.

Pattern format:
Both written instructions (line by line) and charts are provided.

Many thanks to
the Test group