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And the Craftsyversary winner is…

CraftsyLogoBellaterre! Congratulations, and enjoy your free Craftsy class!

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you who signed up in class, answering your questions, and seeing your projects. Color work is some of my favorite knitting, and just getting this celebration together is nudging me back toward it as I try to restart my own independent pattern line. One of my older patterns that I still love making is the Triangle Man Pillbox. I wonder if the class color patterns could be adapted to the hat stitch counts… ;-)

Modern Stranded Knitting Techniques classFor those of you looking to expand your knowledge of stranded color knitting, I’ll point you at Mary Jane Mucklestone‘s new class, Modern Stranded Knitting Techniques. She has still more motifs for you to work up while practicing your technique, and you’ll get to make the cool cowl you see in the picture at right. Each of us has our own bag of knitting tips and tricks, and Mary Jane brings a lot of great ones to this class!

Check it out using my affiliate text link or the one on the photo, and you can get 50% off the purchase price.

Until next year!



November?!? and a circular stripes tutorial

Power Purls interview
Kara Gott Warner’s Power Purls Podcast made its debut this fall. She and I had a wonderfully philosophical and digressive (but eventually returning to topic!) conversation about life and working in the fiber arts industry.

Gosh, can’t believe it’s been over two months since I last posted! Seems like just yesterday I was getting home from STITCHES MidWest, and preparing The Small Man for the start of another school year.

Since then I’ve been to Irving, TX to teach at the first-time-ever STITCHES Texas, worked on a pattern and a couple of articles which you’ll see next year in Creative Knitting Magazine, gotten back into the swing of tech editing, and also worked on some pattern layouts for a client. There were proposals for teaching at TNNA, the wholesale trade show for the needlecraft industry. And the death of my iMac’s hard drive had to be dealt with (once you are used to the THPACE of a 27-inch monitor, it’s hard to go back to a little tiny laptop screen!). Oh, and I was on a podcast. :-)

Busy busy busy.Ig_photo

In the interest of clearing some THPACE around me physically, I’ve been working on turning the stepouts from Colorwork Without the Work into Finished Objects. One of those stepouts is a hat in four-color one-round stripes. I posted a picture of my progress on it to Instagram and on the Beth Whiteside Design Facebook page one day last week.

There wasn’t time to go into detail on carrying this many colors in the round in the video class, so I thought I’d take some time in a blog post to talk about the mechanics.

Let me know if you have questions!




TNNA and me

Beth's Illustrator classes at TNNAIn about a week, I’ll be sharing what I know about creating color charts and schematics in Adobe Illustrator at TNNA in Columbus, OH. While it feels odd preparing a class without sticks and string in my hands, it’s also been exciting since I love playing with software too!

Twice a year, needle arts professionals gather to learn, network and transact business at trade shows sponsored by The National Needlearts Association (TNNA). Store owners meet with companies selling yarn, canvases, bags, books, magazines, tools, and myriad other products, placing orders for their shops. Classes on both technique and business topics help attendees up their game, both in services to their customers and the very way they run their business.

And everywhere, in classrooms, hallways, show floor aisles, and hotel lobbies, there is the opportunity to “network.” To talk to others in this crazy industry, sharing problems, solutions, and ideas. To broaden our horizons, see other perspectives, and make connections with other people, both like and unlike ourselves.

As an instructor/designer/editor/jack-of-all-trades, my profile is not typical of most attendees. Most folks’ business is substantially different from my own. But every time I go, every time I gather my pennies for the airfare and hotel, I remind myself how that investment has paid off: skills added directly through classes taken; borrowed business methods, adapted to my situation; connections, for immediate or future work, both as contractor and contractee; and last but not least, an intangible awareness of the industry gained merely by being around so many others in it. I can’t get that from my home office!

If you’re a needle arts professional, or someone whose business caters to the industry, I’d highly recommend a) attending a show and b) becoming a member. If your business doesn’t fall into the retail or wholesale category, consider becoming an affiliate member. My affiliate membership more than pays for itself, eventually if not immediately!

If you’re going to TNNA, there’s still room in both classes, though you’ll have to register on-site. There’s homework for both classes: just enough to get you familiar with the basics of the program.

Links to homework

Creating Color Charts with Illustator
Creating Schematics with Illustrator



New design! Ribbed Collar Pullover

Red Heart LW4482 Ribbed Collar Sweater
Ribbed Collar Sweater, view 1
Red Heart pattern LW4482EN

Just discovered a sweater pattern I’d designed a few months back is now public. :-] The Ribbed Collar Pullover, worked up in Red Heart Boutique Midnight, is a free downloadable pattern from Coats and Clark.

Shaping the armhole outward on the body then attaching the standard trapezoidal sleeve creates a drop-shoulder look without the extra bulk under the arm. Wide 4×2 ribbing pulls the bottom hem in to conform to the body. At the same time, deep ribs create vertical lines against the horizontal bands of self-striping color, elongating the silhouette.

Midnight has just a hint of metallic in it, in addition to being self-striping. It’s also a bulky chainette yarn, so it is fun and fast to knit with!

Red Heart Ribbed Collar Sweater, view 2
Ribbed Collar Sweater, view 2
Red Heart pattern LW4482EN