BIG SALE and update!

First off, on the night before Thanksgiving, I want to say thank you for your support over the last 6 years. As a way of doing this, all of the patterns in my Ravelry store are buy one, get one free until the end of the day on 11/28/14. There’s no code required, just add an even number of patterns to your cart and the discount will come off automatically at checkout. Enjoy! My pattern store is here.

Next up, the patterns from New England Knits are now available individually (and they’re on sale on the interweave site right now!)!

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And, lastly, the patterns from Wool, Book 5 are also available individually. Find them on Ravelry here.

 

3 Skeins or Less, a giveaway!

Knitting superwoman Tanis Gray, has another new book, and it is a beauty.

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3 Skeins or Less

By Tanis Gray

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

http://bit.ly/YA1MeV

Three Skeins or Less: Fresh Knitted Accessories features beautiful projects that, you guessed  it, use 3 skeins of yarn, or less.

My contribution to this book is the one-skein Little Vine Beret (all photos are by Joe Hancock)

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There are 26 projects in all. Here’s a peek at a few of my favorites:

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You can see all of the projects in one place on Ravelry here.

If you’d like to have a a chance to win a copy of your very own, just leave a comment below and I’ll use a random number generator to pick a name on the 27th of October. Contest is open to everyone. Good luck!

xo Melissa

Wool, Book 5

Quince and Co just released Wool, Book Five today, and I have 2 new designs in it, along with 3 from Cecily.

Montagne, my top-down pullover with a kangaroo pocket.

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and Fern, a lacy beret

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Cecily’s top-down Feronia is on the cover (I want to make this one!)

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and her lovely cabled Lenora

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and her cozy cowl named Oria

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The five pattern collection is $15 here (the patterns will be available individually in a little while)

 

 

The sweater that wouldn’t have happened without Cecily Glowik MacDonald

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Cecily and I have collaborated on a few projects now: New England Knits, Weekend Hats, Wool One, Two, Three, Four and now Five (more one that one in my next post). She’s been there with me in the hospital for the birth of both of my daughters, which was an amazing gift already. But, when I was having my daughter Viviane this year, she said that she wanted to knit the sample for my next adult sweater design, a fingering-weight cardigan. This was the best, best, gift, because as a mama who supports herself with knitting design work, my knitting time was going to disappear fast with 2 children under 2.5 at home.

So this, my newest sweater, would never have happened without Cecily’s thoughtful gift, and you know that she has plenty of knitting of her own to do!

So, here is Willard, a top-down, open-front cardigan, in Quince’s fingering-weight yarn, Finch. the wide collar is picked up after knitting the body and features a reversible knit/purl arrow pattern on the long fronts that can lay flat or be folded back.

The pattern has a generous range of sizes and is 25% off until September 12th!

See it on ravelry here!

Viv’s bonnet, and a giveaway!

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I have a new pattern out, sized from baby to adult: Viv Bonnet

It’s 25% off until the end of June 2014. No code required.

Also, I’ve been trying lots of fun new needles and gadgets lately, and I thought I’d share a few with you. Leave a comment below, telling me what you want to knit this summer, and I’ll pick a random commenter to win the 3 needle sets in the picture. They’re some of my current favorites, Knitter’s Pride Cubix, and Karbonz. Comments are open until the end of June 2014. I’ll pick a winner using a random number generator. I’ll ship to any country. The comments are moderated on this blog, thanks to spam, so yours may not show up immediately, but it will eventually!

Good Luck!

x Melissa

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And baby makes 4!

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On April 17th, at 2 weeks overdue, our daughter Viviane was finally born (at 9lbs, 3oz!) Life is settling into its new normal, and we’re thrilled that our 2 yr old, Stella, is also in love with this sweet baby girl.
I’ve given myself a bit of a maternity leave, so I’ll be available a bit less via email for another week or two.

 

http://www.ravelry.com/stores/melissa-labarre

 

More soon!

 

From Mama, With Love

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I am still pregnant, though my due date was 3 days ago. As I wait for my baby girl’s arrival, let’s talk about something else!

I was lucky enough to be a part of a really sweet little collection with 4 other designer/mama friends recently, and it’s finally available for purchase! From Mama, With Love is a baby and little kid collection featuring 15 patterns from me, Tanis Gray, Kate Gagnon Osborn, Margaux Hufnagel and Connie Chang Chinchio. It’s especially exciting because as mothers who make a living from knitting designs, we often end up with very little time to knit for our own children. This collection gave us an opportunity to design for our children, yet still write patterns.

The collection is only available as an ebook (a 50 page pdf) until 10/1/14, when the ebook option (which saves a great deal on the overall cost) will disappear and the patterns will only be available individually.

Above is just a preview of all the patterns in the collection. You can see them all and purchase the collection here.

The collection is going on an exciting blog tour, won’t you follow along?

Tuesday, April 8th Tanis Gray of Tanis Knits **Designer of FM,WL!
Wednesday, April 9thConnie Chang Chinchio, **Designer of FM, WL
Friday, April 11thSusan B. Anderson
Monday, April 14Kate Gagnon Osborn of Things for Charlie (And KW) **Designer of FM, WL!
Wednesday, April 16Vickie Howell, Host of Knitting Daily
Friday, April 18Carol Feller of Stolen Stitches
Monday, April 21Kate Chioccio of Dragonfly Fibers
Wednesday, April 23Julie Crawford of Knitted Bliss
Friday, April 25Katie & Kara of Nice & Knit
Monday, April 28thYsolda Teague Guest Blog Post!
Tuesday, April 29thKarida Collins of Neighborhood Fiber Co.
Friday, May 2ndCecily Glowik McaDonald of Winged Knits
Monday, May 5 – Carrie Bostick Hoge of Maddermade 
Wednesday, May 7th – Thea Colman of Baby Cocktails
Friday, May 9th – Kate & Courtney, of Kelbourne Woolens
Tuesday, May 13Jessica Correa, of Dream in Color Yarn Co.
Thursday, May 15Kristen Kapur of Through the Loops
Tuesday, May 20Tanis Lavalee of Tanis Fiber Arts
Friday, May 22Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting