Knitting patterns now available!

January was a busy month, with getting lots of knitting and quilting patterns formatted for individual sale.

I’m so pleased to announce that the following knitting patterns are now available in my Ravelry store! You can also find some of them on Craftsy, Etsy, Patternfish, and the Knit Picks store.

E.L.F. Cap
design sketch for E.L.F. Cap  by Kendra Nitta, missknitta.com

Athena’s BookendsAthena's Bookends pattern by Kendra Nitta @missknitta; available at www.ravelry.com/store/missknittas-studioAthena’s Bookends

Juju au Lait
Juju au Lait knitting pattern by Kendra Nitta @missknitta, available on Ravelry

Best Friend Hot Water Bottle Cover (available on Knit Picks, too!)
Best Friend Hot Water Bottle cover pattern by Kendra Nitta @missknitta , available on Ravelry and Knit Picks

Stay tuned for more, plus quilting patterns!

Christmas countdown

Advent Calendar by Kendra Nitta @missknitta

Advent Calendar by Kendra Nitta @missknitta

When I didn’t get this posted by the beginning of the month, I thought I’d wait until the end so you can start planning your project for next year!

This is our family’s advent calendar, which uses a large quilting hoop and clothespins to hold cards with 24 days of fun things. I package the cards differently each year, depending on what I have onhand.

Some are small (links to home videos or photos) and some are big, like tickets to this or this. It’s fun to save Kindle deal books or sale songs during the year to include as treats in the advent calendar, too.

I posted this detail shot on Instagram the other day, and you can see that I’ve sewn little trees on each card using my favorite scraps:

Advent Calendar by Kendra Nitta @missknitta

We leave the cards on the quilting hoop after they’re opened to form their own wreath, but you could also hang the cards on the tree. It’s one of my favorite parts of the season!

Ready for the holidays at last!

Wreath by Kendra Nitta @missknitta

With Christmas right around the corner, my wreath is finally up on the front door! It’s been waiting around since my annual decorating party because we were expecting the painters (hence the paint chips on the door — kind of like last year). But in the spirit of keeping things simple, we’ve moved the painters to the new year, so we were able to get this hung at last!

By the way, here’s how my car looks when it just comes back from visiting the Dan Stamis booth at the flower mart!

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#QuiltConrejects

Unfortunately, neither of my QuiltCon submissions made it into the show this year. I’m definitely disappointed, but I’m planning to do a bit more hand-quilting on this one (and take better photos!!) and will try again next time.

HEEL! quilted and designed by Kendra Nitta @missknitta

Our guild’s show-and-tell for January will be for all quilts rejected from QuiltCon, and I’m looking forward to getting some feedback about how to make this more appealing to the judges. I’m also thinking of releasing the pattern at some point soon.

My only consolation is that Road to Pasadena will be hanging in the show, along with the other MQG Quilt of the Month quilts. The buyer kindly agreed to lend it to the show, and it will be nice to see it again.

I’m going to go bake some cookies and watch the news on Instagram to see who got in and who didn’t!

Weekend reading

Did you hear? The Kindle version of the new Margaret Radcliffe book is on sale this month on Amazon!

I don’t get any benefit from Amazon for sharing this information with you, I just love to pass along a good deal! Margaret Radcliffe is the author of one of my favorite knitting design books, The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques. I’ve learned so much from her, and can’t wait to delve into this one over the weekend!

Book review: Joy in Every Moment

Joy in Every Moment: Mindful Exercises for Waking to the Wonders of Ordinary Life
by Tzivia Gover
Softcover, 220 pages
$12.95
Storey Publishing 2015

Why I added this to my library: I recently attended a workshop on how to be more happy at work. The workshop focused heavily on gratitude as the starting point for joy, and so when I read the description of this book, I thought it would be a great framework for embarking on that journey.

Quick synopsis: Joy in Every Moment is a lovely book of suggestions of small things to do to bring more joy in your life. To me, it’s a book that helps put into practice the concept that gratitude paves the way for abundance.

Notable features: Each section contains a group of “Exercises for the Joy of It,” which are wonderful, and which I can believe actually work. For example, in the “Joy All Day” chapter, the first exercise is to start your day with some activity. A friend of mine who is a personal trainer has the words “Motion Affects Emotion” in her studio, and I think she would probably agree!

Shelve or sell? This is something I will definitely keep. Although not a traditional reference book on crafting like a stitch dictionary or pattern book, is a wonderful starting point for my creative process, as well as a great reminder to start–and enjoy–every day with gratitude. I’m thinking of ordering a few for stocking-stuffers!

Introducing the Big Zig

Psst! Don’t forget that the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival is still going on!

Just in time for holiday gift giving, here’s a new free knitting pattern for you!

Big Zig Dishcloth FREE pattern by Kendra Nitta @missknitta. Now available for free download at knitpicks.com

It’s called the Big Zig, and it’s a dishcloth/washcloth perfect for teacher gifts and stocking stuffers. It’s a great way for beginners to learn to read charts, and knits up super quickly in one of my favorite yarns, Knit Picks CotLin.

Download the Big Zig or my Petticoat Dishcloth pattern today from Knit Picks!

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Fall 2015!

AmysCreativeSide.com

Welcome to missknitta’s studio everyone! Thank you for stopping by the the Fall 2015 Bloggers’ Quilt Festival hosted by my friend, Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side!

It’s been a little while since I entered anything in the quilt festival (and the last time I participated was too late to qualify for any prizes!), so I wanted to be sure to get on board this time!

My entry for the Fall 2015 Festival is in the small quilts category, and it’s the quilt I made for my friend Vonnie for her birthday this summer:

Concentric quilting on Vonnie's Quilt by Kendra Nitta @missknitta www.missknitta.com

I’ve always been more interested in the piecing rather than quilting, so it was a stretch for me to figure out how to bring a new dimension to this very simple lap quilt. I decided to go with a giant sun motif. Here’s the detail shot:

Vonnie's Quilt by Kendra Nitta @missknitta www.missknitta.com

And in case you’re wondering, here’s the back!

Vonnie's Quilt by Kendra Nitta @missknitta www.missknitta.com

Be sure to check out all of the quilts in the show! And many thanks to Amy for making this happen!

Book review: Knit, Purl, Pray: 52 Devotions for the Creative Soul

Knit, Purl, Pray: 52 Devotions for the Creative Soul
by Lisa Bogart
Softcover, 144 pages
$12.99
Worthy Publishing 2015

Why I added this to my library: I have many books in my library that focus on the spiritual aspects of knitting, including Tara Jon Manning’s Compassionate Knitting and Mindful Knitting. This book caught my eye because of the lovely cover, and because I haven’t read a book like this in awhile.

Quick synopsis: Knit, Purl, Pray contains 52 short essays that start with a particular concept or knitting technique and tie in a relevant Bible verse and anecdote. Each “meditation” closes with a prayer.

Notable features: The brevity of each essay is useful and would make the book perfect for someone who attends a weekly knitting group to put him or her in a stitching frame of mind. The inclusion of prayers and Bible verses also make this especially suited for church knitting groups.

Shelve or sell? For me, this is not a keeper but I know several people who it might suit, most of whom attend church regularly.

Book review: Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making
by The Editors of Lucky Spool
Softcover, 192 pages
$22.91
Lucky Spool Media 2015

Why I added this to my library: Even though I’ve been quilting for a few years now, I’m often still at a loss when pressed to explain how modern quilting is different from traditional quilting. In other words, “What makes a quilt modern?” I also have wondered how to make my quilts “more modern,” including how to write patterns using some of the core tenets of modern quilting, like improvisation and alternate gridwork. This book caught my eye on NetGalley because it promised the opportunity to learn more about modern quilting and the modern quilting movement.

Quick synopsis: Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making presents the principles of modern quilting in 10 workshops by some of the best-knwon names of the modern quilting movement: Denyse Schmidt, Alyssa Haight-Carlton, Jacqui Gering, Angela Walters, Penny Layman, Heather Jones, Heather Grant, and more. Each workshop provides at least one quilt pattern, with plenty of text on color, composition, and technique.

Notable features: Among my favorite features are the “Quilter to Quilter” sections because I love tips. Also, as a designer, I often feel like there are things that I would have done differently or would like to try, but for editorial reasons were not part of the sample. The Quilter to Quilter sections provide helpful insight into technique and design process, which is really useful to me.

Shelve or sell? I actually obtained this book as an advance copy through NetGalley, and so I have it on ebook only and I plan on keeping it! At this point, I intend to use it as a reference so I don’t need to buy the book for the patterns, but I would certainly recommend it to purchase, especially for people new to modern quilting.