Countdown to QuiltCon 2016

Getting the supply list email last week was a real wake-up call to get moving on my projects to enter into the quilt show!

My first priority is to finish my quilt for the Michael Miller fabric challenge, since one of the conditions of being sent the fabric was agreeing to enter something in the quilt show.

I spent a lot of time staring at my fabrics before finally coming up with a design for a small quilt. I’m now getting the blocks laid out:

2015 Michael Miller Challenge quilt by Kendra Nitta @missknitta

The lovely green is a Michael Miller Cotton Couture solid left over from the QuiltCon 2015 challenge (that I didn’t actually enter). I’m excited to see how this turns out!

Introducing (at last….) the Lace Bottle Cozy

In writing my One-Skein Wonders for Babies blog tour post the other day, I realized that I never posted about my pattern that was included in Lace One-Skein Wonders which came out in October 2013. I gave a sneak peek here and there, but forgot to celebrate when the actual pattern was published!

So here it is, better late than never… the Lace Bottle Cozy:

Lace Bottle Cozy from Lace One-Skein Wonders from @storeypub; knitting pattern by Kendra Nitta, photo copyright geneve hoffmann photography, used with permission

copyright geneve hoffmann photography, used with permission

It’s knit up in one skein of lovely Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk (the same yarn as M is for Mitts) and makes a wonderful gift. My favorite part of it is the i-cord tie, which is actually meant to loop around the neck of the bottle rather than the way it’s styled in the photograph.

It’s a great project for learning to read lace knitting from a chart, and for practicing blocking. I’m planning to release it as a single pattern in the near future, so stay tuned!

Lovely zips

Another little bit of shopping I did while in Canterbury was at The Sewing Shop, an adorable yarn and fabric shop in Sun Street just around the corner from the Cathedral. They had so many cute things, but I especially could not resist these lovely zippers:

Zippers from The Sewing Shop, Canterbury, UK @sewingshopsunst, photo by Kendra Nitta @missknitta

I’ve never seen anything like them, have you? I might just have to design something special just for them!

If you’re ever in town, it’s definitely worth setting aside some time to visit The Sewing Shop. If only they were there when I was at University!

One-Skein Wonders for Babies Blog Tour

One Skein Wonders for Babies

Welcome to missknitta’s studio, the next stop on the blog tour for One-Skein Wonders for Babies!

One-Skein Wonders for Babies is the latest book in the fabulous One-Skein Wonders series from Storey Publishing. My patterns have appeared in previous Storey publications, and I honored to have a pattern in this book, too!

Best Friend Hot Water Bottle Cover, in One-Skein Wonders for Babies from @storeypub; knitting pattern by Kendra Nitta, photo copyright geneve hoffmann photography, used with permission

copyright geneve hoffmann photography, used with permission

My pattern is the Best Friend Hot Water Bottle Cover, perfect for warming a crib or soothing a sore tummy. It also works just as well to cover an ice pack for bumps and bruises.

The detail on the scottie dog motif is done in duplicate stitch, and can be customized for either a little girl or a little boy. Knit up in super soft Knit Picks Galileo, this is a great project for beginning knitters to practice knitting from a chart and knitting in the round. And just in time for fall gift knitting, too!

I had the opportunity to preview the book through NetGalley last month and was really impressed by the great designs and innovative projects. Like all of the One-Skein Wonders series, this book is great value for money, especially if you have a lot of gift knitting to do!

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to visit all of the other blogs participating in the tour!

Postcard from Skye

I’ve been in the United Kingdom since the beginning of September, and just returned home. Look what I brought home from the Isle of Skye!

Shilasdair Yarn Shop

We were so lucky to visit the Skye Shilasdair Shop on the Waternish Peninsula. To get to the shop, you drive down tiny lanes until you get to this adorable little cottage:

Shilasdair Yarn Shope, Skye, Scotland

All of the yarn is naturally dyed and inspired by the colors of the Highlands. As a special souvenir, I made sure to get several colourways that use local materials from Skye! The yellow hank is a 4-ply and the rest are DK-weight. Both yarns are a blend of cashmere, baby camel, angora, and lambswool that feels amazing!

Here’s the view of the North Sea from right next to the shop:

View from Shilasdair Yarn Shop

… and the view as we made our way back to the main road:

Friends by the Shilasdair Yarn Shop

I can’t wait to start designing with these!

Georgie’s Quilt

Georgie's Quilt, by Kendra Nitta, @missknitta

In between making those other quilts, I managed to put together this sweet baby quilt for a college friend’s little girl. Other than the two little stars, the front is all improv, including a couple of low-volume fabrics I’ve been saving. I used a cute ladybug print that I’ve had forever, and also a tiny corner of Liberty Tana Lawn, which was part of the stash I’ve been hoarding for so long.

The back is an adorable flannel that I’ve also been saving for someone special:

Georgie's Quilt, by Kendra Nitta, @missknitta

Here’s the little bit of handwork for the center:

Georgie's Quilt, by Kendra Nitta, @missknitta

Welcome to the world, Georgie!

Margot’s quilt

Here’s one of the quilts I was working on last week:
Margot's Quilt, by Kendra Nitta, @missknitta

It’s for a friend of mine who is celebrating a big birthday (it seems like there are a lot lately, doesn’t it?). The quilt top is quite simple, but I love how the quilting elevates it to something special. I used a similar pattern as for Vonnie’s Quilt. You can really see it on the back, too!

Margot's Quilt, by Kendra Nitta, @missknitta

The back is in the same Del Hi Stones that I used for Suzanne’s Quilt (also a big birthday). I hope Margot likes it!