Yeah... one year has passed since the last Birthday-Sale here in Rililie-Universe... (which also means that I am one year older now, but let's not focus on that)!
Only for today and tomorrow you can get all of my patterns at a 20% discount.
Just put anything you fancy to the shopping cart (either on this site or on ravelry) and the deduction will be automatically applied during check-out.
But be mindful of the time: The sale ends on October the 14th 2016 at midnight CEST (Here on the time.is site you can immediately check the current time for Central Europe)
Enjoy your new patterns, while I'll enjoy my cake (minus the candles, ha ha)!!
Just a quick shout-out to let you know that....
It's my BIRTHDAY!!!!
That I am holding my annual Birthday-Sale like every year, the only time where you can get each and every one of my self-published knitting patterns at a 20% discount (only on my website here or on ravelry)!
The sale ends October 14th at midnight Central European Summer Time.
(check this site here to find out what time this would be in your own local time zone).
Today, the 13th of October I will be officially older (and hopefully wiser)!
To celebrate, every La Maison Rililie pattern will be sold at a 20% discount!
No coupon needed...
(The sale starts the 13th at 00:01 CEST and ends October, 14th at midnight CEST.)
Summer is almost over... well, not exactly here at the Mediterranean coast with a new heat-wave arriving shortly, but in theory the summer months are coming to their end in the northern hemisphere!
My summer was quite stressful - that's the main reason I have been so silent lately on the blog.
I had some knitting related mishaps: My first sample for a magazine submission decided that it didn't want to have stripes and the darker colour bled into the light coloured striping... it bled all over the place and the whole project was ruined in minutes - after weeks of work!
All of this had to happen on a Saturday night - and I found myself searching frantically on the internet for yarn shops that offered express shipping...
(I had to reknit the whole thing immediately since the deadline-clock started ticking louder and louder while my nerves were getting tighter and tighter).
Well, I can inform you, that there are none! At least I didn't find any online shop that would ship express internationally with a guaranteed arrival of the yarn in a couple of days...
Thankfully I remembered Rachel, the owner of the UK based yarn shop Tangled-Yarn, whom I "met" on the wonderful knitting forum ravelry and I wrote her a freaked out message, telling her what happened and asking her if she would be able to send me the yarn immediately, like... NOW!
Rachel answered on Sunday morning (!) and she had already researched all the possible shipping methods and told me exactly what costs how much and when it would arrive and...
...well, to cut the story short: she totally saved my butt!!!!
So 2 days after that I held the yarn I needed in my hands (and maybe even a little more than I actually needed, I mean... since you pay for express shipping you need to take advantage of it, don't you?)
But for the project I needed to start as quickly as possible I chose my trusted old friend: Coast yarn from Holst. I am a little Holst fanatic, I admit it freely - but I just knew that this yarn would neither loose any colour nor provide me with any other bad surprises...
I re-calculated and re-knitted everything in just under a week....
...and now I can breath again!
I sadly can't show you anything of the project in question - hopefully you'll see it next year (if it doesn't get lost on the way or anything else).
But I can and will say a huge thank you to the lovely yarn-shop owners out there, that are life saviours whenever a stupid knitter messes up and who listen to all our woes and..
well, provide us with the loveliest yarn ever!
THANK YOU Rachel!!!!!!
...you hold the package you recently ordered, full of knitting related goodies!!!
No, it wasn't yarn this time (but I am waiting for a shipment of some lovely wool, too... I am addicted to internet shopping, I know)!
This one is probably even better: I bought knitting accessories..... striped project bags, a fancy Japanese yarn clipper and a statement tote from Fringe Supply Co!
Isn't the little black yarn-clipper cute? I like the simple "mechanical" no-nonsense look of this one... makes me feel very accomplished when I cut my yarn with gusto!
And although I really didn't need another handbag for my overflowing collection, I had to have this tote! I mean, as a die-hard-knitter one has to share one's conviction and show that we knitter mean business wherever we go...
But the main reason for my internet-hunt was the need for a representable project-bag! I had a cloth drawstring bag that I lost somehow and soon found out that it was a really bad idea to keep your knitting without any protection together with all the other random things that accumulate in a large handbag (you know what I am talking about: The Miss-Marple-Effekt of opening a handbag and shoving all kind of meddled clutter on the table).
I always admired some really beautiful handmade project-bags, where you can store your knitting while on the go without having your yarn and needles all over the place. But most of the ones I found were a little bit too flamboyant and overly decorated for my taste....
The ones I got are called Bento-Bags and apparently they can be used as lunch parcels, too...
or indeed for whatever else you need to keep secure in your handbag. For my part they will have the one and only honourable job to exclusively house my precious WIPs!
They come in different sizes to hold small project like socks up to whole garments together with lots of yarn! I am thrilled!!!!!
Aren't they cute? Such an easy and practical design... I noticed that I like simple and clean lines with an unfussy shape that's easy to use.
And Fringe Supply & CO has just this aesthetic that I love!!!
So... now I definitely need to go somewhere just to sport my new tote with my WIP neatly packed in it's lovely project bag, where it belongs!
How about meeting up - you and me and other friends - and having a long and nice chat, while knitting together in a cozy shop full of wool......?????
Sounds nice, doesn't it?
Well... if you are in Berlin this month - we can definitely do something about that!
On two Saturdays (the 17th and the 24th of May) we will have 4 hours to meet, discuss, learn, chat and knit together! You will get my e-book "Shaken, Not Stirred!" and we can work through the pattern, start the project and mix and match our own cocktail side by side and needle by needle...
There will be new, detailed material and tutorials on the different techniques used in the pattern and we will work everything out together in German (or English or both... whatever you guys prefer).
The whole event will take place in lovely Berlin (at the bouclé shop) in the Nassauische Strasse 11-12, 10717. You can call Gabriele to book a space or to get more information about the whole workshop (Phone: 030-81853014) or you can write to email@example.com.
I am so excited to actually meet (like really physically meet) you guys.... there are so many ravelry connections and cyber-friends that I have made over the last couple of years - and now I will be able to see and talk with some of you!
This fact alone makes me EXTREMELY happy...
but anxious, too.... I am feeling a little bit like an adolescent on a first date with a pen-pal!
I have gotten some emails from people asking me about my pictures:
What kind of equipment I use and how I take them....
....So I thought that a "photography" post might interest you guys!
First of all you'd need good day light to take a picture that shows the true colours (of your yarn?) and has a crisp and bright image! The best light one can get is on a cloudy but bright day (you know, when you get this very "white" and cool light).
The clouds act almost like a giant diffuser in an enormous open-air studio and you won't get any harsh contrast lines, as you would if you'd take a pic in direct sunlight!
Well... here is my equipment!
A tripod: This one is a light one for travels. My "good" one is at home... it is quite a heavy and sturdy thing - and it should be one, since I don't want my camera to be blown away while I strike a pose!
My camera of course: A Nikon D5000. I have it for 6 years now and it has never let me down...
I am very happy with it, although the lenses are much more important than a camera body, so try to invest in a good lens and buy a basic camera body (that's my motto, anyway).
The remote: Very important piece of equipment! How do you think that I get my photos taken, if not with a remote control (some of you might have noticed that in most pics I hide a small, mysterious, black device in my hand)... Without it I would need to wait around until somebody would be kind enough to snap some (probably unflattering) pictures of me and I would feel bad to ask them to take lots more (you can never take enough pics, by the way: I take around 100-150 photos and then I choose the best 10-15 at most). Nobody would have the patience to take that many pictures whenever you (and the weather) want them too... so a remote is the best way to go! Another bonus point is that you can get as goofy as you want, since there won't be any witnesses out there, after all bad pics have been deleted!
And the white balance lens cap: That's the latest of my babies! It's a very handy little tool that doubles as a lens cap but is essentially an integrated grey-card. With this little disc you can measure the white balance right before you shoot a picture and save it as a preset. Mine is a cheap version I bought on Amazon and it does a very decent job, but there are a lot of them in quite a large price range out there...
But I have taken pictures where I am wearing the top, too today. I just need to edit these later on Photoshop: What I do there is to adjust brightness and contrast and I usually also crop the hell out of the pictures - because that's what happens when you take pics with a remote control, you usually end up with a shitty frame! Thankfully editing programs can help you get a much more dynamic and interesting frame out of the far away shot you took with the remote control.... (and you don't need Photoshop, lots of free programs can do most of these edits).
One can get so much information on the internet about photography (yes... the net can be used for stuff besides knitting!). There are lots of boards on pinterest with technical information and tips, that you can browse while procrastrinating in a productive way.
Here is mine for example (although I definitely need to add some more pins).
And probably the most important thing about photography is to get out there, get inspired and have lots of fun!!!! This usually is the best method to achieve anything anyway!
Tell me if you have any preferred equipment, app or program that you use -
I never feel like I know enough... especially when it comes to photography!
We all have our little methods and preferences when working on a project, that become second nature when knitting: from simple little things that help us remember repeating occurrences up to complicated systems that are the fruit of years of experience...
... well, today I thought to share a homely, unsophisticated but vital preference of mine - an item that is always to be found in my dotty "knitting-tool-box": one I always use when knitting a garment and which helps me keeping track of repetitions or points of reference without the need to note things down on bits and pieces of paper (that I am too likely to loose anyway)!
By pinning my tiny friends on every row in question, it is immediately visible how many repetitions have been worked already and when the next one is due...
... even if the project is pulled out of a neglected corner, after many months of hibernation!
I am sure that you all have some similar small devices and methods to keep track of your work, don't you? What are your favorite little helpers hidden in your tool box?
By the way, the project you see here is my next summer top (hopefully) that I am working out of Holst Coast in Redcurrant and Fairy.
Edit June 2014: I finally found these coil-less or bulb safety pins here at Fringe Supply & CO, which has the most gorgeous knitting tools and accessories you can find!
You might also like to take a look at the Fringe Association Blog, where Karen posts many interesting things related to knitting!
I can see me using this social-media-platform much more than twitter (which I never really understood, never knew why I should write anything in the first place and which left me feeling quite stupid more than once) - instagram is more "me" as a purely visual + creative form of communication....
Good news is that I will be able to forward any posts on twitter, so that any followers there without an instagram account can still find out what I am up to (and I can feel much more productive when using my twitter account)!
Do you know this sensation? When it's cold and grey outside and you step into a warm and beautiful shop full of soft, cozy, beautifully coloured yarn... the moment when the door behind you shuts and you stop in utter wonder and amazement - feeling like a kid in a candy shop!
I was blown away by the sheer amount of luxurious yarn on display! Even the tiniest corner of this sunny shop had something wondrous to see, touch and admire....
... the little shop is filled with loveliness displayed in the most beautiful way ....
"Die Mercerie" has so much to offer: not only the gorgeous choice of famous yarns from every corner of the world, cute buttons and tools, but it also serves the best Latte Macchiato and tasty cakes here in Munich....
... and that's the best idea ever: a beautiful yarn shop with a friendly and convivial atmosphere, where you not only buy the most gorgeous tools of the trade but also have lots of fun using them. Right there on the spot!!!!
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