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The Duke

Happy weekend! It is busy as ever in Casa Feel Good, but I have a new pattern for you! The post-production on this one took absolutely forever, but the pattern is actually quite the quick knit! It’s also a serious departure from my typical, distinctively feminine designs. It’s a necktie!

the duke

Last fall my husband, who has always been better at keeping up with the latest fashions than I am, casually mentioned to me that knitted ties are very “in” right now and if, ya know, I ever wanted to make one he’d be okay with that. Of course I leapt on that before he could change his mind. Thus, The Duke was born.

the duke

The Duke is the first in an upcoming collection of knitted ties that are, indeed, on trend. However, this one is on the more stoic and traditional side of the collection, making it appropriate for more formal offices and similar situations. I feel it really walks the line between showing personality and style, and meeting business standards of dress.

duke knot

Intrigued? Does The Duke sound like someone in your life? Click and see!

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Puck Drop

It’s finally hockey (pre)season! I’ve been waiting for this day since June! In celebration, I’m releasing a new hockey-inspired pattern. My latest sweater Puck Drop is inspired by the hockey sweaters of the early league, but updated and tailored a bit to better suit today’s women.

puck drop

This sturdy game-time pullover features classic striping at the elbows as well as color changes around the neckline and placket which, in my personal favorite feature, laces up like a jersey. The tri-coloration lends itself nicely to the three dominant colors of most NHL teams, but it wouldn’t be hard to adapt for a two- or four-color team either.

puck drop detail

Puck Drop is a raglan that lends itself well to just a little positive ease. In the photos there’s about an inch of ease, which is just enough to wear a tank top or layering tee under it comfortably. Anywhere between .5 and 3 inches of ease will preserve the look and the layering ability.

puck drop full length

Puck Drop is knit in the round from the neckline down, with no seaming. This and the primarily stockinette body make it ideal for someone who has knit a sweater or two before, but isn’t interested in something especially challenging right now. It’s a great, spirited top perfect for easing you back into heavy duty winter knitting, and into hockey season! Anyone think they can get one done by the start of regular season? Three weeks to go!

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Willow Lake

Happy Memorial Day, America! Whether you are in the U.S. or not, if you’re in the Northern hemisphere I hope you are taking advantage of our rapidly warming weather. I know I’ve been quiet on the blog front lately, but I’ve returned with a peace offering. I have a new pattern for you to wear in this beautiful warm weather!

willow lake cover

I am thrilled to finally introduce you to Willow Lake. This top is a bit of a departure from my usual in that it has some positive ease, but it seemed appropriate for a summery silk-blend like this. The flattering cowl neck and waist shaping really make this tank a knockout, even with some extra space.

willow lake neckline

Overall Willow Lake is pretty simple, as the best things in summer often are. The neckline and i-cord edging are the only departures from stockinette, which I think really enhances the sheen from the yarn. The combination of shiny and simple makes it ideal for those outdoor events where you want a little extra glam, like concerts, backyard weddings, or even the romantic picnic featured in the pattern photos.

willow lake - back

If you’re doing any shopping this Memorial Day (and yes, this new pattern is included in my one-day sale), I hope you’ll consider Willow Lake. I know you’ll love it as much as I do!

Swept Away

Wow, I kind of disappeared there this week, didn’t I? Well, to make it up to you I’ve come back with a new pattern! This one will be familiar to those of you who read regularly, as I’ve posted about it all through its creation process. I am so thrilled to finally present to you: Swept Away.

Swept Away

Regular readers will know this shawl was inspired by a wedding I was recently in. In part it came about because my friend was getting married in late September on the waterfront (brr!), but in part also because I wanted something truly special and well-loved to remind me of her big day. This shawl is absolutely both of those things.

Swept Away Full

It is absolutely large enough to have kept me warm throughout the wedding day, but so delicate and translucent that it is clearly a fashion statement and a formal piece, not just a means of keeping warm. The beads don’t dominate the piece; they just add a bit of sparkle that combines with the shine of the yarn’s silk content for quite a sophisticated look.

Swept Away beads

Combined with the shawl’s drape and (lack of) weight, it is just everything I envisioned. It suited the dress, it suited the venue, it suits me enough that I will continue to wear it in the future – and I will never be able to wear this shawl without thinking of my friend’s wedding day and smiling. Swept Away  is everything I wanted, and I hope it will be the same for you.

P.S. Check out a couple more awesome pictures of the wedding and shawl on my project page.

Fall Fun, Sold Separately

Many of you will remember my e-book Private Reserve that came out last fall. Well, if you’ve been eyeing up one of the patterns but didn’t want to shell out for the whole book, I have great news. All of the patterns in Private Reserve are now sold separately!

Been longing for a new Crush?

crush

Dying for some cute new boot toppers and a matching cowl, like Bâtonnage?

batonnage

What about a fun pair of novelty socks like Grape Juice?

grape juice

 

If you like several of the patterns it is definitely still cheaper to buy the e-book, but if you’ve just been drooling over that one special pattern – now you can have it! Be sure to check out all 7 patterns today.

The Importance of Good Photos

Take a look through my shop on Ravelry. Which design do you think has the best cover photo? The best additional photos?

catch

Is it this one?

I definitely think it’s Catch. It is also far and away my best seller of all my patterns. I really don’t think that’s a coincidence. My other hot sellers also coincide with the ones I think have the best photos. There’s enough of a pattern that I actually have reshoots in the works for some of my old, less popular patterns. Having good photos of your work is almost as important as having good quality work when it comes to getting sales, or those awesome little heart-shaped ego boosts (aka favorites) on your Rav page!

So how do you get good photos? I don’t claim to be an expert, but I do have some tips:

1. Lighting is vital. Natural light generally looks better than artificial, but if you must use artificial make sure all your bulbs are the same color and type. Your space should be well lit regardless, and be sure to avoid having any distracting shadows on your knitting and/or model.

2. Use the rule of thirds. Basically, imagine breaking your photo up into nine equal pieces with a grid. Try to position your “interesting points” (a pretty cable, a color change, the model’s face, etc) at the intersections of that grid.

seaspray

Background clutter. Ew.

3. Pay attention to your background. Is there distracting clutter in it? Does it go along with the “story” your garment is telling, or does it look out of place? A pretty garden works for a soft, romantic piece but not for an edgy modern one. Leafy green trees look odd with a heavy winter sweater. Try standing a little away from the background or using the portrait setting on your camera to blur the background a bit and really focus in on the knitting.

4. Be a little silly. Especially for those of us not using professional models, getting natural looking poses can be tricky. Goofing off a bit will help the model relax, even if you don’t use any of the silly shots. If your model’s a child, he or she probably isn’t going to pose anyway. Just go with it.

5. Take lots of photos. No seriously, lots. At least 50% more than you think is reasonable. Even with a really casual photographer behind the camera, the law of averages says you’ll get at least a few usable shots!

What are your best photo tips?

P.S. I’m having a Back to School sale! All patterns are 20% off now through Labor Day – the last day of summer break for my own students. That’s September 2nd for those of you not in the U.S.!

Hyacinth

It’s been a good while since I’ve released a new pattern, but now that we’re deep in the heart of the Summer Deep Freeze, I’d like to share Hyacinth with you!

Hyacinth

Hyacinth is a lacy, feminine cardigan meant to be worn open or held in place with a shawl pin. The lightweight yarn and elbow-length sleeves add just enough warmth to chase away the air-conditioned (or evening) chill, without the heaviness of a winter cardigan.

hyacinth neckline

The scalloped, floral lace begins at the hemline and travels all the way up the fronts of the cardigan and across the back of the neck. It adds a sweet elegance and style to an otherwise practical sweater. It also keeps all that sophisticated stockinette from growing boring!

hyacinth back neck

Hyacinth is one of those rare sample knits I couldn’t resist wearing before it was published because it is just so perfect for this time of year. It keeps me warm in our freezing cold schools and restaurants, but isn’t jarringly “different” enough to clash with my pretty, summery dresses and work clothes like a winter sweater would be. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!

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