If you’re interested in taking a class with me or just curious about what I’m up to, here’s my teaching schedule for the remainder of this year.
Finishing Finesse - Wednesday October 27, 6:30pm—8:30pm at Serial Knitters
We'll cover mattress stitch, three needle bind off, hemming, Kitchener stitch and weaving in ends.
Design Your Own Fingerless Mitts - Saturday November 13 and 20, 3:00pm—5:00pm at Serial Knitters.
Class description: Fingerless mitts are a great gift, fun to wear and quick to knit. They are also a perfect way to try designing. This class will teach you how to choose the right stitch and yarn for your project, alter your stitch for knitting in the round, calculate numbers of stitches and rows needed for your desired size and review different methods for adding a thumb. Chart reading and intermediate knitting skills required.
Class description: Looking for a last minute gift or a quick knit for yourself? Or maybe you’d like to try cables without a big commitment? Truffle is a fun cabled fingerless mitt made from a single skein of sock yarn. Most of the mitt is worked in ribbing for a great fit and an easy knit. A few strategically placed cables add detail and dimension without tons of extra work. Class will cover all the techniques needed to complete the project including: knitting in the round, cabling (with and without a needle), chart reading, and inserting a thumb.
Modern Felted Ornament - Sunday December 5th, 1:00pm—3:00pm at Serial Knitters
Class description: Make gorgeous modern looking felt and wire ornaments in no time at all. Combine needle felting and your clothes dryer to create smooth felt balls. Then we’ll dress them up for the tree with wire wrap. It’s a great project to do with older kids and a perfect last minute gift. Students will leave with at least one completed ornament.
I'm also available for private lessons. Contact Serial Knitters or me to set something up.
“Okay, we don’t REALLY think socks are for suckers, but we’ve been very interested in using special skeins of sock yarn for non-sock projects, and we’ve all been falling in love with shawls, scarves, and cowls lately, so thought we’d combine two of our loves…
The Socks are for Suckers Club (SAFSC) is a bi-monthly pattern and yarn club, starting in March of 2011. Similarly to our popular Single Skein Club, SAFSC will focus on the talent that runs pretty much rampant in the Pacific Northwest.
Every other month for a year, club members will receive a special skein of sock yarn, dyed exclusively for the club by an exciting West Coast Indie Dyer, and a pattern for a shawlette by an equally exciting Northwest designer.
Why am I telling you about this? I mean other than the fact that Twisted is great, shawlettes are fun and wearable, and I’m all for supporting PNW talent. I’m one of the designers! I’m paired up with Knitted Wit for the last club shipment.
I’m already having fun working with ideas and I can’t wait to see what all those other combinations of dyers and designers come up with.
I know you’re dying to hear about the “Kill me now” stuff, but let’s start with good.
Bad – There is a problem with downloading the PDF for the club for about 2% of people. I have no idea what’s going on, am totally paranoid I’ve done something brain dead and just can’t see it, and am very impatiently waiting for info from Ravelry (they are super backed up due to their trip to Rhinebeck). If you sign up and are one of the unlucky few don’t worry, I’m checking my email every couple hours and as soon as I hear that there’s a problem I can send out a temporary link.
Good – Really more like Great!! (imagine Tony the Tiger). KnitGrrl posted about the Sweater for all Seasons Club. She even called me a “fantastic designer”. How cool is that?!
Kill Me Now! – Remember the Hoody Vest? I’ve been frantically working on the pattern and speed knitting the second and longer version all week. I’m using an upcoming colorway from Blue Moon and I promised Tina pictures. Wednesday afternoon all I had left was the hood (I’d even woven in the ends!) and I was feeling pretty good. Then I started picking up the stitches. After trying and failing three times to pick up the correct number on the left side I stopped and looked at my sweater. I looked again. Said, “No! That can’t be right!” Looked some more. Then the swearing and sobbing began. Turns out I did the increases on the left side exactly like the left and after diligently checking that, I promptly forgot to cast on the final 5 neckline stitches. So all 24 inches, from neck to hip, is over an inch smaller on the left. An inch! A whole flipping inch! I am a world class idiot.
Good – Amazingly awesomely good! All my whining and crying about my stupidity with the sweater on Twitter resulted in a text from 1-800 – fastknitr (otherwise known as Teri). She took pity on me and volunteered to save my ass, and my fingers, and re-knit the sweater. Can you believe how lucky I am or how nice she is?! All I can say is Hallelujah! I’m running out of things I can give up to squeeze in more knitting time. Thanks for making it possible for me to eat, sleep and shower Teri!
Good – I’ve finally stopped called the pattern “You know, that hoody vest thing that I can’t think of a name for.” It’s now… drumroll please… Grrlz n’ the Hood.
It’s here! It’s finally here! Sign ups for the Sweater for all Seasons Club are open!
If you’d like to be reminded or haven’t seen the previous posts let me tell you about the club.
The club ebook is $24.95 and it includes the following:
1) A new sweater pattern every 3 months for one year, starting with Flint. That’s four women’s sweater patterns total. On January 15th there will be a sporty, textured, zip-up cardigan in Blue Moon Fiber Arts BFL. On April 15th there will be a silky, fitted, pullover hoodie in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Silk Sport. The final sweater, on July 15th, isn’t set in stone yet so you’ll have to trust me on that one.
2) At least 3 bonus patterns. Your first bonus will be a little girls version of Flint. The remaining patterns will be revealed as we progress and released in between the main patterns. You can’t have club without a few surprises!
3) Every pattern will include links to video tutorials for the techniques used in the pattern. Flint has videos for: working the yoke increases, how to fit the yoke, working the front borders with the body, picking up sts and starting the sleeves, the applied i-cord neckline, and sewing the hem. Hooray for videos!
4) Each pattern will also include tips, personalization ideas and support (check out the Ravelry group). I want you to have a great time knitting your sweaters, hopefully learn something along the way, and end up with a garment you love to wear.
5) 10% off of the yarn for the sweater coupon!!!! Every sweater uses a different Blue Moon yarn and each will come with a new 10% off coupon for that yarn. You can read more about the discount offer here.
6) I saved the best for last! All the sweaters in the club are worked with the same construction method (top down) and the same gauge. So you can make the designs as specified, and/or mix and match. For example, you could start with Flint, change the front to a zip-up like the January sweater, and finally add the hood from the April sweater. Plug and play knitting. Pretty awesome, huh?!
7) To help you understand how to make your own combinations there will be a final addition to the ebook, Sept 15, 2011 with a full pattern for a customized sweater including more ideas and instructions for making your own variations.
The club will be available exclusively on Raverly and will be delivered in PDF format only. I will update the ebook each time to include the new pattern, as well as the previous ones, so you will only have to keep track of one file.
All of the women’s sweater patterns will be exclusive to the club for one month from their release and all of the bonus patterns will be exclusive to the club until Oct 15th, 2011.
You can join the club at any time during the year. The entire ebook will also be available for purchase when the club has finished. However, the coupons are only good for 3 months from the release of the sweater they apply to. Sign up early to be involved with the KALs and group support.
You can also follow my progress as I design up coming sweaters here.
Flint, our first sweater, and the club are now up and waiting for your downloading and knitting pleasure. Flint is only available as part of club until Nov.15th, 2010, but after that it will be available, with video tutorial links, for $7.
I must admit to feeling quite silly starting a Raverly group about myself. However, I do really want to see everyone’s FOs, have a chance to get to know some of you better and to be able to answer questions and post tips in a central place. So I swallowed my fear and created the Samantha Roshak Designs group.
You will totally make my day if you join, but there are other reasons to join besides making me feel less idiotic (or just because it’s my birthday). I will announce new patterns, post any errata and tell you about upcoming classes in the group. I’ll also be monitoring the posts for questions and doing my best to help. You can share your FOs and discuss things like color choices, yarn substitutions or customization there too.
After Friday I’ll open some topics for the A Sweater for all Seasons Club and it’s first pattern Flint. And if there’s interest I’d love to start a Flint KAL.
It’s even got a pretty badge. Or at least not a totally awful badge. I’m finally moving past kindergarten work with the graphics and feeling very proud of myself so I had to share.
I made a banner too. And check me out… I have a slogan. What do you think? I feel all markety and weird making a slogan, but I still like it.
Be sure to check the group for Ravelry only special offers and test knitter requests.
Thanks so much for all the interest and positive feedback on the Sweater for all Seasons Club. Now I’ve got a little something for you.
How does 10% off the yarn for the club sweaters sound?
I thought you might like that.
All the sweaters for the club will be knit from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarns. The always generous and super fabulous Tina, Goddess and DepravedDyer of Blue Moon has offered to give me a coupon code to include with your club purchase. Woot! The code will allow you to get 10% off the purchase price of the yarn for that installments sweater.
Here’s how it will work: the first club installment (Flint) will come with a one time coupon for 10% off Woobu. That coupon will expire when the second club sweater is released on Jan 15th and you will receive a new coupon for 10% off the yarn for that sweater (it will be BFL Sport). And so on for the remaining club patterns. Four sweaters, four coupons. Once the club ends on Oct. 15th, 2011 so do the discounts. Make sense?
I’m super excited to be able to include a great deal on some amazing yarn. High quality yarns (boy do I love her twist!), tons of gorgeous colors to choose from and 10% off. Thanks Tina!
October 15th will be the start of a new venture for me. It’s an idea I had a few months ago and I’m really passionate about the concept. Next Friday I’m launching the “Sweater for all Seasons” club.
Right now, I’m thinking “YAY!”, but I imagine you’re thinking, “Huh? Sweater club?”
Here’s how it will work — If you sign up, you’ll receive a new sweater pattern every 3 months, starting with Flint on Oct. 15th. After that, you’ll receive three more seasonally appropriate sweaters in 2011. January 15th will be a sporty, textured, zip-up cardigan. April 15th will be a silky, fitted, pullover hoodie. The final sweater on July 15th isn’t set in stone, but I promise it will be lightweight and perfect for summer wear. All the patterns will come with detailed line by line instructions as well as charts, and will be delivered in ebook format only. I’ll update the ebook each time to include the new pattern, along with the previous ones.
Having a year of sweaters to knit is fun (or at least I think so), but what’s really cool about this club is that all the sweaters will have the same construction method (top down) and the same gauge. What that means is that you will be able to not only make the designs as specified, but also mix and match to get a sweater that’s uniquely you. For example, you could start with Flint, change the front to a zip-up like the January sweater, and finally add the hood from the April sweater. And you’ll be able to do that without doing math! Plug and play knitting. Pretty awesome, huh?!
Better yet, you won’t have to do it alone. Each pattern will come with tips for customization and you will receive a final addition to your ebook, Sept 15, 2011 with a full pattern for a customized sweater and more ideas and instructions for making your own versions.
Are you thinking “Yay!” yet? Or “Ack! Customize my own sweater. Scary!”
No need to be scared. The club comes with video links to help you with any unfamiliar techniques. The videos give you a close up view of my hands performing the techniques and describing the process as I work. I’ll also be starting a Ravelry group for my designs and you’ll be able to ask questions or get clarification there. My goal is for everyone in the club to be an expert at knitting a sweater that fits by the end of the year.
In addition to the support, videos, tips and patterns, the club will include some extra pattern surprises. The first one will be a little girl’s version of Flint, but you’ll have to wait to hear about the rest (or they wouldn’t really be surprises).
I’m so excited about the designs I have planned, being able to include video instruction, and most of all, making sweaters that fit your style and your body. I really hope you’re saying “Yay!” now.
Edited to add: the Sweater for all Seasons Club is now available!
PS – all the pictures are of the little girl’s sized Flint, visit my Flickr acct to see more pictures of Gilly in her sweater or lots of pictures of the adult sweater.