Tea Cozy Tuesday – July – Week #5

Here’s my finished July Cozy! The pattern is the Beehive Tea Cozy by Patons.

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This one was easy and fun to make. I love the little buttons – there are flowers on one side, and a heart that says “Bee Happy” on the other side.  Did you make a cozy with us this month? How did it turn out?

Remember to visit the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, and to follow everyone’s progress. You can also view all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know!

If you post about your cozy, please remember to link your post back to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page or to this post so everyone can check it out! Alternately, you can add a link in the comments here or on the main page. If you haven’t already, please do check out the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the button, rules, and other useful links.

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Finish It Challenge update – Prizes!

There are only 5 days left in the 2014 Finish It Challenge and I couldn’t be more excited! Today I get to show you the prizes we have for the winners!

Claire, from Mollie & Claire, has provided this lovely blue skein of SparkLynne 4 ply sock yarn from The Knitting Goddess.  It is a superwash merino / nylon blend, with just a touch of sparkle. Like all yarns from The Knitting Goddess, this is hand dyed in small batches for a truly unique skein!

Sparklynne 4 ply

I will be providing these three balls of Linen Concerto by Plymouth Yarn. This is a DK weight linen, rayon and cotton blend with a unique sheen that caught my eye from across the store. I chose a trio of colors that I thought worked well together. I started with the “Lavender Mix” colorway, and then added “Emerald” and “Grape” to bring out the purple and green tones in the first ball.

Plymouth Linen

I’m so excited to see who wins and what the winners make with these beautiful prizes!There’s still time to enter. Just remember, for your entry to count, you need to have before and after pictures posted on the WIP wall and FO threads of the ravelry group. Here’s the Finish It Challenge 2014 rules post with the full rules, badges, and links.

We were hoping to have some sponsors and more prizes, but this is only our first year. Hopefully, we will be doing this again next year. If you are interested in sponsoring a prize next year, or know someone who might be, please let us know!


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Pattern Piracy Pledge

PatternPiracyPatrolWe all know it’s wrong to walk into a store and steal a candybar, or to go into our neighbor’s garage and take their tools without permission. These are obvious examples of stealing, where we’re taking something of value that doesn’t belong to us.

Pattern piracy is much more insidious than that, and it happens all the time in lot of different ways. Just like the examples above though, it can result in real financial losses for the designers. In a lot of cases, the people who are doing it think they are being nice or helpful and don’t realize that they are doing anything wrong. Here are just a few examples:

  1. You buy a pattern, whether in a book or on line, make copies, and give them to your friends. This is obvious – your friends didn’t purchase the pattern, which means lost revenue for the person selling the pattern.
  2. You download a free pattern, make copies, and give them to your friends. The pattern is free, so it’s not hurting anyone…right? Wrong. Those “free” patterns are often supported by advertising.  If you print out the pattern for someone, or send the pdf file to them, that person doesn’t have to go to the site to get it…which means the owner of that site looses the traffic that generates that advertising income.
  3. You want to sell your finished items, and you’ve purchased a pattern that says it’s ok to sell your items. Great! You don’t want to waste time and materials on a sample though, and your photo wouldn’t look as nice as the photo on the pattern anyway, so you decide to just use the photo from the pattern. The problem is, that image is not yours to use. It may not even belong to the designer, but may have been taken by a professional who gave permission to use it in the pattern. Additionally, you’re associating your work with the designers pictures, which could mislead your customers into thinking the finished product was made by the designer. This can take away from both your “brand” as a crafter and the designers “brand” too!

These are just a few of the ways that designers are affected by copyrighted material being copied and distributed without permission. Many designers make a living and support their families with their designs, even the free ones. Pattern piracy can and has driven these designers out of business, which just robs us all of great designs.

I have taken the Pattern Piracy Pledge to protect patterns. I have pledged never to “share” patterns or photos without permission, particularly on any “sharing” sites or groups. Will you take the pledge with me? You can get this nifty badge for your site from the Pattern Piracy Patrol Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – July – Week #4

I’m now done with both halves of my Beehive Tea Cozy by Patons, and only the seaming and finishing is left. I’m glad there’s an extra week this month, as I wouldn’t have finished in time otherwise. It’s been a crazy busy month!

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I did find one error in the pattern, submitted it to Patons, and they replied that they have made the correction. I don’t know why but when I look at the pattern on line, I still see the old version. Just in case you do too, here’s the correction: On rows 6-10 on the top, it should say “Repeat last 2 rows twice more, then rep 4th row once.”

Have you nearly finished your cozy?

Remember to visit the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, and to follow everyone’s progress. You can also view all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know!

If you post about your cozy, please remember to link your post back to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page or to this post so everyone can check it out! Alternately, you can add a link in the comments here or on the main page. If you haven’t already, please do check out the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the button, rules, and other useful links.

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Finish It Challenge: 3 weeks in, is the end in sight?

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The 2014 Finish It Challenge is 2/3 of the way done! how are your WIPs coming along? Here’s an update from Mollie & Claire:

Originally posted on Mollie & Claire:

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It’s been a real pleasure over the last few weeks seeing people post pictures on the Finish It Challenge Ravelry group of their WIPs in progress and more recently pictures of the finished items.

One of the blankets that started this challenge, the long term WIP of Pia aka Stitches n Scraps, has turned into the most glorious blanket, which you can check out here. Really I did have to subdue the green eyed monster when I saw it – because it’s gorgeous but also because it’s finished!

It just goes to show, sometimes all you need is support – or a challenge – to get something done.

My own WIP, a striped ripple crochet blanket is now over 80% done. At time of writing I have 28 rows to go – and a neat edging to put on the sides. Oh and sewing the ends in.

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Dun-da-dun-ta….DONE!

It’s finally done! Can you believe it? I’m totally doing a happy dance right now! I definitely can’t call it my Never-ending Nightmare Stashbuster Blanket anymore though, so I’m going to call it my Reversible Rainbow blanket.

Reversible Rainbow blanket

After this, it’s probably going to be a very long time before I do anything with Tunisian crochet again. Now that it’s done though, I actually really like it. I think I know who I’m going to give it to, and I hope they really like it as well!

I’m so glad that Claire from Mollie & Claire had the wonderful idea to start a finish-along. I never would have made it through this project without the deadline and all the encouragement. I still have 15 days left, so I may try to finish another old WIP as well…but that’s a post for another day.

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If you’ve never tried Tunisian crochet, it’s an interesting technique. It’s like a cross between knitting and crocheting and you can create all sorts of fun textures and patterns with it. A blanket worked lengthwise probably wasn’t a wise choice for my first try, so I’m a bit burned out on it now, but will probably come back to it at some point.

Crochet designer Kim Guzman has written several great books on the topic. Her Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet and the Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide are both available as e-books on Craftsy.

Both are also available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon (Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet and Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide), along with several of Kim Guzman’s other books

I hope you give Tunisian a try if you haven’t already!

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – July – Week #3

I’ve finished the first half of my cozy and I’m really liking this one! The pattern is the  Beehive Tea Cozy by Pattons. It knits up quickly and the pleats are fun to do.

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The pleats are made by picking up purl bumps from several rows below and knitting them together with the stitches on the needle, effectively folding the fabric. I learned a trick for this in an earlier project, and I found it very useful on this one. When you reach the row that is later to be picked up, work a scrap yarn or floss through the bumps, sort of like you would do for a lifeline. This helps to later identify which bumps to pick up. Once done, you can remove the lifeline and use it on the next pleat!

I think I also found one error in the pattern. On rows 6-10 on the top, it should say “Repeat last 2 rows twice more, then rep 4th row once.” I’m sending a message to Pattons with that correction and will let you know if they agree or if I’m wrong.

Remember to visit the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, and to follow everyone’s progress. You can also view all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know!

If you post about your cozy, please remember to link your post back to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page or to this post so everyone can check it out! Alternately, you can add a link in the comments here or on the main page. If you haven’t already, please do check out the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the button, rules, and other useful links.

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