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Knitting Maine is IN STOCK!

Last Friday I drove to Penmor Lithography in Lewiston, Maine and picked up all of the printed copies of Knitting Maine

Since Friday I've been fulfilling the Kickstarter rewards, by autographing and packing up copies of Knitting Maine for all those who helped me fund the printing process with Kickstarter.

The books have also been shipped to a bunch of book and yarn stores:

A Gathering of Stitches in Portland, ME

A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm in Sumner, ME

Books N Things in Norway, ME 

Casco Bay Fibers in Freeport, ME 

Knit Wit in Portland, ME

Heavenly Socks in Belfast, ME 

Hidden River Yarns in Philadelphia, PA 

In the Loop in Plainville, MA 

The Yarn Barn in Bangor, ME  

WORKS in Searsport, ME 

If you'd like your local yarn store to carry Knitting Maine, they may order them from me from my website. Please share this link with them: 

Individual retail copies of the book may also be purchased directly from me

Some upcoming book-signing and trunk show events are scheduled as follows:

December 14, 2013: from 1-4 pm at Books N Things - Norway, Maine
March 1, 2014: from 1–4pm at Casco Bay Fibers - Freeport, Maine

I'd love to bring the projects from Knitting Maine to your shop, or knitting group and talk about them and Knitting Maine. Please contact me if you'd like to host an event. 

Marly Bird podcast

About a month ago Marly Bird invited me onto her podcast! We chatted about how my career in the knitting industry began, and how I got to where I am today. We talked about tech editing, and designing, Finish-Free Knits and Knitting Maine. Even her snoring puppy joined in on the fun!

So, if you missed it when it originally aired, now's your chance to listen in!

The contests for the podcast are over, but if you leave a comment below, on December 2, 2013 I'll choose a winner for a free e-book of Knitting Maine!

So, sit back, pick up your WIP and give it a listen:

New Hobbies Internet Radio with MarlyBird on BlogTalkRadio

Finish-Free Knitting Video

If you follow along on this blog, you'll remember that back in June I took a trip to Colorado. While visiting Colorado, eating amazing gluten-free pasta, seeing the Interweave office buildings and visiting with friends, I also made a video.

Take a peek at this clip to see what it's about:
And if that looks like something you'll enjoy, there are lots of different ways available for you to watch this video:
• It can be downloaded for instant gratification—both low-def and high-definition are available

• Or you can order a physical DVD of the video from Interweave's online store. 
The DVD makes a great holiday gift for any knitter who prefers not to sew things together!

It also comes with a copy of the Blooming Forest Pullover pattern, that was published in the Fall, 2012 issue of Interweave Knits.

Finished Measurements: 32 (35, 38, 41¾, 44¼, 47¼, 50¼, 53¼)" bust circumference

Yarn Requirements: Woodland by Classic Elite Yarns (65% wool, 35% nettles; 50 gram ball = approx 131 yards)
• 9 (10, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 14) balls: #3154 red grape

Knitting Needles: Size US 4: 16", 32" and 40" circulars; size US 5: 40" circular. Or size to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 22 sts and 29 rows = 4" in k2, p2 rib with larger needle; 21 sts and 27 rnds = 4" in St st on smaller needle. Take time to save time, check your gauge.

Click on the "like" or "tweet" buttons below to share this with your friends and family. The holidays are coming… perhaps Santa will bring you something Finish-Free this year!

Nadi Coat

As part of the 30 days of Indy project—sponsored by In the Loop from Plainville Massachusetts—my Nadi Coat pattern is available for 50% off today only! (Sunday, November 17, 2013)

The original price of $7.00 is cut down to $3.50 if you use the coupon code 30dayproject at checkout. (offer has expired)

The body is worked in one piece to the armholes, working the waist shaping along the center ribbing and the bust shaping at the sides. The back and fronts are divided and worked separately to the shoulders. Remaining stitches are joined and the hood is worked. The top of the hood is shaped using short rows, extending the ribbed columns up over the top of the head.

A woven cable pattern graces the center back and the top of each sleeve cap.

Finished Measurements:
29¾ (33½, 37¼, 41, 44¾, 48½, 52¼)"
75.5 (85, 94.5, 104, 113.5, 123, 132.5) cm bust circumference, with 4" (10 cm) overlap for button band.

Yarn Requirements:
Shown in Mountain Meadow Wool's Cheyenne yarn
100% Mountain Merino
100 gram hank = approx 190 yards
9 (10, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) hanks in the Fern color, or approx 1650 (1790, 1940, 2100, 2260, 2400, 2570) yards in a comparable earth-friendly yarn.
Knitting Needles:
Size US 8 (5 mm): 32" circular.
Size US 7 (4.5 mm): straight
Or size to obtain gauge.

Two cable needles; stitch markers; stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle; three 2¾" toggle buttons

17 sts and 26 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Rev St st; 23 sts in Back Cable Panel = 3" (7.5 cm) with larger needles. Take time to save time, check your gauge.

Necessary Seaming: Shoulders; setting in sleeves and sleeve seams.

Don't miss out! The sale ends tonight at midnight! And, be sure to follow the rest of he 30 day project to see what other great patterns you can get for cheap!

Phowa - Matching hat & legwarmers

A new pattern - available just in time for holiday knitting, and for cold winter prep!

Phowa (pronounced po-wa) is sanskrit for transference of consciousness at the time of death. To some it may seem a little morbid that I choose to name this pattern that, but let me explain…

For the moment, let's set aside the Buddhist belief systems and bring this into something many people can relate to:  the cycle of seasons. Each winter, the life of the plants draws back into the Earth (at least where I live in the Northern hemisphere), where it remains asleep until spring. This cycle of death and rebirth is something that happens each year for the planet, and I can see a similar cycle in my own life.

Winter-time, for me, is often a time of internal reflection—a time spent in hibernation for the most part, when I can get to really know who I am on the inside. When the snow begins to fall for the first time, as it has this week, I feel a sense of coming home. 

The hat and legwarmer set, that I call Phowa, are a hand-knit representation of the process of consciously allowing ones-self to withdraw within—like the life-energy of the planet does each winter.
The sample is knit in Mirasol's Miski yarn.
The two items are available together as one pattern for $5.00

Finished Measurements:
Legwarmers: 131⁄4” (33.5 cm) calf circumference; 9” (23 cm) ankle circumference; 141⁄2” (37 cm) length.
Hat: 20” (51 cm) circumference.

Shown in Mirasol’s Miski (100% baby llama; 50 gram hank = approx 83 yards / 76 m)
Legwarmers: 2 hanks in #100 Snowdrop (A); 1 hank in each #110 Limestone (B), #133 Steel Blue (C), and #116 Bark (D);
or approx 110 yards A, 50 yards B, 45 yards C, 55 yards D in a comparable earth friendly yarn.
Hat: 1 hank each in #100 Snowdrop (A), #110 Limestone (B), #133 Steel Blue (C) and #116 Bark (D); or approx 60 yards A, 30 yards B, 30 yards C, 40 yards D in a comparable earth friendly yarn.

Knitting Needles:
Size US 8 (5 mm): 16” (40 cm) circular and set of 5 double-pointed (dpn).
Or size needed to obtain gauge.

Waste yarn for tubular CO; stitch markers; tapestry needle.

19 sts and 20 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in Fair Isle St st.

Spring baby sale!

My partner and I publicly announced some big news last week. We're going to be parents, in June!

I must confess that I'm feeling really eager to get started on knitting baby things, but don't worry—I love designing adult women's sweaters far too much to completely replace all my design-time with baby stuff.

To celebrate this news (and let's be honest, to help bring in a little more cash) my Spring Baby cardigan pattern is on sale this week for 33% off! Why 33%? I'll be 33 in June, when I become a mommy—it seemed appropriate.

No coupon code required!

Originally: $5.00
On sale for: $3.35
Sale ends at midnight, November 16, 2013

3mos (6mos, 12mos, 18mos, 2yrs, 3yrs)

Finished Measurements:
18 (19, 201⁄4, 211⁄2, 223⁄4, 24)”

Shown in Classic Elite’s Classic Silk
(50% cotton, 30% silk, 20% nylon; 50 gram ball = approx 135 yards) 2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4) balls 6905 Old Lilac, or approx 250 (275, 325, 360, 400, 460) yards of a
comparable yarn.

One pair size US 5 (3.75 mm), or size to obtain gauge.

three 5⁄8” buttons, tapestry needle

20 sts and 28 rows = 4” in St st. Take time to save time, check your gauge.

Please share this sale with your friends!

Knitting Maine e-book!

The e-book for Knitting Maine is now available for instant download!

The files are heading to the printer on Monday, and it should only take a few weeks for the printed books to arrive at my door! Just in time for the holidays!

Scroll down for a peek inside the book!

And leave a comment to enter to win a FREE copy of the e-book! I'll announce the winner on Wednesday Nov, 13th.
e-book: $15.00  
printed book pre-order: $17.95