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The Enderis Park Pullover: My Pattern Inspiration and Giveaway

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The original idea!

It is always exciting to have a pattern idea become reality. The idea for the Enderis Park Pullover started as a sketch about 2 years ago, and sat in a binder until the right design call and the right time came.

This particular design is special because it of its versatility as a garment and as an added bonus works on just about any body type because it is oversized and drapey. It’s also something I could wear as a mom of two boys and feel comfortable running after them in the park or on a play date. 😉

The top would work perfectly over a camisole and a solid color skirt or shorts, great for a fashionable day at the beach or out around town running errands in the summer. It is the kind of top that I’d wear with jeans or jean shorts over a closer fitting shirt to keep my shoulders warm in the movie theater or even as a light, airy shirt to wear out to big outdoor gatherings like Summerfest (Milwaukee’s favorite outdoor music festival).

The final pattern!

The final pattern!

My sample was knit in OMG Rushmore, a sport weight, 100% superwash merino wool. The main color is Earl Grey, the complementary color is called Surrender.

So, if you want to make this pullover, hop on over to Holla Knits Summer 2015 Launch and get it today. The entire collection is pretty awesome.

Pattern Giveaway
I’m giving away a copy of the Enderis Park Pullover pattern. Comment below to enter and the winner will be chosen at random on Monday, June 29.

The Full Blog Tour:
June 15: Holla Knits Summer 2015 Launch
June 16: The Sweatshop of Love
June 17: Klever Knits
June 18: Canary Knits
June 22: MediaPeruana
June 24: YarnGasm – Knitting with Voolenvine Podcast
June 25: Cosmos and Cashmere
June 26: Midwest Yarn
June 29: Emma Welford
July 2: Canary Knits

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Introducing OMG’s Project of the Month

Project of the Month
Well, it’s official, I am starting off the Project of the Month “Club” and the project is a great one.

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Introducing the Love and Kisses Cowl by Megan Delorme.

Colors available to choose from:

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Command – A deep crimson red, similar to the command uniforms from Star Trek. (Yup, I’m still a nerd)

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Earl Grey – A metallic grey, which goes with just about anything

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Bad Wolf – A bright pink, inspired by my favorite Doctor’s companion.

I am now ready to take pre-orders for our project of the month. You can order online in the Etsy shop: Click here
or
You can stop in our shop during normal shop hours to place your order. If you cannot come in to make your order but want to pick up your yarn when it’s ready, feel free to use our Etsy shop and use coupon code OMGPICKUP to waive shipping. NOTE: Your yarn will not be shipped if you use this coupon code.
The cost for your kit: $50, which includes:

2 skeins of OMG Liberty (Worsted Weight, 100% Superwash Merino Wool, 220 yds/3.5 oz skein) in your choice of Red (Command), Pink (Bad Wolf), or Grey (Earl Grey).

1 electronic copy of the pattern. We utilize Ravelry’s In-Store pattern purchase program, so if you’re a member of Ravelry, provide your RavID and email address at time of purchase so your pattern can be sent to you. No need to purchase it on Ravelry, I’ve got you covered.

1 – Knitter’s Pride 24″ Circular Needle, US 5 (this is the needle size that the pattern calls for)

1 – Boye Cable NeedleNeed more details about how the Project of the Month will work. Click the Project of the Month tab at the top of the page.

Other News
I will be doing a “Year in Review” post later today or tomorrow. We will also be open tomorrow during the usual times for the rest of the week (11:00 am to 4:00 pm). Due to security reasons, the door will remain locked during business hours; ring the doorbell and I’ll let you in during shop hours (which will be changing beginning next week…more hours, yay!). Lastly, a new class schedule is being worked out. So far, I have several people interested in Intermediate Knitting, an Intermediate Crochet class, and sock knitting. Have a project you’d like to work on? Email me, we can do one on one instruction, priced at $20 per session.Happy New Year!

Plotting the Next Round of Yarn

Don’t forget, OMG yarn is now available to stash on Ravelry (click here)!

From a business standpoint, they teach you to assume that your business will always be in operation, so planning designs, colors, and yarns in advance is not a stretch, it’s the “how am I going to pay for this?” part that we worry about as the time comes. Part of the fiber arts industry – and the fashion industry too – is planning projects over a year in advance.

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OMG Vegas – Merino, Silk, Nylon, Poly Glitz blend – Color #Phoenix

So far, I have plans and rough ideas for Spring/Summer 2015 designs and colors AND Fall 2015 designs and colors. The hard part is wrapping my head around the budget – mainly because I don’t normally spend the kind of money that yarn shop operations require.

As long as we don’t run into any snags, here’s the general timeline and a little of what to expect coming in the next several months:

  • Spring/Summer 2015: New colors and designs coming by the end of May 2015 just in time for the National Needlearts Convention in Columbus, OH. I plan to feature OMG Calatrava, fingering weight, 100% Superwash Merino Wool. A theme has been chosen, and color testing is set to begin around the first of the new year. Expect lacy shawls…
  • TNNA Columbus: The BIG needle arts Summer show…Dates are 05/30/15 through 06/01/15 in Columbus, OH. I plan on hosting a table or booth to begin being available for wholesale at select shops. This is where the Spring/Summer 2015 patterns and colors will debut (and I’m already excited about it).
  • Fall 2015: Even more new colors and designs coming sometime in October 2015. I plan to feature OMG Midwest (worsted weight Domestic Alpaca/Domestic Merino blend that is one of my favorite yarn bases, so it’s named Midwest to make it one of our signature luxury yarns).

I’m looking into which big shows to attend as well. My wish list includes:

  • Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair
  • Stitches Midwest
  • Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival
  • Midwest Fiber Fair (happens around the same time as Stitches Midwest)
  • YarnCon

And I’m working on starting a Project of the Month club for OMG as well. This means that I’ll be curating a number of projects, both knit and crochet, that would work well for OMG yarns. I, unfortunately, won’t be able to design everything for those, so I am in the process of looking at some fun patterns online that I think will look great in our semi-solid colors that will call for one, two, or three skeins of hand dyed yarn, because I think keeping things affordable for many while supporting indie designers is important for OMG yarns.

And then when I have major pattern launches, I will feature my favorite designs for those months.

But we’ll see if we can do all of this and still have time to breathe afterwards. I’m looking forward to preparing for all these big things to come and hoping that we can continue the momentum that the shop has picked up. Make sure you continue to support our local yarn shop so that we can continue to fund these efforts.

OMG’s New Yarn and Patterns Coming Soon

The last pattern has been written and is in testing phase now, so I’m happy to say that the tentative date for our new yarns to debut will be Small Business Saturday (November 29). Barring no delays with shipping, yarn dyeing, and finishing touches on patterns, we will have kits in stock for purchase beginning that weekend.

There will be two crochet patterns available (a cowl and a shawl), and then a couple of other fun knit patterns including a matching hat and cowl, fingerless mitts, and a shawl for multiple gauges. As you can tell, the theme for the fall patterns focuses on accessories that are a joy to make and take only one, two, or three skeins. These projects and yarns are so irresistible that I knit and crocheted them all myself, I couldn’t put them down to hand off to people I had asked if they’d knit or crochet samples. Let’s just say that the excitement of working with my own yarn line has also played a big part in that too.

Everyone who pre-ordered their yarn will have it ship that week along with patterns for that yarn. I’ll also have the new yarns and patterns listed on Ravelry so that people can put their new yarn purchases in their Ravelry stashes. How exciting is that?!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be passing along sneak peeks at the new yarn as it gets dyed and processed.

In the mean time, stop in check out new yarn available in our brick and mortar shop. We just got a ton of mini-skein packs from Frabjous Fibers and I’m itching to design a pattern or two for the gorgeous colorways that have come in and are limited in availability (as in, once they sell out, they are gone, they are one of a kind packs).

I told you there’d be a LOT of new yarn coming this fall!