Two Weeks and another Peek!

31 08 2010

Well, two more weeks! Two weeks from today the book will be in stores, sitting on shelves waiting to be bought. Two weeks from today. So exciting! Coincidentally it’s also my childrens’ first day of school. It’s going to be an exciting day for all of us in our house!
Because we’re so close, I’ll give another peek today, and in the next day or so I’ll spotlight another designer.
This isn’t the best quality picture, and I don’t want to give everything away in this photo, but you get the idea, I think. It’s a gorgeous project, and we’ll be meeting it’s designer this week!

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Preview & Free Pattern!

29 08 2010

Hello all!
Today I have something pretty exciting to share! The first few pages of the book, along with one of the patterns is now available online!





Three Weeks

25 08 2010

Three weeks from yesterday the book will be out. Official. Three weeks from today, hopefully people will be picking up their copies from the mailbox, or the bookstore. Three weeks from today, hopefully they will be thumbing through the pages, making note of what yarn to buy for the project they want to start first!
I wonder what will be cast on first? How to make that decision? I suppose beginning knitters will start with one of the easier patterns and work from there. Me? I’d actually love to knit one of the more difficult patterns for a challenge!
I suppose I should get to knitting the projects my kids are waiting for, so I can start the ones in the book!!





Designer Spotlight – Toni Carr

23 08 2010

How long have you been knitting and how’d you get started?

I started out crocheting as a way to spend time with my Grandmother.
From there we moved onto knitting. It’s been about 10 years now.

How did you start designing?

I started designing right away. Since I was learning to knit with my
Grandma, we were using a lot of vintage patterns and books. I wanted
to update a lot of the skirts and sweaters I was learning on. It was a
quick transition from altering vintage patterns to designing my own.

What was your first design?

My first design was a hat for my husband. Really basic and simple, but
I was very proud of it!

What did you design for Vampire Knits? What inspired you?

I designed the Men’s Love Bites Sweater. I wanted something
comfortable and simple, with a little bit of edge to it. I like
putting intentional “rips” in knitting. It feels so wrong to drop
stitches on purpose, but oddly satisfying as well!

Who’s your favorite vampire, or what’s your favorite vampire story?

I recently read the Robin McKinley book “Sunshine” which is a very,
very odd Vampire book. I loved it. I’m also a fan of the Vampire
Academy Series since it’s such a different take on the Vampire genre.
For a favorite vampire however, it’s Lestat all the way.

Toni’s blog can be found HERE.





Vampire Knits in the media!

18 08 2010

Our first mention – the interview I did for the Wall Street Journal.

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Another peek

12 08 2010

Hello! It’s August 12, 2010. Just one month and 2 days (or 4.5 weeks) away!! So exciting! I’ve got 3 big boxes of beautiful projects in my living room, ready to go back to their designers. My daughters were so excited to get THEIR projects. (I promised one of my own projects to the youngest, and the test knit I did for another designer is for my older daughter.) My son was excited to get my vampire doll back. Sadly he didn’t make it into the book. All of our toys were left out of the book, but we’ll most likely have the patterns available here on the blog.

Well, since we’re so close to the date, I’m going to give another peek.

Here’s a peek at “Love Bites” for men – something to make for the men in your life, immortal or otherwise. It’s designed by Toni Carr href=”joanofdarkknits.blogspot.com”><a href=”joanofdarkknits.blogspot.com”>, author of Knockdown Knits. Keep an eye out for the next blogpost, which will be a spotlight on Toni!





Designer Spotlight – Kimberly Dijkstra

7 08 2010

Our first designer spotlight is on Kimberly Dijkstra, the designer of the fabulous gloves we saw earlier this week called Rampage.

How long have you been knitting and how’d you get started?

I have been knitting for about 3 years.  I was  just getting back into crochet and searching for patterns online.  So many of the patterns I       came across were knitting and I thought, “I want to make that!”  More than that though, I wanted to understand how knitting worked the way I understood crochet.  I figured if I could do one, I could do the other.  Turns out       they’re both just pulling loops through loops, only in a different way.

How did you start designing?

It kind of came naturally.  I would slightly modify patterns as I went along to get the result I was looking for.  That turned into just creating things from scratch to match the picture in my head.  I would take notes along the way, but eventually realized I should be writing it all down in proper pattern form.

What was your first design?

I honestly can’t remember the first thing I designed, but my first official pattern was a bracelet I call Spangle.  It’s a fun, quick knit you can really personalize by choosing the color of the beads and the order in which you string them.

What did you design for Vampire Knits? What inspired you?

I designed a ton of stuff for Vampire Knits, or TKB, what we originally called it.  Not everything made the cut, but I don’t even mind because I had so much fun working on everything and also learned a lot.  The first thing was a set of bracelets inspired by the one Bella wears in the films.  I also made a knitted ring box inspired by the colors of the Twilight book covers for Edward to propose to Bella with (haha).  I made a cell phone case totally inspired by the character of Renée, Bella’s mom.  There was a also a bracelet (big surprise, I clearly have a thing for bracelets) inspired by the colors of Edward’s eyes.

As for patterns that actually appear in the book, there is The Black Veil, a black, lacy scarf,  Bloody Socks, deep red socks with a blood drop design and strands of real silver running through, Rampage Fishnet Gloves, stretchy, black, elbow-length “gloves” that look like fishnet stockings, Glamour Earrings, a pair of chandelier-style earrings with red beads that look like drops of blood, and Sangria, which, you guessed it, is a bracelet.

Who’s your favorite vampire, or what’s your favorite vampire story?

This is an impossible question.  I started out as a Buffy fan, so I’m tempted to say Angel, but then there’s also Spike…  I can’t forget Twilight though.  Is Edward too obvious a choice?  I do quite like Alice…  🙂

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Kimberly has shared the links to her original Renee’s cell phone case and Bella’s shell bracelets.  There you can find the complete patterns.

(http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/renees-cell-phone-case ) (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bellas-shell-bracelets )

Thanks, Kimberly!!

And hey – it’s the 7th of August.  Just over a month from the book release!!