Juniper Moon Farm is celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas with a spectacular series of blog posts and giveaways. Exchanging Fire was graciously asked to be the first “day of Christmas” and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Click here or the image below to learn how you can get a chance at a free set of stitch markers from Exchanging Fire! Plus, get a special coupon code for 10% off your order through all 12 Days of Christmas!
It’s that time of the year again. There’s nothing like sitting down in front of your computer in your pjs, a big cup of cocoa in one hand and a delicious leftover turkey sandwich in other, catching the best deals with your…big toe? Maybe you should put the cocoa down first. Then head over to my shop, Exchanging Fire and shop your heart out this Friday!
Use coupon code AFTERTURKEYDAY to save 15% off anything in my shop from midnight on Thanksgiving night to midnight on Black Friday! Customers who spend $100 or more receive a free gift of one of my favorite things.
Also, you’re invited become an Exchanging Fire Insider, if you aren’t already one. Sign up now to receive your super secret code for even deeper discounts during the Black Friday blowout!
I’m so excited to reveal to of you the new stitch marker designs I’ve been working on at Exchanging Fire since season seven of Doctor Who ended this summer. I’ve been preparing for the 50th anniversary and Christmas specials, of course. And what better way to enjoy them then knitting along with your very own DW-themed stitch markers? Most of the modern companions are included, as well as some of my favorite quotes and concepts from the show. I hope you enjoy!
For the November 2013 Phat Fiber box, which has a Renaissance theme, I was inspired by the wives of King Henry VIII. The Queens’ Jewels Collection represent three of King Henry VIII’s wives who were either beheaded or died tragically, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour and Kathryn Howard. The queens, or “queen consorts” as they were called, actually shared their jewelry. Well, not so much as shared by were given their predecessor’s after their death. So often in state portraits (which you can find online), you’ll see Catharine Parr wearing a necklace that once belonged to Katherine of Aragon, or even Queen Elizabeth I wearing her mother Anne Boleyn’s “B” necklace.
Don’t forget, if you purchase anything in my store from November 15 – December 17 you are eligible for the Phat Fiber Superbox Giveaway! To win this month’s Phat Incentive, which includes the contents of the November Video (aka The Superbox) AND A $150 Gift Certificate to one of the participating shops, you need to join the Phat Fiber group on Ravelry and the post what you’ve purchased in the incentive thread.
Enjoy the new designs, which are up in the Exchanging Fire shop!
Here’s my official submission for the October Phat Fiber sampler box! The theme this month was “Brewing Up a Storm” and I was inspired by the rainbow you sometimes see during a storm.
Meet Flying Colors of the Storm, a set of eight handpainted beads in a rainbow of colors. Each stitch marker looks like it’s own little color storm.
For the name I used the song The Storm by Flying Colors as my lyrical inspiration for the stitch markers I created:
Don’t forget, if you purchase anything in my store from October 15 – November 17 you are eligible for the Phat Fiber Superbox Giveaway! To win this month’s Phat Incentive, which includes the contents of the October Video (aka The Superbox) AND A $150 Gift Certificate to one of the participating shops, you need to join the Phat Fiber group and the post what you’ve purchased in the incentive thread.
Here I am in featured halfway through the Phat Fiber video for this month (at minute 4:28)!
Want to know how you can get one of these boxes? For a Phat Fiber community edited guide to snagging a box, visit this thread in the Ravelry group. The cost of the box is $36 including shipping. Good luck!
I commissioned my friend Katie to make me a chevron cut chenille throw blanket and it arrived today! It’s absolutely gorgeous and I’m over the moon about it. I love the bright aqua chevron stripes with the contrasting sunny yellow edging and chenille-style backing. I was inspired by the work in her Etsy shop, Mr. Kitty Is My Name, and knew I wanted one of her fabulous blankets!
For those of you who have never seen this style of cut chenille, it’s created by a very time-consuming but worthwhile process. You sew half-inch to one-inch lines along a set of fabrics that have been layered together (a pretty fabric for the front and different colors of flannel fabric for the back), and then cut the flannel channels made with the sewing. When the blanket is washed and dried, the flannel creates the chenille because since it it is cut on an angle (the bias) it fluffs rather than frays.
I’d been lusting after this blanket since seeing the online tutorial for it about a year ago. However, I’ve loathe sewing machines since I was “taught” to use one in a 7th grade Home Ec. class back in the ’90s, so getting my dream blanket seemed like a far-off wish. Until Katie started her cute little shop and I realized my dream could be a reality! For this blanket, Katie went the extra mile, sewing along the lines of the chevrons to create a lovely zigzag pattern on the chenille side.
As you can see from the images below, I laid this out on the floor and went away to find my camera. By the time I had returned, someone had ensconced herself on the blanket. She didn’t believe me when I told her that white and blue do not match black kitties, promptly rolling over to show me her belly as a response. Sigh.
I love my new blanket, it’s totally awesome, and the perfect size for me to wrap myself in it and take a nap. Which I may or may not have already done.
There was this great jingle in the ’70s for that life buoy shaped hard candy we all know and love – Hey LifeSavers! I was inspired to name these awesome rainbow stitch markers after the candy they remind me of. You can check them out in my shop, Exchanging Fire.
And for all of you who want to hear the tune, here is the entire series of Hey LifeSavers! commercials. Enjoy the show!
It finally feels like spring again. Last night a spring storm rolled through, knocking off a branch from the fully-blossoming magnolia tree. This morning I found magnolia petals trapped between the screen and the window where the wind had blown them in the midst of all that thunder and lightning. So in honor of spring, I’m adding to the Farm Fresh Series I started last year around this time.
These newest limited edition stitch markers are made using vintage mid-century beads from the Baltics. They look particularly like sky blue berries (the kind that have little drupelets on them). When I was looking at the types of berries that are related to the raspberry, I was tickled to discover the unassuming cloudberry, a mainly European species of berry that is rare but well-known in the Scandinavian and Baltic regions. Yes, the real cloudberries are actually a light to reddish orange color, but I like to think this is a “tip of the hat” to them. Enjoy my take on cloudberries.
These stitch markers join my Farm Fresh collection, which includes a few of my favorite fruit-related sets.
When possible, I’ve tried to use some of my favorite classic song lyrics that relate to the farm fresh fruit in question.
Check out the rest of the Farm Fresh Series on Etsy!
Sometimes a love note isn’t written in words. Sometimes there are no words needed. When I design a set of stitch markers inspired by a favorite poem or song or even a TV show, I feel like these small, practical bits of jewelry for your needles are my love letters to the things I enjoy.
When I saw these rectangular blue beads with their very geometric mod style I immediately thought of the Tardis – “brand new and ancient and the bluest blue ever.” I knew they had to be turned into Doctor Who stitch markers. In some ways, Doctor Who is one long love story of the art of science fiction. These stitch markers are my love notes back.
“A daft old man who stole a magic box and ran away. Did I ever tell you that I stole it? Well, I borrowed it. I always meant to take it back. Oh, that box, Amy, you’ll dream about that box. It’ll never leave you. Big and little at the same time. Brand-new and ancient and the bluest blue ever.”
These markers join the rest of my Doctor Who series, which currently contain:
“Rescue me chinboy and show me the stars.”
“Yes, that’s it. Names are funny. I’m the Tardis.”
I was pleasantly surprised this morning when I woke up to discover one of my products, the Snap ‘n Go Notions Case™, had been featured in a brand new knitting podcast today!
Dawn, the author of the Knit Naturally podcast, has just begun a brand new podcast called The Organized Knitter. In case you haven’t heard of Dawn before, she’s a fun-loving Texan who considers her podcasts to be sort of like sitting around on the front porch with your friends. The casts are full of her rapier wit and stories about her family and life, interlaced with knitting tips and tricks. This podcast is specifically designed for the knitter who wants to create an organized, peaceful (though not perfect) environment.
The Snap ‘n Go Notions Case is featured in Episode 4, and is about 1/3 of the way through the podcast. Here is a link to her show notes. She purchased the lime green case from my shop, Exchanging Fire, as well as a violet purple one that she gave away to one of her Ravelry group members.