Me, knitting in public at the Paralympics last year
Ah, I have been neglecting my public (sorry mum) as it has been a woefully long time since I last blogged. In my defence, I have done some promoting of my patterns, both on this site and on Ravelry, so I have been writing…. a bit!
Changing style and new pages
Firstly, I have revamped my blog page! I do hope that you like it. If you’re reading this on mobile, it won’t look much different, but if you visit the full site, perhaps you could leave me a comment to let me know what you think. Changing the theme of a WordPress blog isn’t as easy as at first appears. The best themes you have to pay for and they are rather pricey starting at US$63. There are some nice free ones, but they all have different layouts and widgets so not all of them will work with your particular content. Widgets are the handy little thingymigigs that let you show things, like links, Twitter and flickr feeds and other information in the sidebar.
As well as changing the theme/layout I have added a couple of pages too. One about the new Kate’s Twirl Ravelry group (see below) and one to showcase my patterns - now, if you ‘ve seen one of my patterns on the blog, you can go straight to the page instead of searching back through the posts to find the info you wanted about yarn requirements etc and you can even buy them by clicking the relevant “buy now” link.
The Rav Group
I have set up a Kate’s Twirl Ravelry group with several threads for you all to share ideas and generally chat with one another about anything knitting related.
If you’re not already a member of Ravelry, I whole heartedly recommend that you join – It is free and there are lots of free patterns on there, as well as ones to buy. All are sold as PDF downloads. I used to prefer to buy a physical pattern, but now I prefer downloads. The best thing is that you can print it out and then write all over it and shove it your project bag without much of a care – it doesn’t matter if you destroy it or lose it, because you can print up another whenever you need one.
One of the best things about Ravelry is sharing your projects and yarn stash with other users. You get so inspired – WARNING: you can end up spending a serious amount of time browsing Ravelry, so grab a cuppa and settle down to spend some quality time looking at other people’s craft projects…
There are various groups and forums on there, where crafters share their projects and ideas and generally chat and help one another. I’ve created a Kate’s Twirl Group, which I’d love you to become involved in! There are already 62 Tiwrly members!! I have accumulated a wealth of knowledge about yarns and knitting and love sharing it, so if you have any questions about yarn substitutions or quantities, or even stitch patterns and techniques, then leave me a message on the General Chatter thread – or, maybe you just want to say hello!
The Kate’s Twirl group has a thread for Discounts and Giveaways, not just Kate’s Twirl ones, but I will post any that I spot of a crafty nature. You can advertise any giveaways you have running on your blog or which you find on other’s blogs and let us all know of any other freebies or discounts that you think Twirlers will enjoy! I also post exclusive Kate’s Twirl discounts there, so it’s worth checking out before you buy any patterns!
You can also chat with others (and me, of course) about my latest blog post topic. I’ll create a thread for each new post and make it “sticky” so that it will be near the top.
And finally….. There is a thread for a knit-a-long (KAL) for each of my patterns!
I’d love to get to know my blog readers and hear your opinions and likes, so, go on, get involved and chat!
Part of my self promotion was getting involved with latest giveaway from the fabulous iMake blog and podcast. I “donated” 10 patterns to commenters on the iMake blog post. The post featured my new pattern, The Birthday Shawl, with winners, chosen at random. The first winner won copies of all three of my patterns, with 7 runners-up winning a copy of the pattern of their choice. The winner, Anja (knityourlife on Ravelry) sent Martine and me a lovely email from Germany which showed how excited she was:
“Thank you so much for this mornings big surprise e-mail to be the winner of the iMake/Kate’s Twirl knitting pattern giveaway!!! Imagine me dancing, jumping and singing around like crazy…
I had to read that message over and over again, but it is really true! How wonderful!
Not only that the sun returned to us here in Bavaria, but also three absolutely lovely patterns are on “their way” to my ravelry account.”
It made my day to receive such a lovely email! All the Kate’s Twirl patterns are now in Lisa’s Ravelry library.
Worldwide Knitting in Public Week discount
This week it is knitting in public week. So get yourself knitting outdoors, in the pub, cinema, on the bus or train. It’s great fun and people often comment and talk to you about it and even if they don’t, some of the double takes they give you are hilarious!
To celebrate, I am offering a huge 50% off each of my patterns. Use the code WKIPW at the checkout. Offer ends at midnight (BST) on Friday 14 June, so get in there quick!
The Birthday Shawl, The Diamond Dot Scarf and the Birthday Wrap
Here’s the link to the patterns: Kate’s Twirl patterns