Thursday, July 12, 2012

ONCE BITTEN--- New Pattern!!!

So excited to present our newest pattern, Once Bitten!  A side-to-side garter stitch tringle shawl, composed of escalating and de-escalating fangs, this is super fun, super simple, and crazy fast to knit!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
The sample you see here was worked in a gorgeous shade of Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin, in the uber-bright colorway Uluru.  The hand painted yarn pooled spectacularly across the different fangs.  We have testers making this in all sorts of yarns, and (spoiler), it looks super, super awesome in Twisted Fiber Arts Tasty Striping.  You have to make one of these-- or several, it's extremely addictive and a great way to use a single skin of crazy handpsun or hand dyed and make a quick last minute gift!

Check out some of the projects in progress here and get your copy on ravelry or in the NTS Etsy shop... and we have tons of beautiful hand dyed Snowboot Sock and Perfection Sport to make a fabulous Once Bitten. Instructions are given for Small Shawlette, Large Shawl, Fingering weight, Sport weight, garter and stockinette versions, and with or without I cord edging, so you can customize your piece.  Enjoy!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

New for Summer!

So, it's been awhile, but I'm back to say we have an exciting new yarn base in stock at NTS!  Snowboots Sock is a blend of 80% Superwash merino and 20% Nylon, and we have tons of new shades in for summer knitting.  A soft, strong and sturdy addition to our sock line, this superwash 3 ply wears like a dream and takes color incredibly! We've added this yarn because I've had so many requests for a workhorse sock yarn, so I've added it to our usual luxury offerings.  I've been loving Veera's Color Affection Shawl and thought this would be a great yarn to mix and match; it's also a great base for baby items since it's hard-wearing and washable.
Not a nylon fan?  we also have new stock of Intrigue Fingering and Intrigue Lace in Stock, 100% Superwash Merino beautifully spun as a single ply, and dreamy soft.  The shop has been updated today with Snowboots Sock and the Intrigue line, and I'll be following up tomorrow with new Perfection Sport , as well as some delicious trial MCN bases for super squooshy hats and shawls-- wheeeee, fun summer yarns!!!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

A new chapter for Nicole Feller-Johnson designs.... my first BOOK!!!

OK, so you know I have been all sneaky lately with the good news, but I'm now ready to announce that I am writing my first knitting book!  It will be published by Cooperative Press under the guidance of the fabulous Shannon Okey. I'm still not spilling the title (just yet), but I do have a small hint for all you ravenous pattern junkies-- it will be a Philadelphia-inspired collection of high fashion knitwear!
Tons of patterns with a couture bent, and lots of detailed design for those of you who love to knit pieces with something special to them.  This project has been too exciting so far-- we have test knitters from all over the world working on the garments, and have yarn support from truly luxurious companies and talented indy dyers.  For those of you who love luxury yarns, this book will make you very happy!  Our most recent sponsor is Windy Valley Musk Ox, and if you didn't have a reason to try their quiviuk before, you will soon ;)  And if you want to be the very first to know when the book is available for pre-sale, you can sign up HERE to be put on the CP mailing list and get first dibs.

So, I'm pinching myself, because I still can't quite believe it!   And I want to thank everyone who has helped me come this far, because it could never have happened without your loyal support. It's been quite  a journey, from Etsy, Ravelry and on to Knitcircus; soon, a new chapter in my design life will begin... as a real published author for Cooperative Press. Who would have ever thought two sticks and some string could make all this happen? Well ok, to be fair, some of the string is pretty amazing ;)

Above is an image of my sister Kathryn wearing the Afternoon of a Fawn dress, shot on location in Philly... this is a piece I submitted in my book proposal as an example of my design work. It was knit in Madelinetosh and NoTwoSnowflakes yarns, and you may see some yarn support from these dyers in the book, hint hint :)  I know many of you have seen this before, but I'm not allowed to show off any of the new designs... this is last season's favorite.  Here's to a whole new collection of gorgeous couture knits, designed in Philadelphia and handmade all over the world !

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Light Dusting is open!

Spots for new members have just been listed in my Etsy shop!  Sign up soon to reserve your spot, spots are available on a first come first served basis!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japan Relief Fundraiser! PLEASE HELP! 100% Donations!

Please join us this weekend, March 19 and 20th, in our fundraiser for Japan's relief.... 100% of the proceeds from all NoTwoSnowflakes pattern sales will go to Doctor's Without Borders.  Donations start at midenight EST on the 19th, please show your support for the Japanese in their time of need, and get some of your favorite Nicole Feller-Johnson and Karen Walker patterns at this time!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

New Month, New Photo Shoot!

Headed out today to get some images of the lovely Kathryn Johnson modeling new NTS designs!  She also be seen wearing the re-release of Key to my Heart mittens, and Spring Thaw tee, two designs originally made for Knitcircus Magazine that will be coming out in the NTS shop this week.

Also, new out this week in the Spring 2011 issue of Knitcircus, my newest article in the Choose It and Use It series: Lightweight Yarns.
 Lots of tips for knitting with fingering and lace yarns, including a scale for easily determining yarn weight, and tips for appropriate project choices!  Other installments so far have included Choose It and Use It: Hand Dyed and  Choose It and Use It: Sweater Yarn... if you have an idea for an article you would like to see in future issues, please leave me a comment!

Also, we've had the public release of the "Snowdrifts" Hat,
with our lovely model Bianca, and a special thank you to Nangellini for providing the handspun for the hat sample.  The colorway shown is Stagelit, one of the CTA SAL colors, and the pattern was originally designed for our Snowdrifts Fiber club, but is now for sale on Ravelry.

Busy, busy!  more to come soon, hope everyone is having a  great weekend and enjoying a break in all the bad weather!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Special Guest-- StarGrrl's Story

So, so sorry for this delay, I have had Stargrrl's s story and pics for a long time now... Here it is, the love story behind her beautiful shawl, and the first spotlighted FO from our Twisted SAL!

In her own words:
" Once upon a time there was a girl. She had a Granny that she loved dearly.
Granny passed away on Thanksgiving, and the day she passed there was a beautiful 
rainbow in the sky. From that day forward, the girl would see rainbows and think 
that her Granny was smiling down on her.
One day this girl met a boy. She and the boy were friends for 3 years until the 
day when the boy slipped and said “I love you.” 
The girl thought on this slip for a week before the boy showed his face again.
The boy came to her office to tell her his biopsy results had come back as 
He asked the girl to stand up, and she stepped into his arms. 
She felt like she was coming home.
That following Thanksgiving, the boy asked the girl to marry him. He knew that 
Thanksgiving made her sad because she missed her Granny. And he wanted to give 
her a happy memory for the holiday. 
They went to dinner at Shari’s. As they were leaving the restaurant, the boy 
looked up and pointed out a beautiful double rainbow above the restaurant. 
The girl stood there and cried, because she knew it was her Granny blessing her. 

The boy ran to the car, where he knew the girls camera was, and brought it back 
so she could take a picture. 
He then mentioned that she should get a better photo without the restaurant roof 
in the way. 
The girl cried again, because this wonderful boy wanted to chase rainbows with 
She was in love. 3 months later, the girl and boy were getting married in Las Vegas.
Fast forward a few years. The girl finds knitting. She joins a website called 
Over the next two years she learns to crochet and spin too. She joins a group on 
Ravelry called Completely Twisted and Arbitrary, and they have a monthly 
Spin-A-Long. She submitted her story and a photo.
She was picked as one of the 4 finalists. The dyer chose her photo as one of the
 inspiration pieces. She dyed up some beautiful fiber and the girl got 4 braids 
and spun them up. Then she picked a pattern and knit her handspun into a
beautiful shawl.The shawl reminds her of the love of her Granny and the love 
she has with her Husband/soulmate."
Stargrrl, thank you for being my dyeing inspiration, and for sharing!