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 !