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February Design Challenge - Fingerless Mitts

February Design Challenge - Fingerless Mitts

Our February design challenge is the ever popular Fingerless Mitts.  Feel free to design them however you like - knit in the round, knit flat, pieced.  The sky's the limit.

Please note, currently we only have the Natural color of the required yarn in stock, but will be getting our dyed colors at the end of the month.  Natural is actually our most popular color, but if you'd rather wait for the colors, please do. 

This month's challenge uses SilverSpun® Sock (max. 1 skein)

  • The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2017
  • Public voting will take place April 17-23, 2017
  • Winner will be announced April 24, 2017
  • Read full details here.

Think you want to give the Challenge a try?  Let us know by clicking here.

Thanks for taking the challenge and good luck to all!

 

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January Design Challenge - A COWL

January Design Challenge - A COWL

We are kicking off the 2017 Monthly Design Challenge with a relatively easy project - a COWL.  Let your imagination run wild as you design yours!

This month's challenge uses SilverSpun® Sport (max. 2 regular skeins)
  • The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017
  • Public voting will take place March 17-23, 2017
  • Winner will be announced March 24, 2017
  • Be sure to email us at contact@feelgoodyarnco.com to let us know you will be participating.
  • For full details click here

Thanks for taking the challenge and good luck to all!

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2017 Monthly Design Challenge

2017 Monthly Design Challenge

Our 2016 Designer of the Month series was so successful, that we’ve decided to carry it forward into 2017, but with a twist.  Announcing the FGYCo MONTHLY DESIGN CHALLENGE – the monthly design contest where you have the chance to have your pattern published on our website (and be paid), be interviewed for our blog and win a $100 Feel Good Yarn Company gift certificate!  Anyone can enter – you don’t have to be a published designer. In fact, we encourage those who have been wanting to dip their toe into the design scene to participate.

Here’s how it works:
• At the beginning of every month we will introduce a “design challenge” project using one of our SilverSpun® yarns.
• Designers will have approximately 2 1/2 months to complete the project*.
• Entries will be voted on by the general public. All entries will be posted anonymously to allow participants a fair chance at winning.
• The design with the most votes wins.
*Designs previously published either on-line or in print are not eligible for this contest (that includes Instagram & Ravelry.)

What you could win:
• The winning design will be featured on our website and all of our social media outlets (see below for more details)
• The winning designer will be interviewed on our blog.
• The winning designer will receive a $100 FGYCo gift certificate.
• The second & third place winners will receive $75 & $50 gift certificates respectively, but will not have their pattern published by Feel Good Yarn Co.

If you wish to participate you must:
1. Purchase the required SilverSpun® yarn.
2. Design & knit/crochet the Challenge project.
3. Send us a photo of the finished project suitable for publication.

If you win you must:
1. Supply FGYCo with a formatted PDF version of the pattern.
2. Supply FGYCo with additional photos of the finished project for publication purposes.

How to enter:
• Purchase the required amount of SilverSpun® yarn for the Challenge.
• Let us know you wish to participate by filling out this form.

How to vote:
• Once all of the submissions are in there will be a link on our website that will take you to the voting site. We will announce when voting is open via all of our social media outlets and our website.
• Just for kicks we will randomly choose one voter from each monthly campaign who’ll win a copy of the winning pattern and enough SilverSpun® yarn to make it.

Additional details:

  • The winning pattern will be available for sale on our website.  For every pattern sold via our website we will pay 50% commission (most likely $2.50). Payments will be made quarterly via PayPal if over $10.  If less than $10, payment will be made the next quarter.  Payments will continue until we decide to no longer carry the pattern (but it will be at least through 2017).
  • All winners will retain the rights to their design and are free to publish one month from the time of release on our website.
  • Regarding photographs.  Please take the time to take clear, clean, well lit and in focus photographs.  The photo you submit will play a big part in determining if people vote for your design or not.  A great photo usually garners lots of votes!
  • The submission photo should be formatted as a square so we can easily post to Instagram.
  • Only designs using SilverSpun® yarns are eligible for this contest.

 

 

 

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December's Designer of the Month – Melynda Bernardi

December's Designer of the Month – Melynda Bernardi

On December 15, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Melynda designed using SilverSpun® Sport to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

I can't believe that we have come to the last month in our Year of the Designer series!  We have  a very special designer to wrap it all up - Melynda Bernardi of French Press Knits.  I first became aware of Melynda way back in 2009 when she published her French Press Slippers pattern.  I thought they were so cute, and apparently I'm not the only one.  A quick peruse on Ravelry shows that over 7200 people have made them!  Melynda has continued to produce beautiful patterns and most recently published, Comfort & Joy, a collection of original Christmas stockings for the modern hand knitter.  You can find Melynda on Ravelry, Instagram and her website.

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November’s Designer of the Month – Romi Hill

November’s Designer of the Month – Romi Hill

On November 10, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Romi designed using SilverSpun® Sock to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

Romi Hill is our November Designer of the Month.  Romi is one prolific knitwear designer and an absolute delight to work with!  Take a look at her Raverly page and you will see 218 absolutely gorgeous designs, many of them featuring lacework, which is obviously one of her true passions.  I am honored that Romi was able to carve out the time to fill us in on her "knitting life" and design this month's pattern.  You can find Romi on Ravelry, Instagram and her website.

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October’s Designer of the Month – Alicia Plummer

October’s Designer of the Month – Alicia Plummer

On October 13, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Alicia designed using SilverSpun® Sport to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

Alicia Plummer, is our October Designer of the Month.  Annie, from byannieclaire, suggested I reach out to Alicia to ask if she wanted to participate in our Year of the Designer campaign, and I'm so glad she did.  Alicia is a delight and a beautiful designer.  You can find Alica on Ravelry  and Instagram.

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September’s Designer of the Month – Casapinka

September’s Designer of the Month – Casapinka

On September 15, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Casapinka designed using SilverSpun® Sock to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

Casapinka, is our September Designer of the Month.  I first became aware of Casapinka and her beautiful designs when I spotted her Fall is a Color slouchy hat at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show last year.  She used Backyard Fiberworks yarn for the design and since Alice from BYFW dyes all of our hand dyed yarn for us, I couldn't help but notice.   When I was putting together my list of designers to ask to participate in our Designer of the Month program, of course Casapinka was on the list.  Lucky for us, she agreed to participate and has created a beautiful design which will be revealed next week.  You can find Casapinka on Ravelry  and Instagram.

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August’s Designer of the Month – Nell Ziroli

2016 is the “Year of the Designer” for Feel Good Yarn Company.  The first Thursday of every month we will feature an interview with one of our favorite knitwear designers and the following week we will release a pattern designed exclusively for our SilverSpun® yarn by that designer.

On August 18, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Nell designed using SilverSpun® Sport to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

Nell Ziroli, from Nell Knits, is our August Designer of the Month.  I first became aware of Nell and her beautiful designs when I spotted her Arvid sweater in Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People, Volume 7 (I've always been a sucker for cables.)  Since then, we have become friendly and have even taught together at a knitting retreat in southern Virginia.  I'm very excited to have Nell as this month's designer and can't wait to reveal her beautiful design next week.  You can find Nell on Ravelry, Instagram and her blog, Nell Knits.

And with that, I give you Nell ….

Can you give us a little background intel on yourself? Where were you born? Do you still live there? How long have you been knitting? Who taught you to knit?

I was the first child born to high school sweethearts. My father was newly enlisted in the Navy, so we were rather transient, living a year or 3 in each of the many places he was stationed. We all lived in Virginia Beach when I finished school and moved out on my own. I’ve recently returned to Virginia, after a 6 week visit to Atlanta that lasted 10 years.

Handwork has been in my life as long as I can remember. My mother (bless her patient heart) taught me to knit, and even managed to hold on to a few pieces of my early work despite all of our moves. Also, my dad still has a rather spiffy yellow garter stitch tie that might have been a Father’s Day gift I made when I was 10 or 12.

Where do you do your designing? Do you have a special room in your house, a studio, a favorite chair?

I don’t really have a specific work or design space set up here. My best ideas come while I’m doing most anything - even sleeping, so I try to have paper and pencil everywhere. I find that when I’m looking for a specific answer to a project another project will develop. It’s a blessing and a curse.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Nature, architecture, fine art, what?

We are lucky to be in a makers paradise right now, with so many genius designers, authentic inspirers and amazing yarns - all just a click away.  My favorites tend to be in the less is more camp. Unless were talking cables.

While designing your piece for FGYCo, what qualities of SilverSpun® did you find most appealing?

For my design, SilverSpun® was truly the perfect yarn. The elasticity allows "Happy Hands" to fit every teen/adult that has tried them on. I also love that for a somewhat textured yarn, the stitch definition is crisp. I tried, but was unsuccessful in capturing a clear photo of the glistening silver fibers as I knit outdoors on the porch this early summer.

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On August 18, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Nell designed using SilverSpun® Sport to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

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June’s Designer of the Month – Wendy D. Johnson

2016 is the “Year of the Designer” for Feel Good Yarn Company.  The first Thursday of every month we will feature an interview with one of our favorite knitwear designers and the following week we will release a pattern designed exclusively for our SilverSpun® yarn by that designer.

On June 9, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Wendy designed using SilverSpun® Sock to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

Wendy D. Johnson is our June Designer of the Month and to be perfectly honest, I can't believe it!  About a year ago I got an order for yarn from a Wendy Johnson who lived in Alexandria, VA.  Coincidentally, just the day before, I had been thumbing through my copy of Wendy Knits and noticed that the author, Wendy D. Johnson, lived in Alexandria, VA, which is very close to Washington DC, where I live.  "This couldn't be the same person, could it?", I thought to myself.  How flattering (not to mention validating) would that be if the author of some of the best known sock and lace knitting books out there was ordering my yarn?  I emailed her and asked, and sure enough, it was her!  We have since become good "on-line" friends and when asked if she would design a pattern for the "Year of the Designer" she graciously agreed.  You can find Wendy on Ravelry, Instagram and her very popular blog, Wendy Knits.

And with that, I give you Wendy ….

Can you give us a little background intel on yourself? Where were you born? Do you still live there? How long have you been knitting? Who taught you to knit?

I was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, but only lived there for the first few months of my life. My dad was in the U.S. Navy so we lived all over when I was growing up. I learned to knit when I was 4 years old. One day after I got my hands on a screw driver and took my tricycle apart, my mother cast some stitches onto a needle and gave that to me, along with a book she had that showed how to knit in pictures, saying “figure this out.” I did, and I’ve pretty much never stopped!

Where do you do your designing? Do you have a special room in your house, a studio, a favorite chair?

Most of my designing is done at home, using my MacBook Pro, while I’m sitting on my couch. The idea for a design will happen anywhere, though. Sometimes I have something in mind and will think about it for days or weeks before committing it to electronic paper.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Nature, architecture, fine art, what?

Design inspiration comes from a wide variety of things – including all of the above. I love a wide variety of traditional knitting styles and techniques, so I often base designs on a traditional style or use traditional motifs.

Who are your favorite designers (and it doesn’t have to be knitwear designers)?

My hands-down favorite knitting designer is Alice Starmore. I first encountered her at a TKGA convention in the 1980s – she was the instructor for a colorwork class I took. I took several more classes form her at subsequent TKGA conventions. I’ve always loved her colorwork . . . and her cable designs ain’t bad either!

What is it about designing that gets you to jump out of bed every morning and grab the needles?

I think I must have a god complex because it is the joy of creating that keeps me enthusiastic. There’s just something exciting about being able to create something both useful and beautiful from a pile of string.

What do you have on your needles right now?

At the moment, I have none of my own designs on the needles. I’m finishing up an afghan from the second Rowan Martin Storey Afghan Knit-Along (you can see the box of afghan squares in my knitting spot photo above). The afghan is almost done: it’s put together and I’m now working on the edging.  That’s my “commuter” project. My “main” project is Alice Starmore’s Kinsale gansey (from her Fishermen’s Sweaters book) that I’m knitting in cream colored organic cotton.

While designing your piece for FGYCo, what qualities of SilverSpun® did you find most appealing?

I love the elasticity that the bit of spandex adds, and I love the incredibly softness of the yarn. Last year I knit a chemo cap out of SilverSpun® for a friend undergoing chemotherapy, and she really appreciated the softness of the yarn against her very sensitive skin. The strand of silver, I’m sure, added to the therapeutic qualities of the hat.

Do you have any other passions besides knitting?

I am a voracious reader and will read pretty much anything, as long as it is well-written. I’m also an animal lover and a certified Crazy Cat Lady. If I were to win the lottery, I’d buy a piece of land and build The Crazy Cat Lady’s Cat Compound and adopt all the homeless cats I could. But because I live in a two-bedroom condo, I have limited myself to one feline companion: Loki, my lilac point Ragdoll.

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On June 9, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Wendy designed using SilverSpun® Sock to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

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May’s Designer of the Month – Kate Atherley

Kate has designed 3 exclusive sock patterns for our Feel Good Summer Sock Club.  These patterns will only be available to Club subscribers.  Click here to find out more.

Kate Atherley is our May Designer of the Month and I must say, it is quite an honor to have a designer of this caliber working with us.  Kate is the lead technical editor for Knitty.com.  She contributes regularly to books and magazines, created a series of designs for Interweave’s Sockupied and she has written several books, including Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet, which is one reason why she is perfect as our guest designer for our Feel Good Summer Sock Club (see above). You can find Kate on Ravelry, Instagram, and her website.

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