Friday, December 16, 2011

Sign up to be part of Noni's Ella Rediscovered Knit-A-Long!

Sign up to be part of Noni's Ella Rediscovered Knit-A-Long!

Join the growing number of worldwide knitters in the US, Canada, Scotland, England, and Germany and sign up to participate in the first International Noni Knit-A-Long!

If you have been following the Noni Blog, you have seen that Nora has re-imagined The Ella Coat for Women 
(pattern no. 1302). Nora's tweaks and innovations on the original coat pattern will be shared on her blog in the form of a Knit-A-Long and in classes at your LYS that start in mid-January. But only those who have the original pattern will be able to follow along.  Nora is also designing a couple of patterns that will compliment the coat pattern that will be released during  the KAL.  

After speaking with Nora of Noni Designs it turns out that several yarn manufacturers are donating prizes to the cause.  Details of this will follow as they come in to us.

Why Join the Ella KAL?
Because it’s fun!  Not only will we be knitting the Ella pattern, but we will be doing it in a party atmosphere each time we meet.  Coffee and tea will be provided by The Fiber Factory and goodies to eat will be provided by the instructor and any students that wish to bring any goodies along.

You choose how involved you can be:
Option One: Join me for 4 days of classes at The Fiber Factory KAL in Mesa Arizona on January 18th,  February 1st, 15th and 29th 1st from 10:30-12pm each day,  This is an official class.  Cost is $60 and includes the Ella pattern from Noni Designs and the class time.  I will also be there on February 22rd and Wednesday mornings in March in case you want to just come in and chat with your project.  The Bling pattern will be sold separately if you would like to add these flowers to your coat.  Call 480-969-4346 0r 888-969-9276 to join the class.  The Fiber Factory is located at 216 West Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201

Option Two: Join the Virtual Knit-A-Long At One Planet Yarn and Fiber!  Just add your name below and I will set up a new blog post in January that we can all chime in on.

Supplies You Will Need:
·         Ella Coat for Women Patterns (no. 1302)
·         Bling Flowers Patterns (no. 222)
·         Size 9 (5.5mm) 32" (80cm) circular needles
·         LOTS of yarn, starting at 800 yds (731m) of light worsted or worsted weight (yarn suggestions listed at the end of this blog)

Ella Coat for Women (No. 1302)
The Ella sweater coat for women is the unfelted version of the little girl's Ella & the Legume coat (inspired by the Princess & the Pea story). It is an A-line shaped coat with a bodice that sits slightly above the natural waist for a flattering, wearable silhouette that shows off most any figure to the best advantage.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to advanced.

Size: 32 - 52

Fibers We Love to Use!
Cover samples were made in Shepherd's Wool by Stonehedge Fiber Mill. Other samples were made in Lorna's Laces Shepherd's Worsted superwash yarn and Schulana Merino Cotton 90.

Bling Flowers (No. 222)
Inspired by Wild Geraniums & Forsythia, these flowers are elegant through their simplicity and the classic flower shape. Beautifully dazzling with a sparkle rivet in the center.

Pattern Difficulty
Intrepid Easy to Intermediate: requires knowledge of knitting and purling, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, working in the round on double-pointed needles, and some simple hand-sewing.

Work each felted flower with a single strand of worsted weight, feltable yarn held throughout on the smaller needles.

Size 6 (4mm) double-pointed needles (set of 5) for flowers
7mm and 10mm Noni sparkle rivets in pink, green, clear, or black to decorate the flower centers
Each large flower requires approximately 10 yds (9m) of worsted weight, feltable yarn; small flowers require slightly less

Fiber Options
Pictured felted flowers were made with Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool: Zinnia Pink and Pink with pink sparkle centers.

Yarn Suggestions from The Fiber Factory:
Cascade 220
Merino 5
Cool Wool
Ultra Alpaca
Weekend Cotton
Silk Garden
Mirasol Saw Ya
Mirasol Waachi

From One Planet Yarn and Fiber:
Artesano Aran
Fleece Artist BFL Aran
Handmaiden Lady Godiva
Madelinetosh vintage
Schaefer Yarns Chris
Stonehedge Fiber Mill's Shepherd's Wool

FYI!!!  If you are going to do this pattern, you need to give us a chance to get the yarn you might like in the color you might like.  Please order early!  If you are going to be making this pattern in stripes, you only need 250 yards of each color and 500 yards of the ruffle color, if you are making the coat with ruffles.

Please Join Us!
Karen, Terri and Susan
OPYF and The Fiber Factory


Melissa Schoenwether said...

Wow! All of us here at Noni Designs are so stoked at your "knitters -unite!" attitude! We look forward to being supportive of One Planet Yarn and Fiber! Hurrah for LYS!

One Planet said...

Hi Melissa,
I have wanted to make this coat ever since I started carrying this pattern in my online store over a year ago. Now I have an excuse! II am happy to enable other knitters in the process.

The dates of the physical class have changed slightly. I forgot about the TNNA show starting on the 19th of January and I will be attending that all weekend. Please note the date change if you are planning to come take the class at The Fiber Factory.

One Planet said...

My online store is I carry several yarns that will work and if there are colors you want in Shepherd’s Wool or any other yarn that is listed here for One Planet Yarn and Fiber, let me know and I will order it in for you. Please let me know if you want to order for the KAL and you will receive a 15% discount and free shipping on your order. International orders will ship for $7.99 and ship USPS International First Class.

I do have the pattern for sale online that I can ship out. Already started mailing them off! I have more patterns headed this way, so if your LYS does not have a copy I will have them here this week. I am down to 2 copies right now. Copies of the Bling pattern are also due in this week.

Fun and games will start for the KAL this week. You will need a copy of the pattern to start participating. Hint, you sill need a print out of the cover!

One Planet said...

I have set up the page for this pattern to allow for back orders. I have already placed the order for more copies and I expect them this week. Orders for the pattern will ship out as soon as they arrive here. Thank you for your support of this project. I can't wait to start!