Party Time!

Greetings all!  I hope the end of this eventful year finds you in good spirits and good company.  It’s certainly been an amazing one for us here at Mischief Central.  As such, we’d love you to come out and celebrate with us at…

The Needles And Artifice Launch Party!

Saturday January 12th, 7-10pm (and beyond)

The Butterfly Room at Grims, Seattle, WA

Details on Facebook, tickets and more Right Here!  The Ladies will be out in force and dressed in our finest, and we would absolutely love your company for a nibble, a beverage, and some well-deserved celebration.

Happy New Year to all, and we hope to see you there!

News and links and dates!

Grettings, my colleagues!  Much excitement going on at Mischief Central and some news and updates for you all.  First of all, hard-copy books have arrived!  And so have many great places to acquire one, if you haven’t already: hard-copies through Amazon, already filling up with great reviews (thank you!!); Knit Picks and Ravelry for the eBook, and of course Cooperative Press for the two-in-one… OR simply use the lovely link to your right.  So simple!

For our most excellent (and patient) kickstarter supporters, signed hard-copies and those with extra gifts will be on their way soon!  In the meantime, we’d love to send a free pdf eBook to anyone who selected one of the book prizes on kickstarter to tide you over.  If you haven’t gotten one yet, please drop a line to ladiesofmischief@gmail.com and we’ll get you hooked up right away.

Aaaand for the last, but certainly not least, announcement….

Saturday, January the 12th – Save the Date for our Launch Party!  Details to follow, but for now, know that it will be in Seattle, full of outstanding food, festivities and entertainment; and we would love for you to join us!  So, pencil it in on your calendar in your most over-the-top Victorian script and start planning (or knitting) your ensemble!

Whew!  That’s enough excitement for the moment, I think.  But I’ll be back again soon with the inside designer scoop for our final chapter, Mechanical.  Stay tuned!

…to decadent Boudoirs

A lovely fall evening to you, my colleagues!  As we continue on with our series of pattern previews – complete with an inside scoop from the designers – let’s make a stop at one of my favorite chapters: Boudoir, where knitting shows its decidedly sensual side.  Let’s start with a gorgeous little number that’s been all the buzz on Ravelry lately…

The Hush Chemise

Designer: Amanda Williams

Yarn: DyeForYarn Lace // Silk/Merino

In the latter half of the 19th century a woman would always wear a chemise under her corset. These were traditionally sewn from fabric, but I thought a knitted version would be lovely.  I wanted a bit of lace at the top and the bottom to make a feminine, playful top. I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather wear a delicate silk/merino yarn. These days we don’t seem to wear corsets quite so often, but in the tradition of innerwear as outerwear, this piece can really shine. I finished the one I did for myself last spring and wore it all summer long with jeans for casual days and a skirt to dress up a bit. I can’t wait to layer it this winter under jackets and cardigans.

A few notes on customizing it to your size. The lace repeat is 23 stitches wide. This means the pattern does not lend itself well to adding or removing stitches. Do be sure to swatch the lace portion to check how it will fit around your shoulders. Likewise check your stockinette gauge to match your bust measurement. This is designed to be close fitting at the bust but relaxed elsewhere. If you are finding yourself between sizes, I recommend changing needle sizes to get a gauge suitable for your sizing.

I ran a cord a through the top eyelets of my personal version to help it stay snug around my shoulders. You can do the same with ribbon or elastic to further enhance the fit. This will work up beautifully in a delicate lace weight yarn to be reminiscent of lingerie, or a fingering weight to be a casual t-shirt style.

Enjoy and please post your projects on Ravelry! I want to see what you do with it and how you wear it

The Trials and Tribulations Chemise and Bloomers

Designer: Aimee Skeers

Yarn: Evermore Studios Swanky Sock (or Prestige Sock)

I love bloomers.  Is that weird?  If so, I don’t actually care.  I love wearing them under full skirts so if an errant breeze rolls in, I don’t have to worry.  They’re adorable, so it’s only natural that I’d write a pattern for them.  I didn’t want to just write a bloomer pattern, though, since part of the fun of bloomers is wearing something over them.  The chemise is intended to be work either as part of the set, or as a top on its own.  Wear it just over a bra if you’re feeling saucy, or over a camisole to make it more work appropriate.  And remember, bloomers are awesome.

It’s Time for Adventure with the Ladies of Mischief!

Greetings, my wonderful friends and colleagues!  This month our blog turns TWO.  And what better way to celebrate than to, oh, I don’t know…

Officially Announce the release of Needles And Artifice: A refined adventure story with ingenious knitting patterns!!!  Available THIS VERY MOMENT from Cooperative Press!  Coming soon to fine book and yarn shops near you and magical invisible internet book and yarn shops worldwide!

We will have a slew of updates later today and this week, with more pattern previews, event dates, etc, etc.  But for now, get thee over to Cooperative Press to oogle the gorgeous pictures and start queueing up those patterns on the Ravelry Book Page (which is getting filled up with the 20+ patterns as I type!)

Thank you all for your amazing support these past two years, and Happy Birthday to the Ladies of Mischief!!!

 

From Soaring Airships to Mad Science Labs

Greetings, my colleagues!  As promised, today I am thrilled to bring to you the first detailed pattern reveals from our upcoming publication:

 The Ladies of Mischief Interrupt Their Knitting To Present To You,

Needles and Artifice:
A Refined Adventure Story with Ingenious Knitting Patterns

Coming to you later this summer from Cooperative Press, and all of us here at Mischief Central.  Here’s an in-depth look at two of the patterns, with another two to be revealed next Sunday.  Enjoy!

Airship Captain Coraline Hackworth, always the picture of efficiency and style

Legacy Frock Coat

Designer: Sarra Loew

Yarn: Fidalgo 100% Merino by Woolgatherings

The Legacy Frock Coat was designed out of the most inspiring blend of elements- practicality combined with style. The cozy long sleeves and long tail provide coverage while the open front frames, flatters, and prevents overheating. The tail (which is adjustable to each knitter’s preference) solved a tricky fashion problem for me; I find low-rise pants comfortable to wear, but sitting in them can cause unwanted exposure. The Legacy Frock Coat sweater neatly solves this problem by covering just the back of the hips. The open front of the sweater makes it comfortably wearable in a variety of temperatures.
The style, reminiscent of formal frock coats, lends a classy feel to the coat, making it appropriate as a formal coverup. It’s not fussy at all, and is also easily utilized for day to day wear. It looks smashing in bright saturated colors, and in self-striping yarns. I have multiple versions of this coat and plan to make many more. The pattern is easy to knit and customize to your exact measurements. I hope that many knitters enjoy making and wearing this fine coat!

Miss Hackworth didn’t earn the right to run the family business by being timid

Sleek, poised, and elegant

The Null Hypothesis Scarf

Designer: Katrina Elsaesser

Yarn: Yarn Pirate Superwash BFL

I’ve always loved charted knitting designs; if you were ever a kid who drew on graph paper, or played with making pixelated characters on the computer, I’m sure you can relate. Absolutely anything you can draw out in little rectangles can be turned into a knitted garment, which pleases me to no end. I’ve also always loved the metamorphosing works of M.C. Escher, where one artistic element slowly turns into another, and into another, sometimes even morphing back around to the beginning. One fateful night, when pondering what a mad scientist might knit, those two elements fell serendipitously together and produced this scarf… all six feet of it.
Yet another thing I love is the (in my option) underutilized technique of Double Knitting. With only a few extra tricks – included in the pattern – you can produce a gorgeous, flat, non-rolling, reversible, warm and amazingly smooshy fabric. Absolutely perfect for scarves, and intricate charted patterns – floats are a non-issue!
The pattern journeys through books and beakers, gears and pipes, swirls and filigree. Take one chart element and makes some gloves, or repeat your favorite parts into a scarf design all your own. I hope this pattern takes you to you a place that’s perhaps a little mad, but quite inspired.

Dr. Erma Melanogaster may have a few screws loose, but her style is unquestionable

When creativity and science come together, ingenious things happen

The Ladies at TNNA

Greetings, my colleagues!  My goodness, how quickly the countdown to publication is going.  And on that note, I wanted to pop in quickly with some very exciting news…

This coming weekend is one of the largest and most exciting knitting events of the year: The National NeedleArts Association’s Trade Show!  And amongst the who’s-who of designers, yarn dyers and knitting innovators will be our beloved Cooperative Press to officially unveil the glorious details of the Ladies Of Mischief knitting book!  Shannon will be on hand with pattern photos, sneak-peaks of content, and even a precious sample knit for you to fondle.  So please, pop by, say hello and be the envy of your friends!

Can’t make it to TNNA?  Well, fear not! because we’ll be offering a simultaneous unveiling on the blog too!  Be sure to tune in this Sunday and next Sunday for the first ever detailed pattern shots, yarn info, and exclusive designer insight on a hand-selected assortment of patterns from the book.  We’ve had to keep so much under our fancy hats for so long, we absolutely can’t wait to show you the results of our tinkering!  See you then!

A Look Ahead…

Hello, my dear Colleagues!  We’ve arrived on the other side of Submission Day, and have gotten a couple well-earned weeks of recuperation under our belts.  But our work is far from done!  What will the next few months before Book Day hold?

  • Crafting and sending gifts to our amazing Kickstarter supporters (those that don’t include copies of the book , of course).  Your patience and support are so greatly appreciated, and will be well rewarded!
  • Planning the Launch Party To End All Launch Parties.  If you can make it to Seattle, you’re invited!  Details forthcoming, but start planning your costumes now!
  • Final edits, photography, cover art, and general Polishing To Perfection with our publisher.  This will be delicious eye-candy proudly displayed on your coffee table, not hidden away on a bookshelf.
  • Spreading the word!  Setting up bookstore and yarnshop visits; telling all our friends and neighbors; and generally getting incredibly excited!  Please, drop us a line if you’d like the Ladies to pay your place of business, party, event, etc a call.  We are all about the win-win that is local business and crafters supporting each other.

We hope you’re getting excited too!  To help with that, here’s a few more tantalizing teasers (from a High Society soiree, if I’m not mistaken)…

 

 

 

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