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Newsletter - October 2017
Welcome to the annual gift edition of the Patternfish newsletter. You’ll find a great number of quick and easy knit and crochet patterns in here that can be ready in time for the holidays.
In this issue ...
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From the Prime Minister's Desk
- Julia Grunau
Tragic news this time. Early this summer, one of our most gifted and prolific designers, Elena Nodel, was taken by cancer at the shockingly young age of 42. Her husband Peter Sims and daughter Maya (only 10 at the time) survive her. You can see Peter and/or Maya in almost all the photography for her work, looking especially delighted by their knitwear.
I never had the honour of meeting Elena, but have been a huge fan since she started posting her work on Patternfish. You can see her joy in design: she never had a rigid style, but took her skill for walks and skips and cartwheels. Her pieces are worked top-down, sideways, bottom up-- whatever will produce the effect she wants. But while her garments are rich-looking and often detailed, they are never difficult to knit. The patterns are very carefully written and extend to many illustrated pages in some cases, so even (ambitious) beginners can have a reasonable go. And her size ranges are usually vast; this is typical of her generosity.
Patternfish contributed to Elena and Peter's GoFundMe page when we first became aware of Elena's illness, and we are continuing our support of her family with this newsletter. 100% of the proceeds of the sale of the Anadiomena's Designs on Patternfish (less the PayPal transaction costs) will be remitted to her family in perpetuity.
You can see Elena's work for Anadiomena's Designs here.
Herewith, some personal favorites from Elena's oeuvre.
At 19, my daughter is too old for this piece, but it makes me wish she were a little girl again so I could make it for her. It's princessy without goo, especially in the regal purple colour shown.
Look how artfully this cowl (my mom would have called it a dickey) is shaped! And what a perfect colourway; it's armour, a true defense against the cold.
This irresistible, splendid, unisex baby bonnet is startlingly distinctive yet fairly easy to knit. The babe wearing it could have been found in a cabbage patch, parsley bed (à la Pat of Silver Bush), or in an Elven nursery.
I am actually currently in the midst of knitting this design (the one on the left) for a 6-year-old boy, who approved it on sight but wanted it in red. It's fascinating to work the yoke and I just love the look.
This is just an amazingly versatile, layerable piece that takes your kid through all but the year's hottest months. Make it longer, as a tunic or dress length, and it will grow with her for years and years, worn with leggings or jeans or shorts (or all of them).
And not to leave out the grown women, here is Moody: dashing, dramatic, but practical and warming too in its Aran weight and ribbed design.
If you wish to make your own contribution to Elena's surviving family, this is the GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/elena-nodel-cancer-relief-fund
Super Fast Knitting Patterns
These super quick knits will be ready in no time!
Super Fast Crochet Patterns
Crochet can be even faster than knitting. Check these out!
Mittens and Fingerless Mittens
Mittens are one of the fastest things to create. Here’s a selection of cosy mitts.
Knitted and crocheted socks are a special treat for the feet!
The nicest thing about slippers (aside from how comfy they are) is that they don’t have to be precisely fitted, making for an easy knit.
A handmade gift for a new baby is priceless. Here are some of our favourites.
Gifts for Kids
And here is a selection of patterns for the slightly older set.
And of course, no holiday is complete without some toys!
Gifts for the Home
Everything from pillows to tea cosies, something for everyone!
Lots of cute things for the height of the season.
Cowls, Scarves, Wraps, and Capelets
Gifts to keep you warm through the winter.
A lot of the patterns in this newsletter are quick little stash busters, but these ones are some of our favourites.
Gifts To Contain Gifts
Boxes, wrappers, purses and more!
Pretty, warm, hats for everyone and any occasion.
Pretty Gifts for Ladies
Gifts for Men
E-Books and Pattern Sets
These make ideal gifts for enthusiastic knitters. This collection includes a set of patterns by Elena Nodel and the latest offering by Laverne Waddington.
Gifts That Give
A short collection of charitable patterns. Buy these and you’ll not only be giving a gift, but also making a donation to a worthy cause.