VOGUEknitting, you say?

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Oh me, oh my, yes!  Check out the Made In Canada section by Lee Ann Dalton on page 20 in the new Spring/Summer 2015 issue of VOGUEknitting. So thrilled and honoured to be included in this column.

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Lost Kingdom: Celtic Love Song shawl

Lost Kingdom: Celtic Love Song shawl

The pattern photo used for the article is the Lost Kingdom: Celtic Love Song shawl, found here on Ravelry.

Oh, and the shawl pin shown in the photo above is another of the beautiful pins that Michelle at Michelle’s Assortment creates.

Pin It to Win It….news to share

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I have been a fan of Michelle’s shawl pins for quite some time (just check out the pictures in the blog header and sidebar) – they are beautifully handcrafted and I love her sense of style. If I had to pick a favorite, I think it would be this one — today! If you were at VOGUEknitting Live! in New York in January 2015, you might have seen Michelle and her gorgeous works of art.

Michelle is running a give-away at the moment so I thought I’d share:

Michelles pin it contest

The event runs until March 8, 2015; to enter, you just have to favourite, or pin to Pinterest, an item from Michelle’s Assortment shop and then go and post a link to the item or pin in Michelle’s Ravelry group give-away thread.

And a lovely bonus: all entrants get a code for free domestic or international shipping.

Good luck, everyone!

Tomar Cable Socks p/hopped!

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I’m so happy to be able to share this new toe-up sock knitting pattern with you!

Tomar Cable Socks ~ a FREE knitting pattern available exclusively on the p/hop (Pennies per Hour of Pleasure) site which raises money for Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Northmoor Watchcaps p/hopped!!

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Complimentary Pattern from Impeccable Knits - Northmoor Watchcaps

Exciting News!! The Northmoor Watchcaps knitting pattern is now only available through p/hop (Pennies per Hour of Pleasure) – a site that raises money for Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Knitting to raise money for charity can be a tricky endeavour so when I found the p/hop site that allowed me to donate a pattern and knitters to donate directly to a charity, it seemed like win-win to me.

The pattern is still free but you are asked to donate to p/hop based on the number of hours of pleasure you received knitting the pattern.

Hope you all pop over there and check it out :)

Charting Cables

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To create the charts for my patterns I use Stitch Mastery, a superbly flexible charting program created by Cathy Scott, a brilliant programmer.

Here is a small ‘nonsense’ chart to show you just a small sample of how this software displays so that you can get a bit of a feel for Impeccable Knits patterns. I talked a bit about Cable Naming conventions on my website and the reason why I really like the 1/1 style for cable abbreviations.

sample of charted cables

EU VAT changes impacting pattern sales

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The times they are a-changin’

Beginning January 1, 2015 the European Union (EU) VAT (value added tax) rules are changing to require sellers of electronic goods – which includes knitting pattern PDFs – to collect VAT based on the purchaser’s country and to submit those taxes as appropriate to the 28 member states of the EU.

Each of those 28 countries has their own set of rules as to the % VAT that is charged on particular items. Each purchase needs 2 non-conflicting pieces of evidence as proof of the purchaser’s location and that supporting data needs to be stored for 10 years. For micro-businesses this is a nightmare of administration.

There’s a good summary in this Knitty article, and huge chatter on Twitter and other forums. Applying rules that are meant to stop huge companies like Amazon and iTunes from sheltering in EU tax havens to micro- and nano-businesses makes no economic sense.

Ravelry has been spectacular at helping designer out by providing some options – a lot of work for them on such short notice! My admiration for these folks never ceases!! I am opting, as of January 1, 2015, to route all EU sales through LoveKnitting.com who will take care of the VAT collection and submissions. EU purchasers will still be able to store these patterns in their Ravelry library so I think it’s the best solution for me and my buyers. The sad part is that EU purchasers will have to pay more for their knitting patterns as of January 1, 2015 because the VAT rate for their country will be added to the pattern price on LoveKnitting.com. For this I am sorry but I really see no other solution.

As of this writing, Craftsy appears not to be offering any solutions for pattern sellers; therefore, effective January 1, 2015 Impeccable Knits patterns will no longer be available on Craftsy. This saddens me but I really see no other options.

Wee Tiny Elf Sock on the needles…

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I don’t often get to knit other designers’ patterns so these were a real treat!
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I’ve been knitting these adorable little socks designed by Meg Bakewell. A few yarn scraps of sock yarn and the possibilities are endless.

For the first one I opted to knit the toe in the contrasting colour as well and on the second one I knit the cuff in the contrasting colour.

I’ve added a hanger so they can join the other ornaments in the Christmas tree.

A Celtic Quilt

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Introducing the latest Impeccable Knits pattern: A Celtic Quilt 1- now available on Ravelry.com.

So many combination are possible for putting this quilt together — plus there’s a bonus block that can be used for a coordinating pillow.

Enjoy!

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