Saturday, May 7, 2011

Lisa Ellis Designs' "Hooded Scarves & Cowl Kits" Giveaway


#1 Peppermint Mocha Moma
#2 Lori
#3 Blessedspeedy

Please email
to claim your prizes!

And Thank You to everyone who enter!
Lisa Ellis

Week two of my anniversary month brings us the simple yet contemporary design work of the knitwear artist Lisa Ellis of Lisa Ellis Designs. It was August 2008 that I had the pleasure to begin working with Lisa. For this blog giveaway she has generously donated a copy of her new Exclusive pattern, the Hooded Scarves and Cowls and I've thrown in some of my 1 Ply Merino Worsted to knit these designs in, there will be 3 Winners!

#1 3 skeins 1 Ply Merino Worsted in Mauve Mix and Pattern
#2 2 skeins 1 Ply Merino Worsted in Mauve Mix and Pattern
#3 Pattern only

Hooded Scarves and Cowls

1 Ply Merino Worsted Mauve Mix

I originally introduced her patterns to you with her diverse hat collection, Lisa has a flair for designing hats that range from playful earflap styles to having clean and classic lines, yet all have very interesting textures.

During these past three years she's stayed true to her love for designing hats and each season she's introduced several new styles, but she's also branched into other accessories and women's garments.
One of which has proved to be her most popular pattern, the Super Bulky Winter Vest, which is availabe grouped in sizes and sold individually for $5: Women, Plus, Children or as Bundle Series with all 18 sizes for only $10.

Super Bulky Women's Sizes

Super Bulky Plus Sizes

Super Bulky Children's Sizes

Many things about Lisa's knitting and design talents impress me and one in particular tells me she's a dedicated mom who loves her family. I see this in the way she sizes her designs, the majority of them include a wide range of sizes from child & adolescent to adult. In her Bio she shares she's a dedicated mother of two daughters and I picture Lisa on an outing with her two girls, all three are wearing the same stylish hat, but fitting each perfectly in their own custom size!

The second thing that impresses me is Lisa is always pushing her knitting boundaries and challenging her skills by learning new techniques. Her patterns reflect her love of learning and often feature new and unusual textures and patterns that you'll enjoy knitting, just may teach you something new and you'll love wearing! She specializes in breaking a technique down into it's smaller components and writing step by step tutorials.

And third I'm blown away by how much Lisa loves to knit! I knew this had to be true by her career choice, but over the last few months as we emailed back and forth while she designed the Hooded Scarves and Cowls pattern her love became more evident. She was excited from the moment she received my yarn to designing a piece that included buttons and it was a real celebration when she finished the garments and wrote the pattern. And I found her love infectious and enjoyed every minute of the process too.

Hooded Scarves and Cowls

The Hooded Scarves and Cowls design includes four different, but complimentary styles, 2 hooded scarves and 2 cowls. The hooded scarf designs are simple to knit either from top down or bottom up and the cowls are either knit in the round or flat. Pick your style and skill level, nothing is too complicated but all are extremely satisfying knits. Pattern includes written instructions and charts. These four designs are worked in only 2-3 skeins of the worsted weight yarns, 1 Ply Merino Worsted, which is On Sale, and Malabrigo Merino Worsted.

And once again showcasing her love of rich textures and interesting knitting techniques she's just released her Spring/Summer Collection 2011. The Russian Winter Hat & Purse set is rich in color and pattern with a hemmed trim for a clean and professional finish.

Russian Winter Hat & Purse

While the Peruvian Earflap Hat is knit in a simple Fair Isle pattern with subtle purl sts to add depth and texture, this darling hat is lightweight enough to wear year round.

Peruvian Earflap Hat

And the lusciously lofty Buttoned Neck Wrap & Scarf is an easy knit, loaded with a cable design that gives it loft and texture.

Buttoned Neck Wrap & Scarf

Let's meet Lisa...

Lisa was taught knitting by her mother at a young age. In college, she spent a year studying in Spain and France. There, her Spanish host mother re-taught her to knit but without a pattern. She simply would drape the sweater over Lisa's body like a mannequin to decide where decreases should go. Then in France, Lisa noticed a young Norwegian sitting in back of class knitting daily. This Norwegian never used a pattern and rarely looked down at her work. This is where the idea of knitting without a pattern became embedded. After taking designing classes and upgrading her yarn stash, Lisa became a designer. 6 years later, she became a knitting instructor at a local yarn shop in Gig Harbor and began self-publishing her designs. Lisa now has 2 exclusive publications with Leisure Arts and has graced the pages of 5 other books as a contributing designer as well as 2 knitting magazines. When Lisa isn't drinking tea and knitting, she's either gardening, cooking or teaching these skills to her 2 daughters.

1. Please tell us about yourself and what got you interested in knitting and designing knitwear.

I've knit on and off my entire life but it wasn't until I had maternity leave that I felt the need (and had the time) to knit baby sweaters. I would literally spend hours trying to find the right pattern with the right yarn and right children sizes. That's when I started knitting without a pattern. I had actually learned how to knit without a pattern back in college while studying in Spain but quit knitting once I returned back to the states.

2. What is your design philosophy?

Nothing too trendy, flashy or overly complicated. If I'm going to spend all this time, effort and money on quality yarn, the sweater has got to be in style for at least another 5 years! Besides, I live in the Northwest and we dress very casual, very earthy here.

3. Who or what inspires you the most in your design process?

I think it's the yarn that speaks to me first. Sometimes the design comes first but if I can't find the right yarn and color, the design falls to the wayside. Solid colors inspire me more than variegated yarns. Variegated yarns need no introduction whereas solid yarn needs a great design to catch your eye and to bring the yarn to life.

4. What direction do you see yourself heading in as a designer?

I would really like to get into publishing books down the road. I have two booklets with Leisure Arts (Fun Time Knits and Wardrobe Favorites) which have been very successful and I would like to venture deeper into the publishing world.

5. How have the advances in technology and the internet helped you (or hindered) you as a knitwear designer?

The internet has definitely helped me be more visible to the knitting world. My first 5 years of designing were confined to my local yarn shop. My designs were well received but my audience was 200 knitters at most.

Lisa Thank You very much for taking the time to have this conversation with us!

Please take a moment to enjoy all Lisa Ellis Designs' patterns. They are all sold as PDFs with no shipping fees.

Men, Women & Children Accessories

There will be 3 winners for this giveaway, no purchase necessary to enter, and the winners will be announced May 14, 2011.

Enter this Giveaway:
The more ways you enter, the more chances you have to win and make sure to leave a comment telling exactly what you did to enter. And please make sure to include your contact information.

1. Leave a comment about your favorite Lisa Ellis Designs' pattern, under this blogpost.
2. Blog about this Giveaway on your blog and link it, leave a comment under this blogpost with the link back to your blogpost.
3. Join my Ravelry group and introduce yourself in the "Welcome Tell us About Yourself..." thread.
4. Announce this Giveaway in your Ravelry group or in another Ravelry group that allows you to announce Blog Giveaways.
5. Friend me on Facebook: Sandra Singh and say you "Like" my post about this Giveaway.
6. Announce this Giveaway (with the link) on Facebook
7. Follow me on Twitter: Sandrasingh
8. Announce this Giveaway (with the link) on Twitter.
9. Sign up for my Newsletter on my Home Page.
10. Sign up to "Follow my Blog."


suburban prep said...

I like the hooded scarf.

msgb245 at gmail dot com

suburban prep said...

I belong to your ravelry group.

suburban prep said...

I follow your blog.

Lynda said...

Gorgeous designs! They look like so much fun to knit.

Lynda said...

Lets see-I Friended you on Facebook and "Liked" you post about this Giveaway.
and I Announced this Giveaway (with the link) on Facebook.
I am also now Following Your blog.
I think I Love Lisa's Russian Winter Hat & Purse best!
Also posted notice of the giveaway on our Ravelry group.
Hope it will help me win!

barbara said...

so hard to choose a favorite! I like the button hood, though - and the Russian style hat. :)

Purplemoose on ravelry

Lori said...

I'm loving the Bottom Up Scarf with Hood!! I am torn though.. that Buttoned Hood is cute, and the Fair Isle.. OMG! Here are my contest entry info's:

1. I joined your group on Rav, and posted in the Welcome thread.
2. I shared your contest link in my Knit Girls group on Rav.
3. I sent you a friend request on FB and will comment on the contest when you accept.
4. Posted link on my FB page (personal)
5. Posted link on my "Things From Strings (business)" FB page.
6. Got on your newsletter list
7. Followed your blog.

Contact me as Indulgence on RAV.. Lori Pewsey on FB.

grandmastatus said...

following your blog! don't care if i win; i love finding new knitting blogs. ^_^

Teresa said...

I love the russian and peruvian hats! Gorgeous!

Teresa said...

Following . . .

Barbara said...

Oooh - I really like the Madison Ave Tam, and definitely the hooded scarf!

I'm a friend on FB and liked the post
- a follower on Twitter
- signed up for newsletter
- and a follower of your blog.

Thanks for another great giveaway!

meditativerose on Ravelry

Melissa Zeffer said...

I love the hooded scarf! I have been wanting to make one for a while and this is just what I had in mind!

Melissa Zeffer said...

Following on Twitter @MissMelissaZ

Melissa Zeffer said...

- Announced the giveaway on Twitter @MissMelissaZ
- Announced on my blog
- I have been friends with you on Facebook and liked the post

Melissa Zeffer said...

The link to my blog post didn't show up. Hopefully this will work.

Nicole said...

My favorite is the button up scarf with hood! It's super cute!

HermioneWeasley on ravelry

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I like the button hood and the bottom up scarf hood.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I am a member of your Ravelry group.

Masterfrogger said...

I love Lisa Ellis's twined knitting patterns. The one I have made the most is the basic Twined hat, followed by the twined earflap cap...Lisa's patterns ROCK and are so easy to follow!!!!

Debbie said...

My fav is the Andean Hat. Very pretty!
I'm belong to your Ravelry group
I'm your friend on facebook
I follow your blog
I get your newsletter. Should all these be on separate comments? I've done it both ways. Thanks! Debbie
gussek at hotmail dot com

craftink said...

my favorite is Russian Winter Purse. I also love the color combination at the picture!

sophia.komninou at

Carolknitssweaters said...

You are my facebook friend.
I love the bottom up scarf with hood

Connie said...

I love the Button Up Scarf With Hood. I can think of a quite a few friends who would love this for Christmas.

greyowl (ravelry id)

Sara said...

Nice pattern for the hooded scarf...

I like Lisa's hat patterns...

Sara said...

I belong to your ravelry group...

nhsarab at yahoo dot com

Sara said...

I follow your blog...

Knitmish on Ravelry said...

I love the Madison Ave Tam- the simplicity of it is great!!

Knitmish on Ravelry said...

I am also a member of your Ravelry group! :)

Knitmish on Ravelry said...

...and I subscribe to your newsletter :)

Kim said...

Wow, that Seamless Short Sweater is CUTE. marusempai AT gmail DOT com or marusempai on Ravelry.

Peppermint Mocha Mama said...

Okie dokie... here we go again on the ways I can enter... lol.

01. I am loving the hooded scarves and since my daughter will be attending university in South Dakota - a far cry from Florida weather - I think that item would be a lovely addition for my daughter's care packages!
05. I am a FB friend and I liked this post.
06. I shared your post on my Facebook page.
07. I am following you on Twitter.
08. I have retweeted with the link.
09. I receive your newsletter.
10. I am following you here.

Anonymous said...

I will be happy with anything, all your designs are lovely

Bettyboo on Rav

wearyrn said...

What talent and the scarf is beautiful!

amchart said...

I love the Russian winter hat and purse. I am a member of your Ravelry group. I receive your Newsletter and I follow your Blog. Love it all!
amchart on Ravelry

Judi A. said...

I really like the Russian winter Hat and Purse, but I know I'd never make them. So, next favorite is Buttoned Neck Wrap and Scarf.

Zowmom on Ravelry

Judi A. said...

I belong to your Ravelry group.

Zowmom on Ravelry

Judi A. said...

I follow your blog.

Zowmom on Ravelry

Judi A. said...

I am signed up for your newsletter

Zowmom on Ravelry

Judi A. said...

I am a friend on facebook and "liked" the posting about this giveaway.

Zowmom on Ravelry

Kristen said...

I love the Russian Winter Hat pattern!

Alvin said...

i love the bottom up scarf with hood. it would work really well here with the snowy winters we have.

Lara said...

I like the Russian bag and hat.

-bookwormdjibouti on Ravelry

Lara said...

And I also follow your blog.

Anonymous said...

New to your patterns and am loving the Russian Hat and Bag. I am BuffiesBanter on Ravelry. Hope to meet you there.

Karen said...

The Peruvian Earflap Hat is awesome, and the Russian Winter Hat and purse are really pretty!

Peg (mayounger on Ravelry) said...

I am interested in the Peruvian earflap hat.

mayounger on Rav

Peg (mayounger on Ravelry) said...

i belong to your Rav group


Diane said...

i like the seamless short sweater

Nanny Jean said...

Your patterns are great but I am into cowls and I really like yours. I also follow your blog

Jill krone said...

I like the Russian collection, textured sock and buttoned down scarf/cowl designs! Very creative and inducing to me and my needles! I'm following your blog and on FB. Contact via FB inbox.

lorraine said...

i love andean! thanks for the giveaway

annethologist said...

Beautiful designs, all, but I really love the Seamless Short Sweater. So perfect.

Kae said...

I like the Andean Hat best.

Kae said...

I am a memeber of your Rav group: winkm33.

Tish said...

I think the peruvian earflap hat is really nice and I can not decide which hooded scarf or cowl is better. I like them all. ^_^

Tara said...

the hooded scarf
taraz9 at excite dot com

Diana said...

Love the button up scarf with hood.
goldiez at hotmail dot com

Diana said...

Following your blog

Diana said...

Signed up for your newsletter.

Diana said...

Following you on twitter
goldiez at hotmail dot com

Alan said...

I like the hooded scarves but, I love the bulky vest. Oh no shopping again!

Martha said...

I love the Bottom-Up Hooded Scarf and have just the perfect person in mind to make this for. (Martha)

lorraine said...

i love andean

Karina said...

I really like the seamless short sweater.

Jenny (renewedmind) said...

I love the hooded scarf

Lisa said...

1.) I follow your blog
2.) I "liked" your post on FB
3') I shared your post about the contest on my FB page

Jenny (renewedmind) said...

I am part of your ravelry group (renewedmind)

Lisa said...

I love the bottom up scarf with hood!

squiggi said...

i love that russian winter purse.
alrady added it to my que on rav, where, I also belong to your group.

Lynn said...

I like the peruvian earflap hats

Lynn P
Lnupermom on Rav

Lynn said...

I'm in your Rav group

Lynn P
Lnupermom on Rav

Lynn said...

I follow you on facebook

Lynn P


Lynn said...

I posted the link on my FB page

Lynn P
Lnupermom on Rav

Lynn said...

I get your newsletter

Lynn P
Lnupermom on Rav

Lynn said...

I follow your blog

Lynn P
Lnupermom on Rav

blessed speedy said...

Love the hooded scarf -what a great idea
Im blessedspeedy on ravelry

Karina said...

The blogger did erase my comment. I like the seamless short sweater.

Ruby said...

Always love the giveaways you sponsor on your blog. Good luck to someone.

Rav: mzcruse

Patsy (MissBabie on Rav) said...

LOVE the hooded scarf, very pixie like :)

Anonymous said...

I really love the loop knit scarf! I'm obsessed with mine!