Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Andrea Rangel Pattern Giveaway

"Thank you" to everyone who entered our Andrea Rangel Pattern Giveaway!  Our 3 winners get to select the pattern they want!

Congratulations to: Quilterbell, Connie K and Emily.

Please email me at Sandrasingh@sandrasingh.com to claim your prize.

I have some great news! Knitwear artist Andrea Rangel has joined Sandrasingh.com. Rangel knows the classics, but she also loves trends and she has a really special way of making the two work together. Her pullover, dress, and tasteful accessory designs all have a fun, updated, yet refined style. There are countless projects you'll fall in love with when looking through her collection, amazing garments you'll want to knit to wear immediately, but what caught my eye were two of her smaller projects the Dinar slippers and Khareef hat. 

With our holiday gift knitting starting to pick up I know these will be an instant success, both in the making and giving.  Dinar are a pair seamless cabled slippers with a shaped instep and attached I-cord edging, the sole is worked with yarn doubled for extra comfort and durability.  
Worked in a bulky yarn for a quick knit the Khareef hat is worked top down with graduating stripes; a very quick, simple, and fashionable design.  Do it in stripes or even a solid, you'll get a lot of mileage for both the guys and gals on your gift list with this pattern.

Rangel has also teamed up with me to do this Blog Giveaway!  3 Lucky Winners will win an Andrea Rangel Pattern of their choice.

Andrea Rangel
Meet Andrea Rangel: Like so many others, I was taught to knit by my grandma. When I went away to college, my multi-talented aunt reminded me how to do it and I’ve had needles in my hands ever since. 

I live in Cowichan Bay in British Columbia, Canada, where I knit, design, blog, sit in the woods, take pictures, and ride my bike. I like to make just about anything that can be made out of yarn (wool especially), and I love to contemplate the intricate interactions of fiber, stitch pattern, shape, and color.
My patterns have been published in Twist Collective, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knitty, Clotheshorse, and other third-party publications, as well as independently.

And Rangel also took a moment to answer these questions for us!

1. Every knitwear artist has an interesting story about how they began designing.  Please tell us about yourself and what got you interested in knitting and designing knitwear.
Throughout college and my career as a teacher, I was knitting whenever I could. When I realized that I wanted to knit full-time, I was fortunate enough to have a very supportive husband and I dove in, working part time at a coffee shop, at a dye studio, and as a knitting teacher. A couple of months ago I moved to a tiny village on Vancouver Island in British Columbia and now my time is almost exclusively dedicated to designing and developing classes.

2. What is your design philosophy?
I love a challenge and I always try to create something a little unexpected.   I'm always thinking about functionality so I spend a lot of time solving design problems to make sure every element of each design has been carefully thought out and makes good sense. I learn something from every design and really enjoy that process of building on lessons learned for future work. 

3. Who or what inspires you the most in your design process?
My inspiration comes from everywhere.  I might get cold on a bike ride and think of the perfect cowl to keep me warm, or read a call for submissions and love their mood board.  I spend a lot of time looking at street fashion and knitwear design as well as natural colors and forms. I'm always thinking about knitting, so it's not hard to be inspired by the world around me.

4. What direction do you see yourself heading in as a designer?
I'm working on a menswear book that should be published early next year, which I'm very excited about because it's something new for me - both the menswear and the self-publishing a book. I'm also trained as a teacher and would love to travel more for teaching, especially since I live in a pretty isolated place at this point. 

5. How have the advances in technology and the internet helped you (or hindered) you as a knitwear designer?
Technology allows me to do what I do. Ravelry has changed everything for how I can market and sell my designs, and since I publish independently so much, the software I use both for design and layout are invaluable to me.  I also use my tablet for sketching and as my communication when I'm in the road. It's also amazing to have online resources like the blogs of other designers to look to when I have questions.  I love my tech!

Thank you Andrea for taking the time to speak with us, we've enjoyed getting to know you better.  

Enjoy the rest of Rangel's collection.  All of Rangel's patterns are sold as PDF downloads and you just follow the links after purchase to download the PDF.


Harrow Collection

The Harrow Collection was designed with Victorian- era style in mind, so it’s got a touch of the costume feeling about it.  The eBook includes the three patterns: Whittingham Wrap, Issa's Bloomers and the Zarzamora Socks.  Its a collection of patterns you might knit and wear in a drafty old house while reading Whuthering Heights in front of a sputtering fire.  And the Whittingham Wrap is sold separately.


Katie Summer Dress



The 3 winners will be announced on Dec. 4th.  The patterns will be emailed to the winners as a PDFs.
Enter this Giveaway: The more ways you enter, the more chances you have to win. Make sure to leave a comment(s) under this blog post telling what you did to enter. And please make sure to leave your contact information.
Tell us which Andrea Rangel pattern is your favorite and why.
2. Blog about this giveaway on your blog & link it, leave a comment under this blogpost with a link back to your blogpost.

3. Join my Ravelry group, Sandrasingh.com and introduce yourself in the "Welcome tell us about yourself..." thread.

4. Announce this giveaway in your Ravelry group, or in a Ravelry group that allows you to announce blog giveaways.

5. Friend me a Facebook: Sandra Singh and write a comment on my Wall about this giveaway.

6. Announce & link this giveaway on your Facebook Wall.

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Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I am a member of your Ravelry group.

skoots1mom said...

i already follow this blog...great giveaway...love her work.

skoots1mom said...

love the SUGAR skirt...so pretty!

Rachelle said...

I love Eple, makes for an interesting sock.

Rachelle said...

I am an existing member of your ravelry group

Rachelle said...

I follow your blog

Mimi F said...

Sugar is beautiful! Might get me to wear a skirt.

amchart said...

I LOVE Andrea's patterns, especially her dresses and skirts. I had the privilege of testing the Kalaloch Leggins for her. FABULOUS!

Drae said...

Sugar is my favorite. Have watched her designs for a while, well, how could you not with a that name?

Lcubed said...

Sugar is awesome! I'd even buy good shoes to wear it with!

Bgstoner said...

I really like the Eple socks.

Andrea Rangel said...

Just to let you all know, I'm currently hosting a Knit Along in my Ravelry group for Eple and there are prizes! (Yarn & pattern!) Please join us!


And thank you all so much for your lovely comments! I love knitted skirts & it's wonderful to hear from other folks who feel the same way.

Marilyn a.k.a. Merry said...

I have several of her sock patterns in my faves on Ravelry but I've got to say, I'm intrigued by the Dinar slippers - seamless and cute!

Christine Lima said...

Love those Lenke legwarmers! I would wear them everyday!

Genevieve said...

I love the kalaloch leggings!

Patti said...

Wonderful new designer for me to follow! Thank you for the opportunity to try to win the pattern giveaway!

Beth W. said...

I love Shilshole!

Yhime407 on Ravelry

Beth W. said...

I'm a member of your ravelry group too!

yhime407 on Ravelry

Beth W. said...

And, I follow your blog!

Yhime407 on Ravelry

Donnell said...

I really like the Dinar slippers. I've been wanting to make something like this for my mom. I also receive your newsletters.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I receive your newsletters.

Anonymous said...

I love the Dinar slipper pattern because slippers are quick, fun, and make great presents!

kenneyjane on ravelry

Unknown said...

I love to knit the Katie summer dress this summer
It should be fun knitting

Unknown said...

I love to knit Katie summer dress this summer
It should be fun knitting

Monica said...

Is hard to pick one pattern because Andrea's designs are all gorgeous. But, today, my favorite is "Amira". Thanks for the opportunity.

Ravelry id: mmgrrr

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I follow your blog.

neneni said...

Shilshole looks so comfy - and I saw Andrea wearing it and it looked great! :)

I'm a member of your Ravelry group, I follow this blog, and get the newsletter. Thanks!

neneni on Rav

Emily said...

The Katie summer dress is adorable, and I love that it's A-line!

Emily said...

I subscribed to your Facebook page.

Emily said...

I tweeted the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/KnittingViolets/status/274514057036431361

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

My favorite pattern is the Dinar slippers. They look great and would keep my feet warm in the house since I don't wear shoes in the house.

Gillian G said...

I will love to have Katie summer dress

Anonymous said...

I like Parmina, I would certainly make and wear this.
rosebob on ravelry

Connie K. said...

I love Khareef - I would make one of these for everyone that I love!

greyowl (ravelry id)

Sara said...

It would have to be HEX - it is gorgeous. Although I might just pick the pantaloons - they were awesome...

Fleur said...

The Katie Summer Dress is most definitely my favorite! Perhaps because it is blue?! Kidding, the pattern looks wonderful, I am a big fan of all over patterns.

Great giveaway, Sandra! Happy knitting all, ciao, Fleur (Fleurtje-Eliza on Ravelry)

Quilterbell said...

I really love teh Dinar slippers pattern, they are so cute!. Thank you for the chance!.

Anonymous said...

The slippers look so comfortable.

Anonymous said...

I'm currently loving socks. Andrea's Eple pattern looks wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I belong to your Ravelry group

Anonymous said...

I'm a friend on Facebook

Anonymous said...

I follow you on Twitter

mysticmoon said...

Parmenia is beautiful!

Lexi said...

Parmenia is my favorite! It's what caught my eye in the first place and it's just something I can see myself loving to knit and loving to wear!

Lexisknits on revelry