Monday, November 5, 2012

Introducing the Designs of Laura Aylor and a Blog Giveaway

"Thank you" everyone who entered this giveaway.

These three lucky knitters have won a Laura Aylor pattern of their choosing!
  
1. Carmen Nuland
2. Uniongirl
3. NewJerseyLaura

Email sandrasingh@sandrasingh.com to collect your prize!
Graphic Knitting with Laura Aylor 
The moment I saw Laura Aylor's Jordan Point shawl I knew I was looking at a design my customers would have to have. Aylor's clean, modern aesthetic takes graphic knitting to an entirely new level and she has an eye for designing color blocked garments. 

Jordan Point


Color Blocking is hot this season, its versatility is exciting.  The Oak Park scarf is just what your workday ordered, mix up your look with it layered over a tweed jacket for the office and use it to keep your weekend look sporty by layering it with jeans.

Oak Park
Aylor also has a line of Vests that are refined and tailored, flattering for many different figures.

Aileen
Ardys

Oberia
To introduce Laura she's agreed to do a Blog Giveaway!  3 lucky readers will win a Laura Aylor Pattern of their choosing!    

Meet Laura Aylor: If 'knitting designer' had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, Laura says she wouldn't have spent so many years trying to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her best subject in high school was math; her best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on her, but she thinks it's the perfect use of her odd skill set. She loves every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what she’s envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

Instructions on how to enter this Giveaway are below, but first enjoy her entire collection.

All The Shades of Truth
All the Shades of Truth is a color-block stole inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. There is no intarsia, just picking up stitches from slipped stitch edges. 

City Block
Cushy garter stitch and your favorite colors come together in the simple but interesting knit the City Block Shawl. Don’t worry – no intarsia! Just simple decreases and picking up stitches from slipped stitch edges – easy peasy!  Instructions are also included for a miniature version. 

Derecho
Derecho is a triangular shawl knit modularly in two directions to produce a pattern of interconnected stripes. Two circular needles are used to knit on one side at a time while keeping the other side’s stitches live.

West Port Wrap
The Westport Wrap is a slightly asymmetrical triangle, knit from one side and decreasing down to a point.

Faberge'
The knitting techniques used for Faberge include: decreasing, horizontal braid, slipped stitches, beading. None of them are difficult, but some are a bit fiddly and any counting errors will show up, so it is not mindless knitting!

Cinnamon Toast
Cinnamon Toast is a large crescent-shaped shawl or shawlette/scarf worked from the top down with lots of texture. Perfect for a chilly fall afternoon at a football game or a trip to the local orchard for crisp apples and hot apple cider.

Enamored
The triangular shawl Enamored was knit from one skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light and then blocked moderately, but two skeins of Madelinetosh Pashmina also work beautifully!

Flame Nettle
The color work in the Flame Nettle cowl was inspired by a particularly lovely coleus plant. A lining hides the floats and makes it extra warm and cozy, but could be omitted if desired. Variegated yarns can be a lot of fun in this pattern!

Stella Luna
Knit from the top down the Stella Luna shawl uses a pattern of increases and decrease to achieve a bat-like shape. 

Miss Potter
The Miss Potter shawl combines simple stockinette with a touch of texture and a deep garter ruffle. It is knit from the top down and can be knit with a straight top edge or with curving ends. The size of the shawl will depend on the amount of yarn you have as you knit to a certain point with half of your yarn.

Litchfield
The single-ply fingering weight yarn Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light knit on larger needles produces a lovely gauzy fabric that makes this a great summer shawl, Litchfield, perfect for a walk on the beach.

Merrywood Throw
The Merrywood Throw pattern works beautifully with a semi-solid or kettle dyed worsted or aran weight yarn. For a less-expensive option, use a workhorse yarn like Cascade 220

All Laura Aylor's patterns are sold as PDF downloads and the link to download each will appear after purchase.

The 3 winners will be announced on Nov. 15th. 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.
1.
Tell us which Laura Aylor 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.

7. "Like" my Facebook Page, Sandrasingh.com

8. Follow me on Twitter: Sandrasinghcom

9. Announce this giveaway with a link on your Twitter page.

10. Follow this blog.

11. Sign up for my Newsletter on my Home Page.

116 comments:

Lindr said...

Litchfield is my favorite. I love the ebb and flow of the stripes and it looks just lovely to throw around my shoulders on a cool evening.

ritainalaska said...

Enamored is my favorite! love the simple patterns used ... so differents from the lacy patterns i've been making, yet so elegant!

ritainalaska said...

am a follower on fb; left a comment on your sandra singh page.

ritainalaska said...

i am a fan of your Sandrasingh.com fb page.

ritainalaska said...

i've been on your newsletter list.

Rachelle said...

I love Aileen, the shape of the vest is just gorgeous

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I am a member of your Ravelry group.

skoots1mom said...

omgoodness, that FABERGE is GORGEOUS!
I'm already a blog follower

skoots1mom said...

i'm already a follower on Ravelry, too ;)

skoots1mom said...

adding a post and a link back ;)
to your blog
yippee...
I surely hope I win ONE!

Debbie said...

I love the Oak Park Scarf. I love it for the color blocking and the many opportunities for color!

Debbie said...

I get your newsletter.

Debbie said...

I follow you on Facebook.

Debbie said...

I fllow you on Twitter.

Debbie said...

I follow you blog.

Debbie said...

I'm a member of your Ravelry group.

skoots1mom said...

here's my link with your giveaway link ;)


http://skootsonemom.blogspot.com/2012/11/facilitating-faith-wk-9.html

glongley said...

I love them all, but really like Miss Potter.

Ru said...

Came to know of the designer from your Ravelry group.
I just love the colour placements of all of them especially Oak Park.
Difficult to pick one but I would say Enamoured!

asteride said...

I like the Westport Wrap because it's easy and chic. Ideal if you want to use just a skein of your favorite yarn in different colors.

Diana said...

I already own Shades of Truth, so my next would be Faberge'. I'm on your newsletter list, and follow you on FB.

Tish said...

Oh man! I love so many of them... I torn, Jordan Point or City Block?? Both have some wonderful versatility.... I love the graphic design in these so much that I will have to make at least one!

I am in your Racelry forum, I get your newsletters and I know I have "liked" your FB page.... I will check to see if I missed something... ^_^

witchwoopiggy said...

oh Faberge' is just stunning i could so see this in black and grey, its such an elegant pattern
WoolyTanis on rav :)

Destiny said...

I love Oak Park! I love the big, bold, blocks of color!

Newsitian said...

I was already in love with Derecho and it is now living in my Ravelry library. Now I'm loving the points one and all of the variations possible with it. So much to choose from!

Destiny said...

Left a comment above, then I also:
-liked your FB page
-followed your blog
-signed up for your newsletter
-joined your Rav group

I'm not sure if this login will tell you how to get a hold of me if I win (hope! hope!) so in case, my email is: neneni70 at yahoo dot com

mlb said...

I love Derecho -- though the storm it's named for was pretty unpleasant!

Rose said...

I love the Frank Lloyd Wright lines of many of her patterns but I really fell for the Merrywood Throw. It grabbed my eye immediately when I spotted it and I would love to have one on my couch.

Anonymous said...

I recently came across Laura's designs featuring FLW's style. My favorite posted here is Derecho, a beautiful shawl with such attention to geometric detail.
Sue, pickupsticks66

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I follow your blog.

sparky136 said...

I like OaK Park the colors and graphics are stunning.

Hayley Naugher said...

Hi Sandra!
Thanks for hosting such a great give-away!
My favourite Laura Aylor pattern is "Faberge". It's all kinds of intricately lovely, simple to knit, and totally my style!
I have joined your Rav group (hetty85) and introduced myself in the Welcome thread.
I have also subscribed to your profile on Facebook and liked your business page (I couldn't find a way to post on your profile, so have posted on your business page instead). I've shared your give-away on my Facebook profile, as well as on Twitter, where I also follow you.
Lastly, I follow your blog and have signed up to your newsletters too!
Here's hopin'!
Hayley

roxyrana said...

I love Derecho and City point,
the blocks of colour are so architectural with clean lines.
Very contemporary and totally unisex too. Very fresh and modern designs !

Roxyrana on Ravelry

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

It is tough to choose a favorite (I love Faberge, City Block, and All The Shades of Truth), but I've seen Derecho live at my LYS and so that's the one I'm choosing!

Also, I'm following you on Twitter and Tweeted about the giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

Alyce said...
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Alyce said...

I deleted my previous comment as I forgot my contact info.

What a wonderful giveaway! My favorite pattern so far is City Block. I haven't tried picking up stitches and this would be a great way to learn this technique!

alyceel on Ravelry

strawberry_kid said...

How to choose just one! I really like Stella Luna. The shape looks interesting and I just love the story book. I hope I win!

Emily said...

Love the merrywood throw!

Emily said...

I retweeted your post about the giveaway on twitter. (@knittingviolets)

Kristin said...

If I have to pick just one favories, it is Derecho! Can't wait to see how the construction comes together...using two circular needles...intriguing!

Sue said...

Anonymous said...
I recently came across Laura's designs featuring FLW's style. My favorite posted here is Derecho, a beautiful shawl with such attention to geometric detail.
Sue, pickupsticks66

November 6, 2012 2:52 PM
I'm editing my comment to add that I joined your Ravelry group, follow the blog and signed up for the newsletter. I'll also add info about the giveaway to my Ravelry group, "Tuesday Morning Swaps". Thanks for adding this - I goofed up. Sue.

Rumanci Finn said...

Thankyou for highlighting a new designer who is such a diverse creative talent and the designs really speak to me. Today I'm in love with the Merrywood Throw but I would love to knit them all. You've made my day full of smiles already.

Unknown said...

I love the bold graphicness of both Derecho and Jordan Point. Perfect for all thos sock yarns I have stashed! (I subscribe to your newsletter too!)

ravelinglightly said...

It's a tie between All the Shades of Truth and Oak Park- although I love the colors on City Block.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I like the shape of the Stella Luna shawl pattern.

rebelknitting said...

I love the Stella Luna shawl. The bat wing shape with the lace sections is a wonderful combination.

rebelknitting said...

I am a member of your Ravelry group. I am following your blog.
I liked your Facebook page.
(MrsN2itiv on Ravelry)

knitsoftwear said...

Joined the Rav group
Posted on my FB wall and linked to this.
Liked your FB page.
And My favorite apeern (though there are 5 or 6) is tied between Ardis and Jordan Point.

Awesome patterns.

rebelknitting said...

I posted on my FB wall with a link to the giveaway!!!

Irkalla said...

The shawls are gorgeous, but I'd rather pay for them than play puppet. Also, how do I get off your mailing list?

sparkle said...

I would like to knit several of the patterns. The first one would have to be 'Enamoured'. Lovely!

100Creations said...

I love stella luna, i think it would look great in about any yarn, though it is a hard choice

Jen said...

i love all of them, but I agree with those who said the Stella Luna is gorgeous. That would probably be my top choice.

Additionally, liked you on Facebook, shared you in Plainville Stitchers on Ravelry and followed you on Twitter.

Sara said...

Oh. my. goodness. I love them all - but, I must have CITY BLOCK! Gorgeous, Gorgeous!!!!

nhsarab at yahoo dot com
nhsarab on ravelry

sowingseedsofgrace said...

I want them all but settled on Faberge, so unique.

I already receive your newsletter, have liked your Facebook page, follow you on Twitter, am in your Ravelry group and will share this on Facebook. I think that's everything!

LeStyleophile said...

I LOVE Laura Aylor's designs...when I went through your blog post I was surprised to see that nearly all of my fave shawls were designed by the same person!

It is so hard to pick just one, but my favourite of favourites has to be Faberge!

LeStyleophile said...

I am signed up for your newsletter.

LeStyleophile said...

I follow you on Twitter.

LeStyleophile said...

I RT'd your link to the giveaway.
https://twitter.com/Sandrasinghcom/status/266436051604754433

Anonymous said...

I had a hard time deciding which design is the most gorgeous, but I would say Faberge' is my favorite!I joined your Ravelry group!
(mamagiff on rav)

Carolyn Kotlas said...

I love them all, but think Faberge would be the most fun to knit.

Vanessa said...

I can't decide between "All the shades of Truth" and "Oak Park". I love the FLW-inspired look of them. Gorgeous!

Connie said...

This is hard because I have followed Laura's designs on Ravelry for quite a while now. Oak Park and Laylor are too favorites, but I just purchased Cinnamon Toast and can't wait to start it!

Cami H said...

The favorite pattern is City Block & Faberge, so completly lovely patterns that cover either modern or romantic styles by Laura Aylor.
Thank you for hosting this blog pattern giveaway to knitters. It would be nice if we could knit for victims of Hurricaine Sandyom need the warmth of a scarf, hat or shawl made with loving hands.

NewJerseyLaura said...

Almost chose jordan, then all the shades of truth -- but ardys stands out because it is snowing out and i wish i had a vest right now! What amazing designs!

Cheryl Clemons said...

I have two patterns that I really like, but I would have to say that Faberge'is my favorite. I love the look and the design of this pattern

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I receive your newsletters.

knittygirl said...

Okay I love the Stella Luna because it reminds me of bat wings-but I'm sure that was the intention, thus the name! I didn't realize that I LOVE so many of her designs. This designer needs to be favorited in my ravelry feed!

knit2theend said...

I adore Flame Nettle - nice lacework but nothing over the top. I like a lot of the colour block shawls too!

bobnlin said...

It's hard to pick a fav, but I'd like to CO Ardys right away :) I love vest

bobnlin said...

I'd love to CO Ardys right away, but it's hard to choose a favorite

Ricki Koppel said...

Which one is my favorite??? It is like asking me which child is my favorite. They are all spectacular! If I MUST pick, I think it is the Oak Park Scarf...or Derecho...or maybe
Aileen. I have:
1. told you my fav...or tried.
2. Joined your Ravelry group
3. Tried to friend you on Facebook 4. Commented on your store wall
5. put a link on my Facebook Wall
6. Liked your web wall
7.Following you on the blog
8.Already get your newsletter

Turtle said...

love so many! Faberge, enamored, stella luna are the top 3!

Turtle said...

i am a follower

Turtle said...

i receive the newsletter

Turtle said...

i am a ravelry group member

Diane E said...

I love All the Shades of Truth because it is so organized and I am crazy for black and white. But I have also "favorited" Derecho. I haven't seen Enamored but it looks so wearable.

Julie Witt said...

If I have to choose just one (they are all so beautiful) I'd have to say the Merrywood Throw. I'd like it on my lap right now!
I follow you on FB and Ravelry.

Morandia said...

I own Cinnamon Toast and am currently knitting it, but I'm in serious lust over All The Shades of Truth. I want this pattern!! I really wish you sold it as a kit.

LaNouchette said...

Fabergé is my personal favorite !
So many techniques, and it is still precious and delicate !!

LaNouchette said...

And I'm a NL follower
;)

LaNouchette said...

And I'm also a FB fan ! :D

LaNouchette said...

And I'm a blog follower too...
:)

Donnell said...

I really like Jordan Point. I think I would knit this for my mother.

CardiLover said...

I've been familiar with Laura's shawl patterns and love the architectural nature of them all, but hadn't really seen her vest patterns. Now I'm totally smitten with Ardys and will have to make it!!!

unionjgirl said...

I love Faberge!

Sara said...

I don't know how I can choose only one favorite. I really like Oak Park - love FLW too. Faberge is gorgeous and I think I would wear that and love knitting it. Love the edging on enamored, and Merrywood throw is beautiful! I am forced to choose Faberge.

unionjgirl said...

And now I follow the blog, can't believe I wasn't before...

unionjgirl said...

...because I'm already getting the newsletter! ; )

Sara said...

I have liked your facebook page.

Sara said...

I follow you on twitter.

unionjgirl said...

And following Twitter as well.

Sara said...

I subscribe to your blog with google reader.

Sara said...

I already subscribe to your newsletter!

Beth W. said...

Beautiful! I love Enamoured and Jordan Point.

Thanks!
Yhime407 on Ravelry

Beth W. said...

I subscribe with Google reader too!

Monica said...

Jordain Point is my favorite! Thanks for the opportunity.

Monica said...

I follow your blog with Google Reader.

Leah said...

Oak park is my fave. Wonderful colour choices

Winterlover on Rav.

Anonymous said...

MissBunt on Rav I can't decide between Litchfield & Derecho love them both,
I'm in you Rav group & receive you newsletter & read your blog.

Roberta said...

It's difficult to choose just one pattern that I love, but I was drawn to Derecho. I would be happy with any of your patterns as they have a certain elegance to them. :)

cheryarn said...

There are several designs I would love to make, including the Merrywood Throw, Aileen vest, and Faberge shawl. Thanks for the intro to this beautiful designer!

Anonymous said...

So many of them are lovely. I'd make the Oak Park scarf for sure. The colour blocking is lovely and i'm a fan of that architectural style.
(I am donaldsg on Ravelry)

Robin said...

I'm a big fan of Laura's designs. My fav is Faberge.

OceanKnitter said...

I'm a FB fan! Love the Faberge pattern.
Sandy

Ann said...

My favorite is the Merrywood Throw... there is so much going on, yet it is also so refined... I just love it :)

Barbara Giguere said...

Wow, I have a new designer to love! Stella Luna and City Block are my two favorites...I don't realllly have to pic just one, do I? I also like the Frank Lloyd Wright scarf, too (darn, what was its name?)!!!

Barbara Giguere said...

btw...you can contact me on Ravelry as Llamalady

Sarah (3trees) said...

Faberge is my favorite. I've never done beading or a horizontal cable (?), so there would be some challenges - and so worth it for such a beautiful result.

Thanks for your generous giveaway!

Babette's Ffest said...

I love Faberge as I love the various techniques used!

I am carol-alyce on Ravelry

Carmen Nuland said...

A lot of the patterns here are modern looking (blocks), but I love the old-fashioned look of Faberge. It's just so pretty!

Carmen Nuland said...

I belong to your ravelry group (cnuland)

Carmen Nuland said...

I follow @Sandrasinghcom

Carmen Nuland said...

I follow your blog

Carmen Nuland said...

and I'm signed up for your newsletter

maralu said...

I just love the lines of Stella Luna and the contrast between the lace and solid areas. It's in my library already and in my queue. The next on my list of Laura's patterns to get is the Merrywood Throw.