NNK Press: Tot Toppers in your LYS

September, 3rd, 2014

 

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I am delighted to announce that Tot Topper’s signature wholesale patterns have gotten a makeover! We have chosen the top five patterns to start and I am so excited about how they turned out.

Your shop can purchase these patterns through NNK Press, along with all of my booklets and the Knitting Clothes Kids Love book, too.  Stock is available of my other patterns as well, as we transition to the new style. NNK Press also offers download codes on the 5 signature patterns, so customers get the benefit of purchasing these pretty pieces of paper AND being able to download and store the PDF from home.

These top five include Gramps Cardigan, Cushy Cocoon, Gramps Blanket, Sweet ‘n Sour Apple Hat and the Sugar Bear Hooded Cardi.  Makeover credit goes to Mary Joy; her style and ability to interpret my wishes with grace was phenomenal. Thank you!

NNK Press will also be managing 3 trunks shows: Topped for a Year, Topped for Another Year and the signature 5-pattern collection.

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Hosting a trunk show is a great way to draw attention to your yarn by featuring it alongside the perfectly complementary pattern or book.

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Knitters love being able to touch and feel a finished project and it will inspire them to cast on. Reserve your Tot Toppers trunk show today!

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In addition to the new patterns, I’ve added a new course to my teaching line-up all about how to add hoods and pockets to sweaters.  Along with the Math for Hats and Grow With Me courses, my classes center around tweaking designs to make them just-so.  They all incorporate a little bit about basic design, some easy math and a lot of options.  You can read more about all my courses here as well as look at sample contracts with rate information.  If you’re looking to add some excitement to your shop or an upcoming retreat-book me to come teach. I love doing it and meeting knitters in person!  I promise I won’t even bring the munchkins along…

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As always, contact me with any questions big or small.

Happy Holidays

November, 25th, 2013

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Tot Toppery Newsletter

September, 5th, 2013

I’m officially back from my last ever maternity leave! No really, keep reading.  Its FOR SURE. Absolutely so very much has happened over the last few months even aside from the whole having a baby and adding a kid to our family thing :) You’ll want to read all the way through this post for a special back-to-work promo.

A quick recap of our experience.  Our fourth baby boy, Eliot, was born at 34 weeks plus 1 day via planned cesarean.  I had been diagnosed with suspected Placenta Accreta around the halfway point of my pregnancy and this condition is very risky for mom, so the 34 week date was planned as the happiest medium between maximizing the in-utero benefit for Eliot but also giving me a good shot at a safe delivery.  As it turns out, the date couldn’t have been timed better.  The Accreta had actually developed further to what they call “Increta,” which means that the placenta was grown into the muscle of my uterus. It was right next to my bladder and the doctors said that waiting a few more days might very well have led to a bladder reconstruction for me.  YIKES!  We are so thankful for God’s perfect timing and keeping both Eliot & me safe throughout. I did have a lot of bleeding so in addition to a hysterectomy (which was necessary because the placenta would not detach–see, told ya no more kids) I had 9 units of blood products transfused.  Eliot had a tough time in the beginning.  Despite 2 rounds of steroids prior to his delivery, he needed two doses of surfactant in the NICU and even had to be resuscitated once.  He was underdeveloped for a 34 weeker and that was probably due to my placenta being a little bit faulty from the unfortunate implantation. He was an even 5 lbs which is not too shabby, but given the weights of his older brothers at birth (even accounting for his early delivery), I really thought he would be at least a pound heavier. He spent 8 days on CPAP but aside from the breathing troubles he did SO WELL. He was discharged on July 29 and came home to us at 12 days old. Our NICU staff was wonderful but I have never been so happy to say goodbye to such sweet people. It was just horrible being home without him. He is now 7 weeks old, a week past his due date and growing & nursing very well!


And now Eliot will fulfill his TT duty!  First modeling gig…the three patterns that are new this week.

Zagaround Blanket: This blanket is worked from the center out, in a gorgeous textural chevron pattern. You can make it as small or as large as you like by starting the bind-off whenever it works for you.


Finished, it is shaped in a square.


Favorite Cap & Favorite Blanket: These are two really fun but simple patterns featuring a textural colorblocked striping pattern.

I also decided to whip up a second hat for Charlie in a smaller color palette and I love how that turned out, too!

And that’s the new pattern recap.  You can click on the links to see all the details on each pattern and to purchase your copy from my shop, either in paper or as a download.  I have several other patterns in the works too, like the cute little dino top you might have seen in my before-baby blog post.  Oh and this one. AH. Love it.

  

By the way, did you know that I now offer hard copies of my patterns on my website? Pretty cool! So if you love having pretty cardstock full color copies of your patterns and you don’t have an LYS stockist, hit me up. Here’s a link to the hard copy section of the shop.  The shop also has my kits and Yarn Love available! So even if you don’t see me at a Retail Show you can partake in these goodies. Super cute project bags, too.

Now for the big announcements!

ONE: A new book is officially underway.  I am working with Stackpole Publishing to put out an incredibly fabulous KNITTING FOR BOYS book.  I am due to finish up my end next summer and then they hope to get the book out Spring 2015.  And, my wonderful photographer is along for the ride! She will be working with me on the book.  I just cannot wait to show you the fun things I have dreamed up. The book is geared at kids ages 4-12.

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TWO: I am so excited to tell you about a brand new yarn company that I will be working with as the Creative Director. I will be designing, of course, but also working with other fabulous creative minds as well (if you are an established designer interested in working with our yarn, please get in touch with me!)  This yarn is so absolutely yummy and I am in love with our initial 15-color palette. I have knit several things with it already, though only in the raw undyed color (ahem…did you see the cocoon & hat in Eliot’s newborn photo shoot?).  In just a couple of months you will all be able to see & get your own BIG BAD WOOL.  Just a quick overview-it is 50% alpaca/50%merino and WASHABLE, light worsted weight.  This is THE baby yarn you have been waiting for.  Of course I know you’re all going to love it so much that you won’t be able to stop yourself from using it for adult pieces too, but our focus is babies and those are the designs you’re going to see coming straight from us.


So that’s what’s been going on over here in a nutshell.  Lots and lots!  I will be exhibiting at two more shows this fall, SAFF in Asheville & Stitches East in Hartford, CT.  And yes, Eliot will be there too. Next year will be all about Big Bad Wool and the new book!  For now, I will leave you with one little circe… its that time of year where we celebrate cooler weather coming and knitting primetime! Now through September 15, enjoy 20% off ANY order from the Tot Toppers online shop with the code FALL.