Ready to start designing? Win a copy of Knit Notes!

I know that oodles of you out there are budding designers. Maybe you’ve taken my Design Your Own Monster class. Or maybe you’ve been playing around with stitch patterns for a knitted scarf. Or maybe, you’ve just been thinking about it… but haven’t started yet.

This blog post is for you! Knitter and crocheters!

In today’s post, you can enter to win a copy of Knit Notes, the new & fabulous design sketchbook. And we’ve snagged a little interview with the author, Nadine Curtis (also founder of Be Sweet Yarns!) Awesome!

Have you seen Knit Notes?

You’ve probably already spotted this gem of a book in your local yarn store, book shop or online… but I’ll do a quickie intro just in case you haven’t.

Knit Notes design sketchbook

This notebook is your new design journal. It contains blank design pages for you to include your inspirations, yarn choices, needle/hook sizes, instructions and finished photos all in one place!

Knit notes example project page

I’m embarrassed to admit… but yeah, I’ve sketched out a genius design idea and… um… forgot what needle size I used. Not a good idea. Keeping the ideas in one place is a must!

Knit Notes also contains an adorable and inspiring introduction… complete with example project pages. Love!

Knit notes introduction

You want this book… right? Keep reading for your chance to win a copy!

Meet Nadine!

What sort of design dynamo starts an Earth & people-conscious yarn company, designs beautiful patterns and writes a book to inspire others to do the same? Nadine Curtis, that’s who!

Nadine is the founder of Be Sweet, a company that I’ve drooled over for quite some time. So I was delighted when, in addition to offering this giveaway, she agreed to pop by for an interview!

Stacey: Tell me about your inspiration behind writing Knit Notes. Does the book reflect a bit of your own creative process?

Nadine: I decided to develop a knitting journal because as the owner of Be Sweet I am constantly working with designers and I wanted a tool to encourage creative knitters to document their ideas as they were making them so we could develop published patterns from notes.

The book does reflect a bit of my own creative process. We included an inspiration page highlighting ideas of where to get inspiration — these came from my own experiences.

Your yarn line, features yarns of different fibers and textures. Have you always loved playing with different textures? Did your yarns play into the motivation to write the book?

I have always been into textures, colors, fashion — and being a little out of the norm. I love the irregularity of our yarns — each one a little different cause they are hand dyed, hand spun, made from remnant fibers, etc…


Be Sweet was the inspiration to do the book and included in that is our yarn. The book is also about encouraging others to be creative with Be Sweet.

How did you decide which crucial bits of design info to include?

The dedicated team at Sixth&Spring (the book division of SOHO Publishing) helped me hash out what info to include. We brainstormed what all knitters would want to include in a pattern. We felt strongly about providing graph paper for sketching and laying out stitches … and I was heart set on the hole punches for tying yarn samples. I love when I see a journal with tid bits flying out of it :)

What do you hope the casual knitter will take away from this book?

Try free form knitting and designing your own piece. Step away from a pattern and try something of your own!

Can crocheters use this book, as well?

Yes yes yes — we include a place to document needles OR hooks :)

Thank you so much, Nadine, for coming by! If you want to keep up with what Nadine’s up to, be sure to check out her blog or follow Be Sweet on Facebook!

Now… onto the giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of Knit Notes!

Nadine’s offering one lucky FreshStitches reader a copy of her new book, filled with design delicious-ness… isn’t she sweet?

To enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me who you’d like to design for (and it’s totally okay if the answer is ‘yourself’!)
  • For an additional entry, tweet: “I just entered to win Knit Notes, the fab design journal by Nadine Curtis on @FreshStitches! You can enter, too!”

You don’t need to leave a comment linking to your tweet… I’ll see it! International entries welcome. The winner will be selected next Wednesday, February 6th at 9pm EST via a random number generator.

Good luck to you!

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Jan 30, 2013 | Posted by in Fresh from Stacey | 118 comments

Comments (118 Responses)

  1. Flo says:

    I recently started to tweak patterns to meet my needs and I now I’d like to design items for me and others!

  2. Sandi says:

    I am a stay at home mom to three little ones, I would like to design some items so I can open my own Etsy shop one day!

  3. MIchelle says:

    I want to design stuffed animals and dolls with books to go along with them to be used in schools and homeschools.

  4. Brigette says:

    Well, with six granddaughters and one grandson, I’d have to say I would love to design for my babies! I love the name “Be Sweet”!

  5. Amy says:

    I would love to start designing for myself as I normally am just a “follow the pattern totally” kind of girl. This would help me start to dabble in designing with out loosing my mind in the process!
    ~Jarmuz on Ravelry

  6. oh this is a great design journal! been wanting it!! i have only been designing amigurumi as people give me ideas or make requests but now that i’m knitting more the next step will be trying to play around with my own ideas.

  7. AutumnsMom says:

    If I won this book, I would use it with my Craftsy knitting lace designs class. It will go great with the Japanese lace pattern book I received as a birthday gift last month. I, too, have a December birthday just like Stacey.

  8. Shadow Byrd says:

    I would design for myself as well as for my friends. I love playing with the stitches and seeing what designs I come up with.

  9. Lizzie says:

    I design mostly for myself and close family members. I have notes scattered throughout random spiral notebooks. This would be perfect to keep everything in one place.

  10. Line Angelsen says:

    I’d like to design for everyone who loves to crochet, but mostly for myself;)

  11. Laura Anderson says:

    Wild love to take my needlework to the next level by designing

  12. Carmel J. says:

    I would like to design for myself. I am great at coming up with problems that I simply cannot find a pattern out there to solve, so I just have to solve them myself!

  13. Maria says:

    I’m trying to design the perfect shrug! I’ve crocheted many and have learned lots in the process about what works and what didn’t’ work. Its hard to get that snug fit around the shoulders.
    And once it’s designed, it wouldn’t’ just be for me, everyone would want one too!

  14. Carmen says:

    I’d love to design for myself – but also for my little girl. She’s very tall (and thin) for her age, so most clothes we have are short in the sleeves and torso.

  15. Alayna says:

    I would be disigning for my shop! And me. And family. And my newborn (in June). And maybe the dog. Possibly the cats….
    I would love to win this book! It looks fabulous!

  16. Pepper says:

    I would love to design something for…. myself!

  17. Abby Whitehead says:

    I am a stay at home mom and would love to design patterns to sell on ravelry and etsy! This way everyone can enjoy a new pattern!

  18. su3385 says:

    Like to design for myself.

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