Tangerine Designs Is Going Cold Sheep!

If you're like me, you have skeins of coveted fingering and worsted weight yarn in your stash just waiting to be knit. So, for those of you that want to go "Cold Sheep" this winter and knit from that stash, I have a kit for you. 

"COLD SHEEP" Kit is a crafty collaboration between Tangerine Designs, Melissa Tuttle Sibley, and Susan B. Anderson.  Preorders will go live on Saturday, November 7 @ 10 a.m. CST, and again at 6 p.m. CST on Big Cartel.

The kit is based on all of us knitters that want to use up that stash, but still get a little something new for ourselves. We can still go "Cold Sheep" in the new year! 

The "COLD SHEEP" Kit comes with:

      *Tangerine Designs "Cold Sheep" Project Bag.  Exclusive fabric designed by Skylar Rhone.

      *Susan B. Anderson "Fairytale Winter" hat .pdf Pattern.  Code to download the Ravelry pattern when it is released to the public. Exclusive pattern for this kit for until February 2016.  This pattern uses any typical skein of worsted weight yarn.

      *Melissa Tuttle Sibley  "Slippery Slope " sock .pdf Pattern.  Code to download the Ravelry pattern when it is released to the public. Exclusive pattern for this kit for until February 2016.  This pattern uses any typical skein of sock weight yarn.

It will also come with some extra surprise goodies.

These are very limited and will ship out before Christmas!!!!

Knitting Is Cool

After months of planning and sneaking around, I'm finally ready to put the Knitting is COOL kit up for PREORDERS this Saturday, January 17th at NOON and 8 p.m. CST on the BigCartel site for $62 + shipping. There will be two times to give ample opportunity for international customers to put in an order without having to stay up until 2 in the morning their time. Even though you Time Lord Companions out there could just go back in time if you miss it!

Want to know what the Knitting is COOL kit is? It started from a hand drawing of mine depicting a sheep wearing a fez and bow tie with yarn balls as wool.

Now, I have a soft spot for Matt Smith and his fez. So, naturally, I had to expand things a little. I got together with Another Crafty Girl to custom design yarn from custom fabric I designed. And the impeccable Susan Claudino Designs came up with an adorable "Doctor Ewe" pattern to use the yarn with.

The "Knitting Is Cool" Kit comes with:

      *Tangerine Designs "Knitting Is Cool" Project Bag.  Exclusive fabric

      *Susan Claudino "Doctor Ewe" .pdf Pattern.  Code to download the Ravelry pattern when it is released to the public. Exclusive pattern for this kit for 3 months

      *Another Crafty Girl "Knitting Is Cool" Yarn kit.   Included are two 107 yard skeins and one 53 yard skein of 100% Superwash Merino Worsted yarn-enough to make your own "Doctor Ewe"                                          Colors included: 
                                                   "Fish Fingers and Custard" (Cream)
                                                   "Bow Ties Are Cool" (variegated Brown/Blue)
                                                   "I Wear a Fez Now" (Red)

It will also come with: 18mm Oval Comic Eyes from Fresh Stitches, enough black embroidery floss to make your "Doctor Ewe" come to life and hop in the Tardis, and a stitch marker from Vintage Rose Knitting Boutique.

These will be PREORDERS, but I will start shipping out kits as soon as they are finished. With the last to go out no later than February 17, 2015. Please know that there is a limited amount of these.

Thanksgiving Weekend Update and Charity

Tangerine Designs shop will be updated Wednesday, November 26 at 9 p.m. CST. Here is a sampling of Project Bags that will go up in the update.  

Every year instead of having a discount sale, a portion of all sales sold between 9 p.m. CST on Wednesday, November 26 and Noon on Monday, December 1 will be donated to Water.Org.

Water.org is an international nonprofit organization that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, sustainable solutions to the global water crisis, giving women hope, children health and communities a future.

I hope that even if you are not planning on purchasing from Tangerine Designs during these updates that you will consider donating to Water.Org or other charity/non-profit organization this holiday season. 

Happy Holidays!

SSK is Over, but StrangeFolk is A'Comin'!

Super Summer Knitogether 2014 (SSK) was again one of the best experiences of my life. I've made lifelong friends at this event, and there's nothing like be surrounded by people as jazzed about knitting, spinning, and fiber as you are!  I encourage you to enter the lottery for SSK 2015, which will probably happen in the coming weeks or month. 

There's so much that happened at SSK that I can't even begin to tell everything. I hope that some of these pictures will show how much love and fun there was. I want to thank The Knit Girllls for putting on such an awesome event, and I hope to get to return again next year (even if I have to stow away!) 

As for now, I’m pleased to announce that Tangerine Designs has been chosen to vend again this coming year at StrangeFolk Festival in O'Fallon, IL! This Festival is one of my favorites with it's varied vendors, good food, live music, and family fun! It's also our first time in one of those fancy tents! Come and see us!

Illustration is by Michelle Volansky of  Creature Type

Illustration is by Michelle Volansky of Creature Type

Here's a video from last year's Strange Folk Festival to get you excited about this years!

Notebooks and Shop Update 5/18/14

There will be a Shop Update on Sunday, May 18, at 7 p.m. CST. There will be a limited amount of each style available. So please be ready with Ninja moves if there is one you really  want!

Included will be Large Exclusive Birds, Little Exclusive Birds, Snug In a Tree, Fairy Houses, Owl Drawn Up, Bees That Buzz, Steampunk Octopus, Nashville Guitars, and Goodnight Moon. Both the Exclusive Bird print fabrics were made from my own hand drawn bird, and can't be found anywhere else.

Also, in case you missed it, we now have our Knitter's Helper Notebooks available. They were designed by me and printed in Oregon with vegetable-based inks on 100% recycled paper with presses powered by renewable energy. 

They measure 5 x 3 1/2 inches and include 32 pages of grid lined paper for either notes, sketching projects, or releasing your imagination! Even color in the yarn ball on the cover to personalize it to your favorite color!

The front has a Hedgehog Yarn Lover taken from my hand drawing. The back includes a ruler; instructions on how to do the Kitchener Stitch, Make One Left, and Make One Right; and a US/Metric Needle size conversion chart.

Shop Update 4/6/14

The Shop Update will be at 7 p.m. CST on April 6. Look forward to: Follow Your Arrow, 3 o'clock Cuckoo, Branched Birds, Fairy Houses, and Goodnight Moon. I'll have a limited amount of each, but I will have some Preorders available for the Goodnight Moon bags. 

I Pity The Fool

My husband was asking for a "I Pity the Fool" stitching to go up in office. So, I decided to figure one out myself. After a little trial and error, I came up with this simple little cross stitch that fits in a 4 inch hoop. I did all the stitching with 2 strands in red and black, but it would be awesome in other colors too!  If you do decide you want to make one of your own, you can use this FREE PATTERN.  And please tag all finished objects with #TDfool on social media. I'd like to see what everyone comes up with!

Cross Stitch Accessories and New Items Added!

There have been several things added to the Etsy Shop today! I've added the Tangerine Designs 2 " carabiner. Because even though there's already a ring added to your Tangerine Designs project bag, who doesn't love a carabiner?!

I was also asked to put the new magnet knit gradient designs on pinback buttons. They come in sets of 3 - either warm colors or cool colors. And the Hedgehog METRIC needle gauges are now available.

And then there's this little guy. OOPS! Mistakes happen! This METRIC Needle gauge accidently got a INCHES Ruler put on the bottom! So, for being only half right, I'm listing this cute Hedgehog for half the price!

Now, for all my cross stitching buddies out there, I've added a new accessories to my collection. I have a sheep and fox embroidery floss organizer/keepers to keep up to seven different colors ready at a time. 

I've also added some needle minders/keepers in three different styles: Sheep, Fox, and Hedgehog. Each comes with 2 strong 3/4 inch magnets (one attached to the back of the shape? to be able to sandwich your needle minder to your work. Each is lasercut out of walnut.


All new Cross Stitch/Embroidery Accessories can be found in THIS SECTION of the Tangerine Designs shop.


I'm loving coming up with new products for you! And I'm enjoying using them too! Keep up to date with my projects by following me on Instagram.

Shop Update 3/9/14

The Shop Update is on Sunday, March 9, at 5 pm CDT. Don't forget the time change! Please note that the update is 2 hours earlier also. 

There will be at least one of each of the following: Black & Blue, 80s, Woodland Dreams,             Owl Geometry, Star Wars Comics, To Boldly Go, Summer Line, Pacman, Oink, Jazz Friends, and Dia de los Muertos.  

Shop Update 2/23/14 and 5000 Sales

There will be a Shop Update today, February 23, at 7pm CST. There will be limited amounts of Pacman, Black & Blue, Blue Box, Dia de los Muertos, Owl Geometry, and Summer Line. 

Also there has been some new items added to the shop lately! We now have the regular size mustache buttons in walnut, sets of Knit Stitch magnets to brighten up your fridge, and a new "Knit to Forget" pinback button.  There are also some more new things are in the works!

Tangerine Designs has also hit 5000 sales in the Etsy Shop! Thanks goes out to all our supportive customers and friends! To celebrate, Save 15% with coupon code 5000SALES! Expires 2/25/14!