Monday, January 14, 2013

New Website, New Blog

Please update your links and flow me over at my new website/blog. I won't be posting here anymore. Click HERE to find me at my new digs!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Technical Difficulties

My apologies for the inactivity and the jambled layout on my blog right now. I'm currently having technical difficulties with blogger. I'm looking into setting up a new blog format and hope to be up and running soon. I hope your still here when I get back to a fully functional blog. Thank you!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

WIP: Parapluie

Hello and Happy New Year! I'm popping in to wish you all a very happy and healthy 2013! I hope you are and have been enjoying a wonderful Holiday. My family and I sure have. It's been busy but so enjoyable. Today I'm spending a very relaxed, lazy day at home with my boys. I'm even casting for a new sweater for myself!

It's been a long time since I've been able to work on a pattern that wasn't my own and a really long time since I've knit something for myself. I feel in love with Parapluie, designed by the lovely Hilary Smith Callis, when I first saw it in Twist Collective Fall 2012. I'm very excited to finally be casting on for it. I'm even using stash yarn that I've had like forever, gotta love that!

So how are you spending your day. What will be the first project for your needles in 2013?

Friday, December 21, 2012

FO: Owl Puffs

Ever since I saw THIS version of these cute Owl Puffs I've wanted to make one and I'm glad I finally did. This was a fun little 1.5 evening project with WZ. He had fun sitting next to me watching me knit and create this as we cuddled on the couch in the evenings watching Christmas cartoons. This lil' owl affectionately named "Smorf" was made just for WZ to hang on the tree and play with. I do see more in the future though… I think these would make great toppers for gifts all year long! 

Today I've been winding down with work for the Holidays and won't be back to post until a bit later. I wanted to wish you all a very, Merry Christmas (or, if you prefer, a very, Happy Holiday!). I so very much appreciate you and all your support as I grow my Knitterella and Jill Zielinski Designs businesses. It has been a great year of many new and exciting things and God willing, I'm looking forward to many more in 2013. Thank you for everything and the best to you and yours for healthy and happy 2013!



Pattern Source: Owl Puffs - it's a FREE one!
Yarn:  Scraps of worsted weight yarn from my stash
Notes: More details at my Ravelry link HERE

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Knitterella and GLBM on TV

I'm very happy to report that I survived my first experience with LIVE TV! I got up at 3 AM yesterday morning and, along with Liberty from Great Lakes Bay Moms, we made the trip to Clio, MI to be ready for our 2, 2 minute-ish live segments with Brittany Shannon of my local TV25 morning news.

(Liberty and I)

I was SO thankful to make it through with no major screw ups. Really, I was pretty darn nervous! A huge thanks to everyone on set and to Liberty for making me feel welcomed and relaxed. It was a lot of fun!

(Close up shot. LOVE that head form that Liberty brought for me - I want one!)

The below picture is a photo of me on set. The segment was about bundling up yourself and your kids for the cold weather. A more detailed article from GLBM can be found HERE. In the segment I explained that the patterns on my left were my original Knitterella pattern designs and since I have yet to add children's patterns to my line, the hats on the right of me were made from FREE patterns found online. A list and links to each sample knit that I had on set can be found HERE.

(Happy to here)

I'm hoping that a video of the segment will get posted online and when/if it does I will for sure post it for you to watch. Thank you to everyone that wished me well and to "break a leg"!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

TV25 Featured Patterns

Below is a list of the patterns that will be featured in my upcoming TV25 segment with Great Lakes Bay Moms. The segment will be aired tomorrow, December 17 in the morning news.

Enjoy and Happy Knitting!

The FREE Patterns that I'll have samples of…

My original Knitterella patterns…

A list of my favorite online resources for knitting patterns…

Knitty (an all FREE pattern website)

Petite Purls (an all FREE pattern website)

Ravelry (great resource for everything knitting and crochet)

And of course my websites:…


Jill Zielinski Designs

FO: Aviatrix

Finished another adorable baby hat! Thanks to my readers that suggested this pattern. The unique construction made it a lot of fun and just like the Cheery Scrap Hat, I finished it in two evenings. I hoping to get one or two more done before my segment on TV tomorrow morning!

FYI: If you are going to catch my local TV25 news tomorrow morning, I will be on with Great Lakes Bay Moms at 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.

You can read more about what I'm going to be doing on TV HERE.


Pattern Source: Aviatrix
Yarn: Berroco, Vintage
Notes: More details at my Ravelry link HERE