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And The Winner Is …

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Blog commenter #9, oscarpeach and …

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.. facebook share #3, Heidi Frankfurt.

Congratulations!  You two win a free advance copy of “Queen Of Hearts Fingerless Gloves” PDF pattern which you should be receiving in your email very shortly.  I hope that you enjoy the new pattern!

Queen Of Hearts Fingerless Gloves Giveaway

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I have some exciting new …  The Queen Of Hearts Fingerless Glove pattern is almost ready for release!  In celebration, I am doing a giveaway.  One lucky blog reader and one lucky facebook fan will win a free copy the pattern PRE-RELEASE.  They’ll get to see it before everyone else!

To enter the blog giveaway, simply leave a comment below.

Ton enter the facebook giveaway, visit my facebook page and like, comment, and share the giveaway post.  All three steps must be completed for your entry to be valid.

Deadline to enter is 5pm Atlantic Time on August 4th and the winner will be announced here on my blog and on facebook on August 5th.

Queen Of Hears Fingerless Gloves will be available for download through Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy starting August 9th.

Stay tuned for tomorrows post on the pattern specifics and details.

Happy Tuesday all!

Spring Snow Available For Download

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I’m happy to share with you all my latest pattern, Spring Snow.

This is a sophisticated shawl that is perfect for snuggling into when the sun goes down or just to dress up your look.  It was inspired by the snowfalls and heavy frosts we had late into the spring this year.

The garter stitch triangle is worked first and then stitches are picked up and knit to create the lace edging.  The lace is relatively simple but has nupps thrown in to keep you on your toes.  Pairing these design elements with Rowan Kidsilk Haze and you’ve got yourself a fun knitting project with classy results.  It also means that the shawl is feather light and cozy all at the same time

The pattern is now available for download at both Ravelry and Craftsy.

To view pattern details click the links above.

For instant download from Ravelry, click “Buy Now”

$6.50



Many thanks to my super awesome test knitters Angie, Stella, and Jane for banging out the kinks in the pattern. You gals are the best!

New Free Pattern – Handspun Boot Socks

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It has been snowing and blowing here on PEI and weather like this always makes me crave warm wooly things to snuggle up in.  I figure that right now is the perfect time to share with you a really quick and sock pattern to keep your tootsies nice and toasty.  This pattern is also perfect for showing off lovely handspun yarn!

Handspun Boot Socks are worked up in bulky weight yarn using the magic loop but can be easily adapted to double pointed needles.  They are worked toe-up with a short row heel and reach to the knee, although the height of the sock is easily customized.

Pattern specifics:

Finished Measurements
8” in foot circumference, 11” calf circumference but will stretch to fit a 15” calf very comfortably.

Materials
8 oz of your favorite combed top OR ~340 yards/310 m of your favorite bulky weight yarn

Pictured in 8 oz of Polwarth in “Shades Of Turquoise” by Greenwood Fiberworks

Needles
4.5mm (US size 7), 24” or 32” circular needle for magic loop
Or size necessary to obtain gauge

Notions
A darning needle for sewing in ends.

Gauge
15 sts x 23 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch

To download the free pattern, please click the image below

I hope that you all enjoy my cozy new sock pattern!

1/2 Price Pattern Sale

Fire Hoop (Marria)


Photo credit: Fire Hoop (Marria) by timailius on Flickr

 

As many of you know, I’ve been daydreaming about fire hoops for the past couple of years. I REALLY want to spin one and I have ALMOST enough funds saved up to buy one.  So I’ve decided to have a 1/2 price sale in my ravelry store.  All patterns (including my ebook) are on sale at 50% off.  No coupon is required, just add the pattern(s) you want to your cart and ravelry takes care of the discount for you.

To visit my ravlery store, please click here!

Happy January knitting all!

FO Friday – Handspun Boot Socks

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Today’s FO Friday post is all about handspun boot socks!  I was commissioned to make these babies by my friend Kokum Lal of Govinda’s Farm, to help keep her feet nice and cozy as she tends to her beautiful herd.

They started out as some gorgeous Polwarth in the “Shades Of Turquoise” colorway by Greenwood Fiberworks which was spun up fractally as a bulky weight 2 ply.  I can’t say enough good things about Carolyn’s amazing fiber.  It is buttery soft and super cozy and once spun up bulky weight, yeilds a hand knit socks that is so amazingly warm, springy, and cozy, that I think I need to make a pair of these for myself.

And you want to hear some even better news? 

This pattern is being test knit RIGHT NOW and will be available for download shortly.  So if you’re looking for a quick and toasty sock pattern (especially in handspun), the wait won’t be long now!

Happy crafting all!

WIP Wednesday – Queen Of Hearts Gloves

Today’s work-in-progress post is extra special.  I’ve been working hard on creating a companion fingerless glove pattern to go along with my Queen Of Hearts hat and I’m giving you all a sneak peek.

I actually broke down and bought some yarn for the project … crazy huh?  I think I’ve only bought 7 balls of yarn this year as I’ve been using up my handspun almost as fast as I spin it.  Anyway, I’m using two different shades of Paton’s Kroy Sock to give this new pattern a good test run and it seems to be working out quite well.  The first glove is finished now and the second one well underway.  I’m hoping to have this pattern available for download sometime in January.   Be sure to stay tuned for more spoiler photos!

What are you working on today?  Are you deep in the throes of holiday knitting or are you just knitting for the sheer pleasure of it?  I’d love to hear all about it!

Los Verdes Giveaway


Photo © Tina Sanders. Used with permission.

Today, I’m very excited to bring you a new giveaway!

My super sweet fiber sister and fellow blogger, Tina Sanders of PeacefullyKnitting.com, created and released the beautiful Los Verdes  pattern in May and I have just been dying to try out.  I love the quote she uses in the pattern description:

Green is the prime color of the world and that from which its loveliness arises.” ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca (1600 – 1681)

What a perfect quote for this delightful design!  Tina also says, “This is a very simple reversible design that offers an easy to memorize stitch pattern throughout making this a quick knit project!”

The pattern calls for 432 yards of worsted weight yarn and 4.0mm needles.  Los Verdes is pictured in Springtree Road Philomath Worsted, a luscious 100% superwash merino yarn in very enticing colors.


Photo © Tina Sanders. Used with permission.

Tina is giving away a copy of her gorgeous pattern to one of my blog readers!

To enter this giveaway, simply comment on this post and be sure to include your Ravelry ID.  Deadline for entry is Tuesday, July 31st at 5 PM Atlantic Daylight Time.  One lucky reader will be chosen using random.org on Wednesday, August 1st and will receive their copy of Los Verdes as a Ravlery Gift.

You can find more of Tina’s lovely designs on both her website and on Ravelry and you can also find her on Twitter.

Happy knitting everyone!

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Please note that the comments are now closed for this giveaway.  Thank you everyone who participated!

Simple Handspun Socks Free Pattern

I posted last week that I would be sharing a new free pattern for handspun socks and today is the day!

These are super simple and easy to knit and the pattern is great for showing off handspun from handpainted combed top.   They are worked toe up with a short row heel in plain jane stockinette to show off the fun color striping.
Pattern specifics:

Size
One size fits most

Finished Measurements
Circumference: 8”
Length: Custom

Materials
4 oz of your favorite combed top OR ~420 yards of your favorite fingering weight yarn

Pictured in 4 oz of Merino in “Little Fishes” colorway by Spunky Eclectic.

Needles
2.75mm (US size 2), 24” or 32” circular needle for magic loop

Or size necessary to obtain gauge

Notions
A safety pin for marking the beginning of the round
Darning needle

Gauge
27 sts x 40 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch

To download the free pattern, please click the image below

I’m already spinning up some new yarn for another pair!

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