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2012 January

A very special congratulations to Sophia from Tolland, CT on winning the fabulous red Namaste Bitty Bag.  Thank you to everyone who entered, I will be having another contest within the next month or so.  Make sure you subscribe to stay updated regularly!  Happy Monday everyone!!!

Don’t forget through Thursday, February 2 at 11:59pm (PT) you will receive 26% off all my patterns on Ravelry with the coupon code: January26BirthdaySale

P.S.

TNNA Phoenix 2012 review coming soon!

Happy birthday to me…. and you!  On my birthday I am giving the gift of savings.  Does that sound cheesy? Eh, oh well.  Now is the chance to indulge and treat yourself to a collection of new patterns!  Go wild!

Today through Thursday, February 2 at 11:59pm (PT) you will receive 26% off all my patterns on Ravelry with the coupon code: January26BirthdaySale

Back in June I attended a designer’s dinner at TNNA in Columbus, OH.  There was all kinds of swag passed out, most of which I gave to a friend (that I met on my trip to Italy) who happens to live in Columbus.  But there was something so fantastic about the color of this bag that I just couldn’t part with it very easily.  I thought that someday it will make a great give-a-way for my blog.  Well that day has come, here it is, the Bitty Bag from Namaste Inc. in the color Red.

 

 

 

To be entered to win this bag all you have to do is post a comment on this blog post by Sunday January 29th 11:59 pm (PT).  A comment will be chosen at random, and there will be one lucky winner!  Best of luck to all!

I feel like the Seaweed Scarf is one of those patterns that you knit over and over again.  It’s fairly easy to remember and it will work with any yarn and any gauge, and therefore a great stash buster!  All you need is the pattern and the know how to modify it to maximize your yardage.

It’s so easy, everything in the pattern is the same, but to shorten or lengthen it all you do is continue to repeat rows 10-11 until you have a multiple of 6 + 3 and then work row 10 once more (make sure you leave enough yarn for the ruffle).  Then you can start the ruffle at this point – but you don’t make any changes.  If you are concerned that you might be running out of yarn on the ruffle just go up one needle size from the body of the pattern. 

With this easy formula you can make your Seaweed Scarf out any gauge yarn and as large or as small as you like.  Try an aran weight yarn such as Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes or Alisha Goes Around Marmalade of Ponies Aran or try a lace weight yarn such as Habu Tsumugi Silk (all yarns I love)!!!

Here is s Seaweed Scarf I knit with Habu Tsumugi SIlk and Habu Silk Stainless Steel held together

 

 

In the ruffle I only used the Habu Tsumugi Silk

 

My only recommendation when choosing your needle size for this project is you must swatch!  Make sure you love the density of the fabric you have created.  For example, I decided I wanted all of my Seaweed Scarves to have an excellent drape – so for a DK weight yarn (which is usually knit on a U.S. 5-6) I used a U.S. 9.  The fabric became more open, but the drape was wonderful and flowing. Here is a photo of one that I made using one hank of Anzula Cricket:

Anzula Cricket a DK weight yarn knit on a size 9 U.S. shown in Spruce

 

So definitely play with your needle size and your fabric drape to get the right one for you.  Make a small little head kerchief or a large shawl…. or any size in between.  I hope you enjoy knitting as many Seaweed Scarves as I did and bust that stash (it’s a great feeling – a feeling of accomplishment).  Then go treat yourself to some new and special yarns!  Yay!

Save $1.00 off the Seaweed Scarf pattern with the coupon code: seaweedcrazy now though Jan 23 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

Here are a few photos of my stash busting:

Knit with my own hand-spun – roving from Pigeon Roof Studios roving (Yum!) that I picked up at Sock Summit 2009.

 

 

Another hand-spun – two solid colors of Merino roving I purchased at Wildfiber

 

Also don’t forget that through Jan 31 you can save 15% off Janna’s Tunic when you use the coupon code: airwhacking and save 12% off the Sweetheart Cardigan when you use the coupon code: sweetredbutons

 

My new year’s rule is always no resolutions… that’s just setting myself up for disappointment.  Goals are something to aspire to and make you feel really great when you reach them by the end of the year, but not completely disappointed in yourself when you haven’t. Hopefully posting these goals for the world to see will make them feel a bit more concrete (maybe I’ll feel accountable).

1. Learn to bake bread (already got a book- Tartine, a very beautiful book).

2. Learn to quilt (already got the fabric from my local fabric shop Sew Modern).

3. Begin to learn Italian (for when I move to Florence…. one of these days).

4. Get my butt into shape (already have the gym membership – now I just need to use it, Gym Box- Pow! Pow!).

5. Publish an e-book or a book book (there are some ideas in the works).

6. Get organized (not made any progress in that yet).

7. Learn how to plan things ahead, manage my time and not procrastinate (this should be no.1).

8. Eat healthier and more vegetables (working on getting a CSA box).

9. Eat out only 1-2 times a week.

10. Plan a vacation to Europe & New York.

11. Self publish between 8-10 patterns with about 5-6 garments.

12. Finish all UFOs older than 3 years.

13. Knit another blanket (maybe TDS).

 

14. Make my own pair of pajamas (already got the fabric, Anne Kuo Lukito said she would show me how- woohoo!)

 

Of course as I reach these goals throughout the year you will most definitely read about them here.  Make sure you subscribe to stay up to date.

And don’t think I forgot, I promised another give-a-way soon and I intend to keep my promises.  There will be another give-a-way sometime before the end of the month, but I’m not saying any more!

Happy New Year!!!!