Have you checked out the Fairmount Fibers Blog yet? There’s an entire post about me and my patterns that use Manos Del Uruguay yarns, check it out – you might even find a coupon code in there somewhere :-)

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After many months of being unable to commit to a final layout for my newest Triangles, Diamonds & Squares… Oh My! blanket, I finally put it up for a vote from my readers.  I would like to thank all of you who voted for the layouts, you made my life a little easier.  Here are the results from when the vote was narrowed down to the final three:

 

The winner is….. drumroll please…… the pin wheel layout:

I’ll be working on putting this together and I hope to have it all finished by February.  Fingers crossed that I’ll have the time to actually work on this.  This version of this blanket has been something I have wanted to do for a long time, so I finally just did it! The hard part is over – deciding what the final placement of each square will be.  Now all thats left to do is seam it together and decide if weather or not it needs a border- I’m guessing it will.  Keep an eye out for my progress on the seaming and the bordering :-)

Don’t forget today is that last day for the Cyber Monday sale.  Buy two patterns and get one FREE from my Ravelry store! Make sure to use the coupon code CYBER-MONDAY2014 when you checkout!  Happy knitting & Crochet!

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Yes, I know– I already blogged this morning.  But this I had to share!  Today through Sunday, December 7, 2014 (pacific time) I am having a Cyber Monday Sale!  Yes, that’s right!  Now through Sunday when you buy two patterns in my Ravelry Store you will get one FREE!!!  Make sure to use the coupon code CYBER-MONDAY2014 when you check out!!!

 

Also make sure you place your vote for the final TDS layout – choose your favorite of the three layouts by Sunday!

 

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It looks like we have narrowed the vote down from 19 layouts to just three.  I ask you for one last vote – please place a vote for your favorite of the three final layouts for the Triangles, Diamonds & Squares… Oh My! pattern by Sunday, Decmber 7th, 2014.

Which is your favorite TDS layout?

 
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I’ve been putting this off long enough! It’s time to commit to a layout for my new Triangles, Diamonds, and Squares… Oh My! blanket.  This year I decided to re-knit this blanket with the intention of re-releasing the pattern to show how versatile it is when it comes to the layout.  There is almost an endless amount of layouts for this pattern, which is what makes it so special.  But about six months ago I finished all my squares and became paralyzed by the idea of seaming it because I could not commit to a single layout.  That is why I am asking you to place your votes between today and Sunday, December 7th, 2014.  This will give me three weeks to seam it up before the new year.  Please look at all 19 layouts I have featured here today and cast your vote below.  Thank you for helping!!!

Which is your favorite TDS layout?
 
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New pattern alert!  Last week I released a new pattern that is the perfect knit for the greatly anticipated cold weather and upcoming holiday season! The Sprouting Leaves Cowl pattern comes in two sizes (small and large) and will make a terrific knit for yourself or someone you love.  You can knit the smaller version for a cozier and more fitted piece, or the larger version for a squishy more versatile piece that can be converted into a scarf when unbuttoned.  This is a great knit to bust a little of your stash or even to test out a new yarn you’ve been oogling! See all pattern details below!

Sizes:
Small (Large)

Materials:
Size 9 U.S. needles
Three 1.5” buttons
Yarn needle

Yarn:
Small: 1 hank Pagewood Farm Suisitna (80% merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 108 yards), shown in Grasshopper.
Large: 2 hanks Manos Del Uruguay Wool Clasica (100% wool, 138 yards), shown in Shale #25.

Gauge:
14 sts and 20 rows = 4” in reverse St st.

Finished Measurements:
Width: about 8 (10)”
Length: about 26 (50)”

 

Also make sure you check out the re-released and updated versions of the Olana Shawl and the Tangled Branches Slouch!  Both now available in multiple sizes!!!

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Awesome blogger Chelsea Fitch of  Knit Fitch has kicked off her Designer Spotlights on her lovely blog with yours truly.  Read all about my process and my favorite patterns here!

Learn all about the GIVEAWAY that is being hosted on the Knit Fitch blog and how you can enter to win!  Find all the details here!!

 

Don’t forget about the Houndstooth Slouch KAL – it’s not too late to join us! Plus three lucky participants will be automatically entered to win one of the three awesome prizes!  Join a community of knitters as we all journey through the joys of this wonderful autumn-y pattern!

 

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This Saturday we are going to kick off the fall season with the Houndstooth Slouch Knit-Along (KAL) .  This stylish hat is knit in two colors with fingering weight yarn and using the stranded knitting technique.  Choose two solid colors or one solid and one gradient for a new and different effect when it comes to fair-isle or stranded knitting.

  

Join us in the Ravelry Group as we discuss and share yarn and color suggestions, discuss swatching, technique and more.  When you join the KAL you will learn how you can enter to win one of these three awesome yarn and pattern combinations.  Who knows, maybe you will be the lucky winner!  Check out these awesome prizes!!!

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Time for another Knit Along (KAL).  This time I have chosen my Houndstooth Slouch pattern.  A perfect knit for the 97° autumn season we are having here in sunny southern California.  Hopefully by the time the KAL ends we might get some acceptable autumn weather down here (fingers crossed).  This is a great knit as a gift for friends or family or even yourself… who would appreciate a hand-knit gift from you more than yourself?! Go ahead… make this one for you! I know I will be doing some very selfish knitting this time!

Come join us in the KAL in the Raverly Group!   There we will discuss yarn choices and share color options, as well as talk about technique, share secrets and tips and of course share photos of our finished projects.  One lucky KAL participant will win a pretty awesome and terrific yarny prize.  Get all the KAL details here!  I hope you’ll join.  Buy your pattern on or before 10/6/14 and you will save 30% off the Houndstooth Slouch automatically, no coupon code needed!

 

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Last week I announced the Olga’s Vest pattern as the next Knit Along (KAL).  We are going to get started on this KAL this Saturday, May 10th, 2014.  The KAL will end on Sunday, June 15th, 2014.  This should give us a little over a month to work on this versatile pattern so that we can wear it this summer.

The Olga’s Vest KAL will take place in the Grace Akhrem Ravelry group, where we can post questions, comments, pictures and more.  There will be three prize winners for this KAL.  The first place winner will receive a signed copy of Natural Nursery Knits by Erika Knight and a Knit for Baby kit that includes two skeins of Erika Knight British Blue Wool (one skein in Milk and one skein in Pretty) as well as three pattern PDFs of the winners choice from the Grace Akhrem Ravelry store.  Second and third place winners will receive three pattern PDFs of the winners choice from the Grace Akhrem Raverly store.

In order to to be eligible to win one of the prizes you must be a KAL participant who has posted a finished photo of your Olga’s Vest.  You must have started on or after the KAL start date and finish before or on the KAL end date.  You must post a picture of your finished Olga’s Vest on or before the KAL end date in the Ravelry group.  The more active you are in the KAL the higher your chances are for winning.

Sharing your work in progress photos in encouraged.  You can share them in the Ravelry group in the KAL thread, but you can also share them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  Make sure to use the #OLGASVESTKAL  The more you post and share and the more of an active KAL participant you are the higher your chances are for winning.

On another side note, Mother’s Day is coming up.  If you aren’t a VIP yet and didn’t get the newsletter don’t fret, I’ll share the savings with you here! Save $2.00 when you purchase the Buttoned Lace Cowl and the Belle Gloves pattern.  Both of these are super duper quick knits you’ll be able to finish before Mother’s Day.  Make sure you use the Ravelry coupon code: MothersDay14  — sale ends Thursday, May 8th, 2014.