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.

 

The people have spoken :-P   After two weeks of collecting votes Olga’s Vest won by a landslide.  Olga’s Vest won with over 45% of the votes, so guess what – that’s what were going to knit in the next KAL.

A little bit about this pattern-  Olga’s Vest is knit with a side-to-side construction.  The cowl is created using short rows and this pattern is very easily modified.  Once finished this piece can be worn about 15 ways and counting.  How is this pattern so versatile?  Well, the uniquely designed stitch pattern paired with the amount of buttons basically gives this garment thousands of buttonholes throughout the whole piece allowing for endless combinations of button placements.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to wear the Olga’s Vest:

I know I said that we would start the KAL this coming weekend, but I would like to get started on Saturday, May 10th 2014.  This should give everyone enough time to get the pattern, get their yarn and check gauge.  There will be a prize for the winner.  I have yet to decide what it is going to be, but it will be good (it’s always good).

The KAL for the Olga’s Vest will take place in the Ravelry Group, there we can post pictures, questions, comments and more.  A lot of the technique questions can be answered in the KAL I hosted on the blog two years ago, here is the link.

Wondering how you can be one of the prize winners? Well all you have to do is be an active KAL participant.  Make sure you post frequently, and in many places, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and of course Ravelry.  The more you post, the higher your chances are for winning.  In order to win you must also post pictures of your finished piece in the Ravelry Group on or before the KAL end date.  The KAL end date is Sunday, June 15th 2014, this will give us a little over a month to finish the vest, but don’t worry– it will go by quickly.

I hope you’ll join the KAL! See you in the Ravelry group!

Its that time of year again! What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with a sale on the Farmer’s Market Bag?! Save $2.oo off this pattern today through Saturday, April 26th, 2014.  No coupon code needed!

Time to vote for the next KAL.  I thought we could do a spring/summer garment so that we aren’t boiling over when knitting this season.  Make sure you cast your vote here (below)!!! Your options are: Aviva, Silver Lining, Rippling Lace & Olga’s Vest:

CAST YOUR VOTE – Which garment pattern should we knit for the next KAL?

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 As usual there will be a prize given to one or more of the KAL participants.  The prrize will be announced along with the KAL once it has been voted on.  Please make sure to cast your vote by April 26th, 2014.  Happy voting!

Last week I promised to share photos of the finished shawls from the Striped Tooth Shawl KAL.  Here are a few of the finished shawls:

Jenni from California

Ravelry - Jensknittingstuff

Laurie from Madison, Wisconsin

Ravelry - Theschwamm

Jenny from Somerville, Massachusetts

Ravelry - orangecat

Laura from Westfield, New Jersey

Ravelry - LauraGB

Kathy from Maidenhead, United Kingdom

Ravelry - scarfaholic

I would like to thank everyone who joined in on the Striped Tooth Shawl KAL.  It was a great success.  I think everyone managed to have fun, knit a new project and create a “close knit” community in the Ravelry group.  As promised there are three KAL winners (picked completely at random),  Drum roll please….

1st prize – Orangecat (please email me with your mailing address so that I can mail your prize).

2nd & 3rd prizes – Kastsubear & Theschawmm (please email me with the three patterns of your choice from my Ravelry store).

Here is a picture of my finished Striped Tooth Shawl.  I know it isn’t the greatest picture, and the ends weren’t woven in yet.  But since I have woven them in… now I just need to block the thing.  I’ll try to get that done this week.

I hope to have more pictures of the other finished shawls later this week.  Please check back soon for the pictures of the other finished shawls as well as the vote for the next KAL that we will be starting in May.  I will be giving the options of 3-4 summery garments and of course there will be a prize!

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