Tuesday, April 22, 2014

happy earth day

Hi there!

Wow.  I didn't mean to be gone so long.  Life got a little busy.

Just wanted to wish you a Happy Earth Day.  Isn't this world just the coolest!  It really is a miracle.  To celebrate, I'd like to offer you 15% OFF your order of the chalkboard place mats.  It's an earth friendly product, made in the USA, that helps celebrate life.  Use them over and over again to write notes, practice school work, decorate for the holidays.  Plan now for gift giving!  It really is the gift of green.  

Enter the coupon code MIRACLE to receive 15% off of your order at checkout.  Coupon will expire on May 1, 2014.

Have a super, beautiful, earth friendly day!

Monday, March 24, 2014

it's about time.

After a long spell of making only quick little projects, I decided it was time to dive into another sweater.
Antler caught my eye.  Dove grey (2203) for the main color.  Citron (2202) for the contrasting color.

I'm headed to see some blue waters and hope to make a little dent in this.  Or not.  At least I have a project for the airplane ride.  My absolute favorite place for uninterrupted knitting.

Enjoy the last of March!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

blue monday :: pink thursday

A friend of mine was looking for a pair of cabled fingerless mitts.  I scoured ravelry for a pattern that would be quick and came up with these.  Love them.  I'm excited to be passing them on to her tomorrow.

Pattern:  Blue Monday
Yarn:  Stash, washable wool.
Needles:  US 7
Modifications:  I knit one more cable repeat after the thumb.  A k2, p2 instead of the seed stitch cuff.  And, knit 7 rows for the thumb instead of 3.

I had a much needed manicure today in honor of the first day of spring.  Hello, romper room.

Happy Spring!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

magnolia swirl cowl

Ever have one of those projects where knitting them is way more enjoyable than the finishing?  (All of them?!)  Well, this was definitely one of those.  
This pattern calls for you to whip stitch the long strip together using 5 yards of organza ribbon.  I decided to forego that detail and seam the edges together instead.  All 178" of it.  
I played with this knit and put off the seaming as long as I could.
I made hearts, wrote words, threw it around the kids shoulders and even considered wearing it as a knit strand instead of the cowl in which it was intended to be.  
The seaming took me quite a while and therefore the long strip traveled from the kitchen counter, to the den, to the car, to the bedroom.  Just about everywhere I went, it went.
After at least a week, (maybe two),  it was finished and blocked.
The result was completely worth it.  I love how the cables run horizontally.  Something new and different.  The yarn was beautiful to work with.  The merino, silk blend is really, really lovely.
And, it sits tight around your neck blocking air for those super cold days.

Pattern:  Magnolia Swirl Cowl
Yarn:  Magnolia, #5425 berry, 3 balls
Needles:  US 6

Happy Day!

Monday, March 03, 2014

to do on a sort of snowy day

What can you do when they forecast a big snow storm to hit your area on a Sunday?

Soften butter on the counter, put on comfy clothes, make creamy tomato basil sauce and homemade bread, take a nap, drink a lot of tea, watch a movie, and knit a hat.

It's another great pattern from Spider Woman Knits.  (Remember the Cowl!)

I have received so much joy from her free patterns, I think it's time I contribute a little something to her.

Happy Monday!

P. S.  I used this yarn.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

those mitts, giveaway winner and trouble

{those mitts, extra long}

I love how enthusiastic all the comments were for Knit Nordic. There really is some fantastic history wrapped up in those nordic sweaters.  I just adore it.
The random number generator chose number 35, The Spindly Giraffe.  Please email (address in sidebar) me with your address so I can make sure Knit Nordic lands in your mailbox.

Today, our sweet Trouble turns 11.  Love her.  

Sunday, February 23, 2014

knit nordic giveaway

I'm sure you have seen this book floating around.  Knit Nordic by Eline Oftedal.  
I have always been a big fan of those vintage Nordic sweaters.  Can you imagine finding one now?  Let me just say, I learned a lot of Nordic knitting history from this book.  The Norwegian word for "sweater" is "genser", which derives from the word "gansey".  "Gansey" is the name of the traditional Guernsey fishermen's sweaters.   The nordic design in the book all have a fascinating heritage.  Some have a long history, others have a shorter one.  The book was inspired by four of the classic Norwegian patterns: Marius, Setesdal, and Fana and Voss.
The Marius sweater first appeared in the 1950's but traces its roots back to the Sedesdal pattern.  Handknit sweaters were the height of fashion in the postwar era.  Bitten Eriksen was a knitwear designer who created designs for a wool mill.  She was also the mother of the well-known skiers Stein and Marius Eriksen; Stein won a gold medal at the Oslo Winter Olympics in 1952.  Bitten's husband, also named Marius, was a gymnast who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics.  
The pieces in the book that derived from that design are a handbag, a racerback top, hotpants, a teddybear and a stocking.  
The Setesdal sweater dates back to 1848 when the artist Adolph Tidemand made a sketch of a young man wearing the sweater while visiting the Setesdal valley in the southern part of Norway.  The sweater was, and still is, knitted in black and white or grey and white, with a series of borders.
The pieces in the book that derived from the Setesdal pattern an ipad cover, a necktie, slippers, wristwarmers and a beanie.  
The Fana sweater originates from the west coast of Norway in a region named Bergen.  Bergen was the main trading town in Norway, so foreign fashions came to Bergen first before spreading to the rest of the country.  Photographs of fishermen wearing this sweater n Bergen date back to the late 1800's.  The Fana design is made up of a striped pattern, with a star design at the top and a checkered pattern at the bottom.
The pieces in the book that are derived from the Fana design are a beret, a half-sweater and a cup and coffee cozy.
The Voss sweater is a relatively new pattern in knitting, but has been around for centuries in embroidery.   This design is geometrical and often includes squares with a pattern inside.
The pieces in knit nordic that are derived from the Voss design are a toilet roll cover, potholders, a snood, a cushion cover and an iphone cover.

The techniques section in the back of the book, highlights many needs of a knitter.  Especially one getting started with nordic knitting and is a great reference to have on file.

If interested in winning a copy of knit nordic, please leave a comment before Wednesday the 26th, 9am EST.  I'll have the random number generator choose a name.

Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

calling all yogi's

I'm sure you have seen these.  Some people call them pedicure socks.  Others use them for yoga.  I happen to think they are great for both.  
This pattern is the treehugger warmers.  I really like this website.  They sell the item or a kit to make your own.  Genius.
I bought a kit, cause, hey, I LOVE to knit!
This pair is headed to my sister, Lisa.  To use while teaching or during her own practice.   I definitely have a few more of these in my knitting future.

Pattern:  Treehugger Warmers
Yarn:  Wool and the gang, 100% Peruvian Pima Cotton, midnight blue.
Needle size:  US 8
Notes: Easy and Fast!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

our "love day" cookie

Libby received a macaron maker for Christmas.  We weren't sure how well it would work, but were pleasantly surprised by the outcome.  I'll be honest.  We didn't make macarons that tasted like those from Laduree, but these were a little breeze of Paris in our kitchen.  
The kit includes super easy directions with a lot of different recipe's.  Many different choices and flavors.  
All the tools included to make the perfect little cookies.  And all perfectly sized.  
We made a basic buttercream frosting for the filling and tinted it pink for Valentine's Day.
These are almond flavored.
Next up, coconut.