Knit Gift-along 2016

Hi Knit Friends,

Today I am trying to find ways to be grateful. It’s still hard to believe that my uncle is no longer with me. Last night, I watched the football game in his honor- quite fitting that the Raiders managed to beat Houston. No surprise to my uncle as I’m sure he probably had his hands in making it happen. Or maybe it’s the kid in my that has yet to let him go.

The last two years I have participated in Ravelry’s Giftalong. It a tradition that I hold to as I love to support small businesses. Each year over 300+ designers get together and select several items to sale at a discounted rate. I am doing my part in sharing this wonderful opportunity to all my knit friends

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Here is the direct link for over 300+ designers participating in Indie Gift-along

Here is the link that I used to craft my collage: Collage Maker: Be Funky

Below is a lovely selection that I have chosen to purchase.

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Passport Mitts Check This Out! Hat Birdcage
Skookum (hat) Free space Tacit (mitts)
Compass Shawl Luicida (hat) After Party (blanket)

 

 **this list reads from left to right. here’s a list of details for the Indie Design Knitalong. Discount (up to 25% off) designs begin today Nov 22,2016 to Nov 30, 2016. 

Friends what are you making for the holidays? 

 

 

 

 

Knitted Gifts and Extras

Hello Knitting Friends,

I have been very quiet this last month. I wish I could say that I was super busy with deadlines of knitted gifts, but it would be untrue. This last four months have been challenging. I have spent the last four years at the same company and position. I am happy to reveal that I will be starting 2016 at a new job.

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I decided to make my grandma some slippers while she recovers from knee surgery. We all know how much I love colorwork. This is such an amazing pattern. Thanks to a fellow knitter I found these via Instagram. Wanderers: Modern Mukluks. I am working on the second pair and will put in ‘afterthought heels’. The yarn is from an amazing Indie Dyer, Janel from Wandering Wool

In September, I broke my yarn diet and spoiled myself with Madelinetosh holiday club yarn. It was too irresistible to deny. A choice of yarn color with two different bases (BFL sock & quarter round), a project bag, stitch markers, and several unicorn tails for future heel/toe knitted socks. My choices were Pendleton Red & Winter White. I’m starting to like reds and greys. Madelinetosh makes the best greys.

2015 Madelinetosh Holiday Club

I also working on some new socks Not Just Boring Dude Socks for darling wife. I’ve just started the cuff, but they are going to be awesome (more pics soon). I also started on the Onward Shawl from my favorite designer Shannon Cook. I made a hat last year that made a wonder gift. I love her designs because they are written very concise and simple. One of the new frustrations that I have with patterns is that there are 5 different ways to write the same instructions. I dread patterns that have more than 3 pages.

Friends were you able to meet your knitting deadlines? What’s on your needles? Are you planning new knit goals in 2016? I’m working on my 2016 knit this weekend. Let’s hope all is well. Enjoy family and friends this holiday season, plus the unseasonably warm weather.

Thank You Santa

Hi Knitting Friends,

Today I am most excited to share my newest book acquisition. Created by my newest sock knit designer crush Hunter Hammersen .

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This blog post will have been published a couple of weeks after Thanksgiving. I can thank my new book discovery from my IG friend ‘Katie’. I try to share good knitting news with folks with the most amount of personal anonymity because it more about the process and less about the details of who says what.  Plus who can get over something so fantastic as stylishly knit socks.

Knowledge of what was Sensible socks
(c) Hunter Hammersen                Knowledge of what was sensible sock

 

I’ve never really considered myself a fashionista. I dress or create designs that make me feel comfortable. The older I become, I realize that my preferred styles have changed or I own more blues/oranges and even pick up the occasional fushia. I despise pink so I forewarn all my knitting friends to punch me if I show up with pink yarn.

Knitting friends, what are you asking Santa or knitting faeries to bring you? Is there a skein of yarn you are itching to buy or a pattern that has worn a hole in your pocket?

$28.46 GAL

Hi Knitting Friends,

I had such a busy weekend. I almost felt like I went to work because I was so busy. I had a nice time spoiling my partner with a dinner, movie, and shopping. It was nice because normally we are so busy resting from our work week– having a nice change to celebrate a birthday was a good change of pace.

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Today I made my purchased from Ravelry’s annual Indie Designer KAL. My contributions of $28.46. I selected over 30 patterns during my first review of eligible patterns, but then limited my choices based on the likelihood that I would start the pattern within the next 6 months. I plan to make Gramercy, Onward, and Bathurst for the Indie Designer KALs.

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Alicia Plummer– Paperwhite, Fresh Mint

Shannon Cook– Onward

Laura Chau– Bathurst

Corrine Walcher– Not Just Boring Dude Socks

Hunter Hammersen– Gramercy, Marooned

 

 

Indie Designer Blitz

Hi Knitting Friends,

It’s been awhile. October wasn’t the best month, but somehow I managed to get through it. I started job hunting two months ago. Three interviews later for three different positions– now I’m on my way to an ‘in-person’ interview. I am fighting to stay optimistic. I know that I want to see some changes in 2016. The holidays are a week away and my favorite time of year is just starting.

Indie Design GAL 2015

Last year was my first year supporting Indie Designer knit/crochet handmade wear . I enjoyed shopping for patterns at a small discount and participating in scavenger hunts. This is Ravelry’s chance to introduce you to over 400 designers and there is much to see. Here are the rules on how to label/tag your projects. I’ll probably stop by soon to share what I hope to knit during this time.

The fun doesn’t start until Thursday, November 19th @ 8pm EST. The large KAL2015 (insert garment type) runs from 11:59pm US EST on Thursday, December 31. Projects made before this are not eligible for the GAL.

So this is a great idea for purchasing items for knitting friends/family members. I used my Ravelry Favorite bundle (tagged as GAL2015) to tag items that I want to purchase in the future.What’s in your pattern gift bag? FYI…for tech savvy crafters– Pinterest will also have boards specifically for the Indie Design GAL (coming soon).

 

 

Dear Maddy: I LOVE U

Hi Knitting Friends,

Madelinetosh sock Coquette
Madelinetosh sock Coquette

I cannot hide my Madelinetosh obsession even if I tried. I was in my LYS near my job last weekend trying to be good. What do they say about ‘good intentions’ >> someone always finds trouble. I have an aversion to the color pink, but I promised my mom that she would have socks. I am aiming for Thanksgiving to be the due date >> so I hope to start soon or at least run through some patterns. Here are my top choices? What do factors do you consider before knitting socks?

(Left to Right) Cadence, My Cup of Tea, Gladys, and Wendel
(Left to Right) Cadence, My Cup of Tea, Gladys, and Wendel

My Cup of Tea socks by Robin Lynn / Cadence by Verybusymonkey

Wendel by General Hogbuffer / Gladys by The House of Hogbuffer