I’m heading North!!

Woah the years just keep getting busier! BUT I’m really excited for May to have come around, as I have rather an exciting trip planned! I’m going to be getting off the farm, on a plane, and heading up to Corvallis, OR and Carnation, WA to teach at Stash and Tolt Yarn and Wool!! I’ll be going on about my love for short rows at Stash, and a wonderful all day class getting to know the Stories from Snoqualmie Valley shawl pattern at Tolt! You can find all the details below!!
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In between preparing for my trip and other life’s goings on I’ve decided to cast on my very own Snoqualmie Valley shawl! I had originally planned to go with some Fern Fiber yarn I purchased last year – some of their most wonderful ‘local’ Suffolk/Alpaca fiber, but found myself hesitating on the colour (not to mention the ‘only just enough’ yardage) and I felt the cabling might get lost in the rich deep dye of the Sumac Berries. It seemed Nikki and Maria could hear me over here as it was just a few days later that they released another yarn update, this time including another beautiful batch of their local blend. Again Suffolk and Alpaca, but in this gorgeous caramel brown. I believe undyed. I cast on just this morning and I’m already completely smitten! This is going to be one big cosy shawl! (and check out that stunning stitch marker ❣)

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Pattern Release : Earlyrising

DSC_0012 copyI’m a little behind in this space! Early spring is a full time here on the farm – lots of goats kidding, which means many more mouths to feed and new mums in the milking parlor! But I’m squeezing in this new hat pattern Earlyrising. It’s a little celebration of hard work, early mornings, and beautiful farm yarn. The 100% Shetland Wool comes from Tammy’s amazing flock at Wing and a Prayer Farm. Farmers can’t help but connect over the lifestyle, challenges, and achievements farming brings us, and it feels so appropriate to share this work-horse of a hat at such an intense time of year for anyone with livestock.

We’ve also decided to have a knit-along! Earlyrising is 20% off (no code needed) until Valentines day, as its the PERFECT gift for your partner… and we all know we like our men in hand knits! I highly recommend using Wing & A Prayer Farm’s 100% Shetland yarn, otherwise use this opportunity to support another true farm yarn local to you! We will start today and try finish by the end of the month! There is a ravelry thread here to share our progress, and we are using hashtag #EarlyrisingKAL across social media.

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♡♡ 20% off until Valentines Day!! No code needed ♡♡

Earlyrising knit-along is running Feb 12th to 29th! All the details to join in here!

There is something about true farm yarn that tells me it wants to be used – worn, loved and put to work – and it was no different when Wing and a Prayer’s Winter Borrow found its way into my hands. This gorgeous, rustic but soft 100% Shetland wool, from the beautiful pastures of Vermont, was begging to be turned into something practical and useful. And so Earlyrising was born. A unisex ‘let’s get the chores done’ kind of hat. Full of texture and all over intertwining cables, Earlyrising is now our go-to hat – for the early and the late milking shifts, to the midday kid feeding, on my husband’s head, or mine, it works for everyone, every job, every day!

Yarn: 2 (2, 2) skeins Winter Borrow by Wing and a Prayer Farm; 158 yds, 2.6oz, 100% Shetland wool, photographed in “Moorit”
or, 214 (240, 267) yds/196 (220, 245) meters

Needles: US 8 5mm, 16” circular and DPNs, US 4 3.5mm 16” circular, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 26 sts and 32 rows = 4”/10cm over cabled pattern on larger needles.
Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle.
Sizes: S (M, L)
Fits head: 20 (22, 24)”/(51, 56, 61) cm around. Actual measurement with no stretch: 15 (17.25, 19.5)”/38 (44, 49.5) cm around

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Pattern Release : Bracken

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One last pattern release of the year; Bracken!! A speedy little sweater I designed for Little Woolens – it really will be the quickest sweater you have ever made! It features Brooklyn Tweed’s new(ish) yarn Quarry, and worked on two contrasting sizes of needles it creates these super squish two row furrows – a stitch pattern I am now obsessed with!

Louella was missing a straightforward layer in her wardrobe, but I didn’t have the time to spend hours working away on a something, so I immediate picked up some Quarry. I wanted to design something easy to make and wear, but had a little flare. So whilst Bracken is a simple top down raglan worked completely in stockinette (and inside out) for the girlie version I added in some a-line shaping and the always-fun dropped back hem. The boy’s version has no body shaping. This is a close fitting design so I recommend choosing a size based on chest size, and referring to the schematic. The boy style is based off the girl’s slim-fit so you might consider going up a size for a more relaxed boy fit. Whats more, you can make the sweater completely reversible use the split-slice join, as suggested by Brooklyn Tweed in their Quarry PDF here!

Yarn: 1 (2, 2, 2, 2)(3, 3, 3, 4) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Quarry; 100% wool; 200 yds, 100 gms, Boy version shown in ””Lazulite”, Girls version in “Sulphur”, or, 187 (239, 275, 322, 380)(436, 509, 548, 643) yds / 171 (219, 252, 295, 348)(399, 466, 502, 588) meters bulky weight yarn.
Sizes: 6m (12m, 18m, 2yr, 4yr)(6yr, 8yr, 10yr, 12yr)
Finished Chest

Chest: 19 (20.25, 21, 22.25, 23.5)(24.5, 26.5, 27.75, 29.5)” / 48.5 (51.5, 53.5, 56.5, 59.5)(62, 67.5, 70.5, 75) cm

  Get 20% off all Little Woolens patterns – including Bracken – until midnight tonight using code “GIFTKNIT”! Happy last minute gift knitting!!!

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Merriment Cardigan!


Yes. I know. Two posts in two days?! Don’t faint. But I have to share with out the most beautiful pattern that was released today! It is the Merriment Cardigan and Bonnet (so I guess two patterns!) by Melynda Bernardi. If you follow her blog French Press Knits… remember those felted slippers?… you will know that Mel has recently taken the well deserved opportunity of being able to stay home with her three gorgeous kiddos, which also allows her to get back to some design work! Yay for us, as she is hitting the ground running with this gorgeous set of patterns!

Needless to say I jumped at the chance to test knit the cardigan. It’s just one of those designs I couldn’t get out of my head. I worked the 2T in Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter. I already had the red “Wool Socks” and the grey “Postcard” in my stash, and quickly ordered a few skeins of the brown “Nest” from Tolt Yarn and Wool (who have phenomenal shipping speed!). I went up a needle size for everything to get gauge, although this played with my row gauge a bit, and had to compensate in the body for my short yoke – however it all worked out!

Here are the patterns again – Merriment Cardigan and Merriment Bonnet – and not only is there a discount if you purchase both at once, but I believe you can get 20% off though the weekend.. all the details are here. Welcome back to the designing world Melynda!

 

Family-Friendly Knits Blog Tour

Very excited to be part of the Family-Friendly Knits Blog Tour this week!

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I first ‘met’ Courtney, as you do, through the paths of instagram and ravelry, connecting easily over knitting, designing, balancing life’s priorities and fainting goats…
Courtney’s designs are ones that you can’t help but be drawn to. Somehow she merges edgy with timeless, unique with universal. Texture is the name of the game in so many of her pieces, along with interesting construction and directional knitting. I always look forward to what she is up to, and you can find her patterns all over the place – Interweave, Holla Knits, Pom Pom Magazine, Taproot, Knit Picks… AND in her brand new book; Family-Friendly Knits!!

Upon hearing that she was working away on a book I knew it would have to find a way to my shelf, and was over the moon when Courtney asked me to be a part of the blog tour! I’ll admit to checking ravelry a few extra times around book release date to see if Court had put out any more sneak peaks, and it goes without saying that when the book arrived on my doorstep I couldn’t wait to see the results of all her hard work hiding in those pages.
Funnily enough, it really is what it says on the cover – a knitting book full to the brim of patterns for the whole family. Not only that, but designs of different abilities, time commitments and climate. Your Gran is covered with the Dart Shawl, your Mum definitely needs a cosy Ellen Saddle Gansey. The Man in your life is begging for warm toes this winter with these ridiculously clever Cuff to Cuff Socks, and how about working away on some selfish knitting to prepare for the warmer weather with a new layered piece like Peak Tank or Summer Lace Pullover?
Another thing that really drew me into this book is the range of patterns for the smaller people in the family – sweaters designed specifically for kids, as well as accessories sized for the whole family.

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It was the Choose Your Own Adventure Togue and Cowl that grabbed my attention straight away. I love a good colour work project, and knowing that I had the perfect leftovers the pattern calls for from this project and that Louella needed a new hat, I was game!
I was torn, however, as to which chart to follow. As the name suggests, you can create your own hat or cowl using different options of colour charts, one of which showcases Latvian Braids – something I hadn’t done before! Latvian Braids have always intrigued me. I think they look amazing at the cuff on mittens and I just love the extra dimension they give to a project. Before I worked on this hat I could not have even guessed as to how they are constructed. But like so many new techniques in knitting it really isn’t as hard as you think! This was definitely a learning project, and my tension is not perfect by any means, but after four braids I now feel confident that I’d consider selecting a pattern featuring them, or even incorporate them in some design work.
Cherry on the cake? Louella loves the hat – and I got to bust some of that left over yarn!!

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Lucky for you readers, Courtney is giving away a signed copy of her brand new book each day of the blog tour! You can enter today by going over to my Instagram where I have posted about this giveaway. Simply repost the image and use the hashtag #FFKGiveaway! Deadline is Thur, Dec 17 @ 11:59pm EST… but check out below for the rest of the blog tour and even more opportunities to enter!! Good luck!!

Tuesday, Dec 8
Andrea Mowry
dreareneeknits (IG) Deadline for entries: Fri, Dec 18 @ 11:59pm EST

Wednesday, Dec 9
Julie Letowski
homesweethomestead (IG) Deadline for entries: Wed, Dec 16 @ 11:59pm EST

Thursday, Dec 10
Annie Claire
byannieclaire (IG) Deadline for entries: Thur, Dec 17 @ 11:59pm EST

Friday, Dec 11
Lori Graham
loritimesfive (IG) Deadline for entries: Tues, Dec 15 @ 11:59pm EST

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Pattern release : Rosemary Mitts

I’m a little behind on blogging about my latest few patterns but in September fellow knitter and great friend Andrea and I released a new collaboration called “Naturally Straight Forward”. Being busy people, mothers, designers… who like to knit for fun as well as for ‘work’, we often find ourselves drawn to the simple knits in life.

Naturally Straight Forward
: simple : therapeutic : nurturing : interesting knitting :
With a focus on natural yarns – “Naturally”, and leaning heavily on stripes – “Straight”, Andrea Mowry and Annie Rowden bring you a gentle collection of patterns designed to occupy your hands and soothe your mind, moving you “Forward” through whichever place in life you find yourself.

Today we released a second installment just in time for some speedy Christmas gift knitting. My contribution is the Rosemary Mitts – simple, striped fingerless mitts with tons of character. They knit up quick and are so comfy to wear. Andrea designed the Farm Slippers, which have to get on my needles asap! We wrote both patterns in five different sizes, from toddler to adult so that every member of the family is covered!
We both used Fern Fiber‘s glorious Organic Merino wool, where the stunning naturally dyed colours lend themselves so perfectly to gentle stripes and marled knitting. The lichen green of my mitts were dyed using rosemary (hence the name) and the beige subtly dyed using cocoa chaff. Fern Fiber have frequent yarn updates in their shop; fernfiber.etsy.com

You can find 15% off either pattern using the code ‘FERNFIBER’, until tomorrow (Wed 12/2) midnight PST! Happy Christmas knitting!

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Sizes: Toddler (Child, S, M, L)
Yarn: Organic Merino Naturally Dyed Worsted by Fern Fiber; 40% Organic Merino, 280yds, 4oz;
1 skein Yarn A;
or, 30 (51, 81, 95, 110) yds/27 (47, 74, 87, 101) meters in worsted weight yarn.
1 skein Yarn B;
or, 25 (42, 67, 78, 90) yds/23 (38, 61, 71, 82) meters in worsted weight yarn.
Needles: US 6/4mm, 24” circular or DPNs, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 22 sts and 31 rows = 4”/10cm in St st.
Notions: Removable stitch markers, tapestry needle.

FLASH SALE! Happy Thanksgiving!

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It’s been a bit quiet around here, but not because I don’t have anything to share!

I’m just chiming in quickly to let you know that I’m having a speedy little sale over the next 24hrs to say THANKS, for everything – the hearts clicked, comments made, patterns bought and projects shared. I wouldn’t be here without you supportive knitters and so as a little thanks you can find a 50% discount on all my self published patterns on Ravelry (until 7pm tomorrow, no code needed!)

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!