Pro-Verbial Yarn & Fiber Club Year 7


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Very excited to share that I will be part of A Verb for Keeping Warm’s Pro-Verbial Club this year! Sign ups for new members are open and I have a feeling you’ll want in!

This is the 7th (seventh?!) year of AVFKW’s wonderful Pro-Verbial Club – a club that sends out 4 shipments a year, each including an exclusive pattern and exclusive club colorway! This year it’s a big one and members will receive more yarn than previous years, and you’ll be able to sample a range of their wonderful US grown and milled yarns, CA specific yarns as well as Verb’s classics. What’s neat about this club is that you can also opt for a fiber option where you will receive equivalent fiber in the same content and exclusive colourway as the pattern calls for, and you can spin your own! Great if you’re looking to stretch your spinning skills this year. Dyers notes talking more about the yarn, fiber and dye used will also be included, as well as a lovely discount for all other regularly priced merchandise sold at Verb!

What’s more is that I have the honor of designing once more alongside my wonderful friends and talented designers – Andrea Mowry of DreaRenee KnitsAshley Yousling of Woolful and Julie Weisenberger of Cocoknits.

There is early bird pricing until Aug 15th, so I recommend you get ahead of the game! Sign ups close early September. More information and sign ups go here!!!

Knittin’ Little Summer KAL!


Last Autumn I had the pleasure of releasing a pattern with the then new Knittin’ Little – a quarterly collection of patterns for kids. Each season Knittin’ Little publishes an array of knitting patterns, from sweaters to accessories, by your favourite designers for both girls and boys. With the upcoming Summer collection releasing any day now a full year will be complete and Andrea is hosting a Summer KAL!

Knittin’ Little Summer KAL!

  • July 1st to August 31st.
  • Purchase any Knittin’ Little pattern (from Knittin’ Little or Ravelry), set up a project page and share photos of your progress in our Ravelry group and on Instagram (use #KnittinLittleKAL) during the KAL!

Simple as that.

There are plenty of prizes to be won, and at different times – before the KAL has started even!! Check out all the details on the Knittin’ Little blog to find out more!

I recently dyed a wonderful amount of Quince and Co’s almost-Chickadee yarn this wonderful shade of burnt peach-pink using avocado, and I have my fingers crossed that there is a pattern in the upcoming Summer Collection for a special knit for Louella!!

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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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