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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