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!

Rosemary Mitts

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!