Thursday, August 7, 2014

Feature or Flaw?

I've been working the fronts of my Sybil Sweater together to keep them even (a frequent problem for me in my cardigan knitting), and I knew it wasn't going to be long before something like this happened:

The fronts are knit with a garter stitch border, and I managed to knit a few border rows in stockinette. Since I hate ripping back - and I didn't notice the flaw until I had both self-corrected, and was a few rows in - I've decided to keep the flaw. It doesn't affect the fit in any way (unlike my total disaster Meeting Point frogging), so there's the possibility for a unique element.

I'm planning to do a small embroidery bit on the stockinette portion of the border - maybe in Redcoat...

How do you handle minor errors in your knitting? Plow forward or rip back?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Yarn: Domestic Merino

One of my goals for this year is to make a concerted effort to use more base yarns sourced in the United States, so I get really excited when I see US sourced yarns show up in my supplier's offerings.

The newest yarn I am test dyeing and test knitting is a 100% superwash Merino sock weight, sourced and spun here in the US.

So far, it feels really promising - super springy and cushy. Since it's Merino and superwash. the yarn will take dye like a champ. Time to wind it into hanks and take it for a test dye!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Holla Home Winners!

The winner of the Movie Night Blanket pattern is...
 lucky number 5, amchart!

And, the winner of the Worsted Single-Ply yarn is....
the equally lucky number 18, Andrea! 

Congratulations, ladies!

And, a big thanks to everyone for supporting Holla Knits - if you aren't already, you really should follow along in the Ravelry group. A special collections knit-a-long is starting at the beginning of August - the spring KAL was really fun and had fantastic prizes, so you definitely don't want to miss out!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Holla Home: Movie Night Blanket + Giveaway

Welcome to the Holla Knits Home Collection blog tour! The collection features all kinds of goodies you'll want to feather your nest, and my Worsted Single Ply yarn was featured in a fantastic blanket.  

***Scroll down to enter a giveaway for the pattern and yarn***

I'll confess that I am not normally a blanket knitter beyond baby blankets. However, Jean Chung's amazing Movie Night Blanket, knit with Knits in Class Worsted Single Ply takes away a lot of the things that make full-size blanket knitting difficult.

It has an interesting, but not impossible, stitch pattern.

Knit in a heavy worsted weight, it won't take forever. And, Worsted Single-Ply is a lofty single-ply merino - so, the blanket won't weigh a ton.

Knit in two pieces with a lovely button band, it won't become a monster to manage knitting. (And might even be portable knitting!) Plus, there's the opportunity to select some really great buttons to finish off the blanket.

The Movie Night Blanket is only one part of this collection - there's also a table setting, wall hanging, and two really unique and fun pillows (I've got my eye on What's Your Sign?). You can get the whole collection right here, or become a subscriber (the best way to enjoy Holla Knits!).

And... What would a blog tour be without a giveaway?
If you aren't a subscriber yet, enter to win a copy of the Movie Night Blanket pattern - just leave me a comment, along with a way to get in touch with you if you win (i.e., Ravelry name, e-mail, Twitter handle)
If you ARE a subscriber, enter to win a big, fat, 8 ounce skein of Worsted Single-Ply in Surf to get you started on this awesome blanket! Leave a comment along with your subscriber e-mail address. (I told you being a subscriber was the best!)
I'll draw winners on Monday, July 21.

Can't wait to see if you've won? I've got a yarn sale on right now - coupon code HOLLAHOME20 for 20% off anything in the Knits In Class Etsy shop!

Thanks for following along on the Holla Knits Home Collection blog tour!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fall Color Inspiration: the Library

It might be July, but I'm already thinking of crisp days, cold nights, and cozying up with a good book and a hot drink (of course, since we are having a summer polar vortex - how is that even possible? - I could do that today). For the first time, I'm developing a seasonal color palette, and I'm super excited about my fall/winter inspiration - the library!

Not just any old collection of books, mind you, but the coziest collection of leather bound books, antique maps, and squashy armchairs. And, possibly a little bit of the Gryffindor common room thrown in for good measure...

You can follow along with my inspiration board on Pinterest, and here's a sneaky peek of one of the new colors:

Monday, July 7, 2014

Holla at Home

Holla Knits has another amazing special collection for you to knit - time to feather your nest with the Holla Knits Home Collection!

To celebrate the launch, there's a blog tour starting tomorrow at The Sweatshop of Love. I'll be rounding out the blog tour on July 17, but be sure to visit all the blogs on the tour for insights into the home collection and some lovely giveaways. 

July 7: Launch
July 8: The Sweatshop of Love - pattern giveaway and SEG: Kit
July 9: Jean Chung - pattern giveaway
July 10: Emily Ringleman - SEG: Kit
July 11: Klever Knits - Louet Linen skein of winner’s choice + pattern SEG: 4 skeins CotLin in Canary

July 14: Canary Knits - an amateur's personalized horoscope for one winner
July 15: Louet Blog - pattern giveaway
July 16: Laura McDougal - pattern giveaway
July 17: Knits in Class - pattern giveaway

Sunday, July 6, 2014

At the Cabin

In Minnesota, July 4th is the weekend where anyone who has access to lakefront property goes "up North." (And, it is always a cabin, never a "summer house" - got that bit of dialog wrong, Fargo) Like all good Minnesotans, it is also our family's annual cabin pilgrimage to my parents' cabin in northern Wisconsin. We've been there nearly every year for the past ten years (since Noah was just a baby!), and I love looking through the old photographs and seeing how the kids have grown.

The boys were so independent this year - which made it feel a lot more like a vacation and less like herding cats. Noah can bait his own hook, and usually gets the fish off the hook, too.

Finn learned how to row and steer the rowboat, as well as how to secure it to the dock.
Addy was, well, Addy - and busy - but without needing constant vigilance with the other two, keeping her entertained was a whole lot easier.

We were blessed with decent weather for most of the vacation - but the lake was exceptionally cold. The boys were determined, though, so they braved the chill.

 I even got in some knitting time (almost done with the fronts on my Sybil sweater!).

 Hope you had a restful holiday weekend!