Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Make Mom Happy This Mother's Day with Laura Aylor's Olethea Cowl

Say "I love you!" with this quick knit.

Every time mom wears this generous cowl she'll be getting a hug from you!  Using 1 x 1 ribbing and several variations of slipped garter rib, Laura Aylor's Olethea conforms to your shape and keeps your shoulders warm without restricting your arms. Knit seamlessly from the top down, the pattern includes 2 sizes and the neck can be made as a turtleneck or split collar.  

Enjoy all of Aylor's Cowl designs.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Foster Care to Success "Red Scarf Project" KAL

Join us for our 3rd annual Red Scarf KAL! Last year was a HUGE SUCCESS thank you to everyone who participated. And let’s make this one even bigger and better, please spread the word.

Foster Care to Success (FC2S) is the oldest and largest national nonprofit organization working solely with college bound foster youth. For over 30 years they have helped these students navigate the tricky waters of academia, gain personal fiscal responsibility, determine career goals, and create networks of friendship and support. Since 1981 over 50,000 foster youth have received support or funding from FC2S, helping them to transition from care to adulthood through education.

Little things make a big difference in the life of a college student, and sometimes they make ALL the difference. This holiday season please join me in supporting these college bound foster children by knitting or crocheting a Red Scarf for FC2S’s Red Scarf Project.

On Valentine’s Day they send these handmade Red Scarves in care packages and the scarves become treasured keepsakes that these students wear for years. The Red Scarf Project offers a unique opportunity to use your creativity to give a truly personal gift to one student as he or she moves forward to graduation and a brighter future.
Your Red Scarf can be knit in any pattern and in any weight yarn so to support this charitable cause I have written a Free Scarf Pattern: the “Teach a Friend to Knit Scarf” and am offering 40% off all my red yarn!

Specials 40-60% Off
Karabella Boise - Mauve #64
Lorna’s Laces Honor - Robot Overlord
Lorna’s Laces Bullfrogs & Butterflies - Poppy
Sandrasingh 1 Ply Merino Worsted - Love Potion #5, Burgundy, Love Potion #2, Wedding Dress, Love Potion #6.9, Firebird, La Boheme and Lip Rouge
Serendipitous Ewe Fate Fingering - Autumn Glow

Size: approximately 60” long x 5” to 8” wide. Scarves should be long enough to be wrapped around the neck, with tails long enough to be tied in the front.
Style: Think unisex collegiate. Fringes are optional. Your scarf should drape, tie easily and be soft.
Color: Red! However, this could mean burgundy, cherry, russet, red stripes with other colors, or multicolor hues including red.
Finished & tagged: Yarn ends should be securely sewn in. For a personal touch, attach a tag saying “Handmade for You” with your first name, city, and group affiliation Donors have also included washing instructions, messages of encouragement, gift cards, and more.

Mail to: Foster Care to Success, Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive Suite 130
Sterling, VA 20166

NOTE: Scarves are accepted Sept. 1st to Dec. 15, we’re getting a late start this year but so what, you can have your scarves ready by Sept!
I’ve started this Red Scarf Project KAL and would love to hear about your adventures knitting your special Red Scarf and of course see photos of your progress. I hope you join us.

I just wound up my yarn the other day, my Sandrasingh 1 Ply Merino Worsted in Love Potion #2.  Now to select a pattern!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

the Pond Cove Pullover by Laura Aylor

Perfect for layering!

A cover up for cool Summer nights on the beach and the perfect layering piece for Fall... Aylor's Pond Cove does double duty with its stylish deep neckline.  This slightly oversized pullver has modified drop sleeves, a generous ribbed collar, a split hem that’s longer in back and construction is top-down and seamless.  

A pullover is always a great Spring time and Summer project, it's a relaxing knit that you'll have finished in time for the cool weather. Enjoy all of Laura Aylor's Pullover and Cardigan projects.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

the Deco Fountain Shawl by RosyPosy Designs

A lovely crescent shaped shawl! 

A dramatic little shawl that add some "Art Deco" drama to your wardrobe! RosyPosy Designs' Deco Fountains is a lovely crescent shawl with a dramatic center lace panel and border.  It's worked top-down with only 400 yards of a sport or fingering weight yarn.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Transitional Knits: Ilga Leja's Open Waters Wrap

The perfect Wrap for any occasion! 

Whether you're taking a seaside stroll or more realistically running to the grocery store you'll always reach for your Open Waters wrap! Ilga Leja's Open Waters is very easy to work in alternating patterns of Seed Stitch and Wrapped Stitches.  

Knit in only 410 yards of a worsted weight yarn 2 skeins of my Sandrasingh 1 Ply Merino Worsted is perfect, and this yarn is On Sale for only $6 a skein!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Thurlby Lane Beanie KAL -- more finished Beanies!

Back in October 2014 a bunch of decided to have a Thurlby Lane Beanie KAL and I'm so happy we did!  I love this hat have worn it two two winters (and Autumns) in a row.  I've since added a bright pink fur poof on the top and love it all the more.  It dawned on me the other day I never showed off my finished Thurlby, so here it is...

Yep this is me in my Thurlby, sorry the pic is so blurry!
I knit mine if my 1 Ply Merino Worsted in the Blue Gray colorway. This yarn is now on sale for only $6 a skein!

And this adorable beanie was knit by my fellow knitter in arms Laurel Smith, also in my 1 Ply Merino Worsted in the Spring colorway.  Laurel reports that her son loves to wear it!

The timeless Thurlby Lane Beanie is part of Army of Knitters Winter 2013/14 collection and a very flattering design.  Play with solid or variegated colors as we did, or knit some intentional stripes, make it your own and have fun.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring 2016 Work In Progress Knit or Crochet Along

Kicking Off our Ravelry "Spring 2016 Work In Progress KAL or CAL!" 

The first day of Spring was March 20th and we finished our Winter WIP KAL & CAL with 4 finished WIP! Congratulations to all!

The weather is finally warming up perfect for taking out those languishing lace projects or forgotten pullovers and don’t forget the SOCKS!  Join our Spring 2016 WIP KAL or CAL and get the encouragement you need to finish.

No purchase necessary and any project (no matter where purchased) you had on your needles or hooks on or before March 21st is fair game.