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Friday, April 25, 2014

Holla Knits Blog Tour and Pattern Giveaway!

Now that I'm in Southern California, I cannot get enough of a good, lacy summer sweater. So I was holding my breath, waiting for the release of the most recent issue of Holla Knits!



And it did not disappoint with the Summery, beachy looks, perfect for the weather around here. 

However, there was one sweater that stood out for me....


When I saw the Cafe Au Lait cardigan by Kristin Singer, I knew I needed one in my wardrobe. So much so, that I've already cast on!

CafeAuLaitWIP2

I'm knitting the pattern as written, but subbing Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in place of the suggested yarn. I expect to wear this cardigan a lot, so I wanted something that would stand up to that kind of wear. 

Thus far the cables and lace are gorgeous and I can't stop knitting it. It looks tiny on the needles, but I trust that once blocked, it will be large enough for an adult human! 

Cafe au Lait cardigan in progress

Do you want to make your own Cafe Au Lait? Or any other pattern from the Spring Issue of Holla Knits?

I'm giving away a free pattern! Just comment here before next Friday, May 2nd, with your favorite Spring design, and you'll be entered to win!

Holla Knits Blog Tour Stops:

April 11: Kirsten Singer

April 15: Canary Knits
April 16: Baah Yarns
April 18: DovieJay Knits

April 22: Mari Knits
April 23: Magical Grammar
April 24: Knit York City
April 25: Under the Red Umbrella


The giveaway is now closed, thanks!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gettin' Back to It.

I've been a bit out of it, craft-wise. 

Messy Table
My crafting, I mean, kitchen table, complete with embroidery-in-progress

I'm sure you've noticed around here - updates have been sparse, and it's not just because I'm not blogging. It's because I wasn't really crafting. Of course, I've been working on Red Letter Day Stitches consistently for almost a year now (eeek!), but other than that, nada. 

Some Christmas presents, but nothing for me, and certainly not a sweater or major project. 

Yarn Desk
Piles of yarn at work. 

But early this year, I got some of the old itch back. And let me tell you, it feels really good to be excited about making something. 

Allyson is running a knit-along for her Fire Opal Tee, and since I've been coveting it for years, I had to join in. I'm knitting it in Comfy, as opposed to the recommended wool, but otherwise following the pattern. Of course, changing up the fiber means that the fit changes. 

Fire Opal Tee in progress!

For the most part this is good - I want a drape-y, warm-weather sweater. But after knitting a few inches, I was skeptical. It looked LARGE. I tried it on, and it was. large. So I pulled the whole thing out, and have started again, on the size 36. 

Whew. I guess you can't be out of the game for as long as I was and not expect a few bumps along the way, right?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"bitch, please..." an embroidered present

bitch, please.

I'm pretty lucky to work at a day job full of creative people. I work for a post-production house - which means we do production on films and TV shows after all the fun stuff happens. It's a good gig with a lot of fun people, and everyone is super supportive of artists.

So when my boss requested a stitched piece with the words "bitch, please..." for her birthday in March, I was happy to comply! 

bitch, please... embroidery piece

I like to sweeten up a salty phrase, so I added plenty of Lazy Daisies and some French Knots and called it done. It now sits on the edge of her desk, confronting those that might give her sass during the work day.

the back of the work - "bitch, please."

And a quick shot of the back of the work - I always love to see it, and I know you guys do, too!