End of Year Sale

Well, December certainly has flown by! To celebrate the end of the year and the start of a new one, I am having a pattern sale, now through 12/31.

20% off all my individual patterns in my Ravelry shop now through 12/31. Use the coupon code "happy2012" at checkout to have the discount applied!

Thanks for sticking around and reading the blog during 2011. 2012 is sure to be even better!


FO: Wedding Socks

I finally finished the socks that I started the day before our wedding:


Some nice plain ol' cuff down socks. These were the perfect knitting for the days around my wedding, when my brain was mostly fried and could do little except be nervous/freaking out about hosting the biggest party of my life.
These are knit out of STR Lightweight in the FemmeBot colorway. 60sts. US Size 1. Made for some nice, mostly non-pooling socks. 

I was going to keep these socks, but I have a person in mind that they would be better suited for. I think she will love them. 

I have lots more STR in the stash, that has been ignored for some time due to other projects and designs getting in the way. I think I may to dive into the stash and get another pair on the needles for those days when shawl math is a little too much. :)


E-Book Pre-Order

So, a couple months ago I decided that I really wanted to do an e-book. I have been having such a great time designing that it seemed like a good next step. I am so happy to say that my e-book is now available for pre-order!

The e-book is going to contain a total of 8 patterns, released throughout 2012. The first pattern, the Legume Hat, will be available in the e-book in January 2012.

If you pre-order the e-book now, you will get a PDF file with some general information. Then, after the first of the year, you will get an update to the e-book that will contain the Legume Hat pattern. Every month that another pattern is added, there will be an update to the e-book that will automatically be added to your Ravelry library!

The e-book is called Head, Shoulders, Wrists & Toes. It will contain patterns for those things. So, socks, hats, shawls, mitts. A new pattern will be added every other month, with two bonus patterns throughout the year. That's a total of 8 patterns for the year.

If you pre-order now, it will only be $18. For 8 patterns that is a VERY sweet deal. After Jan. 1, the price will go up to $24.

The patterns will be available for individual purchase 2 months after they have been released in the e-book. But, buying the e-book will be wayyy cheaper (for example, the Legume Hat pattern will be $5 once released). So get one now and tell your friends! :)

Happy knitting. I can't wait for next year and all the great knitting projects I plan to bring you!


It's an addiction.

Ok, this is a problem. I seriously cannot stop knitting wine cork people:

With the deadline for my upcoming pattern book looming and some other things in the works, I don't have lots of time for mindless knitting. But when I do, I don't know why, all I want to do is turn wine corks into people. And now I am getting super crazy and making my cork people with mustaches! Seriously, this is turning into a sickness. 

My combined couple days of cork knitting had turned into this:
And there are more wine corks around here. And I think people are going to start bringing me their wine corks. Someone help me.

Btw, the pattern is Korknisse. I modified it a little adding a little i-cord to the top of the hat.


Cookie Copycat

So, I was reading Debbi's blog the other day and she posted about these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I printed the recipe and then for days I could not get the idea of making these cookies out of my head. Fortunately, today we have family birthdays to celebrate and and a gingerbread house making party to go to, so I had an excuse to bake some delicious treats.

Of course, we had to have a taste test. Let me tell you, these things are soooo good. And, only three ingredients. I think it is literally impossible to screw them up, they are that easy. That's my kind of baking.

You can get the recipe here.

So, yeah, there is no knitting in this post. But in the name of cookies I think it's ok. :)


Knit Simple: Leaf Hat & Mittens

 Yesterday, the new Knit Simple Winter 2011 arrived in the mail.

Knit Simple Winter 2011. Photo by Paul Amato.

And look what's inside:
 Knit Simple Winter 2011. Photo by Paul Amato.

It's my new pattern!! Leaf Hat & Mittens! I was so so excited when I flipped open the magazine to find my pattern taking up a full page:
This being my first pattern in a magazine, you can guess there was much jumping up and down and squeeing. I hope you all like knitting it as much as I liked designing it!

Here are some pattern details:

Pattern: #26 Leaf Hat & #27 Leaf Mittens  (Rav link here & here)
Size: Adult
: Bulky / 12 ply (7 wpi) 
: 14 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch (using larger needles)
s: US 9 - 5.5 mm & US 10½ - 6.5 mm
If you have a subscription to Knit Simple, you might already have the magazine. If not, it hits newsstands on December 6th. I hope you'll check it out!

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