FO: The Belle Haven Mystery Shawl

If you are in the Ravelry group, then you know that this month I have been hosting another Mystery Shawl KAL. (If you are not in the group, you should join, we have fun there!)

The KAL is coming to end, so I am happy to show off my Mystery Shawl. It's the Belle Haven Shawl:

I knit mine out of one skein of Skinny Bugga! from Cephalopod Yarns. Mine is in the Chester Cricket colorway.

The shawl currently out there as a free pattern in four parts, but come April 7th, when the KAL is officially over, it will be converted to a regular paid pattern.

So, if you haven't downloaded yet, you might want to do it while it's free. We all love free. :)

 If you want to see lots of pretty shawls, hop over to this thread in my Rav group to see them all. I have been drooling over my keyboard at all the shawl prettiness!


New Pattern: Aberdeen Scarf

I have been knitting a stupid amount of shawls lately. Don't get me wrong, I love knitting a shawl, but it was getting kind of ridiculous. I was still wanting something lacey to work on, but something kinda easy that was pretty to look at and didn't give me that "shawl math headache."

And so the Aberdeen Scarf was born.

Knit using just one skein of Anzula Cloud, you can whip one up in a flash.

The lace pattern is an 8 row repeat, so after a few repeats you will likely have it memorized. If you want to make it wider and make a stole, you can easily add extra stitches and make it bigger.

I think it's the perfect scarf for springtime, don't you?

Pattern is $4.00 on Ravelry, but if you use the coupon code "springscarf" you can get it for just $3.00 now through 3/30. A sweet deal for a sweet scarf.

Hope you enjoy the new pattern! Happy knitting.


The Principles of Knitting

I was knitting with my buddies a couple weeks ago, and Jenni brought her latest book purchase. The Principles of Knitting. I drooled over it for a few minutes then promptly went home and ordered my own.

This thing puts my college chemistry text books to shame. It's a monster!

It has info on just about everything you would ever want to know in knitting. A great reference for any knitter.

I got mine on Amazon for $27. When the book was out of print I heard that you could only get them on Ebay if you were willing to spend $500-700, so I thought it was best to get one now before this second edition goes out of print one day. $27 is much better that $500. :)


For the Love of Mustache

So, the other day, I am minding my own business, checking Facebook, like I do and my friend Beth has posted a link on my wall of something on the Slipped Stitch Studio etsy site. Something marvelous. Something mustache. She knew sending this link to me would be tempting. Of course, it was too tempting. And I am now the proud owner of a mustache-themed project bag.
Is it wrong that I would like to start using this bag as my purse? :)


Now Available: Legume Hat

I am so happy to report that the Legume Hat is now available for individual purchase!

This hat is knit out of one skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky. Shown in the Golden Hickory colorway.

The pattern is sized for both child and adult. The swirling rib pattern make it a great hat for anyone!

The pattern retails for $5, but if you use the coupon code "legume" at checkout, you can get it for just $4, now through 3/16. A sweet deal.


Auntie knows best.

Tomorrow, Alex and I will be watching my niece for the evening. I'm pretty excited about it because she is a super fun age (21 months), and provides us with hours of entertainment. She talks nonstop, loves Mickey Mouse, and her favorite thing is to have people read to her.
Since she does love to be read to so much, I couldn't resist the urge to get her a book. Gotta start them young on the yarn, I say!
Of course when the book arrived, I had to give it a read. It is the cutest book about a little girl who finds a box of yarn. The best part? She never runs out of it!

I really hope she likes the book.  I have some pretty serious plans to teach her to knit when she turns five, so this is my first attempt to get her interested in it. :)

Have you found any other good kids books about knitting/yarn/sheep?  Let me know!


The story of my new needles

So, a week or so ago, I'm sitting at home, minding my own business, reading some blogs, when Steph mentions she got some new needles. I thought to myself 'hmm, maybe I would like to try those' and moved along. 

So then a few days later, I'm reading some blogs again and Sheri mentions that The Loopy Ewe is now carrying the very needles I saw on Steph's blog days before. Well, you can imagine what happened next. A couple days later I had my knew Knitter's Pride Dreamz needles in my hands.

I just got one circular (for now). I got my favorite size: a 32" US Size 4. I almost always knit shawls on a US Size 4 and I already had a new design on the needles with one, so of course I had to switch the needles out to try my new one. The verdict? I LOVE it!

They are very similar to the Knit Picks needles, and I have heard that they are made by the same manufacturer. I love love love the color of the wood needle. Each size is a different color which totally makes me want to collect one in every size! So pretty.

I definitely see more of these entering the needle stash in the near future.


New E-book Pattern: Willoughby

It's March so that means it's time for another pattern in my Head, Shoulders, Wrist & Toes E-book. This month, it's something for your shoulders. It's the Willoughby shawl.

It's knit out of one skein of Hazel Knits Entice MCN yarn. Shown in the Hoppy Blonde colorway. The pattern is written for one skein, but there are notes included on how to make the shawl bigger if you want to (you will need a second skein of yarn for that though).

I have already worn mine several times and gotten lots of nice compliments from knitters and non-knitters. A shawl success if you ask me. :)

The pattern is exclusive to the e-book until May of this year. After that, it will be available for individual purchase. If you buy the e-book, you will be getting patterns added throughout the year. In the end 8 patterns for $24. That is a sweet deal! You can find all the details about my ebook here.

Hope you enjoy. Happy knitting!


Knit Noro Winner

I just realized I never selected a winner for the Knit Noro Accessories book...oops.

Using the trusty random number generator....the winner is jessy! Congrats Jessy! (check your Ravelry inbox, please).

Thanks everyone for stopping by the blog. I will be taking a break from the book reviews for the next couple of weeks. But I still have more books to review (which means more books to giveaway) so stay tuned!

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