Saturday, September 8, 2018

Port Hope Shawl - Ready for Test Knit!

Test Knit is starting!

I'm not quite finished knitting it, but I hope I can interest you in joining me in a test knit on this lovely shawl. 
The Port Hope striped shawl is a graceful shallow triangle consisting of garter stripes with occasional strips of easy mesh lace. You may use 2 solid colors of fingering weight yarn, or use 2 gradient sets and get gradient stripes.

This shallow triangle design is knit from tip to tip. It increases in width, and then decreases after you reach the widest part of the triangle. The garter stripes form a graceful V shape and there are strips of simple eyelet lace to punctuate the design.
A very relaxing knit, the garter stitch is perfect for TV knitting or social knitting.
Gauge and stitch count are not crucial for this knit.
The shawl uses about 500 yds (450m) of each color.
Size: about 18” (45cm) deep, and 80” (200cm) tip to tip, after blocking. The piece can easily be made larger (or smaller).

Timing: The test will start in a couple of days, and will end about a month later.
I'm planning to release the design in October, to coincide with Breast Cancer Month {hence the pink color), and a portion of the proceeds of the pattern sales will be donated to breast cancer research - a cause that's near and dear to my heart.

Sound good? Want to learn more? Check out the thread in my Ravelry group.
In addition to getting help and support during the knit, you'll get a free pattern out of my Ravelry store, and a credit on the Rav pattern page.
I hope you'll join us!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Is It the End of Summer?

Here we are, well into August. Where did the summer go?
Are you thinking about fall yet? Do you have Back-to-School on your mind?

Maybe you’re planning your next knitting projects? To help you out, I’m having a “Buy One, Get One” sale on all my patterns, with coupon code AUGUST.  Just put 2 items in your shopping cart, and one of them will be free!  But act soon, this sale is for just one week, till Friday Aug. 17.

This is a great time to stock up on what you might want to knit this fall and winter! Click here.


I was sent this fascinating article on why crafting is good for us. Not just knitting, but sewing, gardening, quilting, and other crafts.  Have a look.

New project bag in the shop:

I made a slightly different style bag for my Etsy shop. I added straps on top so that it can be carried like a purse or a lunch bag. It’s made of easy-to-clean oilcloth in a cute cherry print, so it makes a good all-purpose bag for travel, lunches, beach, essential oils, or knitting. What do you think?

Also in my Etsy shop, I added free shipping on many of my items -- over 15 items now ship free in the U.S. This includes Star Wars, Doctor Who, and retro styles. Have fun browsing!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Monday, July 30, 2018

New way to send invitations, greeting cards.

Today I tried out a new service - Paperless Post. It's a way of sending birthday cards, greetings, flyers, invitations, etc. that you can quickly create and customize on your phone or on your PC. 
I tried it out to send my daughter-in-law a birthday card, and it was pretty easy to use, and quite intuitive. There are lots of beautiful templates to choose from, and you can customize them with colors, fonts, photos, and messages that suit your needs and your vibe. I think it would be great for wedding invitations, where you want a really special look.

I was happy with my first experience, and I'm sure I will get better with it the more I use it. It didn't take long at all, and I was able to schedule it to arrive right on her birthday (unlike putting a card in the mail - you're never sure when it will get there!).

Many of the services offered are free, but you can upgrade if you want some of the fancy add-on features. 

All in all I would recommend this for sending cute, elegant, funky, or amusing cards or invitations to your friends and family. Check it out, Paperless Post.

See you next time!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Happy Summer! New Projects and Coupon Codes

I hope you are all enjoying the summer. School's out, the days are long, in the northern hemisphere anyway, and the summer beckons.
I will be doing a little traveling, and then spend the rest of the summer at home.
There are some exciting knitting projects that I'm working on.
I'm knitting these comfy-cozy worsted weight socks, for publication this winter.

These socks will be a super-quick knit in worsted weight yarn, and will be ever so cozy to wear when lounging around in the winter time.

Second project, I am working to finish off this three-color shawl, I just have the edging to finish.

Third, I am in progress on this new shawl design, using a gorgeous gradient set from dragonfly Yarns.
It will be the same shape as my popular Pistachio Ice Cream shawl, but will have some new and different twists to it.  

And lastly, this set of yarn, pink and gray gradient sets, are destined to become another shawl design. These are from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. If the timing works out, the pink will highlight October, Breast Cancer month, with its pink ribbon theme. Stay tuned! 

I'm still making project bags in my Etsy shop. Here are some of the latest additions. 

Pussy Hat Project Bag

Marimekko Project Bag

For my loyal readers, here is a coupon code for you to use. Goodstuff10 will get you 10% off!

Also, from now till the end of July, I am featuring the Celesta Crescent shawl, with a 25% off coupon. Use code CELESTA to get your discount.

I hope you enjoy, and have a great summer!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Mother's Day Ideas - and Coupon Codes

Mother's Day is coming up, so I thought I'd offer you some Mother's Day gift ideas. I also have a link to suggestions on organizing a Mother's Day afternoon tea, for your mom, or any women who are special in your life. 
My mom isn't with me anymore (breast cancer), so now I'm the one who gets the special treatment. We usually have a nice brunch, and I get cards from the grandkids. 

Here's a couple of things you can whip up quickly for a Mother's Day gift. 

This snazzy water bottle holder is handy for those who want to stay hydrated and like to carry their own water bottle with them. You can knit it up in an evening!

If you like cables, these fingerless mitts  are pretty quick and easy.

Lazy Weekend Socks in worsted weight yarn are a fairly quick knit too.

Something for the home, maybe?
Here's the Hidden Pocket Pillow     

Coupon code "MOM" gets you 20% off anything in my Ravelry Store 

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If you're not up to knitting, a couple of items from my Etsy shop   might do the trick.
Here's a zipper pouch in washable oilcloth with a bright cherry print, perfect for cosmetics, essential oils, notions, or what-have-you.

and here's a pouch with the Gilmore Girls Stars Hollow icons on it. 

Lots of other zippy pouches are available.

Lavender Sachets to keep your woolens bug-free or to freshen up your linens, or underwear drawer, are also a nice gift. Just $15 for 3.  Here are a couple of options in blue or pink Liberty of London prints. 

The coupon code for Ravelry is "MOM". 
And, in my Etsy store  get 15 % off your purchase with code Goodstuff15.

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Here is the link from Harney's Tea to some ideas for hosting an afternoon tea, either for Mother's Day, a bridal shower, or just because!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway - Wool Studio Capsule Collection

Book Review Knit Studio

*** The winner is karenina4777 ! Congratulations Christine! ***

Today we’re reviewing the book Wool Studio - Capsule Collection.  

First impression when leafing through the book is that the photography is lush and gorgeous. It's designed to be a collection of wearable pieces that will enhance your wardrobe, and can go from casual to office wear.

Some of the sweaters are loose and slouchy with special details and finishes that add an elegance that makes them very appealing.

I really liked Carmel By the Sea --  a pullover with dropped sleeves and a broken-rib textured stitch. 

I don't generally like dropped sleeves - they can be sloppy looking - but this sweater really won me over. It's so pretty.

Falmouth is a slouchy cardigan that looks comfy and easy to wear.

Another pullover is Chatham. Again, it's very wearable, has a pretty rounded neckline, and using mostly stockinette stitch, and it really showcases a beautiful yarn. 
In this case they used Mrs. Crosby Hatbox yarn, a merino, silk, and cashmere blend.

The Malibu cowl uses a pretty stitch pattern to enhance its lush look.

 It's by Susanna IC and worked in Malabrigo Silky Merino, a wool-silk blend.

If you like cables rather than miles of stockinette, Brewster is the one for you. 

It has a band of cables around the neck and more cables on the sleeve – it’s beautiful and elegant (see below.)

I really liked the Truro pullover – it’s easy to wear with elegant stitches as accents.

The Ojai top is a statement piece with undulating waves of abstract cables.

This top is worked in one piece from side to side. It has very pretty cables that flow in a graceful way. This top is really original and arresting. 
I'd have to say it's my favorite of the collection.

Here's the Ravelry link, so you can browse the rest of the designs in this collection.


This book includes pieces that are easy to wear, original, and fun to knit. They have interesting details and unusual shapes. I think you'll enjoy this book. The pictures are gorgeous and it's fun to leaf through it. Recommended!

Thanks to Interweave Press, I'm able to offer a giveaway of a copy of this book to one lucky person who comments on the blog, naming a favorite pattern or a favorite aspect of the book.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from F+W Media.

Now for the giveaway information. If you post a comment on this blog entry stating which pattern is your favorite, and sign up for my newsletter, you will be entered into a giveaway to win your own copy of this book.

Be sure to give a Ravelry ID, or an email address -- or even your Instagram handle will do -- so that if you win, I have a way to contact you! Don't forget

I will select a name in 1 week's time, on April 19, 2018.