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. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

It's My Birthday, and You Get the Savings

It's My Birthday!

Hey it was my birthday on March 1, and I'm 29 again, as my husband tactfully suggests... so 29% off all my patterns!
The whole month of March will be my birthday celebration, and you can celebrate too. Here is a
coupon code for you.
That's it - an entire month of savings! Put reminders on your calendar so you don't forget :-)
So, get
29% off the price of each pattern. No limit to the number of times you use it. Feel free to share it with your friends, I don't mind!  

This woman is impressed with the savings!

I hope you enjoy them.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Easy Breezy Knit Along - Join now!

It's a Knit a Long!

Here's how it will work.
- Any pattern of mine will qualify.
- You have till June 30 2018 (over 4 months) to finish.
- Projects already started are eligible!
- If you subscribe to my newsletter, you'll get a discount coupon very soon ;-)
- Post pictures of your finished projects here to be eligible to win.

Prizes, prizes, prizes!

Quare Fibers sock yarn

Plucky Knitter DK

Stitch Sisterz Cashmere Fingering

I will give away one of these 3 pretty skeins of yarn to 3 lucky winners chosen at random.
You know what? If you win and you don't like these yarns, I will let you shop my stash. And it is extensive!

I will include 3 free patterns of mine too.

Also, in the Ravelry group, I will be available to answer questions you may have.
I hope there will also be good chatter among the participants.
Maybe I'll even give out a participation prize ;-)

So, let the games begin!! Join us here.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

What Do You Like in a Project Bag?

As you may know, I have a Etsy shop, Goodstuffcrafts.
where I sell project bags and notions pouches.

What TV shows or movies inspire you?
What themes or designs would you like to see in a project bag?

I will give a free pattern to one randomly-chosen answer to this question.

For example, I already feature Star Wars, Gilmore Girls, Doctor Who, Van Gogh's Starry Night, knitting sheep, alpacas wearing sweaters, balls of yarn, and more.
What else would you like to see?

Give me your ideas, you might win :-)

I'll leave this giveaway open for 2 weeks.  
Just comment below.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

New Pattern - Casa Loma Shawl - Coupon Code

New Pattern

My newest pattern is now in my Ravelry shop!
It's the Casa Loma Shawl. Casa Loma is an actual Scottish castle in Toronto. See above photo.

It is a long triangular shawlette or scarf that is just the right length to wrap around the neck once. Garter stitch is knit to a looser gauge to create a soft, cushy fabric that drapes nicely.
The lacy edge provides interest and charm. This shawl is comfy and elegant, no matter which way you wear it.

Until Feb 8, 2018, get 25% off this design with code CASA.   

It uses 393 yards (359 m) of Sport weight yarn, but there are instructions to use whatever amount of yarn you have available. You can use different weights of yarn too :-)

New in the Etsy Shop

I sewed up these pretty pouches in silvery metallic linen, with different colors of zippers and lining to make them fun. Perfect for notions, cosmetics, or essential oils.

Just $20.00!

Hope you like them :-)

Monday, January 22, 2018

Say goodbye to (some of) my patterns.

Hi everyone!
 It’s nice to write to you again.
I haven't blogged for some time. There was the holiday season, then we took a quick trip to Florida to visit some old friends, then both hubby and I came down with the flu. It was a really bad flu, we spent the better part of a week in bed. And not in a good way ;-)

Patterns Going Away

The next thing I wanted to share with you is that I'm planning to discontinue some of my older patterns in Ravelry. Either they were never very popular,  or they no longer reflect my current aesthetic, or maybe I just would have done them differently if I were writing them today.
If you would like to buy any of these, I'll keep them for another 2 weeks - and to help you with your buying decision, please use the coupon code "GOODBYE" for 25% off,  which will be valid on any of my patterns published in 2011 or earlier.
Happy shopping! Two weeks from now, many of these patterns will no longer available for purchase. 

I hope you understand, I'm trying to go for quality rather than quantity.  I have over 100 patterns published and maybe it's time to narrow them down a little bit. 
I would love to know what you think about this - do you think I should keep all the old patterns around, or is it a good idea to cull them down and keep the best ones only?

OK, I have decided.

I'm going to discontinue selling these patterns:
 Carol Landis Top
 Jelly Beans Kids Sweater
 Le Marais Vest
 Terrigal Trio of Tops
 Crayon Pocket Cardi

Thanks for your interest!  


Current Knitting

I hope we will have some fun knitting adventures in the new year. What are you up to right now? What are you working on? 
I'm working on a sweater for my grandson. He, mysteriously, does not like buttons. So I'm going to try a zippered cardigan this time. Here's a picture of where I am so far.

I also recently finished this pair of socks

This has got to be one of my favorite pairs of socks ever. Both the yarn, from Desert Vista Dye-works, and the pattern, Geek socks, from Knitty Magazine, came together in a pretty perfect way, don't you think? I'm super happy with these socks. 

What are you proud of that you have made? 

Etsy Shop

Oh I can't resist showing you some of the new project bags in my Etsy shop
Here is one featuring colorful balls of yarn with a gold-flecked cork fabric trim.

You can get a full size project bag, an optional vinyl window, or a cute little notions pouch. I think it's one of my favorite items. 

Currently, all my Star Wars bags are 15% off. Take a look and see if any appeal to you.

 That's it for now, we will talk soon.