WOW it is cold out today. It was 2 degrees this morning. We’ve been camped out by the woodstove all day. BRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

One of the great things about my new Swan’s Island Bulky yarn obsession is that, well, it’s super warm. I decided to release this one early, too (thanks to my amazing test knitters and a lovely tech editor!) By the way, the bulky is still on sale until December 20th!

Coalesce

(on sale for a short time!)

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It takes 3 skeins of Swan’s Island–2 for the MC and 1 for the CC (though you may want an extra skein…or eight). The great thing about this is that none of the rows involve using more than 1 color! The slip stitch texture, which is super easy, does all the work for you.

It’s an extremely fast knit and thus, perfect for Christmas (or just those of you who, like me, NEED to stay warm all the time. I’m just always cold. ALWAYSCOLD. bah).

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Speaking of cold, can you SEE my goosebumps?

I have more bulky stuff in the works, and some fun worsted projects involving Lioness Arts yarn, Western Sky Knits, Malabrigo, Brooklyn Tweed, and of course, Swan’s.

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This pattern is on sale for $3.00 until Christmas–no code needed! Keep warm, friends.

 

I’m going to go huddle down in the corner with some yarn by the fire and chug steaming hot chamomile tea.

Hello friends! I’ve released a new pattern: Downeast

Worked up in Swan’s Island’s Pure Blends Bulky. You can find them here: www.swansislandblankets.com, and they’re running a promo of 25% off all bulky weight yarn until December 20th, but calling is better (and easier) than ordering off the website. Plus it’s more personal, and we Mainers are friendly!

Question: Can you SEE the sleet? It was freezing out the day we shot on my friend Jen’s porch! When I saw this yarn, I decided I just had to make an over-the-top luxe sweater, but one that I could wear everyday and be practical with. Something warm, not too frilly or flouncy. Streamlined for running out the door with kids to do Christmas shopping, stop at the mechanics, muck to the post office, and relax by the fire.

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It’s pretty much my favorite sweater ever, next to Ease. It’s that time of year when the temps drop and they drop QUICKLY here in Maine. I was just reading that our region is experiencing record lows that are around 40-50 degrees colder than normal. Yikes! My hands are dry and my woodstove is constantly running. (note the close up of my hands–I literally slather on bag balm every night. works wonders.)

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When I first saw this yarn during a visit downeast (actually up the Maine coastline from me–it’s an old nautical term), my first impression of it was that it looked a little ropey in the skein. Once I touched it, squished it, though, and examined the construction, I was blown away. It’s got plies of plies, so it’s surprisingly pill-proof. I opted for the Pureblends because I love heathered yarn and the alpaca in this is guard-hair free.

One of the great things about this sweater is that at the gauge, 13 sts & 16 rows (for 4”), it knits up incredibly fast. It just flies!Ā  This is the Coalesce Shawl, in testing now.

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I’m so obsessed with this yarn I’ve decided to do a mini-collection in it. I’ve worked up a shawl, a poncho-type thing, and am now working on a bulky version of Ease. Yes, I know you’ve seen it before, but Ease at a bulky gauge is pure cozy!!! I’ll be looking for testers for the poncho thing and Ease very shortly, so keep an eye on the threads at Plum Dandi.

Talk soon (if I remember to update!)

 

I know, I know…my posts are few and far between. I’m so sorry about that. Lately, I’m focusing all my energy into writing a bunch of patterns to release. One of them is for you, dear friends! Click below for the PDF-and I know you’ll all forgive my inability to run a computer.

leydon

Leydon is a quick knit with a classic look. Cozy Fisherman’s Rib adds extra warmth at the edges where it’s needed most, while a simple oval knit/purl combination gives just the right amount of texture.

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Another great thing about these is that they’re simple enough to be perfectly unisex. They go well with flannel, cocoa, and cold weather…

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And they’re free! Permanently! šŸ™‚

So go grab yourself a rustic skein of Bare Naked Wools and whip some up–I’ve greatly overestimated yardage, and I’ll warn you–the simplicity can be addicting.

Head on over to Melissa’s website, www.dandiliongrldesigns.com

for yet another free pattern–and don’t forget, all our patterns are 50% off all day Monday the 2nd with the code “cybermon” (that last letter is an N, not an M:)

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A special thanks to my sister in law for her amazing modeling skills and willingness to stand out in the FREEZING COLD while I shot this! Isn’t she just gorgeous? (Inside and out).

The giveaway winner is Joanne Willoughby!!! Congrats, Joanne! Send me an email šŸ™‚

Today (er, last night) I released Quilted. This is one of those things, dear friends, where I searched for Quilted on Ravelry prior to naming this and nothing came up, but somehow there are many patterns with this name that just didn’t show during my search! IF you like it, please come show it some love on Ravelry! These pictures…I’m so excited to show you, because the little thumbnails just don’t do them justice and here I can blow them up full(er) size!

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Anyways, the inspiration for this is very personal for me. For years, my mother has made amazing, amazing quilts (I have pictures from the 80’s with some great star and pinwheel shapes!). One of her later quilts was a gift to my grandmother in all vintage reproduction fabrics. My grandmother passed away a few years ago (and don’t get me started on how incredible she was, or how deeply she’s missed–but that’s for another post). Anyways, when my grandmother passed the quilt was passed on to me. It’s very thin-no fluffy polyester batting, but instead that thin yet substantial cotton batting that makes the quilt super light yet amazingly warm and cozy.

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It’s my absolute FAVORITE thing to snuggle up in in the living room. I wanted something to carry that feel in the knitwear–smooshy, yet lightweight, with some fun geometrical interest. Thus, quilted was created. It takes around 510-600 yards of Aran weight yarn– I used the lightweight Osprey.

My favorite thing about this pattern is the squish–but my next fave thing is all the ways it can be worn!

Doubled, above. Singled, below:

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As an open back shrug of sorts: (and another shot of Rough and Tumble Bag)

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And as a nursing cover:

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Yes, I know, Alora is freakishly beautiful. She’s an even more beautiful person on the inside and I am honored to have her as a friend!

This is also the first pattern I’ve done where I’ve made up my very own chart! Lots of work, but exciting.

 

 

Guys, I am so sososo sorry I haven’t posted as much lately! But I’ve drawn the winners!

MaryJo

Nidhi

& Cinnamon!

Please pm me on Ravelry so I can gift you a copy!

So…what’s on my needles now?

IMG_1096A few different things! I have a rustic BT cardi in the works, another Starboard for E in beloved Swan’s Island, and a cozy shawl in Mecha.

One of the questions I’ve been asked by so many of you dear friends is how I do it. Melissa and I laugh about that one, because we really, really, really (let me STRESS this) don’t do it all. A typical day for me can involve lots of things, but I make sure to block off anything after 8:30 for knitting and Rav-message responding, pattern writing, communicating with my lovely TE Jan, brainstorming, and so on.

My house is pretty messy. My stomach pooches out a bit at the bottom because I never do those crunches I promise myself I’ll do every night. My car is…well, let’s just say some of my friends refuse to ride in my car.

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All that being said, downtime is so nice. Here I am with some cocoa, wooly slippers and a fire in the woodstove. šŸ™‚

But my knitting is enjoyable, my husband is happy, & my children are well cared for. I guess you’d say I’m one of those people that really isn’t on top of everything, but sometimes appears as though she is. I promise–I’m not! 5 p.m. usually finds me frantically trying to defrost something for dinner because I forgot to thaw earlier–or vacuuming because I haven’t cleaned at all during the day. I’m trying to remind myself that time is fleeting, and it doesn’t hurt anything if I finish a sweater a few days later than I wanted. It’s not going to ruin the day if the laundry is spread eagle across my bathroom floor for one more night.

So how do you handle your time? I’m intrigued to hear any tips you might have about time management that you’d like to share with others! Are you Christmas knitting yet? Are you going to do Christmas knitting?

Today’s giveaway is few skeins of cascade 220 sport in a lovely slate blue color! Comment and share on another social media site (but please no spamming in random Rav groups!)

xoxo