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.

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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

If you’re anything like me, you’re going, going, going, and then you stop and think “now where did that last week go?”

Time just seems to go by faster and faster. I meant to release last week, but today I released Thoroughbred, a quick pair of fingerless mitts knit up in Swan’s Island’s new Eco-Wash yarn. Some of you already know I’m a fan of SI.(Can we also talk about how GORGEOUS Alora AND her horse are?)

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For those of you who don’t, let me tell you why you need to try this stuff: It’s like the champagne of local yarns. Out of all the US-made yarns I’ve worked with, Swan’s Island is the most luxurious. Their new yarn is 100% Merino superwash–but not superwash as you know it. Most typical superwash yarns are run through a bleach bath or worked over with other similar chemicals to burn off the “scales” on the yarn (much like cuticles on your hair). SI’s new eco-wash is rendered washable with a special enzyme instead. This makes it friendlier to the fibers themselves and also the environment.

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For those of you looking, you can find Swan’s Island’s new yarn here. I love every single color–I haven’t found a combination that doesn’t work in some way. The colors are just so perfect for autumn.

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In celebration of this release, I’m giving away a skein of Swan’s Island’s laceweight yarn from my personal stash…just gorgeous!

To enter, go favorite Thoroughbred on Ravelry if you haven’t already, and share this post on facebook-leave me a note here saying you did!

I’ll be drawing each day’s giveaway a week or so from the original post, so the other giveaways are still open, too!

Until next time!

xoxo

 

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(Hannah modeling my new favorite Market Bag from R & T)

Sometimes random moments are just meant to be. The first time I ever walked into Natasha’s store, Rough & Tumble, was completely by chance. It just happens to be two storefronts down from my favorite LYS, and while we were all sitting in a circle, knitting away, one of the ladies mentioned it. I honed in on two words in particular, and heard nothing else–local, handbag. You all at this point obviously know my deep, driving passion for local items and those of you closer to me know about my small collection of coach bags. With that in mind, I convinced one of the ladies to accompany me down the street.
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Walking in was an experience in itself–the shop is a breezy mixture of clean lines, stunning bags, and negative space. It much reflects Natasha herself–she has a sunny, cheerful face and a zen-like peace about her, even when she’s busy. She took the time to tell me a lot about the store.
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All the bags are handmade right there–the entire workspace is open, separated only by a countertop like structure.
Natasha works with all different kinds of materials–deceptively delicate looking linen, rugged waxed canvas, and buttery soft leather. She designs for both function and beauty–one of her bags can be used 3 different ways–and goes through many prototypes to get it right.
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The bottom line, in my opinion? The pieces are gorgeous, ethical, and local. The aesthetic is stunning. The bags are strong. The prices are more than fair. I’ve just sold most of my coach bags at a yard sale and will be adding to my new Rough & Tumble Collection. Just look at these gorgeous pieces with artist-designed linen (I have a market bag with the white lines!)
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I was also lucky enough to use one of Natasha’s bags for a photo shoot involving two upcoming patterns, Trowbridge & Quilted. This autumn, I’m working with an outdoor theme (can you tell?)
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I love the rich cinnamon-pumpkin shade of this one.

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It seems to harmonize with everything we style it with! The White cowl is worked up in Quince & Co’s Osprey yarn. A favorite local Maine yarn of mine!

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For the giveaway- 2 skeins of Quince & Co. Lark AND one R & T wristlet of my choice.
To enter: share this post on facebook, and then visit Natasha’s Rough & Tumble on Etsy and tell me which bag you think would work with everything in your closet!

I just wanted to add that I am not sponsored by any of the companies I promote–I love this stuff and I that’s why I write about it!

Winner will be announced one week from today!
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