2015

New Patterns: Techno Trio & Dishcloths!

I think December is a manic month in any household. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other myriad of winter holidays, I feel like everyone goes JUUUUUUST a bit crazy! We're no exception here. Along with preparing the house for Christmas (decorations) and family visitors (cleaning!!!) I also get to prepare for my Dad's birthday, and my own. Well, I don't have to do much for my own birthday other than get mentally prepared for an exciting day. 

With all these preparations, and the desire to knit gifts for our friends and family, the need for QUICK knits is paramount. I think I've come up with a great collection to help accomplish just that: the Techno Trio

Winter Wanderland

The Details

Each of these patterns feature Blue Sky Alpaca 'Techno' yarn, a luxury blend of baby alpaca, silk and extra fine merino. All three designs use just 2 skeins of Techno yarn, and the Break Edge can be swapped and 2 hats can be made from 2 skeins (the tassel and line only uses 2 yards of yarn so you can have one white hat and one purple hat). 

The scarf and cowl are knit on 10.5 needles and can be knit in a day and the hat, knit on 8's, can also be done in a day. So there you go, three days, three gifts! 

 

Dad's Happy Birthday Dishcloths

My Dad is the dish-doer in the family and after receving this first set of hand-knit dishcloths a few years ago, they are on his birthday and Christmas wish lists every year. This year he gets super spoiled and gets 4 - and they're mostly manly. But most importantly they're double-sided with lots of texture for maximum scrub-ability! 

The the Mostly Manly Dishcloths on Ravelry for jut $1.50! One skein of Dishie yarn from Knit Picks will net 3 dishcloths.

 

MY happy birthday gift to you!

Using HAPPEEBIRTHDAE at checkout on Ravelry you can save 35% on all of my patterns (yep, even the Mostly Manly Dishcloths) from now until December 13th at 11:59pm PST. Go wild and get yourself a pattern (or three) and get those Christmas gifts checked off your list! 

Happy (holiday) knitting!!! 

See what I did there? 

Book Review: Holidays with SweetGeorgia, Vol. 1

Outside, the winter is quiet, with cold days melding into long, dark nights. 

If that doesn't make you want to grab your knitting needles and knit something cozy, I don't know what will! These are the opening words of the latest Look Book, Holidays with SweetGeorgia, Vol. 1 that I had a chance to review this week. And while I live in sunny SoCal, I can well-imagine myself in front of a roaring fire, a cup of hot cider (with a shot of whisky, don'tcha know) and a lap full of yarn to keep me warm and my fingers busy. 

Accessories Galore! 

This adorable 7-pattern collection has a little bit of everything for the winter knitter: shawls, a cowl-turned-hat, socks, lace work, double knitting and ombre colorwork.  The pattern that immediately caught my eye was Tallin by Deborah Dar Woon. It's so unbelievably creative... I totally wish I'd thought of it myself. And because the lovelies over at SweetGeorgia are so generous - they're going to let me give away one copy of this incredible pattern to one lucky reader.

But! Before I get to that, though, I have to share the other 6 patterns in this perfect-for-giving accessories pack so you can find one, or 5, and knit them up and give them to your favorite people (but only those who deserve it... you know what I'm talking about!).

Let's do this giveaway thing!

We'll keep this simple - to be entered to win a copy of the Tallin hat, shown above in the Empress colorway (for serious, could that name be any better?), leave a comment below telling me a) your Ravelry username and b) which of the wide array of colors that the CashLuxe Spark comes in, you would use to knit the hat. I love them all, but I think I'd be down with a "Ginger" skein to make this beauty. 

You can enter by leaving a comment until Sunday, November 29th at 11:59pm PST. I will announce the winner on Monday, November 30th. The pattern will be sent to the winner directly from SweetGeorgia Yarns on Ravelry. 

Wanna save 40% on SweetGeorgia patterns?

In addition to the super sweet giveaway above, the lovelies at SweetGeorgia Yarns have created a super-special not-so-secret discount code for my readers to user this holiday weekend! Visit https://sweetgeorgiayarns.com/shop/ and use BLACK2015SOCAL at checkout to get 40% off your pattern purchases. C'mon... does it get any better than that? Nope. Nope it doesn't. So really... what else is left other than to say TREAT YO'SELF! 

Thanks for stopping by to check out the awesomeness of SweetGeorgia Yarns. Enter the prize drawing. Save 40%  and have an awesome Thanksgiving!!! 

I received a copy of this LookBook from SweetGeorgia Yarns, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review of the designs contained within. The wording and opinions above are my own.