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Yarn Harlot - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 21:06

I’m ready to talk about the hats.

A few weeks before Christmas, I noticed that the Tiny Lumberjack hat that I’d knit for Elliot was too small. (He’s really a rather petit little fellow, but growing like a weed.) Meg had it on him with the brim folded down and well… it triggered some grandmother knitting.

I decided he should have a new, bigger one for Christmas.  Easy enough.  I mucked around with the pattern, changed it to worsted weight, and made it big enough to last him a good long time. One evening while I was knitting it, Joe looked over and complimented the hat and said he’d really like one just like it. Then Pato said the same thing, and then I started thinking about how much Sam loves it when people have matching clothes, and an idea was born.  It was a crazy idea – I see that now. I decided I would pound out eight of those hats, one for everyone* knit in time for Christmas.  This idea, as mad as it was, had a lot going for it.

a) this is a very cute hat.

b) who doesn’t need a hat, also they are faster to knit than socks.

c) Sam loves matching things so much that I imagined that when she figured out we all had matching hats, she would probably go bananas.

I started. I bought the yarn (then I bought more yarn, seeing immediately that I didn’t have enough**) and then I just kept knitting them.  At every occasion I pulled out a grey cabled hat with a red and white striped brim, and nobody said anything.

Nobody in the family caught on that there were multiples of this hat…

and as the hats waxed and waned across my instagram feed,  progress gained, lost, then gained again… not a single person left a comment that said anything like “Wing of moth, how long is it going to take you to knit that hat”

or “Did you have to rip back? Were you not almost done that beast?”

or “Is this all you knit now?” (Which would have at least been accurate. It was all I knit. Me. That hat.  Morning. Night. By the fire. By the tree. On buses. On airplanes. Everywhere. That hat. All the time.

By Christmas morning I had (almost) all the hats knit. I wrapped them all up, with a label that read “For Joe (and Sam)” “For Meg (and Sam)” “For Alex (and Sam)” and I handed them all out at once. Sam was enchanted and excited….

It was as awesome as I thought it might be, and everyone was so happy, so delighted to be like each other – it got me thinking about teams and uniforms and that maybe Sam is onto something with the matching stuff – maybe it’s comforting to know who’s on your side at a glance.

This was confirmed for me the other night, at our regular dinner with Elliot (and it’s nice to see Meg and Alex too) when Joe wore his hat, and then Ken arrived wearing his, and Elliot looked up at the two of them and you could just see his little mind processing the fact that they had the same hat on, his eyes flicking from pom pom to pom pom.   Ken noticed him looking and leaned in. “That’s right” he said. “It’s the same hat….”

“It’s how you can spot your people.”

*I look pretty phallic in most hats, and this one is no exception. I skipped the one for me.

**Wrong again. I have heaps of leftovers. Yarn insecurity is a terrible thing.

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Modification Monday: Hybrid Reindeer/Thereafter

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:00

Original Patterns: Reindeer and Thereafter Knitter Extraordinaire: Lesley (Ravelry ID) Mods: Lesley combined two patterns, using Reindeer for most of the sweater, and adding the back panel from Thereafter. Details and plenty more great photos can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome:  Lesley notes that she had both of these

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Sunday knit chat...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 19:15
Hello and welcome to Sunday. :) First off, thank you for words of well wishes, thoughts and prayers. I don't always feel comfortable telling people what is going on in my personal life for fear that I will sounds like I am looking for sympathy or complaining. Because sometimes my... Andi
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FO | Nearly Neutral Kintra Cowl-Scarf

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 11:30
Clearly, it's impossible to have too many handknits this winter. There's snow on the ground, more is on the way, and it's so cold here, we've been breaking temperature records (some of which date back to the 1800s) almost daily.
Between the frigid temps and my vow to make better use of the many shrine-of-precious yarns that reside in my stash, I've been diligently transforming sumptuous skeins into cowls, scarves or a mix of both (cowl-scarf).

At the same time, I've been striving to create pieces that coordinate with my favorite fingerless mitts in order to build coordinating sets.

Last week, therefore, I focused on finishing this cowl. It features a five-stage gradient, so colorwise, it mimics the mitts on a grander scale:
  • Section 1: Black
  • Section 2: Black and grey
  • Section 3: Grey
  • Section 4: Grey and cream
  • Section 5: Cream
I know all-enveloping scarves and cowls are the trend, but I prefer a narrow profile, which for me is less overwhelming and more versatile. Much like the Colsie cowl, therefore, I chose to work this flat with small buttonholes so it can be worn closed like a cowl, open like a scarf, or twisted and draped in different configurations. 

Kintra Reversible Cowl / Scarf
Pattern: In development
Yarn: Tajmahal (Filatura Cervinia & GGH), Charlemont (Valley Yarns)
Needles: US 8 (5 mm)
Yardage: ~400 yards
Dimensions: 4 x 45 ins

This blend of superfine merino, silk and cashmere is delightfully soft, knits up beautifully, and looks good even in its unblocked state, as it is here. The reversible rounded rib is plush and stretchy, and the finished fabric offers the perfect balance of warmth without excessive weight. Plus, the neutral shades blend seamlessly with my equally neutral wardrobe, while the small band of red adds a spark of color.
In other words, I'm so enamored with this cowl right now, I'm ready to make another. All I need to do is spend some quality time with my stash, choose the right yarn and cast on.

Looking for the Kintra Cowl pattern? It's in development and will soon be ready to send to the tech editor.


 FO | Kintra Mitts Nearly Neutral  Pattern | Kintra Mitts

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 11:00

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Apparently a hot bath burns as many calories as a 30 minute walk. So if you need me, I’ll be in the tub. What I learned from a week with no technology. These tiny works of art are incredible! How to do more of what’s meaningful, and less

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Not a hat

Yarn Harlot - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 21:28

In the last weeks before Christmas (and before New Years, I was running late) I knit eight hats, and the hats were all I knit. Morning, noon, night, hats, hats, hats. I’ll show you pictures another day when I can stand to look at them, but the important thing to know about that little streak is that now I am so tired of hats that I’m feeling the occasional urge to slap them off the heads of strangers.

During the last of the hats, I comforted myself by lining up two projects I was going to start the minute it was all over, and when I say that I lined them up, I don’t mean that I sort of thought about what it was going to be and kept them in my mind.  I mean that I took the yarns out of the cupboard, got the needles, organized the patterns and put it all right next to me so that it was literally lined up. I’d knit a hat for a bit, then reach over and pat the reward yarns, quietly mumbling eloquent things like “^%$#%ing hats.”

I started too look forward to the reward knits so much that I worried that maybe I was making too much of it. I wasn’t.  I started both of them, and I love them – Wild Wolves –  I had a kit that I bought at Knit East. It’s entirely charming, knitting up quickly and delightfully not hatlike at all.

Also not a hat?  Bonfire.  I’ve been dreaming of this one for a while – I ordered the yarn ahead so that I’d have it, and I’m so smitten.  It’s Freia Fine Handpaints in Flare, and a solid to go with.

It’s not often that I use the yarn a pattern calls for – I’ve got a big stash and I like to use it, but this yarn is so perfect for this pattern that I couldn’t imagine anything else. My hat free life is so perfect.

I am never knitting another hat.


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As you mean to go on

Yarn Harlot - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 20:20

As I was getting ready for the new year yesterday, I was writing a blog post in my head.  I started to write it down too, and then realized that I was totally on the wrong track and deleted the whole thing.  I was writing about how sad it was, caught up in the idea that this would be the first year of my life that I didn’t speak with my mother at midnight, that 2018 would be the first year that she wasn’t alive at all.  I was writing about how this year had been our “annus horribilis” – the worst year of my life,  and as I typed the words, they began to lose traction. That wasn’t all this year was. For sure, this is the first year I won’t talk to my mother – but this year will be the first of many years that I have my grandson. I went back and looked at the pictures I took this year for a little perspective.




When I was growing up, my mum had tons of traditions – for everything. Things you had to do or say or wear at certain times of year, on special days. When I was younger I thought they were dumb, but when I became a mother, when I started to be responsible for creating a sense of family, a team that was going to pull together, I saw the cleverness of it. These little things, these small structures – they give a family its backbone, its character, the ways that they are special to each other, and an enduring feeling of connection. “This is the way we do it… this is who we are… ” It’s strengthening. I’ve clung to those things over the last few weeks, trusting that our traditions would help me feel less lost, and it’s mostly worked. Yesterday was no different, and neither is today.




Yesterday I cleaned the house, did laundry, emptied a drawer, straightened a closet, urged us all to be in good shape as we began a new year.  “End as you mean to go on.” I could year my mum saying it to me – reminding me that the place I was in as the New Year struck would set the tone for the year to follow.  I swept the floor, taking care to throw the contents of the dustpan out the back door – mum says that makes sure you sweep the old years troubles out the door too. We paid our bills, put coins in the backyard for the light of the old moon and the new moon to shine on so we’ll have enough money this year – mum was always very clear on that one.  I shared a beautiful dinner with people I love, and I made sure that the first person across my threshold after midnight was a dark haired man. (As usual, Joe was sent out, only to be admitted back in – though he is getting so grey haired that I wasn’t sure that it would take, so later Sam’s boyfriend Mike came in ahead of her, just to be sure. The concept of a First Footer is vague on the details, as was my mother.)






Today I’m doing all the things my mum said were important.  I’m hosting a levee, I won’t wash anything today, to make sure no one in the family is washed away this year. I’ll do a bit of work, to make sure that my work is successful for the next year, I’ll take a moment to tell the people that I love that they’re important to me, keeping them bound to me for the next year. I’ll put the coins from the new moon in my purse, and I’ll drink a toast to the people I wish were here. My grandparents, Janine, Tupper, Mum… I’ll look back, and then I’ll look ahead.


I’ll begin as I mean to go on.

Happy New Year, blog.

(*PS I totally just cast on something new too.)

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Modification Monday: Traveler’s Hat for James

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 12:00

Original Pattern: Traveller’s Hat Knitter Extraordinaire: Megan (Ravelry ID, YouTube Channel) Mods: Adjusted the gauge, added a row of eyelets after the ribbing, and added length. Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: I love it when knitter’s adjust gauge, because if you know you have the perfect yarn but

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Quick New Years Hello...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 22:52
Happy New Years to you and your families! Unfortunately I missed todays blog post as I was in the hospital since Thursday. I am telling you for sympathy, but so you know that if I ever miss a post it is not because you guys aren't important. I am doing... Andi
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FOs | 2017 in Review

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 11:30
Whew! This year has been a whirlwind of activity on the work-life front. Knitting and designing often took a back seat, so days and sometimes weeks passed with little or no knitting at all. 

As a result, I often focused on smaller projects like cowls, mitts and shawls, but I somehow managed to complete three lap-sized afghans as well. Here's a quick roundup of my 2017 FOs. (Just click the links to see the related project post, but some FOs are so fresh, they've not yet been featured.)


Colsie Mirror Gradient Cowl-Scarf

Colsie Lake Gradient Mitts

Colsie Mirror Gradient Mitts

Colsie Green Gradient Mitts

Colsie Plumberry Gradient Mitts

Colsie Rose Gradient Mitts

Colsie Tonal Gradient Mitts

Grey Daze Mitts & Shawl

Kintra Nearly Neutral Cowl-Scarf


Tikkyn Flagstone

Valere Summer Rainbow

Valere Vivid Rainbow


Christmas Trees Merry & Bright


While the Valere Reversible Afghan was the only pattern released this year, there are several in near-final form. They'll be ready for release once they've been thoroughly tech edited.

Going Forward

In an effort to start the year with a relatively clean slate, I resisted the urge to cast on new projects (with the exception of the last-minute Christmas Trees) and chose instead to finish active WIPs. The two new cowl-scarves will be especially useful, since we're in full deep-freeze with snow on the ground and windchill temps often well below 0 degrees F.

My goals for 2018 are rather straightforward. Once again, I'll be striving to focus and finish, which means limiting myself to roughly three active projects at a time. First on the list is Herlacyn Heatwave, which is almost but not quite done (all it needs is a border). I'm also itching to cast on something new, so I'm waffling between another cowl or shawl. 

As we wrap up the old year and welcome the new one, feel free to share your 2017 accomplishments, your plans for the coming year, or a mix of both. Thank you, as always, for stopping by, sharing your comments and feedback, knitting my designs, and offering your support and encouragement.

    Happy New Year! Connecting with the linkups in the sidebar.
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    Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

    Knitted Bliss - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:00

    I am woefully behind on my blogging for 2017- I could use another month of this year just to play catch up! But oh well, such is life. I guess I’ll just have to work extra hard in January! I have lots of big things in store for Knitted Bliss in 2018, and I hope

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    Merry & Bright

    Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 20:55
    This has been one of those years where the demands of work and life have filled every waking moment. Nonetheless over the course of the past week, I've gradually begun pulling out decorations and hand knit items from seasons past, so it's beginning to look a lot more like Christmas around here.

    Meanwhile, in spite of every promise I made to NOT get sucked into a flurry of last-minute knits, I finally succumbed to temptation, and cast on a fresh crop of Christmas trees.

    Destined for my exceptionally knitworthy godkids (ages 14 to 24), they have a decidedly contemporary flair. Between the simple, streamlined design, vivid colors and super-soft bulky merino yarn, these fast, easy last-minute knits have grown from one lonely tree-to-be into a small cluster of WIPs.

    To add a bit of holiday dash, I've made plush pompoms to add as fuzzy, festive tree toppers. 

    Who knew pompoms could create so many tiny little snippets?!

    As you can see, some assembly is still required. There are ends to weave and pompoms to attach ...

    but with a bit of luck, they'll be ready in time for our family celebration tomorrow. With that in mind, I'd better get cracking!

    Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays and a Christmas that's merry and bright!

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    Merry knitting...

    My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 15:36
    Hello loves, for those who celebrate Christmas here we are on the day before Christmas! Yarn~ Opal Fantasie color no. 1917 I hope this day finds you relaxing and all prepared for your holiday celebrations. I have one small errand to run this morning and then I will be making... Andi
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    What I have

    Yarn Harlot - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 23:14

    I have been trying very hard these last days, as we draw ever closer to Christmas, to focus on what I have.  I can feel myself tempted to lean into what I do not have, what’s missing, what I think I need…It’s a feeling I fight every year. This tendency to feel like it’s not enough – that I haven’t done enough, that I haven’t done well enough, or cooked enough or bought enough… I always have to remember to not measure the holiday in random stuff.

    This year the feeling is one I can’t shake, probably because I haven’t done as much as I usually do, and definitely because I miss my mother – her absence is keen for me right now. Sometimes it’s a dull ache, like a broken bone slowly healing, and sometimes it’s like a sharp rending – like this afternoon, when I was wrapping a few gifts (finally)  and I pulled out a box from last year (as a knitter I tend to be a rather weird box hoarder) and a tag tumbled out “For Mum, much love, Steph.”  In that moment, my feeling was not just that I didn’t have enough, but that I had nothing. That nothing was right, that nothing ever would be.

    This is not even remotely accurate. Not even close. I have so much, and yesterday and today as we celebrated the solstice, I tried hard to remember the light is coming back, and every day there will be a little more, and things will be a little better, and other than the rather gutting and horrific death of my mother, things are actually pretty firmly good. (It does not help, by the way, that one of the things I have is a really bad cold, but I’m trying to look past it.)  I have a lot.  I have most of the gifts bought or made (one big knitting sprint underway but trying to believe it can work.)

    I have a loving family-in-law that has taken the time to think of my mother, and include her memory in their celebrations, though it makes us all cry, it’s a comfort to know they all miss her.

    I have so many friends, who all turned up to decorate gingerbread and fill my house to the brim in a way that left no room for anything but happiness and love and some gingerbread seahorses that are pretty fabulous.

    I have the cookies baked. Not as many as in past years, but that doesn’t matter. I have just enough of the few favourites that matter to us.

    I have a husband who was smart enough to know that I would struggle with all of this, and planned a little ski trip away with Katie, Carlos, Lou and Frankie, and we skied and ate and made tire sur la neige and (I totally got this cold from Frank) and Joe was right.  It got me though the worst of it. New traditions taking the place of old ones.

    I have beautiful children and a wonderful grandson and I know for a fact that none of them are going to be cold or hungry or lonely or cast out on this holiday, as the snow flies and it gets colder and colder.  It’s why this is always the time of year that I give what I can to charities – This year I gave a little extra to the Bike Rally, because many of their clients won’t have what I do this winter, and because I have to be my mum, and it’s what she would have done.

    I have a big hole where my mum should be, sure –  and I’m taking from the emails and notes I have from all of you, that I won’t even have that forever, and I can see how it’s true. This is a hard spot, but I have so very, very much to try and fill it with.

    Happy Solstice.  I know I’m late, but it’s what I have.

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    Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

    Knitted Bliss - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 11:00

    My Favourite Articles and Links This Week The most hilarious wildlife photos of 2017. What did you learn this year? A great round up of comments, and an excellent subject to reflect upon. Luck is a long string of yeses. The good, the bad, the family: 7 tips for family togetherness. How to make the

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    cozy december knits

    Autumn Geisha - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 02:30
    yarn: opal hundertwassers werk colorway: winterbild
    tiny socks (recipe here) yarn: gnomeacres holiday party #nofilter mini-skeins
    pattern: mistletoe kisses yarn: turtle purl colorway: mistletoe kisses
    tiny squares cozy memories blanket yarn: adelaide cottage advent
    #lbkchristmasevecaston2017 yarn: a homespun house colorways: warm and toasty or cozy nights
    I hope that you are all having a wonderful holiday season. Are you wrapping up the gift making/shopping? Or are you the last minute type? Just remember that it will all get done in the end and make time to enjoy yourselves. Things here have been pretty quiet. We are enjoying spending time at home and avoiding the holiday hustle and bustle. There has been lots of festive & cozy knitting going on as well. This weekend will be dedicated to some baking and lots of Christmas movie watching. Here’s wishing you all a bright and merry holiday!
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    The Best Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Recipe

    Knitted Bliss - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 11:00

    This is a special double post today- I have a free super quick mitten pattern for you that would make a perfect holiday gift, AND I have a recipe for the best peanut butter hot chocolate you’ve ever tried! First, the Hot Chocolate Mittens: I initially had chosen a different yarn and design concept, but

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    Modification Monday: Tree of Life Throw Pillow

    Knitted Bliss - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:00

    Original Patterns: Tree and DNA Scarf Knitter Extraordinaire: Graig (Ravelry ID) Mods: Using the cabled designs from the tree pattern and the SNA scarf, Graig combined them into a throw pillow. Details can be found on his project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Knitted throw pillows are a brilliant way to add more knitting

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    Knit chat with Holiday cheer...

    My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 15:12
    Hello! Happy Sunday! It is finally starting to feel a little like Winter much as Arizona can. We have had wonderfully chilly evenings and that means I cannot get enough of yarn. I think that is typical of most knitters. This blanket which has been on the needles since... Andi
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    Crunch Time: Last-Minute Knits & Pattern Sale!

    Knitting | Work in Progress - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 18:57
    Crunch Time! Flash Sale
    Save 30% on every pattern through midnight Tuesday, December 19 EST.

    I'm not quite sure how it happened, but all of a sudden, Christmas is just a little more than a week away. If you're at all like me, your to-do list is way too long, so you're scrambling to find fast and easy last-minute gift solutions.

    With that in mind, I'm running a holiday sale and highlighting a handful of patterns that are quick, compact and easy. I'm a slow knitter as you well know, but even I could complete several of the following projects in time for gift-giving. 

    Let's take a look.

    Christmas Trees
    Worked from the top down, these classic reversible Christmas Trees are ideal as ornaments, mug mats, hotpads, table accents and more. As an added plus, they can be knit in any gauge, any yarn weight, and a wide range of sizes from extra small to extra large. 

    To buy the Christmas Tree pattern now, click here.
    To read more about it, click here.

    Graefen Cloth & Towel Set
    This fast and easy pattern produces a set of reversible cloths and towels. They work up quickly in DK weight, but you could speed things along even more by using worsted, aran or bulky weight yarn for a single towel, set of cloths, or both.

    To buy the Graefen pattern now, click here.
    To read more about it, click here.

    Sweet Hearts & Soft Spots
    Designed to function as coasters, hotpads, placemats and decorative accents for your table or tree, Sweet Hearts & Soft Spots are ideal for gifts. Celebrate the season by working them in holiday colors, use rainbow hues for a range of recipients, or get a jumpstart on Valentine's Day using rose, pink and red.

    To buy the Sweet Hearts & Soft Spots pattern now, click here.
    To read more about it, click here.

    Whimsy Owls
    Know someone who loves owls? This design works up quickly, and the pattern includes instructions for three different sizes, so you can create an entire owl family if you wish.
    To buy the Whimsy Owl Family pattern now, click here.
    To read more about it, click here.

    Kintra Mitts
    Kintra is not only fast and easy, it features a versatile unisex design. Choose soft and sumptuous yarn for a woman, or something sturdy and tweedy for a man. As an added plus, the pattern is written for sport weight but readily adapts to any yarn weight, so opt for heavier weight yarns to quickly work up several pairs. 

    To buy the Kintra Mitt pattern now, click here.
    To read more about it, click here.

    Wyndfael Mitts
    A combination of classic two-stitch mock cables and ribs make Wyndfael fast, easy and versatile. Because the pattern is written for worsted weight yarn, these mitts work up very quickly. Simply follow the pattern as written, or use the tips, tricks and easy modifications to tailor each pair to suit its recipient.

    To buy the Wyndfael Mitt pattern now, click here.
    To read more about it, click here.

    Dojeling Shawl
    This is a bit more ambitious, but if you choose to use large-ish needles, you could easily create this reversible triangular shawl or scarf in time for gift-giving or holiday wear. The pattern readily adapts to any gauge and yarn weight from fingering to bulky, while the innovative construction keeps work in progress manageable for knitting on the go.

    To buy the Dojeling pattern now, click here.
    To read more about it, click here.

    From afghans and accessories to holiday and home accents, the sale applies to every pattern in the lineup. Each pattern includes a range of sizes, detailed yardage breakouts, and handy tips, tricks and easy modifications. For many of you, this means you can dip into stash to make the most of yarn in hand, which will save you time, money and headaches.

    It's crunch time, fellow knitters, so let's get busy. Christmas is coming!

    Crunch Time! Flash Sale 
    Save 30% on every pattern through midnight Tuesday, December 19 EST.
    Want to buy several patterns? Click here to go straight to my Ravelry pattern store.

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