loon kits in progress

on a snow day
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i’m working on all of the winter birds collection. then i’m going to move on to the august vest.

and i’ll take requests as to what you’d like to see sooner rather than later, since i won’t get everything done before the baby comes. anything you’d like? i was thinking some reflection hat and mitten kits… and fogt baby wraps!

August Vest

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A fun and funky scrappy garter stitch vest sized from 12 months to size 8.

Yarn: Cosymakes Rainbow Chard Light, Snapdragon Sport or another sport weight yarn, 280(295, 315/ 330, 410, 460, 515) yds [256(269.7, 288/ 301.8, 375, 420.6, 471) m,] split up over as many colors as you like

Needles: size 7 US [4.5 mm] 16 in. [40.6 cm] circular, or whatever size needles you need to get gauge, 2 double pointed needles are handy, but not required for the applied I-cord

Gauge: 5.25 sts/in. and 5.5 garter ridges/in.

Sizes: 12 mo.(18, 24 / 2, 4, 6, 8) or chest size 20(21, 22 / 23, 25, 27, 28.5) in. [50.8(53.3, 55.9/ 58.4, 63.5, 68.6, 72.4)] cm

When you click on the button below and follow through on the payment, a three page automatic download in pdf format will be delivered to your email address.

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pattern winners

first, thanks to everyone who has given me their two cents about kits.  it was very helpful.  i used the random number generator and it told me the winners are…

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Ann, Joya, and Kat

I guess I’ll be spending the next two months turning skeins into kits and deciding what I need to dye come August. We have been pretty slow moving over here, and then, with two kidlets, it will be even more slow moving.  Must plan ahead!

a change in life

as you all know, if you’ve been following me a while, my business appears to change at least a bit each year.  sometimes a lot.  there was the time i gave up my art hat knitting for yarn dyeing and designing.  there was the short time i had a little studio.  there was the time i gave up craft fairs to do fiber shows…
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so many changes! and now, with baby number two pending, i’m thinking of another change. it will just be temporary, but i’m thinking of dyeing and making kits for some of my patterns. it seems more manageable than keeping lots of yarn in stock at all times and then maybe i can even market the kits to yarn stores?  anyhow, it would be great if you could take the following poll and help me decide what to focus on!  you can pick more than one and please list in the other space or comment on this post with any particular patterns you’d like to see in kit form.

here are the patterns, if you need to be refreshed.

and to sweeten the deal, i’ll draw 3 names on the 6th of February in the morning and give each person one free pattern of their choice… please leave a comment in the comment section if you’d like to be in the drawing. thanks for the help!
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hats for the boys

mount jumbo hat for my brother – raveled here
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for one of my brother-in-laws – raveled here
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the two people i always knit for around the holidays, because they both always wear them. nothing inspires me to knit for folks as much as appreciation and actually wearing the item.
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ben wants one too.  i’m not sure when i’ll get around to that ;)  he has a lot of hats, so i don’t feel too bad.  snapdragon sport and rainbow chard light.

this pattern (recipe) is heading to the test knitters this week.

changes and a sale

I have made a separate pattern etsy shop from the yarn. It is clearly not finished ;) The all in one shop was getting a bit cluttered. You can, of course, still buy all of my patterns on Ravelry here.

You probably already know that you can buy the Winter Bird Hat Collection and get 3 patterns, plus instructions on designing colorwork, but I think you should also know what other patterns I have available in collections.  Collections, in general, give you a break in price by buying a group of patterns.  Sometimes, like Mixed Knits, they are a much much better deal.
Winter Bird Hat Collection
Right now I’m working on a series of one skein shawls for my Snapdragon Light Fingering.  I’m still knitting the red one and the purple one just got handed off to test knitters.  However, because this is my current project, I’ve already made the ebook.  It currently only contains the Springling Shawl, but with each new shawl published, a purchaser will get an updated PDF.  I hope to have them all done by summer.
one skein shawl collection
I am planning to collect all of my sport weight baby/kiddo wear into one ebook too. Here are all the patterns so far, with the last space saved for a little baby sweater I’m knitting right now.  Only two of these published so far and one will be with test knitters this week!  So much work to do for this one.
sport weight baby/kiddo wear
What else is available together?
The Reflection Hat and Mitts
Reflection Set
Knit the Bridge – the patterns
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Beautiful Baby Bundle
Beautiful Baby Bundle e-book
Little Colorwork Hat Collection
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And, of course Mixed Knits, my big collection of patterns which includes: an essay with tips on how to knit with handspun and how to go about mixing it with commercial yarn and 13 fun patterns to mix things up with your handspun.

Please note: All patterns for handspun can also be made in commercial wool. Just make sure you get gauge. Also, the tips for mixing yarn can be applied to any yarn.
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Now that you have made it to the bottom of the page, click over to Ravelry and use the coupon code bundles2013 for a 20% discount. Or you can just click here and the coupon code will already be entered for you.  This discount is not good in the Etsy shop.