These are a few of my favorite things...

Saturday, November 28, 2015

I have been drooling over this shawl kit from Craftsy FOREVER...and with this killer deal, it shall be mine!! $18 for the pattern AND the yarn. Click the photo below to be transferred to one of my favorite places on the internet!!


http://www.craftsy.com/supplies/kit/drachenfels-shawl-kit/341?rceId=1448745262650~4wuaswji
 
 
 
Want to learn to knit or give the gift of knitting this year??? Grab a 'Learn to Knit' Kit, and maybe another for a friend! Get 50% off when you buy two (yes, that is buy one, get one FREE!!!)
Use Code: Happyknitting50 at checkout
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/254811358/learn-to-knit-kit-beginner-class-knit?ref=shop_home_feat_1
 
 
I recently discovered Annie's and I'm COMPLETELY in love with this pattern. You can buy the pattern by clicking on the photo and you can even purchase the yarn needed to make this gorgeous sweater! Use the code: Extra20 at checkout for an extra 20% off!!
 
http://www.shareasale.com/m-pr.cfm?merchantID=60450&userID=1210188&productID=587897576
 
 
Last, but certainly not least, Knitpicks!!!
One of my favorite gifts to give is an oversized knit cowl. They knit up fast and this yarn is my favorite heavy weight yarn! Check out the Brava Bulky Yarn from Knitpicks! It's only $2.99 per ball of yarn and you can score an EXTRA 20% off your order with code: 20%off
 
http://www.shareasale.com/m-pr.cfm?merchantID=60450&userID=1210188&productID=587897576
 
 
 
 


Jen

Free Pattern Friday - Newborn Wilson Hat

Friday, November 27, 2015

I am so very thankful that I get to write and publish knitting patterns and that people actually purchase them and create their own items! It still blows my mind that I am getting to do what I love.

I wanted to release a few patterns to you for FREE (for a short period of time) so head on over to Craftsy and download the Newborn Wilson Football Hat and make one for the newborn in your life!!

http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/newborn-wilson-hat/170022
Click on the photo to access your FREE knitting pattern!


Jen

Casting On - Long Tail Method Video - Knitting Tips Thursday

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Each Thursday I will release another free instructional knitting video!
 
Whether you are teaching yourself how to knit, you are a beginner or just need a little refresher...I hope you enjoy the videos! Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like any particular video in the future.
 
Happy Knitting!
 
Casting On - Long Tail Method Video - Knitting Tips Thursday
 


Jen

Free Pattern Friday...or Wednesday...whatever!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I just discovered this pattern (the mittens are cute but I'm completely in love with the hat!!!

Right now you can download the knitting pattern for FREE (sometimes patterns are only free for a short period so click on the photo below RIGHT NOW)


http://www.knitpicks.com/cfPatterns/Pattern_Display.cfm?ID=55780220&media=BE151125&elink=1--LampworkHatAndMittens&utm_source=media&utm_medium=bem&utm_campaign=BE151125&utm_content=1--LampworkHatAndMittens


Share a tip Tuesday - Caspian Needles

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I have a huge obsession with Knit Picks' interchangeable knitting needles....like HUGE obsession.

So I stumbled upon this little starter kit and just had to share it! If you have been contemplating these needles give this starter pack a look...but I'll warn you...you'll probably fall in love :)

Jen

Free Pattern Friday - Leaf Love Dress

Friday, November 20, 2015

Raise your hand if you started knitting because you have an adorable little girl in your life who needs insanely cute knitwear like this dress!!!


http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/clothing/leaf-love-dress/164619

Seriously, could that be any cuter? And just when you think your cute meter can't take it any more...go check out all the other amazing FREE PATTERNS this designer has! Her work is stunning! Now, you might need to go order more yarn and needles!



Jen

Casting On - Knit On Method Video - Knitting Tips Thursday

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Initially I planned on using these videos exclusively in my 'Learn To Knit Kits'...but I've decided to release them on my blog for all to enjoy...adding a new video each Thursday.
 
There will still be special videos for the kit (plus with the kit you get the patterns and the first stitches cast on for you) but I hope these videos help anyone who wants to learn how to knit!!!
 
Thank you for visiting my blog and please let me know if there are any future videos you would like to see!!
 
If you are interested in learning to knit, grab some yarn, some size 7 needles and watch this video to learn how to cast on your stitches!
 
 

Book Update

So...sometimes you make a plan...then life happens! The book isn't canceled (in fact a 2nd book is in the works) it's just being delayed until after Christmas! Hopefully before the 1st of the year the ebook will be available!! Stay tuned!!

Free Pattern Friday - Ball Garland

Friday, November 13, 2015

Every knitter worth their weight in yarn has a stash of bits of yarn. It's not enough to make a hat, but more than you want to toss in the garbage. So, with each new knitting project...the stash grows!

I stumbled upon this Ball Garland pattern and I thought it would be perfect for putting that yarn stash to good work. Plus, I think it would be adorable hanging on a mantle or from the boughs of a Christmas Tree! Start now...then it can be ready by the time you trim the tree!

Happy Knitting!


 Ball Garland

http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/home-decor/ball-garland/168008?rceId=1446618379831~3qrni4kx



Jen

Free Pattern Friday - "Leaves" Fingerless Gloves

Friday, November 6, 2015

FREE PATTERN FRIDAY

Everyone loves a free pattern! It's a great way to try something new and challenge yourself a little bit. It's also a great way for beginning knitters to check out a designer's work. If you enjoy the way the pattern is written, you might check out their other patterns. 

If you haven't tried knitting in the round yet...you might want to consider knitting these up! The designer suggests you have basic knowledge of knitting, purling, knitting in the round, knitting two stitches together and of course casting on and binding off (without those two things, your project won't have a fighting chance!)

Happy Free Pattern Friday!


http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/leaves-fingerless-gloves/37665?rceId=1446618775400~9jpyemqp


Jen

Knitting Terms for Beginners

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Knitting has its own language, and for many it might as well be Greek!

I'm hoping to help decode some of the terms for the beginning knitter out there, and maybe a refresher/reference for the more seasoned knitter. I will do another blog in the future with some more advanced terms...or if you have any suggestions, please comment below!



Quick Reference
Knitting Terminology & Abbreviations

K - Knit Stitch. In patterns you will see K6, this means Knit 6 stitches
P -  Purl Stitch. In patterns you will see P3, this means Purl 3 stitches
CO - Cast On. At the beginning of the pattern, it will say CO30, this means cast on 30 stitches. Sometimes it might indicate method of cast on, if it doesn't indicate, use your favorite cast on method.
K2tog - Knit two together. Knit two stitches from the left hand needle at the same time. This decreases your stitches from two stitches to one.
P2tog - Purl two together. Purl two stitches from the left hand needle at the same time. This decreases your stitches from two stitches to one.
YO - Bring yarn forward, as if to purl, but knit instead. This increases your stitches by one.
( ) Parenthesis are used to notate when a pattern needs to be repeated
BO - Bind Off. Removing stitches from the needles so you can complete your work


There are of course MANY other knitting terms out there, some are frequently used while others are a bit more wild...but with these under your belt, you can tackle many knitting patterns out there!


Example: K4, K2tog (P2, K2) repeat 4 times, K2tog, K4 (26 st remain)


Translation: Knit 4 stitches then knit two stitches together. Purl two stitches then knit two stitches, repeat these 4 stitches three more times (four times total). Knit two stitches together. Knit the last 4 stitches. You will now have 26 stitches. Not all patterns will have the stitch counts at the end of the row, but it is helpful as a reference so you know you are on the right track.


You can also download the .pdf here https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B20zhKBZsHYPZWZLLUhMVlA3T1E/view  

Jen

Learn to Knit Kit - Beginner Class - Dishcloth

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

LEARN TO KNIT KIT

I would like to take a moment to introduce you to our newest product...the Learn to Knit Kit.

 I enjoy teaching knitting locally (in Auburn, Washington) but I wanted a way to help out others who want to learn. I'm using the same approach I do for my in person classes and I'm happy to answer any questions you may have!



Who?

Who is this kit created for? It's for the beginning knitter, crafty person or anyone who learned a long time ago and needs a little refresher. With the stitches cast on for you already and the close up videos...anyone can enjoy this kit!

What?



Kit Includes:
  • Three Dishcloth Patterns (Garter, Stockinette with Border and Diagonal Knit) in protective sleeve
  • One ball cotton yarn. Sugar & Cream Stripes in White/Green 120 Yards
  • Size 7 - 16” Circular Bamboo Knitting Needles from Stitch Berry
  • 30 stitches already cast on, so you can start knitting right away when you receive your kit
  • Video Tutorials made just for your project (you will need computer/internet access to view these, they do not come on a DVD) I teach using the English Method, which is also known as "Throwing"
  • Gift Certificate for $10 off your purchase of $11 or more in our etsy shop!
When?

Kits ship within 3 days via USPS First Class Mail for $4! 

Where?

Find a comfy spot at home. Access the videos from any computer or device with internet access. Warning: Since knitting is very mobile...this might lead to knitting in public!

Why?

Because it is fun. 
Because you need another hobby.
Because you want to make handmade gifts this Holiday Season
Because knitting keeps you healthy

Whatever your reason...go ahead and click the photo below to order your kit today! 
ONE kit that ships this week will have a BONUS $50 Gift Certificate so you can treat yourself to more patterns!







Jen

First vlog

Monday, November 2, 2015

I was recently challenged to take my blogging up a notch...and start vlogging.

CHALLENGE. ACCEPTED.

I'm so excited to bring you knitting content that isn't just written word patterns, but demonstrations of the stitches, video assistance for difficult to write terms and tips and tricks I have found helpful over the years.




So. Much. Cute.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Over the years I have steered away from novelty knit hats (characters, fruit, sports, etc.). Mostly because of copyright laws, but also because I was so passionate about what I was doing. I had a classic, clean style and I was happy with it.
The pumpkin hat was my first step into the novelty knit hat arena. I love the design and this time of year it's really popular...which has been fun. I think I've knit a field full of pumpkin hats, and now by publishing the pattern hopefully others all over the world are knitting their own pumpkin patch! :)
Over the last year I have been dipping my toe into more novelty hats...adding these three this week.
Newborn 'Apple' Knit Hat Pattern
Find it on Ravelry, Craftsy & Etsy

Newborn 'Daisy' Knit Hat Pattern
Find it on Ravelry, Craftsy & Etsy

Newborn 'Wilson' Knit Hat Pattern
Find it on Ravelry, Craftsy & Etsy


I hope you enjoy knitting these hats as much as I love creating the patterns.