Free Knitting Pattern Friday - Nymphalidea Shawl

Friday, January 29, 2016

I know I've mention it a time or two, but I have a minor serious addiction to knitting shawls. They are just so much fun to knit up and are a great use of cute and funky yarns that I have collected over the years.

I found this one and I'm kinda obsessed! Go add it to your Ravelry library...you never know when a yarn might inspire you to make this gorgeous piece of awesome



You can find the pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nymphalidea

Jen

Freebie Alert - Online Class Giveaway

I love learning! If college was free I would be an eternal student...but alas college is NOT free! I do find myself taking a lot of online courses though, and I've been really happy with the online classes I've taken through Craftsy and right now you can enter to win FREE classes! (I love free!)

January is International Creativity Month (ya, who knew this was a thing? I totally had to Google it!) Anyway, Craftsy is celebrating all things DIY & crafty...and I'm a big fan! Whether you would like to learn more about knitting, painting, baking, cooking, cake decorating, scrapbooking, stamping, sewing, photography, quilting, woodworking, gardening or home d├ęcor...they have a class for that!!!

One winner will receive up to FIVE classes from their Craftsy Wishlist...but HURRY because the month is almost over!!!! You must enter by January 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. MT

http://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=322254&m=29190&u=1210188

Click on the photo above to enter!!

OH! And while playing around on Craftsy I found that YARN IS ON SALE

Yes, I said YARN. IS. ON. SALE

http://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=321162&m=29190&u=1210188

ANYTHING distributed by Cascade Yarns is my favorite. Seriously, I haven't found a single one I don't love! Click on the photo of yarn to be whisked off to a wonderland of amazing prices and free shipping if you order $99 or more (ya, it's totally worth finding more yarns you love to earn free shipping...or maybe this is what I whisper to myself!) Check them out...they are my #1 site for finding amazing deals on yarns. Sometimes they don't have every color that I'm looking for...but those prices make it all ok! :)


Yup, this blog post contains affiliate links. By clicking on them, you help support running this site and allowing me to bring you all the knitting education and patterns I can dream up! Thank you for your support & Happy Knitting!!!

Jen

Free Knitting Pattern Friday - GAP-tastic Cowl

Friday, January 15, 2016



Recently when I was chatting with someone about knitting 
(shocking, that is a topic of conversation with me, huh?)

Anyway, we were chatting about things we love to make and the gal said I HAD to look up this cowl. I've seen it before, but with such a glowing recommendation, I had to do a little research. This cowl is on trend, knits up fast and is perfect for the chilly days ahead. I have a minor obsession with the seed stitch (I use it in a ton of my designs, it just looks so cute and lays perfectly)



Grab some Bulky Weight Yarn from Knitpicks (Not an affiliate link, I just adore them)
You will want to order 3 balls and make sure you use code: FREE2DAY15 at checkout for FREE Two Day Shipping!! (Good through 12/20/2015)


Download the pattern from Ravelry by clicking on the photo above & HAPPY KNITTING!






Jen

Free Knitting Pattern Friday - Heart Dishcloth

Friday, January 8, 2016

What is up with all the dishcloths????

I have a feeling that most of my followers are thinking this! ;)

I teach dishcloths because they are a quick project, great for beginners and if it has some holes or imperfections in it...WHO CARES...you are using it to wash dishes! :)

So...I created a new dishcloth since the newest kits in my Etsy shop come with a little extra yarn!

Whether you are a new or seasoned knitter...here is the FREE pattern and I hope you enjoy! :)


You can download the FREE Heart Dish Cloth Pattern here using Google Docs
OR
Find it on Ravelry ( download now )
OR






Jen

Designs on a Doll

Thursday, January 7, 2016

I'm really loving designing for dolls...they don't complain when I want to do a fitting ;)

Deals & Steals Tuesday

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

This post contains affiliate links. By checking out the sites I affiliate with (and LOVE) you help support my site and the costs that come along with it, so I can bring more knitting patterns, videos and fun stuff to you! Thank you so much for your support!!!

Each Tuesday I will be bringing you deals and steals I find around the Internet (and ya, many will be all about the yarn).

This week I discovered that Craftsy has their classes on sale and this is great timing for anyone who would like to learn a new hobby. They have everything from cake decorating to yarn crafts and I'm personally going to sign up for some of the photography classes because I NEED to figure out my camera!!!!

Check them out and please let me know what new and exciting thing you are learning this year!!!

Oh, and I know I published "Deals & Steals Tuesday" at a ridiculous time early on a Thursday morning.... I'm a tad bit behind :)

Olivia Earwarmer Kits Are Back!!

While I was at Victorian Country Christmas we completely sold out of the Olivia Earwarmer kits...they were a huge hit!!! A few more were loaded today! Enjoy!!

Check out this item in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/262766917/olivia-earwarmer-knit-kit-easy-knit-kit

For a giggle...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Little do my students know...once they get knitting they end up making things for everyone else and buy hats for themselves at the Dollar Store! ;) 

Although, among the knitting community, January is know for being "selfish knitting" month...because you just spent months making Holiday gifts and you finally want to make something for yourself! :) 

So if you are a new knitter....or been doing it for years...make sure you keep yourself warm!


Jen

Custom Order

Monday, January 4, 2016

Over the years I have been doing less Custom Orders as I turn my business more to designing and less to knitting finished products. However, recently I was contacted by a friend (and prior customer) to create a gift set...and she pretty much gave me creative license over the whole project...and it was SOOOOOOOO fun!



I designed a mitten just for this order, one with thumbs and one without. Then I created them in different colors to match the hats. All of these hats were going to one special little man...so I just had to create a hat and name it after him! His name is Jaime!

I slowly created each set and stashed them away in my "Need to sew in ends" box...so I never saw all five sets together. Once I did, I felt like it needed a little splash of red...so I'm making up a red set right now...as a surprise (hopefully he can't read this post!) ;)

The top set is the Max in Linen yarn with mittens with thumbs
Middle Left is the Evan in SEAHAWKS pride colors, with coordinating thumb-less mittens
Middle Right is the Jaime in Dark Oatmeal with coordinating thumb-less mittens
Bottom Left is the Taylor in Green with coordinating mittens (don't they kinda look like a cactus??)
Bottom Right is the Jacksen with coordinating thumb-less mittens
The final addition to the set will be a Deep Red Jaime with coordinating thumb-less mittens

If you are interested in a custom order, please let me know!
Jen

What's to come in 2016?

Sunday, January 3, 2016

It's 2016!!! 


I'm very excited to chat about all the fun new things that are coming this year...and there are quite a few things to report!!

The 'Learn to Knit' Kits were such an amazing success in 2015, that we already sold out of the first batch of kits! I'm always sourcing the best place for yarn...and I think I've found one that will work even better for the kits AND allow you to have a little choice in what color dish cloths you will make.


You will now be able to select from the 5 colors above...lots of variety for cute dishcloths! The cotton is great quality and I'm really happy with the way they are knitting up. Since I have a new supplier for the cotton, the kits are now coming with a bit more yarn than before...so I will also be sharing a link for a cute dishcloth with a heart in the middle. That pattern hasn't been released quite yet...but will be available for FREE to anyone and everyone!

So here are some photos of the new kits...


And starting very shortly...you will be able to add a fantastic project bag to any kit you purchase! Project bags are the perfect way to keep your project all together and ready to take with you if you want to knit on the run (and of COURSE you do!) You will be able to purchase them without a kit too...but a discount will be given when you purchase them with a kit!


In the pattern department...these knitting patterns will soon be released for sale on Etsy, Craftsy & Ravelry. 


Another super exciting announcement is still in the works...but involves teaming up with the insanely talented crew at 


If you haven't heard of them, check them out!!! If you have a girl in your life who likes dolls, you will find the Internet's LARGEST Doll Clothes Pattern Marketplace, with over a million patterns downloaded! And they are great about sharing free patterns too! So go follow them on Social Media!

AND this year...you will be able to find 'A Little Knitty' patterns created JUST for dolls!!! This is a really exciting venture for me and I'm looking forward to designing some fabulous stuff as well as working in their adorable Liberty Jane Clothing studio here in Auburn, Washington...teaching knitting classes and developing a new "Learn to Knit" kit that will be exclusive to Pixie Faire!

Like I said....so much amazing stuff going on this year! 

Please put your email address in over on the left so that you can be notified when all these cool things go live! 

Thanks for making 2015 a smashing success and I look forward to all the adventures 2016 will bring!