Grown by Tot Toppers Giveaway

When shopping for my children, I love seeing clothes for them that are clearly inspired by adult clothing.  Suspenders for Sam, tailored dresses for Elise, little ankle boots for Clara; these have become some of my favorite things to dress my kids in.  Sometimes, the roles are reversed :-)

This past weekend I packed up my woolens and headed out with knitter friends on a pilgrimage to Rhinebeck, NY for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival.  Friend Annie Rowden and I both went the same direction with our Rhinebeck sweaters- grown up versions of our favorite children's sweaters.

Bracken  by Annie Claire,  Merriment  by Melynda Bernardi

Bracken by Annie Claire, Merriment by Melynda Bernardi

And wouldn't you know, we're not even the first ones to embrace this concept.  Designer Kate Oates has built an entire collection around this idea; and better yet, is releasing book of 10 adult garments inspired by her well- loved children's patterns.

You may be familiar with Kate Oates by her handle "Tot Toppers".  Kate is a pillar in the world of children's knits, and I'm so happy to see her sharing her talent and aesthetic more and more with us big people, too!

Grown is currently available as an e-book, or as a special pre-order bundle which includes the Grown e-book and your choice of a single Tot Toppers original children's pattern (deliverable upon purchase), along with the print version of Grown and a custom Retromantic Fripperies wooden treat (shipping in January). 

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I should probably just let the knits do the talking, right?!...

Want a chance to win and e-book copy of this gorgeous, new collection?  Just hop on over to Ravelry,  pick your favorite knit from the book and give it a "like" or add it to your queue.  Then, leave a comment below, making sure you include a way for me to contact you if you are the winner.  

Giveaway ends Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST, winner will be announced Monday.  Have fun showing this amazing designer some love! 

Christmas in July

This year has been a long and trying one.  I quit my job in October and took on role of full time stay-at-home mother of three little ones.  Joe started and completed his first year teaching and it was a doozy (I hear the first year's the hardest, right?!)!  Now that July has come in to our lives, life is simpler.  Joe is home and we are enjoying family time, and during the days, I am free to work... on knitting!

Yarn has been arriving...
And I have been winding:

And it's time to (finally) sit down and work on my stocking pattern collection!





My goal is to have a collection of 5-10 stocking patterns released by mid October (Rhinebeck, anyone?!), available in digital download and hard copy.  I'm busy getting quotes from printers while charting and knitting and writing and all the other good things that life is allowing me these days


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Favorite Summer Tee

It started slow...

And at first, I wasn't really sure how I felt about working with Linen yarn.  But, slowly the project began to take form...

Until I had a substantial piece and could really start to understand the beauty of linen fabric.

And then came time for sleeves:

Which admittedly took longer than they should have.
But then, sweet completion!
And this fit!

Raveled: here

This summer my linen tee has been getting much wear.  It's true what they say about linen- softer with each wash/wear.  It's beauty truly lies in its drape and feel, which only grows softer and comfier with each wear.

Here's the inspiration tee with the handknit tee- math is a beautiful thing, my friends!

And for those wondering: yes- I will be writing up a pattern, but not immediately. It will be something I work on this winter for release early spring. There are some other projects taking my time these days- more on that soon... 😉




Annie's Signature Designs Summer Love Collection Giveaway

As I'm busy stitching away on my first ever summer knit, I wanted to give you all the opportunity to jump right in as well.

I have been given the opportunity to help spread the word about Annie's Signature Designs Summer Love collection- an exclusive, seasonal collection of upscale knitting and crochet patterns.  This season's inaugural collection was envisioned by Lena Skvasgerson, who brings more that 25 years of experience in the European design market. 



The collection is teeming with options of lightweight layering pieces that are perfect for the summer months.

My favorite piece is probably the Chamisal Tee Pattern- but I think that is partly because I have summer tees on the brain?


Annie's gives you the option to "build-a-kit", which means you don't have to look far to find the perfect yarn for your project, it can all be ordered together.



Have I still not convinced you that lightweight summer knit are what all the cool kids are wearing this year?  Well- this may help....

Up for grabs is a lovely Ventana Vest Kit.  One lucky winner will receive a pattern download and enough Plymouth Yarn Driftone to complete the project.




 To enter, take a peep at the Summer Love Collection Lookbook (or click this link to see the pattern webpage) and let me know which look is your favorite.  Comment below, make sure you leave a way for me to contact you if you are our randomly selected winner.  Giveaway ends at 11:59 EST on Friday, April 29, 2016.  Best of luck!

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