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As many of you know I love to promote others, so today I would like to introduce you to a lovely fellow fiber enthusiast, and blogger,  Kate Lore , who shares her adventures over on Folk Lore  and runs an Etsy store called Emerald Lotus Fiber Arts with her sister Melissa.

Kate and Melissa are quite a team!  These two sisters opened Emerald Lotus Fiber Arts earlier this year to sell patterns, hand dyed yarns, hand dyed fiber and kits.  I personally purchased one of their gorgeous hand dyed braids in the color Wonderland, a  4 oz  braid in a blend of soft merino wool and tussah silk.

“Wonderland” – 4 oz of Merino and Tussah Silk

I plan to spin for the Ripple Wave Fingerless Mitts that is designed by Kate Lore and that is also available as part of a kit.   Kate’s pattern is very well written, with excellent step by step instructions that are easy to follow.  Be sure to visit Kate’s blog for her write-up on these mitts.

Courtesy of Emerald Lotus Fiber Arts


You can find these two sisters online at Facebook , their blog and you can find Kate online at Raverly.

Thank you all for letting me share today.

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Six Years of Blogging!

Six years ago today I started my blog with hopes of just posting my thoughts, expressing myself and sharing.  Little did I know at that time how many people I would meet from all over the world, friendships that I would form and a following of folks with the same interest, passions and desires as I in the fiber world.

As you all know my blog has changed over the years and while I focus mainly on knitting, I have incorporated more of the needle arts such as crochet, spinning and embroidery, with a bit of drawing thrown in for fun.

I want to thank all of you so much for simply following me, liking a few posts here and there, leaving comments and  sharing. Without YOU, I wouldn’t continue.




So, with that being said, I decided it would be fun to have a giveaway.  Everyone who leaves a comment today will receive a free PDF of my all time best-selling Paddington Hat pattern, which was also featured in the 2011 Knitting A Pattern a Day Calendar.   As of this year I am no longer selling the pattern, so if you want a copy, now is your chance!

In order to receive your copy, please leave a comment and be sure that you have an email address attached to your comment.  This little giveaway is open today through Friday, September 12th, with comments being closed the morning of the 12th.

Remember the bonnets our grandmother’s use to wear? Or how about Paddington Bears hat? This hat was inspired by these childhood memories. The super bulky yarn made this a very fast project and if you’re a very fast knitter, this is a day project. The brim on this hat can be rolled up for a very stylish look, or brought all the way down to provide warmth on those cold winter days.


Thank you all so very much for a fantastic and wonderful 6 years!

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Not too much to report this week but I can say that I’ve made good progress on my Frostwork Socks.  Two more lace repeats to go to start the heel!  I truly love this pattern and the simplicity of the stitch pattern makes it the perfect carry along project :)


One finished and one to go!


I have also made great progress on my Modified Misti Pearl Vest.  I have finished the lace portion and have started on the stockinette.   I will work 10″ to match the front panels and will see how everything looks before grafting them together.

Almost done with the back!

Currently hibernating on my needles:

Shallows Scarf – not much progress being made but hope to work on it more soon!

Soon to cast on:

Couplet Socks designed by Bonnie Sennott

I must admit that this week I have spent most of my time creating Zentangles.  I really do love this form of art… it’s so relaxing!

Paisley Fun!


With the news that the Outlander Series (series based on the books by author Diana Gabaldon) is coming to Starz, I have decided to start re-reading the series, starting with the first —Outlander.

In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don’t let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It’s one of the fastest reads you’ll have in your library.

While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn’t all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she’s never known before.


If you haven’t read the Outlander Series , I highly recommend it and Amazon currently is offering books 1 through 7  50% off for the Kindle addition.  Great time to read this series!!



What’s on your needles, hooks or wheels?

Any good books?

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

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This past week was a fast week for me.  I had Monday off for President’s Day, worked on Tuesday, and then went on a business trip to St. Louis for the remainder of the week.  I wanted to take a shawl and decided to knit Sentiment by Andrea Rangel using my three skeins of MadelineTosh Home, a super bulky superwash wool from the Magnolia Society Neutrals shipment.  I started on the 17th and finished the morning of the 19th, which was too late for taking with me on my trip, but I was able to block it before leaving.

So, let’s talk about the pattern.  Sentiment is very well written offering step by step instructions for the entire pattern, as well as a chart for the lace pattern.  It is quick, easy to follow with an easy to memorize stitch pattern.  By using super bulky weight yarn and a size US 15/10mm needle, this project could easily be completed in a full day.

Thick and cozy, Sentiment is soft as a cloud, yet warm as a wool blanket. Heavy yarn makes it a quick knit, and the easy lace pattern is perfect for those newer to lace. Be as bold and dramatic as you like: nothing cheers up a cold winter’s day like bright color! ~ Andrea Rangel

Courtesy of Andrea Rangel (© Kathy Cadigan 2013 )

While this pattern calls for 320 yards of Malabrigo Rasta, a super bulky weight merino wool, I only used a total of  286 yards (2.6 skeins) of my MadelineTosh Home.  Speaking of the yarn I used, this scrumptious soft superwash bulky wool is simply to die for!  It is so incredibly soft and truly shows stitch definitions.  Each skein measures 110 yards/100 meters, is machine washable, and calls for a US 10  11 needle (6mm to 8mm).  I really think this yarn would make a great bulky weight vest or sweater.

Madelinetosh Home

And now for the photo shoot, photos compliments of my hubby, Don….

It is really cozy!

My bottom edge curled during the photo taking … bummer!

Close Up

A side view to show the lace design

I have to truly say I love this shawl and plan to wear it often for work as it is super light weight and drapes really great over my shoulders.  If you haven’t already done so, be sure to take a peek at Andrea’s full line of designs, which can be found online at Ravelry – Designs by Andrea Rangel.

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

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Since I’m now hooked on tea and teapots, I couldn’t resist joining the Tea Cozy Tuesday KAL/CAL over on Pia’s blog, Stitches ‘n’ Scraps.

The goal of this KAL/CAL is to create 12 tea cozies over twelve months and for me, this is a great way to use up those single skeins in my stash.

January’s cozy is the cute as a button Aran Sweater Cozy designed by the Patons.  I’ve wanted to make this one for a long time and now I have great excuse!  Check out this month’s KAL/CAL on Pia’s blog, Stitches ‘n’ Scraps, and be sure to join her Ravelry Group too!

Courtesy of Yarnspirations

Now off to look in my stash to see what single skeins I have that will be perfect for this fun little project!

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I have been searching for just the right vest pattern to cast on using my stash of Rowan Wool Cotton but was really beginning to get discouraged until the other day when a pattern pop up on Ravelry and made me say “that’s the one!”.

Today I am so excited to share a beautiful new design by Bonnie Sennott called Wichita.  This double-breasted cable knit vest is worked from the bottom up on a long circular needle, with the fronts and back knitted separately and then seamed along the shoulders.

I truly love the cable stitch pattern that Bonnie chose for this design, a simple zig-zag cable with an easy twisted stitch in between, which is just enough cabling to give interest and texture.  Another thing I love about this pattern is the deep ribbing along the front edges that create the double-breasted feature.  This really gives just enough positive ease to allow a more flowing and comfortable fit, making it perfect for layering.

Photo used with permission and courtesy of Bonnie Sennott


Photo used with permission and courtesy of Bonnie Sennott

Photo used with permission and courtesy of Bonnie Sennott

Photo used with permission and courtesy of Bonnie Sennott


Photo used with permission and courtesy of Bonnie Sennott

Things to love:  Sizes range from women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL) to fit a bust circumference of  32 (35, 38, 41, 44, 47) inches/82 (89, 97, 104, 112, 119.5) cm.  Bonnie has very well written, step-by-step instructions, along with a chart for the cable stitch pattern, and a detailed garment diagram for sizing.  Minimal seaming, which is always a big plus!

Yarn and Yardage:   700 to 1,075 yards (640 – 983 m) of DK weight 

Where to purchase:  Wichita is now available in Bonnie’s  RavelryEtsy, and Craftsy pattern stores.

About:  Bonnie is an artist and knitwear designer living in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her patterns for women’s garments and accessories are available through RavelryEtsy and Craftsy.  Her designs have also been published by Knitscene, Quince and Co., Interweave Knits, Knitty, Knotions, and Valley Yarns (WEBS).  You can find Bonnie online at Ravelry, Facebook and her blog, Blue Penisula.  

Also, be sure join the Ravelry Blue Peninsula group to discuss patterns, see finished projects, and meet others who have knit her lovely designs.

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I am so excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Hitch,  a wonderful collection of designs inspired by the many films of Alfred Hitchcock and compiled by knitwear designer Stephannie Tallent.

Just for fun, you must listen to the theme song for Alfred Hitchcock Presents while reading my review, at least for nostalgia sake!

I am a true diehard Hitchcock fan and when I saw this collection, I was swept back to the films of Hitchcock that always seemed to have a touch of mystery, intrigue, glamour and even elegance. I think even Mr. Hitchcock would be impressed, not too mention his leading ladies!

So what designs do I call a favorite, or should I say favorites …

I love Miss Fremont by Jaala Spiro, which was inspired by Grace Kelly in Rear Window, my all time favorite movie!

Inspired by Grace Kelly’s Rear Window dress with dramatic flowers radiating from the waist, this shawl flows outward like a circle skirt. With each shawl tier the colors gradually darken, a nod to Hitchcock showing the shadier side of human nature. ~ Jaala Spiro

Courtesy of Nick Murway

I also truly love the Greenwich Village Cardigan designed by Linda Wilgus.  This elegant piece truly echoes the classic style of Grace Kelly and I don’t know about you, but I can envision Ms. Kelly wearing this lovely piece with a pencil style skirt and a scarf around her neck.

Of those who have seen the film, who doesn’t remember the awe-inspiring black-and-white dress Grace Kelly’s character Lisa Fremont wears in Rear Window? It was hot the day she wore it, but what if the weather had been different and she would have needed a cardigan to keep warm? Greenwich Village is a fitted cardigan featuring a delicate lace panel down the front and on the sleeves. The cardigan is worked from the top down and is entirely seamless. Knit in a luxury sport weight yarn with beautiful drape, Greenwich Village is just the cardigan to complement your Grace-inspired look. ~ Linda Wilgus

Courtesy of Linda Wilgus

To round up my favorites is the Melanie Shawl designed by Nina Machlin Dayton and inspired by another favorite of mine, The Birds.

Melanie Daniels looks so beautiful and glamorous at the start of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. If she had only had this shawl perhaps the birds would have thought her one of them, and left her alone. The next time you watch The Birds wrap this version of their wings around you. The softness and drape of the shawl replicates their softness, the lines on their wings flowing gently into the feathery tips, the beads sparkling the way the sun glints off their feathers, slightly iridescent, and magical. While the birds in the film may be scary, these beaded lace wings are anything but. ~ Nina Machlin

Courtesy of Anne Dayton

This collection features designs by Dani Berg, Rebecca Blair, Glenna C., Kristen Hanley Cardozo, Brenda Castiel, Rachel Coopey, Jennette Cross, Anna Dalvi, Nina Machlin Dayton, Elizabeth Green Musselman, Becky Herrick, Elanor King, Triona Murphy, Carolyn Noyes, Luise O’Neill, Heather Ordover, Anne Podlesak, Stefanie Pollmeier, Jaala Spiro, Nadya Stallings, Jill Bigelow Suttell, Stephannie Tallent, Katherine Vaughan, Christina Wall, Christina Werge, Linda Wilgus, and Karin Wilmoth.

So with that list of talented women, what’s not to love!

I can tell you that you will be inspired to break out the needles with this wonderful collection of 29 one-of-a-kind designs that come to you in a 175 page book filled with beautiful photographs of the finished pieces, step-by-step written instructions, tips and more.

This book is available in eBook format for $16.95 or a print/digital combination for $29.95. You can purchase direct from Cooperative Press by clicking here or for the digital PDF version only, you can purchase online at Ravelry by clicking here.

For even more knitting enjoyment, be sure to join the Hitch Group that is hosting KALs to go along with this collection.

Be sure to visit the other stops for more information on KALs, giveaways and more !

9/28/2013: Sunset Cat Designs
10/5/2013: Knitting Kninja
10/7/2013: Herrlichkeiten
10/8/2013: Knit and Travel
10/9/2013: Knit & Knag Designs
10/10/2013: Wooly Wonka Fibers
10/11/2013: Verdant Gryphon
10/15/2013: Impeccable Knits: Shifting Stitches
10/16/2013: Rewolluzza
10/21/2013: Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
10/22/2013: Peacefully Knitting – Hey that’s me!
10/23/2013: Dark Matter Knits
10/24/2013: Turnknit: Dani Berg Designs
10/25/2013: SweetGeorgia Yarns
10/28/2013: doviejay knits
10/29/2013: Triona Designs
10/30/2013: Tactile Fiber Arts
11/4/2013: A Knitter’s Life
11/5/2013: Catchloops
11/6/2013: Yarn On The House
11/07/2013: Ramblings
11/12/2013: Hazel Knits
11/13/2013: Knitcircus
11/19/2013: indigodragonfly
11/9/2013: Fyberspates
11/25/2013: knittingkirigami
11/22013: A B-ewe-tiful Design

About the editor:  

Stephannie Tallent is a movie buff as well as an indie designer. Her first book, California Revival Knits, was published by Cooperative Press in 2012. She lives in Hermosa Beach, California, with her husband Dave, dog Rigel, and cats Obi, Meggie, and Cali. Find her on Ravelry as StephCat and online at www.sunsetcat.com.


Guess what, I am giving away a digital copy of Hitch to one lucky blog reader!

Rules:  Just leave a comment letting me know your favorite Hitchcock movie, and what design you would like to knit first.  If you have a Twitter ID or Raverly ID, be sure to leave that too.  The winner will be chosen by a random number generator with the PDF digital copy sent via email or Ravelry.

This giveaway is open to all and will end on Saturday, November 2nd with the winner announced on Monday, November 4th! The winner will receive their PDF/Digital copy directly from Cooperative Press.

Best of luck!

This giveaway is now closed!

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