40!

imageThis weekend, I’ll happily turn 40.
Life is good. I’ve given birth to 2 lovely little girls in the last 3 years. I’m married to an amazing guy. I write patterns. People buy them, allowing me to pay for things like electricity, heat, and sometimes, yarn or a burrito. I’m working on a 3rd book with the greatest knitter friend ever, Cecily Glowik MacDonald. I so am grateful for another year to enjoy all of it.
Thanks for knitting along with me into a new decade!

The Everybaby Cardigan

I just wrote up a pattern for this simple little top-down cardigan that I made for my daughter V. It takes just 2-3 skeins of madelinetosh tosh vintage (pictured in the color “hosta” *swoon*). It’s sized from 0-6m, all the way up to 4t.

This pattern went through a last-minute name change because the original name (named after her) triggered a review of every paypal transaction for some bizarre reason. Anyway, problem solved! Because of the difficulties, I’m offering 30% this and additional patterns, just use the code OOPS at checkout in my Ravelry store.

Here’s a Link to the Everybaby Cardigan

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New Pattern: Greenfield Baby Cardigan!

I released 3 new patterns this week and all are discounted 30% for the rest of January (no code required. the 30% will come off when you check out through ravelry)

First up, the Greenfield Baby Cardigan! (I’ll talk about my Instant Infinity Cowl and Willow Hat in future posts)

This is inspired by my adult Greenfield Cardigan from 2010, but modified to make a gender-neutral baby sweater. It’s sized from 0-24 months, and top-down with a little leaf motif. My very squirmy daughter Viviane briefly modeled it, but as you can see, you get a better look at it when she’s not wearing it.

I’m on Instagram as knittingschooldropout! Let’s be friends, or tag projects you’ve made with my patterns #knittingschooldropout or #melissalabarre so I can see the finished knits đŸ™‚

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BIG SALE and update!

First off, on the night before Thanksgiving, I want to say thank you for your support over the last 6 years. As a way of doing this, all of the patterns in my Ravelry store are buy one, get one free until the end of the day on 11/28/14. There’s no code required, just add an even number of patterns to your cart and the discount will come off automatically at checkout. Enjoy! My pattern store is here.

Next up, the patterns from New England Knits are now available individually (and they’re on sale on the interweave site right now!)!

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And, lastly, the patterns from Wool, Book 5 are also available individually. Find them on Ravelry here.

 

3 Skeins or Less, a giveaway!

Knitting superwoman Tanis Gray, has another new book, and it is a beauty.

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3 Skeins or Less

By Tanis Gray

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

http://bit.ly/YA1MeV

Three Skeins or Less: Fresh Knitted Accessories features beautiful projects that, you guessed  it, use 3 skeins of yarn, or less.

My contribution to this book is the one-skein Little Vine Beret (all photos are by Joe Hancock)

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There are 26 projects in all. Here’s a peek at a few of my favorites:

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You can see all of the projects in one place on Ravelry here.

If you’d like to have a a chance to win a copy of your very own, just leave a comment below and I’ll use a random number generator to pick a name on the 27th of October. Contest is open to everyone. Good luck!

xo Melissa

Wool, Book 5

Quince and Co just released Wool, Book Five today, and I have 2 new designs in it, along with 3 from Cecily.

Montagne, my top-down pullover with a kangaroo pocket.

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and Fern, a lacy beret

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Cecily’s top-down Feronia is on the cover (I want to make this one!)

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and her lovely cabled Lenora

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and her cozy cowl named Oria

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The five pattern collection is $15 here (the patterns will be available individually in a little while)

 

 

The sweater that wouldn’t have happened without Cecily Glowik MacDonald

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Cecily and I have collaborated on a few projects now: New England Knits, Weekend Hats, Wool One, Two, Three, Four and now Five (more one that one in my next post). She’s been there with me in the hospital for the birth of both of my daughters, which was an amazing gift already. But, when I was having my daughter Viviane this year, she said that she wanted to knit the sample for my next adult sweater design, a fingering-weight cardigan. This was the best, best, gift, because as a mama who supports herself with knitting design work, my knitting time was going to disappear fast with 2 children under 2.5 at home.

So this, my newest sweater, would never have happened without Cecily’s thoughtful gift, and you know that she has plenty of knitting of her own to do!

So, here is Willard, a top-down, open-front cardigan, in Quince’s fingering-weight yarn, Finch. the wide collar is picked up after knitting the body and features a reversible knit/purl arrow pattern on the long fronts that can lay flat or be folded back.

The pattern has a generous range of sizes and is 25% off until September 12th!

See it on ravelry here!

Viv’s bonnet, and a giveaway!

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I have a new pattern out, sized from baby to adult: Viv Bonnet

It’s 25% off until the end of June 2014. No code required.

Also, I’ve been trying lots of fun new needles and gadgets lately, and I thought I’d share a few with you. Leave a comment below, telling me what you want to knit this summer, and I’ll pick a random commenter to win the 3 needle sets in the picture. They’re some of my current favorites, Knitter’s Pride Cubix, and Karbonz. Comments are open until the end of June 2014. I’ll pick a winner using a random number generator. I’ll ship to any country. The comments are moderated on this blog, thanks to spam, so yours may not show up immediately, but it will eventually!

Good Luck!

x Melissa

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And baby makes 4!

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On April 17th, at 2 weeks overdue, our daughter Viviane was finally born (at 9lbs, 3oz!) Life is settling into its new normal, and we’re thrilled that our 2 yr old, Stella, is also in love with this sweet baby girl.
I’ve given myself a bit of a maternity leave, so I’ll be available a bit less via email for another week or two.

 

http://www.ravelry.com/stores/melissa-labarre

 

More soon!