Summer


imageimageimageimageimageWhen we’re not jumping in the nearest lake, our summer has been all about food. My daughters (2 and 4) love picking up our farm share, and have become big helpers in the kitchen, and it’s been fun figuring out ways to use up every vegetable, even if it’s not a favorite.

So far, pickles and dilly beans are the reoccurring theme, and I found a great recipe for the zucchini, their least favorite of the farm haul. I left out the espresso powder, because I was making it for kids, and used a bit more zucchini than called for, just to use it up. The result, a delicious treat that the kids, and the rest of the family loved. Recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Bread (from King Arthur Flour)

Weekend Wraps Book Giveaway, Part 2

One of the 2 winners of my last giveaway never responded to my message, so I’m back to offer up 1 more copy of [amazon text=Weekend Wraps&asin=163250278X] to you, my readers. Just leave a comment on this post before the end of the day on August 15th EST, and I’ll draw a name to win a copy. It may take a few minutes for your comment to show up, as I have to approve each one (thank you, spammers!)

You can see photos of all the projects in my previous post, or view them here on Ravelry. Good luck!

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24 hr Sale! Buy 1 Pattern, Get 1 Free!

imageThere’s a 1-day sale starting now in my Ravelry store! Just ad an even number of patterns from my store to your cart, and half of them will be free at checkout! No code required. The discount is automatic, you just need an even number of patterns in the cart to get every other one free at checkout. Eligible patterns are in my store here!

Also, comments 7 and 10 each won a copy of Weekend Wraps. I’ve emailed the winners!

Weekend Wraps Giveaway!

[amazon text=Weekend Wraps&asin=163250278X]¬† is officially out and I think that it’s time to give away a free copy! Take a look at the photos, or visit the project pages on Ravelry, then comment here (it my take a bit for your comment to show up, I have to approve each one). If there are more than 100 entries, I’ll add a 2nd copy and pick 2 names using the random number generator. And, if you already have a copy, I’d be happy to have the copy you win to a friend instead. Entries are open to anyone, anywhere until 11:59EST on August 1st, 2016. Good luck!

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Here’s a peek at the 18 projects from our amazing designers:

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Bright Little Baby Knits

imageThis past winter, a sweet little pile of knits helped keep me warm as I worked on them each night after my kids were asleep. The end result, 3 cardigans, a stripey blanket and a bonnet, patterns in sizes newborn to 4t. I designed all of them for Manos del Uruguay yarns, in 4 different weights of their superwash yarns!

Meet Trucha

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Habanero

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Pimiento

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Espinaca

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Click on the names to be directed to the Ravelry pages, where each one can be purchased.

[amazon text=Weekend Wraps&asin=163250278X] has officially started shipping out from Amazon! I am so excited for everyone to see it. I’ll share more about the patterns here soon!

 

Arcadia Poncho and Four Winds Hat


imageBerroco’s Portfolio Vol. 2 has just been released, and I have 2 patterns in it!

The Four Winds Hat features simple cables that pop against a garter-stitch background, with cozy ear flaps. It takes just 2 skeins of Berroco Vintage Chunky and knits up quickly! The pattern can be purchased individually, or as part of the whole collection on Ravelry here.

The Arcadia Poncho features beautiful mirrored cables and a generous garter-stitch cowl. This one is knit in worsted-weight Berroco Vintage. It’s also available individually, or as part of the collection here.

image image image image[amazon text=Weekend Wraps&asin=163250278X] has started arriving in warehouses and is shipping out soon. Good times!

Don’t forget to sign up for my new email list, here!

Woodland Cowl

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There’s a pre-order promotion going on right now for our new book! If you purchase [amazon text=Weekend Wraps&asin=163250278X] between now and August 1st (when it’s released), you can visit this link, and enter your order number to receive my Woodland Cowl pattern for free! Enjoy! [amazon text=Pre-order it here!&asin=163250278X] See all the patterns from the book here.

Summer Knitting

Over the last few months I’ve been busy working on many new projects. One very exciting one has been working as part of the 2016 Quince and Co Design team! I’ve written 9 new patterns in Quince yarns for this project, and the first 2 were released this spring in Quince’s 2 linen yarns, Sparrow and Kestrel.

Meet Pippa, a light linen tank with a sweet back lace detail. Lots of smooth stockinette makes this a great project for your summer travels; it’s a perfect beach knit. The Pippa pattern can be purchased here on Ravelry.

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Jessamin is an open-front cardigan with 3-quarter-length sleeves and and an open lace mesh border. As someone who’d prefer to wear cardigans all year, this was designed to be an extra layer on a cool summer evening. There are already quite a few finished ones on Ravelry to check out! You can purchase the Jessamin pattern here.

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Happy knitting!

-Melissa