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April 16, 2010

Yarn & Pattern Giveaway :: Knit Picks Shadow Lace

It's been a while since I've had a giveaway, and I have a few in the works!

When I was asked to submit a pattern to Knit Picks for their Independent Designer Program, I had the opportunity to work with their Shadow Lace for the first time and I enjoyed it so much that I had to restrain myself from immediately placing an order for every color. I did, however, order two skeins of Vineyard Heather - a gorgeous deep purple heather:

Knit Picks Shadow Lace

Of those two skeins, I reserved one to give away here, along with my pattern for the Leaf Lace Scarf II, to one lucky blog reader. All you have to do is check out my updated blog sidebar and leave a comment on this entry telling me what you like or don't like about it. The changes are subtle -- just a few minor tweaks and the addition of my patterns for sale. Comments will be closed on Monday and I'll notify the winner on Tuesday morning.

Good luck! I'll have another giveaway next week . . . hint: it involves Malabrigo.

March 26, 2010

Spring and Scarves

Happy Spring! It's been gorgeous here in SE Texas and everything is starting to bloom. I love seeing the fat little robins every morning and everything is looking so fresh and green.

Leaf Lace Scarf - Knit Picks Independent Designer Program

I can finally share the project I alluded to in this entry last month. It's another version, slightly revised, of the Leaf Lace Scarf. For this scarf, I used the new Knit Picks Shadow Lace Tonal in the Gypsy colorway. It was really lovely yarn and my first time knitting with their lace weight merino. I'd use it again in a heartbeat.

Leaf Lace Scarf II

The pattern can be purchased from Knit Picks or via Ravelry. They're both downloads, so whichever one you choose, you can cast on right away!

When I sent my finished red scarf to Knit Picks, I knew I'd have to wait for the release of the new tonal yarns before my pattern would show up on the site, so I cast on for a scarf I could wear right away. I knit the Spring Festival Scarf with Noro Sekku, their lace weight (or more appropriately -- cobweb) self-striping yarn, it's a light and airy spring/summer scarf. You really do have to love Noro to enjoy this yarn though. The thick/thin slubs are a challenge with yarn overs and one has to be really okay with imperfection. It was worth it for me - I love wearing this scarf.

Noro Sekku :: Spring Festival

The pattern is also available for purchase and download via Ravelry. If you knit one of these new scarves, I'd love to see it!