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Three Winners!

Thu 27 Nov 2014 02:11pm


From left to right the winners chose: Eucalyptus and Cayenne, Wedgwood and Snowy Owl, Sienna and Pumpkin!

With a random number generator I drew Suzanne Stahle for the first, which eliminated those two colors. I had to try a few times to get someone who didn’t have red or green till I drew Martha Bilski for the middle two. Amazingly Little Lou was the the last draw and had chosen the remaining colors!

Congratulations! You’ve each won your choices – two skeins of Swan’s Island Organic Washable DK and a copy of my Camden Cowl pattern. Shoot me an email or contact me on Ravelry with your shipping details.

It was really fun to read everybody’s comments! Some of my students – even a few from when they were children at Waldorf school, and friends and readers from all over the world! So nice to hear from you all.

As for favorite color combinations, the top 3 were clear winners:

1. Eucalyptus and Wedgwood
2. Wedgwood and Snowy Owl
3. Sienna and Pumpkin
4. Cayenne and Snowy Owl
5. Eucalyptus and Snowy Owl
6. Cayenne and Pumpkin
7. TIE- Wedgwood and Cayenne and Eucalyptus and Cayenne
8. Cayenne and Sienna
9. Pumpkin and Snowy Owl
10 Eucalyptus and Pumpkin

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thankful Giveaway!

Mon 24 Nov 2014 09:11am


What started as a kind of random photo on my Facebook Page, developed into a lively conversation.  I’ve knit one Camden Cowl and find it so useful I was thinking of knitting another since I’ve got such pretty colors of Swan’s Island Organic Washable DK. So I put it out there. What colors should I choose next? The results were surprising to me – one clear winner, a sort of odd one,  5 votes for orange and ice blue. Odd but pretty. The rest were mixed bag – all across the board – almost every variation – including several people who wanted to use more than just two. I think that’s a brilliant idea!

I am especially thankful this year for all my wonderful, supportive friends. When I was feeling low, my friends were there with a kind word, or a simple gesture that kept me from sinking lower. Sweet words in my Ravelry group, eager students in my Craftsy class, “likes” on my Instagram pictures, teaching event attendees who came up to talk to me and share a story, all together kept me afloat this year. Wherever I went all over the world, new friends invited me into their shops, on hiking adventures and even into their homes with open hearts. I thank you my friends,  I thank you so very much!

Three lucky winners take their pick of two colors from the group above. Just leave a comment with your favorite two. Maybe tell us what grabbed you about the colors and anything else you’d like to share. I’ll randomly choose 3 winners. Now of course, I only have one skein of each color, so, the first draw will eliminate 2 colors. If the second draw includes either of those two colors I’ll draw again until I get a duo that can be pulled the remaining colors…the third winner will be randomly drawn from those who chose the final two as their first choice.

The giveaway is open through Wednesday November 26 until midnight Pacific Standard Time.

I’ll announce the winners on Thanksgiving (Thursday the 27th), and I’ll throw in a free Camden Cowl pattern too!

Camden Cowl uses 1 skein each of two colors of
Swan’s Island Washable Wool 50g/140 yds(128m)
The colors above are left to right:
Eucalyptus, Wedgewood, Cayenne, Sienna, Pumpkin and Snowy Owl

The originals are Aubergine and Pesto.

Needles:  US5(3.75mm) &amp; US6(4.0mm) 16″(40cm)  circular.

The Comments are closed. Thanks Everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!





Camden Cowl – For the Masses!

Wed 19 Nov 2014 09:11am


Here’s a cowl that I wear all the time. I was not a believer in cowls for a long time. I know crazy right? Well that changed big time when I started wearing this one. In the summer no less. Really. I do live in Maine remember. As nutty as it seems, towards the end of a day spent wearing tank tops, if I felt a slight dip in the temperature, but it was still too hot for sleeves, I’d put on this baby and feel perfect. And who doesn’t want to feel like that?

Fall rolled around and I found myself grabbing my Camden Cowl over and over again. Look at my Instagram feed and you’ll see it crop up now and then.

I designed it for Vogue Knitting Destination Experience – Camden Maine as a quick knit that serves as simple introduction to stranded colorwork. We used Organic Washable Wool DK from local yarn company Swan’s Island. It is astonishingly soft, no worries about wearing it next to sensitive skin. It almost feels like cotton. So there you go – an excellent choice to knit during Wovember, for those who think they don’t like wool.

Another thing I had reservations about with a stranded colorwork cowl was the idea of a “right side” and a “wrong side”. But truly, on the Camden Cowl, the inside is just as pretty as the outside

The color range of Swan’s Island Washable Wool Collection, created my friend Dyemaster Jackie Ottino Graf, is subtle and gorgeous, you can choose almost any two and have success with this graphic knit.

So go for it! Now that it’s really winter in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere – you’ve got good reason. And if you’re down-under, come on up for a visit, we’ll go around the corner for coffee and knit a little.

Camden Cowl in my Ravelry Shop



1984 Beanie for Wovember

Thu 13 Nov 2014 05:11pm

Extra big wool yarn for Wovember!!! Yes! From Wool And The Gang – those fashion forward makers of gigantic WOOL yarn. I mean…CRAZY SEXY WOOL…

I made the 1984 beanie in time for Halloween… and I’ve been admiring it all of Wovember perched upon my dress form, which she is very happy about. She’s been wondering where she was, and now she can see. I thought my perfect model for this beanie (you know who you are) would be visiting sooner so I’d have a fashiony photo for you… but I just could not wait…and so it will now be a gift for her for next month’s holiday season. Because…as you know…EYEBALLS ARE NOT JUST FOR HALLOWEEN. They are a year round sort of thing. Always welcome. Always enjoyable and always to be admired.

The 1984 Beanie comes ready made or as a kit for you to make your own, which I’m guessing you’d like to do. It comes with wool yarn, the pattern and a tapestry needle. You just need to have some broomsticks US17 (12mm) needles which you can get from Wool And The Gang too.

OK – I had a lot of fun knitting this even though I usually use much smaller needles and I usually knit in the round. Which I would have done if I had big enough circular needles, do they even come that large in hat-size? But I couldn’t wait. Too tempting.  That kit came in the mail and I had the hat done the very next day. Like I said. Fun quick knit. Just in time.



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