A Hat Fit For A …

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… brother-in-law. It’s my brother-in-law’s birthday today and I was in search of a gift for him. He’s really “sporty” (triathlons, cycling and running) so a gift card to a sporting store is always good but then I remembered! My sister-in-law mentioned that this past winter he had lost the hat that I had knit for him a few Christmases ago. So, a quick search of my stash led me to the perfect yarn – Dream In Color Classy in Don’t Be Blue. It’s a superwash, 100% merino wool, worsted weight yarn and, at 250 yards per skein, there’s definitely enough for two hats! The pattern selection – a no brainer – my favorite hat pattern to knit for guys – A Hat Fit For a Boyfriend by Stephanie Nicole. You can find the pattern here.
I started knitting the hat while my daughter was at dance class on Wednesday night. I finished the hat on Thursday morning. It’s a very quick knit! Perfect for holiday gift-giving! I made several a few years back and I imagine I will be knitting a few more this holiday season.

Note: I did change the end of the pattern a little:
Row 7: K2, P2tog
And I stopped with 10 stitches left

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IKnit2Purl2 KAL & Pattern Sale

I’m getting ready for a little gift knitting iknit2purl2 pattern KAL. You can find my patterns here. I’m going to knit some Metro-North Cowls for the gals this Christmas. It’s super quick and with yarn like these,

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I’m sure they’ll come out super cute. The yarn is Malabrigo Rasta and one skein is all you need to make a cowl.

We’ll start the KAL on Monday, November 3 so you have plenty of time to pick a pattern and find your yarn. Check out the iknit2purl2 group page on Ravelry for details!

By the way, all of my patterns available for sale on Ravelry can be purchased at 50% off – now thru 11/03/14. Use Coupon Code IK2P2KAL at check out.

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Eat Sleep Knit Repeat

Eat Sleep Knit is by far one of my favorite online yarn stores and I’m so lucky that the retail location is in nearby Smyrna, GA! It’s only about 45 minutes away from my house! Today, I took a little field trip over that way to pick up some Malabrigo Rasta for a cowl that I’d like to knit. It’s only the second time that I’ve driven over there…regular mail usually delivers my online orders the next day but I wanted to see what other yarns were available. Check out some of the colorful rows of yarn-y goodness of the Eat Sleep Knit retail store:

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I did splurge a little and picked up a few skeins of fingering weight yarn for some shawls…some holiday gift knitting is already being planned!
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DIY – Lighted Monogram

Recently, I came across some really cool illuminated letters on Restoration Hardware’s website:

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I thought this would be a very cool addition to my teenage daughter’s room but the hefty price tag for each letter was wayyyy more than I wanted to spend.

Enter pinterest! I found this great tutorial and adapted it to what I could do, crafty speaking.

First, I purchased some cardboard craft letters for my daughter’s room. I bought them at a local craft store, using 50% off coupons.

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I also picked up some metallic gray paint while I was there:

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I ordered 4 strands of battery operated fairy lights from amazon.
I cut out the back of the letters and painted the fronts. Then, using bits of paper, I marked where I wanted to put the holes for the lights. I used an exacto knife and a pencil to make the hole:

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Finally, I added the lights:

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And this is how the monogram looks in my daughter’s room:

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We’re both really happy with the results. And I’m really happy with the cost, about $50 for all three letters with my sale and discounted items. :)

Fifty Percent Off Friday

I K n I t 2 P u r l 2  Designs will be having a 50% off Sale on Friday October 10, 2014.  Included in this sale are the following patterns:

You can find these patterns for sale in my Ravelry Store.  Use the coupon code Friday.  Prior sales are excluded.  You may buy more than one pattern during this sale.  Happy knitting!!

Metro-North Cowl

Inspired by standing outside at the train station, Metro-North Cowl is a super quick and easy knit using super bulky yarn.  I used Malabrigo Rasta which is super soft and slightly felted.  I <3 <3 <3 this yarn!!!  About a skein of yarn (90 yards) is all that is needed to make this textured neckwarmer and, with US Size 15 (10mm)  knitting needles,  it only takes a few hours to knit!  It easily could be knit during your daily commute!

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This pattern is available for FREE on Ravelry during the month of October.  No coupon code is needed!

Dad’s Chevron Throw

I recently published a pattern, Chevron Baby Blanket and Chevron Throw.  To tell you the truth, while I’m so happy that so many people love the baby blanket pattern, it was mostly an afterthought; the larger blanket was what I really wanted to design and then knit for my dad.  My dad was recently diagnosed with cancer and, living in Georgia while he was in Connecticut, I felt helpless in my inability to visit or help on a regular basis. We visited in April but I wanted to do something more. And, thus, the Chevron Throw came to be.  I wanted to make a chevron blanket because it reminded me of all the oldfashioned ripple and granny square blankets my grandmother (his mom) had crocheted. I chose sportweight yarn because it was late spring and would be lightweight for the summer yet still warm enough for when Dad felt chilly and I chose the colors because they were cheerful.

I said so many prayers while I knit that blanket and, as I neared completion, my dad had the good news that the most recent scans looked good.  I sent the throw to him and was able to visit for a few days in July not long after that.  He was happy.  He marveled at how long it must have taken to knit that blanket.  (Dad probably knew more about knitting than I could ever guess – his mom, my grandmother, was always knitting or crocheting.)  Sadly, not long after that, the cancer returned.  My dad passed away peacefully on September 5, 2014 surrounded by his wife, his children and his sister.  I was blessed to arrive the day before and be there for him.  I love you Daddy.   I will miss you always.

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