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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Red Barn Yarn – Name That Yarn Contest!

Red Barn Yarn together with Stitch Craft Marketing, and Love of Knitting, has a great contest this fall to name a brand-new yarn which will be joining the Red Barn Yarn lineup of handpainted products.

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I received a sample skein of this as yet unnamed yarn. It’s a 2-ply worsted weight yarn spun from 45% merino, 40% alpaca, and 15% mohair and is 225 yards per skein. It is very soft and  will be available in the vibrant hand-dyed colorways for which Red Barn Yarn® is known. I have started knitting a pair of Irish Hiking Mittens with my sample skein:

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The mittens will be very warm with this yarn as well as velvety soft. This yarn would also be beautiful in sweaters, hats, and scarves!

The Name That Yarn contest begins on Sept. 15, 2014. All entries need to be received by November 15, 2014. Entrants will need to submit their yarn name with an explanation of their inspiration to info@redbarnyarn.com Please use “NAME THIS YARN CONTEST SUBMISSION” as the subject link in order to be eligible. While  creativity is encouraged, please keep it PG!

The panel of judges includes Jennifer Burt, editor of Love of Knitting magazine; Catherine Petitti, owner of Red Barn Yarn; and a Mystery Celebrity Judge to be announced

Red Barn Yarn will announce the winner on November 25, 2014.

Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 submissions:

Grand Prize: 1 year subscription to Love of Knitting Magazine; a sweater’s worth of the as-yet-unnamed yarn (7 skeins, 1575 yards), and a special tag with the winner’s name on it for the first year of sales following this promotion.

Second & Third Place Runners-Up: 1 year subscription to Love of Knitting Magazine and 2 skeins of the as-yet-unnamed yarn (enough to make a shawl).

If you are interested in a free sample of the yarn, please email info@redbarnyarn.com. You will also be subscribed to the Red Barn Yarn newsletter so that you can be notified of the contest winner and other exciting Red Barn Yarn news. Free samples will be available worldwide.

Stay in touch with Red Barn Yarn by liking their Facebook Page and joining their Ravelry Group

Marji

Just off the needles – Marji – and not a moment too soon! My lovely niece is headed to Patagonia for a Wilderness Medical Training Program on September 30 (she is studying to be a nurse). To hurry the blocking process, I even put the sweater out on the back deck to dry faster. (I have never done this before but it sure sped up drying time for me yesterday!)

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The sweater is my own design. It’s an Icelandic Lopapeysa inspired sweater knit using Lette Lopi, the worsted weight version of Lopi. I purchased the yarn online from Alafoss.
Overall, Marji was a relatively easy sweater to knit. I used Size 7 needles and worked the body and the sleeves in the round. Once everything was joined together, the yoke proceeded easily with decreases leading right into the neckband. I really enjoy colorwork knitting and adapted some of the traditional Icelandic themes into the sweater.

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I’ll admit, I changed the design on the yoke pattern three times while knitting it: once before I joined the sleeves and the body and twice while I was actually knitting the yoke.
I was able to package the sweater up and ship it via overnight delivery today so she’ll get it before she leaves. Next, I’m planning to write the pattern down and get it posted on Ravelry.

On The Go

I’ve recently started to knit a sweater for my niece. I’m knitting the sleeves using double pointed needles. The project bag that I’ve been using to keep everything (yarn, WIP, needles, measuring tape, etc) together is great but it’s difficult to keep track of 2 sets of DPNs. So I remembered I had this:

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It’s a cute Mini Cozy from Namaste and comes in a great variety of colors (mine is Eggplant):

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Initially, I received this as a bonus from a LYS and I couldn’t imagine storing DPNs long term in this because, let’s face it, we all have so many. But using this case in my project bag is perfect. No more hunting for DPNs on the bottom of my bag. Yay!
What tips do you have for your project bag? Share here!