Spring GiveAway Winner!

And the winner is:

springgiveawayNumber 7!  StaceyKnitsIt!  Congratulations!! Please email me at iknit2purl2@gmail.com with your name and address so I can send this great book to you!

Thank you to everyone for supporting me and my knit designs! Happy Knitting!!

Spring GiveAway

Y’all are so wonderful! My Yoshino Socks Pattern has spent some excellent time hanging out on Ravelry’s Hot Right Now List. To thank you, I’m going to giveaway a copy of this terrific book, currently a best seller knitting book on Amazon.com:

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How do you get a chance to win this awesome book? Either favorite  or queue my Yoshino Socks pattern and leave me a comment here. Want an additional chance to win? Like my facebook page and leave me a comment here.

Giveaway Details

  • Participants must be 18 years old or older to enter
  • Participants must live in the US or Canada to enter
  • (1) Winner will receive a new copy of “Cast On Bind Off” by Leslie Ann Bestor.
  • Entries for the giveaway will be accepted from Tuesday April 8, 2014 through Midnight EST on Saturday April 12, 2014.
  • Winner must provide an email address to be contacted if he/she wins.  Email address will not be used for solicitation purposes. The book will be forfeited after 30 days if not claimed.
  • Participants may leave a total of 3 comments
  • A random number generator will be used to determine who wins

Good Luck! And thank you for reading my blog! Happy Knitting!;

Yoshino Socks

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I love this time of year. All of the lovely spring flowers and flowering trees. I especially love the beautiful Yoshino Cherry Trees currently blossoming in the Atlanta area and the South. Soon, they will be blossoming all over but if you’re in need of a little Spring now and can’t wait any longer, I finally finished my new pattern, Yoshino Socks:

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These colorwork socks are knit from the top down and with a heel flap. The toe is knit using decreases and finished with the Kitchener stitch. The Yoshino Socks pattern is available for free on Ravelry through April 10, 2014. Use coupon code SPRING at checkout.022

On the Table

Last night, I made the Pioneer Woman’s Beef with Snowpeas. I kinda just went along with her ingredient list and used the following proportions:

1 1/2 lbs Flank Steak
1/2 c low sodium soy sauce
1/2 c cooking sherry
1 tbs minced fresh ginger
3 tbs brown sugar
1 tbs corn starch
2 c Snowpeas

I split the sauce once I made it and used half to marinade the flank steak and half to use as the sauce in cooking. Also, I was trying to remember the ingredient list without looking at my phone when I was in the grocery store. Hence, I forgot the scallions. Which The Girl probably would not have liked anyway so all was good.

In about half an hour, I had prepped and cooked this delicious entree along with some rice. Yummy dinner and leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. Next, I’ll try this recipe again when the boys are home.

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After The Kids Leave

As many of you know, my son started college this past fall and, now, my daughter is not far behind.  A junior in high school, she is already planning colleges to look at and taking SATs and getting ready to graduate.  All of this leaves me with the question, what am I going to do after the kids leave?  I’ve been so lucky to spend their childhood with them as a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom, but it is very apparent that I would like to do something more once both kids are at college.

And with that thought in mind, my sweet hubby came up with THE BEST IDEA EVER! An Alpaca Farm!  We took a ride up to North Georgia and look!

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How adorable are these alpacas?!!! I can’t wait to fully embark on this project! Even the little red barn is perfect! And the dogs would love living on a farm! Oh, by the way, before I get any further carried away, just kidding! Happy April Fool’s Day!  I still need to come up with something to do when my daughter goes to college but an alpaca farm, unfortunately, will not be a likely choice.  But those alpacas sure are cute!!!

Sweater Design 101

I’ve been planning a sweater to knit for my daughter for sometime. After asking her what she might like, chevrons seemed like a good idea. I chose these pretty colors in MadelineTosh Tosh Sock Yarn:

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From top clockwise: Natural, Robin’s Egg, Edison Bulb and Oceana.

Tosh Sock Yarn seemed like a good idea for a spring/summer sweater. I’m going to use a knitting needle that is just a bit bigger than what I would use for knitting socks so that the fabric doesn’t become too heavy. I came up with this swatch to give The Girl an idea of what I had in mind:

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The Girl decided on a combination of the Natural, Robin’s Egg and Edison Bulb. She also likes the idea of a sweater that is primarily knit in Natural with the colors used as trim.

More updates soon. :)

If You Give A Knitter A Stitchmarker…

It all began when I couldn’t find any stitch markers in my purse or in the car the other day. I briefly put my knitting down and then temporarily used different colored yarn:

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Monday morning, I pulled out my box of beads and set about making a few stitchmarkers with some pretty Swarovski beads:

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By Tuesday afternoon, I was back in the bead box and used some pretty copper colored Pearls:

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And some more blue Swarovski beads:

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And some crystal Swarovski beads:

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and then I stopped at Michaels and bought some more supplies. This morning, I made a few more:

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I think it’s time to start knitting again. :)

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