Knitting Inspired Décor

We have a spare bedroom in our basement that I’m going to re-purpose into my craft room aka studio. I’m so excited and have been busy planning how I’d like to decorate the room. While I’ve been running around doing errands the past few days, I’ve noticed some great home accessories with a knitted theme – do I need to say more?!! Here’s a few pics of what really caught my eye: 

At Pier 1:

At West Elm:

  

I saw this on the Crate and Barrel website:

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And, lastly, I love these from Honeysuckle and Bulldog:

 

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I’d love to get some of these items for my new craft room. I’ll start the makeover when my kiddos go back to school in August.  I’ll post some before and after pictures here and on Instagram. Stay tuned!

Do you have any home accessories that coordinate with your favorite hobbies & activities? Share here!!!

Patriotic Knits

Though I’d share some of the great patriotic themed home decor patterns that I found on Ravelry. I especially like this free wreath pattern by Kristen McDonnell:

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There’s several placemat patterns, but I really like this one by Jesse Rayot:

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Lastly, here’s a table runner pattern by Jean Clement:

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Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all who have served our country!

Memorial Day Flash Sale!!!

  

I’m having a 50% off sale on all of my patterns that are available for sale on Ravelry today through Memorial Day, Monday May 25, 2015.  NO COUPON CODE NEEDED!!!

Enjoy! Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all who have served our country!!! 

Making It Right 

 

As I was knitting this sock today (and making a lot of progress), I noticed that one stitch had slipped. This probably happened when I put my knitting down; I’m using the Magic Loop Method with a 32 inch long circular needle and, occasionally, I don’t slip the stitches back far enough when I stop. Oopsie! 

So the two choices to correct this are: (1) attempt to  run a chain up the side which can be done with a knitting needle or more favorably a crochet hook (I’d probably use the knitting needle since I can never remember where my crochet hook is) or (2) frog the 30 or so rows, pick up the stitches and just resume knitting. 

I opted for:

 

Frogging the 30 or so rows. After I did, a few people on Instagram said Nooooo pull the stitch up, you’ll never see it once it’s blocked. Yes, I’ve done that on occasion. But In this situation, I opted not to risk seeing a longgggg line of uneven or irregular stitches – There were a lot of rows after that slipped stitch.   In other instances, I’ve gone with option (1) above with no misgivings.  Is it better to start over from the point you made a mistake or just fix the mistake as best you can? How do you deal with knitting mistakes?

Sockupied, Part One

I will be the first to admit…I love sock yarn! Currently, I’m addicted to all the pretty yarn that the indie dyers post on Instagram! And I love casting on a new pair of socks! A quick look around the house and I found all of these socks in various stages of completion:

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Here’s a little better look:

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As you can see, most of these are plain vanilla socks…I’ve been playing with different heels; starting at the top and clockwise: Miss Babs Yarn with a fish lips kiss heel, Lornas Laces Yarn with a short row heel, Patons Yarn with an afterthought heel, Regia Yarn toe up socks with a fish lips kiss heel and On the Round Yarn with a heel flap and gusset.
My goal is to finish all of these pairs by mid June. I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish the pair or two that are in my car by then but stay tuned…I’ll probably be checking in to Instagram along the way to see if there are any pretty new yarns that will likely divert my attention!!!

Do you have a passion for a particular kind of yarn? Share here!!

Mother’s Day InstaGiveaway!

Mother’s Day Destash Giveaway on Instagram!!!

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How do you get a chance to win this awesome yarn?

  • Follow me on Instagram (I’m iknit2purl2 there too!) AND
  • Like the picture above on Instagram AND
  • Tag 3 friends in the Instagram comments section.

Giveaway Details

  • I will randomly pick a winner after midnight on Sunday May, 10, 2015.
  • Participants must be 18 years old or older to enter
  • Participants must live in the US or Canada to enter
  • One (1) Winner will receive:
    1. One (1) skein of Pagewood Farms Yukon  (Sock Yarn  – 3.8 oz/450 yards 70% superwash merino wool, 20% Bamboo, 10% Nylon) in Golden
    2. Three (3) skeins of Knitwitch Fingering Weight Esocterica Yarn (70%Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere, each skein is 3.5 oz/100g – 400 yards in Awareness & Being
    3. One (1) skein of KnitPicks Shadow Handpainted Laceweight Yarn (100% Merino Wool, 440 yds/50g) in Summer Blooms
    4. One (1) skein of Black Trillium Fibre Studio Fingering Weight Yarn 100% Superwash Merino Wool 5.5 oz/100g – 380 yards in Artemisia
    5. Four(4)  skeins of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift – 100% Pure Shetland Wool fingering weight – each skein Is 25g-105m – 2 skeins in Uniform, 1 skein in Fern, 1 skein in Leprechaun
    6. One (1) skein of Biscottie & Cie Selfstriping sock yarn 80% superwash merino wool. 20% nylon 100g – 384 yds in Cupcake A
  • Entries for the giveaway will be accepted through midnight Sunday May 10, 2015.
  • Winner must provide an email address to be contacted if he/she wins.  Email address will not be used for solicitation purposes. The yarn and book will be forfeited after 30 days if not claimed.
  • A random number generator will be used to determine who wins.

Good Luck! And thank you for reading my blog! Happy Mother’s Day!! Happy Knitting!

Mostly Pretty in Pink InstaGiveaway

Destashing continues and I’m having another Instagiveaway! Here’s what I’ve put together:
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How do you get a chance to win this awesome yarn?

  • Follow me on Instagram (I’m iknit2purl2 there too!) AND
  • Like the picture above on Instagram AND
  • Tag 2 friends in the Instagram comments section.

I will randomly pick a winner after midnight on Saturday April 18, 2015. Good luck everyone!

Giveaway Details

    • Participants must be 18 years old or older to enter
    • Participants must live in the US or Canada to enter
    • One (1) Winner will receive:
      1. One (1) skein of Dream In Color Classy (Worsted Weight – 4 oz/250 yards 100% superwash merino wool) in Into The Mystic
      2. One (1) skein of Biscottie & Cie  (Fingering Weight)- 100g/384 yds 80% superwash merino wool 20% nylon) in Hallucination
      3. One (1) skein of Malabrigo Sock Yarn (pure superwash merino yarn approx. 400 yds, 3.5 oz) in Eggplant
      4. One (1) skein of KnitPicks Stroll Fingering (75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 462 yds/100g) in Dolly Hand Painted
      5. One (1) skein of The Sanguine Gryphon Free Range (DK weight 100% Organic Wool 40z/285 yards) in Galah
      6. One (1) skein north loop yarn (fingering weight 100% superwash merino wool 430 yds/100g) in Campfire
      7. One (1) skein of Jitterbug fingering weight yarn 100% merino wool 400 yd/150 g in Nocturne
    • Entries for the giveaway will be accepted through midnight Saturday April 18, 2015.
    • Winner must provide an email address to be contacted if he/she wins.  Email address will not be used for solicitation purposes. The yarn and book will be forfeited after 30 days if not claimed.
    • A random number generator will be used to determine who wins.

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