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Sneak Peeks! New Holla Knits Designs

I’ve been knitting, albeit quietly, working up a few new design samples for upcoming Holla Knits issues.

Stripes!

Stripes!

A little texture with your stripes

A little texture with your stripes

Plaid+Garter=LOVE!

Plaid+Garter=LOVE!

Wha?!

Wha?!

I try to design only a couple seasons ahead, mostly because I fall so deeply in love with every design I come up with and if I can’t wear it immediately I get ornery. As excited as I am to get both of these projects off my needles and ready to be shot for Holla Knits, I’d rather just be running around wearing them! So I’m going to quickly hide them from myself and forget about them until they come out in September/October, respectively.

Last but not least we’ve got a giveaway winner! Last week I promo’ed my Interweave Videos being on sale until this Wednesday with a DVD giveaway. A huge thank you to everyone who commented and shared my post! The lucky winner is comment #9 – Joy B! I’ll shoot you an email right now.

New Intro to Short Rows Class and a Free Cup Cozy Workshop!

If short rows have you mystified, we’ve just added a class in August that will have you doing short rows like a pro and leave you with a really fun piece of art for your home! Scroll down for details.

There are also spots left in our free cup cozy workshop on August 2nd so sign up for that for sure! It’s a great beginner project and very usable summer knit accessory.

There are still spots in every class on our summer schedule so email me to sign up today! Every class is also be posted on facebook to make signing up and learning about new classes even easier.

Teachers Leah Coccari-Swift, Laura McDougal and I have our knitting needles, crochet hooks, and embroidery hoops at the ready – we hope to be crafting with you soon! To sign up or to ask any questions please email allyson@thesweatshopoflove.com, or find your class and sign up on facebook.

– Allyson, Laura, and Leah

 The Full The Sweatshop of Love’s Summer Class Schedule

New offerings just posted!

Intro to Short Rows!

Intro to Short Rows!

Intro to Short Rows: This intermediate-level technique class is for those who want to take their knitting in new directions! Learn how to create geometric shapes with short rows, a versatile technique used in garments, accessories, and knitting projects of all kinds. You will learn the “wrap and turn” as well as how to create your own little knitted pinwheel art piece. Please bring US size 6 needles and if you have scraps for DK or thinner weight at home. Class is taught by Leah. 3 parts! Sundays Aug 2, 16, and 23rd, 2-3pm – $105 including most materials.

Cup Cozy Workshop!

Cup Cozy Workshop!

 

Free Workshop! Knit or Crochet Cup Cozy: With basic knitting or crocheting skills, sign up for this free workshop and stitch yourself an adorable cup cozy perfect for keeping your hand from freezing while holding your favorite iced drink! Space is limited so snag a spot before they’re all gone! Sunday Aug 2nd 10-12pm – FREE!

 

My Interweave Video Downloads are on Sale! And a Giveaway!

Video Download Sale!

Video Download Sale!

Interweave is having a huge virtual tent sale on a ton of their videos, including mine! So if you’ve been eyeing one of my classes, buy them before July 10th because they’re half off!

Tulip Slouch

Tulip Slouch

Tulip Slouch: Now for only $8.50, learn provisional cast on, duplicate stitch, picking up a ton of stitches, and to knit this hat as you go.

KnitLegWarmersClass

Hyde Park Leg Warmers

Knitted Leg Warmers: Down from $16.99, in this $8.50 video download you’ll learn mosaic knitting and get you even more comfortable with using double pointed needles, and knitting with two colors at the same time.

5 Knitted Headbands!

5 Knitted Headbands!

5 Knitted Headbands: Also on sale for only $8.50 get help with 5 different headband patterns! We cover eyelets, icords, ruffles, picking up stitches, buttons holes, seaming, and tons of other fun techniques to help you get a week’s worth of adorable headbands to wear and share.

Knitted Baby Sweaters Class: And last but not least, get my Knitted Baby Sweaters download for only $8.50 as well. Knit all these adorable baby sweaters with one fun pattern. We talk basic baby sweater shape then make it awesome with pockets, ears, and even fringe manes!

A lot of my Interweave patterns are on sale right now as well, so click over to my Interweave Online Store and check it all out!

Knit Baby Sweater Class DVD Giveaway!

Get your own DVD!

Get your own DVD!

I’ve got a copy of my Knitted Baby Sweaters DVD burning a hole in my pocket so I’d love to give it away to one lucky commenter! If you’re lucky (or unlucky depending on your view of things) I’ll even sign it for you! Just leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite baby sweater animal is and you’ll be in the running.

Want more entries? Tweet, share on facebook, and pin to pinterest for more entries, just make sure you come back here and leave a separate comment for each share.

I’ll be picking a winner 1 week from today on Tuesday July 7th. Good luck!

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What I’m Watching

I did one of these posts back in April and thought it was high time for an update! Things are calming down computer-wise only to pick back up knitting wise, so I’ll have a lot of TV time over the next month. I’ll never quit you, Netflix!

One Tree Hill - Season 5 Cast Photo

One Tree Hill – Season 5 Cast Photo

One Tree Hill, season 5, Netflix: I can’t fucking believe I’m still watching this stupid show! Back in April I was on season 1 and amazingly I’m now in the middle of season 5. It’s 2007! We’re super into dress shorts and most of the super attractive white people in the show are very famous after a hilarious time jump over collage (so smart). Fashion designers! Writers! Nearly famous basketball players! It’s NEARLY unwatchable. Nearly. Ever so nearly.

Black Sails

Black Sails

Black Sails, seasons 1 and 2, ???: Shane and I blew through all of Black Sails recently and this pirate whore island show has absolutely no business being as good as it is. It looks awesome, the costumes are great, the story is compelling and gripping, and season 2 is batshit bonkers insanity. Sure, when they aren’t on a ship they are in a brothel and there are tons of boobs everywhere, but there are some bad ass women running things too so it kind of evens out. If you’ve got access to Starz or a friend who has access (thanks Paul!), check it out! It’s pretty fun.

Orphan Black

Orphan Black

Orphan Black, seasons 1 and 2, Amazon Prime: Another two seasons Shane and I did over a rainy weekend! I had no clue what I was getting into when we started it, but Orphan Black is for sure the best show I’ve watched in ages. We did a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime just so we could keep watching it! It’s funny and compelling, and as soon as you think you’ve got something figured out you don’t have anything figured out. Season 3 is airing on BBC American now apparently and I can’t wait to watch all of those in a day! Super insanely highly recommended.

The Amazing Race!

The Amazing Race!

The Amazing Race! Seasons 2404282482, CBS Go: My mom shared her newly acquired CBS Go account with me and I’ve been working my way through seasons of Amazing Race, which is just so infinitely entertaining. There are a billion seasons and watching a ton of episodes in a row makes me feel like I’m not just sitting on my couch but doing travel research! For the record, this is the only reality show I’d ever go on. Until they make a reality show about knitting!

On Deck:

Pretty Little Liars, season 5

Pretty Little Liars, season 5

I just saw Pretty Little Liars season 5 pop up on Netflix so that’s for sure happening soon! I love that crazy show.

Summer TV watching I love you so much! As always, let me know if I’m missing anything!

YarnTalk Ep 3: Embrace the Lace!

Another Wednesday, another episode of YarnTalk is live!

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This week Heidi, Leah, and I are talking more summer knitting! We Embrace the Lace with a TON of lace panel project recommendations.

Designer Crush: Emma Welford & Catsia

Designer Crush: Emma Welford & Catsia

My Designer Crush this week is the super fun Emma Welford, and we’re joined by her cat Catsia! So we’re 2 for 2 with pet interview bombing!

YarnTalk on Pinterest

YarnTalk on Pinterest

Another fun thing we’ve started is the YarnTalk pinterest board! Check out all the great projects we talk about on YarnTalk here.

So check out the episode and let us know what you think by using #YarnTalk on all social media platforms. Or just comment here! I’d love to get your feedback so we can make YarnTalk the best it can be.

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