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FOs Galore! Block Island, Boyfriend Hat, and Han Solo

Let’s get right to it! First up I finished my Block Island Sweater and I’m CRAZY IN LOVE!

Block Island Sweater

Block Island Sweater

The size is EXACTLY what I wanted! It’s roomy and cozy – perfect for how cold it’s been lately!

Super Graphic and Awesome

Super Graphic and Awesome

So Toasty Warm!

So Toasty Warm!

I love the color combination I ended up with. It’s very different than what I usually pick – it looks black and white in these pictures, but it’s actually very dark blue and very light blue. It was hard to capture on camera, but in person you can see it. I LOVE how bold it is!

Pattern: Block Island Sweater by Allyson Dykhuizen

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Midnight Heather and Clarity

Needles: Size 7 and size 5 cirs and dpns

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Shane's Boyfriend Hat! And Champ

Shane’s Boyfriend Hat! And Champ

I also finished Shane’s Boyfriend Hat that I had been working up for his birthday! He loves it and has been wearing it ever since I gave it to him!

Birthday Present: Success!

Birthday Present: Success!

This is a pretty fantastic pattern, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a basic hat to knit for your dude. Those are pretty hard to come by, so go queue it right now! Really!

Pattern: The Boyfriend Hat by Purl Soho

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in Ash and Asphalt Heather

Needles: Size 3 cirs and dpns

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Han Solo Cross Stitch!

Han Solo Cross Stitch!

On to the cross stitch FOs since I just can’t help myself! I stitched this up as a Christmas present for my brother – isn’t it fantastic?! I cannot take the credit for this design, but I had to get a little skeeze to create it myself, unfortunately. I pinned this pin for the pattern ages ago, but when I click on the link it took me to an etsy shop error page. When I searched the designer on etsy she says her shop is closed, but when I go to pixiestitches.com it takes me to this etsy shop that doesn’t have the pattern listed. So I think this is a Pixie Stitches design, but I’m not sure because it’s not available anymore I don’t think, so I just kind of looked at the picture and charted it out myself. I would love to pay someone for this though! So if this is your design and I stole it from you, I’m so sorry! And please tell me how to pay you!

But I totally killed it, right?! It turned out SO cool and I know my brother is going to love it!

Cross Stitch Ornaments: Dove

Cross Stitch Ornaments: Dove

AND last but not least, I finished my 3rd ornament from the Satsuma Street Christmas Ornament set! And the dove might be my favorite one yet.

One Little WIP: Gift Wrap Stocking!

One Little WIP: Gift Wrap Stocking!

AAANNDDD I’m working on my second Gift Wrap Stocking! This time with green as the MC. If you missed it, my red stocking is here. And there is more cross stitch there, too!

WHEW! I’m feeling pretty damn accomplished over here! I hope you guys are checking a million things off your to do list, too!

Review & Giveaway: PostStitch!

PostStitch Knitting Subscription Box

PostStitch Knitting Subscription Box

I love all the knitting subscription project boxes popping up all over the internet lately, and today I get to dig through one and show it off to you!

PostStitch Box has Arrived!

PostStitch Box has Arrived!

I met Megan and Amy, part of the team behind PostStitch, at Vogue Knitting Live last month, and their enthusiasm for their product was certainly infectious! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on my own box, and they were sweet enough to send me one to review for the blog. Thanks again ladies!

PostStitch: Inside!

PostStitch: Inside!

Inside the box is an absolute treasure trove of knitting goodies! Including:

  • Printed pattern! This month it was Stroll Lace Scarf by Ysolda Teague from Whimsical Little Knits 2. There is also a code that will allow you to download the pdf if that is the method you’d prefer.
  • Needles! The pattern calls for a size 9 circular so a ChiaoGoo size 9 lace point needle I’ve got.
  • Yarn! This kit includes a skein of Zeta by Luna Grey Fiber Arts, and a little ball of scrap yarn that you’ll need for the project.
  • Stitch Markers! A set of stitch markers including a Right Side Row marker, or beginning of round marker.
  • Project Bag! A seriously adorable little project bag with yarn-y animals on it.
  • An Extra Gifty! This kit includes a little container of Sally B’s Skin Yummies’ Organic Healing Hand Butter.
Quite a Haul!

Quite a Haul!

I was blown away by the quality of this little box. Every item inside was obviously carefully selected and packaged, and it really did make me want to dig in. I immediately cracked open those needles and cast on with them, and added the stitch markers to my yarn bowl for easy access! I can’t wait to find a tiny project to put inside my new project bag. And I’ve added Scroll Lace Scarf to my to knit pile!

A PostStitch box will make the best gift for the next knitter who does me a big favor. I’m filing this away for future use for sure. And if you’re looking for a great gift for the knitter in your life, get over to PostStitch and order one right now! She’ll absolutely love it. I promise.

There are two different kinds of PostStitch box – this one is the BigStitch Box, a project for an adult, and the other option is the LittleStitch Box, including a project for a baby or child. Each box is $60 shipped, or if you subscribe for multiple months the price per month goes down.

I absolutely LOVE this box! And I can’t wait to order one for someone I love in the future.

Giveaway!

Want to get your hands on your own box? PostStitch is giving one away to one of my lucky blog readers! To enter:

  1. Go to the PostStitch Facebook Page and like it.
  2. Go to The Sweatshop of Love Facebook Page and like it. (If you don’t already!)
  3. Leave a comment on my PostStitch Giveaway post on Facebook telling me you liked both facebook pages.

You’ll be able to choose between a BigStitch or LittleStitch box, and you can redeem your box any time in the next year. So get over to Facebook and start liking! I’ll pick a winner one week from today on Mon Nov 24th. Good luck!

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A Little Cross Stitch, a Little Knitting

I just had a WIP rundown on Monday, but things move pretty fast over here!

Let’s start with some cross stitch:

Angel Ornament

Angel Ornament

Dove WIP

Dove WIP

Santa Ornament

Santa Ornament

It has been much documented here on the blog how much I love Satsuma Street’s cross stitch patterns – remember Pretty Little Paris and Pretty Little Amsterdam? Joy came out with a new pattern a few weeks ago for 6 Christmas Ornaments, and I of course immediately bought it. So far I’ve finished stitching Santa and Angel, and I’ve got a little start on Dove. A couple of these are Christmas presents and a couple of them are for me! I’m already a little nervous about turning them into actual ornaments, but I’ll get there when I get there!

Cross Stitch on Muslin

Cross Stitch on Muslin

Anna and Elsa!

Anna and Elsa!

It has also been well documented that I love Wee Little Stitches Pixel People patterns, and my little niece Ryenn LOVES Frozen and Anna and Elsa, who I kind of understand because of watching Once Upon a Time this season! I thought I’d stitch them up on muslin and make her a tiny pillow out of them. So I pulled out my cross stitch pull apart sheet that I had left over from my Lord of the Rings napkins, and started stitching! They took no time at all, and now all I’ve got to do is stitch it up and make a pillow. It’s sitting in my growing To Sew pile!

Pie Time from Red Letter Day Stitches

Pie Time from Red Letter Day Stitches

For Red Letter Day Stitches I stitched up this adorable pie crust recipe, Pie Time! So cute right?! That one is just for me.

Gift Wrap Stockings

Gift Wrap Stockings

I shared a tiny WIP of Gift Wrap on Monday, but then I went to town and couldn’t stop! One stocking down, one to go.

Stocking Leg

Stocking Leg

I didn’t really know how I was going to break up the colors, but I ended up using 6 throughout – every section of trees had the red MC as the background and the cream as the trees. Every section of braids were done with the neon pink and grey, and every other section, either the heel zig zag or the zig zags between the braids, were done in dark green and light green.

Stocking Foot

Stocking Foot

This will be really easy to mirror for the second stocking as well. I think it’s going to look awesome! … yeah I’ll probably be casting on later today!

And that, my friends, is a faithful narrative of the all my dealings with every damn project I’ve got going on right now. WHEW!

Save the Children Pins and Needles Challenge: Let’s Cast On!

Last week I shared that I would be participating in the Save the Children Pins & Needles Challenge by knitting a sweater between Nov 12th and Dec 12th. I’ll be knitting up my Baby Sweater Buffet sweater for my nephew Wyatt. He’s the third child and get overlooked a lot – even by me since I haven’t knit him anything yet! – so I want him to feel special by knitting him a sweater. Or, as special as he can feel as a 18 month old getting a sweater from his aunt for Christmas. Bygons!

Stash Busting!

Stash Busting!

I dug into my stash to make a three color striped sweater that I think will look great! I’ve got the most of that mystery dark green, so that will be the MC, with alternating CCs of that mystery light blue and the Swish Worsted Green Tea Heather. I think it’s going to be a big hit!

The fun part of my Baby Sweater Buffet pattern is that you can pick the elements of the sweater you’d like to add, so after you knit the basic baby cardigan, you can add a hood or front pockets to jazz it up. You could also add animal elements like ears and a mane, but we’re steering clear of animals with this sweater.

Joining Me in the Challenge?

I know it’s a tough time of year to add another project to your to knit pile, but I hope you’ll be taking the Pins and Needles Challenge with me! If you knit up my Baby Sweater Buffet pattern I’ll donate the cost of the pattern to Save the Children, but you can knit up any sweater, or even the fun sweater-like patterns Vogue is sponsoring, which you can find here.

Post your finished project on my Pins & Needles Challenge forum by Dec 12th and you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card to WEBS provided by Save the Children!

I hope you’ll be joining me! I can’t wait to see your projects!

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#TSOLKAL Week 6 in Review

With two weeks to go, a lot of project were shared on the forums this week! Knitters are finishing up their sweaters and gaining speed toward the end of those never ending sleeves. So I’ve got a TON to share! Yay!

JanuaryYarns Block Island

JanuaryYarns Block Island

OhDoogs Block Island

OhDoogs Block Island

yondercrawdad's Heraldry

yondercrawdad’s Heraldry

All the sweaters are nearing the end! And the FOs posted this week are beautiful, too:

mamatronic's Liaison Tee

mamatronic’s Liaison Tee

FionaeHarvey's Bristlecone

FionaeHarvey’s Bristlecone

kjbanman's Baby Sweater Buffet

kjbanman’s Baby Sweater Buffet

stefaniegrrr's Excelsior

stefaniegrrr’s Excelsior

Congrats to those of you who finished!

Sleeves Finished!

Sleeves Finished!

Loving all the Patterns!

Loving all the Patterns!

Me? I’ve got two finished sleeves! Now I’ve just got to free up my size 5 circular so I can finish the neckband. One downside to having a million WIPs on the needles!

Remember, KAL-ers! You’ve got until Sunday November 30th to post your finished projects to qualify for prizes. Plenty of time! Happy knitting!