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Windy City Mystery Knit Along!

WCKAL

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SPECIAL PRICING! Buy for $4 until July 14th when it will go up to $6!

Thanks so much for your interest in Allyson Dykhuizen’s Windy City Mystery Shawl Knitalong! This shawl KAL will be released in 5 parts, each part building off the previous one, and will use 2 colors of fingering weight yarn. It will combine stripes and graphic shapes of color, as well as garter stitch and openwork sections, to create a show stopping shawl you’ll be able to wear and style in different ways.

This KAL is being featured during the Chicago Yarn Crawl that runs at the end of July 2016, but all can participate on dedicated forums of course!

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When you sign up for the pattern your download will include this description, as well as yarn options and gauge. The clues will be sent to you through Ravelry and to your inbox as they are released, and a final pattern will be emailed to you when the pattern is finished on August 18, 2016.

Mystery KAL Schedule
Clue 1: July 14, 2016
Clue 2: July 21, 2016
Clue 3: July 28, 2016
Clue 4: August 4, 2016
Clue 5: August 11, 2016
Final Pattern: August 18, 2016

It’s an aggressive schedule but we can do it! Tiny Hint: Clues 2 and 3 make up the same larger section. Each of the other clues are it’s own section of knitting. Learn more!

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New Pattern! Damon, Holla Knits Summer 2016

I’ve got a new pattern out today with Holla Knits! Meet Damon!

Meet Damon!

Meet Damon!

Ravelry Pattern Page ~ Download Now

Think stranded colorwork mitt for your body! I’ve been working up the courage to knit myself up an all over colorwork cozy wool sweater and thought I’d first give a little cropped tee a try. After falling in love with Damon I’m ready to continue my stranded garment journey and something tells me you will feel the same way. Damon is a cropped, oversized tee with all over stranded colorwork in 4 colors with a slouchy shoulder detail.  

Keep up with Damon on social media with #DamonTee

Pretty from the back, too!

Pretty from the back, too!

Finished Size 36 (41, 46.25, 51.5, 56.5)” bust/chest circumference. Pullover shown in size 41″ with 5” of positive ease.

Yarn Knit Picks Stroll Fingering, 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 231yds/50g: Wonderland Heather (MC), 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) balls, Navy (C1), 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) balls, Dogwood Heather (C2), 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) balls, Pucker (C3), 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) balls.

Slouchy Shoulder Detail

Slouchy Shoulder Detail

Needles Size 3 (3.25 mm): 16” and 24″ + circular (cir) needles. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle.

Cropped and Perfect!

Cropped and Perfect!

Ravelry Pattern Page ~ Download Now

Gauge 28 sts and 30 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.

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Damon is part of an amazing collection of pattern – check them all out at hollaknits.com!

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A Little Vacation, TNNA, and Blogging Struggles

It’s been quiet around here lately! It’s because my new years resolution this year was to spend less time doing things that make me zero dollars. I wrote a list of things I do in order of how much financial return I get from doing it and I spend the most time blogging with the smallest return.

I was trying to blog 3 days a week – Mon, Wed, and Fri. Last fall, ahead of my resolution, I went down to Mon & Thurs. This seems like a nice balance and I was able to schedule a months worth of blogs very easily and punch them out in the mornings before I went to the office.

At the beginning of April I got really busy, and we had a lot of trips lined up, and I referenced my list and axed things I didn’t need to do. Blogging got axed! I know in my own life I’m reading blogs a lot less than I ever have before, so its easy to see reader numbers going down and understand it.

So! That’s where I’m at. When something happens, a new pattern or something big, I schedule in a blog, but other than that I just haven’t been making the time to do it.

Sunday I leave on a 12 day excursion through New York, Baltimore, and ending in Washington DC for TNNA! I’ll be instagramming and snap chatting (find me @AllysonKnits), and as followers increase on those platforms like gangbusters and blog readership diminishes, maybe that is the way people are wanting their information delivered to them. For now anyway!

So I’ll see you on social media, blog readers!

Let’s Catch Up!

Things have been a little crazy over here for the past month! I’m sure you noticed since posts have been scarce. 2 trips and a Holla Knits collection launch and I’ve been MIA!

Unless you’re on instagram. I’ve been instagramming everything like crazy! Check it out.

High Seas Collection!

High Seas Collection!

Check out the new mini collection from Holla Knits – High Seas!

Wish We Were There Right Now!

Wish We Were There Right Now!

Blue Lagoon!

Blue Lagoon!

Shane and I went on a little vacation to Iceland about a month ago and it was glorious! Iceland is SO fun, it’s really no wonder everyone is going there now. We had the best time.

Wedding Fun

Wedding Fun

Wilmington Beach!

Wilmington Beach!

Two weeks later we were off to Wilmington North Carolina for a wedding and we made a really nice long weekend of it, made even longer by some issues traveling back, but we soaked up enough sun to make it worth it!

Umm Cold

Umm Cold

Lily + Scott

Lily + Scott

This past weekend Laura and I went up to Minneapolis for Lily’s wedding and it was NOT beach weather. Not at all. But we had a great time in Minneapolis of course! I love it there.

SO! All this travel and Holla Knits stuff has lead to some quiet times over here. I’m back now and have tons to share so stay tuned!

New Pattern! Moto Wall Hanging

Moto Wall Hanging in Knit Picks Tuff Puff

Moto Wall Hanging in Knit Picks Tuff Puff

Download Now ~ Ravelry Pattern Page

I’ve got a new free pattern out with Knit Picks today – meet Moto Wall Hanging! A cute textured and wall hanging with pops of color and puffy fringe.

Moto Looking CUTE!

Moto Looking CUTE!

Moto Wall Hanging: Whether you’ve knit yourself a sweater for every day of the week and are looking for a project to help you branch out or if you haven’t quite worked up the skills to tackle sweater knitting, Moto is a fun, quick project anyone can squeeze into their knitting queue. It adds a fun bit of warmth to your home, some style to your office space, and even a lovely accent to a baby room.

Fun Texture!

Fun Texture!

Finished Measurements: 11” across and 14” long without measuring fringe.

Yarn: Knit Picks The Big Cozy (55% Superfine Alpaca, 45% Peruvian Highland Wool; 44 yards/100g): MC Bare 26483, 2 balls; C1 Noble Heather 26484, 1 ball, C2 Cobblestone Heather 26487, 1 ball.

FRINGE!

FRINGE!

Needles: US 10.5 (6.5mm) straight or circular needles, or size to obtain gauge.

Notions: Yarn Needle, 12-14” small dowel rod, for hanging

Gauge: 10 sts and 14 rows = 4” in St st.

Notes: Wall hanging is worked bottom to top, working intarsia colorwork blocks as directed in the chart and written instructions.

Download Now ~ Ravelry Pattern Page

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