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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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Pattern Relaunch & Sale! Liaison Tee

Liaison Tee!

Liaison Tee!

Ravelry Pattern Page ~ Buy Now

Buy the pattern this week for $2 off! Only $3! No coupon code needed. Sale expires 4/24.

Today I’m relaunching my Liaison Tee pattern that was originally published in Knit Picks Cotlin 2014 Collection, but is now available as a Ravelry download.

Cute and Simple!

Cute and Simple!

This pullover is worked in the round from the bottom up. Stitches are held for the back as the front is finished, then the back stitches are worked. Sleeves and neckline stitches are picked up and worked in rib to finish.

Liaison Tee is a sweet, easy breezy tee with a secret. Throw it on over jeans and a tank for a classic summer look, or show off tiny peeks of your favorite bra in the lace triangles down the front for a sexy evening look. A knit tee for day and evening! How perfect is that?

A little positive ease in the classic T-shirt shape with some interesting yarn over lace detailing make Liaison Tee your go-to top for summer.

32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64)” finished bust measurement; garment is meant to be worn with 2-4” of positive ease. Garment is shown in size 36”.

Cute and Flirty!

Cute and Flirty!

Yarn: Knit Picks Cotlin (70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen; 123 yards/50g): Raindrop 25336, 5 (5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 12) skeins.

Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) 24” circular needles and DPNs, US 7 (4.5mm) 24” circular needles, or size to obtain gauge.

Go To Summer Tee!

Go To Summer Tee!

Ravelry Pattern Page ~ Buy Now

Notions: Yarn Needle, Stitch Markers, Scrap yarn or stitch holder.

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” St st in the round on larger needles, blocked.

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Iceland Here We Come!

Just a quick note that Shane and I are headed to Iceland for a (very) long weekend!

Blue Lagoon!

Blue Lagoon!

We’ll be here in like 18 hrs. YAY!

I thought this would be a good time to do a social media round up!

For this trip and general fun knitting/sewing/crafting I love to post to Instagram at @allysondykhuizen. I’m on twitter at @AllysonKnits! I’ve also been back on the Snapchat train since getting a new phone a few weeks ago, and you can find me there at at @AllysonKnits as well.

For more business stuff, I’m also good about promoting classes and events, patterns, and blog posts to facebook on The Sweatshop of Love facebook page and also at the Holla Knits facebook page.

I’ll be back at it on Thursday, April 14th so I’ll work through questions and issues then. In the mean time – happy knitting!

Try Something New Every Month: Quilted Bag Success!

Last week I talked about how I wanted to make quilted fabric to then make a bag out of it. New for me because I’ve never made a bag before and I’ve never really quilted!

Quilted Valencia!

Quilted Valencia!

I’m so happy to report that my try something new every month for March was a success! Look at my cute bag!

Inside!

Inside!

Flap and Back LINE UP!

Flap and Back LINE UP!

I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself. I used Valencia bag pattern from Seamwork (my new favorite thing!), but first I cut a bunch of 4″ squares, made triangles, made squares again! Laid out my pieces and created large enough quilt tops so I could cut out my pattern pieces. I quilted those pattern pieces together with some batting by stitching in the ditch of the quilt pieces, then followed the directions to make the bag.

Back

Back

This little bag has been coming with me everywhere since I finished it! I ordered purse handles that aren’t here yet, so I stole a strap from a different bag in the mean time I wanted to wear my new bag so badly.

Flap Process

Flap Process

I’ve got a bunch of pillow forms I know will be beautiful quilted pillows soon enough. I’ve got so many fabric scraps and I could just go crazy putting the scraps together and see what patterns I can make. I’m so excited to play around again!

Almada Robe

Almada Robe

Endless Summer Tunic

Endless Summer Tunic

Out and About Dress

Out and About Dress

While I’m here talking about sewing I wanted to share a few other projects I’ve finished recently! Top is my Almada Robe from Seamwork (which I’m totally wearing RIGHT NOW!), middle is the Endless Summer Tunic from A Verb for Keeping Warm, and bottom is my Out and About Dress from Sew Caroline. Those are all links to my Kollabora account – now that I’m fully sewing again I’m using Kollabora to keep track of all my projects, so let’s connect there if you’ve got an account, too! It’s a really fun site.

Ok that’s all the sewing I’ve got for you right now! But MUCH more VERY soon I’m sure. I can’t stop!

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