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WIP Round Up: Lots of Random Shit

I’m between Holla Knits collections and I don’t have any big sweater designs due at the moment so I’m taking the next few weeks to knock out a bunch of smaller stuff I’ve got on my to knit list. It feels hectic, but my list is getting shorter and shorter so I’m going to keep making it happen!

Baby Sweater Buffet: COW!

Baby Sweater Buffet: COW!

I can’t say too much about this little guy except that he’s obviously super adorable and I’ll have more information about him soon. And you can see more pictures of him on his Ravelry project page here.

Huh?

Huh?

What?

What?

I also can’t say too much about this thing growing here because it’s a gift, but yeah. It’s as weird as it looks. Stay tuned!

Chistmas Plaid!

Christmas Plaid!

Ahem. When I started this post I didn’t think I couldn’t talk about a lot of this stuff I’m working on! This vaguely Christmas plaid design you’ll see more of this fall of course.

A Little HP and Swatching!

A Little HP and Swatching!

And last but not least, I’ve got another swatch swap in the works! You’ll remember the first time around was a wedding gift, and the second time around we made it a party, and it was so much fun we just had to do it again. Our assembly party isn’t until July so I’ve got some time to complete them thank goodness, but I’ll be swatching as a purse project for the next few weeks. And my purse project came in handy a couple weeks ago at Harry Potter Book Club! Harry Potter Book Club. Be jealous!

So that’s a round up of the stuff I’ve got on and recently off my needles right now. It’s a pretty random collection! And look for more of these weird WIP posts over the next month or so until I get a big project to complete. Should be a weird ride!

Holla Knits Blog Tour! Francisco Cowl

Welcome Holla Knits blog tour riders! Thanks for coming!

The New Holla Knits Magazine!

The New Holla Knits Magazine!

I sneaked this yesterday, but the new Holla Knits Magazine launched yesterday and inside are 4 articles and 5 patterns to keep you knitting your way through the summer. Including my cover design, Francisco Cowl!

Francisco Cowl!

Francisco Cowl!

I love the bandana cowl shape that’s popping up everywhere and wanted to design my own with the idea that it would be a nice little pop of color and just the slightest little neck warmth you’d need for a cool summer day.

On the left I’ve knit it up in Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Kettle Dyed, so it’s got a really lovely variation that’s not too bold, which is perfect for this design. Any fingering weight semi solid would be a big winner!

On the right I’ve knit it up with just one little skein of Knit Picks Comfy Fingering in one of my favorite KP colors – Peapod! The cotton blend is super light and holds the eyelet polka dot pattern really well, and is just the absolute softest yarn against your skin.

Francisco Cowl Kit Giveaway!

Need a cowl of your own?! Comment on this post to win a Francisco Cowl Kit, including one skein of Knit Picks Comfy Fingering in Ivory, and a copy of the pattern. This giveaway is open to everyone! Tweet, share on facebook, pin it, and share on instagram for more entries, just make sure you leave an additional comment for each share. I’ll be picking a winner one week from today on Tuesday may 26th. Good luck!

And be sure to keep your eye out for all the other great posts and giveaways throughout the blog tour:

May 18: Holla Knits Warm Weather Accessories Issue Launch
May 19: The Sweatshop of Love / Knitted Bliss – kit giveaway, issue giveaway
May 20: Ruby Submarine – fringe tutorial
May 21: Handmade by Stefanie – pattern and yarn giveaway

May 26: Doog Knits – kit giveaway
May 28: Canary Knits – issue giveaway
May 29: Laura Reinbach – pattern giveaway

June 1: Gynx Yarns Podcast – pattern and yarn giveaway
June 2: Ruby Submarine – issue giveaway
June 4: Rock and Purl – giveaway

June 8: Handmade by Stefanie – Take 5
June 9: Hands Occupied – issue giveaway

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Holla Knits Warm Weather Accessories Magazine 2015

I couldn’t be more excited to announce the launch of the new Holla Knits collection, Warm Weather Accessories, not only because it’s just downright awesome of course, but because this issue marks the first time the collection is a real magazine, full of articles and content on top of just the knitting patterns.

The New Holla Knits Magazine!

The New Holla Knits Magazine!

Looks super professional, right? Laura Masson at Ink Whale Design killed it with this issue, as usual. You like how I’ve made myself like Oprah and put myself on the cover? GET USE TO IT! This is clearly step one in my publishing take over. tee hee!

5 Amazing Designs!

5 Amazing Designs!

I’ll be talking more about my design featured in the issue tomorrow to kick of the Holla Knits Blog Tour, but today you can take a closer look at all five fantastic patterns in this collection over at HollaKnits.com. As usual you can buy each pattern individually for $4, or you can purchase the full magazine, with all the articles and fun stuff inside including all the patterns, for $14.

Francisco Cowl by Allyson Dykhuizen

Francisco Cowl by Allyson Dykhuizen

Snag my fun Francisco Cowl, a light summer bandana cowl that’s got a lot of texture and some beautiful drape in the Knit Picks Comfy Fingering pictured above. I think you’re also looking at my new profile picture! I just love this picture of me – I look so pretty and happy! Thanks for taking such a great pic of me, Leah!

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WIP: Giant Harry Potter Cross Stitch

THAT’S RIGHT LADIES! I started it.

Gigantic Harry Potter Cross Stitch In Action!

Gigantic Harry Potter Cross Stitch In Action!

Over a month ago I mentioned I had this project waiting in the wings for when I get a few projects off my needles, and I’m SO HAPPY to report that I started stitching last week! As you can see I finished the top portion of the frame, and the Gryffindor banner.

So how did I get started?

Huge Roll of Cross Stitch Fabric

Huge Roll of Cross Stitch Fabric

I didn’t really know how to tackle this project since it’s obviously the largest cross stitch piece I’ve ever worked on! I bought a big roll of size 14 Aida Cloth from Create For Less, but without a big standing frame I had to do some brainstorming to get started. I ended up cutting the length I’d need for the piece plus 8″ – 4″ on either side of the image just to be safe – and leaving the width JUST IN CASE. I’d hate to get started on this and it run off the end somewhere. With some extra thread I tied up the access cloth! I also used some access thread to mark my center point.

Taped Edges

Taped Edges

I also made sure to tape up my edges to make sure the cloth fraying didn’t make me nuts.

Gryffendor Banner!

Gryffindor Banner!

Once I got over the initial splendor of actually working on it, finishing the top portion of the frame was torture because I wanted to start working on all the fun elements of the design! As you can see, the Gryffindor banner is looking pretty awesome.

Extra Fabric

Extra Fabric

And I’ve got plenty of fabric on either side of the design, so I’ll be cutting down about 4″ once I have to open this sucker up, or when I decide it’s driving me crazy.

I’ve got a moderate amount of knitting work to do now, so I’m resting my tendons and limiting my knitting to 3-4 hrs a day. If I’ve got extra crafting time I pick this up! I still plan to be finished by the year 2046. But hey! Progress!

FO: Pretty Little Chicago

It’s been a long time coming! I first started my Pretty Little Chicago cross stitch project from Satsuma Street back in February. But I finally finished it!

Pretty Little Chicago

Pretty Little Chicago

Big surprise, but I’m so crazy in love with how this piece turned out. I love Chicago so much (most of the time), and having a Pretty Little Chicago up on the wall really makes me feel awesome.

So Pretty!

So Pretty!

I used this project as a reward project ever since I started it, so that really made finishing it that much more … rewarding. It sat untouched for almost two months, too, just waiting for me to come back to it! I’m so glad I cleared off enough work projects so I could spend some time on finishing touches and get this up on the wall.

Pretty Details!

Such Fun Details!

And now of course I’m itching to get another Pretty Little City in the hoop! Like I said back in March, we’ve got a trip to Barcelona and Italy brewing, so I’ll start working on one soon I’m sure!

My 3 Pretty Littles

My 3 Pretty Littles

In the mean time I’ll just enjoy my growing collection.

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