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Holiday Break Time!

Happy holidays!

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I’m taking a break so I can properly eat my weight in cookies, but I’ll be back on Jan 5th.  I know 2015 is going to be awesome and I can’t wait to dig in! Have a great holiday everyone!

One More Little WIP/FO Post Before Christmas!

BREAKING NEWS: Christmas is next week guys! Like holy shit!

*ahem!* Surprise!

*ahem!* Surprise!

First up, my only remaining holiday present WIP, which is pretty good if you ask me!

Any Guesses?!

Any Guesses?!

Since it’s getting gifted to a (albeit very rare) blog reader, more about this later.

Two Sets of Coasters!

Two Sets of Coasters!

I wanted to make a little something for Shane’s parents and his very delightful aunt in NY, so I thought a little set of knit coasters would be a fun little something.

Knit Picks Comfy Sport

Knit Picks Comfy Sport

Knit Picks Cotlin

Knit Picks Cotlin

I used Holla Knits pattern Elemental Linens by Kirsten Singer. I absolutely love this pattern! It’s not only for the coasters, but for placemats and a table runner. It hasn’t gotten a lot of play, but keep this in the queue for hostess gifts or something. These are quick to knit and look so great!

Pattern: Elemental Linens by Kirsten Singer

Yarn: Knit Picks Cotlin and Comfy Sport

Needles: Size 4s

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N is for Narwhal and for Nina Sue!

N is for Narwhal and for Nina Sue!

Last but not least, and not related to Christmas, I stitched up this narwhal for Tara’s baby Nina Sue, who was born a couple weeks ago. You’ll remember I made her a little lion plushy and a couple cute bibs as well – I thought I’d round out the crafting trifecta with some cross stitch!

N is for ???

N is for ???

Turns out there aren’t very many animals that start with N! When Nina was born and we all learned her name was Nina I started trying to think! Newt? Looks like a lizard. Night Owl is just an Owl. So I landed on the little known but still very adorable NARWHAL! Luckily I was able to find this very cute narwhal pattern, and from there it was just figuring out what size N I needed to add. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out! And I think Nina Sue will appreciate it, too. I know her mom did!

AND one last note! Last week I featured Knit & Crochet Today S.6 on the blog, complete with a giveaway. Thanks so much to all who commented! The winner was:

Congrats Lori!

Congrats Lori!

Lori! I’ll shoot you an email now so you can get your prize.

Knit like the wind everyone! We’ve only got 7 days left!

Sewing Day! More Holiday FOs

I kicked the crap out of my to do list this weekend, all starting with my sewing day on Friday. I had a big pile of stuff I needed to sew up for Christmas presents and I did it ALL!

We’ll start with the pillows for my niece and nephew. You may remember that I stitched up Elsa and Anna from Frozen on some muslin fabric a couple weeks ago, so I finally sewed that into a little pillow that I’ll be giving to Ryenn.

Frozen Pillow!

Frozen Pillow!

Tiny and So Adorable!

Tiny and So Adorable!

I absolutely LOVE how this turned out! I think Ryenn will, too.

Puppy Head Pillow!

Puppy Head Pillow!

I caught this cute puppy head pillow tutorial on pinterest a couple months ago and filed it away. Once I came up with the Frozen pillow idea for Ryenn I knew Baby (not so baby!) Nolan might like a cute pillow as well. I stash busted the fabric, had the right double sided interfacing, and everything! I felt like a real sewer.

Pretty Freaking Adorable!

Pretty Freaking Adorable!

I’m excited to see what Nolan’s reaction will be! He’s 4 now, but he’s still really into animals and pretty into his big boy bed, so I’m hoping he thinks this is cool.

So FUN!

So FUN!

Origami Bento Bags

Origami Bento Bags

I’ve been dying to get my hands on one of these cute origami bento bags ever since I flipped over them in the Fringe Association booth at Stitches Midwest, and now I can’t find it in the shop but here it is on Karen’s instagram. I came across this fantastic bento bag tutorial at Very Shannon and was so anxious to try!

Origami Bento Bag

Origami Bento Bag

As you can see, I figured it out! I puled out my stash and, it was pretty hard to find one piece of fabric measuring 49″ x 17″, but once I started trying I couldn’t stop! I made three of these bags and I know I’ll be making more in the future.

Folded up Knitting Bag!

Folded up Knitting Bag!

Pinned at the Top to Make a Purse!

Pinned at the Top to Make a Purse!

I just love the versatility of this little bag. I didn’t put handles on mine like Shannon did because I like to be able to tie them up and use them for a knitting project bag, but I did include a safety pin with each bag so you can pin it up easily. Wouldn’t a button be cute?!

I love sewing days because I feel so accomplished! Look at all I created while watching Christmas movies! Amazing. I hope you’re to do list is shrinking, too!

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Pins and Needles Challenge: Finished Sweater

I’ve been sharing updates of the sweater that I’m knitting for the Save the Children Pins &  Needles Challenge over the past couple weeks, and today I’ve got the adorable finished sweater to show off!

Baby Sweater Buffet!

Baby Sweater Buffet!

I love how it turned out! I was worried about running out of my contrasting colors, so I ended up knitting the hood in the solid dark green, and I love it! It’s the add-on piece I was really wanting it to look like it was. So cute!

Stripes & a Solid Hood

Stripes & a Solid Hood

And I’m still really in love with this striping method. Alternating CCs between the MC stripes is so cute! I’m for sure keeping this in mind for future striping / dealing with stash busting.

Baby Little Sweater!

Baby Little Sweater!

I can’t wait to see my little baby nephew Wyatt in this adorable sweater! Look for pics of that in the new year for sure.

Pattern: Baby Sweater Buffet by Allyson Dykhuizen

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes

Needles: Size 9 circs & DPNs

Ravelry Project Page

Save the Children

Save the Children

Today is Save the Children’s Make the World Better with a Sweater Day, so be sure to celebrate by wearing an sweater to show off in the office and by donating $5 to Save the Children. You can text SWEATER to 20222 or donate online at savethechildren.org.

And if you’re in Chicago, my friend Heidi of Hands Occupied is throwing a fund raiser at Nina Yarn Shop tonight for Save the Children!

Join the Fun!

Join the Fun!

For more info read her blog post here. You can join and donate to her Save the Children fund here as well.

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Knit & Crochet Now! S.6 Starting Soon & a Giveaway!

I was recently contacted by Libby at Annie’s Publishing about the upcoming season of Knit & Crochet Now!, which is starting to air in January 2015 on your local public broadcasting station. Season 6 will have 13 episodes, each featuring lots of new knit and crochet projects that you will be able to download at their website – 43 in all.

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From the press release: Host Brett Bara, and designers Robyn Chachula, Ellen Gormley and Kristin Nicholas are back to bring fans a variety of fun projects and new technique segments in each half-hour episode. Their combined expertise in knit and crochet, and their knowledge in color, stitch techniques and beadwork will inspire viewers to watch, learn and grow their skills. This season, Knit and Crochet Now! welcomes new expert, Lena Skvagerson , designer for many of the gorgeous projects for Knit and Crochet Now! She is the in-house exclusive pattern designer for the Annie’s Signature Collection, as well as, Creative Knitting Magazine, Crochet! Magazine and Crochet World. To round out the group, special guest crochet designers Jenny King and Drew Emborsky will delight viewers with their own special projects from scalloped gloves and party accessories to adorable kiddie toys to shawls for all occasions.

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I LOVE seeing crafting on tv, and Brett Bara is just delightful. Make sure you click here to see when you can catch Knit & Crochet Now! where you live.

Very Cute Top!

Very Cute Top!

Fun Tassel Scarf!

Fun Tassel Scarf!

Knit & Crochet Now! has a huge library of patterns that you can search by episode, so if you catch a show you can download everything you see in that episode right from their website. There is a ton of great stuff there!

So be sure to keep your eye out for this next season of Knit & Crochet Now!, starting in January.

Giveaway!

Can’t wait for TV? I’ve got a complete DVD set of Knit & Crochet Now! season 6 for only lucky commenter! Just comment on this post for your chance to win. Share on all forms of social medial for more entries, just make sure you come back here and leave an additional comment for each place you shared.

I’ll be picking a winner one week from today – Wednesday December 17th. Good luck!

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