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Schacht Zoom Loom Swatch Critter Kits! Dragon WIP

You may remember that last February I got a chance to try out one of the new fun Schacht Zoom Looms. I had so much fun trying out this product and working on my weaving chops!

Working on my Kit!

Working on my Kit!

The Woolery, the supplier of these looms, are hosting a kit weave-along in their Ravelry Group next month, so I thought it would be fun to try out one of these kits so you could get even more excited about participating.

So obviously you’ll need a Schacht Zoom Loom to participate, and The Woolery has them for $10 right now! Snag it here. 

Dragon Swatch Critter Kit!

Dragon Swatch Critter Kit!

The Swatch Critter Kits for Zoom Loom come in lots of animals, like turtle, lion, and of course DRAGON, which I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on.

What's Inside?

What’s Inside?

Inside you’ve got the instructions to make your critter, all the yarn you’ll need, and any other notions.

Mountain Colors!

Mountain Colors!

I just started mine so I haven’t needed to dig into the instructions too hard yet, but they seem super clear. The yarn is from Mountain Colors, which you know is beautiful. I love how my green dragon will be mostly green – the different colors in the yarn really pop, too!

My Pile of Swatches!

My Pile of Swatches!

I’ve got 12 swatches to make before I can get started putting my dragon together, and right now I’ve got 7 down. Looking so good right?

More about my dragon soon! So far I’m having a really fun time with this project – it’s a nice break from all the work-knitting I’m swamped with right now. I’m hoping to have him finished next week!

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Excelsior Giveaway Winner!

Excelsior by Allyson Dykhuizen

Excelsior by Allyson Dykhuizen

Last week I was giving away a copy of my new pattern Excelsior in the just released Holla Knits at Home Collection, and today I’ve chosen a winner! Congrats lucky comment #4!

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 6.44.16 AMCongrats Kelly! I’ll shoot you over your new pattern now. And I can’t wait to see a picture of your brown, orange, and cream Excelsior!

 

A Little Embroidery Push

As you know, over the past year I’ve been really getting back into embroidery, even going so far as to launch a new embroidery pattern business with my friend Katie called Red Letter Day Stitches!

Here's to the Red White and Blue embroidery pattern for 4th of July - Red Letter Day Stitches

Here’s to the Red White and Blue embroidery pattern for 4th of July – Red Letter Day Stitches

This is our latest pattern for 4th of July, Here’s to the Red White and Blue.

Red Letter Day Stitches Subscription Sale!

We’ve got 5 patterns left to release in 2014 – Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve – and we wanted to have a subscription sale for people just interested in the patterns yet to be released. So this week you can subscribe to RLDSts for only $15 to get these yet to be released patterns.

These patterns are going to be CUTE we promise! Subscribe today and you’ll get each pattern when it’s released 1 month before each holiday for only $15!

And Some Cross Stitch!

While I was just in California with Katie I told you I was going to take a little knitting break, and I totally did! Look how much I got done of my Pretty Little Paris cross stitch while I was there:

Pretty Little Paris!

Pretty Little Paris!

ALL I want to do is work on this! But alas – I’m knitting my fingers off getting ready for the Fall Holla Knits Collection and a few other designs I’ve got down the pipeline. Soon, Pretty Little Paris! Soon!

Cupcakes!

Cupcakes!

Also, you’ve got to keep an eye on Red Letter Day Stitches because we’ve got something super fun up our sleeves! Especially if you are new to embroidery or need a refresher. And, you know, CUPCAKES! They’re so adorable! More soon.

New Pattern and Giveaway! Excelsior

A new Holla Knits special collection launched yesterday full of super fun projects, including a new pattern from me!

Holla Knits Special Collection: Holla Knits at Home

Holla Knits Special Collection: Holla Knits at Home

Check out the whole collection here.

My pattern? I designed a fun wall hanging called Excelsior! It’s a 3 color geometric print that fits over the glass in a 5 x 7 frame.

Excelsior by Allyson Dykhuizen

Excelsior by Allyson Dykhuizen

Another 3 Colors!

Another 3 Colors!

I’m so excited to see what color combinations pop up out there! I used Knit Picks Palette for both of these samples, and with all of the colors of Palette available the possibilities are endless!

Snag the pattern at Holla Knits, and be sure to favorite and queue it on ravelry!

Pattern Giveaway!

So what do you think?! Leave a comment on this post with the three colors you’ll be using for your project when you win a copy of this pattern! That’s right! I’m giving away a copy. I’ll be choosing a random comment so there are no wrong answers, I’m just curious!

Tweet, pin, and share on facebook for more entries. Just remember to come back here and leave an extra comment for each place you share.

I’ll be picking a winner one week from today, on July 15th. Good luck!

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New Pattern! Block Island Sweater in Knitscene Fall 2014

I’ve got a pattern in the Knitscene Fall 2014 Issue that just came out!

Block Island Sweater

Block Island Sweater

Me Modeling my Sweater!

Me Modeling my Sweater!

It’s a mixed print pullover with polkadots and stripes. Fun right?

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Greylow4lyfe

Looking good from the back, too!

Looking good from the back, too!

From Knitscene: Allyson’s love of mixing prints came together in a pattern of stripes and polka dots for this pullover. Knit this easy colorwork sweater in the round from the bottom up.

Sizes 31½ (35¾, 38, 40, 44¼, 46¼)” bust circumference; shown in size 35¾”

Yarn Dirty Water DyeWorks Clara (100% Bluefaced Leicester; 550 yds503 m/250 g):
• #127 Earl Grey (MC), 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skein(s)
• #123 chartreuse (CC), 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) skein(s)

Gauge 19 sts and 24 rows = 4” in charted patt on larger needle; 19 sts and 26 rows = 4” in St st on larger needle

Tools
• Size 7 (4.5 mm): 24–32” circular (cir) needle, depending on size you are making, and set of double-pointed needles (dpn)
• Size 5 (3.75 mm): 24–32” circular (cir) needle and set of dpn
• Markers (m)
• Stitch holders
• Tapestry needle

My 37" bust in a 35 3/4" sweater

My 37″ bust in a 35 3/4″ sweater

Love the seamless sleeves!

Love the seamless sleeves!

Grab the whole issue, filled with fun fall projects, right here! And be sure to queue and favorite on Ravelry here.

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