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New Downloadable Class: 5 Knitted Headbands!

Last month I shared with you my Knitted Baby Sweaters class, now available for download or dvd purchase, last week I shared my Mosaic Knit Leg Warmers class, and today it’s 5 Knitted Headbands!

This class features my Twin Cities Headband pattern, as well as my Quartet of Headbands patterns. They’re all cute, and each little project highlights a different technique, so you’re getting a ton of lessons in this one class.

Here is the description from Interweave:

In 5 Knitted Headbands: Learn Eyelets, i-Cord, and Ruffles, join instructor and designer Allyson Dykhuizen to create a whole set of stylish accessories to spice up your spring and summer wardrobe or give as gifts.

Headbands are great, low-commitment projects that not only use up extra stash yarn but are perfect for learning useful techniques such as simple eyelet lace, i-cord, and creating a bow from a flat piece of fabric. Once you’ve mastered these 5 adorable headbands, you can use the stitch patterns you’ve learned to design your own new headband pattern, make a smaller headband for a child, or knit one in every color to suit your own personal style. Headband patterns are included!

Fun right? Check out the full description and get more info about the class here.

All my Classes!

All my Classes!

Next up I’ll be talking about my Tulip Slouch Class. In the mean time, check out all my classes and Interweave goodies here.

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A Couple Quick Notes!

I’ve got a hell of a weekend lined up so I’m going to keep this short.

Holla Knits!

Holla Knits!

A 2015 subscription to Holla Knits is 25% off this weekend! Get over there and get your subscription. And if you’re already a subscriber, refer a friend and get the same discount on your 2015 subscription!

YarnCon!

YarnCon!

And if you’re in the greater Chicagoland area get your butt to YarnCon this weekend! I’ll be there on Sunday with the Midwestern Knits samples, and be taking preorders.

Have a great weekend everyone!

What I’m Watching

… is, as usual, mostly garbage! But I haven’t done one of these What I’m Watching posts in a while so I thought it’d be fun to give you a rundown.

I’m up to my ears in WIPs, knitting the Holla Knits Summer garments ahead of a Memorial Day weekend photo shoot, which is always a fun game I like to play with myself. 5 garments in 5 weeks – CAN SHE DO IT?!

With the help of TV. Lots and lots of TV.

The Tudors Season 1

The Tudors Season 1

The Tudors, seasons 1-4, Netflix: I’ve always wanted to watch this show but never got around to it until I recently blew threw the whole thing in 9 days. I LOVED it! Trashy and violent with good costumes and sexy dudes.

A fun game we can play now? Where are they now! Above is a promo shot from season 1. Top, left to right: executed, suicide before scheduled execution, sweating sickness, executed. Middle, left to right: Alive!, dead – maybe poisoned?, King Henry, sweating sickness, consumption. Bottom left to right: executed, written out.

The Tudors Season 4

The Tudors Season 4

Left to Right: Already way executed, alive!, alive!, King Henry, executed, already dead, already way dead.

Turn, season 1, Netflix: American war history and Jamie Bell? I’m in!

Turn

Turn

SERIOUSLY lacking worthwhile female characters (sorry Mrs Jamie Bell), but what they lack in female depth they make up for in intrigue and sexiness! Definitely worth checking out. Season 2 just started this week, which I won’t be able to catch until it pops up on Netflix next winter I’m sure, but this first season is worth binging.

Laura McDougal's Setauket Hat

Laura McDougal’s Setauket Hat

And just to tie in the knitting a little bit, my friend Laura designed a hat based on the slouchy beanie Jamie Bell wears throughout the show. Snag it here!

Bloodline, season 1, Netflix: Coach Taylor AKA Kyle Chandler being a sexy sheriff solving crimes while dealing with his deadbeat brother, and other shenanigans.

Bloodline

Bloodline

I’ve got 3 more episodes to watch but I’m super hooked. It’s dark and slow, well written and beautiful. Queue it up.

One Tree Hill, season 1, Netflix: Holy goddamn bullshit garbage garbage.

One Tree Hill Season 1

One Tree Hill Season 1

Chad Michael Murray Mudface leads this blast from the early 2000s hilarity, complete with bootcut jeans, cropped tees, and lots and lots of Gavin DeGraw and Travis. It’s SO AWFUL that I can’t stop watching it? I’m rolling up to the end of season 1 with EIGHT TO GO WHAT THE HELL WB? Dawson’s Creek (love you for ever Pacey) only gets 6 seasons but you roll One Tree Hill out for NINE?! How the absolute hell.

Baseball, Detroit Tigers, 2015 season: It’s that time of year again!

Detroit Tigers Schedule

Detroit Tigers Schedule

Commit this schedule to memory so you don’t accidentally interrupt my viewing. The Tigers are off to a strong start which means I’m in a REALLY good mood!

So there you go, ladies! What I’m watching. Pop up if you’ve got a recommendation or are also watching any of these!

New Downloadable Class: Mosaic Knit Leg Warmers!

A couple weeks ago I shared with you my Knitted Baby Sweaters class, now available for download or dvd purchase (exciting!), and today I get to share another class with you – Mosaic Knit Leg Warmers!

This class, based on my Hyde Park Leg Warmers pattern, is a really fun, simple technique once you get the hang of it. And this class helps!

Here is the description from Interweave:

Knitted Leg Warmers: Learn Mosaic Knitting with Double Pointed Needles video download with Allyson Dykhuizen

In Knitted Leg Warmers: Learn Mosaic Knitting with Double Pointed Needles, you’ll learn color knitting the easy way with designer and instructor Allyson Dykhuizen. She’ll guide you through the traditional method of using double pointed needles to knit in the round on small-diameter projects, and you’ll end up with a beautiful, stylish set of textured leg warmers. Use a solid colored yarn that coordinates with a colorful variegated yarn, and knit a bold, geometric design. By working with only one color at a time, create a beautiful stained glass pattern that you can apply to future knitting projects. Leg warmers pattern included!

Fun right? Check out the full description and get more info about the class here.

This class was recently featured in a Knitting Daily email that made me sound SUPER young! It even starts, ‘Kids today.’ like I’m not 31 years old. Also: “Designer Allyson Dykhuizen seems to have her finger on the pulse of hip fashion these days, and she’s right on target with her leg warmer designs.” You’ve heard it here first! Finger on the damn pulse.

All my Classes!

All my Classes!

I’ll be talking more about my 2 other classes fresh from the editor in the coming weeks. And be sure to let me know if you snag any of my classes! I’m excited to hear your feedback!

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April PostStitch Project: W+S Market Bag!

I’m SO excited to share with you that I’m the featured designer for the April PostStitch BigStitch box!

PostStitch BigStitch Box Contents!

PostStitch BigStitch Box Contents!

You’ll remember back in November when I posted a review of a PostStitch box (spoiler alert: I LOVED it!). Since then I’ve been working with Megan to put together our own box featuring one of my patterns, and I couldn’t have been more excited when she chose my WORK+SHELTER Market Bag.

WORK+SHELTER Market Bag

WORK+SHELTER Market Bag

This pattern, originally released in 2012, was designed for WORK+SHELTER, and the women have been knitting up this bag ever since.

WORK+SHELTER Dip Dyed Tote

WORK+SHELTER Dip Dyed Tote

So it makes sense that one of the extras you get in your bag is this handmade, dip dyed project bag made in WORK+SHELTER. I’m so happy that not only is this box full of just a bunch of great stuff, it also benefits such a great cause so close to my heart.

Heaven!

Heaven!

This box includes some Three Irish Girls Cotton Bamboo Worsted to help you make a durable and absolutely beautiful bag!

A huge thank you to PostStitch for inviting me to be their April designer, and shining a light on WORK+SHELTER with their beautiful box contents. Be sure to sign up for a subscription if you can’t wait to get one of these boxes of your very own!

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