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September, 2013

Introducing Red Letter Day Stitches!

I’m SO excited to finally be able to announce my new project, Red Letter Day Stitches!

Red Letter Day Stitches!

Red Letter Day Stitches!

Red Letter Day Stitches is an embroidery pattern site dedicated to bringing you modern, fun, holiday inspired embroidery patterns all year long. It’s a collaboration between me and my friend Katie Canavan!

Turkey Feathers

Turkey Feathers

Halloween Pattern Sneak Peek!

Halloween Pattern Sneak Peek!

It’s a subscription based site, so you can subscribe for 2014 to get the 6 primary holiday patterns + our amazing 2014 calendar, or subscribe to get 12 holiday patterns + our amazing 2014, all emailed to you 1 month before each holiday. Otherwise each pattern will be available for $4.

But these first three patterns, including the Holloween pattern Katie just designed, are free! We just want you to get a feel for how great these patterns are going to be. So download the pattern and get stitching!

Never embroidered before, or need a refresher?! We’ve also created a free stitch guide to help you through all 10 stitches we use, as well as how to transfer your pattern and finish your sample. Download it!

And I’m hosting stitch along (SAL?!) for this design here on the RLDSts site. Please join us! It’s going to be super fun!

There are lots of ways to keep an eye on what we are doing over at Red Letter Day Stitches – subscribe to our mailing list, follow us on twitter @redletterdaysts, joining our Flickr group, and following the Red Letter Day Stitches blog.

And I’m sure I’ll be sharing some WIPs and patterns over here as well. But get over there and help us look like we have lots of friends!

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Holiday Gift Crafting is GO!

Holiday Gift Supplies!

Holiday Gift Supplies!

It’s that time of year again! Time to plan your holiday gift crafting. Since I knit so much during the year, and since knitting takes FOREVER, I’m choosing yet again to forgo the knitting needles in favor of some embroidery floss, muslin, and fabric dye. And other crafting, of course. Last year I went 100% small business supported and handmade, and I’m going to try that again this year!

The above supplies will (hopefully) become gifts for seven of the closest women in my life! I think it’s going to be a good one. More WIP pics, soon! Once I actually, you know, start working on it!

Champ Photo Bomb

Champ Photo Bomb

And I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce my newest photo bomber – Champ! Champ is my boyfriend’s dog, and is just getting use to all the craft and knitting photo staging going on in the house. So expect a lot more Champ around here!

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Circular Knitting Needle Hanging Organizer DIY

Since moving from Minneapolis back to Chicago, my office/work room/craft room has gotten a serious downsize. I went from having like a 12×12 room to myself to a maybe 3×6 area in the living room behind the couch.

My "Office"

My “Office”

NOT that I’m complaining. I’m happy to have this space! I’ve worked with less and just having a table to put my computer on is an upgrade from the last 9 months. But I’ve had storage issues to deal with! So it’s a good thing I’m so creative. The fabric boxes for the DVDs was certainly a huge hit, and now I’ve got my circular knitting needles taken care of, too!

Circular Needle Holder

Circular Needle Holder

This one is a little shameful – I found it on etsy and just figured out how to make my own. Is that terrible? I obviously don’t want to take away this super talented woman’s business, so I’m not going to talk in-depth about how I did it.

So handy!

So handy!

I found this super clever needle organizer on pinterest, hoping for a tutorial, but finding an etsy shop page. So this design is totally from Buttermilk Cottage, who makes a ton of beautiful things, including a wide variety of knitting needle and crochet hook organizers. I kind of used the information she provided in her post to hack this one together.

Another Close Up!

Another Close Up!

I’m obviously not a very talented sewer, but I get the job done, as I’ve said here many times. So here I just got the job done with some fabric I had laying around. And it totally works! I hung it up on the side of a bookcase, and ALL of my knitting needles are organized and not sitting in a pile getting wrapped up around each other and totally unusable.

How Did I get So Many Knitting Needles?!

How Did I get So Many Knitting Needles?!

And I’m pretty happy with it! It took me less than a movie to complete, and while it’s clearly not as beautiful as the cases on Buttermilk Cottage, my cheap Canal Street version of this case is doing it’s job, and making my tiny office come together!

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Eastwood Cardigan Pattern Winner!

My Eastwood Cardigan!

My Eastwood Cardigan!

A huge thank you to everyone that commented and shared my new Eastwood Cardigan! I’m so happy you all liked it so much! I know I pretty much haven’t taken it off in like 2 weeks, so I’m glad I’m not the only one with a crush on this guy!

Last week I had a pattern giveaway, and the random number generator has chosen comment #8 – Christine! Congrats! A pattern is headed your way.

Thanks again, everyone! And PSST – I’ve got another new sweater pattern debuting later this week! It IS sweater season, after all!

You’re Invited! Come Learn to Knit With Me and The Urbaness!

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Chicago! Have you been wanting to learn to knit, or do you need a knitting refresher before the cold weather hits so you can be knitting all winter long? Sign up for an afternoon of knitting fun with me and The Urbaness, Chicago’s premiere lifestyle blog.

(registration for this class is now closed)

There are limited spots available for this fun class, so guarantee yourself a spot by using the above form! $12 saves you a spot in the class, complete with knitting needles, yarn, and a fun gift bag! There will also be the opportunity to win prizes, snack on baked goods and coffee provided by Lovely Bake Shop on Milwaukee and Division, and hang out with some fun women all anxious to pick up this amazing hobby I love so much!

Don’t hesitate to email me at allyson@thesweatshopoflove.com with any questions, otherwise I can’t wait to see you there!

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