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February, 2014

It’s New Girl Week at Holla Knits!

For those of you who’ve been ogling my New Girl Skirt pattern, it’s on sale this week at Holla Knits for only $3!

Slightly warmer weather New Girl

Slightly warmer weather New Girl

Slightly warmer than that weather New Girl!

Slightly warmer than that weather New Girl!

I’ll be doing fun posts, like this styling post, to celebrate the pattern all week. So check in there for color inspirations and to see some fun FOs from around the internet. And be sure to snag New Girl for 50% off all week long!

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New Embroidery Pattern! Raise a Glass

So as you know I’m also part of the team behind the new embroidery site Red Letter Day Stitches, and I’ve got a new pattern out today! Raise a Glass! to help celebrate St Patrick’s Day next month.

St Patrick's Day 2014

St Patrick’s Day 2014

Fun shading techniques!

Fun shading techniques!

Designed by me!

Designed by me!

Raise a Glass: St Patrick’s Day in Chicago means you crack open your first beer while you are waiting to watch the Chicago River dyed green at 10 am. Hot Tip: Guinness in coffee is surprisingly good! And yeah, it’s all downhill from there. Irish Americans, and those of us who are only Irish one day a year, celebrate St Patrick’s Day by raising a glass (or twenty) and wearing green. Would the patron saint of Ireland who drove the snakes away approve? Let’s worry about that on March 18th! Until then, raise your stein and give a loud “Dia shábháil Ireland”!

Get more information about the pattern and download it now!

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And if you are interested in more embroidery stuff, like our new Red Letter Day Stitches Facebook Page you can get a coupon code to get this fun new pattern for free! Get your coupon code and download Facebook Like Button today!

Also, join the Red Letter Day Stitches Stitch Along Group to share your WIPs and FOs easily. Just request to join and you’ll be in. It will be a fun place to hang and talk stitching!

Call the Midwife: Babies in Knitwear x 1000000

I don’t hide the fact that I watch a TON of TV, and my new obsession is definitely Call the Midwife, a PBS show based on the memoirs of a midwife working in very poor London in the late 1950s. It’s an amazing show – I laugh as much as I cry and am just thoroughly delighted with every episode.

And naturally with all the midwives comes all the babies, and all the babies are wearing the most beautiful hand knits!

So Many Sweaters!

So Many Sweaters!

Oh the sweaters!

Oh the sweaters!

Hat AND Sweater AND Blanket!

Hat AND Sweater AND Blanket!

So precious!

So precious!

And a beautiful blanket!

And a beautiful blanket!

And these ladies do a lot of knitting, crocheting, and crafting themselves! There are lots of sewing and crafting storyline focus, which is also pretty awesome to see.

Granny Squares

Granny Squares

So even if the show was crap I’d still watch it for all the knitting. But the show is SO GOOD! All the knitting is almost too much to handle on top of all of the amazing women kicking ass.

I cannot recommend Call the Midwife enough! Run to Netflix and queue it up.

Free Chummy Pattern!

Free Chummy Pattern!

And if you are already a big Call the Midwife fan, while looking for pics for this post I came across a free Chummy amigurumi pattern from Amy’s Gurumis – SO CUTE right?! I love Chummy!

A Little Holla Knits Spring/Summer WIP Peek

I’ve been knitting a ton, and sadly can’t really share any of it. Well, I mean not REALLY sadly because it’s all for the upcoming Holla Knits Spring/Summer Collection!

Saddle Shoulder

Saddle Shoulder

Chevrons

Chevrons

Garter Stitch

Garter Stitch

Fun stitch pattern!

Fun stitch pattern!

Velma + Me + Champ

Velma + Me + Champ

Lace and cables pattern

Lace and cables pattern

The photo shoot is scheduled for mid March, and I’ve only got 1.6 sweaters left to knit. Which means… I’m AHEAD of schedule?! How can that be?!

Red Hats for National Heart Month

February is deemed National Heart Month by the American Heart Association, and they have a fun initiative to give a red hat to every baby born in the month of February to build heart health awareness. Laura over at OhDoogs organized our knit night group to knit some red hats to donate.

Tegan Baby Hats

Tegan Baby Hats

Laura gave Julie Taylor‘s Tegan Baby Hat pattern as an example of a great simple baby hat, so I knit up a couple. I had one skein of Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Serrano laying around, and I knew it wouldn’t make two hats, but I started a second one anyway. When I ran out of Serrano I finished the hat in White. It’s mostly red, so that totally works, right?

This pattern is great! If you’re looking for a quick charity knit or any quick baby knit, have at it!

And if you are interested in donating to this cause and you are in the Chicago area, here is a link to the Chicago American Heart Association volunteer opportunities page.

Pattern: Tegan Baby Hat by Julie Taylor

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Serrano and White

Needles: Size 5 and 7 16″ circulars

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