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2015

A Little Holiday Break!

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Happy holidays everyone! I’m taking a little blog break until the new year. If you miss me I’ll still be posting to Instagram and twitter, so say hi over there. See you in 2016!

YarnTalk: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

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Why yes we DID say we were done for the year when we released episode 12 but we’re just that tricky! We just wanted it to be an extra special surprise when we slapped you with a CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

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In this very special episode Heidi makes us a cocktail, Leah and I get thoughtful gifts for each other and make Heidi feel bad, we share some holiday WIPs, and there are some majorly hilarious bloopers including Leah and I molesting a dress form, me getting a call from President Obama, and me saying some not so nice things about women in Chicago.

Twin Cities Headband 20% off!

Twin Cities Headband 20% off!

If you’re looking for a quick knit last minute gift I’m offering my Twin Cities Headband pattern 20% off with coupon code YARNTALK20! A little giftie from me and YarnTalk.

Feather Necklace Tutorial!

Feather Necklace Tutorial!

If you’re interested in the necklace tutorial I made for Leah it’s right here! Get the rest of the notes on this episode go to YarnTalkShow.com/Christmas2015!

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A Little Pre-Christmas WIP Round Up

I’ve got my fingers in a LOT of pies over here! It won’t look like I’m kind of on a break, but I’m totally kind of on a break and it feels amazing.

Lace Explodes!

Lace Explodes!

Lets get the knitting out of the way real quick since that’s what I get paid the big bucks for. THIS IS SOMETHING VERY PRETTY I CAN’T TALK ABOUT! I’ve got a little pattern collection coming out this spring with my love Teresa Gregorio and this is one of the projects from it. It’s called LACE EXPLODES! It’s going to be awesome. This is also a new colorway from Lorna’s Laces! It’s heaven. That’s about all I can say about that!

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Besides, you know, it’s very, very pretty!

Go Team Go!

Go Team Go!

The only other thing I’m knitting right now (besides my hibernating Mishigami!) is a Go Team Go Hat from Jill Zielinski I’m whipping up as a Christmas present. I’ve got MANY more of these hats in my future I’m sure. It’s fully customizable and I’ve got a lot of teams and a lot of people who love a lot of teams in my life so this is going to be a go to in my life! This Detroit Lions one is shaping up really well!

12 Days of Christmas!

12 Days of Christmas!

I’m chipping away at the 12 Days of Christmas cross stitch pieces! This Satsuma Street pattern is another super winner in my book. I’ve got a dream to make Christmas bunting with these but I’m quickly running out of time to have this finished by actual Christmas. They’re larger than my Satsuma Street Christmas Ornaments from last year so they’re taking more time than I thought they would. I’ll finish them and then they’re getting hung up I don’t care if it’s April!

A partridge in a pear tree

A partridge in a pear tree

2 turtle doves

2 turtle doves

3 french hens

3 french hens

4 calling birds!

4 calling birds!

1/3 of the way there. More soon!

DONUT PRINT FLANNEL!

DONUT PRINT FLANNEL!

I’ve also been sewing! I bought a TON of flannel from JoAnn over Black Friday for between like $1.75 – $2.25 a yard and I’m going to town on my winter wardrobe.

Kitty Face Linden!

Kitty Face Linden!

Other Animal Face Linden!

Other Animal Face Linden!

I’m making Linden Sweatshirts by Grainline Studio (since clearly Jen’s patterns are the only ones I use!) but instead of using jersey or sweatshirt-y materials I’m making the bodies in flannel and the neckline in jersey. I’ve also added jersey sleeve cuffs! They’re freaking cute as hell! More structured than the sweatshirt material ones so they’re a little more versatile , and I got to make them with cats and raccoons on them. They’ll be great with a sweater over them when it gets really cold or with a skirt when it starts to warm up! So I made these 3 and 2 others (a pretty cute plaid and a ridiculous sunglasses print! ha).

The rest of the flannel I bought will soon be Archers! I’m a sewing … machine! … ha

So that’s what I’ve got going on ahead of Christmas! I hope your crafting is going well and that you’ve got a ton of variety, too!

HUGE Midwestern Knits Book Sale!

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If you still haven’t grabbed a copy of Midwestern Knits now is the perfect time! OR if you’ve already got a copy and love it and want to gift it to everyone. Or if you just want a bunch of copies in your house! Whatever the reason, we’ve got a sale for you. Buy a copy, get a copy 50% off AND your books will ship free. Awesome right? Shop now!

Sweater of Broad Shoulders KAL FOs!

Sweater of Broad Shoulders KAL FOs!

And the Sweater of Broad Shoulders KAL is over and there were some great sweaters finished! Check out the thread and get tips and tricks for your own sweater! And a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated, and Stefanie for being our fearless host!

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Buy One Get One Free Project Bags!

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Get a bag for you and give one to a friend for free this holiday season! All of my screen printed and fabric bags are buy one get one free through this Sunday Dec 13th with coupon code BOGOBAGS! Shop now while they last!

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Since I can’t adjust shipping in the shop I’ll refund half your shipping cost as well, so 2 bags = $5 / 4 bags = $10 / 6 bags = $15.