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June, 2015

My Interweave Video Downloads are on Sale! And a Giveaway!

Video Download Sale!

Video Download Sale!

Interweave is having a huge virtual tent sale on a ton of their videos, including mine! So if you’ve been eyeing one of my classes, buy them before July 10th because they’re half off!

Tulip Slouch

Tulip Slouch

Tulip Slouch: Now for only $8.50, learn provisional cast on, duplicate stitch, picking up a ton of stitches, and to knit this hat as you go.

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Hyde Park Leg Warmers

Knitted Leg Warmers: Down from $16.99, in this $8.50 video download you’ll learn mosaic knitting and get you even more comfortable with using double pointed needles, and knitting with two colors at the same time.

5 Knitted Headbands!

5 Knitted Headbands!

5 Knitted Headbands: Also on sale for only $8.50 get help with 5 different headband patterns! We cover eyelets, icords, ruffles, picking up stitches, buttons holes, seaming, and tons of other fun techniques to help you get a week’s worth of adorable headbands to wear and share.

Knitted Baby Sweaters Class: And last but not least, get my Knitted Baby Sweaters download for only $8.50 as well. Knit all these adorable baby sweaters with one fun pattern. We talk basic baby sweater shape then make it awesome with pockets, ears, and even fringe manes!

A lot of my Interweave patterns are on sale right now as well, so click over to my Interweave Online Store and check it all out!

Knit Baby Sweater Class DVD Giveaway!

Get your own DVD!

Get your own DVD!

I’ve got a copy of my Knitted Baby Sweaters DVD burning a hole in my pocket so I’d love to give it away to one lucky commenter! If you’re lucky (or unlucky depending on your view of things) I’ll even sign it for you! Just leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite baby sweater animal is and you’ll be in the running.

Want more entries? Tweet, share on facebook, and pin to pinterest for more entries, just make sure you come back here and leave a separate comment for each share.

I’ll be picking a winner 1 week from today on Tuesday July 7th. Good luck!

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What I’m Watching

I did one of these posts back in April and thought it was high time for an update! Things are calming down computer-wise only to pick back up knitting wise, so I’ll have a lot of TV time over the next month. I’ll never quit you, Netflix!

One Tree Hill - Season 5 Cast Photo

One Tree Hill – Season 5 Cast Photo

One Tree Hill, season 5, Netflix: I can’t fucking believe I’m still watching this stupid show! Back in April I was on season 1 and amazingly I’m now in the middle of season 5. It’s 2007! We’re super into dress shorts and most of the super attractive white people in the show are very famous after a hilarious time jump over collage (so smart). Fashion designers! Writers! Nearly famous basketball players! It’s NEARLY unwatchable. Nearly. Ever so nearly.

Black Sails

Black Sails

Black Sails, seasons 1 and 2, ???: Shane and I blew through all of Black Sails recently and this pirate whore island show has absolutely no business being as good as it is. It looks awesome, the costumes are great, the story is compelling and gripping, and season 2 is batshit bonkers insanity. Sure, when they aren’t on a ship they are in a brothel and there are tons of boobs everywhere, but there are some bad ass women running things too so it kind of evens out. If you’ve got access to Starz or a friend who has access (thanks Paul!), check it out! It’s pretty fun.

Orphan Black

Orphan Black

Orphan Black, seasons 1 and 2, Amazon Prime: Another two seasons Shane and I did over a rainy weekend! I had no clue what I was getting into when we started it, but Orphan Black is for sure the best show I’ve watched in ages. We did a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime just so we could keep watching it! It’s funny and compelling, and as soon as you think you’ve got something figured out you don’t have anything figured out. Season 3 is airing on BBC American now apparently and I can’t wait to watch all of those in a day! Super insanely highly recommended.

The Amazing Race!

The Amazing Race!

The Amazing Race! Seasons 2404282482, CBS Go: My mom shared her newly acquired CBS Go account with me and I’ve been working my way through seasons of Amazing Race, which is just so infinitely entertaining. There are a billion seasons and watching a ton of episodes in a row makes me feel like I’m not just sitting on my couch but doing travel research! For the record, this is the only reality show I’d ever go on. Until they make a reality show about knitting!

On Deck:

Pretty Little Liars, season 5

Pretty Little Liars, season 5

I just saw Pretty Little Liars season 5 pop up on Netflix so that’s for sure happening soon! I love that crazy show.

Summer TV watching I love you so much! As always, let me know if I’m missing anything!

YarnTalk Ep 3: Embrace the Lace!

Another Wednesday, another episode of YarnTalk is live!

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This week Heidi, Leah, and I are talking more summer knitting! We Embrace the Lace with a TON of lace panel project recommendations.

Designer Crush: Emma Welford & Catsia

Designer Crush: Emma Welford & Catsia

My Designer Crush this week is the super fun Emma Welford, and we’re joined by her cat Catsia! So we’re 2 for 2 with pet interview bombing!

YarnTalk on Pinterest

YarnTalk on Pinterest

Another fun thing we’ve started is the YarnTalk pinterest board! Check out all the great projects we talk about on YarnTalk here.

So check out the episode and let us know what you think by using #YarnTalk on all social media platforms. Or just comment here! I’d love to get your feedback so we can make YarnTalk the best it can be.

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New Pattern! Happy 20th Birthday Clueless

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Download Now: Craftsy, Etsy, Kollabora

Take a DEEP breath. Clueless came out 20 years ago. TWENTY! Shed a quick tear for our lost youth, then take out all your old lady craft supplies because you’re going to need to celebrate this 90s milestone with Clueless inspired embroidery. You can hang it next to your Devon Sawa Tiger Beat cover while listening to Spice Girls, you know, for old times’ sake.

Tai!

Tai!

Cher

Cher

Finished Size Each is intended for 6” embroidery hoop.

Materials Required 4 12” squares of muslin or other woven cotton fabric, fabric marking pen or pencil, safety pins or masking tape, 6” or smaller embroidery hoop to use while stitching, embroidery needle, scissors.

Stitches Used Back stitch, scallop stitch, French knot, and long and short stitch.

Clueless4Lyfe

Clueless4Lyfe

Download Now: Craftsy, Etsy, Kollabora

Let’s just talk when we’ve mellowed, all right? I’m outie.

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FO: Moose Head!

You read that right! I knit a giant moose head.

Faux Taxidermy Knits Moose Head!

Faux Taxidermy Knits Moose Head!

I’ve been kind of teasing it – you can find bits and pieces of the moose in a couple of WIP posts over the past month. It hasn’t looked like anything though! It’s just been weird pieces of brown something until I finally breathed some life into him this week. Pretty funny right?

He's HUGE and Ready to Hang Up!

He’s HUGE and Ready to Hang Up!

This is Moose Head by Louise Walker, from her book Faux Taxidermy Knits that I’ve been working my way through since I got my hands on it. You may remember my Faux Hanging Pheasant obsession from last Christmas! Well, I’ll take knitting 6 pheasants over this giant moose head any day. He was a PAIN in the ass!

So Cute!

So Cute!

But, I’d expect nothing less, because he’s a birthday present for my mom, and I’ve always made her the most annoying to knit presents! You may also remember what a hard time I had with her donkey, and how hard it was for me to knit her monkey! Her presents are always just hard! So I had to know that going in.

BIG NOSE!

BIG NOSE!

And it wasn’t like this was particularly hard to knit, it was just the finishing that was hard and took forever.

  • I got flower wire and sewed it around the shape of each antler so they would hold their shape.
  • I got dowel rods to stick into the antlers to get them to stand up on the head! I think there are three dowel rods in each antler.
  • EYE PLACEMENT! It’s so hard.
  • I hot glued the nostrils instead of sewing them, and it stuck right on there really nicely!
  • THE MOUNTING. I had no way of blowing up the mounting template, so I just kind of traced around the back of the moose and got a shape that was vaguely round! You can tell in the above picture that it’s a little wider on the left side than it is on the right side. Ah well! I then sewed him onto the cardboard, cut another piece of cardboard and hot glued it to the first piece. It actually looks pretty good!

So! It was a labor of love, but I KNOW he’s going to find a happy home in my mom’s house. I’ll have her take pictures of him mounted on her wall instead of him just propped up on the wall like I’ve got him. Something tells me she’s going to like him! I’ll let you know how she reacts!

Pattern: Moose Head by Louise Walker

Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Bulky in Sienna for head / Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Honey for antlers

Needes: Size 7

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