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Velma Sale!

For those of you who are hoping my cat Velma is for sale I’m very sorry to disappoint! Here is a pic from instagram I posted last night of something FUN I’m working on, and Miss Velma!

Me and Velma Chilling Last Night!

Me and Velma Chilling Last Night!

I’m talking about my sweater pattern, Velma, that was published in Holla Knits Fall 2014.

Velma Sale!

Velma Sale!

The pattern is half off, only $3, now through the weekend. Snag it now!

Styling!

Styling!

All week over at the Holla Knits blog I’ve been featuring styling ideas and FOs, so be sure to click over to there to check it out, too.

YarnTalk Episode 11: Vogue Knitting Live with Bristol Ivy and Vickie Howell!

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Yay YARNTALK DAY! This one is an extra special episode coming at you from Vogue Knitting Live Chicago!

I snagged Bristol Ivy between classes for a quick designer crush interview AND I snagged Vickie Howell to talk about Yarnspirations amazing work with Caron United and Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation‘s push to make the worlds biggest stocking.  Women were assembling donated blankets to create the stocking during the show!

VickieHowellWorldsLargestStocking

Vickie and friend in action!

Leah and Heidi pick their favorites from the show, too. They’re great!

SCARY! + Velma

SCARY! + Velma

Me&Vickie

Me and Vickie and Block Island!

You get TWO sweaters in one this episode – I wore my Velma sweater from Holla Knits Fall 2014 to interview Bristol and my Block Island Sweater from Knitscene Fall 2014 to talk to Vickie Howell!

This week you can win a copy of a Bristol Ivy pattern of your choice from her independent designs!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Catch the episode below and let us know what you think!

Velma is on Sale, and Check Out Mounted Knits!

Velma from the Fall/Winter 2014 Holla Knits Collection

Velma from the Fall/Winter 2014 Holla Knits Collection

Holla Knits (ahem ME) is doing a big selfish knitting promotion ahead of the winter KAL I’m planning to run (more on that later!) and this week I’ve got my latest sweater pattern, Velma, on sale for only $4! So if you’ve got your eye on this one be sure to buy it at Holla Knits this week.

Sweater Velma!

Sweater Velma!

I really love this sweater! Right at this moment it’s sitting in my to hand wash pile (alone! Yay me!) because I’ve been wearing it so much. It’s PERFECT, and has absolutely been my go to sweater since it started getting cold. And it’s a super fun knit! I promise you’ll want to buy it this week while it’s on sale!

Mounted Knits by Noel Margaret

Mounted Knits by Noel Margaret

Mounted Knits by Noel Margaret

Mounted Knits by Noel Margaret

If you’ve visited the blog at all over the last couple months you know I’ve been super into my Faux Taxidermy Knits book, so I jumped at the chance to back Mounted Knits, a book with a slightly different spin on taxidermy that is currently being kickstarted. Be sure to click over and check it out. Noel Margaret has a TON of amazing ideas, a super adorable video, and great pics. I want my book so if you’ve got a few shekels to spare please back the project!

Velma Pattern Winner!

Before I went on vacation I launched my new pattern, Velma, and held a pattern giveaway.

Velma!

Velma!

Just wanted to pop up quickly and say congrats to lucky comment #7 – Debbie!

Congrats!

Congrats!

Me too!

Me too!

Debbie was so excited she couldn’t even stop to correct her super common live/love type-o! Love the enthusiasm Debbie!

For those non winners, snag Velma at my Etsy shop for 30% off with coupon code TSOLKAL until tomorrow night! Then knit it up in my KAL starting Wednesday!

New Pattern! Velma

Velma!

Velma!

Buy Now ~ Ravelry Pattern Page

A new collection of Holla Knits launched yesterday and in it was this cute pattern I designed for my cat! Meet Velma, the sweater version.

Sleeping Velma

Sleeping Velma

Sleeping Velma

Sleeping Velma

... still sleeping Velma!

… still sleeping Velma!

Pain in the Ass Velma!

Pain in the Ass Velma!

Barely Awake Velma

Barely Awake Velma

And of course you know my cat Velma. She gets a lot of play around here because she’s my one true love.

Sweater Velma!

Sweater Velma!

You see the resemblance I’m sure!

Pattern Intro: Crazy cat lady? Well, I certainly love my cat Velma. We’ve been together for over 11 years, and she’s just as ornery as she was when I plucked her out of a barn in West Michigan all those years ago. She’s a tiny, beautiful furball that only I can love, and we like it that way. Velma the sweater is cat-like in the simplest way – furry details but not remotely costumey. This sweater is sure to be your best friend, without having to worry about it eating you if you unexpectedly die in your apartment.

Finished Size 32 (36, 40, 44, 50, 54)” bust circumference. Pullover shown in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in 36″ and in Knits in Class in size 40”.

So Pretty!

So Pretty!

Yarn Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed, 80% Peruvian Highland Wool, 20% Donegal Tweed; 110yds/50g: Brass Heather, 9 (10, 12, 13, 16, 18) skeins.

Yarn Knits in Class Worsted Single Ply, 100% Merino Wool; 250yds/4oz: Ruby, 5 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) skeins.

Needles Size 7 (4.5 mm): 16″ and 24″ circular (cir) and double-pointed (dpn). An extra size 7 24” cir for Three Needle Bind Off. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Back Seam!

Back Seam!

Buy Now ~ Ravelry Pattern Page

Notions Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge 18 sts and 24 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.

Notes Construction starts with the front middle Chevron Stitched panel and the body of the sweater is picked up and worked side to side around the body from there. Stitches for the sleeves and collar are held and finished from there.

Pattern Giveaway!

This just happens to be the first stop in the Holla Knits Fall/Winter 2014 Collection blog tour! There is a yarn giveaway over at the HK blog, but here I’m giving away a copy of this pattern to one lucky commenter! Comment on this post for your chance to win. Since I’m headed out of town, winners won’t be chosen until Mon Sept 29th so you’ve got plenty of time to enter. Share on all social medial outlets to earn extra entries!

And keep your eye on all the great giveaways and collection reviews throughout the blog tour by following the schedule below. Good luck!

Sept 8: Launch
Sept 9: The Sweatshop of Love – pattern giveaway, SEG: 6 skeins KP WotA Tweed in Brass Heather
Sept 10: Klever Knits – pattern and skein of Rowan Kid Classic giveaway, SEG: 6 skeins KP City Tweed Aran in Jacquard
Sept 11: Berroco – review and pattern giveaway
Sept 12: Canary Knits – pattern giveaway, SEG: 1 500 yard skein of Mountain Colors 4/8’s Wool in Harmony Ice

Sept 15: Mountain Colors Facebook Page – SEG: Mountain Colors Perspectives Twizzle in Blue/Turq
Sept 16: Life on Laffer – review and pattern giveaway
Sept 17: Knits in Class – SEG: 1 skein of Knit in Class
Sept 18: Makewise Designs – review and pattern giveaway
Sept 19: Anzula – SEG all the Anzula yarn needed for the Beech Street Vest

Sept 22: Ruby Submarine – SEG: 3 skeins KP WofA Tweed in Thirst Heather
Sept 23: BoKnits – SEG: 8 skeins KP Swish DK in Indigo Heather
Sept 24: Under the Red Umbrella – review and pattern giveaway
Sept 25: DoogKnits – review and pattern giveaway
Sept 26: Cosmos and Cashmere – review and pattern giveaway

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