Sneak Peek for the New Year!

I got so caught up in end of the year goings on I just realized it's been weeks since I blogged... whoops!  I was so "on" it for a while there.... well, here's one of the reasons blogging slowed down!

My friends at Kelbourne Woolens just released a new yarn... a lace weight version of Road to China.  Late this summer they asked me if I would design a mini collection in it.  How could I say no? (Has anyone figured out that I suck at saying no? I love saying YES!)
Road to China Lace has 65% baby alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel + 10% cashmere and is put up in generous 656 yds/100 gram skein! You are going to like this yarn! 
Above is a little sneak peek of one of my four designs for The Pathways Collection... I can't wait to share them all with you! They are going to be great for projects in the 1st Quarter KAL in my Ravelry group (more details on this soon...).

Oh, and do you know what?  I never announced the winners of the Chiaogoo Needle Giveaway, whoops (bad blogger!)!  Congrats to Stampergrandma (metal) and Vivcrest (bamboo), get in touch to claim your needles. Thankyou again Chiaogoo!


Hay Bale Hat and Headband

Well, about an hour after the Hay Bale Mitts released as the Craftsy November MKAL there were rumblings about a matching Hat or Headband (or both!)... so of course I thought that was the best idea ever!  I love a headband and my girl love's a hat... and we both needed new ones for the upcoming winter season!

I knit 3 hats and 5 headbands while I perfected the yarn choice and pattern shaping (see more about that here).... and ended up with versions I love and I hope you do too!
Hay Bale Hat knit with Manos Maxima in Cherrywood with a handmade pom-pom
Hay Bale Headband knit with Manos Maxima in Sea Urchin
Hay Bale Hat knit with Knitted Witt Aran in Prussian Blue and a coveted fake fur pom-pom!
I know I say this about every photo shoot but this was one of my fav's... my girl and I ran outside on a snowy Thanksgiving Day for some fresh air and traded off being model and photographer..... obviously we have a little magic (and spice!)!

The headband takes around 25 grams of worsted weight yarn, perfect stash busting, gift knitting, right? I've worn mine almost everyday since it came off the needles.

You can see more photos, read about the pattern, and purchase it on Ravelry. A big thankyou to my speedy testers, Lorrie, Jennifer and Melanie!!! Y'all were super helpful!


A Thankyou SALE!

My jewelry & accessory kits are FAST and FUN to knit, and there is still time to receive them and knit them for the holidays!  They are also fabulous gifts for knitters as is... if you have a knitting relative, friend, teacher, helper, or loved one you can wrap one up for them without even knitting it!!!!!!

So, while supplies last or until Tuesday December 2nd at 12 pm EST, I am having a 30% off sale on everything in my Etsy shop.  Just enter the coupon code HUGETHANKS14... there might even be some signed copies of Knockout Knits in there as well : )!

Also, I should let you know that Craftsy is having a huge sale too and all classes are $19.99 or less!  This includes all 4 of my knitting classes with them! 


xoxoxo, Laura


Winners... and a heads up!

Happy Tuesday!  If you live in the US you are probably gearing up for Thanksgiving like we are... I'm thrilled to not be traveling and we are keeping it simple and making salmon and gnocchi. (I've been watching this class on Craftsy and feel ready!)

I know it's not traditional, but we aren't big meat eaters so I've never taken to making a turkey which is rather freeing when it comes to Thanksgiving menu planning!  The salmon will be served with fresh cranberry relish, the gnocchi will get a wild mushroom sauce, there will be shaved brussel sprouts (my fav!) for a veg and we'll top it off with Miss B's pumpkin pie!

Over the weekend we made these rolls and my girl and honey were discussing how amazing they would be stuffed with chocolate and topped with cinnamon sugar.... so those might be added to the desert menu, or maybe for breakfast?

So, I've got two winners to announce:
First up, the winner of Hunter Hammerson's new book Curls (which I reviewed last week) is Goodstuff.

Next, we had a great Magmatic BOOM KAL in my Ravelry group and all Boom's finished by November 21st were eligible to win this awesome prize:
From Left to Right- 1 skein of Dream in Color Jilly Lace in Carolina,
skein Dream in Color Wisp in Scorched Lime,
skein Miss Babbs Yummy Toes in Perfectly Wreckless, 1 skein Shibui Staccato in Velvet
Congrats go to Thecatisfelting for her stunning Michigan Magmatic BOOM in Fiber Optic Swamp Muck... I love how you chose your bead colors to gradiate (is that a word?) in the other direction!
I just have to share a few more Magmatic Boom's as they all came out so uniquely!  You can see them all on Ravelry, but here's a few to whet your appetite:
Clockwise from Top Left, Magmatic Boom's by: Sietsma, DonnaMaReed, LKGervitz, JHWeis, Pajara, JanHick's
Karen and Brenda get in touch with me to claim your prizes! Congrats!

In case any of you are in the New Jersey region, I just announced TWO new events the weekend of December 5th!  I'll be at Chelsea Yarns on Dec 5th and 6th, and at Close Knit on December 7th.  I can't wait to see Chelsea for the first time (I've heard it's GREAT!) and see Close Knit's new location!

Oh, and keep an eye on the blog Thursday night... I'll be announcing a kind sorta big sale in my Etsy shop as a Thankyou for helping support me through this super fun, crazypants year (plus a Craftsy sale as well).

I'm off to exercise... I'm trying to be proactive about the weekend's eating activities!