8.17.2010

Ailé (and a giveaway to celebrate!)

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Ailé in Schaefer Yarn's Andrea in Elena Piscopia

Introducing Ailé... this bit of bijouterie, reminiscent of wings, is written for both sport and lace weight yarns.  I designed Ailé to use up some wee little bits in your stash and get you playing with beads.  My favorite part is choosing beads and a clasp to coordinate.  Start looking in your jewelry box or local antique store for clasps.  The best clasps are ones that have been lying around just waiting to be repurposed for Ailé. 

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Ailé in Schaefer Yarn's Susan in Ethel Waters

Ailé is a wonderful project to bring with you while you travel, it is unbelievably compact, easy to pick up and put down and FAST to make.  I made each of the necklaces shown in an evening! I think some special people in my life will be receiving Ailé for the holidays... time for me to do some more clasp shopping!
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Ailé in Schaefer Yarn's Susan in Althea Gibson

To celebrate the release of Ailé I've decided to do a giveaway: 

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Leave a comment by August 23rd at 5 pm and you will be entered to receive a set of kits for Ailé.  (For both the sport and lace weight versions!)    

**If you also purchase a pattern and mention that in your comment  it will count for 5 entries... greatly enhancing your chances of winning!   

**I'll be giving away two sets of kits, won't you join in the fun?

As with all my patterns, Ailé is both charted and written out and has been both test knit and test worn.  You can see details and purchase Aile on my website or on Ravelry.  Can't wait to hear what you think!

154 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I've just added it to my faves on ravelry (already thinking of xmas presents). Is it a quick project? Suitable for beginners?

    Thanks!

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  2. I think this is such a nice design ,and your right about using old jewelery bits.

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  3. What a neat idea! Now I'll be on the lookout for a great clasp! I imagine this would be nice in fall and spring when it's too warm for a scarf or shawl but you need just a little coverage on your neck. On my way back to Ravelry to fave it. :)

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  4. I love this idea! Please enter me in the contest -

    teabird on Ravelry

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  5. This reminds me of scottish toque necklaces... Very pretty!

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  6. Such a sweet little accessory! I'd love to be entered into the giveaway!

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  7. Gorgeous! Thanks for the give-away!

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  8. So unique ..please enter me in the contest.

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  9. Adorable! (And I enjoyed your tomato recipe, so nice to find another way to enjoy the bounty.)

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  10. i thought about this pattern last night while i was trying to fall asleep. what a great way to use up bits and peices, and those extra beads!

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  11. What a great little design! I just bought it - perfect for bits of handspun silk or vintage crochet cotton...

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  12. I love it ,using beautiful yarns,beads and jewelry findings. Super gift idea!!

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  13. Really pretty - and unusual! Love the idea!

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  14. I LOVE it! it is perfect for a couple of classmates from my high school reunion! Since that is happening BEFORE your drawing I'm just going to have to BUY the pattern! I'll send pics!
    I finished Eventide, and my helper fell in love with it. So noe I have to knit another for me!

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  15. Another fabulous beaded item!
    Hugs, Loni aka Knitty0619

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  16. I love this! Really nice looking piece of knitted jewelry! It would make a great gift!

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  17. This is a very nice pattern, well worth adding to your portfolio of interesting and elegant design.

    Cheers, Karen

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  18. Beautiful pattern. Can't wait to try it out with all those little left over bits. And oooh! Another excuse to shop - love it!

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  19. Super pretty and a great way to use up that leftover yarn!

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  20. Unique. Gorgeous. And plenty of time to Xmas. I can see a knit jag coming on.

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  21. Those are so gorgeous. Truly.

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  22. LOVE these! I know I'm going to have to make more than a few Aile!

    Just snapped up the Circulate pattern too and can't wait to give that a try. I've been wanting to try a mobeus and the beads add just a bit of POP!

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  23. What a pretty thing! I am also thinking it would make a great gift... and i love knitting with beads! Nice work :)

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  24. Purchased this cute thing and hoping to bust through some leftovers and create holiday gifts in one go!
    thanks!

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  25. I saw the projects randomly on Ravelry & just had to click to find out more. Simple, elegant - and minimal yardage. Lovely.

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  26. I absolutely adore this pattern! Can't wait to see who wins :-)

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  27. These are so pretty. I think they would look great with a plain shirt, v or scoop necked.

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  28. Love these necklaces -- they would make wonderful presents.

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  29. What a great idea! Beautiful, too. Thank you for the contest!

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  30. What a lovely way to use up leftover yarn - and make quick little gifts at the same time!

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  31. I think this is just the right time & project to start my holiday gifts. Thanks for a beautiful design!
    Beth M

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  32. it's a darling pattern -- really does look like wings! The hunt for the perfect clasp begins right now!

    Lise in NJ
    sheepthrills@verizon.net

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  33. Stunning! Looks like an elegant quick project for gifts or to gift yourself!

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  34. So pretty with the different yarns and clasps. My sister would love one of these or two or three!

    jasonswife on Ravelry

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  35. This would be perfect for using yarns I've spindled from sample bits of roving. I think using one of Romi's shawl pins would look pretty as a closure.

    BTW, over halfway through Mythos, knitting it in Sockotta. LOVE this pattern.

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  36. What a sweet little knit, perfect for gift-giving anytime!
    Excuse me, I'm going to go dig through my yarn stash now...

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  37. Love this new pattern. You are the one who got me hooked on knitting with beads. It's already in my favs. Now to search for the perfect clasp

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  38. How beautiful! My wife works in a yarn shop and has to wear something hand knit/crocheted every day. With the weather being so unbearably hot this will be perfect.

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  39. Cynthia in ColoradoAugust 17, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    I just discovered you and your blog.
    Beautiful.

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  40. I love this! I have a few clasps that I bought just because I loved them and now I have a way to really show them off. Please enter me in the giveaway too! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Lovely! I'm always looking for interesting knitting ideas - this is great!

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  42. beautiful and great for gift giving and of course self wearing :-) Thank you and here's hoping...

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  43. So pretty. I've never knit with beads before -- it's intimidating! But on a small project like this, I might just be able to overcome my fears. Thank you!

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  44. I am so happy to see that you are still designing and creating wonderful projects. I first met you at a Schaffer Farm trip, you awed me then! Hats off to you and your success. Bunny Dimmel

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  45. très jolie! definitely in the faves!
    Good luck with your sales and thanks for the contest.

    ermellina on ravelry.

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  46. I purchased a kit at Squam earlier in the summer, and I've been patiently waiting for the official announcement! I can finally add it to my Ravelry queue.

    Julie, aka jrs on Ravelry

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  47. I love these. I don't wear a lot of jewery but I would wear these. And they will make great gifts. I've put it my favorites.

    Susan, gilby4 on Ravelry

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  48. Decided I couldn't wait, I just bought the pattern.

    Susan, gilby4 on Ravelry

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  49. I love this, I am off to buy the pattern via ravelry. (heatherose)
    Great design.

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  50. You could add all sorts of jewellery bits to that, really customize it to match the yarn. I like! (And I like the idea of the giveaway too...)

    Libby (libbythomas on Rav)

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  51. Sorry if this has duplicated previous message, technology confuses me. I like the idea of adding all sorts of bits to that pattern, and I like the idea of the giveaway too!

    Libby (libbythomas on Rav)

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  52. Wow, that really brings knitted jewelry up to a much higher standard. There is so much that can be done with that, the versatility is one of the best components about this! Thanks for the chance to win!
    I'm PurlVerde on Ravelry and I am really excited!

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  53. Tastefully done with out looking too complicated to work up.

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  54. I love the way the different clasps make each necklace unique in its own way. Thanks for the contest.

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  55. that's beautiful. i'd love a chance to try knitting jewelry!

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  56. I love this! It's gorgeous. Great idea to use up little bits. Would also be good for handspun. Hope you do well with the pattern.

    (purplestitches on ravelry)

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  57. Incogknito (ravelry name)August 17, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Very cool! Think I may have to give these a go!

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  58. This is incredibly beautiful! I have lots of yarns that would be perfect for this - mmmmm!

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  59. That is a lovely pattern, and what a great way to use up small bits of yarn!

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  60. Wow Laura! It's really beautiful! Now I'm really sorry I didn't email sooner. Now I'mm off to find it on Ravelry.

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  61. That's gorgeous! I'm definitely faving it on Ravelry!

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  62. This one of most beautiful patterns for a knitted necklace I've ever seen.

    The best part is, it's the perfect length to make for my mom. She had her thyroid removed due to Cancer, and hasn't been able to wear a necklace since due to some nerve damage. This she could wear, It's the right length as to not cause irritation. Once I get some cash I will definitely purchase this.

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  63. This may just be one pattern that ALL THREE of my daughter-in-laws would love! Great idea!

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  64. Oh my goodness, that is so amazing!

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  65. What a fun and gorgeous way to use up those bits that I've saved! Please enter me in the give-away.
    I just bought the pattern for Winterlude and can't wait to start that. I love the lace with the cables.

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  66. Love the turquoise one! Very unique.

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  67. Gorgeous design. I'm a huge fan after Entymology and Summer Duet.

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  68. Nice! First pattern for a necklace that I've seen that's really knitted and yarny (not wire) and also looks like jewelry.

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  69. This is really beautiful! I've been wanting to try knitted jewelry for a while but haven't seen much that I loved until this. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

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  70. Thank you for the opportunity to win a kit. I love this pattern!

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  71. Very cute - love the clasp idea!

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  72. I am always looking for knitted jewelry and unusual accessories--so thank you!

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  73. I make i-cord necklaces with Noro's Daria and would love to find a new necklace design. Love this necklace. Just too cute!

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  74. Gorgeous! What a great way to use old jewelry to make something new. I have been in need of something like this.

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  75. Beautiful pattern! I'll be on the hunt for a clasp... Thanks!

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  76. This is IT!
    My strong-minded, Lithuanian Mother is the person who taught me to knit and I have always wanted to knit her something to thank her for that life-changing gift. But what do you knit a master knitter who breezes through Kaffe Fassett designs for lunch?
    She loves a great necklace, knit with beads? Perfect!
    *DeepSighOfThanks*

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  77. Your "Aile" would be perfect holiday gifts. I now am on the lookout for clasps.

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  78. Very pretty! I want to make some for gifts and for myself!

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  79. Excellent pattern - I have a few friends fro whom this will be a perfect gift, so I've bought the pattern!

    Thanks!

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  80. adding to my ravelry for sure and will purchase the pattern friday when i have money again!lol can't wait to get started making them

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  81. Wow! This is lovely. I've never really been into knitted jewelry, but I'd make an exception and knit this up for sure. Adding to my faves...

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  82. This is a very pretty piece of knitted jewelry and I could see myself making several for Christmas presents. Very clever!

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  83. This is so sweet and I love the idea of recycling old jewellry into the piece.
    buffythesage on ravelry

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  84. This is so cute and looks comfortable to wear. I'd love to win a kit!

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  85. What a great pattern for all the scraps of yarn I have. I bought the pattern and I have a nice little bead shop in my town to search for beads and clasps.

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  86. Wonderful idea for Christmas ... fast, pretty and handmade.

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  87. My local fabric store has gorgeous clasps and now I have an excuse to buy one. Or two, or five...

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  88. I LOVE necklaces with the clasp in front, and I really like that you used just enough lace in the design. Really excellent job!

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  89. I really like the 2nd one! The blue is gorgeous, and I especially like that clasp! Great job!

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  90. Saw your post on Ravelry - this is a gorgeous fall/winter accessory! Now I have a new quest for my friends who like to go antiquing. :)

    Regards,
    Elly (TheLostSkeleton)

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  91. karabeth05 (on rav)August 18, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    that's gorgeous and i would love to be entered in the drawing! what a beautiful idea, definitely faving this pattern

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  92. beautiful!

    Solskenrph on Ravelry

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  93. What a lovely way to show off a beautiful yarn! I love it :)

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  94. Thanks for the chance to win one of these!

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  95. What a very nice little pattern. I would love to win a copy!

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  96. I love it!

    --Alystyn on Ravelry

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  97. That is a perfect project for my left overs! Just bought it to use for quick yet elegant Christmas gifts!

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  98. Swakins on RavelryAugust 18, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    What a great project for gifts. I have to fav this on Ravelery.

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  99. Wow, these are so pretty! They would be great holiday gifts.

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  100. NO WAY! I love love love knitting with beads, but it's so hard to find patterns I love. This would be one of them. I'm sidelined from knitting right now with a broken wrist/ligament damage, but I should definitely try this when I can start again.

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  101. I think I like it. Looks great with jeans wear. I'm just beginning to work with beads, so I am interested in this!

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  102. Love this pattern! Can't wait to try it. I have 5 sisters and I think each of them may receive a knitted necklace for Christmas.

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  103. Georgeous! Unique! Downloaded pattern yesterday and now searching stash of yarn and beads so I can make it. My daughters will be so happy to receive this as gift.

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  104. Very unique design. Cool!

    Ravelry ID: headspace

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  105. I love this design! I thought about trying to figure it out without buying a pattern but then decided--why have that stress when you've already done it! Very very cute

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  106. What a beautiful pattern. I would love to win!

    amy@iceboxofpa.com

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  107. Lot of comments before me but I am trying to win ine of the gorgeous kits, too!!!

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  108. I did it! I bought the pattern! Now I'll be entered 5 times! woo-hoo! This really looks like a lot of fun to make.

    anita
    www.readknitsingclog.blogspot.com

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  109. Super cute! I bought a bunch of random beads in the quest to get just the right beads for various knitting-with-beads projects so this provide a use for assorted beads as well as assorted yarn scraps. (Yikes, could I have said "beads" more times in that sentence?)

    Anyway, I just now bought a copy of the pattern so I'd love to be entered for a kit!

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  110. What a lovely pattern! Such a great way to use up those last bits of sock and lace weight yarns.

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  111. What a neat pattern. I really love the Waters version with the more open clasp. Creative idea.

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  112. OK, I'm game. Have never knit jewelry before but I'd five it a try.

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  113. How lovely! I have a looming five hour flight--I can't wait!

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  114. I have some stash Susan. What a fun knit.

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  115. Love it!!! It will be a wonderful idea for Christmas!!

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  116. This is gorgeous!!! I can see lots of choices on this pattern.
    Black with some crystals --just the thing to dress up the little black dress.

    Perfect in any color to dress up that simple little T shirt!

    Count me in on the pattern and the free giveaway, PLEASE!!!

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  117. This is a lovely idea, and is the first knitted necklace that actually looks like something I'd wear.

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  118. What a great way to combine my two passions - jewels and yarn! How exciting. :)

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  119. what a cool knitted piece of jewelry.

    lotsofhermies on Ravelry

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  120. I really love this necklace, what a great idea. I'm Lishknits on Ravelry!

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  121. I've just started playing with beads in my knitting. Looks like a fun design.

    ritaknitting at hotmail dot com

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  122. I don't normally notice knitted jewelry, but I love this piece!! Gorgeous.

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  123. i never thought i would like "knitted" jewelry but i really do like the ones with stones! great job!

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  124. I love little patterns like these that let you use up the last little bits of yarn you can't bear to throw away! Like others have said, I'm not one for knitted jewelry but I can see myself wearing this. The bead/clasp possiblities are endless!

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  125. That is beautiful! What type of clasp is that? What would I ask for when hunting one down?

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  126. I love this! You've converted me to a knitted jewelry fan. :)

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  127. Great design. I love the clasp on the 2nd one.

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  128. I just ordered your pattern.I think both versions are great. I plan to make Aile' for my grandaughter who is starting college. I bet she will be a hit with her new friends. I am working on your beaded shawl pattern and can't wait to start the Aile'. I enjoy your blog and can't wait to see what you come up with next.
    Carol

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  129. Just bought it! Thanks for a great idea.

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  130. It would look very nice with some of those creative toggles I've seen @ earthfaire -- like a dragon. What a great design.

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  131. Cute - and a challenge too. I am not good with beads I'm afraid...

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  132. Just saw this contest by chance. I had come across this pattern a couple days ago and it stuck with me. I actually added it to my Rav queue last night! Bizarre!
    I think it is wonderful!
    Julie
    Farmgirlnow on Ravelry

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  133. I was just thinking about starting my first beading project. This would be a great project for it! So pretty and yet it looks very simple and quick. Thanks!

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  134. Very pretty and I love the clasps that you chose.


    midwifemom on Ravelry.

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  135. your work is incredible! Love tour designs!!!!

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  136. Let me try this again..Your work is incredible! Love your designs!!

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  137. This would be great for handspun too! Congrats on designing yet another sweet pattern! :)

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  138. I have never liked any knitted jewelry, but I have fallen in love the the Ailé in Schaefer Yarn's Susan in Ethel Waters. It is gorgeous! I would love to be the proud owner (and advertiser!) of this lovely piece!

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  139. I want to win this! Oh my, it's easy and beautiful at the same time!

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  140. this is really gorgeous, it's nice to see something that isn't just a tube, or some variation on a tube, for jewelry......and this looks like it's got simple construction that is used to great effect!!!

    -oonaghfibersmyth on ravelry

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  141. What a great pattern. It's so versatile. I want to make one for each mood, playing with various yarn/jewelry combos. Just my kind of fun! ~Vivian

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  142. Very pretty! Count me in your draw please!

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  143. Gorgeous- I haven't knitted with beads, but would love to give it a try- and oh, those clasps! So pretty!

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  144. Very classy! I can't wait to make one, or 2, or 3!

    Hilary

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  145. Yup, lots of xmas knitting is now all taken care of!

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