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!