Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Winner of Complements Collection

The winner of the Complements Collection Free eBook is ...

Rosanne R.

Rosanne, please provided me your e-mail address, either here in the comments or you can contact me on Raverly in a private message. I will forward it to Bijou Basin and they will provide you with a link to your free copy.


If you did not win here, you can follow the book blog tour until May 31, 2012, and enter on the next stops. :)

May 1, 2012: The Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird
May 2, 2012: Yarn on the House
May 3, 2012: Ellen Gormley,
May 4, 2012: Shannon Okey,
May 7, 2012: Carol Sulcoski
May 8, 2012: Carol Feller
May 9, 2012: Amy Shelton,
May 10, 2012: Drew Emborsky
May 11, 2012: Wendy Bernard
May 14, 2012: Annie Modesitt
May 15, 2012: Robyn Chachula
May 16, 2012: Simona Merchant-Dest
May 17, 2012: Stacey Trock
May 18, 2012: The Sexy Knitter
May 21, 2012: Stephannie Tallent
May 22, 2012: Faina Goberstein
May 23, 2012: Romi
May 24, 2012: Laurie Wheeler
May 28, 2012: Rebecca Valasquez
May 31, 2012: Vickie Howell

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Complements Collection by Kristin Omdahl

Compliments Collection is yet another beautiful collection of knit and crochet designs by Kristin Omdahl.  This book offers large and small accessories all worked in an exquisite yarns of Bijou Basin Ranch, ranging from one to three skeins of yarn. The techniques in this book are from beginners to intermediate.
I picked a few of these projects you see here to show you my favorite ones in the book. You can see the rest of the projects in a Ravelry gallery

What are your favorite? Leave me a note in the comments. 
Since like Kristin, I also do both knit and crochet design,  I wonder what you readers think about a book that combines both of these crafts. As for me, I love it. For those of you who master one craft over the other, what are your thoughts on the books/magazines that combine these two crafts. Let me know in the comments. 

Bijou Basin is offering a free eBook to one of you readers. To enter the drawing, please leave a comment by Tuesday, May 22, midnight EST. I will draw a winner on Wednesday. Good luck!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tulip Lace Tunic & Hat

 I had added a new pattern to my store.

It's a girl's cardigan tunic paired with a matching hat worked in a Stockinette stitch and fairly simple Tulip Lace pattern. Both pieces are worked seamlessly. The sweater is worked top down seamlessly in rows and the hat is worked in the round.

The pattern offers both written instructions as well as charts for those who prefer.

The tunic is written for girl's size 2 (4, 6, 8, 10) yrs; and the hat is in two sizes S (M). The sample sweater is shown in size 4 for and the hat is shown in size M.

I offer this patter either as a separate hat pattern and the tunic pattern. For those who would like to make both I combined both of the patterns and offer it at a special price. You can find more about the patterns in my Craftsy store. 

I loved pairing the sweater with a spring dress as you see in the pictures here, a look I really like. Though you can have your girl wear it in much more casual way. She can wear it over a long sleeve shirt paired with jeans.

Do you have more ideas on which other way your girl could wear this? Leave me your ideas in comments. :)

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Free Knitting Pattern: Hers Jeweled Vest Top

Simona Merchant-Dest Designs free knitting patternI had designed Hers Jeweled Vest Top for Cascade yarns collection.

The vest it worked in a simple Stockinette stitch with nearly seamless construction. It has a slight waist and bust shaping so it will produce nice hourglass contour for a flattering fit.

This vest is worked in Cascade Jewel (100% Peruvian Wool, hand dyed), bulky yarn that knits up really quick. Each skein is a generous 100g (3.5 oz), 142 yds (130 m) skein.  The sample shown here is worked in #9947 color.

The pattern is written in a wide range of sizes: XS - 4XL.  It requires between 5 - 8 skeins of yarn.

The sample shown here is a size Small.

Best of all, you can download this pattern for FREE.

Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival 2012

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is one of the yarn festival events I like to go to every year if I can. It offers a great spectrum of yarn related festivities: from showcasing plentiful indie yarn companies, different breeds of sheep and other "yarn producing" animals to a variety of crafts and entertainment.

This year is the first year I was able to take all my girls with me. They were quite excited about that. Last year I took only the youngest one and the older ones did not want to miss out this year. They are quite the knitters themselves with a great sense for design if I say so myself. :)


First and foremost I go to the festival to see all the new and out of the ordinary yarns. And yet again I was not disappointed.

Bijou Basin Ranch

My first stop I had made at Bijou Basin Ranch booth. The owners Carl and Eileen are great, fun people who happen to produce gorgeous quality yarn. As I had mentioned many times before, my favorite yarn is Lhasa Wilderness and all my designs for them so far were made in this yarn.  Some of those designs were there on display.

Spirit Trail Fiberworks
Miss Babs
Tess' Designer Yarns

Tess' Designer Yarn
Tess' Designer Yarn
Tess' Designer Yarn

 I cannot leave the show without seeing Tess' Designer yarns. Their yarns are so luxurious, heavenly soft and unbelievable colors... You've got to touch it and see it in person to believe it. 
Imperial Yarns

It was nice to see another client of mine having their yarns and designs on display here at the festival. They also had the new Spring 2012 Imperial Knit Collection there.



The sheep and wool festival is not all about fiber arts. There are many other crafts that are on display at this festival. Crafts ranging from pottery, basket weaving, broom weaving, bee's wax creations, wood working, jewelry making, you name it, it was there.

My younger ones fell in love with a wool felted project of 2 mice. I have never done this technique; but the mice were so cute they want to learn how to make them. So we got the beginners kit and as we walked over to another booth to buy the felting needles needed to do this technique we bumped into the designer of that kit! What a coincidence! Of course we had to take a picture with her. Here is a link to the company's Etsy store. They definitely have some cute projects there. 


And of course animals are a huge part of this festival. Besides sheep, an obvious source for yarn material, there were goats, bunnies, alpacas, dafis.


This bunny even had its own fan to keep him cool!


And of course, we could not leave without the girls having some cotton candy and ice cream. It was a highlight of the event for them. :)

They all each got some goodies though. The younger ones got themselves the felting kit. The middle one got herself a felted sheep shaped pencil holder. They of course each got some yarn. Now I just have to wait to see their creativity blooming. I can't wait.

As we were leaving I had noticed this interesting sign for sock lovers... very clever.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Diamond Shawl Jacket

I'd like to announce a new addition to my pattern line, the Diamond Shawl Jacket. This knitting pattern is a great introduction to a Japanese lace knitting since the jacket requires minimal shaping. 

This easy, yet dramatic look of the diamond lace pattern is complimented with clean lines of 3x2 rib pattern at the collar, giving it a modern fresh twist on lace knitting. The diamond pattern shows beautifully in Bijou Basin Ranch's Lhasa Wilderness and will keep you interested from start to finish. You will be awarded with a garment suitable for multiple use and wear: It can be dressed up with with pair of slacks or dress for work or dressed down with jeans for a weekend stroll.

You can omit the ribbon and use a belt for closure for yet another look.

This knitting pattern is written in a wide range of sizes from XS - 3XL. Both written and chart instructions are included.

You can find more information on this pattern on Craftsy, Ravelry, and in my Etsy store.

Price: $7.50