Sunday, February 28, 2010

Free Pattern for March

New month, new free pattern. Yay! It's all in the wrist with this easy to make, comfortable to wear, Irish Moss Stitch Wristlet made with Stitch Nation, Alpaca Love colors Peacock Feather and Fern.  You're going to love working with this new yarn from Debbie Stoller which is 80% Wool and 20% Alpaca . Make two wristlets and share the knitty love with a friend.

Visit free patterns section for more patterns, resources and fun knitting sites.

Marg (embracing the power of green)

Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's HandbookStitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook

Stitch 'n Bitch NationStitch 'n Bitch Nation
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Shamrock Sightings!

March 17th will be here before you know it and St Patrick's Day celebrations will be underway.  Growing up with one side of the family Irish in Savannah, I had no choice but to keep the spirit of St Patrick's Day every year.  My father referred to it as the "grandest day of the year" and through the years, I have come to embrace the celebration and take comfort in the power of the green.  Who doesn't like a great parade and a chance to celebrate living in America?

Here are a few sites that will fix you up with adorable shamrock knit and crochet patterns to adorn your hats, scarves, mittens or other festive items.

Adorable Shamrockin' Hat from Polar Knits will keep you warm and in the spirit of the day.

Just thinking ahead and looking forward to seeing more green in our future.

Marg (celebrating poets, storytellers, and seekers of freedom)

The Definitive St. Patrick's Day Festivity BookThe Definitive St. Patrick's Day Festivity Book
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

WEBS Spring Celebration...

WEBS is rockin' the new yarns, needles and savings.  There's a new Bamboo Interchangeable Needle Set which includes nine sets of tips from #4 to #11 (Sizes #3, #13, and #15 are also available separately), four sets of cables in three different lengths, adaptors, knobs, needle gauge with cutter and all wrapped up in a beautiful silk case.  These needles are functional, beautiful, good quality. and are definitely going on the "must have" list.

There's also Cotton Classic Lite from Tahki Yarns which is a cotton yarn in a lighter gauge and beautiful new colors perfect for spring/summer projects. 

Valley Yarns has Greenfield, another cotton perfect for the spring season with pattern downloads for only $1.99.

For you hardcore Debbie Bliss fans, there are new spring arrivals.  Yarn, patterns and inspiration are waiting for you.

Visit the WEBS homepage for sale items and offers and get ready for a knitty spring fling!

Marg (seriously needing more sun, less snow and rain)

Debbie Bliss Tips for Knitters: Stitches and Seams to Finishing TouchesDebbie Bliss Tips for Knitters: Stitches and Seams to Finishing TouchesBookmark and Share

Debbie Bliss Baby and Toddler Knits: 20 Gorgeous Jackets, Sweaters, Hats, Bootees and MoreDebbie Bliss Baby and Toddler Knits: 20 Gorgeous Jackets, Sweaters, Hats, Bootees and More

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Spring Fashion Fever Links

Are you dreaming of the warm, sunny, breezy and colorful days of Spring?   Me too!  Here are some links to put you in the mood for spring.  Grab your festive party glasses and enjoy the colors of Spring.

I love Pantone for my fashion fix and it's always my first stop.

Next, skip on over to Elle for the scoop on Spring Fashion 2010 and then sprint over to London Spring Fashion Week

For the scoop on Spring/Summer 2010 Knitting Fashion go to the VogueKnitting Preview.

Marg (basking in the light of fashion)

Vogue Knitting InternationalVogue Knitting International

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Celebrate Costume Designers!

This weekend we went to see Edge of Darkness and I was thrilled to see one of the main characters, Emma Craven, in a beautiful knit sweater.  Are you a fan of Lindy Hemming, the academy award winning costume designer of Topsy-Turvey (1999)?  She also designed costumes for The Dark Knight, Casino Royale, and so many more movies.  You'll enjoy her costume work on Edge of Darkness. 

Keeping it real has a whole new meaning when it comes to costume design.  Truly talented designers can edit their work, stay true to the characters and can create everything from fantasy to gritty reality. The have the instinct to choose whatever is required to make a film rich with texture, color and create an enhanced viewer experience.

Today, let's celebrate the hard working and dedicated designers out there in every artitstic endeavor, look for knitting in your world and celebrate every stitch this week.

Marg (loving my knit, purl time)

Edge of Darkness, Original 27x40 Double-sided Regular Movie PosterEdge of Darkness, Original 27x40 Double-sided Regular Movie Poster 

Edge of Darkness  Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone (DVD)

Edge of Darkness: The Complete BBC SeriesEdge of Darkness: The Complete BBC Series

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Kool Kit City!

Kit Alert!  KnitPicks has new adorable, quirky, and fun knitting kits.

Start with the Elegant Edibles Kit, Fruit and Vegetable Bags which includes Wool of the Andes in luscious colors such as Avocado, Jalapeno, Orange, Amethyst, Heather and Fairy Tale and embellishments and instructions for creating these wonderful clutches.  You provide the needles, stitch markers, crochet hook and snap.

Barnyard Buddies for the baby in your life.  Cute or what?  Check it!

How about the Mr. Roboto Kit?  Meet Oscillatrix, Mr. T. and Squatty all made with Shine Worsted and waiting for a dance challenge on So You Think You Can Dance.

Need more new kits?  No problem.  Sock, hat with mittens, and more baby kits await.  Visit the KnitPicks homepage for current sales, new items, and more.

Happy new week, happy new kits.

Marg (skipping down Kool Kit Lane)

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Socks a La Carte 2: Toes Up!: Pick and Choose Patterns to Knit Socks Your WaySocks a La Carte 2: Toes Up!: Pick and Choose Patterns to Knit Socks Your Way

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Groovin' on Caron free patterns

Naturally Caron Country Yarn-FoliageNaturally Caron Country Yarn-Foliage

Free patterns people!  That's all we need to get us moving onto the next project.  Here we go....

Caron has three new patterns to brighten your kniting mood.

The Malabo Hat designed by Darlene Dale and made with Naturally Country.  Want to see more free desings in Country?  No problem.

Next, we have the Me & My ShadowBaby Hoodie which is made with Simply Soft Shadows and designed by Marilyn Losee.  Need a different color for the Hoodie in Shadow?  You'll have a great selection to fit your project.

The Andante Throw is crocheted with Naturally Caron Spa and designed by Kim Guzman.  You're going to love this throw and so will your friends.  I see several of these in your future!  The perfect winter/spring project.

Need more free patterns from Caron check out there free pattern page and get busy!

Marg (looking forward to the next new project)

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Products & a Mardi Gras Mood

Mardi Gras Feather Couples Mask - PurpleMardi Gras Feather Couples Mask - Purple

There's a new interchangeable needle kit from Hiyahiya that are perfect for the voracious sock knitter.  The kit includes size 2-8 and four cable sizes of 16", 24", 32" and 40".  The needles are stainless still and knit very smoothly which is great for the knitty hand.

Love the Crochet Dude, Drew Embrosky?  Me too!  He has a new product line coming in June 2010 so mark your calendars and check his blog for updates...or better yet, subscribe to his Newsletter or follow along on Twitter.

Happy Fat Tuesday!

Marg (so in the Mardi Gras mood)

University Games Murder Mystery Party Game - Murder at Mardi GrasAssorted Round Mardi Gras Beads 144

University Games Murder Mystery Party Game - Murder at Mardi Gras

Assorted Round Mardi Gras Beads 144

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