Enter to win!

Big news…talented design duo Tin Can Knits are holding a spring contest! Enter now before June 1st and and you can win 2 skeins of Kettle Yarn Co. and many other beautiful ‘gourmet’ yarns. (love how they used that term to describe yarn.) 😉

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Photo courtesy Tin Can Knits

Emily and Alexa a raffling off the two skeins of ISLINGTON ‘Vestige’ shown above…the same colourway and amount used in my recent Waterlily!

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Emily has suggested their lovely Thistle shawl/wrap as  possible project for these skeins…

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…though I think ISLINGTON’s BFL/Silk blend would also work beautifully for the following Tin Can Knit patterns:

I’ve had Bonny and Botany in my queue for ages, and this has just reminded me that I need to get started on them for summer!

Check out their website for even more options and to see what other glorious goodies you can win!

 

Quick holiday knits

It is the time of year when knitting thoughts turn to thick, cosy yarn and quick holiday knitting! I have been trying to get in more thicker weight yarns as a result and am slowly adding them to the shop in the next few weeks.

I have been looking at Tin Can Knits‘ fantastic The Simple Collection over the last while, as I met one of the dynamic duo, Emily, a few weeks back. The free collection has some lovely, simple garter patterns – perfect for quick knitting and getting all those holiday projects off the needles!

Rye socks in DK would make a perfect warming gift for someone on my list…

….maybe in bright mustard Waltham DK in ‘Havant’, which is nearly the same hue as the yellow ones above, or a more subdued neutral like ‘Nutkin’ in SW BFL DK, right, for the more conservative giftee:
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In the aran/worsted department there are so many perfect patterns right now that it is hard to choose! I recently got another Tin Can Knits design, Barley, off the needles in the softest, thickest, squishiest BFL/Alpaca for holiday gifting and it is the simplest/quickest pattern – merely a few hours and I polished off a child’s hat! A softly saturated and slightly greyed shade up in the shop this weekend, shown to the left.

I recently swatched brioche stitch in BFL/Alpaca Aran and the combo is a match made in heaven!

Blushy-grey ‘Violaceous’ (below left) BFL/Alpaca would be luxuriously fuzzy and hug-able in the beautiful Brioche Scarf by Purl Soho:

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I was quite surprised at how easy the stitch actually is – just YOs and k2togs, which are just made to seem complicated with strange abbreviations. Very easy to get into a rhythm with. I love the feel and look much I now desperately want to find the time to make myself their stunning Brioche Vest!

And if I had another 5 hours to the day, or another set of arms…look at this newly released Aran weight beauty by Amy Christoffers! Wouldn’t it be gorgeous in the BFL/ALpaca, too??

I just can’t figure out what I need to give up to make more time…sleep or even less housework…? ;-P