I have a quick show and tell to start today. Over the weekend I sat at a soccer tournament and finished up my Demeter's Shawl in Fleece Artist Nova Socks in the colorway Seashore. I've had this yarn for years so I don't know if it is still available. It is so soft and the colors really and truly remind me of the seashore. Light blues, greens and purple mix in with the softest shade of pink and a natural tone. The colors kept me interested along the way. I love it. Oh, and I didn't add any beads for the edging but instead did 6 rows of garter stitch before binding off. I used most of the 355 yards.
Click here for Laura Linneman's free pattern for Demeter's Shawl.
Miss Molly, my son's girlfriend and newish knitter extraordinaire, has finished another scarf. It was knit with 2 hanks of Rowan's Colourscape Chunky in the Ghost colorway. Molly worked a 1 by 1 rib on US size 11's. This is really a beautiful yarn with long and graduated color changes. She loved making it and it is a gift to boot.
Molly has made so much progress in the short time she has been knitting. She has made 6 or 7 hats, several scarves, several pairs of mittens and now I just helped her start her first pair of socks. She is determined to learn and with every project she ups her skills. I think she is hooked for life.
Okay, now for the giveaway!
The first item up for grabs today is the fantastic new book by Sixth & Spring titled, 60 Quick Baby Knits. The cover alone is the seller. That sweet little cardigan is one of my favorite projects from the book. All of the projects are made in Cascade 220 Superwash.
With 60 projects packed in these pages I can't possibly show them all to you so click here to see all of the projects on Ravelry. I have a few favorites I will share but there are blankets, booties, hats, pillows, sweaters, cardigans, leg warmers, mittens, etc.
Some of the projects are super simple and some are more complicated with cables and stitch patterns and lace. Above is a very basic cardigan that I love. You cannot go wrong with a project like this. Every baby needs an easy cardigan.
I love this pleated edging and simple moss stitch bow. Trés stylish!
Of course I fall for the sweet peas.... that is a ribbon trim going around the fronts and hood. I would leave this off and let the incredible knitting stand alone.
Booties are a baby staple...
... and now for my favorite project in the book. The Sheep Hat by Renee Lorion. The back side has a little brown tail and the legs so it is a back view of the sheep. This one is worth the entire book!
You will love this book. The styles will never be out, there are projects for boys and girls, all skill levels are included, the photography is clear and detail oriented, it's all here!
Now for an added bonus.
I am sending out a copy of the book to a lucky winner along with this Soak gift pack. Double score! I love and use soak on all of my knits. The scents are incredible and not overwhelming. The scent in the pack is Aquae, which happens to be my favorite, and there are little packs of other scents along with the Heel foot cream. We use the foot cream around here, too, in the Cucumber scent. I can't recommend Soak any higher. It is gentle and I feel so confident when I use it on my knits and handspun yarn. I also use the Phil Basin in the light blue colorway to wash my knits in. Really, if you don't win please seek out these products. You won't be disappointed.
Click here to see all of the Soak products and to get more information.
To win the combo-pack of one copy of 60 Baby Knits and the gift set of Soak products please leave a comment on this post. Please do not email me. Also, be sure to leave your Ravelry ID or your email so I can easily contact you for your mailing address.
Ready, set, go!
Thursday, May 19, 2011