six winners announced

Thank you to all who entered the Kelmscott scissors giveaway!

The three winners from Facebook are
Katy Helsten Prideaux
Georgia Smith
Jenny Reese
The three winners from blog comments are (Ravelry names)

I have contacted you either through Facebook or Ravelry.  Please private message me your address and I'll send you a pair next week.  Please let me choose your winning design.

Thank you Paula Sibbald from Kelmscott Designs for your awesome giveaway.  My readers can find these scissors at your local knitting/stitching shop, but if not, there is an excellent selection  at NeedleGoods where they ship worldwide.  

Do you follow Knitionary on Facebook?  You should!  Every day I post a pattern I love, and often I share free patterns and exclusive discounts available only to Knitionary readers!  Below is a preview of Monday's post:  Exclusive to Knitionary readers, Fangtastic socks pattern by Wendy Gaal is 40% through May 15 off with the code, KNITABAT.  


casting on

Look what came in the mail today!  I squeaked with joy when I opened my package of Woolfolk Luft, with enough yarn to make the  gorgeous Marmor Cardigan by Regina Moessmer.  Garter stitch has a lovely, modern texture and it's simplicity and elegance works especially well with a luxurious yarn. Keeping in mind that garter fabric can sag if too heavy and/or not stabilized, choose a lightweight yarn and stabilize with some seams!  Or, in the case of Marmor, use slip stitch faux seams at the sides and up the back to not only stabilize but add decoration.  The yarn suggested is Woolfolk's Luft, an aran weight yarn that is utterly lightweight with a 109 yards of mighty aran/bulky weighing in at only 50 grams.  The Woolfolk folk worked with sheep breeders to hybridize a new merino sheep.  They call the result Ultimate Merino® with a micron count of 17.5, which means it's as soft as cashmere but as strong as merino.  For Luft yarn, the merino is blown into a white net cotton cage resulting in a light weight yarn with an angelic halo.  It's heaven. I knit with Woolfolk Tynd before and love my sweater.  It's as soft as any cashmere I've knit or worn--for half the price.

the links

We're going on a cruise to Alaska soon, and I know that no matter what time of year or where I am, I am cold in every restaurant.  I'm hoping to finish this in time to take it.  Fingers crossed!

Come back this weekend and I'll announce the winners of the Kelmscott scissors.

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giveaway alert!

I first saw these scissors last year at Monarch Knitting in Pacific Grove, California, fell in love, then walked out with a pair of orange Flower-Powers and a smile on my face.  How is it that a pair of scissors can make you feel happy?  But 'tis true--they are now my favorite scissors because they are miniature in size, but mighty in snipping power. They feature tiny, airplane friendly blades and therefore are perfect for your travel bag.  Plus they are completely adorable, affordable, and functional.  There are dozens of designs, and when you see them you'll want to start a collection.

Paula Sibbald, the designer and founder of Kelmscott Designs is a Canadian now living in the USA. She started her company 14 years ago when she saw that makers and crafters wanted more items to craft with.  She has always loved to doodle, and her doodles turned into scissors!  To date she has designed over 100 different scissors designs and says it is still as much fun and exciting as it was when she started. Paula's scissors are designed in the US and manufactured in Canada.

If you cannot find them at your local knitting/stitching shop, there is an excellent selection at NeedleGoods where they ship worldwide. In the meantime, Paula has graciously offered my readers a selection of her scissors as a giveaway.  Six pretty scissors--six lucky winners.   This giveaway is open internationally.  I'll pick three winners from the blog comments and three winners from Knitionary's Facebook page.  I'll keep the giveaway open for a week or so.

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the winners!

Below are some other Kelmscott Designs on the NeedleGoods website that are not in my giveaway, but are too scrumptious not to share.  The cat below with the curly tail!  Love!  I've decided that these scissors are going to be my new 2017 hostess gift and plan to purchase a little bundle of these to have on hand.


Little Brother's Romper with a sweet discount!

Thirty-three years ago when I was dressing my own toddler, we used to call these bubbles.  Maybe it's because their round chubby bodies resembled fat bubbles.  In summer I would put him in a diaper, a romper and a pair of sandals and proclaim him to be darling! Nowadays and perhaps more accurately, these little onesies are called rompers.  I love that name! Now that I'm knitting for the son of that now grown-up toddler, I'm happy to see these little rompers are back in favor.   When looking for the perfect romper to knit for my grandson, I fell in love with PetiteKnits baby designs and decided Little Brother's Romper would be my first foray into knitted rompers.  It's a quick knit in aran weight yarn that is knit bottom-up and in-the-round. It is sized in newborn to 24 months.  I knit the 12-18 mos. size and used machine washable Rowan All Seasons Cotton.  My new little romper is just scrumptious!

Mette of PetiteKnits has generously offered to give my readers a 30% discount on ALL her patterns. Use the coupon code KNITIONARY at checkout.  The discount is good through the weekend. Go to PetiteKnit's Ravelry design page to see all Mette's pretty designs which include her gorgeous Anker's Sweater for adults and children, Teddy Bear, Dagmar's Dress, No-Frills, and Milla's Summer Suit and save 30%! Hurry now, the code expires at the end of the weekend.

While walking around the garden this morning looking for the perfect photo spot, I took some fresh garden shots as it seems to change every day. The vegetable garden is almost entirely planted and the roses are starting to put on their grand show. California spring, oh how I love you.

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Thank you, Kristen