Thursday, 9 April 2015

From A - Olive Basket Cardigan

It's been quite the unintended blog hiatus for us. Kelsey has been working like crazy and I've been busy working and moving house. It's been hard to start blogging again as the list of things I want to post gets longer and longer and it's difficult to know where to begin. Often it's simpler not to post than to figure out how to collect my thoughts to draft something.

That said, I've missed this space and I've missed the longer discussions that arise from posting about my creative process here on the blog. As much as I love Instagram, it's hard to do justice to something you've spent months making with one photo, a few lines of text and a hash tag or two. So with these reflections in mind, I hope you'll forgive the glut of "old" projects that I'll be sharing over the next few weeks as I stumble through the pics on my SD card and share those that mean the most to me.

In that vein, I've been meaning to share this cardigan that I finished back in November. I started it back in July but did most of the knitting on our trip to New Zealand and Australia in August of last year. In true Amanda-style, it took me another three months after getting home to seam and block the pieces I knit so that I could finally wear it.

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The pattern is Amy Miller's Olive Basket Cardigan. I happened upon it on Ravelry one day and decided it was the perfect basic for a California winter. I'm really pleased with how it came out which is a treat since I haven't knit a sweater since about 2008 and was long overdue for something new.

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I managed to use some long hoarded Rowan Felted Tweed for this which makes this finish all the more exciting for a girl who recently had to pack up and move her rather voluminous stash.

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Although I've made quite a few handknit sweaters over the years, this is the first one that I've really gotten much wear out of. I think the fact that it's a simple cardigan means that it's easy to just throw on when I leave the house. You can find some more details on my Ravelry page if you need them.

It feels good to be back. I'm looking forward to spending more time in this space again soon!

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

From A & K - Book In Stitches Giveaway Winner


True Random Number Generator picked Kathy Davis to win our Boo In Stitches Giveaway.


Congratulations Kathy! Please contact us to receive your prize. Many thanks to all who took the time to enter. I know that Shannon and Colleen are really thankful for all of your support.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

From A & K - Boo In Stitches Giveaway

You know we love it when family gets crafty together. You can probably imagine how excited we are to hear that our friend Shannon of Little Luvins combined forces with her graphic designer sister, Colleen of Pinwheel Print Shop, to bring us Boo In Stitches.


"What is Boo In Stitches?" you ask. Well, in their words it is a collaboration between ink and thread. In ours, it is an awesome new company that sells funny sewing related art prints that are hand drawn and hand lettered by Colleen.


They even have some fabricy pirate humour for those of you who, like us, are into that sort of thing.


I know you must be thinking that your sewing room needs at least one of these gorgeous prints. Well fret not, we've got you covered. The Boo In Stitches team has graciously offered to send one of their beautiful 8" x 10" print to one of our readers. To enter all you need to do is leave a comment telling us which print is your favourite.


Contest Rules:
  • One entry per person.
  • The contest will stay open until 11:59 pm MST on February 2, 2015.
  • The winner will be announced on our blog on February 3, 2015.
  • International entries are welcome.

If you are a no-reply blogger, a wordpress blogger, or do not have a blogger account - please leave your email in your comment so we can contact you if you win!

Want to increase your chances of winning? Visit some of the other blogs and Instagram accounts hosting the Boo In Stitches launch party to enter again!