women of a certain age are like sunflowers; they know how to turn their faces to the sun.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Hits Just Keep on Coming...

"What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me."

- Joseph Addison

What are you knitting for Xmas this year?

I am knitting neck warmers & cowls. They are quicker than scarves, easier to wear indoors, and less hassle than hats. ( No decreases to keep track of)

Plus they just feel warm and cozy, like love personified.

And, as you know, whatever I am knitting always seems to eventually make its way into your hot little hands.

But this is the season of giving, right?

So I don't want to make a lot of money off y'all. I just want to share the joy.

Every Monday between now and Christmas, I will publish a free pattern for a cowl/neck warmer. I'll put them up on Ravelry and also here on the blog. And I will do my best to get DH to take pictures of them being worn.


First up this Monday is Stonehenge, a lovely little worsted weight beauty in Rowan's new Lima yarn. The pattern is an easy slip stitch basketweave variation. If you can knit, purl, slip stitches, and knit through the back loop, you can do this pattern.

The following Monday I will reveal a new design for Madelinetosh Worsted with deeply textured diagonal lattice work. This one is taller and wider than Stonehenge; it is designed to scrunch down and fall in graceful folds upon your shoulders.

I am also working on a fair isle design in Berroco's Ultra Alpaca Light. Red & green, natch! What could be more Christmas-sy than that? But on an oatmeal background for a more rustic look. Perfect for Christmas tree cutting with your jean jacket and boots.

The fourth look is still up in the air. We'll see where the spirit leads.

Other miscellaneous fun stuff coming up:
  • A holiday contest
  • More free pattern giveaways
  • December sales specials
And a promise: first one to send me a completed photo of their Chrysanthemum shawl will get a refund on their pattern purchase of $8. You see, my test knitter used the charts, but the written directions were added after. And I really had to think about them. And I was recovering from stomach flu.

So-o-o... I will consider the first one to finish another test knitter - and. as we all know, test knitters get the pattern free!

Just one more reason to knit Sunflower this Xmas.

What do I get out of it all? Hopefully you will tell your friends, because that's how my little enterprise grows. I have been a little stagnant recently (my sales, not my digestive system!)

I hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving. I am very thankful I no longer have the stomach flu!!!

No stash sale this Saturday, because I figure you are all either at the mall, or on the road home, or sitting with your feet up looking at leftover turkey carcasses. Next Saturday, OK?

Now I must get back to my Christmas knitting. I LOVE Christmas knitting! If I hurry I can knock out the rest of the Madtosh design before the weekend is up...


Ruth Anne said...

Looking forward to the cowl patterns!

Taleah said...

beautiful! I cannot wait for that Stonehenge pattern -- you have the most amazing ideas!

Unknown said...

I've just discovered the beauty of cowls too - so quick and easy. I was wondering about a version using the Snowdrift pattern? Perhaps you could add that to the list! Anyway roll on Monday - can't wait for the first pattern.

DawnMarie said...

Hi Susan, sorry I've not been around lately, been a bit poorly, hope you have been keeping well and had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am currently crocheting a little bag for my friends little girl Mia who is 2 and is just so into bags just now, hoping to crochet a little bunny to put in the bag too. I ordered some of that Sirdar Snowball yarn in Berry to knit a scarf for my friend Susan (shhh don't tell lol). I am loving these neck warmers and cowls that are in fashion just now and am looking forward to your patterns, your work as always is beautiful. Hugs Dawn Marie.xx

Elizabeth D said...

Hello -- still looking for this pattern! Not quite ready? I thought I found it at Ravelry, but that link just looped me right back here. (I like this one a lot.)

--Elizabeth D