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Rainy Days & Mondays…

It’s pretty depressing outside right now. Normally, I love a good rainy day, but since having the baby that means no nice, long walk along the National Mall or a loop around the Capitol Building, now part of our daily routine. It means the dog will go crazy if I don’t walk her and she’ll go crazy if I do because she freaks out when she gets wet. It means that I need to find the umbrella.

To banish the Monday blues (does anyone like Mondays?), I offer up another free pattern, the Scar(f)y Spice Scarf. Knitting up in a jiff with Caron’s Sheep(ish) yarn, this scarf takes 2 skeins and is knit on US 8s. I do love me some fringe on a cozy scarf.

Download the free pattern on Ravelry here and don’t let those rainy days and Mondays get you down.

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Sticking it to Heart Disease

You’ve probably noticed the buzz starting around the Knit Red knitting book by Jimmy Beans Wool’s Laura Zander.

The book comes out on June 5th and after having a student turned friend go in for a routine check up a few months ago, then having to have emergency heart surgery the next day, this cause hits close to home. My grandmother and grandfather were both affected by heart disease and the stats on heart disease and women are staggering and scary. Chances are you know someone struggling with this disease. When they asked me to participate, it was a no brainer saying “yes, count me in!”

Knit Red features 30 eye-catching, heart health–inspired red garment and accessory patterns, as well as personal experiences with heart disease and tips on staying heart healthy from industry greats. Mixing style and soul with essential heart health education for women in an effort to draw awareness to the #1 killer of women in the United States, Knit Red is part of the Needlearts industry’s nationwide Stitch Red campaign and joins many unique Stitch Red products created by numerous manufacturers and designers. A portion of Knit Red’s proceeds will benefit the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in support of The Heart Truth®.

Knit Red is officially available and includes my new pattern, a red lace infinity cowl! I’ll be hosting a giveaway sometime in June, so keep checking back to win a free copy of the book.

Spring Forward

Looks like spring is finally here, dear readers! We’ve had so many weird, false starts (90 degrees to 20 degrees in the same day, anyone?) but I have a feeling it may be here to stay… In honor of this realization, I offer up another free pattern!

the fabulous and lovely Becky, modeling the Springlike Headscarf

I recently chopped off 9” of my hair and agreed to some bangs. While I love the fact that my hair now takes about 4 seconds to comb out after a shower, I find it in my eyes and my face more than ever. With summer just around the corner, who wants a sweaty neck because they can’t pull their hair back?

Readers, meet the Springlike Head Scarf. Knit up over a few evening’s worth of knitting time, this is perfect for keeping your hair back or when you’re feeling like spring is in the air. A bit of lace, my favorite color and a great yarn… It’s a trifecta of spring!

Ravel it here.

I really like this yarn, Cascade’s Venezia Sport. A nice blend of 70% merino wool and 30% mulberry silk, it knits up smooth and strong with over 300 yards.  I tend to beat the crap out of my headscarves and I know this yarn can take a beating. It has fantastic stitch definition and shows off the lace beautifully. Can you imagine a lace cardi in this?! The silk gives it some sheen and the merino wool keeps it soft. Nice fiber combo!

I feel the need to keep tooting Cascade’s horn with their insane color selection. I loved that this yarn was available in over 25 colors because I plan on knitting up a few more of these headscarves in different shades. Even better? You can get 2 out of one hank and have enough left over to make them even longer or knit up something else. Bang for your buck? Check!

So join me in welcoming May and the warm weather by knitting up a lace headscarf. Why not use the other half of your hank to knit one up for a friend or keep going and make yourself an extra long, skinny lace scarf?

Happy spring!