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We Have A Winner!

Congratulations to Pamela Enz for winning a copy of Stitch Red!

Thank you to all who entered! Stay tuned for more giveaways and free patterns right here at TanisKnits!


Stitch Red Book Giveaway!

I’m pretty excited to be hosting my first ever blog book giveaway!

I’ve written about Knit Red a few weeks ago, and now your chance has come to win a free copy of the fantastic book!

From the Stitch Red website:

Stitch Red is a national heart disease awareness campaign supported by the Needlearts industry. The campaign is driving efforts to draw attention to heart disease, the #1 killer of women in the United States, help people understand their risk factors for the disease and encourage the adoption of healthier lifestyles to protect their heart health.

A majority of manufacturers and designers throughout the industry are creating and selling Stitch Red products to benefit the Foundation for the National Institute of Health (FNIH) in support of The Heart Truth®. Local yarn stores across the country are supporting the campaign by carrying these products and hosting Stitch Red events to raise awareness about heart disease.

Additionally, a new book called Knit Red that is authored byJimmy Beans Wool Owner Laura Zander, is drawing further awareness about the importance of heart health. Featuring 30 eye-catching, red, heart health-inspired garments, accessories and their patterns, as well as personal stories about heart disease from industry greats, Knit Red also provides tips, resources and recipes for heart-healthy living supplied by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and NHLBI’s campaign–The Heart

We’ve all been touch by this horrible disease. One of my favorite students went in for a routine check up while beginning training for a marathon. Instead of a thumbs up from the doctor she was told she needed surgery to fix a blocked artery. If she hadn’t gone in for that check up, I don’t even like to think about what could have happened.

You can see all of the wonderful garments in this book here. Mine is a lace infinity cowl in Be Sweet’s Whipped Cream.

To win your free copy of Stitch Red, leave a comment on my blog! The winner will be chosen at random tomorrow (Wednesday) and I’ll contact you to get your shipping information.

Raise your needles up and salute all of the strong women and men who have survived heart disease. I raise mine up for my grandmother and grandfather who didn’t survive, but I raise them even higher for Eileen, my student with the most gumption who fought her way through with a smile on her face and her knitting needles clicking away.


summer inspiration

One of my favorite patterns, the Belle Haven shawl is a winning combination of cables and lace.

The Rainbow Connection

New yarn alert!

I love brand new yarns! It’s like Christmastime winding up the new hank, tucking the crisp label in the middle of the cake, feeling the anticipation of working with a new fiber blend, a brand new color about to be cast on to your needles and the excitement to see how it knits up. Too over-the-top? Then you’re not hardcore enough! Oh yes dear readers, I do love a new yarn flowing through my fingers onto my needles.

I was feeling inquisitive, as I wound up my hank of Cascade’s new Casablanca yarn. Resisting the urge to keep asking my yarn what the odds were about us meeting here “in all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world” (Casablanca reference and warning, it won’t be the last), it wound up in a nice, stripey fashion. I like yarns where the colors change (it keeps things interesting), but my beef with some of them is it’s a choppy, abrupt color change. This yarn had promise, with nice color transition. Would it meet my expectations?

After staring down my wound hank and giving it a classic “Here’s looking at you, kid,” I cast on.

I adore, ADORE going to the movies in the summer. Sadly, my days of “Hey, let’s drop everything and go to the movies!” are gone because of the baby, but when we do go now it’s an extra treat. Aside from them cranking up the volume of the previews to the point of deafness, it’s always so cold in there my teeth are chattering by the time we get to the opening credits. It’s my neck that gets cold then it goes all downhill from there. Enter the Urban Lace Infinity Scarf. This little beauty can be doubled or even tripled around your neck to keep it toasty warm for cold theaters, chilly nights walking on the beach or with the dog, or homes and offices where people like to keep things on the subzero end of the thermostat. My days of sitting in the theater with icicles forming under my nose are done! Extra bonus, it folded up super tiny in my bag which means I can keep it in there at all times AND I can wear it year round.

I was very happy with the color transitions in this yummy and soft wool, silk and mohair blend. They weren’t choppy at all and bled nicely into the next for an almost painterly effect. There are 15 excellent colors to choose from and the lace knit up quickly on size 8 needles. I used every little bit of 1 hank and was pleased at the finished length from the 220 yards. Two thumbs up from this knitter!

“This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Download the free pattern here.