I Spy a Crocus

Fair Isle knit hat, I Spy a Crocus, by Mary Ann Stephens.

I Spy a Crocus, a knitting pattern for a ladies’ hat.

After the brutal winter we’ve endured, I got up out of bed this past Saturday morning – our last weekend in March – hoping that maybe, finally, we’d have a decent, spring-like weekend.  I had this silly notion that, “Oh, wouldn’t it be nice, to spy a sweet little crocus peeking out at me from somewhere in the yard?”  Rather, overnight, my greening yard became buried under yet another blanket of ice and snow.

Fortunately, when Mother Nature disappoints, all we have to do is grab our knitting needles!

It’s true -necessity really IS the mother of invention.  And, boy, did I ever need to see some flowers!  Hence, my new “I Spy a Crocus” hat.  It was a quick, easy, stranded knit in Dale Garn’s new Cotinga, a heavenly blend of 70% merino / 30% alpaca.  Wonderful, wonderful stuff!  You’ll need three different-colored 50g balls of Cotinga, or your favorite, soft, compressible worsted weight yarn.

Here’s a link to the $5 PDF on Ravelry.

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Val’s Tiger Lily Jacket

Yesterday, I received a delightful email from another one of my immensely talented customers, Val.  It’s always a big thrill for me, to see the face behind the emails and phone calls.  Turns out, not only is Val bright, funny and talented, but she’s lovely, too!  Here she is in her glorious rendition of my Tiger Lily Jacket design:

ladies' norwegian cardigan knitting pattern

Val knit her version of my Tiger Lily Jacket in Dale Heilo yarn.

Lucky Val is on the slender side, so she made some sizing tweaks to her version.  Here’s what Val said in her email about Tiger Lily:

“What an amazing pattern! Fabulous detailed instructions! Knitted in Small, lengthened by 1/2 pattern, narrowed sleeves.”

I knit the original Tiger Lily Jacket in Dale Heilo yarn, quite a few years ago.  Dale has made umpteen changes to their yarn color selections since then; so, my original, autumnal color combination (below) is no longer available.  But, between their two sport weight wool yarns – traditional Heilo or superwash Falk  – we still have countless color combinations to choose from.

Norwegian knit cardigan

My original TLJ, also knit in Dale Heilo. You can knit yours in any four shades of either Heilo or Falk that your heart desires.

If you’d like to knit Tiger Lily in Heilo, you can order your kit directly through my online yarn shop, Kidsknits.com. If you’d rather use superwash Falk, which offers more than twice as many colors, email me – masATkidsknitsDOTcom – or call the US toll-free line and we’ll set that up for you. Either way, as soon as I see your order come through, we’ll discuss your favorite colors and how they’d work together in a design like this.  We can even play around with colorizing some chart snippets so you’ll get a good idea of how your favorite colors all “play together” in Tiger Lily.  Once we’ve zeroed in on your favorite combination, your kit will be on its way.

Val's Tiger Lily's neckline detail.

Val’s Tiger Lily’s neckline detail.  Both Val and I used Dale’s “Vestland” pewter buttons, also available through me at Kidsknits.com.

If you’re already knee-deep in sport weight wool and you’re happy to fly solo, here’s the link to the Tiger Lily PDF, which is available through Ravelry.

How ’bout a big round of applause for Val?!  Thanks for sharing your lovely work with us!

Happy knitting!

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Our new clearance sale page

You’ll want to bookmark this page.  It’s my new yarn and book clearance page on eBay.  Everything you’ll find there is fresh, untouched, pristine stock, directly from Kidsknits.com.  Items I continue to specialize in will stay on Kidsknits.com; items that are discontinued, out-of-print or simply lovely items that I just don’t have room for will be listed on eBay under my “twostrands” seller ID.

I’ve just started with a few books and some Baby Cashmerino this week. But, if all goes well and as time allows, I have quite a pile of gorgeous, untouched yarns and delightful old pattern books that I plan to list. Here’s a link to the first Dale book I’ve put up there, the adorable “Mini 112” book:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dale-Mini-NR-112-OOP-RARE-kids-knitting-pattern-book-English-text-/121598673752?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c4fd88358

OOP Dale Mini 112, one of  Dale's all-time cutest collections of colorwork sweaters for kids.

OOP Dale Mini 112, one of Dale’s all-time cutest collections of colorwork sweaters for kids.  Click the photo to hop over to the sale on eBay.

Of course, I’m keeping one original from any book in my archives, so that I can help customers working on those designs, and so that we can do free pattern “kits” with Dale yarn purchases (if / whenever / as long as Dale Garn, as the copyright holder, allows it.) But, these extras need good homes, and I need more shelf space for new books and new yarns. So, thanks for having a look at my sales.

Happy shopping!

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Dale Garn Kids’ Book NR 309

Dale Garn’s new Kids’ Book #309 brings us six great designs for children aged 2 to 12 years old, including the traditional and ever-popular Norwegian “Fana” design, done with a modern twist: either round or raglan yokes, NO steeks.  (Of course, if you want a cardigan,  you know what to do! ;) )

Dale of Norway / Dale Garn Kids Book NR 309

The ever-popular “Fana” design, as reworked in Dale Garn Kids Book NR 309, available at Kidsknits.com. Click the photo for details.

They’ve used Alpakka (light sport weight 100% alpaca) and Cotinga (a worsted weight 70% merino + 30% alpaca blend) for the designs in Book 309.

girls rounded yoke sweater with paper dolls

I can still remember those magical years when absolutely everything was perfect…as long as it was pink or purple!

I’ve used both of those yarns for a few projects lately and I can honestly say that you couldn’t ask for two more gorgeous yarns.  But, please remember that lovely Cotinga is “hand wash only“!  If you’re looking for more affordable &/or machine washable yarns, use Falk (their sport weight 100% superwash wool) in place of Alpakka and use Freestyle (Dale’s worsted weight 100% superwash wool) in place of Cotinga.

Click the link, below, to view their preview PDF, showing you photos of all of the designs in this sweet, new book:

Dale Garn Kids Book 309

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Bag Sale at Kidsknits.com

The Kidsknits.com Bag Sale is ON!!!

The Kidsknits.com Bag Sale is ON!!!

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Nordic Easter Egg – reminder

free knitting pattern PDF with purchase; PDF available for $5 thru Ravelry.

Just add the word “EGG” to the note section on your Kidsknits.com yarn order to get Mary Ann’s “Nordic Easter Egg” knitting pattern PDF for FREE.

A gentle reminder:  If you’d like to get my “Nordic Easter Egg” knitting pattern PDF for FREE, all you have to do is add the word “EGG” (or egg…EGGS…eGgZ…something like that) to the note section on any Kidsknits.com yarn order and I’ll email you the link, along with your order confirmation, within 24 hours (usually much sooner.)  That’s the easiest way to do it, for you and for me.  If you buy yarn from Kidsknits, want the PDF, but forget to add the note, you can still get the PDF by letting me know you want it, either by emailing me (masATkidsknitsDOTcom) or calling my toll-free line (877-631-3031).  I’m really happy to share it with any of my customers, and OF COURSE it’s fine if you forget to add the note, but please understand that, if you don’t let me know you want it, I’m not inclined to send emails out  that could be unwanted. So, please don’t hesitate to speak up, in whatever way suits you best!

And, if you’re already knee-deep in fingering weight scraps, here’s the link to the $5 PDF on Ravelry.

P.S. That grungy, old snow is quickly disappearing. I’ve even spied a few blades of grass, here and there. YIPPEE!  Spring is on its way!  Hope you have a lovely one.

Happy Easter and Happy Knitting!

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Nordic Easter Egg, a free PDF with yarn purchase

It sure has been one long, hard winter!  But, if you can believe it, we’re just two weeks away from spring.

snow on deck

This morning’s view of my deck.

While Mother Nature is apparently still enthralled with winter, someone else has been busily focusing on the colorful, lively season to come:

Free Easter Egg knitting pattern with yarn purchase

Nordic Easter Egg, a knitting pattern PDF by Mary Ann Stephens. Available for purchase on its own  through Ravelry, or for FREE with any Kidsknits.com yarn purchase. Just add “EGG” to the note section on your yarn order.

The pink version of my new “Nordic Easter Egg” knitting pattern uses two shades of Dale Baby Ull yarn: off-white and fuchsia. The purplish-blue version uses off-white Baby Ull for the background and lupine Mulberry Meadow, a new, variegated superwash merino / mulberry silk blend, for the motif.  Of course, you can use any two colors your heart desires. Each egg is about 3″ tall.

Nordic Easter Egg by Mary Ann Stephens

Off-white Dale Baby Ull + lupine Mulberry Meadow.

If you’re already set with yarn and just want the pattern, it’s available for purchase as a $5 downloadable, personal-use PDF through my Ravelry store.  But, if you’re in the market for some delightful yarn, you can get that same Nordic Easter Egg PDF for free – yep, FREE – with any Kidsknits.com yarn purchase.  Just add “EGG” to the note section on your order and, within 24 hours (usually less), I’ll add the free download link to your emailed order confirmation.  If you forget to add the note, don’t fuss – just call (US toll-free 877-631-3031).  Or write (mas”AT”kidsknits”DOT”com).  Whatever works.  Have fun.  And have a very HAPPY EASTER!!

 

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