Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Brownie Knits Episode 21: Wanting to Make It All, PALKAL2015, and a New ...

Welcome to episode 21 of the BrownieKnits podcast!!! In this episode there is a lot of wanting to make everything, a coupon code, and a new giveaway announcement.
Finished Bags!!! A French one and an Italian one!
Patch by Susan Claudino (NoKnitSherlock) out of Miss Baby Yowza! Whatta Skein out of Circus Peanuts, Cascade 220 Superwash out of Straw, and Knit Picks Swish Tonal out of Canopy
  • Life of Leaves shawl by A Knitter’s Life out of Eaden Yarns Gradient Ombre Slate
* Get 25% off of the Brownie Knits Ravelry store by using the coupon code palkal25!!! Use it as much as you want until 9/1/15.
  • I went through my stash and added stuff to my Will Sell or Trade Stash in Ravelry under BrownieKnits.
  • Our new giveaway (which will be announced in mid-September 2015) is shown in this podcast. AND…join the Brownie Knits Ravelry group and answer the Fall Recipe and Projects Giveaway thread!!!
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Thanks so much for watching. Join in the chatter on the BrownieKnits Ravelry group board. I love to hear from you. Happy knitting and crocheting!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

PALKAL Code from Brownie Knits Ravelry Shop

Hi all!!! I wanted to announce that BrownieKnits is participating in the PALKAL that is hosted by ACTuallyKNITting podcast. Check out all of the guidelines and great stuff from Michelle at these links:
You can listen to her podcast via iTunes. The latest episode (#35) talks all about the PALKAL, too.
To get 25% off your ENTIRE purchase from my Brownie Knits Ravelry store, enter palkal25 at checkout. Offer is good until September 1st 2015 and you can use the discount as much as you want!!!
Happy shopping and thanks so much to Michelle for setting up a KAL that supports all the podcasters!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Brownie Knits Episode 20: Sewing, Design Process, and a Mystery Giveaway!

Welcome to episode 20 of the BrownieKnits video podcast! In this episode I show you some recent sewing projects, answer questions about sock knitting, favorite projects, and the knitting pattern design process. The episode wraps up with the announcement of the Mystery Giveaway prize winner!

Mentioned Patterns and Yarns:

Turtlepurl Striped Turtle Toes in Snow White

Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

Central Park Hoodie by Heather Lodinsky

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Join the Brownie Knits group in Ravelry and be on the lookout for giveaway threads to register for fun prizes!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Brownie Knits Episode 19: I See Stars!

Welcome to episode 19 of the Brownie Knits podcast. Grab some knitting or crochet and have a sit and knit!!!

Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along (in Ravelry and BrownieKnits.com); sample in Berroco Vintage and Dream in Color
Crazy yarn
Kool-Aid dye yarn is Knit Picks Bare Worsted
True Friend by Veera Valimaki in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Dahlia and Smokestack
Ultimate Crocheted Socks by Dorothy Hardy

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Blog Posts Are About YOU!

Are you knitting or crocheting something fun and want to be share it with other passionate fiber artists? Maybe you have ventured out into another needlecraft, like sewing or cross stitching. Or maybe you are a independent designer or indie yarn dyer. Well, I would like to make my every other Friday blog posts all about YOU!

Over the course of the last six months it has been a great joy to get to know so many talented fiber artists via the Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along and the BrownieKnits YouTube video podcast. The immense amount of talent that is out there is overwhelming and should be shared! Let's make this blog space a place to come every other Friday and be inspired by each other. If you would like to write a guest blog post, be interviewed by me, or let me use some of your project photos and information on a post, please contact me at brownieknits@yahoo.com or in Ravelry message as BrownieKnits.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Outside Office

One of the nice things about working from home is that the home "office" can be wherever! Sometimes that means working outside. Whenever the weather is nice, I spend morning and early afternoon working on the back deck. I pop on my headphones to listen to a podcast, grab my knitting needles, and enjoy the lovely green of the outdoors while designing.

It is hard to believe when we moved into our house that there was NOTHING in this back yard. We planted all of these trees, built the fence and deck together, and put in some minimal landscaping and grass. Fast forward 13 years and boom...green! 

This was supposed to be a dwarf pear tree. It was supposed to stay small. It arrived as a stick and now it is taller than our house and has not produced a single pear. Who knows what it really is, but it provides great shade and has a lovely rustle sound when it blows.

The pansies have since been replaced with summer flowers, but they were beautiful while they lasted.

This lovely engraved stone lives next to one of our trees. It was a gift from a friend and has one of Patrick's poems on it.

Those large bushes in the background are lovingly named after our friends because they were planted when I hosted a bridal shower in the back yard. So, Carol and Sam (the bushes) are getting bigger every year.

The hostas under the center tree are the newest additions. Hopefully, they take in this spot now that there is so much shade. Before this tree grew large enough, EVERYTHING we tried under there just burned up. Even the full sun, low water plants. So far, the hostas are doing great.

Kennedy loves hanging out in her yard.

A much better view than I had from my corporate job years ago!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Swap for All Seasons 2015

One of the fun things that I signed up for in 2015 is the Swap for All Seasons swap group in Ravelry. Four times a year (i.e. once a season), we put together a swap package for our assigned swap partner and exchange our packages. I was lucky enough to get assigned to Hanna, who lives in Finland. It has been great fun getting to know her and learn a bit about her culture. One of the rules for this particular swap group is that each package must include a handmade item. I love that you get to create something for each other. How fun! It has also been enjoyable to swap some indie crafters for swap items. Here are some photos and info about our spring and summer packages!

Spring swap package I sent to Hanna! I went with a golf theme because she likes to collect golf balls with logos on them. Having grown up in French Lick around the golf courses, a friend of mine helped me get a ball from the Pete Dye course that was across from my house growing up. (FYI: The Senior PGA was recently held there.) 

For the yarn component, Hanna wanted to try some of the fun US sock yarns. Well, there is nothing better than Dancing Dog Dyeworks!

This little golf-themed project bag is from Prairie Bag Works and you can find her on Etsy here.

The fun little golf ball stitch markers with a golf bag are from Jill's Handmade Stuff and you can find her on Etsy here. (I LOVE her stitch marker sets that come with holders, too. She also has jewelry in her shop.) The knitted hat is made using Anzula's For Better or Worsted (currently my favorite worsted weight yarn) and the pattern is Greystone by Melissa Thomson. It was a fantastic knit!


Here is the lovely package that I received from Hanna for my spring package. She already knows me well with all that red! The napkins are long gone as we enjoyed using them each night at dinner. The hair products and yummy candy is also all gone! Hanna made the jeweled shawl pin and even twisted the wire for the heart portion of the shawl pin. The little pen cozy is adorable, isn't it? 

The yarn is a lovely lace weight from Knitlob's Lair from Finland. Isn't it beautiful? 

And this perfect little handmade bag!

For the summer package that I sent to Hanna, I wanted something bright and cheerful! I made her this project bag with fabric that reminded me of a crocheted project she was working on. I stuffed it full of some yarn, fiber, and other goodies. I tossed in some Pop Rocks for her two boys to try out. 

The fiber is the Melted Popsicle colorway from Woolly Jen and you can find her Etsy store here. Isn't it perfect for summer? The yarn is from River's Edge Fiber Arts.

I crocheted up one of my Eva's Neckerchiefs for Hanna using some Pagewood Farm's Denali. It matches her new glasses so well and looks fantastic on her! (I just love her haircut with it, too!)

Her hubby enjoys Sudoku and is busily working the puzzles. I am a total Sudoku addict and play it on my tablet every day.

This is the awesome package that Hanna sent me for summer! The soap has such a fresh and pleasant scent and I have it in my newly organized (more on that later) kitchen. The little garter fingerless mittens were knitted by one of her friends out of a Noro yarn. Don't you just love the comfort of garter stitch? The tea...oh...the...tea! It is delicious! They are different sorts of flavors than a normal tea and my favorite is the ice cream. Yummy. She's already promised to replenish my supply in the fall package!

More yarns from Finland!!! Teetee Elegant in a lace weight...

...and Nalle Taika in a sport. Can't wait to turn this one into socks in August!

Hanna made me these crown-themed markers and they are gorgeous. One of them is living on my True Friend sweater and the other is going to become a zipper pull for a bag that I plan to sew up using my leftover fabric from the bag I made for Hanna. 

One of the fun things about this year-long swap is that you get to constantly be on the lookout for items for the next package. I have an autumn-theme already in development and can't wait to kit it together. Do you participate in knitting and crochet swaps? What is your favorite thing to send or receive?