Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SALE!!! Get the Flossie Hat Pattern for 25% Off!

Looking for a fast and fun hat to knit for the ladies on your holiday list? Get the Flossie Hat pattern for 25% in Revelry here.

Flossie is a hat featuring a simple spiral texture from the seed stitch brim to the tip top. Inspired by the 1920s, Flossie can be worn in three different ways: Turn up the deep brim in only one spot and pin it with a beautiful vintage pin or leave the brim down and place the pin wherever you desire. For a third look, go pin free. However you wear Flossie, she is one sassy lady that will lift up your day!

Adult S/M (Adult L/XL) 
Finished Circumference (in inches): 19 (21) 
To Fit (in inches): 19-20 (21-22) 
Depth (in inches): 5.5 (6)

150 (175) yards of worsted weight yarn 
Knit Picks Swish Tonal used in red sample and Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the purple sample

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SALE!!! What a Slouch Hat pattern!!!

Each week from now (11/18/14) until Christmas, I will feature 25% off a selected pattern in Ravelry to help with your holiday crafting. The first pattern to be discounted is the What a Slouch Hat that you can get for only $1.49!!!!! The great thing about this pattern is that you can make it for guys or girls. Click over to Ravelry via this link and pick up your copy today. (No coupon code is needed, just load the pattern to your cart and the 25% off will apply during checkout. Sale runs until midnight on 11/23/14 and applies only to new purchases of the pattern.)

205 to 220 total yards of worsted weight yarn; Recommended yarn is Berroco Vintage Worsted or Knit Picks Swish Worsted

Knitted from the bottom up and in the round, this fun hat is available in Adult S/M and Adult L/XL with optional 9.5 or 10.5 inches in depth. The pattern walks you through the stripe changes and how to make a slouchier hat, if you prefer. (Hat can also be knitted out of a solid or semi-solid color without the stripes.)

Gauge is 4.5 sts and 6 rounds to an inch on a US 7 needle or size needed to get gauge. Because this hat is meant to be slouchy, it is all knit on the same size needle. The first 1.5 inches forms the rolled brim. You can wear the hat further down to cover your ears or set back on the head.

Adult S/M (Adult L/XL) 
Finished Circumference: 20 (22.5) inches 
To Fit: 20-21 (22.5-23.5) inches 
Depth is knitter’s choice of 9.5 or 10.5 inches

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Touched Heart

Monday (11/10/14) was NET awareness day--the first since my diagnosis. I thought for a long time about what to do on this day. I was tempted to let it go by without saying a word. I was tempted to shut myself off and ignore it all together. Instead, I decided to embrace the day and work toward raising awareness. So, I planned out a segment in episode 3 of the Brownie Knits podcast and printed out the Show Your Stripes paper so that I could post a photo online.

What I didn't expect was what happened around me on the day. My heart was truly touched as friends and family showed their support. It seems like such a simple thing to change your Facebook profile picture for the day, take a quick selfie, or share a status. But, although the physical action might be simple and quick, it is the meaning of the thought that is full of emotion. I was absolutely touched by the many people who made the day one of hope instead of one of dread for me. To all of you, I say thank you!!!

Two more wonderful ladies that came into my life via publishing...

Kiki was less than thrilled to pose for her photo, but she wore her button all day.

My ever so thoughtful hubby ordered pins for the dogs to wear and this crazy a$$ zebra tie that he wore on video conference calls all day. (I can only imagine what those on the calls thought!)

Riley just wanted to make sure the pom-poms weren't edible.

My cutie, Kiki.

These gorgeous flowers arrived full of color.

My sweet cousin, Angela...

my life-long friend, Monica...

my (often) co-trouble maker (shopping till we drop) SIL, Katie...

and my beautiful inside and out SIL, Meg.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Brownie Knits Episode 3: NET day and LOTS of Afghans

Episode 3 is LIVE! This is a very special episode that I am publishing on 11/10/14 in honor of NET Awareness day. I hope that you enjoy the podcast!

In this episode, I discuss NET (neuroendocrine tumor) awareness and then we get into all the yarn fun! Oh, and I also try to explain what a Hoosier is!

Finished projects:
Knit One, Crochet Too Bandana by Helene Rush and knitted in Knit One, Crochet Too Covet
Windows of Light Jar Covers by Brownie Knits (FREE in Rav and on BrownieKnits.com) in Marathon Socks North Pole yarn
Socks (generic pattern) in Opal Sweet and Spicy 2 Honey

New Toys:
Plaid project bag from FeltedFlowerShop on Etsy
Turtle Purl yarn in color Superman (available on Etsy)

New Projects:
IU knit-along season socks
Sockhead hat by Kelly McClure

Get ready for the Brownie Knits Block Blanket-Along for 2015:
200 yards of worsted weight per block
12 blocks total, measuring 12x12 inches
US 7 or 8 needle to get a 4.5 sts to an inch over St st
Check out the thread on the BrownieKnits Revelry board for more detail!

Ombre Alpaca Blanket by Joelle Hoverson; yarn from JuliesAlpacas.blogspot.com
Manos afghan
The Kitchen Sink Blanket by Brownie Knits
Groovyghan by Tracy St. John; yarn Berroco Vintage Worsted

Join the BrownieKnits Revelry board and tell us what you want from Santa this holiday season. Also, be sure to introduce yourself to register for our podcast giveaways. The lucky winner in episode 3 won a skein of Sweet Georgia sock yarn!