A skein of a different color

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Ha ha ha, ho ho ho and a couple of la di da's, that's how you knit the day away in the merry old land of OZ Chez Tenten!!

You hear it all the time when it comes to knitting projects, "Make sure you buy more than enough yarn!" and most of the time I am So good at that task. Just ask my husband. Yarn is everywhere. But this time around I thought with all the color blocking going on I would only need 2 skeins max of each color.

Well after I was finished with the front and one sleeve I realized I would need a 3rd skein of the neutral color. I was pretty calm, cool and collected. I figured I would just go back and snag up another skein via the site that I bought it from. Like no one else buys that yarn… Well DUH, they did not have it in stock. (que sad Price's Right music here.)

A quick email to the owner and I found out that they were getting more in stock that very day. But in the meantime because I cannot wait for the life of me, I did a quick search on the internets and found a skein at another site and promptly ordered it. 

My impatience was distracted with a fun weekend away, but when I got home I ripped open the package only to see right away that it was not a match. The dyelot was much more grey toned than the pinkish toned skeins I had. I then decided to re-order from the original vendor in the hope I would have better dyelot luck.

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Well, this skein (the top), while not as off as the first (below), is still not perfect but it have to do. As you maybe know, I am accustomed to making it work with skeins that are not matching and will try to work some magic. Am I kinda sad/po'd that I didn't order enough at first? Yes. Is it a "I wouldn't have noticed it until you pointed it out" kind of situation? I don't think so. But thankfully I just have a few more rows on the back to finish and then neckband. Maybe I can claim it was a "design feature".

Anyway, I won't let my dyelot woes interfere with my pure excitement of finishing this sweater! I can't wait to show it off. And yes, I've decided to write it up – including needing an extra skein! No one shall suffer my mistake! You're very welcome.

So what's on deck? I have more sweaters that are half done than I'd care to admit which means the next thing is going to be finishing one of those. After that maybe a cowl… 

All I know is that my needles are going to be busy right on through the new year. Click, click, click, Toto!

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Book Review & Giveaway: Great Little Gifts to Knit

One of the greatest pleasures of being a knitter is the ability to create gifts for the ones we love. Whether it's a hat or a shawl or even a small bootie, using our hands to create things always adds that extra special touch.

Jean Moss of Sweet Shawlettes does it again with her newest pattern book, Great Little Gifts to Knit. She has designed 30 wonderful patterns that are sure to please everyone on your gift list.

As we get into October I am reminded that there are only 85 days left to knit Christmas gifts and even less for those Hanukkah gifts! It's the perfect time to whip a book like this out and cast on.

The book is split into 4 sections: Baby, Hers, His and Home. OF course with a little guy now in my life I was really interested in the Baby section. My favorite of the patterns is the Whoopla bean bags! James loves to play with all things soft and what's better than these?

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It's the perfect project for trying out intarsia for the first time as the small squares are truly forgiving!

In the Hers section, you know I love me some leg warmers! And with two balls of Rowan Big Wool these are your Dec. 24th, 11:30pm, almost forgot to make my sis something (or sis in law for me) kind of project!

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In the His section I was all about the gutiar strap! I love that it doubles as a belt just incase you want to switch it up. It's a great piece for your favorite rocker. Which reminds me, I told my husband that we SO have to get James some guitar lessons once his fingers are up for it. Seven months, too soon? 

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Lastly, in the Home section I was all about the placemats! I often think about how nice it would be to have some knitted placemats and how truly easy they are to make! I'm glad she included them here. It really is the perfect thing for stash busting and everyone could use them.

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All the patterns are clearly written and easy to follow and with an appendix handy for those 'what does that SSK' mean again moments.

I am so happy to have been the final stop on the EPIC Jean Moss Great Gifts to Knit blog tour! I hope you all enjoyed visiting each blog and if you haven't here they are:

Mon 2  Sep      Wendy Knits  Wendy Johnson
Wed 4 Sep       WEBS  Kathy Elkins
Fri 6 Sep          Getting Stitched on the Farm Kristin Nicholas
Mon 9 Sep       Stolen Stitches Carol Feller
Tues 10 Sep     Knittedbliss  Julie crawford
Wed 11 Sep     Black Bunny Fibers  Carol Sulcoski
Thur 12 sep      Rhythm of the Needles  Joanne Conklin
Frid 13 Sep      Tiny Owls Knits  Stephanie Dosen
Mon 16 Sep     Just Call me Ruby  Susan Crawford
Tues 17 Sep     Zeneedle Margene Smith
Wed 18 Sep      Redshirt Knitting Erika Barcott
Thur 19 Sep     A Friend to Knit With Leslie Friend
Fri 20 Sep        Craft Sanity Jennifer Ackerman Haywood
Mon 23 Sep      Connieleneknits  Connie Lene
Tues 24 Sep     Knitsofacto  Annie Cholewa
Wed 25 Sep      Ulla Bella  Anita Tormoen
Thur 26 Sep     A Really Good Yarn  Julie Schilthuis
Fri 27 Sep        Urban Yarns  Alexa Ludeman
Sat 28 Sep        Linda Marveng  Linda Marveng
Mon 30 Sep     Yarnings  Jen
Tues 1 Oct       Tentenknits  Margaux Hufnagel (WOOT! haha)

And of course what's a Grand Finale without a giveaway! Leave me a comment about what you're looking forward to knitting as a gift this holiday season and I'll pick a winner on Thursday Oct. 3rd!

Remember you can grab a copy of Great Little Gifts to Knit for you or your favorite knitter on Amazon!

Get crakin'!

xo

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New Pattern: Hudson Cowl

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I'm happy to release my latest pattern the Hudson Cowl! I don't know about you but I am pretty much done with winter! I cannot wait to see grass again and flowers and sunshine.

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Hudson Cowl

Finished Measurements: Cowl comes in two sizes – 25"/16"length circumference for a close fitting cowl or a 52"/9.5" long cowl that can be wrapped around the next twice.
Yarn: Madeline Tosh DK (100% merino wool, 225yrds), 2 skeins needed for both sizes
Needles: US 8 (5mm) 16" or 40" circular needle

I find that the textured stitching reminds me of the 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf but is a little more challenging in that both rounds require you to either increase or decrease sts. It's a perfect cowl for an advanced beginner and even seasoned pro's as it will keep your attention throughout!

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Get yourself a nice pop of color and cast on today!

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With love from San Francisco

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I came home to a beautiful package from my San Francisco knitters the other day. I am so touched they thought of me to make Baby H such a beautiful blanket. I miss SF everday (doubly so on those crazy snowy days when I can't leave my house) and know that the time I spent there was truly magical. 

The blanket also came with an amazing smelling little bar of soap and a super cute "key" so that I can tell Baby H which one of his SF aunties made which square!

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I love the color and the beautiful crocheted edging. 

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We're still counting down the days waiting for him to arrive. It's truly a surreal time which I like to call Knocking on the door of Mommyhood. 

You can check out more pics of this gorgeous blanket on it's Ravelry page: Huffnugget Blanket.  Thank you again my wonderful friends you have truly touched my heart! I cannot wait to wrap Baby H in this blanket!! 

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What to Knit When You’re Expecting – Review & Giveaway!

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I am a bit behind on book reviews but I cannot NOT blog about this particular book before Baby H arrives!

It's Nikki Van De Car's What to knit When You're Expecting.

I got to know Nikki from my time in Hoboken, NJ while working (and playing) at Patricia's Yarns. I was so thrilled for her when she told me about her new book and I'm so happy to share it here.

The book starts out with some great tips on techniques and baby sizing sizing. I really enjoy the sizing part as I know I am trying to knit things that are seasonal and size appropriate. The book is cleverly divided into 3 sections called Trimesters.

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The First Trimester is filled with simple patterns including cute baby mittens, a beautiful honeycomb blanket and these SHORTS (so making those!), it's perfect for those first few months of getting into the pregnancy groove and if you're sick as a dog some simple stockinette is sometimes all you can concentrate with! (not to mention Pregnancy Brain!)

In the 2nd Trimester patterns get a little harder with striping and lace work. My favorites are the Tutu, Ike's Vest and the Autumn Leaves Sweater.

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Finally the 3rd Trimester section is brilliantly filled with quick knits! As you get closer to that due date you never know how much knitting you can get done. 

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The chicadee hat, time flies booties and the above Owl and Monkey pillows are my favorites here.

All in all a great pattern book that is filled with knits for not only your special one but for friends and family who are also expecting! 

I'm happy to offer a copy to one of my fabulous readers! Leave me a comment by Tuesday, Feb 26th.

Happy Knitting!

New Design: Sky Blanket

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My second knit for Baby H is this hexagon crib blanket which I call the Sky Blanket. When I was contemplating making him a blanket I knew I wanted it to be a bit out of the ordinary. After searching a few patterns on Ravelry and seeing some inspiring pins on Pinterest I fell in love with a hexagon style blanket.

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I decided to chose one color palate and have the colors "blend" from dark to light. After the initial sketch and finished blanket I really do love how it came out!

I even like the "wrong side".

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I am so happy to share the blanket love with you all

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Details:

Yarn: Plymouth Encore, 4 balls (one of each color) – I used Natural, Light Grey Blue, Nautical Blue and Navy.
Needles: US 8 (5.0mm)
Notions: Tapestry Needle
Notes: Each hexagon is knitted seperately and then seamed together. The edges are left "raw".

The pattern is sized for a crib blanket but once you get the hang of making the hexagons the size is up to you!  

Queue it up! or

 

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Knitspiration: Circles + Dots Lookbook

One of the designers I've always been a huge fan of is Olga Buraya-Kefelian. She creates such beautiful, artistic knitting pieces and I always find myself pinning or saving her work for future reference!

Well, when I heard she was doing a lookbook with a yarn favorite, Quince & Co. I had to share it!

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I truly love the design of each piece. Perfect pieces for knitters of all skill levels. Click here to see the lookbook and for ordering!

Off to add more to the Ravelry queue!!