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New Pattern: Winter Forest pullover Holla Knits Winter 2016

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{Winter Forest}   Holla Knits Winter 2016

{Winter Forest} Holla Knits Winter 2016

After a long hiatus, I return to you with a new pattern released in the Winter 2016 issue of Holla Knits: Winter Forest.

This is my second pattern published through Holla Knits. The magazine has been around for 5 years now! They usually publish very fun, bold, exciting pieces and I am always so honored to be able to work with the editor, Allyson, and be featured along with other talented designers.

Pattern: Winter Forest
Pattern Store: Holla Knits Winter 2016
Yarn: Sweet Georgia Yarns Trinity Worsted in "Willow"
 

The pullover features "high low" hemline, and I purposefully left the side seam open. I love how it shows off playfulness and casual mood of the design. The cable pattern is simple and easy to memorize, which in my book, is the only way to cable. The sleeves are extra long, just the way I like it.

Everything about this sweater is very me, it captures just what I like in all my favorite sweaters.

Felicia at Sweet Georgia Yarns graciously provided yarn support for this design and Trinity Worsted is the perfect yarn for this sweater. It drapes, but it's strong and the stitch definition is phenomenal. The silk content definitely makes it feel so luxurious. 

The pattern is now available at Holla Knits, as well as Ravelry. I am hoping to put the patterns on Craftsy and LoveKnitting this weekend. 

 

In My Shopping Cart: Black Friday deals from Yarny Vendors

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The Woolery

I bought my first spinning wheel from The Woolery, so obviously I love them and I always try to see what they have in stock. They're having Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on gift certificates and first 100 visitors on Friday are getting a fiber wash!

Craftsy

Craftsy is a great online tool to learn a new craft or pick up new tricks and skills. Once you purchase a class, you can repeat taking the class forever, and they have really famous designers and teachers that you probably have heard of already. They're having sales on classes and craft supplies this Friday!

Knit Picks

Knit Picks is always a great place to stock up on your stash during the holiday season because they always have good sales on books and yarns as well as knitting tools. 

An exciting news is that for just this season, they're bringing back Felici self-striping sock yarn! 

Handsome Fibers

One of my favorite online knitting shops is having a Thanksgiving sale! They haven't revealed the details yet so sign up for their newsletter

Jimmy Beans Wool

Another great online LYS :) JBW has put together 2014 Thanksgiving Feast Gift Box

MarlyBird List

A lot of independent designers and Etsy shop owners are doing Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales, and MarlyBird has put together a guide! Some of my favorite designers are having sales so be sure to check it out. The list is being updated on an ongoing basis until Friday. 

Interweave Sale (My patterns too!)

Everything in the Interweave Store is on 50% sale now! This means my Lost Garden Tee, Beverly Tee, and Austin Tee are all on sale!

Patchwork Santa Ana: November 30, in Downtown Santa Ana. 2nd Street x Sycamore.

This is a popular craft fair, I think just in California. They do shows in Oakland, Long Beach, and Santa Ana twice a year. I don't usually buy a lot from the show but it's a great place to be inspired and get some small gifts for Christmas. :)

Back from TNNA

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I think I can still say that I'm "back from" TNNA although it was just 30 minutes away from my home in Irvine. Nevertheless, I'm back from TNNA and I had so much fun, I don't even know where to begin.

I was only at the show on Saturday and Sunday, and just few hours at a time. The fact that I brought my camera AND my smartphone and still didn't get any pictures of TNNA just shows how overwhelmed and excited I was the entire time.

I met with Anne (aka CraftyDiversions) outside and she showed me around briefly. I hung out with her and her friends, met Pam (aka PamPowers).. And then started walking around the floor.. Met and spoke with Erika Knight, saw Norah Gaughan, met with local AND domestic/international dyers and yarn manufacturers, retailers.. My brain was about to explode with excitement when I saw gorgeous silk rovings and yarn at Vijay Fibers' booth. I was super excited about meeting and dining with Bonne Marie Burns from Chic Knits.  I made her Basic Pulli before and my version is actually shown on her pattern page!

On Sunday, I finally met Felicia Lo from SweetGeorgia--I took her Craftsy.com class and fell in love with spinning. She didn't have any rovings at the booth but I did see her new colors...

Another bonus was that spinning wheel companies were there too--Louet, Ashford, and Schacht. And I'm so glad I got to see the wheels in person because I've been getting enticed with this idea that I wanted a smaller wheel for traveling so I was considering Louet Victoria and Ashford Joy and Schacht Sidekick. They looked SUPER tiny! Especially Victoria. Now that I have a better idea of what they look like in person, I might wait a bit more and actually try some of the wheels before making the decision. Perhaps I should call up that spinning/weaving shop and see if I could rent these for a month or so.  In the meantime, I started a savings account towards a Matchless. =P

Now that I'm back to work and to the normal routine again, I am super inspired. I might need to put out another call for test/sample knitters soon...