Holla Knits Design Competition Finalist

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Today I get to announce that I am one of the 8 finalists for the Holla Knits Mini Collection competition!  This was such a fun challenge – coming up with three different designs, all following a certain theme of your choice.

There are some pretty neat collections up, and it’s great to see just how different each knitter approaches the design process.  Hopefully one of the collections will inspire you!

Voting opens this morning, and will be up for voting until August 13th!  (Vote as many times as you like, but no more than once per day).

At the end of Round 1, 4 lucky designers will be allowed to move on to Round 2!

With any luck, you’ll like my collection :)

Please vote!

Deadlines Done & On to the Next

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I’ve finally met both the deadline for my two submission projects this month.  I cannot believe that I managed to finish an entire sweater in just two weeks!  I promised myself that I would take a little knitting break before starting my next commissioned project due on the 15th, but there’s nothing worse than being an idle knitter. I lasted all of two hours before casting on one of my project ideas.

I’m still thinking about the construction, but I can tell you that it will be a swing top, likely with some fitted short sleeves.  And there’s a bit of lace involved (of course).  The yarn I chose is Knit One, Crochet Too’s Cozette 2 in Seaglass.

Keep a look out for a VERY exciting post on Monday!

Sweet Summer Holla Knits KAL!

Last week while I was out of town, Holla Knits announced the start of a knit-a-long that would include the warm weather accessories issue, with two added guests:  Beach House by Teresa Gregorio, and my very own Backbone!

I will be participating in this knit-along with a second Backbone.  My yarn choice still needs to be decided, but I have some other DK weight yarns in cotton & linen blends that I may consider.

One of my top contenders may be some Knit Picks Cotlin – and I’m currently looking at Pomegranate as one of my color options, what do you think?

Perks of the KAL –
– Through the end of the week, you will receive $1 off all pattern purchases, so snatch up as many as you’d like!
– All participants will be entered to win an amazing Grand Prize (to learn more, go here)
– All participants will be able to choose another pattern of their choice from the designer that they chose for the KAL (or another Holla Knits Pattern)

The KAL officially starts August 10th, so get ready!

Knitting in the Wild

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I’ve recently returned from a week’s vacation in a relatively quiet little town in Zhihuatanejo in Mexico.  A week spent laying on the sand and swimming in perfectly warm water was just what I needed to refresh my mind and my body.  Jason and I were there with his parents and sister to celebrate his mom’s birthday.  And…I finally stood up on a surfboard and caught 3 very awesome-to-me waves!

While there, I made significant progress on my design for Holla Knits Winter issue, with only a sleeve to go.  Then, I have to knit as fast as I can and finish my design for Sweet Georgia Yarns – I think I’ll be meeting these deadlines by the skin on my teeth!

And then after that, I have a submission due to Knit Picks on the 15th.  Sigh.

After that I am knitting something just for me.  No deadlines, no pressure, just something for the joy of knitting for knitting’s sake.

I’ll be posting this week about a new KAL with Holla Knits from the Warm Weather accessories issue, which will also be including my Backbone vest and Teresa’s Beach House crop top!