Giveaway: Lucky Penny Baby Collection

 

Today I’m lucky enough to be giving away a copy of the Lucky Penny Baby Collection by Tanis Lavallee of Tanis Fiber Arts to one fabulous reader!

Not only do I get to show off these super cute patterns I also get to share a little Rowan love because clearly we love this wee smiler around these parts. In fact, it might have taken me a longer time than usual to write this post because I couldn’t decide what pictures of Rowan to use. hehehe

The collection includes:

The Schoolboy Vest

I love vests for the simple fact that you don’t have to squeeze chubby baby arms in and out of them. They keep the core of the body warm but still allow lots of movement and a built in air conditioner if you will for those that overheat easily. This vest offers a fun and easy fair isle motif that you be a great first project to try out fair isle.

The Frosted Alpine Hat

A nice complimentary hat for the School boy Vest. Ear flaps and a chin strap are definitely the best way to keep a hat on babies as well as give them an extra shield against the cold. These two would make a fabulous gift set.

The R&R Hoodie

Hoodie’s are just so versatile especially when they feature a zip. Great to use as a jacket on the cooler summer evenings and then carry it right on through the Fall and Winter as a sweater. I love clothing with multiple uses.

 and The Keyfit Blanket.

A perfectly fun and cheery blanket!

A great project to complete a nursery or give as a baby shower gift. I love bright fun colours and this blanket would have definitely fit the bill for T’s room when she was little. I love that it’s not gender oriented like everything seems to be these days. Tanis offers some fun palette’s that are perfect for this knit. It would also be a great way to use up stash and create your own colour scheme.

This collection was a labour of love for Tanis. Knit throughout Rowan’s first year she has truly tested and perfected every knit This is by no means a collection solely for boys. Every pattern is completely unisex and would be a great addition to any babies wardrobe.

It just so happens that I started a girly version of the Schoolboy Vest as soon as the patterns were released. *my battery charger died so you will have to suffer with an instagram shot until the new one arrives* I needed something mindless to knit on that I didn’t have to think about and this fit the bill exactly. These shades of purple have been staring at me from the two boxes of worsted scraps I have been contemplating using for a project. They definitely belong together.

There are so many possibilities with these little knits I can just imagine turning both boxes of scraps into scores of Schoolboy Vests using ALL the colours!

 Tanis also just released a free hat pattern the Trench Hat that features a great scallop chart that she used on other versions of the Schoolboy Vest and R&R hoodie.

There will be scallops in my future for sure!

*How cute is this kid???*

To be entered in the giveaway for the Lucky Penny Baby Collection please leave a comment below telling me which pattern you would knit and what colour combo’s you love. I will randomly draw a winner on April 22nd at 9am Atlantic.

Daphne and Delilah

Thank you to all that entered The Scrumptious Collection giveaway!

The random number generator chose #11 Monica of Sweet Purls.

A couple of weeks ago T found this Rebecca Danger pattern I was working on. I kind of forgot about it for some reason or another but all that was left to do was stuff the baby monster, add eyes and seam the bottom. That seemed like a pretty easy task so at T’s prompting I finished him off and it has been a monster party ever since.

She chose to have no mouth’s on Daphne and Delilah because she was going to make them talk. She also had a photo shoot already thought out for them. *Can I just say I looove that she is thinking like this already ;) *

First she held each one up, ducking out of the shot, so cute!

Then they needed to have a picture taken with their suitcase…

and of course there had to be one of the whole monster family!

I’m so glad she asked me to finish this set off because clearly they are getting much love right now and I can check another WIP off the list.

Patina Party

I have been oh so patiently waiting for January to come so Tanis could release all her 2013 club patterns into the wild.

Tanis designed this gorgeous sock pattern Patina at the start of the year and I knew right away I wanted to knit them so when it arrived in my inbox upon release I squealed with delight. *Thank you Tanis!*

Of course I couldn’t wait to cast on but I had just cast on for my Carolina socks and needed to get those ones off the needles so I could use them for my Patina’s. *Note I need to get another pair of Karbonz!*

I bound off those socks this weekend and cast on lickety split for Patina.

To say this pattern is addictive would be an understatement, I had to drag my butt to bed before I stayed up insanely late *in my books* working on them. I dug deep into my stash for this yarn. I needed something that wasn’t going to obscure the overall pattern and with the January thaw we’ve been having I thought yellow would be a perfecty warm colour.

This yarn is a Kona base that I dyed myself many years ago. I’m glad that I am finally getting the chance to use it and see what my dyeing efforts produce.

So far I’m really liking it!

Carolina Progress

Well my Rye socks came off the needles pretty quickly *pics to come shortly* and I immediately cast on for another pair of socks…..

The pattern is called Carolina by Monkey Toes. Its a free pattern and another one of those easy repeats. I’m loving it so far.

The yarn is from stash, (I am going to be seriously using up stash like crazy this year) from a company called Three Ewes Twisted in Fiber. The colourway is Wild Thing and the base is Ewe Look Great in Stripes, 75% sw merino 25% nylon. As far as I can tell the company is no longer in business, I purchased this one from a destash.

I may have an extreme case of startitis so you may see some more new projects very soon….

Happy 2014!

Happy New Year to you all.

We survived yet another dumping of snow, receiving 12 more inches and thankfully no more power outages. We are now settling into a deep freeze with temps with the wind chill at -39 C. Brrrr!!!

Pretty soon T will be walking level with the roof of her play house!

During December I worked hard to finish most of my WIPs. I succeed in finishing all but one! All I need to do is get some pictures so you can expect some FO’s coming shortly.

T had the chance to try out her new snow shoes on a family trek.

She did well and made it all the way around the loop with only a little bit of whining…

Since I was good and finished off my old projects I allowed myself to cast on a new project. While my winter boots are still in good condition on the outside, the insides are getting rather worn down and cold on the tootsies. I am going to try out some felt insoles to see if that helps but I also want some thicker socks.

I forgot just how quickly worsted socks work up!

The pattern is Rye by TinCanKnits and I’m using some Patons Classic Wool that I have had in my stash for a long time. The colourway is Bright Red.

My Rav project page

Rye is a free pattern and would be excellent for a first time sock knitter.

I cast on New Years Eve and cast off the first one New Years Day. I’m hoping to have the pair finished in the next day or two. I can just feel those toasty toes!

 Have you started a new project for a new year yet?

Sock Ninja!

I feel like a sock knitting ninja lately. I’m churning socks out one after the other and there is no stopping me!

Pattern: My own

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Aquarium

I grabbed this colourway to start a mindless pair of socks on the way to the aquarium with T and some family. The fashion show from Knit East was held at the Huntsman’s Aquarium and while Heidi and I opted to get a good meal in instead of attend the reception before the fashion show, we didn’t really get to see much of it while we were there. I knew my little marine lover would enjoy a trip back there and when Grammy suggested it we went on a little road trip.

It wasn’t until I pulled out the ball of yarn on the way that I realized the colourway was actually called Aquarium. Once again Felici’s stripes sucked me in and these worked up quite quickly. No SSS here!

I was already planning my next pair of socks before these ones were finished. It didn’t take long for me to grab the next ball and cast on right away.

 More Knit Picks Felici in Building Blocks this time, a colour that is being discontinued. The pattern is Groovy Socks by Caroline Hegwer. The pattern is free and is basically a 2 row repeat that is easily memorized but creates a beautiful pattern. I’m knitting these top down with a heel flap, a bit opposite to how the pattern is written but its working out beautifully!

Are you knitting any fun socks or patterns at the minute?

Summer Sweater KAL

 

Over at Luvinthemommyhood the Summer Sweater KAL is in full swing.

I’m a little bit behind in picking a project and starting but I finally cast on something last week.

I will be knitting Clam Digger by Melissa Schaschwary, the kids version of Cattails.

I’m using leftover white from my Cattails and extra purple from my Jill’s Dress *which is almost complete* I just can’t believe I’m knitting a size 6 for T…… how did this happen?

There is a ton of chatter going on in the Luvinthemommyhood group and lots of pattern and yarn pairing to make your queue grow once again!

Will you join us?

Celtic Cast On is now on Facebook so if you would like to get post updates and other fun updates you can find me here.

 

 

Poolside

This summer I’m spending part of everyday poolside.

Its the first year that T is in a swimming lesson that isn’t mom and tot so while she is working on her rocketships and front floats I have idle hands. It hasn’t really been great knitting weather. More like getting drenched when I wasn’t even the one in the pool but I was able to weave in ends on a test knit a few days ago.

Something small and more portable would be a perfect project and seeing all the self striping yarns going around made up my mind pretty quickly.

I let T choose a self striping sock yarn from my stash.

She chose String Theory Colourworks Continuum Self Striping in Tachyon. I have wanted to try String Theory for quite some time and was fortunate enough to find this one on destash for a great price. It comes with a co-ordinating toe/heel colour

So far its working up quite nicely!

On to the needles

There has been a lot of finishing going on around here and that has left me with absolutely nothing on the needles. I kind of had a little freak out session because I had no idea what to cast on. Things were going to be arriving in the mail that I was going to be casting on with but until then I needed something mindless and small…..

so I cast on for a dress…. that’s small right??

The pattern is Jill’s Dress from the book Modern Top Down Knitting. I love everything about this book and have many more projects planned to knit from it too.

I’ve had the yarn for this one since T was born so I think it’s high time that I turn that stash into a dress don’t you? It’s working up quite quickly in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, a DK weight yarn. I don’t want this one to drag on and would love to be wearing it right now so we’ll see how quickly I can whip this one up.

After all those cables I am enjoying the stockinette zone!

Oh and just in case you are interested, Melissa of Dandiliongirl Designs, you may remember I test knit her Downton Girl, is having a 50% off sale. Just enter the code spraytan to receive your discount.

Alicia of Two Little Plums, you may remember I test knit her Woodstove Season and Splitstone, is also having a 50% off sale. Enter the code allupinyogrill to receive her discount.

The sale is only on until Monday so it get while its hot!

Business Casual KAL -Travelling Stitch

I made great progress last week on my socks. I’m cast on one sock in each colourway and have been tandem knitting them back and forth. This method seems to be working out well for me and Iove being able to play with both colours at the same time. I managed to turn the heel of each sock this week.

 The Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label in Brick.

This colourway seems to be pooling a bit but I think the colours are close enough that they won’t be that noticeable once they are complete.

Tanis aptly named this colourway Brick. The colour is spot on!

Wandering Cat Yarns Barn Cat BFL in Parrotfish

I thought this was going to be a variegated skein but to my surprise when I started knitting I realized it was striping. I’m really enjoying this colour combo, reminds me of the beach.

Now how have your socks been coming along??

Woweee! We have two finished pairs of socks already!

Sara of LundenKnits knit her socks in a mere 3 days! Incredible.

She used Tanis Purple Label Cashmere Sock in Sliver Plume.

I love the shades of grey with subtle pops of pink in these socks.

The colourway is a special kit colourway and not available through Tanis shop.

I believe Sara has a second pair on the go already!

Monika of Smoking Hot Needles also finished her socks in 3 days.

I want these ladies sock knitting stealth for sure!

Monika knit her version with Wandering Cat Yarn’s Alley Cat BFL in the Fern Gully colourway.

Everyone else’s socks are looking good!

Here are a couple of WIP’s from this week.

Left to Right : Versions by DeadlysmurfLaina and Hotcheese

Left to Right : Versions by Fancybell, Redknitz, and Tracylw.

Make sure your projects are tagged CCObusinesscasualkal because there are ton’s more WIP shots to come next week!

I’m going to leave you with a short video of how I do the travelling stitch. I know some folks are having a bit of trouble so I’ve tried to explain how I do it.

The video was a quick job because I have a sick little girl at home so hopefully this won’t confuse you even more!

Travelling Stitch