Solar Flare Circular Shawl MKAL

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Join the Solar Flare Circular Shawl Mystery Knit-a-Long!

The MKAL runs in the Knit Eco Chic group on Ravelry from the Spring Equinox (March 20, 2015) to Earth Day (April 22, 2015). Join us and knit your own solar inspired non-pi circular shawl in organic cotton & bamboo yarn! The tech edited & test knit intermediate level pattern is fully written & charted with stitch demos too.

MKAL highlights: prizes, interviews, video demos, chatting, and of course, knitting fun!

To kick off the MKAL, the pattern is on 50% off crack of dawn special. No coupon needed!! The crack of dawn special runs through March 15, 2015. From March 16th-20th the pattern will be on a morning light special of 25% off. No coupon needed. The pattern returns to full noon-day price March 20, 2015.

Ready to board? Here’s your pre-flight check list. Be sure to order your yarn from The Unique Sheepearly so you ensure its arrival by the start date! To order, choose 300 grams under skein size, “Gradiance” as color way type, and then put in the colorway name. Or if you do not want to use Gradiance, select 300 grams as a “Regular” colorway. For color suggestions, check out the Solar Flare MKAL thread in the Knit Eco Chic Ravelry group. (Note: if you have allergies, like I do, simply request no essential oils in the dying process.)

Materials:
6 Skeins (1 gradiance set of 50 gram skeins) The Unique Sheep Green Sheep Cotton
US 3/ 3.25mm circular needles
US 3/ 3.25mm DPNs
Optional Beads – Japanese seed beads size 6/0 in three colors to match gradiance: 630 beads color 1, 450 beads color 2, 360 beads color 3

MKAL Schedule
New releases each Monday morning after March 20th kick off & 1st set of instructions released
March 16th swatching information released
March 20th skeins 1& 2 released
March 23rd skein 3 released, how-to you tube video released
March 30th skein 4 released
April 6th skein 5 released
April 13th skein 6 released
April 15th FO thread opened
April 22nd judging concluded
Note: Project due date for prizes is April 22, 2015

Physical Prizes
Physical prize will be chosen by voting of FOs. Voting consists of adding up the “likes” and “loves” on each post. “Educational,” “interesting,” “funny,” and “disagree” have no vote value. All participants who link their Solar Flare project page & post their FO in the FO thread by the close of voting will be eligible.
The FO with the most votes will win yarn from the Unique Sheep
The FO with the 2nd most votes will win a prize from Knit With Attitude
The FO with the 3rd most votes will win a prize from Laurel Hill
The FO with the 4th most votes will win a prize from Laurel Hill

Electronic Prizes
10% of participants with linked Solar Flare projects will be chosen at random to receive a Knit Eco Chic pattern of choice

Babalicious

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I’m so excited to release Babalicious! Babalicious is a three piece set that includes mitts, a cowl and boot toppers that can all be made from just one skein of Miss Babs Yowza! This fun set was inspired by Miss Babs herself; her likeableness and charm come out in the beautiful yarns that she dyes. I thought it was very fitting to name this pattern after her. The cable pattern adds a bit of texture that works well with Miss Babs colorways in both solid and variegated.
The set is specially priced at $5.99 on Ravelry.

Brangien Hat Pattern Release

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This hat features a cable panel with the rest of the hat in a textured moss stitch. The fit should be just a little loose, not truly slouchy but not tight either. The hat is knit in the round on circular needles in a fingering weight yarn (a solid or semi-solid is recommended). Pattern includes both written directions for all stitch patterns as well as charts for the cable panel.

About the Name: Brangien (whose name is spelled in many different ways) is a character in the Tristan and Isolde story, which is a rather tragic love story.

Natural and nourishing skincare – good for the body, soul & earth!

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Rich goat milk soaps feature ethically sourced ingredients that are so gentle on the skin! Add thick creams, luxuriant lotions and more and you will have skin as beautiful as your work! Developed by a veteran knitter, Karen also has an Arnica Muscle Rub that will work wonders for your cramped hands. Featuring organic arnica infused in avocado oil, the Arnica Muscle Rub helps keep inflammation at bay while providing natural moisturizing without being greasy or funky while you knit or crochet.

Handcrafted Natural and Organic Skincare and Candles

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Introducing Solstice Handcrafted! Every small batch of these amazing face and body creams are handmade and carefully formulated for aging, wrinkling skin, dry winter skin, oily summer skin… you name it. We have you covered. Ingredients are carefully selected and are only of the best organic quality.

Our products are fiber artist approved and created by Jeanine, who also runs Fleecy Feetsies, crafting needle felted stuffed animals. Products are always paraben free and non-GMO. Our natural Bayberry and Beeswax candles are made of 100% pure wax without added parrafin. They are hand-poured or dipped and beautifully packaged for you to enjoy and detoxify your home with.

Please check out our shop for healthy and luxurious products to make you look and feel your best.

Isaura, a feminine sweater design from Fiber Dreams

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The Internet is a great source of information these days… some of it conflicting. Take the name of this sweater: Isaura. Quite a few sites told me that Isaura (pronounced ee-SOW-rah) originated with the Portuguese, Spanish, or Late Roman, and indicates that one is from Isauria, a region in Asia Minor. On the other hand, an equal number of sites said that Isaura (now pronounced ee-SOR-uh) is from the Greek, and means “soft air,” or “gentle breeze.” Regardless of the actual origins of this particular word, here I prefer the Greek. This feminine cardigan is the perfect thing to pull on when the soft air of evening’s gentle breeze whispers against your skin.

Though it’s rarely the case, here the delicate lace and cable stitches are fully reversible, making the shawl collar look exactly the same on the front and back sides of the fabric, so there is no awkward wrong side to hide.

Cardigan is knit in pieces from the hem up. Lace panels are knit with each front, and are worked as an applied border from the top of the shoulder to the back of the neck, after back and front shoulders are joined. The lace pattern is mirrored (chiral) on right and left front panels, except that all lace-related decreases are k2tog for simplicity.

15% Off Yarn & Fiber at Swoonish until March 1st!

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Swoonish is offering a 15% off coupon, good for both yarn and fiber. The shop features luxury blends that are perfectly squishable, as well as great workhorse yarns that are both soft and strong for a variety of projects. To get your hands on something that’ll make you swoon, just use FB15OFF during checkout. (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

The Linne Foirthe Club – A collaboration between Edinburgh Yarn Festival and The Golden Skein

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The inspiration for ‘Linne Foirthe Club’ was geographically driven by the stunning location of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and the many journeys made to reach the festival.

We wanted to create a unique yarn club for those who were either unable to attend or looking for a special souvenir to remember their trip to this magical city. (Who doesn’t love souvenir yarn?)

During a meeting with Jo and Mica, the duo behind the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, we decided we needed to represent and celebrate the vibrant and creative side of Edinburgh. The fibre community here is incredible, with the city and surrounding areas playing host to inspirational dyers, designers and yarn shops. We also could not miss the opportunity to give a nod to the iconic vistas and landmarks that Edinburgh is famous for.

Edinburgh is renowned for its architecture; it is a city full of beautiful buildings and dramatic structures; one of the most iconic of which is the Forth Bridge. Designed by Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker, it was completed on 4th March 1890, making it 125 years old this year. The bridge connects Edinburgh with Fife. The inspiration photograph was taken from North Queensferry on the Fife side, looking back towards Edinburgh and showing the Forth Road Bridge on the left of the image. The photograph is ‘Face Over The Forth’ by Chris Combe.

Many people attending Edinburgh Yarn Festival will cross one of these two iconic bridges as they journey to and from the city. The photo not only represents the physical journey, but also the virtual journey made by those who will participate in the community of Edinburgh Yarn Festival online and through social media.

The club is on sale at www.thegoldenskein.com. Don’t worry if you’re on the other side of the planet, as TGS ships worldwide! The club will be an excellent opportunity to experience the Scottish yarn scene and a little of what Edinburgh Yarn Festival has to offer, inspired by the beautiful city itself!

Following the format of the flagship ‘Power of 3’ yarn club currently offered by The Golden Skein, the club will comprise of three 100g skeins of fingering weight yarn. Each yarn will be hand dyed by a different dyer, using the same photograph as inspiration to create the colour way. The dyers will each use a yarn base from their own range and all three bases will be different blends of fibre, allowing lots of opportunity to experiment in choosing suitable projects.

This limited edition, one-off club has a strong geographical theme, and as usual, details of the dyers are kept top secret to preserve the surprise for subscribers. The parcels will be dispatched no later than 12th March 2015, to arrive just as Edinburgh Yarn Festival opens on 14th March 2015. If you’re not able to attend the festival, but would like to sample some Scottish ambience in the form of a luxury yarn trio, delivered in beautiful packaging for your enjoyment, this club is the way to do it.

Saucy new colours for Valentine’s Day!

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I’ve had spring on the mind lately while developing new hues of Islington for the coming months, and I’ve come up with a new range of hues which I realised are perfect for Saturday’s love up … and are in the shop update this week!

There is a good mix of updated stock, new colours and other bits for fun as well, so check in at 5pm GMT this Friday Feb 13th on the new website shop to see what is available!

Also, if anyone is looking for last minute Valentine’s Day gifts, or wanting to forward some hints to a significant other, I also have gift certificates available as downloads in store!

Happy Valentines Day, everyone!