In time for spring, Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe is expanding. Alicia has released her first batch of soap, a dual-layer confection with a Green Tea and Lemongrass scent. Alicia is also doing some market research before possibly releasing more products, with a 25% off coupon code for all participants. Everyone who takes the short survey will also be entered to win one of 10 sample sized lotion bars, with the drawing on April 5.
You unfortunately won’t be able to time travel to next month, when Outlander returns to Starz (at least I don’t think you can…) but you can knit the Time Traveler Vest by Therese Chynoweth. It’s the first of six new Outlander-inspired pattern kits featuring Bijou Basin Ranch‘s hand-dyed Outlandish colorways. The vest is knit in Himalayan Trail, with a 15% discount for purchasing the yarn and pattern together in the kit.
Designer Lara Smoot has had some really fun Game of Thrones-inspired collaborations with Tennessee-based indie dyer Babs Ausherman, better known as Miss Babs. Lara’s latest designs are inspired by none other than Babs herself, whose “likeableness and charm come out in the beautiful yarns that she dyes,” Lara says. The three-piece set includes mitts, a cowl and boot toppers, which can all be made from just one skein of Miss Babs Yowza! The simple cable pattern on each of the pieces can work well with fun variegated colorways, such as Zombie Prom and Funny Papers or semisolids like Vlad’s Red and Blackwatch. All three patterns in the Babalicious set are available on Ravelry for the introductory price of $5.99.
If you’re going to make a cowl, mitts and boot toppers, why not make a hat? Brangien, a new pattern from KarenDawn Designs, is inspired by a character in the medieval love story Tristan and Isolde. The hat is knit in fingering weight yarn and features a cable panel on a background of textured moss stitch.
Karen, a veteran knitter, works full time on her small business Hemlock Springs Soaps, crafting goat milk soaps in fun-sounding scents like Dazzleberry and Sexy Man, as well as lotions and potions — including an Arnica Muscle Rub for your tired knitting hands — out of her farmhouse in the New Hampshire woods. The products are made in small batches with ethically-sourced ingredients.