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The winners and St-Louis

First up, here the the winners for the pattern giveaway, as chosen by random.org:

4. Jasmyn
6. Elizabeth
3. Rose
14. Hannah
9. knittingdancer

If you’re one of the lucky winners, please e-mail me at likepurlsoffastring@gmail.com before the end of the day on Friday to claim your prize! You’ll need to give me your Ravelry username so that I can “gift” you the pattern. If you don’t have a Ravelry account, e-mail me and we’ll figure something out! Congratulations… I can’t wait to see your finished hats!

If you didn’t win, don’t worry! You can still get your copy of the pattern from the Ravelry store here. (You don’t need a Ravelry account).

I just got back from my trip on Sunday. I spent 4 days in St-Louis, Missouri with my FIRST robotics team and we had so much fun!

On the knitting front, I haven’t made any progress on my socks, but after cleaning out my stash, I decided I definitely needed a stash buster project, to turn things like this…

Into things like this.

I’m making log cabin squares based on this dishcloth pattern, and eventually I’ll have enough to put together into a blanket. (On Ravelry here). I’m also working on a few new designs. One is another hat and one is something a bit different… but I’ll leave you in suspense for now!

I also tried out a carrot cupcake recipe before I left. They were delicious! I can’t seem to find the recipe that I used but I’ll share it if I do find it.

I’ve been doing a lot of baking on my own lately, but the weekend before we left, I baked these cinnamon rolls with some friends… baking is fun, but baking with your best friends is so much better!

I hope everyone had a great week! I’ll be yarn-alonging with Ginny at Small Things tomorrow.

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A new pattern (and a giveaway!)

I’m so excited to be releasing my third design! This pattern is called Bisous, and it is a lightweight hat with “x”s around the body, which converge into a star at the top. Did you know that “x”s or crosses have been used to sign letters since the medieval ages? Nowadays, the “x” represents a kiss, hence the pattern name.

The pattern is available on Ravelry here for 2.50$. But… to thank my readers, I’ll be giving away 5 (yes, five!) copies of my pattern to 5 lucky winners! You’ll receive the pattern as a gift in your Ravelry library or, if you aren’t on Ravelry, as a PDF file.

To enter, you just need to leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open to anyone, since it’s a digital file. If you want some extra entries…

1. Use the form at the bottom of this page to subscribe to my blog (either via WordPress or e-mail). Leave me a comment letting me know.

2. Add one of my designs (see them here) to your queue on Ravelry. Leave me a comment letting me know and let me know your Ravelry username.

3. Blog about this giveaway, with a link to this post. Leave a comment letting me know and leave the link to your post.

4. Tweet about this giveaway, with a link to this post. Leave a comment letting me know and leave the link to your tweet.

This last day to enter the giveaway is Monday, April 30th, and I’ll announce the winners on Tuesday, May 1st. Good luck!

Just a note: I’m on my way out of town until Sunday, so my internet connection might be a bit shaky. I’ll approve all of the comments when I get back or have decent internet, so don’t worry about your comments not appearing!

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Almost There

I haven’t made any progress on my blue Angee socks since my last post, because I’ve been wrapping up a few other things. First, I’m almost finished a project that I had set aside for awhile. You might remember it from January, when it was just missing part of a sleeve… I finally finished that sleeve and seamed everything up. I just need to buy some buttons and then it’ll be ready to wear!

If all goes according to plan, I’ll be releasing my new pattern on Saturday. I’m just knitting up another sample so that I can take lots of photos for the final version! Here’s a teaser to tide you over…

I’ll be linking up with Ginny at Small Things today.

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Sick Days…

I took a sick day yesterday, and while I’m dreading catching up on the schoolwork, it was worth it. I’m feeling much better now, and I made some progress on my socks while I was home… (On Ravelry here).

Before I got sick, I spent the day in Montreal on Wednesday with my friend H. We had so much fun… Montreal is an awesome city!

There are only a couple of weeks until I get to do some more traveling! I’ll be in St-Louis with my robotics team at the end of the month. I’m excited, it should be loads of fun!

Have a great weekend!

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The cursed socks…

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! I started mine off by making some Hot Cross Buns… how very typically Easter! The recipe is from The Pioneer Woman here. While mine weren’t quite as pretty (by the time I iced them it was laaaate…), they did taste good!

I received a lovely skein of Cascade Heritage Hand Painted as a gift in a very pretty blue. This yarn is 75% merino and so soft! (On Ravelry here)

I’ve cast on a pair of socks with it. The pattern is Angee from Cookie A’s Sock Innovation. The pattern and the yarn are lovely, but I’m beginning to think these socks are cursed… I had to cast on three times before I got past the cuff (seriously, ribbing. You would think I’d have figured that one out by now…) and then 6 rows into the set up rounds, I couldn’t figure out why my stitch count was off. Turns out I dropped a stitch and it had fallen about a dozen rows. I’ll bring it back up later tonight (and then we’ll see how far I get before something else happens!). (On Ravelry here)

I also bought a drop spindle at my LYS this weekend. It came with come fibre and I’ve been learning how to spin. My yarn isn’t anywhere near perfect yet, but it’s getting a bit more even. I can’t wait to finish it up so that I can try plying it and knitting it! (On Ravelry here)

Happy Monday!

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A long weekend

Warning: Lots of pictures in this post! (If you’re only here fore the knitting… scroll to the end.)

We have a four-day weekend because of Easter, and so far, it’s been lovely. After doing some homework this morning, we dyed Easter eggs this afternoon. I did three different colours of dye using Martha Stewart’s instructions here. I was a bit worried about them being dull because of the food colouring, but the eggs actually turned out really bright!

I just finished reading Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. It was a really quick read but it did make me laugh. I also finally got my hands on a copy of the Yarn Harlot‘s All Wound Up. I started it last night and, as usual, the Yarn Harlot is really funny.

As for knitting, I’ve finished up the sample for my latest design. It’s being tested now and I’m really excited to release it! I’m hoping to get it out on April 21st. While it’s being tested, I’m working on a scarf for my sister.

It’s from a kit my grandmother got for me when she visited Belfast Mini Mills in PEI last summer. The yarn is an angora blend and so, so soft. (On Ravelry here)

I’m planning on making cupcakes tonight… does anyone have any favourite recipes?

Have a great long weekend!

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FO: Saroyan

As I said on Saturday, my Saroyan’s all finished and blocked. You can see the project on Ravelry here.

I love the pattern and the yarn… I had so much fun with this project. More on some new patterns coming your way this week!

I’ll be Yarn-Alonging with Ginny at Small Things tomorrow!

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Blocking

I finished knitting my Saroyan today (on Ravelry here)! I’m so excited to be able to wear it soon. I finished it while watching the really exciting finals of the Greater Toronto West robotics competition.

It’s all blocked out on my bedroom floor. Since I don’t have a blocking board or t-pins, blocking is always sort of an adventure. I usually use either a mattress, or if it’s for something smaller, a towel folded in half, and sewing pins.

I’ve sprayed it with water and now I just have to wait for it to dry… patience!

FO pictures to come soon. Happy Weekend!

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May the odds…

I just got back from a robotics trip and even though I’ve had a bit of time to recover, I still feel like I could sleep for days. Really.

It hasn’t helped that over the past few days, I finally gave in and read The Hunger Games… and it was as addictive as everyone said it would be. I thought I was safe and could just read the one, but it turns out my brother bought the whole set. Needless to say, I’m reading Catching Fire now.

I’ve also been working on some ideas for a new design… just one more thing to figure out and then I can start swatching. I’m really excited about this one.

Before I do that, I promised myself I’d finish my Saroyan- I can’t wait to wear it. Only 3 more decrease sections to go!

(On Ravelry here)

I’ll be Yarn-Alonging with Ginny at Small Things tomorrow. Have a great week!

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FO: Robot Hat

I’m on the robotics team at my school, and since one of our teacher mentors also runs the knitting club, there’s a lot of knitting on our team. Each person who joins (eventually) gets a hand-knit hat made by someone for them, and some of them are really neat. I’ve made one with pigtail holes and curly-cues, and mine, which was made by Ms. B, glows in the dark!

This is the 7th hat I’ve made and this one is for M. She lost her first hat when she moved this summer, so this one is a replacement. (On Ravelry here). We’re leaving for a competition this Wednesday, so the hat is just in time!

I also made donut muffins today. They’re baked in mini muffin tins, but they taste just like spiced donuts.

They are the perfect size and were so tasty! The recipe is here.

Have a great weekend!

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