December: Meet the Sponsors!

Whew, December is crazy, isn’t it?! Last week I had a big push to get the holiday gift guide for knitters up, so I held off on doing the meet the sponsors post until this week.  We have some new stuff happening here, so let’s check it out!  And maybe if you have been busy shopping for others, you might deserve a little treat for yourself- check out the awesome stuff below.

Name: Zenitude Fibre Arts

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What She is All About: Lise  has amazing hand dyed roving, rulags, self striping and variegated yarns, as well as thrummed slipper and socks kits. Plus she has an alpaca farm, so there is lots of cozy alpaca fiber in the mix!

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Merino Tencel roving in a beautifully subtle grey to blue to turquoise gradient, A rich looking Charcoal and Gold thrummed mitten kit (pattern included), and some awesome and inspiring self striping sock yarn in Raye in the colourway Find Your Purpose!

Name: Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe

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What She is All About: Alicia is always concocting new and delectable fragrances for the lotion bars, and she has a brand new crop of seasonal ones! She’s also created something totally new and i shaving a contest to name the new lotion bar, you should check it out and vote for your favourite.

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right:  the Gingersnap lotion bar, because I’m convinced that if my hands already smelled like cookies, I’ll eat fewer cookies! Same goes for the Peppermint Mocha one, which is pretty much my favourite seasonal holiday beverage, and Snowflake smells like the crisp cool air in winter.

Name: Tanis Fiber Arts

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What She is All About: Tanis offers a huge range of tonal and variegated hand dyed yarns in just about every colour you can think of and every weight, has lots of great kits and fun patterns.

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right:  The unisex Bract hat has cool modern cabling; Tanis recently released a free pattern for these adorable little knitted hearts (ravelry link) which would be some perfect last minute  ornaments- and she also just launched a new palette of mini skeins (each about 35 yards) that are perfect for these hearts, or any other sort of small, quick projects you might want to knit!

Name: Barbara Prime

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What She is All About: Barbara creates some of the cutest knitted toy patterns you’ll ever see, and are exceptional value. All the patterns come with little add ons, like accessories or clothes for the knitted animals. She even has pattern sets for a wide variety of clothing for them!

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: There is still time to whip up a cuddly little toy for under the tree, like this super cute  Festive Reindeer,  or the big and cuddly Yeti and Sasquatch (the pattern for them also comes with the patterns for the backpack and little beret!),  or these tiny Wee Woodland Wuzzies (All 6 animals included in the pattern), which would be amazing tree ornaments, too.

Name: Knit Circus

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What She is All About: Dyed-to-order gradients are her specialty, there is a whole range of colours, weights, and yarn bases to choose from. If you’ve been eyeing some lovely knits featuring gradients, you should check this out.

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: the Calypso’s Dream Shawl kit (it’s like a sunset!), these gorgeous pink to grey gradients in ‘Come What May‘ (with 5 different base yarn options), and ‘Race to the Cookie Jar‘ gradient striping sock yarn.

Name: Andrea Sanchez

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What She’s All About: Andrea has incredible size ranges for all her patterns, has timeless styling that often works for either gender, and her kid sweaters are amazing (and prove the size range comment- they run from baby, toddler, and kid sizes all in the same pattern).

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Chuckery, a new winter sweater with a great geometric yoke; Sardines, a cheeky little hat (which has size ranges right up to adult), and Honeyguide, a thick and cozy scarf that is reversible and has fun pom poms at the end. because pom poms make pretty much everything fun.

Those are the December sponsors! I find it so inspiring to poke around and see all the amazing, beautiful things I find on each of their sites- they are all so talented.

Modification Monday: City Sweater

Modification Monday: City Pullover|

Original Pattern: small bygenser with raglanfelling and mitten building chart 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Marit (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Originally used elements of a charted mitten design on a plain sweater design of her own making, and then eventually created a pattern for it!  Project page for this sweater can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love it when people take a fabulous stranded design from a smaller project and blow it up bigger on a garment. This sweater is amazing- the wonderful rainbow gradient, and the stripes at the top balance it out. I love the detail of the smaller houses on the sleeve cuffs, and the pale grey and simple stockinette provides all the right balance for the details at the hem.  And the design looked so great, Marit developed a pattern inspired by her modification, as the houses were quite different than the original pattern that inspired her. I love it when a mod becomes a fantastic new design!

Modification Monday: City Pullover|

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

If you somehow missed it, check out my holiday gift guide for every knitter on your list- loads of ideas at every price point!

Pin Ups: Knit a Snowman Draft Dodger |

It might already be December, but there’s still time to knit this adorable snowman draft stopper- a free pattern, and pretty freaking cute.

Pin Ups: Leftover Turkey appetizer idea |

Already sick of turkey? You won’t be if you are snacking on these amazing turkey salad crackers. They are like an appetizer, hors d’oeuvres, and late night nosh all in one!

Pin Ups: Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies|

Although I personally might hold out for these carrot cake oatmeal cookies. There are carrots AND oats in these, so they are practically the healthiest thing imaginable, right?!

Pin Ups: Hot Chocolate recipes |

Here are 10 amazing hot chocolate recipes, which means you have no excuse to try something new with your hot chocolate- I think I’ve tried 7 of these in the past, which means I’ve got 3 new recipes that I’ve simply got to make this winter- you know, for science.  How else will I know what my favourite hot chocolate is, if I don’t try them all?  Side note- I pretty much want this image blown up as a poster and hung on my fridge.

Pin Ups: Tru Things |

I think this time of year is a little stressful for just about everyone, so perhaps this is a good reminder, on so many levels- don’t go broke competing with others on expensive gifts, don’t stress about what someone else is bringing ot the party, or wearing, or doing on their vacations. Just be you. Everything is easier when you don’t concern yourself with what everybody else is doing.

Holiday Gifts for Knitters: 2014 Edition

Happy December 1st! Looking for some gift ideas for a fellow knitter? Or maybe you want to just email a link to this page to your family and friends, and let them know what you want this year.
Here are my top 20+ picks for knitterly gifts this year, at every price point!
(a note on the items: I chose all the items on this page, some of which are from the shops of KB sponsors over there on the right, and others who have no idea they are even on this page or that I even like their stuff. Surprises abound! All items are available to purchase online,  therefore all items will have additional charge for shipping)
A special gift- you’re probably besties or related: $75-$45
A gift bundle for a fledgling designer, a heavy duty tote with a knitting line design, Some great kits- one for a knitted plaid hat and another for a gorgeous pair of mittens- that have everything needed to get started on a knit today; a fabulously sheepy sweater that Mindy Kaling wore on The Mindy Project, or a hand loom to try something new. Who wouldn’t love to unwrap gifts like these?!
 Top Right: Bookhou Bucket Tote, $60
Middle Left: Knitted Plaid Nevermind Hat Kit, $62.63
Middle Right: Black Sheep Blue Sweater, $58.7s
 Bottom Left: Maple Hand Loom Kit, $49.88
Bottom Right: Sweet Nectar Mitten Kit, $45 (5 colour options)
Hooray for gifts! $44-$25
Here are some ideas for a knitter who knows their stuff- amazing gradient handwarmer kit (yarn and pattern included) that keeps their fingers free for yet more knitting, a great project bag that keeps yarn organized while knitting 2 at a time socks/ stripes, colourwork, or just alternating skeins when using hand dyed yarn on a bigger project. What about helping a special someone have warm toes with a super cozy slipper sock kit (yarn, roving, and pattern included)? Maybe their circular needles are a crazy octopus jumble and need some organization!
Top Left: Gradient handwarmer kit, $35-$38 (depending on yarn choice)
Something for Every Knitter you know and Love: $24-$16
Knitters do so much with their hands, it’s worth taking care of them- like with some fun nail polish and amazing handmade lotion bars that keep hands soft but not greasy.  What about a great Narwhal print to adorn their walls, or some fun pattern books for adorable knitted toys, to help them de-stash?
Top Left: Ravelry-Themed Soak Nail Polish Gift set,  $16.50
Top Right: Sweet Sheep Lotion Bar Gift Set in Coffeehouse, which has Cinnamon Chai, Lemon Cake and Turkish Mocha. Custom sets available for the same price here, $21.14 per set.
Bottom Left: Narwhal Knitting print, $18.79 (2 different sizes available)
Bottom Right: Knitting Pattern Books for adorable Knitted Toys- Fuzzy Knits as a printed book is available here, and Festive Knits as a printed book is available here. Both books have patterns for 12 different super cute animals for $18.78 (they are on sale for this season only!)
Stocking Stuffers: $15 and under 
Stitch Markers 
And what knitter doesn’t need lovely new stitch markers?  Whatever the knitter’s style, there are stitch markers to suit:
Bottom Left: Coffee bean stitch markers, 10 for $7.79
Bottom Right: Strawberry waffles stitch markers, 5 for $10.96
Other Stocking Stuffer Ideas: 
Super simple project bags, flight-safe scissors that you’ll never loose and delectable lip balm- you’ve got this stocking totally sorted!!
Top Left: Ravelry project bag, $8.50
Bottom Right: Organic linen project bag, $12.73
What about a really, really big gift? 
And if you really, really, really want to treat the knitter you love most? It’s okay if that means you are treating yourself, by the way- you deserve special things! How about the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Yarn Club! It’s $230-$275 depending on what country you live in, but hey- sometimes you deserve something special.  It includes an exclusive custom colourway every other month, and an exclusive pattern designed specifically for that skein. Pretty special!
Or for a 3 month version, Knit Circus has a Firefly Themed Yarn Club for  $117-$135 (depends on where in the world you live!):
So there you go- 22 amazing options for gifts for knitters at all stages of their knitting journey. And if you find that you want a lot of the items on this list, go ahead and email the page link to someone as a big hint. ;) Which one would you most enjoy receiving?

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

Pin Ups: Banoffee Oat Dessert Recipe |

This delicious dessert is super simple, but checks all the right flavours- salted caramel sauces, bananas, honey… Banoffee Oat Dessert!  This is  a snap to put together, and tastes like a little dish of heaven. Even if you are a non-baker, this is easy to assemble.

Pin Ups: Maple Dijon Pork Chops |

Rumour has it American Thanksgiving is going on this weekend, but on the off chance that you are not indulging in turkey, perhaps these easy maple dijon pork chops might tempt you? I love pork chops- so easy, so tasty. They say grilled, but I made the same recipe in a pan on my stove and it worked out great.

Pin Ups: Gratitude scavenger hunt|

And if you are celebrating thanksgiving or not this weekend, this gratitude photo scavenger hunt  is sure to put a smile on your face no matter what.  You can do it on your own or in pairs/small groups, and take photos of things that express your gratitude. A very fun way to spend the afternoon!

Pin Ups: lay Stars DIY |

I love this pretty clay stars DIY- What a lovely way to make some decorations for the next big holiday lurking around the corner….

Pin Ups: BLack and Gold Triangles Bedroom |

This bedroom is my newest home decor obsession. I absolutely love it.