Ah, February- the shortest month feels a bit longer this year since it’s a leap year. Doesn’t it feel a bit cool to have an extra day? I like doing something special on February 29th, just something small, but something out of the ordinary to mark an out of the ordinary day. Often I get myself a special treat.
Speaking of special treats! You have to see the wonderful goodies for this month’s sponsors. I’m having a tough time holding myself back…
Name: Knittin’ Little
What They Are All About: Andrea Sanchez is the creator of Knittin’ Little, which features adorable knits for kids and babies. The current Winter collection has 9 patterns that feature an assortment of garments and accessories, most of which are easily made for either boys or girls. If you like knitting for kids, you have to check out the site- they also have a book club that features kids books with knitting themes, and the blog often features round ups, interviews, book reviews giveaways, and DIYs.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Catoctin is a high neck sweater with a great cable and reverse stockinette yoke; written for sizes 6 months to 12 years. Clara is a beautifully feminine ruffles sweater for sizes 2-12 years. Then we have a classic and toasty warm cabled hat in sizes toddler to teen, which would be amazing in just about any colour. And how fun would a contrasting pom pom be!
Name: Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts
What They Are All About: The team at Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts hand-dye a huge array of both tonal and variegated colourways available in a wide choice of yarn bases (most from chunky to laceweight, plus a variety of fiber bases within each weight), specializing in the Meow Collection and Woof Collection, which are colourways inspired by cat and dog breeds. A portion of the sales are donated to Best Friends Animal Society to help animals in need. If you are a pet lover, I bet there is a colourway that matches your furry friend!
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: All of these colours are available in a variety of yarn weights. I love this speckled Cross Stitch Sampler colourway– it manages to combines vivid reds and blues in a really attractive skein and knits up beautifully. Rose Tribute is a sophisticated golden pink that would be so, so beautiful in a sweater or a shawl. Calico Cat is just like a pretty little calico kitty, and would be an awesome pair of socks, I think!
Name: Biscotte Yarns
What They Are All About: Biscotte Yarns specializes in self-striping yarns with lots of fun inspiration, but they have all sorts of goodies on offer- fabrics, project bags and kits, patterns, and tonal single ply yarns, as well as a mystery club! And a bonus to my fellow Canadians- Biscotte Yarns is offering 20% to help offset the exchange rate, using the code cadpal20. I know that a lot of Canadian companies have had to put their prices up because the cost of their supplies has gone up, so it’s nice to get a bit of a break.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: This one is a limited edition, so get it while you can- Pure Silk Lace beaded yarn is 90% silk, and 10% glass beads. So beautiful! Lumos (shown here in Nuit) is a subtly sparkly fingering weight in 75% superwash merino, 20% nylon, and 5% stellina. And for fans of grey and yellow as a fabulous combo, the self striping Bis Sock yarn in Yellow Brick Road is just for you!
What They are all about: Alecia and Rob Miller make fun and functional project bags, project clutches, totes, spindle bags, needle and hook rolls (even for dpns and interchangeables), and zip pouches- with a wide variety of fabrics, you’re sure to find the right size you need in a print you love. Project bags come with interior yarn guides that have a snap on them, so your yarn feeds through cleanly, but you can change out the yarn or project any time you like. And they are all sturdily built, with fleece interfacing and solid bottoms that ensure the bags stand up well on their own, once a project is inside. If you haven’t tried one of their bags, you are missing out- every detail is perfection. Want 10% off? Of course you do. They are offering 10% off everything in the shop with the code KNITTEDBLISS.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: I love the fun Japanese fabrics that are part of the new line! This gorgeous medium-sized project bag has a beautiful sushi print on one side, but is fully reversible to show a blue butterfly pattern inside. This Harajuku Garden elegant drawstring project bag has a gorgeous Japanese floral design on one side, and a pretty orange and pink diamond pattern when reversed. This large project clutch in Whiskers design totally appeals to the cat lover in me. I love the cute fabric, and gorgeous inner lining.
Name: Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe
What She is All About: Alicia makes luxurious all-natural lotion bars and lip balms using skin-loving ingredients like lanolin, cocoa butter, almond oil, and vitamin E and mango butter. If you haven’t tried a lotion bar before you are missing out! Everything is non-greasy, and the lip balms are my favourite on the planet.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Carnations are such an under-appreciate flower in floral arrangements, but remember how good they smell? clean, a little spicy, and so delicate. This Carnation Lotion Bar smells just like that. How adorable are the sheepy soaps? They come in all sorts of great scents, this one is Green Tea. I can personally attest to how fun they are! And finally, the lip balms are fantastically moisturizing , colour-free and all natural- Winter Clementine is a sweet, bright choice.
So what do you think? Any stand out favourites that you are now craving? I’m always happy to enable!