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Moving Up

February 21, 2012

I finally have an actual website so I won’t be continuing to update this wordpress hosted blog.

You can find out the latest of what I am doing as well as some other nifty things at my new website


Hats a-plenty

February 15, 2012

I have a couple of hats I forgot to introduce you to. These are easy-to-knit hats that don’t take a lot of yarn so they are perfect for quick gifts.

First, is Georgie.


This sweet little moss stitch hat is reminiscent of the one worn by Lucy in the Narnia movie. It is a close-fitting textured beret that is suitable for a variety of yarns, including variegated colors.


Suitable for the advanced beginner to intermediate knitter, the pattern is knit in the round using basic knit and purl stitches and simple decreases. Pattern comes in two sizes to fit head circumferences of 20 – 24 inches/51-61 cm, which is suitable for older children and teens through adults. Available as a download through Ravelry.






Next, Hidden Gems.

Hidden Gems

This reversible toque/beanie is a winter time essential. It looks good on guys or girls, making it a great quick-to-knit gift. Worked in DK weight, it is warm but still fast to knit.


Pattern suitable for advanced beginner to intermediate knitters. Skills needed – knitting small circumference in the round, increases and decreases and basic stitches, chart reading recommended but not required. Pattern comes in three sizes for head circumferences from 14 – 16 in/36 – 41 cm through – 21-23 in/53 – 58 cm, which is suitable for older children and teens through adults.

Hidden Gems



Now through 29 February 2012, you can use the code TH-BeMine to get 50% off the price of either hat. Or both. You can redeem the coupon here.


And those of you who took part in the treasure hunt will be receiving a code later today via email for a free copy of one of my newest patterns. Thanks to all who played.

Treasure Hunt – Clue 3

November 26, 2011

Your treasure hunt is nearing its conclusion. Unfortunately, the you may find the clues to be a little tougher. Here are this weeks clues.

Happy Hunting

Clue 3

(26 November 2011)

  1. What caused the foot injury that required the application of a Ratatouille Tattoo bandage ?
  2. What was the unfortunate consequence of my Kool-aid dyeing experience?
  3. What character trait gives a person the most points on the “Knit worthiness” scale?
When you have found all the answers click this link to enter your responses.

If you missed Clue 1 or 2, go to this post for details.

Tam with a Name

November 22, 2011

Mermaid Coin

Here is my latest adventure in stranded colorwork. This faux Fair Isle hat, that almost didn’t have a name, is created using variegated sock yarn along with a coordinating solid. This is a great pattern for that beautiful skein of hand-painted yarn that is uncooperative with most stitch patterns.

The pattern requires knowledge of knitting in the round, double decreases and basic stranded colorwork, as well as reading color charts. Colorwork is fully charted with written instructions for basic techniques.

Introductory Special – Through December 31st, buy this pattern together with Fire & Water Beret and get a $3.00 discount using coupon code TH-Stranded at checkout. Use the redemption link below for this offer.

Redemption Link

Fire & Water

November 17, 2011

I just listed my 48th design on Ravelry. Fire & Water Beret

This colorful stranded colorwork beret was inspired by the Aztec art of Mexico. Doubly warm because of the stranding, this colorful hat will cheer the coldest winter day.

Pattern is suitable for intermediate knitters. Skills required: knitting small circumference in the round, stranded colorwork, chart reading. Charts are in color. I purchased Loopy Ewe Solid Series yarn for this pattern but the contrast colors can be worked easily with scrap yarn from your stash. All together I used approximately 90 – 100 yd of the blue, and approximately 20 – 25 yd of each of the three contrast colors.



Be watching for matching pieces for this hat.

Treasure Hunt – Clue Two

November 12, 2011

Hope you had fun finding last week’s treasure hunt clues. Thanks to all of you who have participated and given me feedback on the game. If you missed last week’s clues, you can find them along with the game rules in the Saturday Surprises post.

Here are you next clues.

Clue Two
(12 November 2011)

  1. Find the Tutorials page on my website and tell me the name of my Kool-aid dyeing tutorial.
  2. Find the What’s Cooking? page and tell me the name of the friend who gave me the Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy recipe. /li>
  3. Find the Newsletter Archive page and tell me what month featured the Chickpea and Feta Salad recipe.

Bonus Points: Answer this question for an extra entry in the drawing for the yarn gift certificate.
Find the Gulf Breezes post and click on the link for the website for the yarn used for shawl sample then tell me the name of your favorite colorway of Amanda’s wonderful yarns.

When you have found all the answers, click this link to enter your answers.

Happy Hunting.

Saturday Surprises

November 5, 2011

I have had an idea for a game bouncing around in my head for a while. Something that would be fun, a bit silly and where everybody wins. It is also the time of year when I start thinking about a holiday gift for my loyal fans. So why not combine the two??

May I present my first every Holiday Treasure Hunt.

Here’s how it works:

Each Saturday for the next four weeks (throughout the month of November), I will post a list of things you need to find on my website. There will be three questions to answer each week regarding those three things that you find. At the bottom of the post will be a link to click to enter your answers for the treasure hunt for that week. The links to all for clues will stay active until mid-December so if you are doing holiday things and miss a clue, you can always fill it out later.

After the last clue is posted, those who have solved all four clues will receive a download link for a new pattern that has not yet been released. In addition, one name will be drawn at random from among those who completed the treasure hunt to win the yarn to complete the design. You will be given a gift certificate from WEBS for the yarn so you can pick your favorite colors.

Ready for your first clue?

Clue One
(5 November 2011)

1. Find the post about blocking felted hats and answer this question:
What unusual supplies were used in the blocking of the Lily Alexania hat?

2. Find the From the Heart page on my website and answer this question:
What is the name of the recipe page on my website?

3. Find the Resources page on my website and answer this question:
Which is NOT a section of my Resources page? (multiple choice)

If you think you have found all the answers, click this link to enter your answers.

Good luck and happy hunting.

Next clue will be posted on 12 November 2011.