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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Annaliese Shawl - FREE Knitting Pattern

I wanted to share this shawl pattern with you.  This is knit with my wonderful Silk Camel yarn!  So soft, and the drape is amazing.

This is a crescent shaped shawl for the intermediate knitter.

The lace edging is knit first, then stitches are picked up and knit along the edge to work the main body of the shawl.

You will need just 1 hank of my Silk Camel fingering weight yarn, or you may substitute any similar weight yarn.  You will also need a US size 10.5 needle; the edging can be knit on a straight needle, but a 32" circular needle is recommended to accommodate the stitches for the body of the shawl.

The shawl measures appx. 46" x 19" after blocking.

The skills required to knit the shawl are:
Short row shaping
Pick up and knit
I-cord bind off
Knit/K2tog/K2tog tbl/K3tog
Yarn overs – single/double/beginning of row
Slip and pass stitches over

There are several ways to get the pattern:

From my Storenvy shop, add the pattern to your cart and checkout.  An email will be sent with the download link.   CLICK HERE

To download from Ravelry CLICK HERE

From Craftsy, place the pattern in your cart and checkout to download the pattern.  CLICK HERE

Sunday, June 17, 2012

S-n-P Podcast Episode 16

Hi everyone!  Thought I would do a little video to show you some of the knitting goodies I have gotten lately, and of course the magazines I have waiting to be read.  Also a couple of projects that I am working on right now, both of which I plan to do tutorials on and offer free patterns.

If you didn't know, I recently put up a few tutorials on the blog:

Pom Poms with a pom pom maker, and Pom Poms without a pom pom maker (make your own as opposed to buying one)
Making Tassels
Making Beaded Tassels

All of the magazines I show you have a link up in the Magazine Tab at the top of the blog, if you are interested in subscribing or buying single issues, both current and back issues.

Today is the last day for the Interweave Hurt Book Sale.  I got some great deals on a few books, and none of them were hurt in any way.  Not that I would mind if they were a bit hurt, it's going to happen any how :0)  If you miss the sale this time around, I am sure they will do it again next year.  It really is a chance to get amazing deals on a lot of different books - ebooks are available also!

I grabbed four hanks of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK Onsies from Jimmy Beans.  I got two each of Dusk and Rose.  I plan to use these for a top down shawl.  I love Madelinetosh yarn!  Nice and soft and very easy to work with, and it has great stitch definition.  I used Madelinetosh yarn in my Star Struck Hat pattern that was part of the tutorial on converting stitch patterns to use in the round.

And, from one of, if not THE best online yarn shop, Knitty Noddy, I got the new addi Long Tip Lace Clicks, along with some Hand Maiden Silk Maiden yarn.  A yummy blend of 50/50 silk and wool.  Very nice and soft, and the colors are beautiful.

And the projects I am working on - two wraps.  One is done in the scribble lace or scribble knitting technique, and the other is an entrelac wrap.  So, tutorials on both and free patterns.  Those will be up as soon as I finish knitting.  Close to being done on both!

I think that about covers it.  Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

S-n-P Podcast Episode 15

Hi everyone!  It's certainly been quite a while since I did a show.  Now that the weather is warmer, I can sit outside to record.

Here are the things I talk about in this episode, in no particular order

Magazines (you can find links to each of these in the Magazine tab at the top of the blog)
Filati Handknitting - Home
Filati Pocket
The Knitter
Simply Knitting - free gift - wooden purse handles
Knit Today - free gift - some really sheep shaped yarn bobbins

Hobby Lobby Visit
I recently went to Hobby Lobby for the first time.  I loved their selection of knitting books, and while I typically do not knit with acrylic yarn, they did have some nice yarn also.  There were a few I liked, but in the end only got a few skeins of Andes Alpaca by Yarn Bee, in the color Camino.  I have decided to make my first top down shawl with this yarn.  I also got two pairs of rosewood needles - one having an inlay of mother of pearl on the top.  As you all know, I love my Addi Turbo neeldes, but am quickly becoming fond of the rosewood needles!

Autumn Acorn Cowl
This is my latest pattern, which is available for purchase on Craftsy.  This is a quick knit, using Lighthouse Waves yarn featuring the Acorn Cable stitch.  Even if you have never knit cables before, this is an easy stitch.  There is also a video tutorial of the stitch incase you need help with it.  I know the weather is beginning to warm up, and probably the last thing on your mind is making something to keep you warm.  The mornings and evenings are still rather chilly, and a little warmth around your neck can help keep away the chill.  Also, a lot of offices crank up the AC in the summer, and a cowl is nice to help keep the air off your neck.  And of course, if you make it now, you can have it ready to go when autumn/winter returns.

Project Bags
I've told you before about using those nifty little plastic bags that bras and bed sheets come in to take along a small project when you go on a trip, etc.  I recently purchased some sheets which came in a nice little cloth bag.  The extra pillow cases also come in little bags, which are perfect for a small project, needles, a few notions, and a copy of your pattern.  I love these!  They are soft, pretty and just the right size for carrying along where ever you go!  I got mine at Walmart, but I am sure you can find them in any store that sells sheets.

Longer Stitch Videos
You asked, and now you will receive!  An overwhelming majority of you voted to have longer videos demonstrating cable and lace stitches.  I will still be doing the shorter, less complicated stitch videos, but now will also be including longer videos too.  You can find all of the stitch videos over on The Weekly Stitch.

That is going to wrap it up for now.  You can find me on Facebook and Twitter.  Mostly on Facebook, Twitter is just for when I put up a new video or pattern mostly.  Feel free to send any questions, comments or suggestions to sapphiresnpurls at gmail dot com.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sapphires-N-Purls Podcast Episode 14!

Well, I finally had a chance to record a new show!  It has been quite a while.  This episode was filmed outdoors, so I do apologize for the background noises.

In this episode, I show you the magazines waiting for me to read them, some new yarns I have, and the Martha Stewart Knit and Weave Loom Kit.

There are links to all of the magazines in the "magazine" tab at the top of the blog.  Here they are, in no particular order:

Sabrina Fashion Knits
Sandra Knit Trends
Simply Knitting
Knit Now
Knit Simple and Knit Simple Plus Knits
Knit 'n Style
Interweave Knits
Knit Today
Knit Scene
Knitting Today
Love of Knitting
Australian Knitting
Vogue Knitting
Jane Austen Knits

Linking this one directly:
Woman's Weekly Best of Our Knitted Toys

The Amazing Curly Scarf Pattern that I wear in this episode is a free pattern on the blog, along with a video on knitting spiral scarves.

Lily Sugar 'n Cream scented yarn.  Nice!  None of the fragrances were overwhelming or stinky to me.  The Camomile and Aloe Vera were the ones that appealed to my nose the most today.  The fragrance will of course wash out eventually, but how nice to make a few dish cloths, tie them up with a ribbon and give to a friend?  Just my opinion of course!  Although I found all of the scents to be light and fresh, someone sensitive to fragrances might feel otherwise.  I recommend giving them a sniff yourself if you see them in the store, before buying online.  Today was the first time I have seen them at Michaels; can't find it on their website though!  I've never seen them in my Joann's, but they do sell them on their website.  

You can find out more about Carol's Needleworks and the yarn I got there HERE.

And finally Martha Stewart.  I've always had a love/hate thing with her.  Simply love a lot of her ideas on decorating, cooking and everything else, but hate her attitude sometimes.  I even forgive her for her... ahem... problems in the past.  We all make mistakes, and I am sure the humiliation she suffered was enough to keep her from making the same, or similar, mistakes again.  Anywho,  I suppose the reason I got this knitting and weaving loom is because it seems to be so versatile and has so many possibilities.  I've not done any loom knitting before, but am kind of anxious to expand my knitting horizons.  Does any one own this?  Feel free to let me know what you think, and I would love to see pictures of your finished items.  I will do a more in depth review once I have had a chance to play around with this gadget!

As for  her yarn, however... I will definitely take a pass on that.  I have a brief video from when I was checking out the line at Michaels on my YouTube channel.  I really can't believe her name is on this stuff.  It really isn't all that nice, and you don't get very much yarn.  For the price, I'd expect at least twice as much as what you get.  You can get better quality yarn, and a lot more of it, from some of Lion Brands other lines, as well as other manufacturers.  The Mambo is just ridiculous. 5 - yes, FIVE measly yards, for $5-6??  Seriously?  If I am paying about $1 per yard of yarn, that stuff better be spun from gold!  It would actually make a neat rug, but you'd have to buy so much to get a decent sized rug that I would hang it on the wall as art instead of actually put it on the floor and walk on it.  I don't know what else you would do with Mambo; Lion Brand has a bracelet pattern for it.  Not my style!  The Glitter Eyelash is kind of gaudy - but then I don't much go in for that type of yarn to begin with.  Might be nice for some type of holiday decorations though.  OK, enough ranting on Martha's yarn!  You should of course decide for yourself  :0)