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Swap Gift!

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I joined a swap exchange on Ravelry, and am eagerly awaiting my swapee to get her gift!  However, I have received my gift and I'm bowled over by my gifter's generosity!  I'm in love with every single piece!  

It all arrived similar to this (only neater) and I pulled it out of the perfectly sized priority mail box.  My first reaction was, honestly, how did she find a reusable bag that fits so perfectly??  ;o)

I'm going to start off with the extras.  The perfectly sized bag in green and smaller matching pink bag are both from Namaste, and my swapner says she loves them.  I am super excited to try them out!  In addition, there's a really sweet project bag by my favorite project bag maker (Erin.Lane).  It is a special edition bag, so I'm feeling pretty honored.  Then, there's also the really awesome knitting and crochet themed coloring book by Franklin Habit!  So cute!  And something else I can use my coloring pencils on!  Lastly, I mentioned that Japanese sweets are probably my favorite type of sweets, and so she included a bag of assorted Japanese candies!  

And now the yarn.  Oh my goodness, the yarn choices couldn't have been more spot on!  A variety of weights and indie dyers!  Starting from the top:  Miss Babs Yowza Skein in Drunken Watermelon, Lotus Yarns Nirvana Sport in Grassroots, Madelinetosh Twist Light in Beach Bonfire, and Three Irish Girls Springvale DK in Everlasting Gobstopper!  If you've read my blog for a period of time, it may have been mentioned that the pink and green color combo is my favorite.  I love it, and I am very quick to comment that it reminds me of watermelons... so these choices are fantastic!  In addition, anything rainbow-y and I am a huge fan!  I'm super drooling and trying to figure out what the first instance that I can get knitting with these guys could possibly be!  :oD  

Hipstamatic

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Here's a new pattern for you guys!  It's been knit up in Madelinetosh Home, and it's perfect for quick knitting.  :o)  I was able to knit up the slouchy hat in just a single evening hanging out with my knit night peeps, and the beanie style is even quicker!  If you're needing some last minute gifts, this free pattern would be perfect!  

More details:

The hat is super simple, so a beginner knitter would be able to work up one of these, but it also makes great tv or social knitting for those more experienced knitters.  

Materials needed:  1 skein of Madelinetosh Home, US 11 - 16" circular needle and US 11 set of DPNs, stitch marker, and tapestry needle (for weaving in ends).  

The sample hats were knit up with the colorways Fluoro Rose (slouchy style) and Fog (beanie style).  The leftovers were enough to make up a color block beanie, as well!  (However, beware, as I did use up all the yarn!)

Download your free copy of Hipstamatic here!  Please post your versions on Ravelry here!  I can't wait to see them!  :oD

Download Hipstamatic.pdf

Styling Brights

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A while back, I posted a mini-interview with StitchJones and the amazing Neon Collaboration that Cory from Indie.Knits, Ariel of Stariel Knits, and I are doing.  All three of us were kids in the 90s, when neon was seen everywhere.  Anyone who was a kid in the 90s remembers Lisa Frank and all the bright dayglo clothing, accessories, and toys.  Well, neon has come back, and I couldn't be more thrilled.  :oD  

However, how does one wear neon without going overboard?  Is there an overboard?  From what we've discussed, we definitely have different ideas about this.  Here are a few of my thoughts.

Some people would probably say this outfit has too much brightness going on.  I think that this outfit works because the intensity of the two bright items differ, and the fact that they are contrasting colors allows this to work.  I actually love this combo so much, and bought these two items for the purpose of wearing together.  ;op

In this case, I felt that these bright red pants were so "in your face," that I decided I couldn't wear another bright on top, as well.  However, a statement top in neutral colors goes well, as it gives extra visual interest to go with the brights.  Another option, if you wanted to have less attention on the pants, would be to wear an oversized black, tan, or navy sweater.

This is the first outfit I'm showing that most people would likely feel more inclined to wear, if they were a bit more timid about wearing bright colors.  The outfit screamed 90s to me when I first saw these pieces in stores this year.  I couldn't not get them for nostalgia sake, and I love it.  However, the bright is toned down a ton with the jean skirt neutral, and the sweater (which is similar in color to the brighter tank, but definitely darker hued).  

A last great option, especially if you wanted to go as bright as visually possible, is to throw it on as an accessory!  A fun accessory is small enough to not overpower anything, but definitely adds visual interest and so, so cheerful!  

BTW, that hat is going live on this blog tomorrow.  Check back in, as it will be a free pattern that knits up super quick, so if you needed a few last minute gifts, you're in luck.  I started on this final sample (this is actually my third attempt to get it just right...) on Monday, and I have three samples done, already!  This sample was done with less than one skein of Madelinetosh Home in the colorway Fluoro Rose.  Two skeins were able to make one slouchy version, one beanie style, and one color blocked beanie style hat.  

Check out what Cory has to say about wearing brights here, and Ariel's thoughts here.  

Unicorn Tail Mitts

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I'm further along with many of those projects that you saw.  The hat has one model done in worsted weight done, but I need a second prototype done in DK now.  The sweater is further along, and the mitts have one completed mitt!  After weighing and re-weighing... I am feeling pretty certain that I'll have enough of the CC to get my second mitt, but I will finish up the second mitt before confirming this.  ;o)

This mitt has been a lot more of a challenge than one might think.  I actually have tried various renditions of these mitts no less than 10 separate times.  It makes me that much happier to finally have a first draft of a pattern that I'm actually proud of.  :o)  

While I'd love to whip out the second mitt, and then put this one forward in testing, I'm really trying to get the sweater done so that I can get moving on testing for that one.  This one is likely soon after.  :o)