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Submitted by Pam on Thu, 10/27/2016 - 02:37
First time ever scrappy socks made for the Instagram Monster Sock Kal in September. I was skeptical at first as my sock yarn scraps are diverse! But I gave it a try and ended up winning first place!!!
I have begun work on two Sweaters - something I thought I would never do! On the left - Wide Border Sweater from Arne and Carlos book "Norwegian Knits with a Twist" knitted in Knit Picks Gloss DK. On the right - Breathing Space Sweater designed by Veera Valimaki and available on Ravelry. A group of us who hang out at Blizzard Yarn and Fiber in Vancouver, WA are knitting this sweater as a Knitalong. I am knitting it in Madeline Tosh Merino Light in Vintage Sari and Vermillion.
Don't you love this Alan Dart Spooky Spider?? I purchased the pattern three years ago and just this fall knitted it using Mr. Dart's recommended yarn, Hayfield Bonus DK. The pattern is available on the Alan Dart website.
This spring, I received gorgeous, handmade hat and mittens from Instagram friends in Norway, Hilda Reidarsdottir and her daughter Gina. In return I made Hilda a mini Magnus Mouse and a Pony for Gina. Both patterns are by Arne and Carlos. I used scrap yarn for the mouse, and Arne and Carlos sock yarn designed for Regia in twilight for the pony.
I am crazy to do it with all the knitted gifts I have on the needles, but I joined Carina's Christmas Stitchalong Club. Participants receive by email 3 Christmas themed embroidery patterns every Monday beginning October 31. 8 Mondays - 24 patterns! Find the information needed to sign up on Carina's Craft Blog.
November 13th I will be at Blizzard Yarn and Fiber to share toys, dolls, and ornaments made using patterns by all my favorite designers: Arne and Carlos, Alan Dart, Marie Mayhew, and Planet June. If there is anyone left reading this blog in Vancouver or Portland area, drop by between 12:00 and 3:00. And bring some knitting and stay after to join the Blizzard squad for cookies, coffee, knitting and conversation.
For sure I am going to be here through the Winter Holidays with recipes, celebrations, and tutorials for a fiber nativity, punched tin Christmas Tree, and a secret surprise I know you will love.
To get started, why not knit a few Christmas Balls using the free Arne and Carlos patterns available on the Schachenmayr website. Arne and Carlos revised the basic pattern so that it knits up quite quickly and created 24 beautiful new patterns. The basic pattern is available in many different languages. The ball designs are displayed together - just click on each one to get the pattern.
What is Next at Gingerbreadsnowflakes? I am not sure. Except that I know for certain I will be here during the Winter Holidays every year, and probably for major holidays throughout the year. Diane is going to put the Christmas Banner up and we will leave it in place. Beyond that, I don't know. I keep in touch with so many of my blog friends now on Instagram. But I love it here, and miss the friends made here in this space that do not play on Instagram.
So I AM sticking around. If there are any followers still out there in the blogisphere, please say hello and if there is anything you would especially like to see here, I would love to hear.