Sixth&Spring Review and Giveaway : 60 Quick Knitted Toys and Knit Noro Accessories 2

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This giveaway is now closed and the winner is Nicky!

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Two new knitting books have hit the market recently and you're going to want both in your personal library! Both are from the publisher Sixth & Spring and both feature two great yarn brands--Cascade and Noro! 

The first is 60 Quick Knitted Toys. All the patterns feature yarn from the Cascade 220 Superwash Collection. Obviously superwash and kids toys make a practical pairing. Cascade 220 is a standard line of yarns---you really can't go wrong when choosing it for a knitting project. It's widely available and had a broad range of colors available. The book itself boasts a broad range of patterns. There is definitely a little something for everyone, from modern robots to classic teddy bears. Most knitting books rate their patterns on a difficulty scale and, as far as I could see, there isn't a single "beginner" pattern. But that is to be expected. Toys often require seaming, stitching and other techniques beyond a simple worked-flat rectangular scarf or in-the-round cowl. So this might not be a book for newbie knitters. However, the pattern I opted to do first is simple enough for newbie knitters to challenge themselves with. It's the Naptime Elf and my progress can be seen in one of the photos above. I used some Cascade 220 I had in my personal stash. I had dyed the one with dandelions and the other with avocado pits and skins. 

The second book is Knit Noro Accessories 2 and features that gorgeous Noro yarn. Odds are, just like with Cascade  220, you've probably heard of Noro yarn, seen it in yarn shops. They are known for their fun play with color and textures. Most of the patterns in the book do a top notch job of showcasing all that makes Noro Noro. The patterns themselves have lovely construction, shapes, and textural stitch designs that would be great with many other yarns, not just Noro. I pulled two skeins of alpaca/wool blend yarns (dyed with logwood and hollyhocks/blueberries) from my stash and plan to make the Lace Beanie. And unlike many books that only offer accessories for women, this book has a few for men. Another perk about this book is that it is hardcover. Paperback is cheaper to produce but the fact that it sits flat when open is so nice when you're following the pattern. (Heads up publishers--splurge on hardcover or, better yet, spiral bindings for us!)

Not only did Sixth&Spring send me a copy of each of these books, they are offering one lucky BV reader a copy of each as well. To enter, simply visit the library on Ravelry for 60 Quick Knitted Toys and Knit Noro Accessories 2 and tell me in the comments below what your favorite pattern is! This giveaway is limited to the US and Canada. Winner will be drawn randomly at 6PM US Eastern on April xx.

KnitCrate Video Review + Giveaway

I recently teamed up with KnitCrate. They are a yarn subscription club that offers premium yarn, patterns, discounts and other goodies delivered to your door every month. In addition to the original KnitCrate box, they also offer a sock option, a Mini skein option and a Knitologie exclusive box. They also have a Newbie Class subscription, which gives you access to instructional videos---great for new knitters or those of us who could us a refresher on techniques from time to time.

I share the contents of February's original box and sock box in the video above. As well as run a giveaway! So be sure to check it out!

I'm also what they call an "Ambassador." Basically, it's akin to an affiliate/referral program which means if you end up purchasing after clicking through my link, I'll receive credit. So if you decide to go ahead and try out KnitCrate yourself, be sure to use my link here as well as the coupon code BUCK20 for 20% off your first order!

Happy Knitting!

PODCAST : Episode 4



In this episode I talk about my sock knits (finished and in progress), some sewing (more sachets, a new dress and skirt), some new yarn purchases but most excitedly SPINNING!

Wise Hilda Basic Ribbed Socks

Warm and Cozy Socks in Encore Plymouth Worsted Colorspun (bought at The Knitter's Edge in Bethlehem, PA)

Basic socks in Sheepyshire Staple Sock yarn

Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock yarn (bought at Gosh Yarn It in Kingston, PA)

Alpaca yarn from Strawberry Hill Alpaca Farm (bought at Conversational Threads in Emmaus, PA)

Buckaloo Sunrise Shawl pattern from Webster Street Knittery coming soon. (Follow Jen here.)

KNIT : Atkins

Introducing the Atkins! 

The Atkins is a simple textured cowl featuring a series of slipped stitches that create a lovely zig-zag texture. It’s worked flat with super bulky yarn so it knits up quickly and is sure to keep the wearer warm. Two buttons allow for a lot of customization with styling. (Pattern also includes directions for a five button option, making the cowl fully closable.) 
The yarn I used was hand dyed and purchased locally from a woman named Hope. The midnight blues and purples reminded me of the album covers of one of my favorite artists, Nicole Atkins.

Download here and cast on!

KNIT : Merrow Set

Introducing the Merrow Set. I was asked to design a pattern for the September Yarn Crush box. The Stitch Please yarn reminded me of mermaids and the ocean. Both the fingerless mitts and hat feature an allover scale-inspired texture and the rolled hems mimic waves. Both can also be made with just one skein of fingering weight yarn.