Limepop & April Fool's Sale

I loved Terri Kruse's Little Sparetime Pullover pattern so much (I made one for each of my kiddos) that when I saw she was having another knit along in March, I decided to jump in and join the fun. I had some Berroco Ultra Alpaca left from the sweater I knit for my husband, so my little guy now has one that matches his daddy.  This sweater worked up super quick, and was a great, simple pattern.  Here is Myles in his Limepop Sweater.

Limepop Sweater, in Berroco Ultra Alpaca

Myles LOVES his hand knit sweaters, so of course he is fun to knit for.  He was lucky enough to receive another hand knit from his Grammy Joan for his 4th birthday, this lovely version of my Little Treasures cardigan.

Little Treasures, in Malabrigo Worsted, Frost Gray

Sale, anyone???

It's April Fool's time, so how about a sale?  I'm not big on April Fool's Day pranks, so instead, I thought I would share a quick little sale with you, my readers.  

All patterns in my ravelry shop are 50% off from now through the end of the day, CST, on April 2, 2014.  

Enter the code "fool50" at checkout to receive the discount.  This only applies to my ravelry shop, not Etsy or Craftsy, and can only be used on individual patterns, not e-book collections.

Spring is in the air....we are expecting 60 degrees today here, but it will be back into the 30's in a day or two.  So, it's not time to put down the needles yet....who am I kidding....I really never put down the needles.  In the sticky heat of July, I'm still knitting.  

I have a fun springy pullover design, for both girls and women, in the works that should be ready for publication in about a month....here's a little peek at Portico, worked up in one of my new favorite yarns from Luna Grey Fiber Arts, Aspen Sport:


Happy Spring to you all!!!



Tupelo

One more wintry set while we are still snow-covered here in the Midwest.  Hopes of spring are growing each and everyday!

Tupelo, is a slightly slouchy set of arm warmers and a hat with fun and feminine little details.  

Tupelo Slouch and Sleeves, Adult Small, shown in Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Simple Taupe

Tupelo Slouch and Sleeves, Adult Small, shown in Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Simple Taupe

These little sleeves and hat are simple and feminine, adding that “little something” to a cool-weather outfit. 
Mock cable and eyelet ribbing, with a unique rippling cable on the hat, gives way to simple, cozy stockinette stitch. 

My inspiration for this design comes from one of my favorite treats, Tupelo honey:

For only two weeks every spring, White Tupelo Trees in the Southeastern swamps bloom and the sweet, coveted Tupelo honey is harvested. The sweet little details on this hat reflect the mellow, clean sweetness of the hoeny, while the cables imitate slow moving ripples of this liquid sunshine.

The Simple Taupe colorway was impossible to walk away from when I discovered it at my local yarn shop.  I seriously could not walk away from it.  It was so simple and beautiful in it's wonderful neutrality, I just knew it needed the perfect combo of details and simplicity to show it off.

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Both Tupelo Slouch and Tupelo Sleeves are written for 3 sizes: child, adult small and adult large.

My girlie has been LIVING in her set since I finished them last month.  It just melts my heart when she puts them on, over and over.  I love it!

Tupelo Slouch and Sleeves, child size, in Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Frost Gray

Tupelo Slouch and Sleeves, child size, in Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Frost Gray

As always, many more pics and details are up on ravelry, so be sure to check out the shop there if you want to see more!  Addiesma Designs on ravelry.

If you purchase both the hat and the sleeves, either together or on separate occasions, you will receive a discount of $1/pattern, no code needed.  This will automatically be applied upon checkout if purchasing through our website or ravelry.com.


Happy knitting to you all and stay warm....think Spring!  

This fresh, amazing yarn from Luna Grey Fiber Arts will be featured in a fun new Spring design!

This fresh, amazing yarn from Luna Grey Fiber Arts will be featured in a fun new Spring design!


Clary...(and a silly little story)

I'm very excited to share my most recently published set, Clary, with you!  

Clary is a feminine cowl and mitt set with attention to sweet little details, resulting in very wearable pieces that work up with ease, while also keeping the knitter interested.

Featuring simple lace edging, stockinette stitch, and unique ruching created with an I-cord and button embellishment.  The mitt pattern includes instructions for both full mitten and fingerless glove versions, and both patterns are written for 3 sizes, Child, Adult Small, & Adult Large.

Clary Cowl and Clary Mitts, shown in Luna Grey Fiber Arts Calypso, Cinnamon colorway

Children's size cowl and mittens, worked in Plucky Primo Worsted, "I Feel Pretty" colorway

For more information on these patterns, please see the pattern pages in my shop on Ravelry:

Clary Cowl & Clary Mitts.  And to see all the lovely yarns available from Luna Grey, be sure to visit their Etsy shop, Luna Grey Fiber Arts.  This was my first time working with the Calypso base, which is a superwash 100% Merino, and it certainly won't be my last.  And the Cinnamon colorway is definitely one of my all-time favorites! 

Fingerless version, with optional I-cord ruching at the wrist.

Fingerless version, with optional I-cord ruching at the wrist.

So, now I will share a silly little secret with you.  

Sometimes, my pattern names come from something really inspiring...a place that has significant meaning to me, a person who has been a big part of my life, artistic influences, etc.  And sometimes, they come from the strangest places, or just silly little things in my daily life, which is what happened with this pattern.  

I was discussing naming patterns with a friend, and this pattern came up in the discussion, and I confessed where the name came from.  

So, the big inspiration for this set was......dun, dun dun: face cream!  As a result of our never ending dry, cold winter, I had been in search of a remedy for dry skin on my face.  I found some Burt's Bees Night Cream, with Clary Sage. I really liked the cream, it was doing the trick, but every time I opened that lovely little jar, the scent of it just made me really happy.  I love sage, and this was just the perfect fresh, happy little scent.  

Since the cowl and mitt design already had me dreaming hopefully of Spring, I thought the name fit, despite the somewhat unconventional inspiration.  And now I chuckle a little every time I use the Burt's Bees.  

Calm Frenzy Kits

My sweet friend, Jackie, over at Luna Grey Fiber Arts is now carrying custom kits to create your own Calm Frenzy Hat!  

Calm Frenzy Hat, in Luna Grey Orion, Moss 

Calm Frenzy Hat, in Luna Grey Orion, Moss 

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Choose one of her drool-worthy colorways and order one up for yourself or someone you love for a Valentine's treat, or simply just because!  

Kits include one skein of Orion sport weight superwash Merino, custom dyed in your chosen colorway, and a PDF file copy of the Calm Frenzy pattern, designed by me.

It's a super fun knit and you won't be disappointed in your yarn, I promise!  

photos courtesy of Luna Grey & Jami Davis. www.jamidavisphotography.com

photos courtesy of Luna Grey & Jami Davis. www.jamidavisphotography.com

Antrorse

Just a quick post to share my first sweater off the needles this year, Antrorse, by Shannon Cook.  This design is also from the Journey collection, a collaboration from Shannon and Jane Richmond.  This is the second pattern from the collection that I have finished in a month!  I truly do love them all! 

Here is my short-sleeved version of Antrorse, in Malabrigo Worsted, colorway Frost Grey.

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Fabulous Coconut Wooden buttons from Supplies and Sundries on Etsy

Fabulous Coconut Wooden buttons from Supplies and Sundries on Etsy

I was thrilled to find these buttons on etsy from Supplies and Sundries.  Here is the listing for the buttons if you want to grab some for yourself, they are really lovely, and the shop provided great, quick service.  Coconut Wooden Buttons.

And just a sneak peek of a new set that is in the editing/test knitting phase.  Many more pics on my project pages on ravelry, and a call for testers in my group, On the Porch [with Addiesma].

Project page for Mitts

Project page for Cowl

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Onward

When I first saw the Journey collection this Fall, I was really struck with the beauty of the whole collection.  Published as an ebook, individual downloads, as well as a hard copy book, it is a collaboration from Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond, and it's just so fresh.  

 

I had to wait until after the holidays to dive in, but as soon as all of those gifts were off the needles, I cast on Onward to celebrate the new year!  I choose to work it up in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino, which is a single ply worsted weight yarn that is washable.  For me, this was the perfect choice for this project, since I knew it would get a lot of heavy use.  Here is my Forward Progress (more pics on my project page here).  Modeled on probably the only day above 15F we have had in the past 3 weeks!  

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Onward shawl in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino, Astrid Grey

Onward shawl in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino, Astrid Grey

I have worn this so much already, I just adore the shear size of it!  We have been having such a cold, cold winter and I feel like all I have done is hibernate in the house, but at least I have this to keep me warm!  It was a fun and interesting knit and will be cherished for years to come.   I loved it so much that I jumped right into another pattern from Shannon Cook, Antrorse.  It's moving along nice and quick and I hope to have it off the needles before the end of the weekend!  

 

Stay warm and happy knitting!

The Man Behind the Lens

I thought it was time to give a little shout out to the guy behind the camera, my husband, Andrew.  In most cases, he deserves all of the credit for the images of my knits.  And if I ever get too anxious waiting to snap a few shots and go for it myself, he usually saves me in the editing :)  


One of the goals I made for myself in 2013 was to knit a sweater for my whole family (immediate family, mind you, meaning those who live in my house!  Afterall, my Dad is 6' 4", so I will leave that one to my Mama).

The kiddos were easy, I made them a few, since they go pretty quick.  I kept putting off the one for my hubby though.  Having only ever knit him a hat or gloves, the full sized sweater was a little intimidating.  The thought that I could spend that much time on something for him to not even like it was daunting.  I finally took the plunge, and with his input, we both love how it turned out.  He's even worn it several times to work, which is the best compliment a knitter can receive, right?  To have the things we make and give be worn, that's all we really want!  

Flax by tincanknits in Berroco Ultra Alpaca

Flax by tincanknits in Berroco Ultra Alpaca

 

He chose the Flax pattern by tincanknits, from their Simple Collection, released in Fall of 2013.  It is exactly what it declares, a simple, straight forward knit.  The only modification I made was to change the garter stitch panel on the sleeves to reverse stockinette stitch, and then only work the panel on the top of the shoulders.  He wanted it to look more like a "patch" design on the shoulder instead of extending down the length of the sleeve.  

More pics and details on my project page here: One For My Honey

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So, there you have it, that's my guy, looking handsome in his hand knit sweater, on the other side of the camera for a change!   And wouldn't you know, I may just have enough yarn left to make a matching sweater for our little guy!  

The Calm After the Holidays

So very happy to finally share two new patterns with you as we are all tucked in and cozy during this super cold arctic blast.  If you are looking for something to keep your hands busy after all the holiday craziness, here are a couple ideas. 

Calm Chaos and Calm Frenzy are now available, thanks to a fabulous small army of test knitters! They all did such a fabulous job!  I'm so delighted with all of the beautiful finished objects they created in the past month!  

Thank you so very much, ladies!  You make this all worth while! 

Calm Frenzy is a richly textured slouchy hat featuring geometric stitch patterns that play together harmoniously, creating an eclectic little piece that is interesting to knit and a joy to wear, especially in the recommended yarn.  I truly loved working with the Road to China Light, from the Fibre Company.  It's so soft and lofty, and really looks stunning in all of these stitch patterns.  It's a lovely little luxury, and I will surely use it again!

Calm Frenzy Hat, in Road to China Light, Citrine colorway

Calm Frenzy Hat, in Road to China Light, Citrine colorway

Other side 

Other side 

These stitch patterns create a sense of frenzy, yet when combined, they evoke a sense of calm order. This hat, and it’s name, reflect the state of mind I often find myself, as well as my life, in. Just enough going on to keep things interesting, yet somehow, a sense of order to keep things centered.

The matching cowl, Calm Chaos, uses the same stitch patterns to create a lofty, close-fitting cowl.  

Calm Chaos Cowl, in Road to China Light, Citrine colorway

Calm Chaos Cowl, in Road to China Light, Citrine colorway

Chevron side of cowl

Chevron side of cowl

Cable side of cowl

Cable side of cowl

Not much else to say on this crazy cold day, except stay warm and find some cozy wool to snuggle!  

Signing off from chilly WI, where it is currently -21 F with the wind chill at -39!

Are You Kitten Me?

So I know I've been a little heavy on the cats lately, but I just have to share this great pattern with you!

I was thrilled when Jenn (knitwisepurlwise on ravelry) contacted me about test knitting her new hat design.  It was too cute to turn down and the perfect last minute gift to put under the tree for my kiddos.  After all, there wasn't going to be anything hand knit from me under the tree if I didn't whip these up!

Here are my Are You Kitten Me? hats!

Addison, rocking her new ears!  Project page here

Addison, rocking her new ears!  Project page here

Myles, being his usual serious self.  Project page here.

Myles, being his usual serious self.  Project page here.

Buds on Christmas morning.

Buds on Christmas morning.

I'm sure you can think of some sweet little head you could top with one of these adorable hats.  They work up so nice and fast, with no decreases, and the duplicate stitch for the ears is just the right finishing touch.  The pattern is wonderfully written, nice and simple, and even great for a beginner.  

I used Cascade 220 Superwash for the hats and some Malabrigo Worsted in Pale Khaki for the ears.  

When the kids opened these up on Christmas morning, it was a nice reminder that our new little kitten, Chico, was an early Christmas gift to the whole family this year.  He truly is a gift, keeps us all snuggling and laughing on a daily basis....he is either stealing the bed from our lab, forcing her to snuggle with him, or falling into the toilet.  He's awesome and fits right into our crazy little world.

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Hope you all had happy holidays!  Wishing all my knitting friends wonderful things in 2014!  

Stay tuned for my first patterns for the year in the next few days!  

In the meantime, stay warm, friends, it's going to be so cold I can't even wrap my brain around it here!  They are saying it will be the coldest air we have had since 1996!  Wow!  Bundle up!

 

Tis the Season.....

....for gifting!  In the spirit of giving, I'm happy to share a couple promotions I am offering in my Ravelry and Etsy shops with you! 

Gift a Pattern, Get a Pattern Promotion

See the "Promotions" thread in our Ravelry Group for all the details, but simply put, gift an Addiesma Designs  pattern to a friend on ravelry, and I will gift one of my patterns, of your choosing, to you!  Through Midnight December 12th, CST.

Front Porch Fibers Etsy Shop Promotion

Check out the recently added hand dyed yarns in our Etsy Shop for a special, one of a kind gift.  Purchase any skein of yarn from FPF Etsy shop and receive a free knitting pattern from Addiesma Designs, from now through December 12th. Be sure to mention which pattern you choose in your notes to seller when purchasing your yarn!  PDF file of pattern will be emailed to you.

Don't want to miss any special promotions or new pattern releases?  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of our home pagehttp://www.frontporchknitting.com/

Fresh off my needles.....

I recently worked up this lovely Baby Cocktails design in the gorgeous Plucky Primo Worsted.  Here is my version of Black Tea, by Thea Coleman, in the Plucky Classics colorway, "Completely Bonkers."  It was so much fun I have already started a classic navy version in Malabrigo Rios for my daughter's teacher for Christmas.  

I just love these cables, they are so much fun!  

As Always, more pics on my project page, here.  Pics were taken while we were in Northern WI for Thanksgiving, in front of the little cabin my Dad built in the woods near their home.  It's the cutest little cabin with a wood burning stove.  The kids love it and pretend they are at the "Little House in the Big Woods," like Mary and Laura Ingalls. Subtract the Apricot Brandy my Dad and his buddy sip on when they spend time there, it's probably pretty close!