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Holla Knits!

There's a new knitting mag in town - Holla Knits! They just released the Fall Collection today and I'm so happy to be a part of it.

Henri Knitting Pattern Ann Leachman Holla Knits Springtree Road Praline DK3

Meet Henri, by Ann Leachman, not just your favorite cat, but now also your new favorite sweater! The green one is knit in my Praline DK, in the colorway Idyl. Gorgeous, right? I love cables!

If you love them too, you can order a sweater's quantity of yarn for this pattern in my shop right now.

Henri Knitting Pattern Ann Leachman Holla Knits Springtree Road Praline DK11

Holla Knits! is also having a blog tour this month - with prizes! Here's the schedule:

Sept 10th: The Sweatshop of Love - entire collection & New Girl pattern giveaway
Sept 11th: I Knit 2 Purl 2 - Devon Cardigan pattern giveaway, and subscriber exclusive yarn giveaway
Sept 12th: Wooly Wonka Fiber - Devon Cardigan pattern giveaway, free shipping when you order a sweaters worth of yarn
Sept 13th: Stash, the Knit Picks Blog
Sept 14th: Knits in Class - Bombshell Shorts pattern giveaway, subscriber exclusive discount and yarn giveaway
Sept 17th: The Owl and the Bee - Sexxxy Librarian pattern giveaway, and subscriber exclusive yarn giveaway
Sept 18th: Periwinkle Sheep - New Girl pattern giveaway, subscriber exclusive yarn giveaway
Sept 19th: Knitting Vortex - Jilted pattern giveaway, subscriber exclusive yarn giveaway
Sept 20th: Roman Hills - Jilted pattern giveaway, subscriber exclusive discount
Sept 21st: Under the Red Umbrella - Bombshell Shorts pattern giveaway
Sept 24th: Springtree Road - Henri pattern giveaway, 2 skeins Praline DK giveaway
Sept 25th: Magical Grammar - Henri pattern giveaway, subscriber exclusive yarn giveaway
Sept 26th: Dirty Water Dyeworks - Sexxxy Librarian pattern giveaway, free shipping on all orders with coupon code ‘Holla Knits’

My blog post will be on September 24th and I'll be giving away the pattern my yarn is knitted with, plus 2 skeins of Idyl on Praline DK. So please come back then for a chance to win. In the meantime, check out the entire collection on the Holla Knits! blog (plus videos for each pattern!) and let me know what you think!


Lingonberry Gloves (+ shop update)

Check these out - aren't they adorable?!

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I'm in love with fingerless mitts. I like to wear them when it's chilly - inside to type on the computer and outside to take photographs. 

These are the Lingonberry Gloves, designed by Anne K. Riley. Anne, a Georgia girl like me, used my Muscadine Sock yarn in the Lingonberry Jam colorway, though I think any of my sock bases would work well with this pattern.

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I just love this design - simple and elegant. I've been knitting a lot of lace lately, so I think a pattern like this will be perfect for me to knit next. I am thinking of hosting an informal KAL in my Ravelry group if anyone wants to join me, but more about that later.

Anne also has some gorgeous stitch markers in her Etsy shop, if you're in the mood to look at some pretty.

(And thanks to Anne for letting me use her photos for this post!)

In shop news, my next update is tomorrow at 4pm Eastern! I'll have some soft and pretty springtime shades from the Macaron Collection in my Julep Sock.

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Plus 10 skeins (in 5 colors) of Tea Cakes Lace! Yum.

Blackcurrant Jam purple dark Tea Cakes Lace merino silk laceweight yarn shawl shawlette 001

Later in the month, I'll have a brand new sock base that I just can't wait to dye up and see what happens! And tomorrow I'll have details on my next collaboration with Alecia from madbird!


Welcoming Home Baby the Handcrafted Way

Have you seen this adorable book yet? I got my copy a week or two ago. If you're looking for something fresh and fun to knit for a friend's new babe (or your own), Tricia Drake's book is one you want on your shelf. And if you don't knit, you can peruse Tricia's Etsy shop instead.

Welcoming Home Baby

All the patterns are cute as little bunny buttons - I'm partial to the Sweet Dreams Hat, the Snuggle Me Nursing Cocoon & of course the Twisted Taffy Hat (all Ravelry links).

I provided the yarn for one version of the Twisted Taffy Hat and got a couple of sweet mentions from Tricia. My La Vie En Rose super bulky thick & thin handspun yarn is a great accent to the Blue Sky Alpacas yarn she uses in the pattern.

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While I don't have any La Vie En Rose ready to go at the moment, if you'd like to make the hat as shown in the book, please contact me at springtreeroad at gmail and I'll be happy to spin some up for you.

Working with Tricia was a wonderful experience - what a sweetie! Thanks so much Tric! You're a dear. 


Starting tomorrow, everything will change

Ok, not everything. But if you subscribe to this blog, you might want to update your readers tomorrow because...

http://springtreeroad.com will be my landing page.

http://blog.springtreeroad.com will be my blog (nothing there yet, though).

But if you subscribe to http://springtreeroad.typepad.com/ in a reader, that should still work just fine.

I haven't picked the winner of the giveaway yet, but I will try to notify her by this evening, Tuesday evening at the very latest. I have picked the winner and emailed her. If this goes well I'm sure I will do it again soon, so please check back!

Today I'm dyeing wool and V and I are collaborating on the sequel to our (very) short (4-page) book, The Cat and the Person Play Together. She draws some pictures, I draw what she tells me to draw, and I write the story from her dictation. So much fun for us both!

I hope you have a wonderful Monday as well!


Oh baby!

Look at this newborn beauty.

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Gorgeous, isn't she?

When I started making the lace baby wraps, I knew I had to ask Tafari to take pictures for me. Because he's the best photographer I know. I first saw his work on Flickr and was amazed. He's the real thing, y'all.

So thanks to Tafari for helping me out! I can't wait to see more.

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I'm sure Madison's mama is one happy lady today! The cuteness helps so much with the sleep deprivation, doesn't it?!

If you live in the Detroit/Ypsilanti, Michigan area and are in need of the best photographer around, be sure to check out Tafari Stevenson-Howard. He does all different types of photos (weddings, newborns, products, head shots, etc.) and is a pleasure to work with.


Dark Cycle Clothing

I saw this t-shirt on Etsy and thought it'd be perfect for Miss V, who is fascinated by anatomy and reads her DK First Human Body Encyclopedia like it was Goodnight Moon.

Darkcycleclothing

So I convo'd them about making it in her size and on a white t-shirt instead of red because I didn't want it to be too graphic for my 4-year-old.

V in heart shirt

It took them a couple of weeks because they had to "order a blank" (wasn't sure what that meant, but I trusted that they did!) and shrink it down to her size. I got it in a 5T so she'll be sure to be able to wear it for a long time. It was here right in time for Valentine's Day!

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I think it's adorable - especially with a cute, frilly pink skirt! Am I a dork, or what?


My minimoo cards

My minimoo cards came today! I'm so excited - they do such a good job.

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If I'm not here on this blog often over the next couple of weeks, it's because I'm there - in the land of possibility. It's an intriguing place; I've never been there in quite this same way before. But I'm marking items off my list, getting things done as quickly as I can, looking forward to opening shop soon.

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I spread these cards out on my kitchen table this afternoon and thought, that's my life over the last year and a half. Kinda cool.