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& the winners are...

The winner of the Henri pattern is Laura, who said:

Gorgeous! I would love to win :) .

The winner of the yarn is Kelly, who said:

I really like this pattern and it was nice to see a smaller version in the video although I do love your colourway in the larger version!!

Congrats, you two! And thanks to everyone who entered.

I like things 001

News flash: I just updated the shop with 10 colorways, so check it out!

There are some things I'm loving right now, so I thought I'd share.

Blissful Baby Balm from Wooly Moss Roots on Etsy. You can use it for diaper rash but I haven't had to do that. I have had to use it on little dry patches on Holden's arms and legs. A little baby eczema, I guess. Clears it right up!

I cast on for Tin Can Knits' Antler Hat this last weekend. I'm using a skein of my Philomath Worsted and I'm loving it. I've been working with sock yarn for a while, so the quickness of the worsted is fantastic fun. I've got my eye on a few more of their patterns too, especially Gramps!

Katharine Watson. Oh wow! She's good! She makes her own linoleum blocks and then prints cards and things from them. I love her bold, India-inspired designs. I really, really want her letterpress calendar for 2013. When I found her, I started at the beginning and read her entire blog over about a week. I love that she shares bits of her inspirations and process.

It looks like the Tooth Fairy will be able to visit our house any day now, so I got this wonderful, custom made cat tooth pillow for V from Hannalah Designs on Etsy. Kristy made it to look like our Russian Blue cat, Zasha, including a mixture of white and black whiskers just like our kitty! Kristy was super quick and really wonderful to work with as well.

Cat tooth pillow Cat tooth pillow back

And naptime! Can't buy that one on Etsy! Holden is the same as V - he'll only take really short naps unless I'm right there with him. Kind of works for me. Even though I'm sure I should be cooking or cleaning or dyeing; I get to have a little bit of quiet to think, bookended with baby snuggles. What could be better than that?

And you? What are you loving?

Holla Knits! y'all! ~ a pattern & yarn giveaway!

Welcome to the Springtree Road portion of the Holla Knits! blog tour!

Have you checked out the Fall/Winter 2012 collection from Holla Knits! yet? So many fun patterns here. Like Jilted. Love this one.

Jilted Knitting Pattern Jennifer Dassau Holla Knits Roman Hills Gissing8

And Sexxxy Librarian. I am all about the cables.

Sexxxy Librarian Knitting Pattern Lilith Ubbelohde Dirty Water Dyeworks Edna5

And then there's Henri, which was knit with my Praline DK. I'll let Allyson from Holla Knits! tell you more about it.

Henri by Ann Leachman from Patrick Tracy on Vimeo.

I love that each pattern page has its own video and that Allyson gives you different ideas on how you can knit it up to make it uniquely yours. What a great idea!

Through the end of September, I have a special dye-to-order listing in my shop so you can order your own sweater set of Praline DK like the indie sample was knit with.

But you can also win 2 skeins of Praline DK in the colorway Idyl, the same gorgeous green that Henri was knit with. A second winner will win the Henri pattern.

Henri Knitting Pattern Ann Leachman Holla Knits Springtree Road Praline DK11

To win, just leave a comment on this blog post by Thursday, September 27th, and I will pick a winner at random on Friday, the 28th. International entries are welcome.

Good luck!

The rest of the blog tour is as follows:

Sept 10th: The Sweatshop of Love
Sept 11th: I Knit 2 Purl 2
Sept 12th: Wooly Wonka Fiber
Sept 13th: Stash, the Knit Picks Blog
Sept 14th: Knits in Class
Sept 17th: The Owl and the Bee
Sept 18th: Periwinkle Sheep
Sept 19th: Knitting Vortex
Sept 20th: Roman Hills
Sept 21st: Under the Red Umbrella
Sept 24th: Springtree Road
Sept 25th: Magical Grammar
Sept 26th: Dirty Water Dyeworks

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!