Giving Thanks

  1. Spending time with family and friends
  2. Wonderful kids--human and canine
  3. The ability to have a job doing something I love

These are just a few of the things I am thankful for.  In the spirit of "paying it forward", I would like to share with you a very small token of my appreciation for No. 3.

Handmade gifts, ornaments that are soft and fluffy like snowballs...
This one uses only 40 yards of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.  You start with a clear plastic ornament.  I got this one at my local Michaels on sale for .99.

Then you knit a lace sleeve in the round on double-pointed needles.  After you start the decreases, you place the ornament inside the sleeve and continue to knit around it.

When you get down to 12 stitches, you put your working yarn onto a tapestry needle and run it through the remaining stitches, pulling them tight to close up the end.

To make the mini pom-pom, I used the fork method...

A couple of silk hydrangea blooms under the pom-pom add the finishing touch. 

Snowball Ornament pattern is my gift to you--I hope your holidays are filled with joy and handmade wonder.

Patchwork Show Santa Ana

For all of you local to Orange County, I will be at the Patchwork Show Santa Ana on Sunday, November 30, from 11 am to 5 pm.  My booth number is 94, located on 3rd Street between Main and Sycamore.  I will have patterns, knitting kits and finished scarves and socks (not handmade).  This is a really fun event--please stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area.

Heliconian and Small Business Saturday

When I first started knitting, I was a little perplexed by how to wear a triangular lace shawl and not look like you just walked off of the pages of Little House on the Prairie

Here are my renditions on wearing Heliconian in an updated vintage style.  The above photo is shown with Ruffled Asheville Bootliners.

In honor of  Small Business Saturday, I will be having a one day pattern sale on the PPK website only.  All patterns will be 33% off, no limit.  Enter coupon code SUPERSATURDAY upon checkout .  Good until 11:59 pm Saturday, November 29, 2014, not valid on previous purchases or purchases from other websites.

For all of you American knitters, hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Savannah Boot Liners

It's time for another thoughtful holiday handmade gift suggestion...Savannah Boot Liners, shown here with my dog Austin (yes, Austin Powers).

These are made from Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted and are available as a Craftsy kit for only $16.30.

For those of you seeking mega-warmth, these are made from Cascade Ecological Wool--I call them fisherman style.  One skein will cover all sizes of the longer version.

And finally, these are made from Swans Island Washable Wool Collection, shown with my other dog, Tootsie.

Special price of $3.00 (reg $5.00) for purchase of Savannah Boot Liner pattern from the PPK website only.  Enter coupon code PUMPKINPIE upon checkout.  Expires 11/30/14, not valid on previous purchases or purchases from other websites.

Battenburg Lace Scarf

New release Batternburg Lace Scarf pattern.  This pattern was the October knit-a-long on Craftsy

Battenburg is a crescent-shaped lace scarf knitted up in 2 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh DK.

Special introductory price of $4.00 (reg $7.00) for purchases of Battenburg Lace Scarf pattern from the PPK website only.  Enter coupon code BATSPECIAL upon checkout.  Expires 11/23/14, not valid on previous purchases or purchases from other websites.

For those of you who are So Cal locals, I will be at the Patchwork Show in Santa Ana on Sunday, November 30.  Patchwork Show is Dear Handmade Life’s bi-annual, makers festival showcasing local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music. All Patchwork shows are free to attend and family friendly.  Come out and pick up a knitting kit, like the Mosaic Cowl kit including Imperial Yarn Columbia, peruse the knitting patterns or just say "hi"!