There is something about the cold snap in the air, twinkle lights and new pattern releases that's got me craving some high quality knitting sessions. It always happens- the leaves turn, they fall, the cold wind cuts through my winter coat and I'm craving chunky knits and the snuggliest of sweaters.
You can imagine my joy and dismay when I saw the news that one of my beloved dye friends and sponsor!) is updating THIS friday and there's going to be some new bulky weight yarn. I asked for a sneak peek. I shouldn't have....
100 yards of Superwash Merino in a bulky weight dyed by Lisa of NorthBound Knitting. It screams fast knit accessories on Christmas Eve right? It's like Lisa felt my yearning, took one look at my current green phase (seriously, it's out of control, I'm casting on MORE green) and decided to call a siren song from her snowy Canadian abode. I'm there, clicking refresh. Catch me if you can.
(Want the full update details? Friday December the 19th at 11:00am EST. Preview in Lisa's group)
I have also been dreamily watching Veera Valimaki's advent unfold. Have you caught it yet? An inspiring series of patterns from children's accessories and garments through to adult with plenty of free options sprinkled in for good measure. My queue is in overdrive right now. Here's some of my highlights:
Talking of queues, the Secret Santa Pattern Palooza is on and I'm having so much fun reading everyone's reasons for queueing vs favouriting and how they use their queue to inspire their knitting. Totally fascinating and even if you're not participating I think you'll enjoy the chat.
It also means all those pattern codes are now live for juicy discounts from some of my favourite designers- anything from £5 off to a 25% off running across publications and Ravelry downloads. I feel so lucky to have so many supportive designers on board. Go check it out and buy yourself a little festive treat!