Knitting and Sewing (and a Craftsy Class Giveaway)!

WIP- Maeva Socks

New sewing machine.

New sewing machine!

Beginning of a fabric stash.

This week…

Knitting :: My Maeva socks… some of you might recall that I cast these on for the Ravellenic games, but didn’t finish them in time. I’m about halfway into the foot of the second sock, so I’m going to try to finish these this week so that they can be my March socks for my 12 Socks in 2014 challenge. (Rav link)

Reading :: Cosmo by Spencer Gordon. This is another short story collection for my CanLit course. I’ve just started it but I like it so far… it’s a fairly recent work so all of the cultural references are contemporary. I might get to meet the author in a few weeks, which would be really interesting.
I also finished Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman this week. I quite liked it- the setting was really interesting and the plot was good. The main character wasn’t great (he was kind of boring) but overall I’d recommend it.

Watching :: Series 2 of The Bletchley Circle… if you haven’t seen this show, you really should- it’s awesome! It’s about a group of British women who were codebreakers during World War 2, who go on to solve crimes in London in the 1950s. Superbly done, great acting, and gorgeous costumes and sets.
Season 2 of Motive. I had kind of forgotten about this show but season 2 just started airing and it’s still quite good. It’s a crime show set in Vancouver, and it’s set up so that you know who the killer is at the beginning of each episode, and then the focus (as the title suggests) is on figuring out the motive for the crime.

And as you might have noticed in the above photos… I bought a sewing machine! I figured that nearly two years of living away from home warranted me having my own. I bought it used and just picked it up yesterday. I’ve even got the very beginning of a fabric stash (to complement my yarn stash)! One of my goals is to learn to make a quilt, so I’ve been watching the free Intro to Quilting class on Craftsy… I can’t wait to choose fabric and get started!

In fact, in celebration of crafting month, Craftsy is giving one of my readers the chance to win a free class! In keeping with my current project, I’ve selected the Toe-up Socks class (40.99$ value), so you can create your own awesome socks! Craftsy has their own giveaway system so it’s really easy to enter. You’ll just need to click here to be entered to win the Craftsy class! If you don’t already have a Craftsy account, you’ll be prompted to make one- it’s completely free and gives you access to lots of great resources, patterns, and inspiration. The giveaway will be open until March 31st (Monday) at 11:59pm.
This giveaway is now closed, thank you for all of your entries! The winner will be announced shortly.

Let me know in the comments what you are currently knitting and reading! Happy Tuesday!

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along as usual.

Disclaimer: Craftsy had kindly given me a free class to give away. I also use Craftsy affiliate links on this blog. All opinions are my own and I only ever write about products/ companies that I really use and love. Thank you for supporting our sponsors and affiliates.


I’ve returned to school this week and we won’t have internet until next week so my updates might be sporadic or non-existent until then.

However, I just wanted to pop in today to announce the winners of the Tempestuous giveaway. The winner is…

Entry #29, Kenyetta!

Congratulations! I will send the pattern to you as a gift on Ravelry!

For the rest of you, you can still purchase the pattern for the discounted price of 3.50$ for the next week! Use the code tempestuousweek2. The sale ends on September 18th at midnight EST.

New design: Tempestuous!

Have a great week! I’ll be back as soon as we rejoin the world of the internet!

Giveaway winners!

Hey everyone! Just dropping in today for a quick post to announce the giveaway winners! I’ll be back tomorrow with an actual post.


The winners (who will each get a copy of Viacity) are:

Carmen N.
Debbie H.

I’ve sent you each an e-mail so I can send you the pattern!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and don’t forget, you can still get Vivacity for the discounted price of 2.00$ until Saturday! See it here on Ravelry or you can

See you all tomorrow!

Modulation: Winner and something special for the rest!

Good morning everyone! I’m going to announce the winner of the giveaway for a copy of my newest pattern.

There were 120 entries in total… wow! Without further ado, as chosen by Rafflecopter, the winner is…

Jaemi F.! In her comment, Jaemi said:

What a fantastic hat! Something that will definitely be on my “to knit” list. Especially since I have two brothers who live in cold climates (Edmonton and Regina) and shave their heads… silly men! All the more reason to knit, though, eh?

I agree, Jaemi! Any reason to knit is a good one! Jaemi, I’ve sent you the pattern on Ravelry. I you don’t receive it or there are any other problems, just shoot me an e-mail at likepurlsoffastring AT gmail DOT com.

If you didn’t win, don’t worry! I’ve still got something for you! I have another discount code for 10% off the pattern which is good for the next week. Just use the code modrelease10. You can buy the pattern here on Ravelry.

Have a great weekend!

New pattern: Modulation (plus a giveaway!)

I am so excited to be releasing a new design today, Modulation. From the pattern description:

Modulation is a cozy hat knit in worsted weight yarn, with a stitch pattern that is interesting to knit and fun to wear, while remaining simple enough to please even the pickiest wearer. (My 10- year old brother, in fact, has claimed the sample for himself!)

The hat is available in sizes newborn (baby, toddler, child/ adult S, Adult M/L), fitting head sizes approx. 14” (15-16”, 17-18”, 19-21”, 22-24”). The hat is designed to be snug, but is very stretchy. Please note that the smallest 3 sizes have only 1 vertical repeat of the pattern.

You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry here. For the first week (until September 28th, 2012), get 15% of the pattern by using the code modrelease2012. You can also !

I’m also going to give away a copy of the pattern here on my blog! Rather than using comments only for entires (because many people forget to leave comments for their extra entries, which is more work for me and gives you fewer chances of winning!), I’ll be trying a new system using Rafflecopter. You can earn up to 7 total entries, the first of which is to leave a comment on this blog post. All of the other methods of entering are optional. I’ll announce the winner and notify them on September 29th.

Click here to enter!

Please note: I’ve noticed a lot of people are entering by checking the comment box on Rafflecopter who haven’t actually commented… I can check who has and who hasn’t. If your name is drawn and you haven’t actually done what your said you did on Rafflecopter, I will draw another name. Play fair, people!

I can’t wait to see all of your entries! Good luck!

Giveaway winners!

Hello! I’m just doing a quick check in to let you know who the winner of the pattern giveaway is. (I’m a day late, and terribly sorry, but I have no excuse other than traveling is exhausting and sleep looked really good yesterday.)

I’ll have an NYC travel post up shortly, and then more US travel posts up later this week. Without further ado, the winner is…

Comment number 16, KnittingDancer! Knittingdancer, I’ve sent the pattern to your Ravelry account.

Thanks to everyone for your entries, and if you didn’t win, you can still buy Solis (buy now) and Aestas (buy now) on Ravelry, and the 15% discount code ravellenicsintro2012 is good until August 4th.

(If anyone uses RSS to keep track of your blog, I’ve recently set up a Feedburner Feed for this blog here if you’d like to subscribe.)

New Patterns: Aestas and Solis!

I’m really excited to be releasing 2 new patterns today, Aestas and Solis. The patterns are available for purchase today (more details below) and I’m giving away one copy of the e-book with both patterns on my blog! (More details on the giveaway below as well.)

From the Aestas pattern description:

Aestas is a light and airy beret, perfect for warm summer days or for a light hat for fall or spring. The lace pattern is sophisticated yet easy enough for a beginner. Aestas is designed to coordinate with the Solis gloves. Aestas is the Latin word for summer.

From the Solis pattern description:

Solis is a pair of elegant yet simple fingerless mitts made using fingering weight yarn. Designed to coordinate with the Aestas beret, these mitts are perfect for fall or spring or even chilly summer nights. The pattern includes both a long and short cuff version. Solis means “of the sun” in Latin.

The patterns can be purchased individually at the links above (you don’t need a Ravelry account) or they can be purchased together for a discounted price here. Additionally, to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and the Ravellenic games, from now until the 4th of August, you can use the code “ravellenicsintro2012” for 15% off either the individual patterns or the e-book set.

To celebrate this release, I’ll also be giving away 1 copy of the pattern here on my blog. There are 3 ways to enter the giveaway. Please leave a separate comment for each entry or you will only be entered once! I will draw the winner on Saturday, July 28th (via a random number generator).

To enter:

1. Leave a comment below letting me know that you’d like to win. Please include either your Ravelry username or an e-mail address so I can contact you if you win.
2. Follow this blog via e-mail or WordPress.
3. Add Solis and Aestas to your queue on Ravelry.

(I have to approve your comment for it show on the blog. If it doesn’t appear right away, please don’t post it again! It’ll be up soon.)

I can’t wait to read your comments and see your versions of Aestas and Solis. Have a great week!

A new pattern (and a giveaway!)

I’m so excited to be releasing my third design! This pattern is called Bisous, and it is a lightweight hat with “x”s around the body, which converge into a star at the top. Did you know that “x”s or crosses have been used to sign letters since the medieval ages? Nowadays, the “x” represents a kiss, hence the pattern name.

The pattern is available on Ravelry here for 2.50$. But… to thank my readers, I’ll be giving away 5 (yes, five!) copies of my pattern to 5 lucky winners! You’ll receive the pattern as a gift in your Ravelry library or, if you aren’t on Ravelry, as a PDF file.

To enter, you just need to leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open to anyone, since it’s a digital file. If you want some extra entries…

1. Use the form at the bottom of this page to subscribe to my blog (either via WordPress or e-mail). Leave me a comment letting me know.

2. Add one of my designs (see them here) to your queue on Ravelry. Leave me a comment letting me know and let me know your Ravelry username.

3. Blog about this giveaway, with a link to this post. Leave a comment letting me know and leave the link to your post.

4. Tweet about this giveaway, with a link to this post. Leave a comment letting me know and leave the link to your tweet.

This last day to enter the giveaway is Monday, April 30th, and I’ll announce the winners on Tuesday, May 1st. Good luck!

Just a note: I’m on my way out of town until Sunday, so my internet connection might be a bit shaky. I’ll approve all of the comments when I get back or have decent internet, so don’t worry about your comments not appearing!