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Free Stuff: Kelly Connor Designs

knitting bag and stitch markers

Last month, we announced a raffle for the members of our Geek-A-Long Ravlery group, in which we’ll give away four super sweet prize baskets to a lucky few at the end of the year. For those of you who missed the announcement, you can read more about it here, but here are the basics:

When you post a picture of your finished Geek-A-Long blanket to the group in any of the three sizes (baby blanket, afghan, or full sized), you will be entered…

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A Serious Case of the Starts

African Flower 1

African Flower 2

Hi, my name is Jacquline and I have Start-itis.

I am powerless over yarn and the allure of new projects. I should finish doing the size adjustments for my Wonder Tunic, so I can finally release the pattern. Instead, I started designing a fancy slip cover for an old king-sized pillow, which will look like Magic Carpet from Disney’s Aladdin… It’s going to be a bed for…

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2014 Geek-A-Long: Fire Nation

week 09 Fire Nation 3

Welcome to week eight of the 2014 Geek-A-Long, a mystery blanket knit-along! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the Geek-A-Long FAQ page. Then, meet me back here when you’re ready. For the old pros, let’s talk about Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Water… Earth… Fire… Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony.  Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked!

Avatar is one of those…

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I keep my promises: Wedding Edition

A long, long time ago — as far back as April 2013 — I promised to post pictures from Jac’s wedding.  I’m finally going to make good on that promise :D

I knitted the flowers for the bouquets….

knitted flowers

…and custom designed a “disney princess” shawl for her to wear instead of a veil.  (For those of you keeping score at home, yes that is Raglan shaping on the shoulders.  That’s how I do!)

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Space Princesses and Dragons

Space Princess 2

Publishing patterns is scary. Some people might find writing up an ear warmer pattern less frightening than planning a year long KAL, but not me. I’m weird. Apparently, the more elaborate and extensive organization required, the more comfortable I am.

Earlier this week when I added two new patterns to the Lattes and Llamas Ravelry store, I must have stared at that publish button for a solid fifteen minutes before clicking it. My palms were sweaty. I had developed a slight tremor, which I told myself was obviously just…

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Knitshamed Lace Shawl

Before my honeymoon, which was over two years ago, I bought a bunch of Patons Sequin Lace Yarn. I wanted a special project to knit on my honeymoon, because I’m just that nerdy about knitting. I was convinced that the best thing in the world would be to sit on my private deck in the morning with a cup of coffee and knit a shawl. I had this vision of Mr. Llama rising from bed after I’d made it through a couple of rows and he would order us room service…

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2014 Geek-A-Long: Gryffindor

week 07 Gryffindor 2

Welcome to week seven of the 2014 Geek-A-Long, a mystery blanket knit-along! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the Geek-A-Long FAQ page. Then, meet me back here when you’re ready. For the old pros, let’s talk about how the owl with my letter of acceptance into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry must have gotten lost on it’s way to my house.

I grew up with Harry Potter, and one day when I have children I hope to be able to pass…

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Toes on Dope

Toes on Dope Knitting Pattern

Jacquline and I found this gorgeous yarn, Happy Feet by Plymouth Yarn, at our local yarn store. We were both immediately drawn to the colorway and sheen. After rubbing a few skeins all over our faces like creepers, we looked at each other and said: Valentine’s Day socks.

I wanted to design something special for Love Day, but without all the pink frilly hearts the day is known for.  Rather than a saccharine sweet heart motif, I chose the…

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Once Upon a Knit

If you only buy one pattern book this month, make it Once Upon a Knit by Genevieve Miller.  If you buy 2 books this month, buy this one twice.

I had the supreme pleasure of speaking with Genevieve Miller about her new book Once Upon A Knit last week. You can find the interview here.  This week I want to follow up with a review of the book itself.

Once Upon A Knit promises “grimm and glamorous” patterns and it certainly delivers! …

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Blanket of Shame

knitshame blanket

I finished crocheting this blanket over 3 years ago. It was one of my first adventures into designing and was intended for my youngest sister. I had completed it on time for her birthday, but for some reason, the idea of weaving in all the ends seemed impossible. So, I bought her something instead and decided I would give it to her for Christmas. And I never did. Rinse and repeat for three years and her we are again, her birthday has passed and so has Christmas. Maybe 2014 is the year?

Does…

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