Thursday, May 26, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 21

Colors stitched this week: red, for the cardinal. Yellow, for the finches. Brown, for a bunny. Creamy off white, for early morning light on the birch trees. Rosy pink, for a flower that suddenly appeared in the brush (turned out to be an alstroemeria from a discarded bouquet). And green, of course, for the greenness everywhere.

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If you are enjoying my Stitch Journal project, I hope you'll consider making a purchase from my Etsy shop to help support it. And right now, you can get free shipping on purchases of $15 or more with the coupon code FREESHIP2016.

If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

LINKS

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Last Day: Notch Sale

Notch Shawl, by Bonnie Sennott
Pattern: Notch, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Louet Gems Fingering (555 yards)

Today's the last day of the Ravelry sale on my new shawl design, Notch.  Use the coupon code NOTCH to get $1 off. Sale ends at midnight EST!

There's been such a positive response to this shawl on Instagram and Ravelry. I'm so glad you all like it. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of designing an asymmetrical shawl and am sure I'll embark on another very soon.

Notch Shawl, by Bonnie Sennott

Hope you're having a beautiful, relaxing Sunday!


Friday, May 20, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 20

This week brought an explosion of green in the yard, and lots of yellows too (finches, buttercups, dandelions). I stitched in red a couple of times, as well—for the cardinals who sing so beautifully in the early mornings.

I'm enjoying stitching circles and glad I chose them as the focus for this month. Within the general limitation of "stitch at least one circle each day," there's been room for plenty of variation and playful improvisation—which seems just right for the month of May.

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If you are enjoying my Stitch Journal project, I hope you'll consider making a purchase from my Etsy shop to help support it. And right now, you can get free shipping on purchases of $15 or more with the coupon code FREESHIP2016.

If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

LINKS

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New Pattern: Notch Shawl

Introducing a pretty new accessory for your spring and summer knitting: an asymmetrical triangular lace shawl called Notch. Knit in fingering weight yarn, it grows gradually from just three stitches to however long you'd like it to be.

Notch Shawl, by Bonnie Sennott
Pattern: Notch, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Louet Gems Fingering in Brick Red

Notch is now available in my Ravelry pattern store. Through Sunday, May 22, you can save $1 on this pattern with the coupon code NOTCH.

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There are so many ways to wear this shawl . . .  lightly draped across your shoulders, wrapped casually around your neck, fastened with a shawl pin. It's perfect for chilly summer mornings and cool evenings.

Notch Shawl, by Bonnie Sennott

It's named after the "notch" that occurs naturally on one end of the bound-off edge—and also for the spot where we shot the photos, the Notch (part of the Holyoke Range State Park).

Notch Shawl, by Bonnie Sennott

If you're ever in western Massachusetts and looking for a place to hike, be sure to visit the Notch. There are loads of great trails and amazing views of the surrounding valley. If you're not a fan of hiking, take a walk instead on the easy trail called the Laurel Loop. When the mountain laurels are in bloom, it's one of the prettiest places here in the Pioneer Valley.

Notch Shawl, by Bonnie Sennott

There are two ways to save on the Notch right now: take $1 off with the coupon code NOTCH (ends Sunday). Or, take advantage of the new "create your own collection" feature in my Ravelry pattern store. When you buy four Blue Peninsula patterns at the same time, you'll automatically receive a 20 percent discount (no coupon code required).  

Big thanks go to my sister Jackie for modeling the shawl while I took lots of pictures at the Notch, and to my sister Jenny for her careful tech editing (especially of the lace charts!).

Thank you very much for reading—and happy knitting.

Notch Shawl, by Bonnie Sennott

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Create Your Own Collection (and a Shawl Sneak Peek)

Today I'm excited to share a new feature in my Ravelry pattern store: the option to "create your own collection." When you buy four Blue Peninsula patterns at the same time, you'll automatically receive a 20 percent discount (no coupon code required).  

This new option applies to all individual Blue Peninsula patterns, from neckwear to garments to socks and mitts. Mix and match to get a selection that's just right for you. There's no expiration date on this offer—you can create your own collection at any time (and more than once, if you like). New patterns will be added to the promotion as they are published.

Patterns by Bonnie Sennott

Speaking of new patterns, remember these swatches and yarn auditions? My new triangular shawl is finished and the pattern should be ready very soon. I'm thrilled with how it came out and hope you will be, too. It fairly flew off the needles; the stitch patterns are intuitive and easily memorized. And the asymmetrical shape is really versatile—this shawl can be worn lots of different ways.

The pattern will be called Notch, after the "notch" in the bound-off edge:

The Notch on the Notch Shawl, blocking

It's also named after the photo shoot location—we had a great time taking photos on the ropes course at the Notch, part of the Holyoke Range here in western Massachusetts:

Notch Collage

The sample is 63 inches across the top—after fairly aggressive blocking—but you can customize the size quite easily to make it smaller or larger (either stop knitting sooner or keep knitting longer).  The yarn is Louet Gems Fingering, in the Brick Red colorway:

Notch Shawl Sneak Peek

Can't wait to share it with you! In the meantime, have a great Sunday—and as always, happy knitting.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 19

More circles this week—sometimes one a day, sometimes several. All year, my early morning daily stitching has been a quiet time for observation and reflection. But now, it's not so quiet. The mornings are filled with birdsong: robins, jays, finches, wrens, chickadees, titmice, cardinals, crows, white-throated sparrows, phoebes, red-winged blackbirds, mockingbirds, and—just this week—the wood thrush. What a joyful month!

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If you are enjoying my Stitch Journal project, I hope you'll consider making a purchase from my Etsy shop to help support it. And right now, you can get free shipping on purchases of $15 or more with the coupon code FREESHIP2016.

If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

LINKS

Friday, May 06, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 18

April has come and gone . . . four months of daily observations and stitching . . . already a third of my 2016 Stitch Journal project is complete.

Life speeds up during May, as all of nature springs into action. So the May piece will be full of circles—more of the movement, vitality, and liveliness that began with the eyelet wheels in April.

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If you are enjoying my Stitch Journal project, I hope you'll consider making a purchase from my Etsy shop to help support it. If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

LINKS

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Giveaway Winners

Thanks to all who left a comment on my giveaway post about which you prefer for stitch patterns—charts or line-by-line written instructions. I was curious because, as a knitter, I prefer working from charts—and if a pattern doesn't provide one, I will get out graph paper and draw my own chart. But, as a designer, I nearly always include both, even though that adds to production time and is one extra thing the tech editor has to check for errors.

The majority of those who left a comment prefer charts. But quite a few knitters either work only from written instructions and/or prefer to have them as a reference along with the chart. That's helpful to know. Again, thanks to all of you who took the time to share your preferences.

On to the winners! The Random Number Generator selected Gini/birbinia and Caitlin/thinkTAnkgirl.
Congrats! I'll contact you both on Ravelry—or feel free to message me there.

Streusel, in Periwinkle Sheep Delirium in the Cayenne colorway

The Yarn Over KAL is off to a great start, with Hop Brook, Erste, Bluet, and other lace patterns in progress. My own Streusel is going well—I'm loving this new Periwinkle Sheep Delirium yarn more and more (it's fingering weight merino/yak/nylon).

The KAL continues through May 29. Projects finished and posted by then are eligible for several lovely prizes, including Quince & Co. Chickadee yarn. I hope you'll join us!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 17

This week I stitched lots more running stitch with pale peach-pink thread—the color at the center of the daffodils a neighbor planted in the yard years ago. I like how, as people come and go in our building, they leave their mark on the property. Another neighbor who moved away last year left behind a bird feeder pole at the edge of the yard, so I moved my thistle feeder there. Now I can watch the finches flickering back and forth every morning but without the mess of dropped seeds on my balcony.

This week's embroidery has been full of yellow, for the finches. And for the forsythia on the far hill beyond the yard. Everywhere around the valley, forsythias are blooming, but this year there are noticeably fewer blossoms—they're quite sparse. I wonder if it has something to do with the very mild winter we had?

Where did April go? Only a couple of day's work left on this piece!

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If you are enjoying my Stitch Journal project, I hope you'll consider making a purchase from my Etsy shop to help support it. If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

LINKS

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Triple Happiness: Yarn Over KAL, Lace Sale, and Giveaway

The Yarn Over KAL starts today! Will you join us? We've got some great prizes, including pretty yarns and an eye pillow from my Etsy shop (the winner gets to choose which design they'd like). It continues through May 29, so there's plenty of time to knit something large or small. You can cast on anytime between now and then.

For this KAL, I'm working on two different projects. One is a new design, an asymmetrical lace shawl that I'm knitting in Louet Gems fingering:

Lace, daffodils, rushing river: my weekend is off to a good start. How's yours? #bluepeninsula #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #igknitters

It's coming along nicely and, fingers crossed, the pattern should be available before the KAL ends. The other project is a new sample of my Streusel scarf, which I just cast on this morning. The Periwinkle Sheep merino/silk that I first designed Streusel with has been discontinued, so this time around I'm using a brand-new yarn. It's a fingering weight merino/yak/nylon blend from Periwinkle Sheep that's wonderfully soft and seems perfectly suited for lace—it blocks out beautifully and has a lovely drape. This new yarn isn't in her Etsy shop yet, but Karin has announced on Facebook that some of it will be available at her open house next weekend.

Streusel Start

I'm excited to be going back to an older pattern and knitting it again. I love that Streusel is completely reversible—there's no right or wrong side to worry about when you're wearing it. And the gentle shaping really appeals to me. The increases and decreases are spaced so that it grows in width (and then narrows again after the center point) very gradually. The end result is a light scarf rather than a bulky shawl—just right for spring and summer.

Streusel and my other lace patterns—not just scarves and shawls but socks, sweaters, hats, and mitts, too—are on sale through midnight tonight in my Ravelry pattern store. Save 20% on individual patterns with the coupon code YARNOVER (you can use the code as many times as you like).

Now . . .  on to the giveaway promised in the title of this post! This is an old-fashioned blog giveaway where all you have to do is leave a comment on this post (no liking or sharing or tagging on other social media required). Just answer the question: When you knit lace (or any kind of stitch pattern), which do you prefer to work from—charts or line-by-line written instructions? What makes you like one option better than the other?

Two winners will each receive a hand-embroidered lavender-chamomile sachet and a couple of cute owl stitch markers from Lavender Hill Knits. Lavender is a natural moth repellant—I keep sachets all over the house, in every closet, drawer, basket, or bin that contains wool. I've added a vintage lace ribbon so you can hang the sachet in a closet or anywhere you'd like a fresh herbal scent.

Blog Giveaway Prizes

Blog Giveaway Prizes

Blog Giveaway Prizes

Leave your comment by Friday, April 29. I'll announce the winners next weekend. Please include your Ravelry username or email in your comment so I can get in touch with you if you are a winner. 

Blog Giveaway Prizes

Good luck and happy knitting!