Chilly weather, warm yarn

Good morning, all!

It’s that time of year again… it’s cold outside! I prefer the warm weather (think swimming and ocean), but the cool weather definitely has its perks. I fall in love with snow and stay rather fond of its beauty until about January. (Once February rolls around I’m just about ready for 80 degree temps!) And, of course, cold weather means I get to wear hand knit hats and scarves. It’s such a beautiful thing! (I also enjoy Christmas and Thanksgiving in the middle of the cold!)

Anyway, I’ve also noticed this time of year brings a swing of sales for my Bearded Warmth pattern. (It does keep one’s face cozy!) I’ve sold more patterns than I ever thought and have been enjoying the pictures folks post on Ravelry. It’s about time I show case some of my favorites, eh? (PS – You can check out all of the lovely pictures and, if you choose to do so, make your purchase here.)

Here is a newer beard from makuahine on Ravelry:

From amazingrace on Ravelry:

Also from Ravelry, naturalstateknits Bearded Warmth:

And last… a kind woman by the name of Cynthia purchased my beard pattern last winter and altered it to make it AWESOME! She sells her sweet beards in her Etsy shop. Check it out:

AWESOME! She sells other cutesy stuff here on Etsy and has her own Facebook fan page as well. I just love how this turned out. How creative!

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I’m so thankful to all those who have purchased and enjoyed my pattern. If you happen to make a pattern of mine (purchased or free) please link it to Rav or send me a picture via email. It is so fun to see how others interpret my designs and make it their own. (Not to mention the fun yarn choices, too!)

Stay warm and enjoy all those hand knits this season!

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September Love

I’ve always loved September. It has too many great qualities to ignore. 🙂

My first reason for loving the month may sound a little selfish, but I can’t hide the truth. I was born on September 5th and have always loved my birthday. Now that I am older I try to stretch it to include the entire week. And, in certain years (this year!) my birthday is even a National holiday. A free day off work – it doesn’t get any better than that! I also share my week of birth with one of my very best friends, Ms. Carrie. She was born on September 6th so we invite our friends over, cook some tasty food, and exchange gifts. Of course there’s always an abundance of family time around holidays/birthdays that I also enjoy.

I have always liked learning and thus school. Summer rolls into the Iowa State fair and then straight into September and the new school year. I saw new classes as opportunities to start over, learn, and do better. I’m a smart girl, but I’m a slow kind of smart. I’m the kind that has to re-read her notes one hundred and one times to remember it. So… every year was that opportunity to try for all A’s. A new school year also meant new experiences with friends… and let’s not forget the back-to-school shopping!

Ah, what else is there to love, you ask? The weather! There are occasional sweltering hot days and some overly cool days, but overall the weather is wonderful with just a hint of chill to shoo us into fall. The change in weather also means I get to pull out my winter clothes. I always find old friends (still talking about clothing here) packed away in a tub. 🙂 The change of clothing is especially nice since I started knitting and crocheting. Yarning is a cool weather sport and thus the yarn shops are busier and have overflowing baskets and shelves of yarn.

So since I have such a love for September I decided to make a crochet hat dedicated to the month. I currently have only a newborn size hat created, but it’ll give you a peak of what’s to come. 🙂 I plan to have sizes preemie to small adult available soon!

September Babe Pattern

September Babe Pattern - Newborn Size

Oh, and don’t forget apples, squash, and the like start getting harvested around this time! YUM! What is your favorite month?? My husband also enjoys his birth month best (January), but it’s more for the cool weather and snow than anything else. 😉

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