The Miss Grace Fixation + *Special Offer*

A couple weeks ago I got an email asking if I’d be interested in trying out a kit from Skeino that uses a new technique called “tapestry knitting.” As you know, I really love variety and trying new things so I took a quick look at the Miss Grace shawl kit…

                           Photo from Skeino website — Please click image for link!

And it was so unique and different and fresh that I knew I just had to try it so I went straight to the task of picking my preferred colorway. With 19 color combinations to choose from, it wasn’t really a very easy job, but it sure was fun!

In the end — surprise, surprise — I picked…

                                      Photo from Skeino website — Please click image for link!

Blues!

Officially named  ‘Susie’, I just thought this color combination was perfect for the pattern because the undulating lines reminded me so much of big water — oceans, Great Lakes, etc. When it arrived on my doorstep I was really very impressed by the vibrant colors and the very soft, almost silky feel of the 2-ply 100% extra fine superwash merino of these skeins.

Now I won’t lie to you, this pattern kind of blew my mind at first. There is a lot of discussion in the pattern as to the basic theory and how it all works and I think that’s because you really kind of need to read it a couple times to grasp the fundamentals here. For example, the pattern is written based on Garter Stitch Ridges, so in the first chart Row 1 would include both a right side and wrong side row (creating one ‘GSTR’).  While it’s true I was a little overwhelmed n in the beginning, once I got going it was really pretty simple.

The best part? There is a totally amazing and comprehensive video tutorial for this kit. Staci from  v e r y p i n k . c o m has done a phenomenal job of explaining each new technique. She literally walks you step-by-step through all the different aspects of the pattern. Really, it is so well done and such an fantastic resource. I watched it beginning to end just to be sure I got everything right and now I’m knitting away with confidence and ease. In fact, since I got the basics down I’m flying through it!

IMG_0921And better yet, I’m having the time of my life with this project. It’s insanely fun — it’s the kind of project I hate setting down because I just want to get through one more stripe or one more ‘full form.’ It’s crazy and amazing — I love it!

IMG_0922My fave aspect of Miss Grace is just watching her unfold. It’s so fluid and interesting without being totally consuming. I think because I was a little overwhelmed at first just the fact that this is fun and easy is so rewarding and makes it all the more awesome. Seriously, the hardest part at this point is putting this shawl down!

So you probably get the point — that I’m really excited about this project — and I can probably stop blubbering about my infatuation with this shawl, right?! I’m excited enough that I couldn’t wait to share the special offer I have for you. Simply use the coupon code:  KNITTING-SARAH  (it is case sensitive) and receive 10% off your Miss Grace Kit purchase from skeino.com. This offer will be valid through December 1, 2015. Please do check the terms and conditions for this promotion listed at the end of this post.

So what do you say? Are you ready to try something new and challenging? Are you ready for some fun creating a beautiful shawl? I’ll keep you updated with my progress in my Today on my needles… segments here on the blog — I can’t wait to see your projects, too!

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The ATX Linen Tote & Louet’s Euroflax Sport

I have a habit of saving my favorite things and not using them. My husband actually had to have a small intervention with me because he would buy my favorite foods and I would save them until they expired. The same is sometimes true of yarn and although I’ve gotten much better about knitting and spinning my favorites first, old habits die hard.

I’ve long admired Louet’s Euroflax Sport. When I first started knitting I was totally smitten with this yarn, but in my newbie knitter mind it was on a pedestal — very fancy and something to look forward to using when I was more skilled. I would go into shops and touch this gorgeous wet spun linen and I would longingly think, “Someday.” At long last, that day finally came at the end of May when along with the June Spinzilla Pack (if you haven’t yet, you can read my review of the pack here) I received a couple skeins of Euroflax Sport and a new exclusive pattern from the awesome folks at Louet. Finally, this yarn was in my hands and I had to knit it right away. No excuses!

The ATX Linen Tote by Staci Perry of   v e r y p i n k  is as complete as they come when it comes to patterns. Clearly written and with a five-part video tutorial, this pattern is very accessible to knitters of almost any skill level. I found it a fun and easy summer knit and did the bulk of this project in the car to and from our exciting family vacation to Minnesota.

As you can see, car knitting…

IMG_9730And I finished up while relaxing at home…

IMG_9737As I said, the perfect summer knitting. Simple, but fun. Stripes are always fun, aren’t they? Especially when they are as cool as this!

I loved working with the Euroflax Sport. I’d say it was worth the wait, but really the sentiment I wish to convey is that I shouldn’t have waited this long to knit with it. It’s a very high quality linen and knits up like one. There was no splitting, even with the lace tips I used which  is pretty awesome. The most spectacular thing about this yarn, however, is when you wash it. I machine washed the bag on gentle and even ran it through the dryer on low or air fluff which in and of itself is wonderful in its magnificent low-maintence way. When it came out of the wash, though, oh my! How soft! It washes up beautifully — I am so impressed!

My bag was knit using the Burgundy and Sunset colorways, the latter being a new color this year.

ATXtoteReally, could it be any more summery?

atx detaThe stripes were SO fun — I love the progression from dark to light.

atx fullI shortened the strap just a bit because I plan to carry it over the shoulder instead of cross-body as the pattern shows. I also did a single crochet edge as suggested in the pattern notes. It gives the linen a very nice finished edge and I’d highly recommend that finishing touch. You can see my pattern notes on Ravelry here for the details.

All in all, I’m of the opinion that this ATX Tote is pretty much the ultimate in cute, grab a book and some knitting park/beach bag. If you’re dying to cast on, this pattern is currently only available with the purchase of the yarn. The great news is that with the purchase of 2 skeins of Euroflax Sport online from Louet you can just use the coupon code VPEUROFLAX when you checkout and you’ll get the pattern… for free! The pattern is also available from preferred Louet dealers listed on the pattern’s Ravelry page.

If this bag isn’t your cup of tea, I’d still like to suggest that you don’t wait too long to try out this fabulous linen. It would make a fantastic garment or shawl — in fact, Louet came out with a lovely collection this spring which is full of great ways to use this awesome yarn. Whatever you do, don’t put off trying Euroflax Sport too long. Trust me, you’ll regret it!