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November 2011 Newsletter

As of today you have 46 days left to knit for Christmas and 44 days to knit for Hanukah.  Don't despair, I'm here with lots of "One Size Fits All" projects ideas.  And recently snow blanketed part of the Northeast, making it officially "Sweater Weather."  Don't despair about this cold snap either, I have lovely new sweater designs to inspire and warm you. 

In This Issue: One Size Fits All / Sweater Weather

One Size Fits All
This time of year your favorite designers bring you a wealth of accessory patterns just right for gifting and this season I have the pleasure of introducing two new designers, Robyn Gallimore of Red Bird Knits and Randi K of Randi K Designs!  Robyn's new Eliza Shawl is a traditional Anatolian motif that Eliza Doolittle would have loved!  Its designed to be knit in Kauni Effektgarn 8/2 and makes beautiful use of the long color changes.  Robyn used color EQ and it is in stock.

The hand painted pale icy blue and creamy off white of Picco Accuardi's Acid and Weed yarn will transform Randi K's Summer Evening Shawl into the perfect wrap for a stroll through winter wonderland! 

Get more bang for your buck with Nelkin Designs new Iota Cowl and Scarf pattern, it features two designs and is written for three different weights of yarn!  This pattern explores working the Iota Stitch both flat and in the round.  The DK weight cowl uses 1 skein of Schaefer's Chris, the DK weight scarf uses 2 skeins of Lornaís Laces Honor and the fingering weight scarf uses only 1 skein of Schaefer Audrey, all three of these yarns are in stock in many beautiful colors.

Jewelry makes a very personal gift for a very special person.  Nelkin Designs' new Rippled is a lightweight lace ruffle to adorn your neck.  It is constructed by ten rows of garter stitch with beads placed at intervals for pools of shine and finished off with a fringe bead bind off and i-cords for easily adjustable length.  You can quickly knit it in one evening and its available as a pattern and Kit!

Sweater Weather
Pullover and Cardigans are front and center at work and play this season and these talented knitwear artists offer you a fine selection sure to flatter every member of your family.  Nelkin Designs' new Iota is a top-down seamless yoke pullover knit in Schaefer's soft Miss Priss yarn.  It begins with the Iota Stitch worked around to create a mock turtle neck.  The pattern also includes optional waist shaping and short or long sleeves.

Sivia Hardings' Harmoniaís Rings family now includes a Cowl, Tunic, and Sweater with three sleeve options that is knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage!  All begin with Cat Bordhiís Moebius cast on, spiral the yoke, then continue with the Harmonia of your choice.  The Collection includes the one-size-fits-all cowl, the tunic in seven sizes and the sweater in seven sizes with three sleeve options.  Or you can purchase each separately, Cowl, Tunic or Sweater.

Darling JOJI has designed another beautiful cardigan, this time the lacey Darling Emma Emma is a seamless wrap style cardigan, with lace fronts, shawl collar and ties and knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light!

If a kimono is more your style you'll adore the sophistication of Dawn Brocco's new Kimono Fana Cardigan, it melds a traditional Fana sweater with a Japanese Kimono element.  Dawn loves the simplicity of the kimono, which seems to want to blend with the simplicity of the Norwegian Fana motifs.  Flattering color placement and a fitted waist make it very wearable and modern.

Army of Knitters has an eye for detail, her new top down, raglan cardigan Cromarty features large scale lace and cables running down the center back to the waist with a grown-on, seed stitch belt that can either be tied in a large bow at the back or used to close the cardigan.

And Nelkin Designs' Iota Capelet gives you another twist on the warm and cozy sweater, its a top-down seamless reverse stockinette stitch cape that incorporates increases into the vertical ribbing.

Keep the men in your life warm with one of these designs.  Army of Knitters' Lochy was inspired by vintage cowichan cardigans, Lochy features raglan sleeves, zip front and a cozy rolled collar with a little Scottish flavor, tartan on the sleeves and a ramís skull on back.  Or a casual and comfortable pullover, Gardiner Yarn Works retro Men's Stripey Raglan pattern includes 5 sizes and is knit in the round for minimal finishing and Schaefer's Men's Textured Turtleneck is knit in 3-4 skeins of Schaefer's Nancy.

And for the littlest member of your family Randi K's Baby Tyra cardigan is knit in the round in stunning colorwork and will become a beloved family heirloom.  The pattern is sized to fit a 3-6 month old and includes charts and written instructions.

Thank you for sharing my November news, I'm sure you're going to enjoy one of these new projects!  To see more accessory ideas visit Cowls, Hats, Glove & Mittens and for more sweater ideas visit Pullovers, Cardigans, Outerwear, Vests & Tops.  And thank you to everyone who entered my Tiny Owl Knits' blog giveaway, Andrea won the Bo Peep Scarf Kit, Caryn won The Beekeeper's Quilt and Allison won the Orchid and Fairy Lights hat pattern.  Make sure to follow my blog, to be the first to enter my next giveaway.