CH 196: Hay Pullover and Land of Sweets Cowl

On today’s podcast I dive into the first week of Knitvent 2017 with our exciting first pattern, and I chat about what I’ve been up to, including my favourite current WIP, the Hay Pullover. I also announce the winners of our Surprise Party Shawl sets from Hue Loco and let you in on another pattern giveaway happening this week!

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The Land of Sweets Cowl is our first Knitvent pattern for 2017!!



In the Land of Sweets, more is more! Bon bons, peppermint sticks, and chocolate drops are just the beginning. The dances that make up this section of The Nutcracker are the most colourful and exciting of the whole ballet, and the Sugar Plum Fairy is the indulgent queen of this confectionery kingdom. For devoted knitters, yarn is sweeter than candy, and it’s just as difficult to restrain ourselves when faced with a world of choice. Who hasn’t stood in a yarn shop staring at piles of skeins in every colour of the rainbow, eyes shining like a child in a sweet shop?

The Land of Sweets Cowl was designed to showcase the knitter’s version of this wonderland…a perfect use for the mini skeins from one of the many delicious yarn Advent calendars around at this time of year. It’s also a brilliant way to use up the lovely leftovers that every avid knitter has stashed away. Stripes, simple lace, and an irrepressible sense of fun are at the heart of this cosy cowl, which will brighten up even the greyest winter day.

The Knitvent 2017 Collection

Norah George Yarn

Herbstblatt Regina Yarn

The Comfy Red Couch Podcast

A World of Imagination Blog

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Laine Magazine

Sister Mountain Instagram

The Fibre Company Road to China Light

Copper Corgi Yarn

We have our two Surprise Party Sets Giveaway Winners!

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Surprise Party Shawl

Hue Loco Yarns

Brooklyn Knitfolk Podcast

We have another giveaway coming up this week, this time for a copy of the Town Wall Socks or the Pedulia Callunae Socks, both by the lovely Anna Friberg

Box O’ Socks KAL by the Yarngasm Podcast

Sock Bash by The Grocery Girls

That wraps up our notes for this week! Happy Knitvent and happy knitting! xx

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