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January Pattern: Cranbrook

Keeping with my goal of publishing one pattern a month, Cranbrook went live a few days ago. 

It's a quick and easy hat that is knit in the round from the bottom up. I've been working on a few larger projects recently and just wanted something that would fly off the needles! And show off this yarn - Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Hayloft. I got it while on a trip to Philadelphia to visit my mom and I've been itching to use it.

From now until Friday, January 27, 2017 it is 25% on Ravelry. You don't need a coupon code, the discount is automatically applied when you check out. 

Also last week I got something that will, hopefully, help me stick to my goals and better balance life in general. It's a Passion Planner and I'm kind of in love. It is a day planner (which to be honest, it could have stopped there. I love stationary) but it is set up for, and teaches you how to, set goals. Life goals, Yearly goals, Daily goals - it's all in there. Plus some quotes and lots of blank space so everything can all be in one place. I've really only had it a week so I can't tell you how effective it actually is, but I've heard lots of great reviews and am excited to really start using it more. I hope it will help me better manage my time, and to keep better balance between work, family, friends, and keeping the house a non-disaster and everyone relatively well-fed. This totally sounds like an advertisement, but it's not! I just get jazzed about day planners. 

Speaking of goals, I actually wrote about some of my knitting goals back in August 2015. I hadn't really thought about them, but looking back I've completed almost all of them, and am on the way with some of the others. You can read the full post here, but here's the cliff notes:
1. Get yarn support - still haven't done this one, but I am planning to and it doesn't scare me anymore
2. Get published - That has happened. Quite a few times now, actually! 
3. Write a book - this one hasn't happened either but, again, there are plans brewing
4. Design a sweater - This one has also happened, and this was, I thought, my least attainable goal!

It's really awesome to be able to look back and say, "hey! I did those things that I thought I never would!" and to be able to actually see the steps that have been taken. I hope that this can continue and, as much as I said I didn't like them, maybe there's something to New Years Resolutions after all. 

Knitting and Camping

Last weekend the Pip & Pin team (plus men and babies) packed up and went camping! 

Though, according to some, we were not "real" camping, as we stayed in a little cabin and were not entirely exposed to the wild wilderness. But I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed having running water, a clean, dry bed, a wood-burning fireplace, a toilet, a fridge and a roof. (The roof really came in handy while it poured rain all of Saturday night.)

While we were enjoying our trip Katie and I did what we always do when we are out and about some place pretty, we took pictures. Lots of pictures. Lots of pictures for new Pip & Pin patterns. Unfortunately for you, they are mostly all on Katie's camera and I don't have them yet so you will have to be satisfied with a tiny teaser of some squishy knits to come.

And of course, our favourite backdrop of the day was the white wall of the camp site bathrooms... 

 

All the little ladies, all the little ladies

So I've got to say, when it comes to garment knitting, you petite ladies have it made! 

I just started a design commission and the sample needs to fit a 34" bust. Now I'm not used to that at all! (First off, I'm a little more voluptuous than that and I also like a bit more room). I feel like I took on a little more than I could handle in the coming months with three patterns and samples due by July, but after the way this first one is just  flying off the needles I feel much better about everything! 

And look at this amazing yarn I get to use! It's  The Fibre Co.'s Acadia  in Sand and it the softest, most luxe alpaca/merino/silk I've ever gotten to work with. 

And look at this amazing yarn I get to use! It's The Fibre Co.'s Acadia in Sand and it the softest, most luxe alpaca/merino/silk I've ever gotten to work with. 

Also, today is the LAST DAY to enter our Courtship Instagram Giveaway, so head to our instagram page to enter! 

Courtship Giveaway!

Hello all! 

For the release of Courtship I've decided to run a super easy contest through instagram! yay! 

What you'll win: 
- a PDF copy of the pattern Courtship
- three skeins of Knit Picks Comfy Fingering in Seafoam (that's enough for a baby, toddler or child size!) 

How to Enter: 
- like @pipandpin on Instagram
- find this post and tag a friend in the comments
- that's it! 

A photo posted by Megan (@pipandpin) on

Deadline:
Contest ends May 27. Winner will be randomly drawn and contacted the next day

Good Luck! 

New Pattern Release: Courtship

Courtship was released earlier this week and I must say, this is the best pattern Katie and I have released to date. Not only because of the super sweet design, but I feel like we've stepped up our game in every aspect! It's been tested out the wazoo, the photography is a whole lot better, and the layout is easy to read and follow. 

Courtship is an oversized, lightweight top made with an easy to care for blend of cotton and acrylic, with sizes ranging from baby to 2XL. The top section is knit flat back and forth, then joined together and knit in the round until the hem. 

See the Courtship Pattern Page for more info, check it out on Ravelry, or buy the kit from Knit Picks

 

Pattern Release! Really Big Cowl

Hey lookie here!  Another new pattern! This cowl was entirely inspired by the yarn that it's made of.   Bernat's Really Big - a ridiculously soft and silky 100% acrylic yarn.  Real yarn-y people have come up to us at shows and asked what it is made of and no one could believe it was acrylic.  It's that good.

To show it off we created a fairly easy pattern using giant needles that will knit up super quick.

And, you guessed it - It's on sale!

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Purchase it from Ravelry, add it to your project pages and show us what you got.

Also available in our Etsy shop.

 

Enjoy!

Thank You

I can not believe it.  You guys are awesome! A little over a week ago we started our free pattern promotion for the launch of our Giant Cable Scarf and the amount of people who downloaded it absolutely astounds!  I believe the final number was somewhere around 1400 unique downloads.  That's insane!

I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who downloaded, commented and favourited.  It means so much to us and I am patiently waiting to see all of your finished projects.  OK, maybe not so patiently.  I may or may not have Ravelry open at all times, refreshing to see if anyone has added any new stuff.

We would absolutely love to see your work, so make sure to start a project page in Ravelry or just email us your photos (for this pattern or any of our other ones)

If you missed this free download, don't worry!  We've decided that since this went so ridiculously well, we will be doing a little something special for every pattern release, and there will definitely be a few in the coming months.

 

The Giant Cable Scarf Pattern is still available on Ravelry and Etsy for $5.