If you have been following my blog for a bit, you know that in addition to scrapbooking, I also love to knit. You may also know that I get together and knit with a friend once a month at our local coffee shop. She is amazingly talented! I find that not only am I inspired by her with my knitting, but the inspiration crosses over into my scrapping as well.
I recently asked Elizabeth if she would offer up a guest post and I was thrilled that she accepted! She even comes bearing gifts! There is an amazing giveaway at the end of this post, so be sure to check that out...
Knits and Prints.
Elizabeth, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Sure! I am a Graphic Designer by day, knitter by night. I first began knitting some 12 years ago when a co-worker offered to teach me how. She helped me with a scarf (I quickly learned that starting with a complex boucle pattern isn't the best idea when you don't even know what the stitches are should look like)! I've been teaching myself different techniques ever since. I love to read and knit, so I try to do both - at the same time! I love to knit dog sweaters, but I only have cats - and they hate to try them on. My biggest knitting advice - don't let double pointed needles intimidate you, knitting hats is super easy when you have the right size needles.
One way to make a project feel custom is to combine different color materials to make unique color combinations! For my knitting, I like to choose a solid color yarn and a color-changing yarn so that there are interesting variations throughout the piece. It also keeps the project interesting as I knit! I like to try to match the weight of the yarns, but it's also fun to experiment with color, texture, and finish.
Sounds lovely! Can we see some examples?
Gorgeous Example #1: (Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Eggplant, Red Heart Boutique Eclipse in Mountain Mist)
Oh, how beautiful is that?!?! What else do you have up your sleeve?
How about this?
Gorgeous Example #2: (Patons Classic Wool in Aran, Patons Classic Wool in Rosewood)
In both of these examples, I alternate the color yarns every two rows. It keeps the edge with the switching yarns neat, just be sure to keep your tension the same on the switching yarn edge (if it is too tight, it will make that side slightly shorter and it will not hang straight). For more of these fabulous knitting tips, be sure to visit my blog.
Aren't these fabulous?!?!?! I am envisioning so many possibilities, Elizabeth!
OK, let's see this amazing giveaway! Elizabeth is offering up this gorgeous "Gingerbread Icing" hat to one lucky winner! You will even get a beautifully designed PDF pattern of it (remember she is also a very talented graphic designer)!Just look at the beautiful cables! I am so inspired!
I so loved the color combos and cables in this hat, I just had to try some new techniques on a layout! Here is a peek:
Wanna see more? Sure!... But after we play our giveaway game :) So, what inspires you? What is the most unexpected color combination you have tried? Let us know in the comments below for your chance to win this gorgeous hat.
For an extra entry, hop on over to Elizabeth's Etsy store and take a look. Tell us your favorite item for sale in the comments below. The "Dandelion Puff" mitts are a MUST see! I will be ordering some of those very soon!
Entries close tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 7 with the start to finish of my layout inspired by this amazing hat! Good luck!
Thanks for stopping by Purple Mailbox, Elizabeth!