Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tannenbaum Kits

Tannenbaum Kits are back in my Etsy store, including a new tree design for 2013!

I originally designed these little Christmas tree appliqué patterns with the idea that they would be great for knitters to use to make holiday greeting cards.  Decorated with embroidered French knots, mini light bulbs or jingle bells from the crafts store, or sparkly yarn or tinsel, the cards are simply charming.

But as I was playing around making my own cards, I realized that decorated with stitch markers, they make lovely gifts for one knitter to give to another.  An angel, star or xmas bulb marker from my Charming line are perfect to use as tree toppers, or Ringlets or little Mini Markers can serve as "ornaments" for the tree.  Attached with a bit of sparkly thread or yarn, the recipient can easily snip off the markers to use in their knitting projects. 

And from there my Tannenbaum kits were born.  They include almost everything you need to make an applique greeting card, and come with a beautiful holiday-themed sterling silver stitch marker that you can use as a tree topper, or keep for yourself to add to your own marker collection. 

The Tannenbaum 2 kit includes the following:
  • Pattern printed on heavy oversized postcard stock
  • Sterling silver & enamel Xmas bulb stitch marker
  • 3 yards of silk lame yarn for decorating the tree
  • 1 yard of sparkly yarn for attaching a tree topper
  • 10 adhesive dots for attaching the appliqué to the card
  • Blank notecard & envelope

The Tannenbaum 1 kit includes:
  • Pattern printed on heavy oversized postcard stock
  • Sterling silver star stitch marker
  • Silver-lined seed beads
  • 1 yard of sparkly yarn for attaching a tree topper
  • Blank notecard & envelope

You'll need to supply your own knitting needles and yarn.  The appliques use small amounts of fingering weight yarn, so you could likely us up bits of leftover yarn in your stash.  And they knit up quickly so you can make lots in time for the holidays!

Which are rapidly approaching, you know.  Just saying. 

Friday, November 8, 2013


Introducing the Tuckpoint cowl!

Featuring a simple slipped stitch pattern worked in alternating bands of variegated and semi-solid yarns and a pretty textured border, the piece works up quickly.  For a bold geometric look, work the cowl in brightly colored yarns with high contrast.

An optional striped lining adds a bit of fun and extra warmth, as well as making the cowl reversible.

Tuckpoint can easily be made into an infinity scarf by adding additional repeats.

The sample shown in the pictures was knit in Baah Yarns La Jolla, a wonderful 100% Superwash Merino, in the colorways Lavender and Grapevine.  Mira of Baah Yarns has a fine arts background and brings her painting experience to her dying.  Her colors are full of depth and are just amazing.

Tuckpoint is available now in my Ravelry store.  Enjoy!