A Birthday Giveaway!

We have a lot to celebrate around these parts, we are teetering on the brink of having 400 followers on our little piece of the internet and its thrilling!

We’re also in the depths of winter, or as I like to refer to it, Prime Knitting Season. A lot of people don’t care for January, as there are no glittering holidays to decorate for, or parties and holiday food to nibble on.  But January, to me anyway, means wintry beauty, finally being comfortable (I don’t do very well in the heat) cuddling up to my wool without it making me sweat, brisk outdoors and cozy indoors. January also means its my birthday! So since today is my birthday and since everyone is coming down off their holiday high, and in need of a pop of color in their life we’re giving away this beautiful Elka Mug from Anthropologie.

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Who wouldn’t love to curl up with a steamy cuppa on a cold January night? What a cheerful color to brighten even the wintriest of winter mornings.

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TO BE ENTERED IN THE GIVEAWAY:  simply click on the link in the sidebar to follow FlorrieMarie on WordPress and you have a chance to win! Once we reach 400 we will randomly choose one winner from all of our followers, so don’t worry if you’re already following, you’re in!!

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If you like, leave us a comment letting us know what you love about January!

Disclaimer: We simply love this mug from Anthropologie, they didn’t ask us to give it away or link to the website, and we weren’t paid to promote it. Its just super pretty and we wanted to share the love.

Leaf Kerchief Winner!

Sorry this post is a little late today, but we have a winner!! Our random number generator chose…

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Sarashoo! She commented: “Love this pattern! So glad you decided to publish it! I’d knit it up in a Leading Men Fibers in the Foliage colorway.”

Thank you so much to all who commented, this was a lot of fun for us.
– Florrie & Marie

Introducing Leaf Kerchief & a GIVEAWAY!

Leaf Kerchief

Leaf Kerchief

I first knitted Leaf a few years ago, I knew I wanted something simple with a touch of detail and it had to be knitted in one of my favourite yarns, Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM). A gorgeous hand painted fingering weight merino. There was no blood, and I don’t recall any sweat, but there were tears. Tears of frustration, tears from the pain of my fingers seizing up and tears of joy when I cast off the last stitch.

I can’t tell you the number of times I pulled down the work, starting over and over because there weren’t enough stitches, or there were too many, or I miss counted, and the decreases weren’t right. I threw down my needles several times, but each time, after a few days of cooling off I’d pick up my knitting determined to see this through. Eventually I found my rhythm.

The thought of publishing hadn’t really crossed my mind until last year.  I received many compliments while wearing it and several people asked if there was a pattern. After proding and encouragement from Marie, I reknitted it and wrote it. Luckily I had a few rough scribbles that I could work from, but there were still a few stumbling blocks and adjustments. Almost a year later I feel that its ready, I’m super excited and a little nervous about putting it out here. It’s an unfussy, and versatile piece,  that’s prefect for chilly days. -Florrie

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We are so excited about publishing the Leaf Kerchief pattern that we have gone completely mad and are giving away a Leaf Kerchief Kit which will arrive in a fun FloMa tote filled with woolly  goodness.  The kit includes:

  • One FlorrieMarie “Knit. Eat. Repeat.” cotton tote bag (14″x14″x3″)
  • One printed copy of the Leaf Kerchief pattern on acid free paper in a protective plastic sheet cover.  As well as a code to download the PDF pattern to your Ravelry library.
  • Enough wool to make one Leaf Kerchief (with probably a bit leftover).
  • One set of safety-pin stitch holders.
  • One set of Clover Chibi darning needles in a blue carrying case for finishing work.
  • One measuring tape.
  • One little box from Muji for holding notions

The list of things in the giveaway may grow after we go to Rhinebeck.  Who knows what sort of wonderful goodies we will find. Originally we were going to get more Koigu wool for this giveaway, which the original pattern was knit in and which we adore for its deep variegated dyes and soft hand. But then Florrie had the thought that since Sheep & Wool is such a great place to buy gorgeous hand dyed skeins from small batch artists, that we would wait and pick up something really special from the vendors in Rhinebeck. We’ll post a picture of the kit complete with the Rhinebeck yarn we find tomorrow.

*EDIT* 10/21/13

Posting pictures of the yarn and other goodies included in the giveaway! We’re really happy with the yarn we found. there were soooooo many wonderful colors and fibers to choose from. We hope you’ll love it too!

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Northumbria Fingering
A lighter fingering weight than either our Yummy 2-Ply or Cosmic, Northumbria Fingering is spun from the long, lustrous wool of Bluefaced Leicester sheep. Northumbria Fingering has a nice natural shine that enhances the vibrant, rich colors. It’s great for durable, fine-gauge socks, and lovely in crisp lacy shawlettes.
Size: 437 yd / 3.5 oz (400m / 100g) skeins
Content: 100% Bluefaced Leicester wool
Gauge: Fingering weight. 8-10 stitches per inch on US 0-2.

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Leaf Kerchief

Leaf Kerchief

We will be at Sheep & Wool both Saturday and Sunday, so if you see us stop by and say hi! We’ll attend both of the Ravelry Meet Ups.

To enter in the drawing, all you need to do is leave a comment in this post about which yarn you would choose to knit a Leaf Kerchief before the end of day Friday October 25, 2013.

-Florrie & Marie

The fine print:  Comments must be posted before 11:59 pm Friday October 25th to be eligible for drawing.  On Saturday 10/26/13 one comment will be picked using a random number generator to receive the giveaway. The winner will be announced at noon on Saturday 10/26/13. The giveaway is not redeemable for cash.  Contents of the kit are non-negotiable. No substitutions. The winner will be contacted by email to arrange for shipping. If the winner fails to reply to the email within 30 days they forfeit the prize and we will randomly select another comment to win the giveaway. Any questions or concerns just ask! florriemarie@gmail.com