giveaway alert!



I first saw these scissors last year at Monarch Knitting in Pacific Grove, California, fell in love, then walked out with a pair of orange Flower-Powers and a smile on my face.  How is it that a pair of scissors can make you feel happy?  But 'tis true--they are now my favorite scissors because they are miniature in size, but mighty in snipping power. They feature tiny, airplane friendly blades and therefore are perfect for your travel bag.  Plus they are completely adorable, affordable, and functional.  There are dozens of designs, and when you see them you'll want to start a collection.

Paula Sibbald, the designer and founder of Kelmscott Designs is a Canadian now living in the USA. She started her company 14 years ago when she saw that makers and crafters wanted more items to craft with.  She has always loved to doodle, and her doodles turned into scissors!  To date she has designed over 100 different scissors designs and says it is still as much fun and exciting as it was when she started. Paula's scissors are designed in the US and manufactured in Canada.

If you cannot find them at your local knitting/stitching shop, there is an excellent selection at NeedleGoods where they ship worldwide. In the meantime, Paula has graciously offered my readers a selection of her scissors as a giveaway.  Six pretty scissors--six lucky winners.   This giveaway is open internationally.  I'll pick three winners from the blog comments and three winners from Knitionary's Facebook page.  I'll keep the giveaway open for a week or so.

There are two ways to enter:

Make a comment on this post by clicking here.

Then go to Knitionary's Facebook page, like the page,
then comment under the scissors post.

Make sure you leave your Ravelry name or your email address.

 Good luck, and please let me choose your winning pair.  

(Scroll down to see many of her pretty designs.)








Below are some other Kelmscott Designs on the NeedleGoods website that are not in my giveaway, but are too scrumptious not to share.  The cat below with the curly tail!  Love!  I've decided that these scissors are going to be my new 2017 hostess gift and plan to purchase a little bundle of these to have on hand.











Make a comment on this post by clicking here.

Then go to Knitionary's Facebook page, like the page,
then comment under the scissors post.

Make sure you leave your Ravelry name or your email address.



 Good luck, and please let me choose your winning pair.  

Thank you, Kristen



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Little Brother's Romper with a sweet discount!






Thirty-three years ago when I was dressing my own toddler, we used to call these bubbles.  Maybe it's because their round chubby bodies resembled fat bubbles.  In summer I would put him in a diaper, a romper and a pair of sandals and proclaim him to be darling! Nowadays and perhaps more accurately, these little onesies are called rompers.  I love that name! Now that I'm knitting for the son of that now grown-up toddler, I'm happy to see these little rompers are back in favor.   When looking for the perfect romper to knit for my grandson, I fell in love with PetiteKnits baby designs and decided Little Brother's Romper would be my first foray into knitted rompers.  It's a quick knit in aran weight yarn that is knit bottom-up and in-the-round. It is sized in newborn to 24 months.  I knit the 12-18 mos. size and used machine washable Rowan All Seasons Cotton.  My new little romper is just scrumptious!

Mette of PetiteKnits has generously offered to give my readers a 30% discount on ALL her patterns. Use the coupon code KNITIONARY at checkout.  The discount is good through the weekend. Go to PetiteKnit's Ravelry design page to see all Mette's pretty designs which include her gorgeous Anker's Sweater for adults and children, Teddy Bear, Dagmar's Dress, No-Frills, and Milla's Summer Suit and save 30%! Hurry now, the code expires at the end of the weekend.









While walking around the garden this morning looking for the perfect photo spot, I took some fresh garden shots as it seems to change every day. The vegetable garden is almost entirely planted and the roses are starting to put on their grand show. California spring, oh how I love you.





















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ready for Easter



















Preparing for Easter this year involved tremendous strategic planning on my part.  How to get all the house and garden spring cleaning done, plus the menus planned and groceries brought in, egg hunt planned, and still fit in a long-ago planned trip (plus a quick 3 day surprise pop-up trip that brought us home last night--with our guests arriving this afternoon) meant making list after list and sticking to a schedule with military-like precision.  Having less time meant I had to give up a few things I normally would have done.  There's very little Easter decorations, but I'm sure I'm the only one who will notice. But now I'm done! Everything is sparkling, I'm showered and ready to run one last errand before the family comes.  We're out of coffee of all things!

Happy Easter!

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Thank you, Kristen



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