12 January 2015

Starting the year off snazzy!

I have something fabulous to share with you and I have been sitting on my hands so I wouldn't share it too early.  Have you noticed that I put my hook down for a little bit and picked my needles back up?  There is good reason for this - a fabulous little accessories pattern book by Pam Powers entitled "Dress to Impress, Knitted Scarves".  Oh my goodness, just look at what I have made...
Hobbit graciously agreed to model it for me as soon as it was dry from blocking.
Isn't it gorgeous!  I actually knit this in a few hours - it was broken up over two nights after work but a more experienced and faster knitter could make it in an afternoon, I'm sure.  Even that precious flower is knit - and I've used the pattern for it since because it is so much fun to make.

I was asked by my publisher friend if I wanted to review this book and the minute I opened the look book pdf, I agreed.  This pattern was on the cover and I immediately had to have one.  It was so absolutely perfect.  Delicate.  Feminine.  Beautiful.  Fun.  Everything I want in an accessory.  When I ventured through the pages I could hardly contain my excitement - so many projects jumped out at me!  Do you know that I actually started a second project?  I sure did, I even teased with you it last Monday...
Is it silly that I'm super proud of these 4" of cabled knitted goodness?  Yeah, I didn't think so either.
Not bad for a crocheter, huh... makes me think I almost have the right to call myself a knitter too.  It took me three false starts but I've done pretty well now.  I have a page all set up on my Knitting Buddy app and everything.  I'm loving this pattern.  Would you like to see what it will be when it grows up?  Okay...
All book images are (c) Pam Powers and borrowed with permission
Isn't it going to be gloriously fabulous!  I love that this pattern is made flat and then you do you some knit origami and BOOM, awesome bow!  As you can see, I am nowhere near done but I'm working on it and I loving every second so that's a big win in my book.

Would you like to peek at a few of my other favorites?  Yeah, I thought you would.  I can't show you all 24 but I've pulled out the ones that have made it into my "must make before I die" pile.  Take a look...

I love the combination of the bold chevron with oversized buttons in this gorgeous cowl.

The delicate lace in the cowl still looks snuggly warm and the feminine feel of the ascot its amazing.

Can you see how the body has texture too - just enough to keep it interesting but not distracting.

I love the way the inside is just as beautiful as the outside.  Pam really pays attention to details.
Yes, I need to make another one because I absolutely love this pattern.
I had a really difficult time choosing which patterns to share but these are either on my needles or waiting to be queued up.  Now y'all know that I am not very savvy in the knitting department.  I can knit but my brain sometimes goes on strike and my confidence falls to my feet.  I can honestly tell you that the instructions on here are so well written that I never got frustrated trying to decode what Pam wanted me to do next.  Even with new techniques, because she has an awesome section in the back that gives you photographed step-by-step tutorials on how to do something that you may have never done before...
Between the easy to follow written instructions and clearly illustrated photographs, you'll be a pro in no time!
So, how would you like to win a copy of this book?  It's easy to do...
a Rafflecopter giveaway
I kept it simple because, as Pam just proved, it's elegant and beautiful. No fussy giveaways here - just answer a question and you're golden. Entries limited to US only due to shipping. Please be sure to include a valid way for me to get in touch with you - email address or Ravelry ID will be perfectly fine.

I'll announce the winner on Monday, January 19th. Don't worry if you aren't chosen because this awesome book is available now, both online and in stores.  Good luck everyone!!


  1. Beautiful patterns! I would love to win

    momofpeg on Rav

  2. My favorite "go to" accessory in the winter is definitely a scarf/shawl, just wrap it on and go!
    Love the book, thanks for giving one away.

  3. Hobbit looks adorable in that scarf! I do like it in the neutral colorways shown in the book, though!

  4. This time of year it's all about the hats and the scarves!!

    ~Sara knitmainea

  5. Love the picture of Hobbit!!! Oh my goodness!!! I want this book! My favorite go-to accessory is a pretty necklace. Hey, you didn't say it had to be crafted!! :)

  6. Love this book! My favorite accessories are scarfs and shawls.

    Oriocookie1 on rav.

  7. I don't know why I am having such a hard time posting a com.e t.was texting tell you what a love photo of Hobbit that is....the book looks wonderful too !

  8. Great Designs!! Lovely♥ My fovorite is Mosaic Square Cowl
    Thanks for sharing, Susana

  9. My favorite accessory is a cowl. I love the bow scarf from the book, it's so unique and gorgeous! saraq24 on Ravelry

  10. This space is for "squiggi", as she is having challenges entering. Must not let anyone miss this fabulous opportunity!


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