Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Sweet Winner!

We're happy to announce we have a winner in our Sweet Giveaway! 

Congratulations Elflyn! I'll be e-mailing you as soon as I receive your prize code!
Remember the great images I was able to make with this awesome scrapbooking software? Here's a refresher!

 Now you'll be able to make great Scrapbook Pages too!

Disappointed you missed the contest? No Worries! You can still use our exclusive promo code! When you Copy & Paste the code "STMMMS64798" in the promo box at Checkout you will recieve $10 off your copy of the Digital Memory Suite AND $10 to spend in the store- a $20 Value!!

I'd like to do more giveaways in the future but what would YOU like to see as a prize?
What would you like to see more of in our weekly features?

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Sweet Giveaway!

Hey all! I want to share my excitement with you about our FIRST Giveaway here at 'il filato dolce' this week! Recently I was introduced to a digital scrapbooking software called My Memories Suite.
I do a lot of different crafts and admittedly have a stash of scrapbooking supplies in a closet with the intention of being a memory book for my son but it's hard for me to find the time to get started on it.

I think that's the reason I fell in love so quickly with this software! It's very intuitive, all of the images in my post today and this week will be made with it so you can get a taste of what in can do!

You may remember these images from the Hair Tutorial Link I posted! The digital scrapbooking software allows me to stack different elements like lace and ribbons and automatically resized my pictures to fit the wide variety of layouts!

Now these are examples of pictures I've used in my blog and how the layouts can be adapted for blogging or even promotional things! But I used it to revamp our family portraits too!

Now you may be thinking, "Sure, professional pictures are going to look good! But what about snapshots? The real memory pictures?" Well, you tell me!

Ok, Maybe I DID just want to show off more of my babies)
I'm also pleased to let you know that My Memories Suite is offering a special promotion for all of our 'il filato dolce' readers! When you Copy & Paste the code "STMMMS64798" in the promo box at Checkout you will recieve $10 off your copy of the Digital Memory Suite AND $10 to spend in the store- a $20 Value!!

 We are also giving away a FREE COPY of My Memory Suite to one of you!

Ways to win: 
(Leave one comment for each, letting me know!)
  • Refer a friend to enter our contest!-one entry
Good Luck and Have Fun!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Finished Object Friday: Baby Things.

A few weeks ago, I put out an offer to my facebook friends. I offered to knit some handmade gifts on their behalf for some money to add to my yarn budget. I had one person take me up on this offer. The secretary from my high school, who was always looking out for me in those awkward years, asked for baby items for a new addition to her nieces family.

I couldn't resist!
No, this is not the blob. It is the Baby Surprise Jacket, by Elizabeth Zimmerman. It is genius. It is one piece of knitting, made larger and smaller in key places.

See the instructions under it? Crazy!

Once you are finished you stitch up to seams along the top of the shoulders, add a finished edge and buttons, and voila!

For the yarn I held two colors (Golden Glow & Queen Anne) of Stroll Tonal by Knitpicks together. It made this sweater so squishy and comfy, perfect for baby!

I fell in love with the colors but I felt I needed something to go with the sweater, so I picked the leftover Queen Anne up and whipped up a hat!

I chose the simple and gratifying Swirl Hat! It's by Mandie Harrington and it was really enjoyable to knit.

Aren't they precious? I can't wait to see them on a baby!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Results in Color!

Well, the votes have been tallied and while everyone seemed to like all of my color choices, one was the clear winner!

Happiness in Prairie Lace

I think it's going to look spectacular! And what's more, my favorite yarn shop (as I tell you over and over again) Happy Knits, is having a Knit Along in the month of October for sweaters out of Little Red in the City! So I'm going to cast on with the group, document my step by steps, and share them with all of you!

And in case you wanted a refresher, the cardigan that won is Cria! You can see the full post here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


It's Wednesday so it is oddly fitting that I decide to update you on my favorite in-progress project today! See that? I'm thinking of you! Currently I am working on a few things. I just finished a Baby Sweater and Hat,which you'll see on Friday according to plan. I am also working on a ribbed moebius cowl for a friends class demo out of Madelinetosh Chunky in Grasshopper (Killer yarn!). In addition to these, I'm participation in a Knit-A-Long for Hosta on Thursdays, and my husbands' socks aren't progressing much. To be truthful,I've been sidetracked.

It's the puffs.

How can I resist?

 I knit one, and without thinking I'm casting on the next!

To be fair, I'm not the only one addicted. Hexipuff-mania is sweeping the knitting world! And why shouldn't they?! They're quick, portable, and (nearly) instantly gratifying!

Does this one look familiar? It's from my sailor scarf leftovers! These puffs are going to bust throught the tiny yardages of various yarns I have!

The idea is that you knit them, stuff them, and close them all over the period of a year (they're tiny so it's best not to think about the quantity). Then you stitch them all together at the corners and voila! You have a quilt, it's already stuffed and double-sided so there's no need for backing or to mess with batting!

You can make them as puffy (or flat, if you're that kind of person) as you want! Mine are super squishy so they look a little wonky all by themselves. When they're stitched up you'll see how cute they are!

I probably need 700+ puffs. I don't really mind. There's no deadline. This isn't a gift for anyone but me. I have thirteen done so far. I'm proud of each and every one!

But that yellow and cerulean one is my favorite. Don't tell the others that though.