Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Traditions

Happy July!

I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to the 4th of July weekend! To me July is the best of summertime starting off with a celebration and easing into a slower pace and lazy days until the rush of August and "back-to-school" madness.

Here's what I'm looking forward to in July:

1. Cheering on the U.S.A. Women's Soccer team! Sunday is the World Cup Final and the U.S.A. is on fire! Don't know if anything can top that fantastic game with Germany though - whew!

2. Outdoor movies in my hometown square. They started in June, but July is when hubby and I head out for movies outdoors with fresh popcorn, and treats.

3. Reading, reading, reading. I went to the American Library Association conference for the first time and was given a crazy amount of books! So excited to dive in and read.

4. A trip to NYC! Yippee! One of my very favorite cities in the world. I'm going to the BlogHer conference and extending my time to hang out.

5. Knitting. No surprise there. I've not been knitting as much, but then found a great audiobook (The Martian) that is perfect company.

Do you have any summer traditions or things you look forward to every year?

Let us know in the comments below and I'll pick someone to win a copy of  "60 Quick Knits From America's Yarn Shops."

This book has great projects that would be stunning in some Plucky or other luxury yarn. I especially like this lacy hat:

The giveaway will be open through July 5, 2015 and the winner will be chosen at random.
Can't wait to hear about your summer!

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, June 18, 2015


A lot going on behind the scenes here, but a quick few things to share.





Go Warriors!! Congrats on winning the finals! What a great series. I worked on my Golden State infinity scarf during most of the finals. I love Anzula's new yarn, It Could be Worsted.



So much more to go! Go take a peek.



I just love how cute she is putting her arms up at the right time!

Happy Friday! What is happening with you guys? We'd love to hear. 

Don't forget, all IGK patterns $6 or less are 20% off through the month of June with the coupon code: ADVENTURE

Happy Knitting!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Monday, June 1, 2015

Good Things.

Two very good things.

1. This past weekend I wasn't at TNNA, the knitting industry's trade show, but my designs were. I love working with Anzula Yarns, and I have a new design that I'll be releasing soon featuring their new yarn, Croquet. Can you see it below?


Cannon Beach in For Better or Worsted, at Anzula's Booth at TNNA

There is one day left of TNNA, so if you are there, be sure to stop by Anzula in Booth #747 to see my designs and then stop by Deep South Fibers in Booth #1048, my wholesale distributor to order them! 

2. One reason I'm not at TNNA is because at the end of June, I'm moving to Anchorage, Alaska! Yes, this San Francisco Bay Area born and raised girlie is going on an Alaska Adventure! I have an exciting job opportunity working at a small, ABA company with children with autism, and I'll be able to see that new special guy everyday too! My current job has been really stressful given my health issues this past few years, so I'm looking forward to a little less responsibility, while still doing the same work. I'll still be home every few months for my preventative treatments, so I'm hoping I won't miss my family too much (who am I kidding! I'm heartbroken that I won't be seeing Magpie, Lil Snowboarder, and Lil Guy whenever I want, but thank goodness for FaceTime!). 



To help celebrate, I'm having an Alaska Adventure sale on all my patterns $6.00 or less all month long! Receive 20% off by entering the code: adventure  This includes my new pattern, Kenmare Lace Fingerless Gloves, which is already on sale until June 10.

Lots of good things happening. Hope good things are happening for you too!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Thursday, May 28, 2015

{new pattern} Kenmare Lace Fingerless Gloves

Remember when I said I was busy? It's a very happy kind of busy that results in even more finalized patterns.


Delicate, yet chic. The Kenmare Lace Fingerless Gloves are so versatile. One skein makes a pair and the easy all over lace pattern makes them a quick knit.


Shown in The Plucky Knitter Cashmere, colorway Iced Audrey

Shown above in the swoon-worthy Plucky Knitter Cashmere, these mitts are perfect for that one irresistible luxury skein splurge.

Shown in The Plucky Knitter Snug Worsted, colorway Peninsula

An even quicker knit, a worsted weight version is included in the pattern. Need a gift for a teacher or another special someone? They would be thrilled with a pair of these fingerless gloves as an expression of your heartfelt gratitude.


Shown in Miss Babs Kunlun, colorway Soul Food

I knew I had to get pictures of the all the test knits (thanks again Tracey for test knitting these!) to show you how simple lace shines in a variety of yarns and looks gorgeous in both variegated and solid colors.


The fabulous photos are by Tricia Soto, aka Cheekyattitude aka our Irish Girlie Knits assistant! The one above is probably one of my faves!

Instructions are written for fingerless gloves that are worked in the round. Pattern is written for either sport or worsted weight yarn, with two different lengths. A chart is provided.

Suggested Yarns: ~155 yards for sport weight version such as The Plucky Knitter Cashmere, Miss Babs Yummy 3-ply, Anzula Squishy, Knitted Wit Victory DK.

~185 yards for dk/ light worsted weight version such as The Plucky Knitter Snug Worsted, Miss Babs Kunlun, Anzula Croquet, Big Bad Wool Weepaca. 

Finished measurements: 3” wide, unstretched and 10 1/2“ long for sport weight version 3” wide, unstretched and 10“ long for worsted weight version.


Special Introductory Sale Price of $4.75 through June 10 (then $6.00). 

Even more good news to come very soon!

Happy Knitting!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Monday, May 25, 2015


A lovely 3-day weekend, but things here seem to be moving quite fast lately. End of the school year, lots of exciting plans coming up, busy busy. Trying to find balance and be in the moment as much as possible. Just thought I'd share a few of my right nows....


{hanging out with}


{writing the pattern for the wee sweater}



You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life


Just go look :) You know you want to. I can't take pictures fast enough....probably 40-50 more  skeins to be added (eeep!).




6 weeks in, and 4 weeks of a lot less pain, I can't go a day without (new recipe I tried the other day...vanilla ShakeO and coffee!). My healthiest meal of the day. I've signed up to be a coach and we have a challenge group (think KAL, but more like Fitness-along) starting in June. Let me know if you'd like to join or are interested in more info about shakeology



I'd love to hear what's been happening with you.

Love you guys!

Happy Knitting!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cannon Beach

This design was born almost 4 years ago as part of a collection for Sock Summit. I'm so excited about its re-release as a single pattern.


Cannon Beach is now available on Ravelry and to celebrate, it is on sale for $4.00 until the end of May. Here it is in the lovely Anzula For Better or Worsted.


The warm days at the beach we long for can last into the evening with something soft and snug. For those chilly evening walks, this infinity scarf is the perfect summer accessory. Knit in either a fingering or worsted weight yarn, you can decide just how much warmth you want!


Inspired by the patterns in the the sand, the simple repeat grows into elegant waves. The pattern includes instructions for a 42” (48”) circumference and 8” (10 ½”) tall for fingering weight versions, after blocking and a 40” circumference and 9” tall for worsted weight version, after blocking. The fingering versions require ~ 345 (485) yards and the worsted weight version requires 400 yards.




I absolutely love the photos Jill Zielinski, aka Knitterella, did for this photoshoot. Her and my gorgeous model, Dani Cianek make a great team! Thanks ladies!


And of course, a very special thanks to my fabulous test knitter, Tracey!! Love you dear! Many of you know her as tbmccarthy on ravelry. Have you checked out her fabulous podcast, Moms with Yarn? I love these ladies! Here she talks about her experience knitting Cannon Beach!

Cannon Beach.2

I love it knit up in the gradient yarn! Here's a sample I was knitting in Black Trillium Fibre Studio Pebble Sock Gradient Yarns.

There's still plenty of time to join our "Playing with Color KAL!" in the IGK Designs group over on Ravelry. Join the fun! I can't wait to see your results. Remember, to celebrate its re-release, Cannon Beach is on sale for $4.00 until the end of May. 

Keep checking back, I've been getting patterns finalized and will have another available very very soon!

Oh, and speaking of patterns, thank you all for you well wishes on all the good things happening lately! I have some exciting news to share in the next week or so! But first, the winners of an IGK pattern of their choice from the good things contest are: Katie and Jane. Congrats ladies! If you message:  cheekyattitude    (Tricia) on ravelry, she'll get you a pattern of your choice (or email her at Tricia AT cheekyattitude DOT com)

Happy Knitting!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Oh the Places We Went and Food We Ate! Nashville Version

Warning! This post may cause a hankering for southern food. Especially biscuits.


When we heard that Stitches South would be in Nashville this year, it didn't take more than 60 seconds for us to decide that it would be a perfect trip for the Irish Girlie Knits Designs team. Looking back, I can't believe how much food and fun we packed in to such a short period of time. Most of that credit goes to the incredible organization of our knitterly travel companions @cupcake_faerie @2ducklips & @christinempk. Thanks so very much ladies!

First of all, we stayed at the convention center hotel and quickly found the Opryland Resort was appropriately named.


It was like a mini Disneyland!  There was a boat ride inside the hotel! Crazy!


And a waterfall!


First southern fried meal was from the iconic Loveless Cafe; complete with sides of fried green tomatoes and mac & cheese. And biscuits.


Biscuits and gravy...


Biscuits and jam... heavenly.

In the evening we headed to the Grand Ole Opry.


The young man above is Michael Ray who made his Opry debut that night and brought us all to tears with his heartfelt gratitude and raw emotion. The kid is going to be big.

He first sang "Green Green Grass of Home" as a tribute to his grandfather.  He followed it with his new single "Kiss You in the Morning."

The next morning we headed to Monell's for what we were told would be a true "Country Breakfast Experience."


A country breakfast is no joke...



True country breakfast! Grits, corn pudding, fried chicken... #Nashville #stitches
This was just the first pass where I tried a bit of everything. The highlights were the sausage, fried chicken and the (surprise!) biscuits.

We walked off our full stomachs with a stroll around the Germantown neighborhood surrounding Monell's restaurant.

Then headed to Ann Patchett's store, Parnassus Books...



And took a little break at a darling coffeehouse:


Oh, remember we were there for Stitches South!

We also managed to meet up with some of the most lovely people in knitting:



Jody!! (GrannyKnits4U)


Donna had a booth for her store In The Making.


Ravelry IGK group member ChefCaroline!


And darling Sarah showed off Nashville in the Plucky Knitter booth!
(We did a lot of damage there - her yarns are beyond inspiring!)

Lest you think we were done with all the eating...

We got up super early on the day we flew out for one last biscuit frenzy.


It was sooo worth it.


 Not only can these people make the the Giselle of biscuits...


they take biscuits to the next level...


They fry biscuit dough into donuts, fill with lemon mascarpone cream and serve them with a blueberry sauce. Unbelievably delicious!

We were exhausted in the very best of ways!


Happy Knitting!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits
Tricia (@CheekyAttitude)

P.S. There's lots of fun sharing going on in the IGK Ravelry Group KAL. "Playing with Color" is the theme. The Dancette pattern is on sale for the month of May. Perfect springtime knit in gorgeous color.