Alana Dakos! I just LOVE her patterns and her blog 'Never Not Knitting'. Does she have a group on Raverly? If not, she should have ;-) If I knew how to start one I would! I want to knit everything she designs.
This week Alana has had a Fall Pattern Sale featuring one of her gorgeous patterns every day. Just the other week I bought the Cream and Sugar Cowl Pattern. It was the first one on sale this past week which of course I didn't need. Day two was the beautiful Autumn Vines Beret, but I missed it!!!! Not to worry, Alana has kindly extended her pattern sale to Monday (tomorrow) and will have a 'Oops I Missed It Sale' from between 4pm - 7pm pacific standard time. I plan on getting the beret pattern tomorrow. I also bought the lovely Cosette wrap pattern this week and the Shawl Collard Cowl.
I've already finished the Cream and Sugar cowl and blocked it. I just haven't taken a final photo yet. I used Knit Picks Imagination sock yarn that I had in stash. I loved knitting this, and hope to add it to my queue to knit one for myself soon. Speaking of my queue (on Ravelry of course) I've started adding things that I want to knit for ME! I think I tried this last year, but ended up knitting gifts again! 2012 is going to be a 'ME' year, definitely this time. I think most of Alana's patterns will be on there for myself ;-)
I cast on for the Shawl Collard Cowl as soon as I got the pattern the other day, using some Malabrigo Merino Worsted - again from stash! Not having an LYS I have to use stash or wait til I order the yarn online. This one will be a Christmas gift this year, so I plan on getting more yarn that I like and can hopefully knit one for myself for this winter.
Still got tons to knit for Christmas. It would help if I had all the patterns picked out that I want to make, but I don't. I'm just thinking them up as I go along. Mainly hats for the kiddos (cos they're quick), cowls and scarves for the girlies and I don't have a clue what I will do the menfolk! So much to knit . . . . . so little time!