*tiny owl birthday party*

chelsea-flower-show-herohi knittens! today is my birthday! :) im having a birthday chat party over on ravelry and you are all invited!  im going to be giving away 10 free patterns and also one person is going to win a tiny owl “motherload!”

Q. oooh whats a motherload?
A. its a copy of every single tiny owl knits pattern published to date!
Q. huh!? how and where do i win?
A. click here to come to ravelry, read all about it and start to chat and play!
http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/tiny-owl-knits/topics/2924697
lots of owlie love to you all! love, stephanie xoxo

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*enchanted tree hat*

oooh! a light just went on in that tree.  that means there must be a gnome or pixie family living there!  i just knew this hat was enchanted.
Pull the brown tassel to turn the light *off*. 
Pull the green tassel to turn the light *on*.
The light switch is simply a long i-cord with a yellow bit woven through the tree trunk.  When you pull the i-cord, it slides to reveal a little light!  Presto, the elves are home!
*enchanted tree hat pattern page*   *buy it now link*

leave a comment below to be entered in a drawing to win a free tiny owl knits pattern of your choice! ill pick the winner tomorrow night.

thanks everyone for your yummy love vibe comments! congratulations to the winner drumrolllll pllllleaaaassssseeee! the winning comment chosen at random IS: JANE S!

Jane S. says:

Now that is CUTE! Of course my sister would say I should always leave it off…like nobody’s home inside this head…hmmph!  ;-)

ill be sending you an email jane :) im just sure that someone is home!
happy knits lovelies, i hope you are making your lives beautiful.
love, stephanie xoxo

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care of magical creatures charm bracelet (pack 3!)

hootrah! charm pack 3 is here! as you might remember from the first 2 charm packs, each charm has a special task with it.   *click here to go to the order page and all that guff.*

the charms in alphabetical order are:Cheshire cat tail, HP sweater cocoon (with butterfly), cricket, gryffindor lion, house elf sock, hufflepuff badger, hummingbird, ladybug, lilypad, pegasus feather, ravenclaw eagle claw, slytherin snake, snitch, sorting hat, thestral treat (steak.)

for some reason, these tasks ended up being “the deeper cuts” sort of.  the work is really inner transformational and centers around a lot of self care.  i hope you will enjoy them!

the raw steak charm is a little gross isnt it? dont you find it hilarious that luna lovegood carries a big chunk of raw steak in her bag to give to thestrals?  doesnt it get on her wizard phone and all over the inside of her bag? or maybe she had it in a plastic bag or tinfoil and we just didnt see that part.  yes im sure thats it… ok im ok with it now.  ooh i went on about that a bit too much didnt i?  but dont tell me you didnt think about all this when you saw the movie. :)  (i say when you saw the movie because if you havent seen it yet, surely you will.. and then the “when” is in the future.)

some of you might remember back when i released charm pack 2 we had a drawing for pack 3! well the time has come! congratulations:  OLIVIA!
Olivia says:
September 10, 2013 at 8:07 am 
Charm Pack 2 is even cuter than Charm Pack 1 (which was soooo cute.) I can’t wait to see what you come up with in Charm Pack 3. I love that little Monster Book.

i’ve sent you an email with the pattern link! let me know if you dont get it k?

hey everyone else dont worry, you know i love giving stuff away. leave a comment below and ill chose a winner for a pdf tomorrow!  (you can have any tiny owl knits pattern you desire.) good luck and lotso love, stephanie xoxo

EDIT wheee we have a winner!  congratulations Mary jo!
(with a hilarious comment to boot! lol) .. ive just emailed you so check junk mail :)
Mary jo says:
January 21, 2014 at 5:28 am
Whooooot last night I heard owls hooting in the trees before I went to sleep. Mating season has started or maybe they were reminding me to comment and enter ; ) whoooooot..whoooooooooot

ps. if you’d like to use alternative yarns, {among friends} made kits!

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*my sister knits trunk show*

my sister knitsAre you doing anything on Saturday January 25th?  If you’re near Fort Collins, Colorado you must pop by this sweet carriage house from 12 – 4.  It’s a magical yarn shop called *my sister knits* and I’m doing a trunk show there!  I’ll have all of my samples on hand including mr. fox if i can convince him to deal with a car ride.  Come by to chat & knit!

If you can’t make it don’t worry.  I’ll see you this monday right here with Care of Magical Creatures Charm bracelet 3!  As you know mondays around here are also known as “potter-day” so expect some hogwartsy goodness. See you soon! love, Stephanie xoxo

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in a strange and woody place


happy beautiful autumn lovelies! i hope you are getting a good chance to roll in some leaves and have some caramel apples!  ive been staying cozy and wearing my twig cowl everywhere i go. yesterday mr. owl asked me if it was attached to my neck.
yes. i said. yes it most certainly is.

this is a simple little project! sometimes i hesitate to put out things that are too basic and then i end up getting too complicated… so this was my very first KISS project.  (keep it super simple!)  and why not? i decided to make just the very thing i wanted, which was a rustic, cozy feather soft cowl to keep ALL breezes at bay this winter. the result? my little new best friend twig here.

the brown cabled part is knitted flat like a scarf and then seamed into a circle. easy.
then the fluffy lining part is knitted the same exact way, a simple scarf! easy!
then you pop the lining inside and make a sloppy whipstitch all around the edges. easy!!!

EDIT:
id like to give away a copy of the pattern free so leave a little note here in the comment section and i’ll draw the winners tomorrow :) good luck!!!
congratulations: greenrabbitdesigns!
greenrabbitdesigns says:
November 21, 2013 at 11:32 am 
Oh……cosy! :)
I’ve sent you an email with the pattern link!
(check your junk mail if you dont see it!) :)

you can also get the pattern right now right *here*.
until we meet again, bless bless bless and happy knits! love, stephanie xoxo

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*the lucky 11.. ahem.. i mean 12*

tiny owl knits FREE PATTRN friday!hoot hoot!!! i waited a little bit longer to announce the winners today to give yall a chance to get in your hoot! so the 11 have been CHOSEN! but wait. i cant count so well. so i accidentally took 12 posts.. oops! ;) hehehe i didnt think you would mind the extra one. all the names are listed below. if you see your comment below, i will be sending you all an email.  just respond with your choice of pdf pattern.  you can choose any tiny owl knits pattern published to date. they are all on the board so have fun deciding!

for those of you that didnt win this time, did you know that i give away a free pattern every single friday on my ravelry message board? i’ve been doing it for 3 years now! can you believe it? its been so much fun over there.. everyone gets their tea and chats away.  please join us anytime! check out the details *here* (you may have to get a ravelry account if you dont already have one.. may i highly recommend it!)

without further ado: the WINNERS!

Debi says:October 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm woot woot !!!!!!! thanks for another chance to win….. I love your patterns in this book and hope to be able to get it one day.. I would love to have 1 pattern for now.. to hold me over :0)

dani says: October 6, 2013 at 12:26 pm You knocked this book out of the park! Its absolutely stunning and one of the only books I will make just about everything in it. That’s saying something!

Aimee Richardson says:October 7, 2013 at 7:49 am “Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.” -Yoda

Maria Maguire says: October 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm One more chance?! I think my head might explode if I actually had to try to choose just one pattern….but luckily I like to live dangerously so I’ll give it one last shot! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Lizzy Reeves says: October 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm  Fairy kisses, Lovely Lady. You have brightened up my days with your delightful, whimsical knits and your charming words. We think you’re beautiful in our house! Thank YOU! xxx

Julie says:October 7, 2013 at 9:23 am You are so talented!

Dewi says: October 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm I just love everything you make and I’m kind of sad the giveaway is over. I loved reading your PS’s every day. Your book is definitely on my wish list! Lots of love from the Netherlands!

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littleannie51 says: October 6, 2013 at 9:40 pm Oh so lovely & dreamy & sprinkled with fairy dust!

Natalie says: October 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm The fun never ends. I bought the Woodland book. Awaiting more creations. Thanks for sharing in the fun.

torirot says: October 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm Thanks for another chance to win

awkwardsoul says: October 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm  Love your patterns! Sigh, reminds me I lost the Fairylights hat I made and I should make another one.

vuchickens says: October 7, 2013 at 10:38 am  They are all so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your creativity (and your lovely photos) with the world!

happy knitting and see you soon! love, stephanie xoxo

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*woodland knits*

ok, here it is! i mean here they are! allllll 21 patterns featured in the book. i know you may recognize some of them because half of them have been previously released on pdf.  i thought you might like to see them ALL together though…. so you can decide if there are enough patterns inside that you’d like to knit. :)

The patterns in the book include: Deer with Little Antlers Hat, Moonbeam Duster, Bo Peep Scarf, Tiny Violet Hand Puff, Fawn Poncho, Free Rapunzel!, Woodland Hoodlet, Meow Mitts, FairieWings, Dragon Watcher’s Hood, Mr Fox Stole My Heart, Juniper Wishing Scarf, Catching Butterflies, Garden Gate and Ivy, Seedpod purse, Oh My Bear!, Wanderwillows, Wildflower Crown, Spirit of the Birch, The Changeling Collar & Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In case you need the link you can get the book here on amazon:  *woodland knits.*

Q. aw tiny owl, i didnt win over the past 10 days! im so bummed cause i really really really really still want to win a pattern.
A. well ok, you twisted my wing. this has been SO much fun i just cant stop yet. .. .. how about i will give away 11 more PDFs with this post? (one for each of the new patterns.) it only seems right! you can leave comments below for your chance to win one! ill announce the 11 winners tomorrow and you can pick the pdf of your choice… all better now? :) yay!

Now for the FUN STUFF!
The WINNING COMMENTS from yesterday (chosen at random) are:
First for the copy of the PDF:
CONGRATULATIONS Ms. Hennipenny!!

Ms. Hennipenny says:
October 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm
I would knit them for my halloween costume! Lovely as always!

Next for the copy of the book:
CONGRATULATIONS Melissa K!!

 

Melissa K says:
October 5, 2013 at 10:32 am
Love these!! I’m laughing here of the pictures of your cat wearing them, as I can totally see me putting them on one of our small dogs :)

Winners, i’ll be sending you an email this week so be sure to check your junk folder!
See you tomorrow to announce the 11 pdf winners!! and until then happy knits and good luck!!
love, stephanie xoxo

ps. i just want to take this time to thank you all so so much for all of your amazing comments and unbelievable support. i am so humbled by it and i dont take a single word youve said for granted!  releasing a book was kind of scary. but im SO happy that my patterns seem to be bringing you guys as much JOY as they have brought me! not only has this been fun, i just feel the owlie love army power! lotsa love and magical knitting to you all.  i know ive said it before, but thank you. thank you. thank you ♥

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*day 10 of the give-away party!* faerie wings

ohmyhoot. we got here!  its the very final day of this special 10 days of tiny owl knits!! i have SO enjoyed playing with you all and giving away lots of pressies!! now dont you fret and dont you frown, cause there are always going to be lots more tiny owl knits patterns to come. i promise!  in fact i have a half dozen or more things on the needles right now. :)

before you head out today let me know if you want news-owls to come to your house! (well.. your email box) you can get news-owls in 2 different ways:
1. if you want an owl every single time i post anything on my blog, sign up in the right hand column up at the top. i might chat about random stuff sometimes.
2. if you only want owls when i put up a new pattern or have really big news,  peep over there to the right column and find the envelope.  click it to sign up and you’ll get an owl no more than about once a month.
3. if you like news, & you like owls you are more than welcome to sign up for both!  the owls may beg for treats, but i feed them well before they fly to your email boxes so dont give in to their trickery.

so welcome to the final day of the give-away party! thank you again so so much for your amazing comments! ❤  i’m so glad you are here today. so here we go!  Day 10 brings us maybe my favorite pattern from the book *faerie wings*!

These light and simple fairy wings are a snap to make and a breeze to wear. You’ll even forget you have them on, which is great when you are rambling through the forest, (but it might get you some funny looks at the grocery store.)  

 You can take a closer peek at the details *here* or buy it now for 5.50 USD.The pattern is also featured in my book *woodland knits.*

Q. How do i win a copy of this pattern, and how do i win a copy of the book!?
A. Simple! Just leave a comment right here in this post and i’ll pick winners tomorrow!

Now for the FUN STUFF!
The WINNING COMMENTS from yesterday (chosen at random) are:
First for the copy of the PDF:
CONGRATULATIONS Georgia Benton!!

Georgia Benton says:
October 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm
Eeeek!! I can’t believe I’m just now getting in on the giveaway goodness, it had eluded me until now! I hope it’s been a success! I love your patterns and prose, and will be getting copies of the book for Christmas gifts. Keep up the good work!


Next for the copy of the book:
CONGRATULATIONS Sophie!!
Sophie says:
October 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm
This is so cute! I’d love to knit one for my Baby Niece <3

Winners, i’ll be sending you an email this week so be sure to check your junk folder!
until tomorrow, happy knits and good luck!!

love, stephanie xoxo
ps.
you know i love prizes and surprises dont you? so, maybe you should come back tomorrow if you arent too busy… cause there is going to be ONE more day of fun :) hehehe you know i just couldnt quit. im going to post a mosaic of all of the 11 other patterns in the book. so guess what?!  11 people are going to win PDFs!!!  them’s good odds hey? (yes, you can have the pdf of your choice of any tiny owl knits pattern ever published.)

pps.
i had worked forever on trying to come up with a way to make WINGS! i wanted them to be the easiest things ever. i didnt want to cut up wire hangers and mess with pokey and bendy and icky bits. the directions for these should be the easiest things you can imagine! the straps are adjustable and the best thing is? you can DRIVE wearing them.  ive driven around in my green jeep bunches of times with my wings on and i barely even noticed them. now thats my idea of a wing! ruby likes them too :)


yes i am that person who puts faerie wings on my cat. i swear when i put them on her she started modelling and purring! she said they are very light and comfortable. what a little ham. ..!!!. omhoot i should make wings for hagrid. (my little hamster.) hehe i already wanted to make him a harry potter weasley sweater with a little H on it. he wiggles too much to wear clothes i think but i could always just hang it in his wardrobe for show :)
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*day 9 of the give-away party!* wildflower crown

its the penultimate day!!! (i just always wanted to say penultimate sorry) .. and yes i spelled it wrong at first. eep. wrongly.. ? wrongly? wrong? is wrong an adverb there? OK this isnt an english lesson, its a give-away party! still having fun? me too! (unless you said no.)

so welcome to day 9 of the give-away party! thank you again so so much for your amazing comments! ❤ i’m so glad you are here today. so here we go!  Day 9 brings us *wildflower crown*.

Stuffed with light jewelry wire, the wildflower crown sits lightly but securely on your head.  When you’re gathering wildflowers in the meadow, you’ll forget you even have it on! 

 You can take a closer peek at the details *here* or buy it now for 3.50 USD.The pattern is also featured in my book *woodland knits.*

Q. How do i win a copy of this pattern, and how do i win a copy of the book!?
A. Simple! Just leave a comment right here in this post and i’ll pick winners tomorrow!

Now for the FUN STUFF!
The WINNING COMMENTS from yesterday (chosen at random) are:
First for the copy of the PDF:
CONGRATULATIONS Maxine S!!

Maxine S says:
October 4, 2013 at 7:49 am
Very pretty and looks super warm, too! I think you design gorgeous scarves – my moss & bluebell pocket scarf is my go-to in winter!

Next for the copy of the book:
CONGRATULATIONS Jo Hannaford!!

Joy Hannaford says:
October 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm
This is the most amazing scarf. Does it really work?
(oh yes joy it does!) :)

Winners, i’ll be sending you an email this week so be sure to check your junk folder!
See you tomorrow for the final day!! and until then happy knits and good luck!!
love, stephanie xoxo

Ps.
its snowing here today!… ?…..!  i slept in a little bit and woke up to a winter 0ctober 4th wonderland! ruby and i normally go outside and spend some time in the garden, but today she wasnt having any of it. she popped up into her basket and we sat by the fire together. don’t worry the harry potter books wont catch on fire… its only electric :) BVvm_HWCUAA1qDv.jpg-large

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*day 8 of the give-away party!* juniper wishing scarf

oh! hi, fancy seeing you here! thanks for coming back to play again today, and thank you so so much for your amazing comments. you make it so much FUN to make these things and share them! i was up at 4:30 this morning with a new idea.. my needles are busy still making new things and i get very impatient because i want to share them NAO!  ❤

so welcome to day 8 of the give-away party! i’m so glad you are here. So here we go!
Day 8 brings us *juniper wishing scarf*

Three long cables decorate this sweet soft scarf that uses a whole skein for fringe!  Three is a magical wishing number so don’t forget to wish on the three cables.  Though I must admit, you’ll have much better odds if you make all of your wishes on the fringe. :) 

 You can take a closer peek at the details *here* or buy it now for 5.50 USD.The pattern is also featured in my book *woodland knits.*

Q. How do i win a copy of this pattern, and how do i win a copy of the book!?
A. Simple! Just leave a comment right here in this post and i’ll pick winners tomorrow!

Now for the FUN STUFF!
The WINNING COMMENTS from yesterday (chosen at random) are:
First for the copy of the PDF:
CONGRATULATIONS erb325!!

erb325 says:
October 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm
Oi<3 the cutest leg warmers. I need these in my life just as bad as I need your book in my life.

Next for the copy of the book:
CONGRATULATIONS Lucy Ovington!!!

Lucy Ovington says:
October 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm
Ooo wanderwillows. Just the thing for shoving down my wellies to walk the dog in Happy Valley (yes, it really is called that!) pleeeese pick me for a book!

Winners, i’ll be sending you an email this week so be sure to check your junk folder!
See you tomorrow for day 9 and until then happy knits and good luck!!
love, stephanie xoxo

Ps.
this scarf is like FRINGE MANIA!!!!!!!!
its like if the beatles were fringe.
its like the number of how many pumpkin-chocolate-chip cookies i want to eat fringe.
it is SO soft and has such fringe-e-locity.
its supercalifringeilisticexpialifringeious.
um. did i mention the fringe?

so.
i dont often make scarves…
but i cant get enough of this one!
if you make it, may i suggest taking the time to order this exact yarn.
its like …. a baby kitten after a bath.
wait..
not when its all wet and sad… when its dry..
a dry baby kitten.
that is clean.
wait.
its like a dry soft baby bunny kitten belly.
anyway……… the yarn STAYS lush for a long time too.
i have a few things i made with this yarn in early 2000’s and it still has the same lusciousness

pps.
may i also suggest not skimping on the fringe..
it takes a whole skein! and its soooooooooooooo worth it ♥
ppps. if you dont hear from me tomorrow its because i went to fringe-aholics anonymous.

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