Pondhopper Hat

I’m going to try and squeeze in a project before our Pretty Ponchos Knit Along begins!  It’s just a hat – but a lovely one – so I’m hoping it’s possible to finish in the new couple of days.

A few weeks back Alicia Plummer released ‘Pondhopper‘ which is beautiful cabled hat featuring our Nice & Knit DK weight. I instantly loved the look of the hat but other projects meant I couldn’t cast it on right away. But now my Channel Cardigan (post coming soon) is entirely off my needles and it’s not Oct. 1st yet so I can’t start my poncho which means there’s no better time than the present to start Pondhopper!

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I’m working this up in our Seaside Colorway and will top it off with a fuzzy faux pompom. Maybe, just maybe I’ll be sharing FO projects by the end of the week!

Pattern Release: Boden Girl & Pretty Ponchos KAL

We’re just 5 days away from the beginning of our Pretty Ponchos Knit Along which means there’s plenty of time to still sign up and there’s still time to save!  Don’t forget to use the code PRETTYPONCHOS either on Ravelry for 50% off our poncho patterns or at www.niceandknit.com to save 10% off our Poncho Kits!

For the knitalong, we’re also pleased to have just published a petite version of our Boden Poncho called ‘Boden Girl’.   I love how stylish this accessory is for little girls but the functionality also serves a mom and girl well. It is toasty warm but allows the hands and arms to move freely so that lots of playing and fun can still be done!

 

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Yarn: Nice & Knit Worsted (150-400 yds)
Pattern features either a 3 color or 5 color combination chart
Sizes range from 2 – 9yrs.

Boden Girl is eligible for the 50% off pattern purchases on Ravelry or on our website, too!

 

R&R Hoodie – #4 for My Guy

This version of the R&R Hoodie marks the 4th time I’ve knit this knit and I’m always thrilled with the outcome and thoroughly enjoy the process of making it.  The first three I made were for my kids and I was dying for an adult version. Lucky for all of us, Tanis Lavallee updated the pattern to include sizing for adults. I was so excited that I think I cast on the very day it was released.

 

The zipper took a little trial and error. I wanted to sew it on my sewing machine so that I was confident it would have a nice tight stitch and hold. It took me 3 tries before getting it right — a few attempts when horribly wrong but nothing a seam ripper couldn’t fix.  Now that he’s worn it a few times there are a few places along the zipper I may hand stitch down, but now that I finally got it right with the sewing machine, I would definitely do it that way again in the future.

Pattern: R&R Hoodie by Tanis Lavallee
Yarn: Nice & Knit Worsted in ‘Dockside’

I’ve made my husband plenty of hats, but until now I hadn’t knit him any sweaters or garments and he liked to tease me about it every now and then. Not to worry — he’ll find some ammo for teasing somewhere else but I’m happy to finally say I’ve made him a sweater!

 

 

 

Pretty Ponchos – It’s KNIT ALONG time!

We’re ready for another knit along, are you?  It’s no secret we love our ponchos and the versatility that comes along with them. They’re a great throw-on before you leave the house especially with cooler mornings and evenings this time of year.  If you work in an office where no one can agree on a reasonable air conditioning temperature, then they’re also a great piece to keep at your desk.  In honor of how much we love ponchos – and think you should too – we’re hosting a Pretty Ponchos Knit along featuring either our Kate’s Poncho or Boden patterns!  We hope you’ll join in the fun!

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In case you need any extra motivation, we’re offering 50% off our pattern downloads and 10% off our Poncho kits! Use the code: PRETTYPONCHOS on Ravelry for 50% off Boden or Kate’s Poncho.  Use the code: PRETTYPONCHOS to get 10% off at http://www.niceandknit.com on our Boden Poncho Kit (includes pattern print and yarn) or the Kate’s Poncho Kit (includes pattern print and yarn)!
Sale ends on October 2, 2016.

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Kate’s poncho in Beach colorway

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Boden Poncho

Knit Along “Rules”

There aren’t many rules but a few guidelines to keep in mind!

  • The Knit Along will run from Oct. 1 – Oct 31, 2016
  • Use the Hashtag #PrettyPonchos to share your project progress on social media sites! (We will follow along on Facebook & Instagram)
  • A Ravelry Forum has been created for you to share your progress, ask questions or just chit chat with us!
  • We will be doing 4 giveaways at the end of the knit along! We will be giving (2) $50 giftcards and (2) $25 giftcards to the top 4 knitters of our choosing!
  • In order to be eligible for the giveaways, you must complete our knit along form HERE!
  • and the most important rule of all….HAVE FUN!poncho2

Channel Cardigan Progress

I began this project late last Spring with the intentions of trying to finish it before the heat of Summer set in. Unfortunately that didn’t happen but with the slightest hint of Fall in the air, I picked this knit back up and have made really quick progress in just two short weeks. I officially hit the “preliminary finishing” part of the pattern and it’s just so satisfying to be in the home stretch. This has been a really special knit – not especially easy but very worth the effort. I think it’s probably the most involved sweater I’ve made.  I have a guilty habit of picking patterns I know will be quick, or easy but I learned a ton of new techniques in this project and makes me want to push myself a bit more.

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I’m particularly excited to wear this as a maternity sweater since my belly will be growing this winter. I already have a few outfits I hope to pair it with!

Fall Favorites

It never fails. This time of year I find myself wanting to knit all the things. So many new and inspiring designs are released and they’re oh so tempting! With the impending arrival of cooler weather it just has me wanting to knit every spare second. I also find that my time spent on Ravelry skyrockets and I catch myself thinking ‘I should really stop browsing and just start knitting!’

Here are some of the projects I’m loving these days. Some are brand new releases and some are oldies but goodies – but they’re all perfect for Fall!

Hop on over to our Pinterest board to get the link through to the Ravelry page for direct links to patterns and more information!

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LABOR DAY SALE! Today only 25% off everything!

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Today only – enjoy 25% off your entire order at niceandknit.com! We hope you’re enjoying this unofficial start of Fall and all of the knitting that comes along with it! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Enter Code ‘LABORDAY25’ at checkout!

Old Orchard Kits & Pattern Now Available!

Building our hand-dyed yarn business has so many rewards. We can truly say that we love every phase of the process from picking out yarn bases, dreaming up new colors and color combinations, the manual labor of actually dyeing the yarn, to designing and of course – knitting. But sometimes the ultimate reward can be when someone else loves your product – so much so that they’re willing to use it in their latest design.  It’s the best validation for all of your hard work.  This past week we had the honor of having our yarn featured in Alicia Plummer’s latest shawl pattern  called Old Orchard.

Old orchard is so luxurious, it just wraps around you like a hug and feels so wonderful.  The shawl is a really nice blend of squishy garter trimmed with a fun and beautiful lace motif that’s highlighted by some pretty great color work!

To go along with the pattern release we’ve put together some kits for you!  The pattern uses 2 skeins of our DK for the main body color and then 2 mini skeins for the color work.  Playing with color can be really fun here so even though we’ve hand selected 5 different color combinations we also have the option for you to pick your own — so get creative! Kits are available now! 

2 New Colors! Let’s Celebrate with 20% off

The summer heat has arrived and we have two hot new colors that we’re adding to our line-up!  To celebrate we’re offering 20% off on our new ‘Swimsuit’ and ‘Seaside’ colorways! 20% off is valid now through June 17th! No code necessary.

Meet Swimsuit & Seaside:

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And if you’re celebrating – then you need cake! And lucky for us, our dear sister Colleen has taken up a new hobby baking and decorating beautiful cakes. But most importantly, they taste phenomenal.

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Isn’t it stunning? Thank you for this gorgeous work of art, Colleen. My favorite might be the little swatch… or maybe the stitch markers, they’re just too cute.

Old Orchard Test – Part II

‘Old Orchard’ is a soon to be released shawl pattern by the amazing and talented Alicia Plummer. This is a knit you’ll want to  bookmark because as soon as it’s released, I recommend you cast it on! I really enjoyed testing this pattern and I’m so thrilled with the finished result. The garter section went really quickly but I think my favorite parts of this knit were the lace section and the picot bind off.

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I’ll admit, I’m not typically a shawl person. I enjoy knitting them, but in reality I don’t wear them all that often. But this one is different – the shape, the size, and the squishy-ness are all perfection. I was a little afraid it would look too bulky for me. I just barely break 5′ on the height chart, so larger knits can appear as though they’re consuming me but I don’t feel that way when wearing this.  It’s a new favorite and now I’m totally hooked on crescent shaped shawls.

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