Simple Knits | June Success

We're away on vacation, but I didn't forget about the June Simple Knits project.  I cast on this morning at breakfast and picked it up again tonight while relaxing and watching a movie.  Here's my finished (and very much needed) Canning Jar Sweater 


The July project will be announced next week when I'm back from vacation and will also be a little combo with the upcoming Firefly Fibers Summer Knitalong. 

Because of waiting to post the July project, we'll extend June's until Monday, July 6th. Sound good? 


Simple Knits | Jars in June

It's no secret that I have a bit of an obsession with canning jars. I really LOVE them. I always have. I grew up in the Colorado mountains and I have some beautiful vintage jars from there - I don't recall if they were found in our house, our "barn" (previously the town distillery/brewery), or from the random rubble I loved to scavenge in the forest - and my collection has only grown since then. 

The humble Mason Jar has a daily presence at our house - from beverages to divvying food servings to making cold-brew coffee to vases (especially the beautiful vintage blue glass). We've also been known to (on occasion) use canning jars for... canning. *wink*

Because of my jar love (aka obsession), when I first discovered Cuppow Drinking Lids, I was over the moon and had to find a way to carry them at Firefly Fibers, so I decided to design a... Canning Jar Sweater.

Silly? Maybe. Fun? FOR SURE!

Sadly, my current jar sweater needs to be retired (badly and some fellow knitters shot down my idea of darning it), so I'll be knitting a new one and I thought you might like to join me with this fast and fun project! 

The Canning Jar Sweater uses 35-60 yards of worsted weight yarn (it's a super fast knit) and the favorite shop yarn for this project is Spud & Chloe Sweater - the cotton in this yarn is perfect for absorbing a bit of extra moisture and ideal for warm weather. When it comes down to trying to choose a color, it might actually take less time to knit the project.

So... are you in? 

If so, if you don't have the pattern yet, for the next 2 weeks (through Saturday, June 20th) you can get the PDF pattern for the special price of $2 ($1 OFF) in two places:

  • :: the pattern is already on sale, so all you need to do is add it to your cart and check out - we even have Cuppow Drinking Lids in stock.
  • :: add the pattern to your cart and enter discount code 'SIMPLEKNITSKAL' for the $1 OFF.

I hope you'll join me this month in knitting some sweaters for your canning jars!



PS - I did finish May's project, Reminisce by Truly Myrtle, a couple weeks back and it's lovely! I'll share this FO and others soon! 


Simple Knits | Spring Giveaway

Spring and warm weather are right around the corner, so I think it's time to celebrate with a wee giveaway for our Simple Knits Knitalong!


We have two prizes for our Simple Knits Knitalong'ers from Firefly Fibers...  are you ready?

The first prize is one of my absolute favorites, a Milk & Honey lotion bar!

Milk Honey 1

These lotion bars are perfect for getting your hands into (or keeping them in) shape for knitting after a long winter and perfectly soothing after digging in the the dirt. The limited edition heart bar is not only a special shape, but it's also a special scent... Lavender+Rose+Geranium!

The second prize is a new - and super popular - arrival at the shop... Stripey Fine by Spud & Chloe! Spud & Chloe hit it out of the park with their new 'stripey' version that mixes up delicious ice cream colors of Fine and we've got a skein of the Mint Chip colorway up for grabs!

Mint Chip2

I LOVE this yarn and can't wait to find time to knit with it myself, but with my current knitting list, the winner of this skein will most likely get to test drive it before me. *wink*

So, how do you enter to win? It's simple! Our KAL is being hosted in the Firefly Fibers Ravelry Group, so just join our Ravelry group, knit up that month's Simple Knits project and post an FO photo in our Simple Knits thread! You can join whenever and knit whatever projects you like - it's all about having fun and knitting a few small projects for yourself or others throughout the year. 

The winners for the spring giveaway will be randomly selected from the FO pics in our Ravelry thread once our March project wraps up, so you can still participate (and be entered to win) through the end of March.  

This month's project is the Clayoquot Toque from Tin Can Knits and I'll be casting mine on this weekend! I've already knit 2 for the shop, but I know there is at least 1 more on the horizon for me. It's a fairly speedy knit and it probably takes me more time to decide on colors.

Clayoquot Toque by Tin Can Knits

The pattern is free here on Ravelry and it's great for stashbusting or you can get started with fresh yarn and start a collection of colors to mix and match - the shop favorites have been Kenzie, Felted Tweed DK and Acadia. The pattern is sized from baby to big and with the non-gender-specific motif, you can make one for everyone in the family!

Many thanks to everyone that's been participating! I hope to see a few new faces in the shop and on Ravelry as the year progresses. Also, thank you so much for the lovely feedback that you've been providing, it's been so much fun knitting along with you and sharing projects!

Here's to more Simple Knits in 2015!