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! 


Getting TALL

With the revival of the pint & half (24 oz) jars, I decided to modify the Canning Jar Sweater pattern to accommodate the taller jar and it really does deserve it because these jars are fabulous! I think it's rather handsome in Spud & Chloe's Manatee:

CanningJarSweaterAYThis one was for hubby to use with his Cuppow at work and I hope to cast one on for myself soon in Chipmunk. It's already wound and ready to go, so it doesn't count, right?

CuppowCozyFFv2These are the originals in Pollen, Grass and Splash - I love yarn with great color names!

If you want to knit your own Canning Jar Sweater, the pattern is available here on Ravelry and at Firefly Fibers (as is the Sweater and a variety of Cuppows, both of which tempt me daily).

If you only need the pattern updates, visit this blog post on Firefly Fibers to find out how to get them!

I'm hoping to cast mine on tonight at knitting, but we'll see... Cheers!

Another Winner!

Our first winner, Jessie, was announced a few days ago and now it's time to announce another name... wpid-IMG_20121211_175626.jpgThe second winner is April with her comment, "Water. Plain, simple, straight to the point."

Congratulations April! To claim your prize, please use the contact page or email me at: alisa (at) alisatheyarnista (dot) com by Tuesday, December 18th. Make sure you include your mailing address with your selections from below:

  • Cuppow!regular or wide mouth?
  • Sweater by Spud & Chloe (approx. 40 yards) – choice of any color in the yarn line.
  • Plus!!! Your choice of:
    • Yarn with pattern (print or PDF) to knit your own Canning Jar Sweater.
    • Have me knit the Canning Jar Sweater for you  - yes, I will knit for you!

If I don't hear back from the winners by the end of the day December 18th, I will be drawing again.