Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sponsored Giveaway : Little Lamby Knits

I am ever so happy to welcome back Megan Grewal of Little Lamby Knits. You might remember her from last year when I had the pleasure of test knitting her baby sized Union Suit pattern. I am delighted to say that pattern is now available in many sizes including adult!! Megan has also been busy creating quite a few new patterns since then, in between homeschooling her 8 children and daily life. (She amazes me!) You can see her collection on her website or Ravelery.

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I have been fortunate enough  to chat with Megan from time to time asking her for her opinions and insights, I am always left inspired. I wanted to take this opportunity to let all of you learn a bit more about her, too!

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How did Little Lamby Knits begin?

When I was a young girl, maybe 14-ish, I began to knit little baby clothes for my future babies. I kept them in a box under my bed. Every once in a while, I would add to the pile, slowly but surely. Once I actually began having children, I didn't have much time to knit! I began looking for the pattern books I had years earlier to help inspire me. The company was discontinued and I wasn't sure where to go. Ravelry came along and I began really knitting again and slowly began designing as I was always adapting patterns anyways. I wanted garments that were simple looking, fun to knit, seamless and unisex. I love the idea of passing cherished hand knits down so have really focused on mostly unisex designs. The name, "Little Lamby Knits" comes from my "Lamby" that I slept with as a baby and child. It was my dearest stuffed animal which sits in my memory box to this day. Even though I began with children's garments, I am evolving into adult garments as they seem to be a natural extension from where I am now...

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What inspired your latest pattern Little Willow?

 I really wanted a double breasted, unisex sweater for my children; something that was simple with an easy pattern and that would go well with most outfits and become a quick favorite. I chose my 6 year old daughter, Willow, as my model and the jacket developed around her. She is really quite a tomboy but ever so delicate and feminine. "Little Willow" is also a song by Paul McCartney that we used to play to her as a baby and is still her favorite song.

I know you are a busy homeschooling mother (amongst many other things)- How do you come up with so many beautiful patterns? How do you find the time?

I am constantly thinking and dreaming up new patterns; I can't help it! With so much always going on designing patterns is something that helps me to feel connected, creative and completed. It has purpose. I always bring my knitting with me; to the park, appointments, while we read, so that I am able to knit a row here and there. It really adds up quickly!

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Can we expect more fun patterns from you in the near future?

 Most definitely! I currently have several soon-to-be-released patterns for babies, toddlers, children and women. Over the next year, I will be completing my "Run To The Outhouse" collection, adding a lumber jacket, sleep sacks, blanket and more!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

 Just a special thank you to all my loyal friends and knitters. I have appreciated all the positive feedback, encouragement, and pushing that have helped me to grow. I have met so many wonderful people through this crazy knitting world and it has been such pure joy!

Thank you Megan! You really are such an inspiration.
Today Megan is kindly offering one of you lucky readers her latest pattern Little Willow.

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"Little Willow is a unisex jacket worked in Lotus Yarns Tibetan Cloud, a light worsted weight yarn. It is worked seamlessly and flat, from the bottom up with the sleeves worked separately and flat, then joined to be worked with the body, right up to the top of the hood.
The jacket features a simple, yet interesting, zigzag moss stitch
pattern with wide garter stitch hem, cuffs, front double breasted overlap, and hood bands. There is 2-4” (5-10cm) of positive ease for a generous and roomy fit.

My Little Willow is a sweet little thing that loves to pop on a comfy sweater and go exploring."

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For a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post!
If you would like an additional chance to win:
-post this giveaway to Facebook, Twitter, or your blog
-follow Little Lamby Knits blog
-let me know you are a dear follower of Frontier Dreams

and please make sure to come back and leave me another comment letting me know you did so! I will close comments on Tuesday October 16th and announce the winner within this post that night.

Comments closed. The winner is:

Casey - What a lovely giveaway! My daughter is asking that her next hand knit sweater has a hood so this would be perfect!

Congrats! Please e-mail me at farmergopi(at)yahoo(dot)com

Thank you again Megan and good luck everyone!

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