Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pumpkin on my mind...'s my absolute favorite time of year. I love the leaves changing color on my huge maple tree right outside my front window. I love seeing pumpkins everywhere and smelling seasonal scented candles of cinnamon and spice. Now that I work at the best tea shop in the country, SereneTeaz, I love drinking our Cinnamon Toffee tea, and our Harvest Chai Mate and our Pumpkin Harvest tea. I'm also concentrating my love of the season into my knitting styles. Here are a few of them:

Autumn Knit Pumpkin Capelet

Chunky Spice Orange Cowl

Pumpkin Cabled Hat

And here is an easy Spiced Apple Cider recipe to warm you up this season:
1 bottle Apple Cider (64oz.)
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1/3 cup brown sugar
Directions: In a large pot or a slow cooker, combine apple cider and cinnamon sticks. Wrap allspice and cloves in cheesecloth, tie up and add to pot. Stir in brown sugar. Bring to boil and then keep warm until serving time.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Windy City Knits is having a SALE!

I have been busy busy busy designing some new knits for the cool weather seasons coming up and to make room in my shop, I've added a Sale section. Stop on by and check out the goodies...
And the best part is everything is under $10 !!
Citrus Bracelets

Organic Cotton Dream Bracelet

Paris Inspired Bracelet

Rock-a-billy Scarf Tie

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Etsy Artisan - Winsome and Green

Natural Honey Herbal Lip Balms

Winsome and Green is natural herbal skin care, handmade using organic and natural ingredients. You will find products for yourself and your entire family, including lip balms, moisturizers, bath soaks, natural bug repellent, herbal skin balms, and organic vegetable seeds. 

Certified Organic Broccoli Seeds

Natural First Aid

This is what I want for my family, no chemicals only natural ingredients that work.

Stop by and check out all of Christa's products...
Winsome and Green

Winsome and Green on facebook 

and stop by her beautiful blog
WIld Yonder Field Notes

Friday, August 3, 2012

Lattice Cabled Hat Set

 Introducing the Lattice Cabled Hat and Gloves. I absolutely love cables in knitting. A cable stitch is made by twisting stitches in front of or behind other stitches and they give a knitted piece so much character and interest. I designed this set using a cable pattern that looks like lattice, hence the name

Windy City Lattice Cabled Hat and Gloves

I am working on making the pattern available soon.
And for any fellow knitters on Ravelry, my patterns are available there too!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

JAQS Studio "Made" by Me Linky Party

Click on over to JAQS Studio and check all of these amazingly 
creative and talented artisan crafters and all of their projects!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

A finished shawl.

I have completed my lace shawl and I love the way it turned out! It's light and soft and I think I'll be wearing it a lot. I decided to do a picot cast off to give the edge a little more detail. Here it is...

Here is the pattern on Ravelry.

What do you think?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A little knitting for me...

So people always ask if I still enjoy knitting since I've started my Etsy shop, and the answer is YES! I don't often knit anything for myself so when I do make time for it I spend a lot of time finding the perfect thing for me. I've chosen to knit a lace shawl, Azzu's Shawl using Twinkle Sock from Another Craft Girl in Silver. This yarn is amazingly beautiful silver and grey with little sparkling silver strands that glimmer in the light. I can't wait to wear it!

Notice the beautiful ring I have on in the last photo. It's from JeannieRichard!
It's their Metallic Black Ring and I absolutely love it! 
here's a close-up of the ring

I have one in copper too, it's gorgeous.
You should check out them out, they're having a sale through July 31st.
That's all for now, I promise to post a photo of the finished shawl when it's done. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New for Fall 2012

Even with our 100 degree Summer temps here I have Fall weather on my mind. I've designed a new Ear Warmer / Headband using the same Cable design from my WindyCityKnits Cabled Cowl Scarf. I've gotten a lot of requests for matching hats and headbands and this new one paired with the scarf makes a wonderful Fall/Winter set. All of these are available in Child sizes too.
Natural Oat

Red Cranberry

Lemongrass Lime

Charcoal Grey

Don't miss my Christmas in July sale!
15% off through July 31st.
code: windysummer


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summer in the City

My view this weekend...

We took a beautiful cruise on the lake and enjoyed some fabulous weather too!
I love the Chicago skyline...if I ever moved from here I think this is what I'd miss the most.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Summer Savings Windy City Knits Style

I'm having a "Beat the heat" Sale!
(It's in the 90's here in Chicago)
Through July 31st, you can save 15% off your entire purchase at Windy City Knits.

Head on over and while you're there, check out my new Baby Photo Prop hats!
Vintage Inspired Baby Cloche

Baby Hat Beach Inspired Colors

Pixie Pom Pom Hat

Stay Cool!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A cabinet...

So I've been doing some late spring cleaning around the house and came across my great-grandmother's sewing machine cabinet. I pulled it out, dusted it off and organized some of my knitting needles and notions to have them all in one spot and the cabinet is perfect for them. It really needs to be re-finished and I will get to that one day but for now it's very "rustic".

While organizing things, I came across what was originally going to be a cotton legwarmer but I wasn't happy with it so it became a Mason Jar cozy. The purple bowl started out as a hat but, ta-ta...flip it over and it became a nice little bowl.

This cabinet really does have a sewing machine in it. I learned how to sew on this machine when I was 15 years old, wow that was long time ago, lol!  It's very old and the plug is a little scary so I don't think I'll be turning it on anytime soon. 

See ya 'round the bend!

Check out my new "About" page on Etsy 

And check out my new Photo Prop baby items!

Sunday, June 3, 2012