Rowan + Wool and the Gang! by jen geigley

Have you seen out the NEW collaboration between two of my all-time favorites, Rowan + Wool and the Gang? You're going to love this.

Rowan Selects Stone Washed, an on-trend collection for Rowan + Wool and the Gang features Rowan's new denim-inspired tape yarn. The collection includes quick knit vests, ribbed sweater and dresses with simple textures suitable for any knitter.

These knits are right up my alley – simple and oh-so wearable! The best part? Sign into the Rowan website and you can download the patterns for FREE! Find them here in the Rowan Selects Stone Washed collection

I'm not lost by jen geigley

im not lost tag

Here in Iowa, the temps are dropping, the snow is falling and the storm is hitting. Knitters are knitting and everyone's seems to be staying in and trying to stay cozy. Just a few days ago, our furnace went out and our family huddled around our fireplace. It was fixed soon enough, but it just took a minute for us all to think about all the people out there who don't have heat or a fire or a warm place to huddle.

Today, a friend asked me for the PDF file for these 'I'm not lost' tags I made a few years ago. I made them after I saw photos from a Ottawa-based knitting group who had been scarf-bombing and hat-bombing their city with hand-knits left behind for anyone who needed them to find. A tiny hand-knit act of kindness. Scarfs tied to trees and posts and benches. What a great excuse to use up some of your stash or put your extra knits to good use.

If you would like to print out some of these tags too, you can download them HERE.

Happy holidays and warm wishes to you! Stay cozy.

Holiday Gift Guide by jen geigley

As the holidays get closer, it's cool to shop small. It's also cool to support women. I've put together a list of a few of my favorite women-owned businesses and some super neat gift giving ideas. Check it!

First up… Moop. I have been a huge fan of Moop bags for years. And I own quite a few. Backpacks, clutches, totes, messenger bags and more. They are my go-to everyday bags and I know you (or anyone on your list) will absolutely love them too.

Check out Lilla Barn, a rad clothing shop owned by my friend Bergen. She makes clothing for kids and women, and also has hand-dyed goods for your home (like these super cool tea towels.) Everything is handmade in Chicago.

Eden is my favorite DSM stop to find a thoughtful gift (or just to treat myself to something special.) If you're shopping for someone who seems to already have everything, hit up this shop – they'll help you find the perfect gift every time. Owned by my awesome friend Jen, Eden is a bath, baby, and home boutique carrying hard to find products you'd never believe would be available in Iowa. Plus they throw the best parties. <3

Hill Vintage & Knits is my Des Moines yarn store home and my friends Erica and Jess are entrepreneurial badasses. They have an awesome selection of yarns like Hedgehog Fibers, Malabrigo, Noro, Madeline Tosh, Dyed in the Wool, Wool and the Gang and more. AND they have vintage clothing and home goods too, too. In case you need a rad dress for a NYE party, a Lee denim jacket of a set of E.T. juice glasses.

And I know you know my friend Gaye of GGMadeIt ... knitter extraordinaire! GG is an absolute ray of light – she is always sharing the coolest knitting projects online and she always knows what's up. But did you know she sells her signature Yarn Ho t-shirts, plus mugs and tote bags too? Find everything here. She is also offering gorgeous hand-knit accessories (all made by GG!) here.

And then there's my talented friend Laura from XO-LP. Highlighters + markers + wit. She hand-illustrates all kinds of cool things – cards, t-shirts, coloring books, custom stationery, Thanksgiving table runners that kids can color ... you name it. Her lunchbox notes were just featured in Martha Stewart Living Online! So cool.

Domestica is my favorite modern indie handmade shop here in DSM, IA (and they have a full online + print shop too!) Domestica has the best super cool home and personal accessories – rad prints and pieces to help you spruce up your nest, and the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Broad City drinking glasses? YAS.

Coolest gift giving idea ever? An online/long-distance tarot reading by my awesome friend Kristi, or a deck of her very own (stunning) Ritual Oracle tarot cards. K lives in CA, but you can ask her a question from wherever you are ... then prepare to be floored by her guidance and perspective. She offers mini or full readings. And did I mention her deck is GORGEOUS? It is. I have one of my very own. And I love it so much. Find her online shop here.

If you are a knitter (or know a knitter), chances are that you are already familiar with Fringe Supply Co. This online shop has THE coolest knitting/crafting tools imaginable. Just a few items I'm obsessing over this season are the birch knitting needle sets, the leather wrist ruler, any and all of the Boukhou bags and gray canvas Field Bag. Swoon. If you're looking for a gift for your favorite knitter, this is your one-stop shop.

If you know me IRL, you know I'm in love with everything Blackbird. This Seattle design house uses innovative materials and concepts to create perfumes, incense, men's grooming, tea and accessories for everyone. Definitely one of my favorite things in life.

And last but not least, I can't put together a gift guide without mentioning my knitting books WEEKEND and EVERYDAY. Treat yourself to these gorgeously photographed books full of simple, modern designs. These books make fantastic gifts – don't forget to add them to your wish list! Find them here (and keep an eye out for a Black Friday deal you won't want to miss!)

EVERYDAY: A casual, modern hand-knit collection by jen geigley

I'm thrilled to share my newest knitting book with you, 'Everyday: A casual, modern hand-knit collection'. I was going to wait until October 31/Halloween to let this baby drop, but things have fallen into place and I think it's ready to go!

I'm thrilled to share my newest knitting book with you, 'Everyday: A casual, modern hand-knit collection'. I was going to wait until October 31/Halloween to let this baby drop, but things have fallen into place and I think it's ready to go!

‘Everyday’ is a collection of 11 modern hand knits that are casual, comfortable and truly fun to knit and wear. The modern silhouettes of the tanks and sweaters in this book will work their way into every season of your wardrobe, on their own or as layering pieces. Chunky, bulkier yarns round out this collection with a cozy range of accessories to get you through the colder months.

‘Everyday’ is a collection of 11 modern hand knits that are casual, comfortable and truly fun to knit and wear. The modern silhouettes of the tanks and sweaters in this book will work their way into every season of your wardrobe, on their own or as layering pieces. Chunky, bulkier yarns round out this collection with a cozy range of accessories to get you through the colder months.

Once again ... a huge, ginormous thank you to my wonderful photographers Joey Leaming and Joelle Blanchard and to my models Chantell Moody and Valerie Sanders (and Joelle again!) And thank you to all of YOU, my friends near and far who have read this blog and followed my crafty adventures over the years. (This blog is over ten years old, which is kind of nuts!) Thank you so much for your encouragement and enthusiasm; for your long-distance friendship and virtual high fives. I love you guys. Another book, another adventure. I sincerely hope you like it. All the ordering info can be found below. Feel free to email me if you come across any links that don't work or problems along the way. This book is self-published and I've set up all the distribution channels myself, so it's always kind of scary to say GO! (But I'm ready. Let's go.)

Once again ... a huge, ginormous thank you to my wonderful photographers Joey Leaming and Joelle Blanchard and to my models Chantell Moody and Valerie Sanders (and Joelle again!) And thank you to all of YOU, my friends near and far who have read this blog and followed my crafty adventures over the years. (This blog is over ten years old, which is kind of nuts!) Thank you so much for your encouragement and enthusiasm; for your long-distance friendship and virtual high fives. I love you guys.

Another book, another adventure. I sincerely hope you like it. All the ordering info can be found below. Feel free to email me if you come across any links that don't work or problems along the way. This book is self-published and I've set up all the distribution channels myself, so it's always kind of scary to say GO!

(But I'm ready. Let's go.)

HARD COPY + PDF EBOOK

Order your hard copy of 'Everyday: A casual, modern hand-knit collection' + a free digital copy for $27 + shipping. Hard copies of 'EVERYDAY' are paperback with a soft matte finish on the cover. Gorgeously photographed, this 140-page collection will look fantastic on your knitting resource shelf or your coffee table. Look for the PDF download link (for your electronic copy of the book) in your confirmation email.

 

RAVELRY – PDF ebook + PDF individual patterns

Each individual pattern is available on Ravelry, along with the full PDF ebook.

 

AMAZON.COM

'EVERYDAY' is also available on Amazon.com.

 

KINDLE

Available as a Kindle eBook here.

 

LOOKBOOK

Want to take a look inside? Check out the complete 'EVERYDAY' Lookbook.

 

WHOLESALE INQUIRIES

For wholesale information, please email me or contact Deep South Fibers.

 

Behind the scenes (of Book no. 2) by jen geigley

I've been sketching, dreaming, knitting and writing my latest hand-knit collection for the past year or so, and now it's finally time to put all the pieces together. I look forward to this part the very most. Once again I'm collaborating with my local dream team Joelle Blanchard and Joey Leaming, plus my gorgeous model friends Chantell Moody and Valerie Sanders. I cannot tell you what a thrill it is to work alongside these comrades of mine who just have creativity oozing from their bones. We laughed and listened to records this past week, and I think we've captured every stitch and tiny detail.

The photos have been shot. The patterns are receiving their final tech edits. The layout is coming together. Here we go again ... and I hope you'll come along for the ride. Book no. 2 (title still in the works) will be released later this month. Tell your mama. Tell your friends. Tell anyone whose heart can comprehend. <3

Braided – now available in Danish! by jen geigley

braided

A few years ago (well, gosh – it was back in 2010!) I wrote a knitting pattern called 'Braided', which is a nice cozy headband/earwarmer. Every so often, I'll get a message from a lovely knitter on Ravelry who offers to translate a pattern for a different language. Which is so extremely cool and kind of them! I love spreading knitting love around the globe, I do.

Thanks to Marianne Holmen of Denmark, Braided has been translated to Danish! You can find the tranlated PDF right here.

Lykkelig strikning! (Happy knitting!)

Briggs & Little Country Roving by jen geigley

It's no secret that I have an obsession/adoration for super bulky and chunky yarn. But sometimes I get the itch to knit with something a little bit different. And I've found a super bulky that is a little bit different (and looks amazing.) It's called Briggs & Little Country Roving, and it's made of 5 strands of 100% wool that are held together as a single strand.

Briggs & Little is Canada's oldest woolen mill and has a really interesting history that you can read about here and here. (Seriously, you should check it out because I just learned a lot about how yarn is spun at a mill.) They use 100% Canadian wool and environmentally friendly dyes, which are very wash & light fast. As you can see here, Country Roving is spun from single strand roving into 5-ply rolls. It's wound to stay together (while remaining separate!) The end result is definitely that wonderful super bulky, woolen fabric that we all love but it's also light and airy. It knits up lightning fast. Country Roving comes in 15 shades, and the one I'm using here is called Sheep's Grey. Each lovely 8 oz roll has 155 yards.

This month Briggs & Little are celebrating their 100th anniversary of the Briggs & Little Name, though the mill itself has actually been around for over 150 years! If you'd like to try the yarn, you can contact them by emailing yarninfo@briggsandlittle.com to find your nearest Briggs & Little retailer. They can also ship directly to customers if you don't happen to have a LYS that carries the yarn. You can check out their yarns on their website ... and be sure to follow them on Facebook!

I'm actually playing around with designs for my next book with Briggs & Little Country Roving because I am really enjoying the way it looks as I knit! I've been on the hunt for a woolen super bulky like this for awhile and I think I've found 'the one!' (What would you make with this super cool 5-strand wonder?)

I've just gotta share ... by jen geigley

(photos by Alex Crahan)

(photos by Alex Crahan)

This year (for the first time since maybe 7th grade) I have clear skin. I have spent years covering issues on my face with layers of concealer and makeup. After having my kids, I dealt with painful breakouts that hurt my face and I tried everything I could find to get rid of them but nothing was working. I tried not to worry about it when I went out of the house and covered it the best I could but truthfully, I felt embarrassed about my face. I'd cover my face with my hand or try to hide parts of my face with my hair when I'd talk to people. This was something I didn't want to worry about anymore.

Breakouts like mine physically hurt and being in my late 30s, I felt I owed it to myself to figure this out. And I found something that worked. Rodan + Fields saved my face. And I'm just getting started. Acne and pregnancy have left scars and dark spots and melasma on my face. R+F has skincare regimens for people like me with adult acne, but also for people with sensitive skin, rosacea, dark spots, discoloration, loss of firmness and more. Rodan + Fields has been around forever, you've seen Proactiv commercials and you know the story but it's the real deal. Real dermatologists who have developed products and regimens that can help.

After thinking about it for awhile, I've decided to become a Rodan + Fields consultant. Because I truly believe in this stuff. I have seen friends' faces transform (in person) and the results are mind blowing.

If you are even a tiny bit interested (or know someone else who might be interested) in finding out more or just want to follow my skincare journey, you can find me in the following places. Thanks so much, my friends! (Don't worry ... I'll be right back to blogging about knitting in no time flat, I promise!)

Find me here:
My Rodan + Fields website
My R+F Facebook Group
My R+F Instagram
Email me with questions!

Della Q Millie Roll Top Project Bag by jen geigley

Check out this GORGEOUS knitting/project bag. (I'm a little bit obsessed. I feel like it's the perfect bag for me!) It's called the Millie Roll Top Bag by Della Q and it's a knitter's dream.

I recently had the chance to try out a Millie Roll Top Bag, and the funny thing is that my husband Bo (who has a million outdoorsy hobbies ... kayaking, off-road unicycling, skateboarding, snowboarding, etc.) recognized the genius design of this bag before I did! The Millie Roll Top Bag is fashioned after a kayaking dry bag. So of course, Bo immediately said 'Your knitting bag is like my kayak dry bag!' YES. Yes, it is. And it makes so much sense! Knitters need cool, functional gear, too.

It's a simple and modern design with no fuss – no zippers or buttons to mess with. The fabric is super soft and just slippery enough that your yarn won't get fuzzy while you carry it around. My striped bag is the 'Cedar' colorway but you should definitely check out the other colors and prints here.

The bag itself is 15 x 18.25 inches, which is perfect. And the band at the top allows you to roll down the top of your bag to whatever size you need it to be, depending on the size of your project.

Then you just tie the two straps! Totally functional and extremely cute.

So yes – this is my new favorite knitting bag and you'll definitely see me carrying it around a lot. Check out Della Q's demonstration video below and find all of her fantastic bags, knitting needle/crochet hook cases and more right here. Also, you can follow her on Facebook here.