Posts tagged shop updates
Savor // Harry Potter's Common Room Socks Pattern Release & Creative Process

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series has impacted every facet of my life - it taught me what true friendship should look like, gave me a love of reading that will last a lifetime, & challenged me to believe in light even in the darkest of times. In short, I'm obsessed. And that obsession naturally had to merge with my other obsession - knitting! So here we are with the first of 7 sock designs, each inspired by one of the magical Harry Potter novels.

Fair warning: you are about to read essentially a book report from a superfan merged with the creative process of me designing socks. It's as nerdy (but hopefully as lovable) as you would expect.

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Savor // Super G Hat Pattern Release & Creative Process

Has anyone else been watching the Olympics nonstop? This hat was made for Grayson as a Christmas gift, but when I asked him what he wanted it to be named last night he immediately blurted out "SUPER G" & then started talking about how it kinda looks like a ski hat & basically we've got winter sports on the brain.

I've knit Grayson a Christmas hat every year since we started dating, so this is his fourth hat! So exciting! He requested colorwork so I went simple & graphic, & I'm so happy with the result...

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Savor // Love Pillow Giveaway!

Hooray, it's giveaway time! This little heart pillow has brought a lot of joy into our household & while the pattern is free (find it on Ravelry or through this link here), I know not all of you are knitters. And everyone should have this cozy cute pillow in their home! (Did I mention it's also a great neck pillow if you flip it upside down? Adorable AND functional!)

While I love the OG yellow pillow, Grayson mandated that that one is just for him (totally fair, as it was his Valentine's Day gift & the manifestation of my love), so the winner will be able to choose from a few other colors. And luckily this little buddy doesn't weigh much, so I'll ship anywhere in the world.See more info below on how to enter...

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Savor // Love Pillow Pattern (free!)

Ah, love! This year Valentine's Day is apparently a highly celebrated holiday in Freesia Fibers land because I decided to do not one, but two cheesy little heart shaped celebrations. First the conversation heart cream cheese sugar cookies, recipe found here, & now the free pattern for this wonderfully cozy heart shaped pillow!

I gifted this pillow to Grayson as a sign of my love, because to be honest I really view my love as a handknit heart shaped yellow pillow. It just makes sense! And now you can make it for the love in your life. Which could deeefinitely be yourself...

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Holiday Market Season!

It's the holiday season, which means I've been knitting like crazy! I'm so excited to have some of my handknits in the fabulous Chicago shop Union Handmade all ready for gifting, & I'm always available at for custom orders (but get those in ASAP for Christmas delivery!). I'll also be updating the Etsy shop within the next few days with mroe ready made goods, but for a more pressing matter - I'l be at a holiday market tonight here in Chicago!

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Gift Knitting Guide // Erin Beanie Pattern Release

Happy December! I don't know about you, but this is one of my favorite months. We spent all day yesterday decorating & getting the apartment in order for the busy holiday season ahead & now I have the perfect ambiance to knit my fingers off! And I'm definitely going to be making a few more of these before the end of the month!

This is the Erin Beanie, one of the last pieces of the Gift Knitting Guide. It's what Grayson called a "fisherman's hat" (direct quote: "I like that one that looks like a fisherman would wear it"), which I think he meant that it looks warm enough even to wear on the stormy seas. And it certainly is! It's knit with one strand of DK weight & one strand of fingering weight yarn, giving it a lovely marled look as well as quite a bit of extra warmth.

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Gift Knitting Guide // Dan the Man Hat Pattern Release

It's family hat week! For the last part of the Gift Knitting guide, each of my family members gets their own hat pattern. There are four of us, but we're all very different people - giving you lots of options & styles to knit for your special loved ones!

Yesterday was the Donna Hat, & today is the Dan the Man Hat - aptly named because he is Dan the Man, but also because it's a simple & tailored hat that will be perfect for the difficult-to-buy-for man in your life.

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Gift Knitting Guide // Hermine Colorwork Mittens Pattern Release

This pattern is probably the most anticipated pattern I've ever released - & by that I mean I've been looking forward to it for the entire year (& change) that Freesia Fibers has been in business. It's very near & dear to my heart, & it deserves a full blog post which I don't have time for right now (AKA look out for it tomorrow).

But for now, happy pattern release day! The Hermine Mittens are the third part of the Gift Knitting Guide, including 3 sizes (Tall, Grande, & Venti - because I'm craving coffee) & a total of 21 different colorwork combinations. They're a blast to knit, & while they might take a bit longer than some of the other pieces of the gift knitting guide, you definitely still have time to whip up a pair (or 6) before Christmas.

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Gift Knitting Guide // Brooklyn Cap Pattern Release

Happy week 2 of the Gift Knitting Guide! This week's pattern is the Brooklyn Cap, a sweet little sport weight hat that is as cozy as it is cute. The pattern is 25% off through Friday, so grab it at only $3.75 from Ravelry, Etsy, or my website. If you'd like to order a handknit Brooklyn Cap of your own, this wool/alpaca/mohair goodness will only cost you $60 (email me at to place your order).

Oh, and sidenote - if you liked last week's pattern (the Golden Wrap) & you'd like to order a handknit wrap, that one is only $68 thanks to its super bulky yarn (it's very quick to knit up, which keeps labor costs down). Hooray for gift knitting!

Read on to learn more about the creative process behind the Brooklyn Cap, & get a few more snapshots of it & this glorious yarn.

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Gift Knitting Guide // Golden Wrap Pattern Release

The holidays are rapidly approaching, which for me usually means that my knitting kicks into high gear & I try to make everything for everyone. It's not always successful - I've wrapped unfinished scarves with the knitting needles still attached more times than I'd like to admit - but I genuinely love knitting for people so I keep doing it year after year.

In an effort to make gift knitting less stressful for you (& for myself!), this year I'll be releasing a few patterns that are gift knitting appropriate. Scarves, hats, mittens - all things that shouldn't take more than a few days to make & won't add to your holiday stress. And they're fun as heck to knit! I've really enjoyed knitting up these pieces and I hope that you will too.

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Vienna Vest & European Wrap // Pattern Releases & Creative Processes

The last of the Fall designs are here! The Vienna Vest & the European Wrap are two intricately connected pieces, very much inspired by & informed by one another. They were inspired by my dear friend Emily Kate - first I created the European Wrap just for her & her adventures abroad in Rome, & then the Vienna Vest was born & she ended up test knitting it for me! Neither of these pieces would exist without her & her beautiful, adventurous spirit (perfectly fitting into the Fall 2017 Adventurer Collection!).

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Golden Birthday Sale!

I grew up thinking Golden Birthdays were common knowledge, but as I've learned while celebrating mine, a lot of people have no idea what they are. So here's a fun little fact for you, in case you didn't know: your Golden Birthday is when you turn the age that is the date of your birthday! So mine was yesterday - I turned 23 on October 23rd. And it was one of the best birthdays I've ever had! Grayson & I celebrated with a trip to NYC & Rhinebeck (more on that later) & I ate a whole lot of cake.

So I've been celebrating pretty well, but I wanted to make sure that you guys can celebrate with me too! So for today & tomorrow (10/24 & 10/25), I'm offering 23% off everything everywhere! That's 23% off all patterns, handknit goods, & mugs. It's pretty exciting!

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Design Revamp // Rachel Wrap

Happy first day of autumn, everyone! It feels ridiculous typing that since it's currently 92 degrees in Chicago, but hey - let's not talk about that. To celebrate the beginning of a truly fabulous season (especially for knitwear), I'm introducing a new blog segment: Design Revamp. In this segment, I'll revisit past designs & re-release them with some kind of new schnazzy update. Maybe that means more modification options, expanded sizes, or just an update to my new pattern layout.

For my first Design Revamp, I'm taking on one of my most popular patterns: the Rachel Wrap. This was part of the first three designs I ever released last year (along with the Maddie Headband & the Jaclyn Mitts), & it was originally only available in one size. Now, this piece is available in Adult Small/Medium AND Adult Large/X-Large! And it has the pretty new pattern design I've been releasing all my recent patterns in.

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Thoughts & Feelings // On work/life balance & self-care

It's been a (wonderfully) busy week here in Chicago, accompanied by rising temperatures that I'm finding not so wonderful. I'm incredibly jealous of people who are currently experiencing Fall-like weather, especially since I've been working on that bulky mountain of goodness in the photo above. 80+ degree temperatures do not mix well with super chunky knitwear!

My original plan was to have all the designs of the Adventurer Collection released by the end of this week, but obviously that hasn't come to fruition. I put a bit too much on my plate, & I just need more time to work though it all. There's a serious beauty to being your own boss (seriously, I love it!), but it also means that you're really the only person who can check your level of work/life balance. And I'm definitely still working on that!

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Shop Update // Up North Headband Pattern & Handknit Goods (& more!)

This post is a result of a crazy busy week - which means I'm combining everything all into one! We have a new pattern release, an Etsy shop update, an ongoing sale on new Fall styles (everywhere! 20% off new Fall patterns AND handknit goods!), color inspiration, & a bit of creative process. But never fear, this post is remarkably short for containing so many lovely things.

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Explorer Tank Pattern & Creative Process

This design has been on quite the journey. Originally conceptualized as an artistic component to my Communication Studies Capstone Project this past May (in which I observed yarn store culture & synthesized my observations into a series of codes which I then translated into a handknit top - just typical academic stuff), I pulled this tank out of my closet towards the end of the summer & fell in love.

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Shop Update // Beanies & Coffee Cozies!

Non-knitters, rejoice! The weather is getting chillier & I'm sure you are too, but never fear - Freesia Fibers has all the cozy things you could ever need! Or at least we've got some beanies & coffee cozies, but that should be all you need right now. I'm pretty sure we're a few weeks away from freezing temperatures (but who knows, with all this crazy weather!).

Etsy is updated with a few Rocky Mountain Beanies & Comfort Coffee Cozies in all sorts of fun colors. See a preview of them below & head over to Etsy to check out all the fun things I've been cooking up.

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Free Pattern! // Comfort Coffee Cozy

The Adventurer Collection has a lot of big exciting pieces, but this little guy is just as fun as the rest of them. And he's free!

The Comfort Coffee Cozy brings a little bit of home with you wherever you're out exploring. You can store this cute lil' buddy in your purse & whip it out whenever you get a coffee on-the-go & add some personality to your java as well as some homestyle comfort. It's also a wee bit more eco friendly than those cardboard cup warmers - & it can fit around a reusable to-go cup as well!

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