Monthly Archives: May 2010

How do you keep yarn from running out????


A friend pointed out that this lace shawl looks like a dead animal in one of my previous posts. Ugh! She’s right though, lace looks horribly ugly until it’s blocked (and perhaps my photography skills need improvement :-). My HUGE problem is that I’m pretty sure I won’t have enough yarn. I made the body of the shawl bigger than the pattern said, so I guessed at how much yarn I would need – oops. …

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elp!? Catalog themes – soliciting your input

Hi everyone,
I’m planning out our catalog themes for 2009. Each catalog’s theme (there are 8 of them) needs to be a large enough topic that we can develop several related technique tutorials for it as well as a few free patterns fitting that theme and then, of course, lots and lots of projects to inspire you.
So, what I’d like to know is what topics would you like to see addressed in our catalogs? Are there any areas of your knitting …

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Happy Earth Day!

Mr. MuddyBin, our rolling composter, wishes you a happy Earth Day.

Tonight’s celebration includes a viewing of “An Inconvenient Truth” – my husband still hasn’t seen it, and he thinks I just like it because I have a crush on Al Gore.
I also thought I’d share something interesting that I learned this week about Shine Worsted and Shine Sport. I knew that both yarns contain Modal, and I knew that Modal is a …

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New knitter, new blogger

Hi. I’m Marci, the VP of Marketing here. I started in September and did not know how to knit. Over Christmas, my mom taught me on some fairly awful brown acrylic yarn and some straight acrylic needles. She found these supplies in the bottom of her closet–she hadn’t touched any of it for about 20 years. I knitted a couple of brown squares, didn’t really like it and quit. It was a lovely and fun mother/daughter moment, I just didn’t …

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Stepping Outside My Color Safety Zone

We all have our safety colors—you know, the colors you find yourself wearing and knitting with over and over again. For me, they are on the cool side: mainly blues & greens with the occasional purple or chocolate brown (hey, just look at my blog page color scheme!). I am always immediately drawn to the colors in this range when presented with options, but sometimes I get tired of being so predictable and want to step out of the safety …

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Egads, I’ve done it!

I knit a finished, wearable piece of clothing that’s not a scarf!

I can’t believe it! I wish I wasn’t wearing black tights today so that you could see them better, but you get the idea.
Here’s how it happened. I’d been stalling on the second legwarmer, but I got a good 6 inches of knitting done on Tuesday evening when I went to listen to the Yarn Harlot speak at the World Forestry Center (BTW, …

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A knitterly weekend


After a little episode with a smoking cookie sheet under the broiler, I decided that I need some new pot holders. And, I wanted them to match my kitchen, which would require dyeing the yarn. The Fire King jadite color is one of my all-time favorites; but I can’t wear that color, so I painted my kitchen that color instead. I was so excited to try out dyeing in my new, dedicated dye pot. I …

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Fun with the Yarn Harlot

Last week I had the pleasure of seeing the Yarn Harlot speak at the Forestry Center in Portland. The crowd of 400+ knitters was truly a sight to behold! By the time she got up to speak, it was standing room only. And for good reason!
If you’re not familiar with the Yarn Harlot or her books, she’s the leading Knitting Humorist in print. (Yes, that’s really a job description! I know! Isn’t that neat?) …

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QUICK! Mother’s Day is almost here!!!

As you know if you read my last post, my Mom taught me to knit at Christmas. So I thought it only appropriate that she should get the first finished project, right? Well the problem was, I didn’t think about that until last Thursday, with basically just two weeks until Mother’s Day. And I’m a brand new, and therefore, slow, knitter.
Enter, Suri Dream and size 13 needles. About 5 hours of knitting later, I have a beautiful, soft …

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