Blankets are one of my favorite go-to projects for baby showers and little ones – there is just something really special about putting one’s time and efforts into a larger project like a blanket or throw. And even though it is a bigger commitment than say, a sweater or a hat, I like knowing that a blanket is sure to get a lot of use and will be there, even as the little one gets older.
I tend to lean towards simple stitches for these larger projects, but the super adorable Among the Bamboo Blanket is definitely tempting me to reconsider my simple ways the next time I need a baby blanket project. My favorite part? This pattern is available as two different kits: a colorwork version and a knit/purl textured version!
Among the Bamboo Blanket (colorwork version)
I am a huge fan of color. I love to mix and match and get some lovely and unique color combinations. My favorite is to dye Bare Roving and Yarn using the Jacquard Acid Dyes – there are so many colors to choose from! There are also many methods to dyeing. I used the crock pot method for this blog.
Remember my plans for knitting the Treefort Jacket for a friend? Well, it turns out that the baby she thought was a girl is actually going to be a boy. Rachael and I have decided to blame her husband since it is his co-worker who is having the baby and he has not been good about communicating vital information. Including the baby shower invitation that Rachel saw sitting in his car when they headed for the beach the MORNING OF THE SHOWER! It had been in the car for quite awhile.
Memorial Day weekend is a weekend here in the US of remembering men and women of the military. It’s also the unofficial start of the summer (though it certainly doesn’t feel much like summer here in the Pacific Northwest right now!). And it’s my birthday – a fairly significant one at that! So with that, I figured I’d share with you 4 awesome free patterns to enjoy!
All four patterns are by the immensely talented Sara Elizabeth Kellner – she creates the most adorable (and free) patterns ever, including Henry’s Rabbit, shown above.
In a quest to find new ways of using up that stash of sock yarns, Kelley chats with Jen Lucas, author of the book Sock Yarn Shawls. Being a self-taught knitter, Jen shares how an obsession with socks eventually led to her to the world of shawls and shawlettes. Kelley and Jen chat about the different chapters of the book in addition to the different styles of shawls included. Get a behind the scene’s peak into Jen’s first book of shawl designs in addition to a few handy tips and tricks for shawl knitting!
Sock Yarn Shawls by Jen Lucas
Jen is also part of the IDP program, you can find more of her designs here:
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Some people have pictures of dear friends, devoted pets or adoring families set as their wallpaper images. HO HUM. Wouldn’t you rather see a knitting Jackalope as your bleary eyes turn to your phone first thing in the morning?
In celebration of our fantastic new pattern collection by Annie Watts, we’re offering free Cryptozoology wallpaper downloads—available in mobile, tablet and desktop sizes. To get the wallpaper size of your choosing, simply click the applicable device icon below your favorite monstrous scene.
And by the way, are there any other dynamite KP photos you wish you could immortalize on your desktop? Leave suggestion in the comments—we’re definitely listening!
“Jackalope“, knit in Wool of the Andes worsted yarn
Have you checked out our newest kits yet?
The 2 versions of the Splendiferous Stripes Shawl kit were rather fun for us – the pattern is by our former coworker Angela Modzelewski (who we all miss very much!). But even as she’s gone on to her new projects, she keeps in touch since she has such fun patterns in the IDP program!
I love sleeping. Immensely.
Perhaps that is the reason behind my affinity for crocheting blankets. Halfway through a massive Brava blanket adventure, I recently started a second hefty blanket, this time in the sumptuous Billow.
Nothing says Spring quite like flowers, and lace is a spring-knitting mainstay. So, what happens when the two are combined?
Geoff Hunnicutt has marvelously merged the art of lace and the beauty of nature in his Tuscan Sunflower Shawl.
. . .when a good friend asks you to knit a baby garment for her good friend? Well, when I think about how much Rachael has made my transition to living in Mexico so easy, the answer is simply, “Of, course.”