Monthly Archives: December 2013

Warm Winter Wishes

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us! I’ve got some presents to wrap and some cookies to bake, but other than that I can relax and finish my sweater this weekend. It’s almost done!

Hopefully I’ll have it done by Wednesday, so I can give gifts in style. Only a yoke to go!
To those of you that are traveling for the holidays, stay safe and happy travels! And to all, have …

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Snuggle Express

Today was a good day.  We received a visit from the Snuggle Express!cuteness_-22-L

A few weeks ago, I spotted a program that the Oregon Humane Society was doing this holiday season – for a donation to OHS, offices could receive a visit from some adoptable puppies & kittens for some snuggle time! I was so excited and got it all set up for our office – and we received a visit from 3 puppies & 2 kittens today!

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Chevron Take Two

Our friend Katrina from our sister company Connecting Threads showed off one of her first crochet blankets a month ago – but now she’s back with yet another gorgeous gift!

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In my last post about the Large Stripe Chevron Blanket, I mentioned that I had already moved on to chevron blanket #2. Since then, I completed the blanket with a few improvisations. Rather than sticking with one skein per stripe, I switched it up a little and alternated colors after every three rows. This way, I was able to fit each color in three times rather than just the one.

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Podcast 230 – Ripping vs. Unraveling

A cable crossing in the wrong direction, a dropped stitch, knit stitches that should have been purled. As knitters, we are all familiar with this heart wrenching moment, when we know that something has to be done before moving forward. This week, Kelley talks about both the physical and emotional impact of moving backwards and the difference between ripping a project back versus unraveling, where stitches are dropped and then reworked. Next, Kelley reviews a few of her recent favorite non-knitting books and chats about what projects are currently on her needles.

Reviewed Books:
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Six Years by Harlan Coben
Alice Waters and Chez Panisse by Thomas McNamee
The United States of Arugula by David
An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Lye in Wait by Cricket McRae
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman , narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

Kelley’s Pattern Picks:
Swarm of Bees by Lisa Kereliuk
Business Casual pattern by Tannis Fiber Arts
Diverged by Ariel Altaras
Funchal Mobius by Kate Davies
Canopus Magic Scarf by Alexis Winslow (from the Winsome Knits collection)

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Chunky Slippers FREE Pattern

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Lately, we’ve been taking some time to weed through our older free patterns that need a little update and having them reknit for new photos or if the original yarn has been discontinued. I love taking good, solid patterns and giving them a mini makeover to match our current aesthetics. Our most recent redo was the Chunky Slipper Pattern from a few years ago. I whipped these up over two days in Wool of the Andes Bulky Navy and love how they fit. Not too bulky, but perfect slipped over a pair of socks for around the house on cold mornings.

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Staff Gift Guide – Kerin

This year, my wish list is full of fibery goodies. But what I would really love (and I think just about any spinner would agree!), is the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook!

This book is so much more than just a spinning how-to. Beautiful imagery and an incredible wealth of information await inside. With this book as your guide, you’ll learn not only how to spin, but why, and what to spin for what purpose.

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Staff Gift Guide – Stacey

This week we thought we’d have some fun and let you know what’s on our personal wish lists for the holiday season! Hopefully it’ll spark some ideas, if you are stuck on what gift to get that crafter in your life. (Plus this gives us a handy place to share our must haves with our family & friends!)

For me, my wish list is not ready made clothes – it’s items that I can knit myself!

I love the City Tweed Collection but I need my own copy of the book!

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