Category Archives: Beauty!

For the love of Single-Ply yarns

I have a great love for single ply. Obviously there are some cons - mostly that it pills more easily and can be splitty to work with. But we have such yummy single-ply yarns that I can't help but love them! Since I've finally put the finishing touches on my favorite Icelandic coat, I've been itching to start another Icelandic style sweater. The natural choice is a single-ply, as that's what Lopi-style yarns are. Before it's all gone, I had to get my hands on some Full Circle Worsted in the most cheerful green - Tomatillo - and get to work!

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Take the chill off with the Glacier Bay collection!

Nothing like a foggy November morning to remind me that winter is nearly upon us! Here in the Pacific Northwest, we've had a few frosty mornings already. This is just the kind of weather that inspired my new Glacier Bay collection! This collection features six accessories that are stylish and cozy.

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Announcing our “Yarn with a View” Instagram Contest

  The most important thing I’ve learned from our recent foray into Instagram is that you folks are taking your knitted and crocheted works-in-progress EVERYWHERE:  parks, gyms, schools, buses, planes, beaches, literal mountain tops, you-name-it. That’s why I’m pleased to announce “Yarn with a View”, our first-ever Instagram contest! It’s a chance for you to share the gorgeousness of your projects, your versatility as an on-the-go crafter—and maybe win a delightful $50 Knit Picks gift card in the process.

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Reclaiming the Fall – and a giveaway

Comments are now closed - Stay tuned for the winners! Fall has always been my favorite time of year - even when I was young, I was always excited when September rolled around: the weather starts getting cooler, the leaves begin to turn, and hot apple cider and various pumpkin flavored items begin to appear in shops. (How much do I love fall?  Well this guy pretty much sums up my excitement)

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Something old, something new

When I went back to visit family on the east coast a few months ago, I had the opportunity to grab some hand-me-downs from my granny's house. I was able to go back in time and send myself an entire box of my great-grandmother's linens! What amazes and inspires me about the treasure trove of table dressings I now possess is not just the quality of the work, but the quality of the care shown by my great grandmother and my granny over the last 75-100 years.

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Beautiful Baltic Lace is back!

If you're looking for a lovely, Estonian-inspired project, try the Baltic Lace Shawl kit! This shawl is influenced by the incredible lace knitting of Estonia. Complete with the traditional 'Greta Garbo' border pattern and plenty of nupps, the Karukell Shawl is worked as one rectangular piece, with an edging knit on.

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Ballerinas in Pink

Michelle Miller has been part of the IDP program from the very beginning - her Knitting Project Bag has been one of our most popular patterns! I've known Michelle for several years now and last summer we discussed doing a collection of her beautiful lace work. She came up with a gorgeous proposal and the result is the stunning Ballerinas in Pink collection! Michelle was inspired by the artist Degas's series of impressionistic paintings from the turn of the century. (see some of the artwork here). Using a similar color palette, all of Michelle's designers are stunningly beautiful and a wonderful addition to any lace lover's pattern collection.

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Announcing Windswept!

Living in Oregon is a constant source of inspiration to me. But for my latest collection, Windswept, I went back to my New Jersey shore roots.

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