30
Apr

Yep, it’s another Billow Blanket

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Billow for blankets of any shape and size? I am officially hooked! This is my second blanket that I’ve made with this bulky cotton and there are just so many reasons why I will inevitably continue to make more.

Aside from Billow’s supreme softness, I adore how the slight thick-and-thin nature of Billow translates in crocheted stitches. Plus, it’s an excuse to whip out my hefty 6.5mm crochet hook! And that means lots of progress in short amounts of time, which is insanely satisfying when it comes to making blankets.

BillowBlanket1

22
Jan

New year, new projects

Every year, I cast on for a new project for the new year. This year, I opted for my favorite type of pattern – a plain cardigan with some neat details. So I went with Andi Satterlund‘s Armande from Knitty.

armande

I just love the pockets & collar! I happened to have more than enough Wool of the Andes Superwash (my new favorite yarn) in Garnet Heather and it seemed like a perfect choice. So I dutifully cast on January 1st.

15
Jan

Northern Dreams Crochet Pullover

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I’m about to start on my first serious crochet garment. I stumbled upon the Northern Dreams Pullover during a long Pinterest session trawling for new crochet ideas. In two shakes, I had the Best of Interweave Crochet book on order from our warehouse to replace our missing office copy and I headed straight for the Wool of the Andes Sport yarn bins. I had a few color palettes in mind that I wanted to see in person before I settled on one.

4
Jan

The Winter Blues Have Arrived!

I’m embracing the long winter months ahead with a delicious wintery blue Brava project. Like most everyone, I have a major crush on any rainbow palette – be it a full-on Crayola extravaganza or a subtle monochromatic transition. I was delighted when we expanded our Brava acrylic worsted palette to include just the perfect hues for my dream crochet blanket.

Brava Blues

6
Dec

Snow Day!

It’s really feeling wintery all over the country, and we got a little taste of that today in the northwest. It actually snowed!

Now I’ll admit it’s not much snow (nothing like we used to get in upstate NY!), but it still evokes a ‘hot chocolate kind of day’. On days like this, I just want to curl up on the couch with a warm mug of cocoa and some woolly knitting. if this weather keeps up, I might just be able to finish my Full Circle sweater!

15
Nov

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!