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Raiding Sock Summit Stash For Travel Knitting

Image from Timpani Ravelry pattern page. Hah! You thought it was going to be a pair of socks!! I recently spoke with Jen Lucas about her new book Sock-Yarn Shawls for an upcoming podcast. I loved the book and Jen’s enthusiasm got me excited to decide on one of her shawls for our trip to the east coast this weekend.

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Imagining the Future: A little chunk of the creative process

When you consider the time involved in writing a pattern, knitting the item, photographing it and getting a pattern ready for publication, it’s no wonder we work months and months ahead. It tends to create a strange creative dissonance for me; right now I’m finishing up some patterns for November, yet it’s 75 degrees out today and I’m wearing a tank top. It’s really hard to get in the right frame of mind for what would be cozy in winter when ...

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Slow progress is still progress.

With the swatches for my dad’s sweater blocked and measured, I was finally able to get to the math of the pattern! I sketched out what I wanted it to look like, and got to work on measurements. Casting on after so long was a relief. I feel like I’m actually working towards keeping that promise now! And with an ...

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Swatching isn’t just about getting gauge

(Photo from Ravelry pattern page for Wedding Throw by Regina Fulton) A few weeks ago, I pulled out my stash of Wool of the Andes worsted in Indigo Heather. I thought I would try either the Wedding Throw or the Pull Me Over top as a short-sleeved layering piece. (Photo from Ravelry pattern page of Pull Me Over by Andrea Black)

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(K)needing Knucks

This weekend as I was riding my bike, I realized how ragged my beloved Knucks have gotten.  Given I knit them over 4 years ago and wear them constantly, it's not much of a surprise.  It's funny, I own several pairs of fingerless mitts but I always seem to lose one (sadly, my Pint Mitts is one of them) - but not my original pair of Knucks. In any case, I decided it was time for a new pair. I've made multiple pairs of Knucks over the years - it seems to be the pattern I turn to I make when I need a gift. They work well for everyone and so useful!  I personally need to wear fingerless gloves when doing activities such as biking in cold weather - my hands get cold but I need my fingers free to switch gears and fingerless gloves keep my hands much warmer than fingerless mitts (like my Semplice Mitts, which I do wear a lot as well).  And the Knucks pattern is just so much fun. I dug in my stash for an appropriate yarn and decided on Wool of the Andes in the beautiful Mineral Heather (fun fact: I loved this color so much when we had it in the old Telemark yarn line and felt it was my mission to get it in Wool of the Andes when we discontinued Telemark).

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The Coziest Granny Square Blanket

I'm free! The holidays have passed and I have wrapped and mailed the very last of the knit things since I last posted. But now that's all done with (until my mid-July panic about making presents begins again) and now I can move on to projects that I've squirrelled away for quieter times. I have a box of the special buy Chroma Worsted stashed since this year's Cyber Monday sale (oh all those lovely blues!) which I've finally been able to start dipping into.

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Oh my Biggo!

We're going a little Biggo crazy here - if you get our emails (you should!), you'll know that for this week, every order over $5 gets you a free hank of squishy, delectable Biggo yarn! But what can you do with just one hank, you ask? Well, at 110 yards per 100 gram hank, it doesn't seem like much - but with Biggo, a little goes a long way. For instance, it's plenty enough for some fatty mittens, a fluffy earflap hat, or this double seed stitch scarf I'm making for my niece!

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For the love of Andes del Campo

I have a new yarn love and it is Andes del Campo. It's probably rather silly since it's not a new yarn at all.  And I had played with it a bit when it first came out & thought it was lovely.  But I hadn't used it in a project until recently & now I'm head over heels.

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Hearts Forever!

A certain little lady has requested a heart scarf in pink or purple for the holidays. After much hemming and hawing over yarn I finally settled on Dolly in Stroll Hand Painted and White in Stroll Sport. I wanted to makes sure it would still be pretty easy to wash (especially after I imagined it getting dunked in a sloppy puddle or dragging on the ground behind her as she runs for the school bus) and both Strolls are machine washable, perfect for what I had in mind.

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