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!

25
Nov

The Big Sale 2013: My Top 10 Picks!

By now, most of you have noticed the spectacular sale we have going on (our early-to-the-party answer to Cyber Monday). But the downfall of having over 700 yarns on sale? It always feels like you’ve missed something, no?

With that in mind, I’ve highlighted my Top 10 favorites from this year’s big sale—in dramatic ascending order! Please keep in mind that I’m a lady who loves her neutrals (with little pops of jewel-tones here and there).

10) Capra in “Wine”
$7.99 $3.99/50g  –  85% Merino Wool, 15% Cashmere

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My favorite reds always look like they belong in a long-stemmed glass; the combination of this with cashmere feels like some pinnacle of luxury.

23
Nov

A Bevy of Brava Blankets

There’s nothing quite like a handknit blanket to warm you up on a winter day. And they’re even better when they’re washable! That’s why we have several blanket kits in our super-soft, sturdy acrylic Brava yarn.

It’s hard to go wrong with the Hue Shift afghan! This favorite blanket is available as kits in four colorways…

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!

8
Nov

November Nesting

I don’t know if it’s the suddenly dark evenings, the rainy weather, or the fact that Eggnog Lattes are back in season, but I’ve seriously been a homebody the last couple of weeks. I’ve always been a fan of knitting lovely winter and fall items to wear, but this year I got a bug in my ear for home items. So when, over the course of preserving the innards of seven Halloween pumpkins, my favorite kitchen towels started to give up on me, I decided to just make my own!

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Update: The pattern is now available for free!

29
Oct

My (almost finished!) Diadem cowl

When the samples of Diadem first arrived in our office, the thing I remember most was the feeling of being completely in awe of the colors! Immediately, I went into project brainstorming mode: grabbing colors, making notes of pattern possibilities, rearranging color palettes, piling up stitch dictionaries.

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Diadem in Tourmaline

There were just so many good possibilities! And finally, after many piles of mini swatches (both knit and crochet), I settled on making a cowl with a simple stitch pattern to really show off the ever-so-subtle shade shifts.

28
Oct

Diving in Diadem

I can’t believe that it’s finally time to introduce Diadem! I’ve seen so many projects in this glorious yarn around the office lately that it feels like old news, but now I’ll be able to oggle all of your projects on Ravelry! I literally can’t wait to see what creations feature this yarn over the next few months. For now, I’ll content myself to petting the wonderful fabric of the Diving In {recipe} shawl that I made and gifted to my mother for her birthday. The luminous skeins of Diamond and Moonstone were the first colors I spotted when the shipment of Diadem arrived in the office and I made a quick grab for one of each in the middle of the mad dash for yarn. For weeks afterward we all had piles of silky hanks on our desks as we searched for the “perfect pattern” to test this new yarn.

18
Oct

Hearthwarming Stockings

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner. If you’re like me and you haven’t really thought of what to make for the knitworthy on your list, I have an idea – the Hearthwarming Stockings!

This kit contains enough yarn for two stockings. There are a ton of different motifs to choose from, ensuring that each can be unique and just what the recipient would love.