Category Archives: Yarn

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Try a little luxury

With the holidays just around the corner, it's a great time to whip up quick, simple, luxurious items for yourself or your favorite people! The Luxe Accessories kit contains one ball each of some of our most luxurious yarns: Capra, Aloft, Andean Treasure and City Tweed HW, and patterns for three quick accessories!

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Andean Treasure

Have you taken a peek at Andean Treasure lately? It's one of those yarns that I forget about until I see a project in it and then I'm instantly reminded about how wonderful it is. This time it was the utter adorableness of the photo we just took for the catalog.

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Desert Color

After a pretty busy summer, I was finally able to take a vacation. Of course for me, vacation equals very little human contact and lots of dust. It was off to the desert for me! I love the high desert of Oregon, and spend as much time there as possible. When I'm back in civilization, I notice that I tend to favor desert colors in decor and clothing. So it should come as no surprise that the colors of Wool of the Andes Superwash that I'd picked out to play with are straight out of no-man's land.

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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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Sooo Close!

I'm getting really close to finishing my Chroma blanket! Out of 120 5" squares, I've crocheted over 100 of them. I only have three more rows of squares to attach, and then it's on to the border! It's already big enough to provide some serious warmth.

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The Lonely Tree Shawl

One of the projects on my "someday" list has been a worsted weight shawl. I've always wanted to have a a touch of Kirsten Larson and Laura Ingalls in my life... even if the weather isn't always quite right and I'm not about to be tossing one over my shoulders before I head out to milk some sassy milk cows in the dead of winter. At least not any time soon. Sylvia Bo Bilvia's Lonely Tree Shawl has been in my Ravelry queue forever, just waiting for the perfect yarn to cast on with.

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Say “HI!” to the New Stroll Tweed

Check out our new Stroll Tweed yarn! Once, a few years ago we had a yarn with the same name, however we've gone back to the drawing board when it came to the tweed nepps since then and I'm delighted to show you what we've come up with! I love the rich color palette we've chosen and the new natural-colored flecks. I love using the Stroll family for washable fingering weight projects (especially baby sweaters!) and Stroll Tweed. The minute we opened the box of our photography samples I grabbed a bag of the Indigo Heather (the prettiest purple-blue I've EVER seen!) and got to work picking out a pattern.

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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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A statement blanket

As you may have noticed in my last crochet post, I'm hard at work on another monstrous crochet project. I've taken a break from the wee stitches of doilies and settled in with some repetitive Circled Squares in Chroma! Finny isn't the only one who is rather smitten with this afghan-in-progress. My other little guy has been seeking out any part of it - loose squares and all - to nestle in to. But most of the time it's draped across the couch - I'm already using it, even though it's not even halfway assembled yet!

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Crochet Week: Curio Luminarie Cozy and Hanging Planter Pattern

I'm pretty sure that I just took my crochet skills to a whole new level this past launch when I released my very first pattern (the Luminarie Cozy and Hanging Planter Pattern) as part of Knit Picks, for free! I can't tell you how excited I am to share what I've been tinkering with since we got our first samples of our new Curio crochet thread in the office.

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