9 Things We’re Loving for April

April showers bring May flowers, along with a treasure trove of crafty goodness in minty greens and cool teal blues! From small pouches adorned with llamas to pretty, yet totally practical storage for your craft room, here’s a smattering of things we’re loving this month for April. Happy crafting!
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1. Comfy Sport Yarn in Sea Foam>> 2. Sideways Throw Crochet Pattern>> 3. Gem Basket in Mint>> 4. Llamarama Pencil Case>> 5. Dishie Yarn in Mint>> 6. Lagoon Blue Canister, small>> 7. Colorblock Zippered Pouch in Teal & Silver>> 8. Amused Infinity Scarf>> 9. Brava Sport Yarn in Cornflower>>

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Christmas in Springtime

We hear it’s been snowing on the East Coast these days, so why not talk about Christmas?

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Around New Years this year, I started knitting a project I plan to work on throughout the year. It’s Just Crafty Enough’s Mitten Garland Advent Calendar (Ravelry link) and I’m making mine in Preciosa Fingering Yarn in Bare, Gladiola, Stormy, Stormy, and Bonsai. I started by knitting four or five mittens right after Christmas, and then I realized I had twenty more months to complete the project, so I put it away for a while. The crazy thing is, I started to miss it! So after I finished a sweater for my daughter, I took the mittens back out again. So it has gone, for the past few months: I fill in with a couple mittens here or there, when I finish a larger project and don’t quite want to cast on for another, right away. There are a few tools I’ve picked up that sure have helped move things right along. Want to know what they are? They might just help you in small knitting projects you might be doing, this summer.

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Staff Project Roundup!

It’s spring, and our knitting needles are busily working through piles of yarn and mountains of unfinished objects! Now is the time to clear your queue and get ready to change up what’s on your needles, just as the weather is shifting from the chill of winter to the first warm promises of spring. Curious about what we’ve been up to outside of the office? Here’s a roundup of our  most recent staff projects, including a project in our newest yarn, Paragon!

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The Monthly Yarn Sale: Diadem

For the entire month of April, save 20% on Diadem yarn* – an incredible blend of soft baby alpaca and shimmering mulberry silk. This is truly a “treat yourself” worthy yarn, and it’s pretty nice to gift to someone special too!

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Diadem is available in fingering and DK yarn options, making it versatile for projects that I describe as little luxuries – think elegant cowls and wraps as well as warm, but dressy hats and mitts. If you’re looking for pattern inspiration, follow the link HERE to see our patterns for Diadem – there are even a handful of free patterns available for download, too!

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Book Sale – Focus on Weaving

This Spring, my goal is to start weaving. Last summer my husband bought me a rigid heddle loom for a milestone birthday, and last week, I finally got it warped. This is the week I’m finally going to begin, and to get me to the start line (let alone the finish line), I’ve been looking at some great books on the topic. Here are 3 books we carry on weaving. At 40% off during our book sale, why not pick one up? You’re sure to get inspired, and maybe you’ll get weaving, too!

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My favorite book on weaving to come through the office has been Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom by Syne Mitchell. Packed with great stitch patterns and helpful hints, like fixing broken warp threads, it also has great essay on topics I never considered, but am sure to encounter. My favorite essay is called “Weaving Ugly Things” and it begins, “There will come a time when you’ll look down at the fabric on the loom and think, “Dang, that’s ugly”. The author then goes on to talk about how unpredictable weaving can be, even for seasoned veterans. With great full color illustrations, and imaginative stitch patterns I can’t wait to try, this book is about to be added to my library.

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April 2016 Calendar

Spring has officially arrived (even here in the Pacific Northwest!), which means that our color palette is transitioning from winter neutrals to soft pastels and brighter pops of color. We can’t help but smile when we see the bowl of cheery cotton yarns in our April calendar.

To get the free April 2016 calendar background of your choosing (for smart phones, tablets and desktop computers), simply click the applicable device icon below. Enjoy!

Knit Picks March 2016 Calendar

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Last Day: Save 20% off Aloft

Important yarn sale reminder: today is the last day to take advantage of the Monthly Yarn Sale for March and save 20% off Aloft!

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If you’ve never worked with Aloft before, it’s such a fun and versatile yarn with endless possibilities. And don’t let the fact that this is a lace weight yarn scare you off (it’d be a shame to miss out on this luxurious blend of super kid mohair and silk!), personally – I love knitting Aloft of larger needles (try a US 8 or 10). This create a lovely open fabric that shows off the fluffy mohair and it will feel as light as a cloud.

Need a bit of pattern inspiration? I’ve put together my top 5 pattern picks for Aloft!

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Free Pattern – Melodica Coin Purse

I feel like we don’t see enough coin purses out there – they’re so handy, not just for coins but for other small little items you don’t want to have to keep digging though a big purse to find (I keep lip balm & gloss in mine!).  Plus they’re handy if you just want to carry around a few items and not worry about a large purse on a night out. Well if you want to make one for yourself, check out the newest free pattern from the always creative SpillyJane, the Melodica Coin Purse!

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Aura is here!

Just in time for sunnier forecasts, Aura is our 2016 spring pattern collection! These sixteen patterns are perfect for layering and feature sweet lace details in a soft pastel palette. Every year we keep things fresh by focusing on a different aspect of the perfect spring wardrobe. This year we wanted to feature flattering silhouettes while making sure to include some unexpected detail, for added interest (both while knitting and wearing!). I absolutely loved spending the day at Cistus Nursery with our lovely models in these super versatile garments, so I thought I would take a moment to share my absolute favorites from Aura with you!

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