My mom taught me to crochet at least twenty times growing up. Unlike knitting, however, it just never “stuck”. Since I’ve worked at KnitPicks, I’ve decided to learn to crochet again. How could I not be inspired by projects like Heidi’s crochet blankets? Plus, it’s not often you’ll have so many accessible teachers. The designer of my first crochet project, Kim Cameron, sits right next to me!
I started this bread warmer…
The best part of this blanket? It’s a rainbow. A giant, glorious, radiant rainbow. The second best part? It’s a freakin’ rainbow.
Is crafting in the Summer a bit different for you? Maybe you work with lighter yarns, make more portable projects, or try a craft you’ve never done before. On this podcast, we explore Summer Crafting and some different ways of seeing things. We explore weaving with Monica, a teacher at Ruthie’s Weaving Studio in Portland. She gives us a different view on working with fiber, and speaks about how collaboration lead to creativity, even when there’s big equipment involved.
I love using textured stitches for dishcloths – it makes it so much easier to scrub those dishes. So when coming up with my newest pattern, I decided to with a fun zigzag look – a really easy & fun pattern! I used my usual garter for the border (it keeps it from curling!) and I just love how it turned out.
You know what’s really exciting to me, in knitwear? Not so much texture, or lace, or fancy techniques. No, what really makes me want to cast on is a good, solid basic with lots of stockinette. Maybe it’s the minimalist in me that just wants a lovely blank canvas in whatever color I desire, or maybe I’m too fond of mindless knitting while watching TV or hanging out with friends, but give me a classic silhouette and next to no frills and I’m happier than a pig in mud (if pigs knit).
July is finally here and that means long summer days filled with berry picking, beach trips, outdoor activities and of course – lots of crafting! And speaking of summer adventures, don’t you just wish you could fly away with the little sheep in this month’s downloadable calender (which of course features a Palette hot air balloon)!
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I started day dreaming about a cowl in Lindy Chain the minute we finished unpacking the boxes here at the offices. I pounced upon two balls of lovely, rich blue Navy and decided to try an open stitch to make the perfect summer weather accessory. You can find the free Alcea Cowl pattern here on our website!
We just turned on some new books, just in time for the book sale – 40% off in stock titles! I wanted to share with you some of my favorites.
We have some new selections from Interweave. Here are three that you may like:
If home is where the heart is, I guess home could also be where the dishcloth pattern inspiration is, because this week I looked no further than my wonderful family for this pattern!
So have you seen our purty new yarn Lindy Chain?
I love this yarn! Before we got it, I’d never used chainette yarn so I was little dubious, but we all had a lot of fun playing with it.