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.
It’s heeeerreeee! Our Summer Yarn Sale has officially kicked into high gear and this year, we have over 700 yarns up to 50% off! Whether you are looking to (finally!) knit something for yourself, looking to replenish a bit of your stash, or you just want to get an early start on gift knitting – our summer yarn sale is the perfect excuse to indulge in a few of your favorite fibers and shades.
And to help spark your inspiration – I’ve put together a few palettes in some of my favorite yarns using colors that are part of our HUGE summer yarn sale.
Stroll Fingering (up to 35% off)
I just love this bright and cheerful color palette! It reminds me of my childhood, which was filled with Jem and the Holograms, My Little Ponies and hours spent making drawings with my Spirograph – only this time, there’s a touch of grey added in to represent my adulthood staple shade: grey.
This is a simple washcloth (just single crochet all the way!) with a cute little cloud appliqued on at the end. You can make as many clouds as you’d like, same goes for the raindrops because they take so little yarn to make. Rain or shine, this dishcloth will get the job done, with extra points for cuteness! Find the FREE A Chance of Rain Crochet Dishcloth pattern here!
In this episode, we celebrate men and craft, and those of us who have dared make things for the men in our lives. Graphic Designer Emily’s boyfriend Erik treasures a blanket from his grandmother:
I know it’s officially Craft (Knit) in Public Week but you can find me doing something crafty while I’m out and about every day, 365 days out of the year so why limit myself to one week!? Unfortunately I don’t always have someone along with me to document my craftitude so I thought I’d share some of my favorite craft selfies in honor of my favorite week!