Category Archives: Yarn

Making the Most of Luxury Fibers

The best way to create extra special projects is to use a yarn that is equally extra special! And knowing the different properties of luxury fibers will help you to make the very most of out of every stitch. No matter if you are looking to make a luxurious sweater for a friend or family member or perhaps you simply want to indulge in a one-skein wonder, you’ll find a variety of luxury fibers that are sure to suit your project. City Tweed DK

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My Craft Corner

With Kerin & Hannah's recent posts on organizing their stash, I decided to work on my craft corner last weekend! When I lived in Massachusetts, my significant other & I had a 3 bedroom house, which was great!  I took the tiny room for my craft area, where I could keep all my yarny things, plus my sewing machine, books, a comfy chair and anything else I wanted in my own private sanctuary.  It was a very small dark room but I liked having a place of my own.  

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Modern Romance

Being relatively young, I still have the energy to ask the bland questions: Why should Valentine’s Day matter to us? In this, I mean the Valentine’s Day of you and me---the general, stodgy adults---since I think we can agree that children could never have any objection to candies and little cards and fun days at school. As it’s a time to acknowledge and reward Romance, let’s also give some thought to love-in-actuality and what endures. Now being in a position to look back some, I can say that I’ve forgotten nearly all of my Valentine’s Day gifts through the years. I’ve certainly forgotten all the flowers and candies and trinkets. I’ve forgotten most of the books and records.

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Sorting the Stash

My yarn stash is... well, more along the lines of a squirrel hoarding acorns against a long winter than a few future projects saved and waiting to be used. I spent this past weekend trying to impose some sort of order. While the pile hasn't gotten any smaller (in fact, it's gotten a tad bit bigger after the office stash swap party last week) I do think I've found a way to make starting projects easier.

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Tyler

(Note: Our wonderful Purchasing Director Teri is one of the biggest cheerleaders for Brava - here's her experience with it! You also may recognize her son Tyler from several patterns currently on our site such as the cute Duck Hat. - Stacey) As soon as I heard we were getting acrylic yarn I rejoiced!

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Stashbusting with the Beekeeper’s Quilt

I bought The Beekeeper's Quilt pattern from Tiny Owl's Magic Attic back in October and have quietly been working on hexipuffs between other knitting projects ever since. I've been using all my fingering weight odds and ends leftover from all the sock projects, mittens and Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi critters that I made over the holidays. This morning I decided to sit down and see if I could identify all the Knit Picks yarn that has gone into this project so far... it was fun trying to retrace my knitting! Do you spot them all?

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Cozy Toast Wrap in Capretta

It's the time of year for shifty, cool weather and I'm definitely bundled up all the time. When I'm knitting I have a blanket over my shoulders, when I go outside there's always a hat on my noggin, and even when I'm working at my desk I have a scarf (or two!) on. This time around I knew that I wanted to knit a super cozy cowl that I could wear outside to the market and inside around the office. Something substantial. I spotted the Toast Wrap over on Ravelry and had that little fluttery heart moment when I know I've found the perfect project.

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A flower of a different color

Wow, the response to the Viola Afghan was much bigger than I expected! Some of you have been asking about washable yarn substitutions for it, and I've been working on that for a few days to get the colors right. One benefit to our good ol' workhorse Wool of the Andes is that, since it's really a 'staple' yarn, we can have an enormous breadth of color. That makes it so versatile for designing - but not machine washable! Finding a suitable substitute for Viola has proved to be quite a challenge. The palette of Swish has waxed and waned to a balanced, tight family, and Brava is too new to have the expanded color range that it likely will see in the future. The best option came in the wide range of purples in Shine. So, along with washability, Viola has had a drastic hue shift in this version! Since the yardage on Shine is a little less than that of Wool of the Andes, you'll need a little more of each color, and each substituted color is used in place of the original in every instance. So, here is a Shine-y, purple Viola!

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Felted slippers… perfect for these cold winter days!

When it gets cold outside, there's nothing better than to snuggle your feet in a cozy pair of felted slippers!  They are so toasty warm! I have made many as gifts and for myself.  Wool of the Andes  is the perfect yarn for these projects, and my preferred yarn of choice. I used worsted weight for this project.  This last week I finished a pair for a good friend of mine using the Fiber Trends Felted Clogs pattern. (I love this pattern!) They have a double sole which felts nice and thick. Before felting, these slippers look enormous!

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Intarsia gone wild!

In the past I've shared different techniques that I'm learning.  I finally tried Fair Isle last summer, which I absolutely love!  Also, I shared that my grandson wants a lego hat. (that decision was after I convinced him he didn't really want a skeleton hat!) After lots of research and asking all of you, I've decided there wasn't a hat pattern out there that fit my idea of what the hat should look like.  So, as is so usual for me, I did things the hard way!!  I've created a pattern! But the only way to get the pattern to look the way I wanted it to look, was to do intarsia, a technique I had yet to learn!  The hat is not done, but it's on its way! (I'll blog later with the complete hat on my grandson).

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