Category Archives: Yarn

Contest Closed – A sock naming contest!

Thank you to everyone who contributed!  To read about who won, click here: We have a name AND an announcement! Late last week, a package arrived at our office with a beautiful pair of socks and the most adorable letter I've read in a long time.  The letter was from 86 year young Frances FIsher from North Carolina and it read...

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Cyber Monday update

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!! Alisha posted last week to let you know we were going to be having our first ever Cyber Monday sale today. The sale is on! Over 400+ colors of yarn are 25-35% off. We did have some technical issues this morning and not all the yarns were showing correctly in this sale category. That has been resolved, and we’re really sorry for any confusion or inconvenience that caused. We’re also ...

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These are a few of my favorite things… for spring!

If you live anywhere near the northwestern United States, you know that spring has come later than normal this year.  Fortunately, over the past couple of weeks, the sun has decided to shine a little bit and the flowers have (hesitantly) started to bloom.  In honor of these little breaks from the dreary gray skies, I have decided to share a few spring pattern ideas with you that will brighten up any day - sunny or not! The Rachel's Bag pattern by Cassidy Clark definitely tops my list of fun, fashionable must-haves this spring.  The bag is fashionable, practical, and adds a certain flair to any outfit.  In other words, it's the perfect accessory!

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New England Knits & Gloss sneak peek

I have been so excited about New England Knits since we first started seeing pictures from it and I finally got my very own copy! We're all pretty excited about it here - in fact Kate & I unknowingly both tweeted about how excited we were about it. I went to the coast this weekend & with the cool weather there, it was perfect time to thumb through it & think about all the lovely cardigans I want to make!  And goodness, I think I want to make every single project in this book - something I haven't seen in a book for a very long time - well that doesn't include cute toys like Knitting Mochimochi! :)

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Beyond my wildest expectations!

Yarn – Aloft PLUS  Design – Belinda Shawl in Mason Dixon Knitting: Outside the Lines EQUALS (had to refer to a thesaurus because I knew just one word wouldn’t be enough) Diaphanus, gossamer, luminous, radiant, resplendent, ...

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Slippies and Hot Water Bottle

Warm and happy. Nice new slippers to celebrate all of the snow we had at our home the last couple of weeks. And, in my enthusiasm for Chroma in fingering weight, I had completely forgot that we also had it available in worsted weight. Alison pointed this out to me as I blocked my Gentle Reversible Shawl and was trying to figure out my next Chroma project. This is my free Seed Stitch Hot Water Bottle Cover pattern. I used the twisted stitch version to give the fabric even more texture. It only took a few hours to knit the cover so I was able to use it to keep warm during the worst part of our winter storm.  I used one ball of Chroma Worsted in the Mesa colorway plus a little bit more. The good news is there was plenty of yarn left in the second ball to make a hat.

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One ball of Chroma equals one shawlette

Love this pattern - Gentle. If you follow Diana's excellent instructions on how to divide your yarn like I did when I got started, you won't run out of yarn. This quick, colorful project was exactly what I needed as winter continues with snowy, cold days.

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Aloft! Oh, just wait until you see what I have in mind!

I love the Belinda Shawl from Kay Gardiner & Ann Shayne's second book, Mason-Dixon Knitting Ourtside the Lines.  It is incredibly simple in design but the result will be so elegant. When we received our samples of Aloft, we all started thinking about what we would like to knit with the gossamer soft strands of super kid mohair and silk. Watching the two open-work layers of the Belinda shawl move past each other would be mesmorizing but add in the glint of silk and the warm softness of the mohair and I think this will be a delight to knit and wear. Look at the colors I've chosen. Tarragon was a no brainer since it is the sort of warm green I enjoy wearing. I put several second color options next to it but it wasn't until I held up the Eggplant that I knew I had found my combination. All I need to do is grab a pair of Harmony needle tips and a 32" cable. The sharp point will make it easy to work with the fine yarn.

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Have you seen Aloft?!?!

Let me show it to you... Can you believe how beautiful it is?  Aloft is a blend of 75% mohair and 25% silk and it will leave you wanting to knit with it over and over again.  The silk adds a radiant core that shimmers and shines through the soft halo of mohair, all the while adding a beautiful drape and texture to any project. Our team fell head-over-heals in love with the line the moment we first saw the sample.  The Knit Picks Director - Alison - couldn't keep us out of her office because we all wanted to keep touching it! It's just so yummy!

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