Knits Gifts 2018: Geo-Snow Shawl

I love knitting lace, but sometime I want my lace to be less lacey. Super lacey shawls can easily become overdramatic and costumey. Huge gossamer shawls usually make me feel like Miss Havisham from Great Expectations, who I wouldn’t exactly call a style hero; those shawls tend to end up decorating my shawl rack rather […]

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Knits Gifts 2018: Trash Panda

He’s not the hero we deserve, but he’s the hero we need. Lurking in the pages of Interweave Knits Gifts 2018 is a superhero of diminutive proportions. Clad in a mask and green cape of justice, Trash Panda is prepared to take on the dirtiest of cities. His indiscriminate appetite for spoiled snacks and justice […]

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Knits Gifts 2018: Dear Snow Cowl

Raise your hand if you’ve ever lost a scarf. Raise your other hand if it was a scarf that you really loved and you’re still sad that it’s gone. Yup, me too. My scarf was cream and hot pink stripes; I knit it in college, and I even made mittens to match. I wore it […]

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The art of working colored pictures into your knitting is called intarsia. Picture-knitting has its place in every knitter’s repertoire of skills. The Picture-Knitting Concept If you’ve worked stranded knitting (see last week’s post for more on this technique), using two colors in one row is nothing new to you. But stranded knitting calls for […]

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When I was a kid, I had a cassette tape of The Nutcracker that I absolutely loved. It told the story of Marie Stahlbaum, her eccentric godpapa Drosselmeier, an evil seven-headed mouse king, and, of course, an enchanted nutcracker prince, the namesake of the story. The tale was narrated by an English actress with the […]

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Fiber Review: Scholarly Tweed Yarns

Tweed yarns offer a great way to create a simple yet colorfully classic garment. Tiny flecks of color, called neps, add a touch of interest to any design. Here are four colorful yarns from Interweave Knits Fall 2018 to consider for your next tweedy project. Tahki Yarns Donegal Tweed Distributed by Tahki Stacy Charles, Inc. Price: […]

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Be Prepared: Emergency Knitting Kits

Recently, I realized that I had a solid day of meetings scheduled, and no knitting. No knitting! How am I supposed to sit through two hours of slideshows without anything to do? Doodling on the handout gets old, and my origami skills are rather limited. Fortunately, we recently held a yarn swap, so I had […]

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There were three things on my “To Sew This Summer” list: a gingham dress, a Madras skirt, and a plaid lumberjane buttondown. In other words, plaid, plaid, and more plaid. As tends to happen, I got distracted by other projects, and they didn’t get made in time; lightweight summery dresses and skirts aren’t practical once […]

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Last Minute Knitting: Socks

Last week, I found myself scrambling for a last-minute knitting project before heading into a full day of meetings. After rummaging through the bin of free yarn and some odds and ends in my desk drawer, I came up with a ball of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in waistcoat, leftover from the Steampunk Pullover in […]

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