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Fun Knit and Crochet in the Summertime!!

Summer is nearly upon us and there is no need to put down your needles!  I have been working on some light and fun projects to welcome the warm weather.20170519_120531

I was so inspired by the Summer 2017 issue of Knitscene Magazine! The cover tank top called my name, as did Queensland Savannah Yarn in minty green and black.  The yarn is made of a yummy combo of linen and silk.  It has a beautiful drape and feels great against my skin!20170519_120506

20170519_123625_HDR.jpgThere are some other great patterns in this issue like my next project:


So, we’ve had Katia’s Washi  and Washi Print yarn (a bamboo, polyester machine washable tape) in the store and I’ve been dying to make a summer hat.


It crocheted up in a couple of hours and I was so surprised by how pliable the brim came out!  Word got out and everyone at the store started making one for themselves.

Bonus:  The pattern is free with purchase of yarn (we’ll send it with an online order, or come in the store)!

Enjoy your lazy, hazy, breezy fiber filled summer!

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Women’s March Brings Knitting to the Front Lines

by Annette Corsino-Blair

Things have been buzzing at the shop for the last month or so.  Building to a crescendo of energy that I have not seen in quite a while.  People who haven’t knit in many years are blowing the dust off of their needles, wanting to take part in The Pussy Hat Project.


It’s a simple thing really:  make a hat with cat ears out of bright pink yarn and give to someone attending the Women’s March in Washington January 21, 2016.  But like any one effort when multiplied, that sea of pink at our nation’s capital and in many other states around the country and world will be a show of strength and solidarity.

It will be a reminder that women are are strong, valuable and relevant. We plan on rising up time and time again to stand up of our rights.

Did you know that women and children knitting socks and stockings helped finance both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars?  The call was put out and women stepped forward with action.  Always the silent heroes, they started The Sanitary Commission which later became The Red Cross.  When situations become challenging, women band together and get s*#% done!


I have to admit that it’s been really fun reteaching these passion filled students.  May they be reminded of the importance of working with their hands in a community.  Knitting (and all of the fiber arts) brings us together as sisters and brothers of a common cord.

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Three (x 2 + 1) for Free Friday: the fast and the furious

At some point in her or his yarncrafting career, every knitter or crocheter decides that a handmade holiday sounds like a good idea. Until the night before Christmas, when all through the house is heard the furious clicking of knitting needles, a bit of hair tearing, and the angry grunts of somebody  getting all stabby with pointy sticks. Continue reading “Three (x 2 + 1) for Free Friday: the fast and the furious”

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Three (+2) for Free Friday: Knitty, Winter 2015

ribboncandyzumieIt’s always a fun day when Knitty releases a new issue, and this time was no different. With quite a few “piquant”-rated patterns, the Winter 2015 issue has a lot in store for the so-called seasoned knitter, and lots of these are two- or three-skein accessory projects. Nice for the knitter short on time and/or needing some budget relief from splurge projects. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites: Continue reading “Three (+2) for Free Friday: Knitty, Winter 2015”

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Ravelry Roundup: Joji’s Authentic Collection

authentic collection
Clockwise, from left: Big Old Coat, Puntilla, Spectrum.

Buenos Aires-based Joji Locatelli is one of a handful of what I like to term elite Ravelry independent designers. Best known for propelling the oversized pullover to the tips of thousands of knitters’ needles with her aptly named Boxy pattern, Joji has built a large following of dedicated fans around the world. Continue reading “Ravelry Roundup: Joji’s Authentic Collection”

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Three for Free Friday: Knit Cables


Who doesn’t love a cabled slouchy beanie? Father Cables is a hot pattern on Ravelry this week, no doubt due to its stunning cable pattern and the fact that it’s been generously published as a free pattern by YOTH Yarns. The pattern calls for a softly plied, worsted weight Rambouillet wool yarn, which comes from a breed of sheep known for its soft, fine fiber, much like its close relative the Merino sheep. Fantastic yarns for this pattern would be two skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, Malabrigo Rios, or Juniper Moon Farms Moonshine. Continue reading “Three for Free Friday: Knit Cables”