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Free Pattern Friday January 20, 2012 – Posted in: Free Pattern Fridays, Project Ideas

Saartje’s Bootees, Zig and Zag Baby Blanket With the arrival of 24 new colourways of Koigu KPPPM over the last weeks (56 colourways now in stock!) we’ve taken to planning new projects to show off this exquisite hand-painted 100% merino fingering weight yarn. Our picks for this week’s free patterns, pictured above, are perfect candidates –Saartje’s Bootees(Photo credit: AliceKathryn) and the Zig and Zag Sock Yarn Pram Baby Blanket(Photo credit: littleredpepper) are both fun projects…

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Hand Spinning – Could it be for you? January 18, 2012 – Posted in: Project Ideas

Guest Post byDavid Di Giacomo Its been almost a year since I started really getting into spinning and I haven?t stopped since. Spinning has been soothing and meditative, much like people find knitting to be. I first started on a drop spindle and then moved to a wheel. Although using a drop spindle may be somewhat slower than a wheel, it?s a great way to learn the basics and is ultra portable. Drop spindles can…

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Free Pattern Friday – Citron Shawl, Eco+ Cable Blanket December 30, 2011 – Posted in: Free Pattern Fridays, Project Ideas

On the heels of my green Cladonia, picks for this week’s free patterns are both featured in my favourite hue-of-the-moment.TheCitronby Hilary Smith Callis is a simple half-circle shawl and the Eco+ Quilt and Cable Blanketfrom Cascade Yarns is a cozy throw perfect for winter hibernation. Although the blanket may look intimidating to some, the pattern notes assure that this is, in fact, a very straightforward project. It uses just four skeins of Cascade Eco Wool/…

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SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted has arrived! December 22, 2011 – Posted in: New in Store, Project Ideas

Felicia Lo’s beautiful machine-washable heavy worsted weight yarn landed in our store yesterday and we couldn’t be happier with both the quality of the yarn and the saturated, hand-dyed colourways. SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted is a springy workhorse yarn suitable for just about everything from hard-wearing sweaters to quick-knit accessories. My mind is spinning with ideas but the Hawthorne by Susanna IC in “Pumpkin” is quite forcibly elbowing its way to the top of my queue……

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Christmas is today, right? December 10, 2011 – Posted in: Project Ideas

This is the question my three year old daughter asked pretty much from American Thanksgiving to December 1st when interest tapered off a bit with the introduction of the Advent Calendar and the little bag she gets to open every day. It’s all Curious George’s fault who she saw in “A very Monkey Christmas” on PBS and, of course, all the decorations everywhere. Strangely enough this enthusiasm was contagious and I found myself in the…

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Super Quick Gifts December 1, 2011 – Posted in: Project Ideas

Has time gotten away from you? If so, don’t worry, you can still knit up a few projects in time for holiday gift giving. Here are a few truly quick and easy cowl, scarf, and hat patterns you can pull together in a matter of hours – or just a few days. We promise! All are available as finished samples for viewing and trying on in the store. And because we know this time of…

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