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How to…bind off with beads January 30, 2012 – Posted in: How to, Mondays with Mona

Here we are with my finished ‘Before and After’ Bias Scarf – that is the knitting is finished but I have not bound off yet. I have knit until I just have enough yarn left for finishing. To be able to add the beads to my bind-off I am going to use the Stem Stitch method, which is a sewn bind-off, i.e. it is worked with a tapestry needle (a blunt one is better than…

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New Yarns from SweetGeorgia! January 26, 2012 – Posted in: New in Store, Project Ideas

It’s no secret that we are huge fans of SweetGeorgia Yarns (SGY) and this week we’re happy to announce the arrival of 20 gorgeous shades of Superwash Chunky and 14 additional shades of Merino Silk Lace. Merino Silk Lace “Silky, shiny, springy and glossy”is how Felicia Lo of SGY describes this fine merino and silk 2-ply laceweight yarnand we couldn’t agree more. The hand-dyed colours are intense and super-saturated and the silky sheen is stunning.…

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New Magazine January 25, 2012 – Posted in: Magazines, New in Store

Jane Austen Knits, 2011 A new and much requested magazine landed on our shelves this week. This beautiful collection from Interweaveexplores the knits of the Regency Era with 35 patterns inspired by Jane Austen’s treasured novels. Click here to preview

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Are your hands cold? January 23, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona, Project Ideas

Past week it has been freezing and nasty in Montreal. Especially last Wednesday the cold was bone chilling and the strong wind did not help. I have a remedy for keeping at least your hands warm, though. Knit on 8 mm (US size 11) needles to get a dense fabric with a super bulky yarn these mitts are sure to keep your digits cozy – even at -18 Centigrade with a wind chill of -26.…

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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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On the Needles: Eco Cloud Chevron Colour-Block Blanket January 19, 2012 – Posted in: On the Needles

One of the stand-out yarns for us this season is Cascade’s Eco Cloud – this is an incredibly soft alpaca (30%) / merino (70%)blendwith a chainette, or braided, construction which lends strength and loft while minimizing the potential for shedding or pilling. The yarn is produced naturally with no chemicals and is availabe in 10 undyed colours. It’s anideal yarn for winter accessories as well as bigger sweater and blanket projects and we’ve been knitting…

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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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Boxy Bags from ZigZag Stitches – Posted in: New in Store

We just received the photo below from ZigZag Stitches – it’s our most recent order of Boxy Bags ready for shipping! These bagsare great for storing and transporting knitting or other craft projects and are available in variety of designer fabrics in two sizes. They should arrive within the next few days.

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