Well, we've made it! Today is Christmas eve, your gifts are wrapped and under your tree, the cookies are baked, the halls are decked, and now it's time to relax and watch A Christmas Story on TBS. I'm glad you have joined with me in counting down to the big day, this is my favorite time of year, and I hope I added a little joy and fun to your Holiday season. Anacapa Fine Yarns will be open today from 10am-2pm, and will reopen on Tuesday, December 27th. From all of us here at Anacapa Fine Yarns, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy New Years, and Happy anything else! We greatly appreciate all our wonderful customers, and we are lucky to have you!
It's time for antoher Free Pattern Friday! Yesterday I talked about Malabrigo Caracol, and today's free pattern takes one skein, check out the Last-Minute Caracol Slippers:
I wanted to design a project for you today (the Friday before Christmas) that you can get done in just a few hours. If you need a quick last-minute gift, these slippers will be finished before you know it! All you need is a skein of Caracol and some size 11 needles, and you can whip up a cute pair of slippers either for you, or give them as a gift!
Anacapa Fine Yarns will be open today (Friday, December 23rd) from 10am-5pm, and tomorrow (Saturday, December 24th) from 10am-2pm for any last minute yarn-shopping needs. Grab a skein of Caracol and you can have a cute new pair of slippers for Christmas morning.
I have another awesome yarn that I want to spotlight for you today, it's Malabrigo's new Caracol.
When Caracol came in the shop, we were so excited about it, it's so unique and fun! It looks like stained glass when it's knitted up, and the addition of the small strand of black thread wrapped around the yarn base really highlights the gorgeous handyed colorways from Malabrigo. It's the same yardage and weight as Malabrigo Rasta, so any pattern that calls for Rasta could be made with Caracol instead! Here are some of my favorite patterns designed to be knit in Caracol.
And remember - Tomorrow is Free Pattern Friday, and my free pattern for the week will be made with one skein of Caracol, so be sure to come back tomorrow and check it out!
Have you seen all the cute knitted and crocheted wreat patterns there are on Ravelry? I didn't even know that they had a pattern category for wreaths, and now I want to make one! Here are some cute ones I found:
If you want to explore other patterns for wreaths, click here! I have a pretty fall wreath I made with pumpkins on it, and a christmasy white wreath, but I need a Spring and a Summer wreath, I'm off to go peruse Ravelry a bit more...
I have been wanting to get back into crocheting lately, for me the urge to crochet sort of comes in waves. I'll get really into crocheting for a month or so, then return to knitting, it happens every time. I learned to crochet before I ever learned to knit, and I still do enjoy doing it, I just tend to knit more often. I see these cool crochet patterns that use digrams, and honestly, I've never crocheted from a chart or diagram before. I'd love one day to make a beautiful doily or something, but I suppose I should familiarize myself with crochet diagrams! Here's a handy cheat sheet I found on Pinterest one day, I definitely will be refering back to it!
Every year in this series I like to take a day to share with you some festive music that I have been enjoying that you might enjoy as well. These songs are either new favorites of mine or old classics, I hope you enjoy!
The 12 Days of Christmas - Straight No Chaser
I'll Be Home for Christmas - Dolly Parton
Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen
Winter Wonderland/Don’t Worry Be Happy - Pentatonix
Snow (From White Christmas) by Seth MacFarlane
If you have been in the shop recently, you may have seen these new bags and needle cases we have from Knitter's Pride. We just restocked on them, and If you are looking for a gift idea, one of these bags might be perfect! There are 3 different types of needle cases that I'm going to share with you today.
Circular Needle Case
This case has a few pockets on the inside for notions, plus a sort of binder with clear plastic zippered pouches that you can organize your circualar needles into! You could also use this bag for DPNs or Crochet hooks and it would work just as well.
Interchangeable Needle Case
These cases are a little smaller than the circular needle cases, and they have sections on the inside that you can organize your Interchangeable needle tips into, plus a clear zippered pocket in the center for your cords. It makes your Interchangeable kit much more compact and organized, perfect to throw in your knitting bag!
Assorted Needle Case
This is the case for you if you want to organize all your needles and hooks! It has clear zippered pockets, pockets for circular needles, a place for interchangeable needle tips or crochet hooks, and small pockets for straight needles, double pointed needles, or crochet hooks, you can fit it all in this case!
Come check out these cases at Anacapa Fine Yarns before they are gone!
It's time for another Free Pattern Friday! I was gifted a skein of Malabrigo Rios in a beautiful purple color recently that I needed to work with right away, so I took a simple stitch pattern and some size 9 needles and went to work! When I ran out of yarn, I grafted the ends together and I had a cowl! If you have a lovely skein of worsted-weight something sitting around that you don't know what to do with, maybe this cowl is perfect for you!
This cowl uses a simple stitch pattern that we recommend a lot for scarves because it's easy to knit but not too boring. I used a provisional cast on, knit until I was out of yarn, twisted my scarf once, then grafted the ends together to form a cowl. This twist makes it lay in a flattering way when you wear it.
I realized the other day when I was working on my 3x1 Cowl pattern that I have never made a tutorial for the crocheted provisional cast-on. It is used as the cast on for the cowl pattern because you can remove the cast-on later and use the "live" stitches to graft the ends together. I made a quick video for you for how to do it, I hope it helps!
Today is going to be another Yarn Spotlight, and today we are going to talk about Manos del Uruguay Alegria.
Alegria is a sock or fingering weight yarn, made with 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon. It comes in both semi-solid and variegated colorways, and is machine washable. I know a lot of people love to use it for socks, but it also makes great accesories like shawls and scarves because it is so soft! It's also great for baby clothes, sweaters, and lots more!
Here are some patterns designed to be knit with Alegria:
Next time you want to cast on a new pair of socks or start a new shawl, come check out Alegria, I'm sure you'll love it!
See Posts from old blog here.
Caracol Button Hat
Drop a Hint Hat & Scarf
Easiest Christmas Stocking
Fishtail Braid Cowl
Fly Your Heart Mitts & Hat
Kelp Forest Shawlette
Lacy 48 Stitch Hat
Last Minute Handwarmers
Marled Textures Hat
Mega Basic Beanie
Springtime Baby Cardi
Superfine Serpentine Cowl
Toasty Texture Mitts
56 Stitch Hat