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!
This past weekend was our Annual Holiday Party and Foodshare Drive! Thank you to everyone who came and spent a fun day with us, and to everyone who donated to Foodshare. With your help, we were able to write a check to Foodshare for over $1000, and we couldn't have done that without you, so thank you very much!
We also had our Handmade Holiday Ornament Exchange! This is always a really fun event, and I wanted to share with you all the photos from our Exchange!
I was teaching my Knit Fixes Class last week and I had a few questions about how to fix your work when you drop the very last stitch on the edge of your work. Fixing dropped edge stitches can be confusing, but I found this helpful info-graphic from Interweave Knits on how to fix your edge stitches:
There's more info in their blogpost here if you'd like a more in-depth instructions. Hope this helps!
If you love Christmas as much as I do, you may also have 6 different Christmas-themed Pinterest boards. One is for gift-wrap inspiration, one is ideas for decorating, one is for handmande ornament ideas, and another one is dedicated exclusively to Christmas Cookies! I was perusing my Christmas Cookie board on Pinterest the other day and thought it would be fun to share some recipes I found for cookies! I know this has nothing to do with yarn or knitting, but I know a lot of crafters also love to bake, I know I do! Click any image below to go to the recipe!
Last week's gift guide was all about project bags and knitting bags, this week we are going to talk about YARN! If you know a knitter and want to get them a special skein of yarn as a gift, or maybe you need ideas of gifts that you want that you can tell your family to get you, check out some of my picks for you below! I know I would be happy if any of these yarns ended up in my stocking!
Everyone knows Madelinetosh Merino Light is amazing, and good news, we just restocked! Merino Light is 100% merino wool handdyed in the most amazing colors! It's perfect for shawls, cowls, sweaters, almost everything!
Have you had the chance to feel Finito? It feels like cashmere, although it's not! It's superfine merino wool, and is so soft and snuggly, you can't resist rubbing your face on it! Make a cowl with it and you'll be snuggly warm!
Ava is the latest addition to Anzula's line of Merino/Cashmere/Nylon yarns. Ava is sport weight, and we have some gorgeous semisolid colors in stock. One beautiful skein would make an amazing hat or cowl.
Caracol is such a fun yarn! Malabrigo came out with this a few months ago and it has been so popular. It's 100% superwash merino, and it looks like stained glass when knitted up!
Do you know a sock knitter? They would love this sock yarn from Regia, designed by Arne and Carlos. They have come up with some really cool self-patterning yarns that make for some awesome socks!
Alegria is a super soft blend of merino wool and nylon, making it great for sock knitting, but it also works well for accessories like shawls, hats, scarves, cowls, and more! It also comes in some really fun colors.
Yesterday I posted a hat knit in Brioche Stitch. I love brioche stitch, and I know a lot of you do too, but it can be a little scary if you haven't tried it before. Brioche stitch does take a little concentration, but once you get the hang of it it gets easier and easier! I have a quick video tutorial today to help you with some basic brioche decreases, like the ones used at the top of the Briochey hat.
It's Friday! You know what that means? It's Free Pattern Friday! Last week I posted the Toasty Texture Mitts, and today I have a hat for you!
Briochey is a single-color brioche stitch hat that has a slouchy fit and will keep you warm, despite it being deceptively light-weight. Kureopatora is a soft fluffy wool with fun color changes, and brioche stitch is satisfying and fun to knit. This is a great hat to practice your brioche stitch skills with.
Today is a Yarn Spotlight! That's where I talk to you about a yarn I love, and share with you some ideas of what you can make with it! Today I'm going to be featuring Kenzie from HiKoo.
Kenzie is a DK weight blend of 50% Wool, 25% Manufactured Fibers, 10% Alpaca, 10% Angora, and 5% Silk. It's slightly tweedy, which lends it to a more rustic look for your finished project. Because of the angora content, the finished project will have a very slight "halo" of softness, angora really blooms when you wash it! It is a nice balance of soft and sturdy. They have a wonderful vibrant color palette, which makes it great for colorwork!
Here are some patterns designed to be knit with Kenzie:
If you want to see what Kenzie looks like knitted up, stop by the shop and check out one of our samples! We love working with this yarn, so we have a few samples for you to see and try on. I hope you will consider using Kenzie for one of you future projects! I'll see you tomorrow for another Free Pattern Friday!
This coming Saturday is our Annual Holiday Party. Every year we gather around food and friends to celebrate the holiday season, and raise money for Foodshare while we are at it. If you want more info about the party, hop on over to our events page.
In addition to our Foodshare drive, we also do a handmade holiday ornament exchange! Everyone who wants to participate brings a gift-wrapped ornament that they've made and we swap. I love seeing our customers cother talents besides knitting and crocheting. While you are more than welcome to knit or crochet your ornament, we've seen sewn, quilted, painted, quilled, and lots of other types of handmade ornaments! If you want to see ornaments from past year's exchanges, click here.
Today I want to share with you some ideas for handmade ornaments. If you want to knit an ornament, click here to peruse 19 pages worth of free patterns on Ravelry. If you want to see free crochet patterns, click here. If you want to try a different DIY ornment, check out some of these I found while looking at Pinterest. Maybe they will inspire you to try and make one and join us on Saturday!
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
Anacapa Fine Yarns
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