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Holiday Patterns: Valentine’s Day

I love holidays and any reason to knit or crochet.  You might not think there would be much to make for smaller celebrations like Valentine’s Day, but I found quite a few patterns on Ravelry.

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Ask Amanda: How do I slip a stitch?

As a beginner knitter, I found slipped stitches (or slip stitches, as they’re also written) to be some of the most vague directions when following a pattern (the photo on the left shows off the beautiful stitch texture of Tracery from NGV12, which combines slipped stitches with lace).

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Norah’s Knits: Aquarium of the Pacific – Future sweaters?

While we were in California for the trade show last week Amanda, Ashley and I took the time to visit The Aquarium of the Pacific. We needed the break after our long flight , before we got started  with the hard work of setting up the booth. Turns out though, that we just can’t stopping working – and that work in the design department can be fun. Read more

Knitter’s Spotlight: Colorful Mittens

I’ve been a glove girl for years, but I’m ready for a change.  Mittens are on my “Must Knit” list this winter because they’re warmer, easier to slip on and tend to be more colorful – so I can easily spot the one that inevitably falls out of my pocket in a dark parking lot! Read more

TNNA Review

What a week!  We flew to Long Beach last Thursday morning for The National Needlearts Association’s spring trade show and just got back to the office yesterday.  It was amazing how much we were able to fit into a long weekend!

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Ask Amanda: How do I change to a new ball of yarn?

When you’re knitting something large enough to require more than one ball of yarn, your first ball will eventually run out and it will be time to change to a new one.

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Norah’s Knits: Shrug it off – Shrugs to Knit

So you’ve gotten your feet wet on cowls, scarves and other knit accessories and you are working your nerve up to knit a sweater. It seems like a big commitment. Plus you’ve haven’t yet made anything to fit a body. If you’re a little afraid to plunge into the intermediate knitters pool, you might want to consider knitting or crocheting a shrug to ease your way in.

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