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Style Your Knits: Halyard

We like to joke that there’s a dividing line of color preferences in the design office. Amy and Emily are metaphorically (and physically, with our desk arrangement) on one side with their love of neutrals and classic earth tones, while Alison and I prefer jewel tones (Alison even has a pink streak in her hair) and follow a the-brighter-the-better philosophy.

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Designer Spotlight: The Harvest Pumpkin by Bonnie Burton

An experienced knitter with a professional background in marketing, Bonnie Burton has found her niche in lifelike knitted displays. She started several years ago with a knitted picnic scene aimed to catch shoppers’ eyes as they passed the large front window of Colorful Stitches – a LYS that Bonnie co-owns in Lennox, MA. Thanks to consumer shows and the Internet, it gained attention in the greater knitting community and beyond. Her work is so realistic, several people mistook the knitted sculptures for an actual buffet! Read more

Barrison’s Travels: Day at the Circus

Being a bear, and an avid traveler, you might think Barrison (now available as a free crochet pattern) has encountered a variety of animals from all over the world. But, the truth is, she’s more of an indoor bear.

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Designer Spotlight: Celtic Cables Hood by Lynn Venghaus

When it comes to pattern writing, Lynn Venghaus is particular about what should be included – end of row stitch counts, yardage for a long-tail cast on, predetermined decreases – the more information, the better. Poorly written patterns are her pet peeve! If you decide to knit one of her designs, you won’t have to worry about it being unclear.

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Designer Spotlight: Evening Whispers by Kam Baker

By day, Kam Baker is the artistan behind Everyday Peacocks, a brand of fancy stitch markers and shawls pins that she refers to as “yarn jewelry.” By night, Kam is a multitasking mom of three, often cooking, cleaning and wrangling kids while knitting. She doesn’t have as much time as she’d like to design, but she does a pretty good job with what she’s got! Read more

Designer Spotlight: Blue Diamond by Jennifer Cirka

Pets can’t knit or crochet, but as Jennifer Cirka and other owners know, they tend to be very “supportive” of any activity involving yarn. Jennifer will sit on the couch with a crochet project in hand and her “big, goofy Greyhound,” by her side – at least that’s how they start. More often than not, they end up in a photo-worthy position! Read more

Designer Spotlight: Avoca Fingerless Gloves & Mittens by Patricia Hart

Patricia Hart grew up watching her mom make beautiful things without any patterns. Patricia says that this creativity she witnessed as a child inspired her own design career with knitting and crochet.

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