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Amy’s Thread: Super-Quick Gift Knitting

Are you knitting any gifts this year? Every year I promise myself I won’t this time, but every year I get a gentle nudge from a friend or family member who would really appreciate it and I end up knitting into the 11th hour of the holiday season. So what is the perfect gift?

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Designer Spotlight: Odeseed by Chris Rieffer

As the owner of Linden Yarn & Textiles, Inc., Chris Rieffer sees customers ranging in age from 5 to 95 – all excited about the possibility of making something new. She also spends her days surrounded by beautiful yarns and colors. What more could a knitter and designer ask for? Read more

What Inspires: Ceramic Art

This week’s free pattern, Lyra, is a pair of mittens knit in Berroco Artisan. It features knitted leaves on the top of each hand – a design inspired by imagery that continuously catches my eye as I scroll through Pinterest. Read more

Amy’s Thread: Speckle & Stone Giveaway

A couple of weeks ago, Alexis Winslow sent me a preview of her latest collection, Speckle & Stone – an ebook she is self-publishing from her website, Knit Darling. I’m excited to get to share this beautiful collection with you today and to announce a giveaway! One lucky commenter will receive yarn from Berroco to knit the Brenta Hat, as well as a copy of the ebook with the patterns for the complete collection from Alexis.

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Designer Spotlight: Flower Fairy by Nicky Epstein

A talented knitter, innovative designer and best-selling author, Nicky Epstein is also the only person licensed to knit for Barbie! Her work covers everything from high fashion to whimsy, but she is particularly well known for her love of dolls. Read more

Designer Spotlight: Snug-as-a-Bug Baby Bunting by Denise Balvanz

Most people would think raising 8 children is a full-time job, but Denise Balvanz balanced that with various entrepreneurial endeavors. She spent 25 years running a sewing and alterations business. Then she got into teaching and designing knitting patterns. Read more

Amy’s Thread: Ultra Alpaca Fine

Ultra Alpaca Fine is the rare, machine washable alpaca yarn. This fine gauge blend is 50% wool for bounce, 20% alpaca for warmth, and 30% nylon for strength and durability. What I love about this yarn is the versatility – warm socks, beautiful lace and with a rage of beautiful rich heather colors perfect for colorwork. This week, as I cruised around Ravelry looking for some project inspiration, a few of your projects in this yarn caught my eye.

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