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Amy’s Thread: Alexis Winslow 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

Amy’s Thread: How to Turn Your Mittens into a Hat

As soon as I cast off my last Hanne mitten, I wanted to make the pattern into hat. Actually, I want to turn it into multiple hats, because I can’t stop thinking of different variations and colorways that I want to experiment with.

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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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Designer Spotlight: Grain of Sand Sweater by Gabrielle Vézina

When Gabrielle Vézina quit smoking several years ago, she picked up knitting to keep her hands busy. She describes it as replacing one addiction with another that is far more rewarding – for her and for everyone who now gets to knit her patterns!

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Emily Explains: How do I choose the right needles for my yarn?

When I first learned how to knit I was given a set of pink size 11 metal needles and a skein of hot pink yarn – a bulky wool and mohair blend. The needles felt long and a little awkward in my hands but I eventually got the hang of it and began knitting away. For the longest time, I didn’t understand that when I changed my yarn I should probably switch the size and type of my needles.

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