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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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Amy’s Thread: Elizabeth Smith, Designer to Watch

Elizabeth Smith designs under her line, The Brown Stitch. Recently, she has recently come out with a series of beautifully simple patterns in Berroco yarns that are not only photographed beautifully, her styling is spot on.

The first time Elizabeth’s work caught my eye was in 2009 with the pattern Mud Season (which was knit in Berroco’s discontinued yarn Cuzco – you could substitute Ultra Alpaca Chunky to make this now). She has done a lot of beautiful work since then. Elizabeth has several other pieces designed for Berroco yarns. Here are a few of my recent favorites:

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Designer Spotlight: Toothless Dragon Graphgan by Sarita Kumar

Sarita Kumar spent a lot of time on bed rest during her two pregnancies, but she made the best of it by learning to knit and later, crochet. She mostly crochets now, using her skills to make creative toys and gifts for family and friends. Read more

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