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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? For… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Super-Quick Gift Knitting

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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? Odeseed is a colorful, seed… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Odeseed by Chris Rieffer

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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.Over and over, I have pinned floral ceramic plates that I now know are by the contemporary ceramic artist, Makoto Kagoshima.… Continue reading What Inspires: Ceramic Art

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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… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Speckle & Stone Giveaway

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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. Flower Fairy is a beautiful new pattern from Nicky’s 29th (!) book, Enchanted Knits for… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Flower Fairy by Nicky Epstein

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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. Denise was inspired to design her Snug-as-a-Bug Baby Bunting while expecting her first grandchild. Knit in… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Snug-as-a-Bug Baby Bunting by Denise Balvanz

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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… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Ultra Alpaca Fine

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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! Gabrielle’s Grain of Sand Sweater came from an impulse yarn purchase.… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Grain of Sand Sweater by Gabrielle Vézina

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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… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Elizabeth Smith, Designer to Watch

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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. Sarita’s Toothless Dragon Graphgan is an adorable colorwork baby blanket crocheted… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Toothless Dragon Graphgan by Sarita Kumar