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Amy’s Thread: Knitters Resolutions

Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you keep them? I'm not really one to make a lot of resolutions for January 1,  but I'd really like to commit 2016 to knitting more of the things I want to wear instead of always only knitting the things I want to design. I have a short… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Knitters Resolutions

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Amy’s Thread: Last Minute Gifts for Crafters

Wondering what to buy for a knitter? It can be hard... we all love yarn but how do we choose yarn for someone else? Instead, I've brainstormed a short list of a few ideas for fun or useful, non-yarn, knitting themed gifts. The Mason Dixon girls have the perfect solution -  A Coloring Book for… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Last Minute Gifts for Crafters

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Emily Explains: Yarn and Color Alternatives for Mille

This week's free pattern Mille, designed by Amy Christoffers, is perfect for the chilly months. It is a large, seed stitch cowl that can be wrapped around your neck a few times to keep you looking stylish but feeling warm. Mille is knit in Berroco North Star, made with palette of sophisticated neutrals, five of the seven North… Continue reading Emily Explains: Yarn and Color Alternatives for Mille

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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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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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Amy’s Thread: Gauge Matters

Today I have a cautionary tale to share. This is a story about checking gauge. Last week my free pattern, Hanne, was released in Knitbits. Hanne is a pair of Scandi style colorwork mittens. I used two colors of Berroco's new Ultra Alpaca Tonal yarn. This is the same worsted yarn as Berroco Ultra Alpaca, but it's kettle dyed… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Gauge Matters

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Emily Explains: Dyeing Yarn with Pokeberries

This past weekend I spent the day exploring one of my favorite places - Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, RI. It has magical pathways that lead to small coves along the coastline filled with bunnies, butterflies and flowering trees. I know it sounds too good to be true, but trust me... this place is the a… Continue reading Emily Explains: Dyeing Yarn with Pokeberries

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Amy’s Thread: Short Row Knits Giveaway

Carol Feller, the designer behind the pattern line Stolen Stitches, has just released her 3rd book, Short Row Knits (now available at bookstores and yarn shops everywhere!). I am particularly excited about, Tempisque, a colorwork shawl from the book knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light. From the website Stolen Stitches: This workshop-in-a-book demystifies short row knitting, an easy method for… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Short Row Knits Giveaway

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Amy’s Thread: Building Your Ultra Alpaca MKAL Blanket

The final post with the reveal of the layout for our Ultra Alpaca MKAL will be out this week. As thrilled as I am with how this piece turned out, I couldn't resist the temptation to come up with some fun alternate options. Option one uses the pattern as written - 5 squares each of the… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Building Your Ultra Alpaca MKAL Blanket

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Amy’s Thread: Bubble Star!

Around the time that the Artisan yarn samples were arriving in the Berroco offices, Misa Erder's pattern Bubble Star came out on Ravelry, and I knew I'd found a perfect match of yarn and pattern. Bubble Star is a perfect first colorwork project for an adventurous beginning knitter. The easy to read chart is only 14 rounds of… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Bubble Star!