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Designer Spotlight: January Snow by Maggie Fangmann

Maggie Fangmann adores things that have history, whether it’s the former mining town where she lives or the tradition of knitting in her family. She can trace their love of needles and yarn back to her great-great-grandmother in Denmark. And she’s adding to that history with every new design. January Snow is an afghan block… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: January Snow by Maggie Fangmann

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Designer Spotlight: Aila by J.L. Fleckenstein

J.L. Fleckenstein comes from a family of artists and problem solvers. She sees creating things as a way of communicating something worthwhile, and one of her preferred mediums is yarn. Last fall, J.L. created Aila, a cozy cowl knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. She says inspiration started with the yarn – one hank each of… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Aila by J.L. Fleckenstein

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Amy’s Thread: Knitting a Seamed Sweater in the Round

  Our Aidez knit-along kicks off on January 1st and to help everyone get ready, I'm sharing my project notes as I plan my Aidez with modifications. Aidez is a really easy sweater to make in-the-round. In some patterns you have to add or subtract stitches for selvages, but in this case converting a seamed sweater… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Knitting a Seamed Sweater in the Round

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Amy’s Thread: What’s On the Needles

New England has taken a turn into fall weather - in the last week we went from beach weather to beautifully moody gray skies and brisk morning temperatures - sweater knitting season is here! In my last post, I mentioned that I'm playing along with the Fringe and Friends Amanda Knit-Along. This is really a cardigan knit-along so… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: What’s On the Needles

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Designer Spotlight: Jeweled Lattice Afghan by Amy Ramnarine

A former preschool teacher, Amy Ramnarine is now a full-time mom and crafter. When she isn't running after her daughter, she runs a blog and Etsy shop called The Stitchin’ Mommy where she shares recipes and sells her patterns. Amy’s most recent design, Jeweled Lattice Afghan, was crocheted as a gift for a good friend’s… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Jeweled Lattice Afghan by Amy Ramnarine

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Designer Spotlight: Grey Dolman Cardigan by Irina Anikeeva

Irina Anikeeva grew up in Russia with a mom who knit and sewed for a living. Knowing her mom didn’t have much time to make anything else, Irina asked her mom to teach her the basics. She says it was “love at first stitch.” Now living in California, Irina was looking for a roomy cardigan… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Grey Dolman Cardigan by Irina Anikeeva

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Designer Spotlight: Campfire Shawl by Lucinda Iglesias

Knitting for 12 years and crocheting most of her life, Lucinda Iglesias claims she still can’t really follow a pattern. But that hasn’t stopped her from designing patterns of her own! She just grabs yarn (she owns a LYS called Mont Tricot, so she’s got plenty to choose from) and starts playing. Lucinda’s Campfire Shawl… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Campfire Shawl by Lucinda Iglesias

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Barrison’s Travels: 4th of July

Barrison Bear loves to travel the world, but for this 4th of July she decided to explore a little closer to home. She dreamed up a sassy summer dress and planned a weekend filled with friends and fun activities. Then Hurricane Arthur stormed up the East Coast and, quite literally, rained on her parade. Barrison didn't… Continue reading Barrison’s Travels: 4th of July

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Emily Explains: Slip, Slip, Slip, Knit (sssk)

Sometimes I come across symbols in my knitting, read them - thinking I know exactly what they mean - and knit on. Soon I come to realize that I did not look closely enough at the symbol in my pattern. Talk about frustrating!I know a few of you have run into this problem with the sssk… Continue reading Emily Explains: Slip, Slip, Slip, Knit (sssk)