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
Spring is trickling slowly but surely into the Northeast. After a few days of rain followed by some chilly, bright sunshine, we can even see a bit of lawn starting to reappear. It's still too cold here to really start thinking about wearing summer clothes, but I've hit my limit with the repetition of the winter… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: What to Knit for Spring
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Today was off to a horrible start when I realized I forgot to wear something green! With some yarn and needles, I got right to work during my lunch break to solve this problem. I knitted myself a four leaf clover! It is really very simple, all you need is a… Continue reading Emily Explains: A Quick Knit for Saint Patrick’s Day
Mim Bird has been knitting since she was 7 and teaching since she was 9. So it’s no surprise that she grew up to own her own LYS, Over the Rainbow Yarn in Rockland, Maine. Mim and her staff often produce patterns for the shop, particularly for their 12 Weeks of Christmas event. Table Top… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Table Top Tree by Mim Bird
Christmas is less than two months away...have you started knitting? Our 2014 Holiday Gift Knit-Along is the perfect opportunity to give and receive! There are 6 projects to choose from for this KAL & a good incentive (see below) to finish on time: Holman Hunt from booklet #347 Berroco Andean Mist Minutia ‘14 free pattern available in KnitBits (all four count as one project)… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Alternative Yarns for Grace
Grace, a lovely mitten pattern in our new fall yarn, Berroco Mojo, is oh so simple to knit...with one small quirk. You cast on from the top of the mitten and work down! I don't know about you, but I have never done such a thing. It's called a Turkish cast on and Amy just taught me… Continue reading Emily Explains: Casting on for Grace
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
Co-owner of The Yarnery in St. Paul, MN, Shelly Sheehan loves being surrounded by different colors of yarn. It’s this “eye candy” that gets her through the long, gray winters. Interestingly, it was construction – more than color – that inspired Shelly’s free pattern, Happenstance. The textured scarf features alternating sections of garter stitch, stockinette… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Happenstance by Shelly Sheehan
As promised I finished my Knik shrug! It was a quick project and very satisfying! I followed the pattern almost to the letter and the only difference between mine and the Berroco sample is that I blocked mine a little more aggressively - literally. I didn't pin it, but I really shook it out and… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Finished Object!!
Every once in a while, I see a post on Pinterest or another of my favorite inspirtation sites, about a technique famously known as arm kniting. I look at it, admire the bulky scarf made, and move on. I love knitting with bulky yarn and bulky needles. Why would I need to knit with my… Continue reading Emily Explains: Arm Knitting!