Monthly Archives: February 2011

  • Sock-Ease: For More Than Just Socks

    Sock-Ease is one of my favorite yarns for sock knitting because of its durability, but did you know that it's great for other projects, too? Whether you're trying this yarn for the first time or are using up your scraps, here are 4 great ways to use Sock-Ease for non-sock projects!

    • Hudson River CowlColor blending. Try stranding one of the self-striping shades with a solid worsted weight yarn for a fun color effect. For example, our Hudson River Cowl combines 3 shades of Sock-Ease with Fishermen's Wool for a colorful cowl.
    • Lightweight wristers. Cold hands need covering. Since Sock-Ease is 75% wool, it's perfect for making warm wrist warmers that light enough to wear while typing and working. Check out our All Season Wristers and our Sparrow Fingerless Gloves for wrister inspiration.
    • Granny square afghans. Colorful patchwork afghans are the perfect way to use new yarn and sock leftovers. Our Candy Color Afghan shows how the self-striping colorways create exciting splashes of color.
    • Hats. I love wearing hats, and the versatile fingering weight of Sock-Ease makes hats that are great for transitioning to spring. Our Lake District Hat is the perfect example of a cozy hat that's not too warm.

    Have you tried Sock-Ease for a non-sock project? What did you make?

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  • Saturday Morning Hoodie Knit-Along, Part 5: Now the Hoodie has a Hood!

    I must be getting near the home stretch of the Saturday Morning Hoodie, because I have finally reached the part that that makes it one: the hood. This last week I sewed in the second sleeve, and then I decided to sew the side and sleeve seams together as well. (This just makes the piece a little more manageable to work on.) After the fronts, sleeves and back are all sewn together at the raglan edges, I can pick up stitches for the hood.

    I am working on the second size in this pattern and it tells me to pick up a total of 45 stitches around the neckline. Sometimes, knitting patterns tell you exactly how many stitches to pick up for each section of a neck, but for this pattern the total number is given--and I have an easy way to evenly pick up stitches! (As always, highlighted photos can be clicked on to enlarge.)

    I really do like using detachable markers (or safety pins) to mark off sections and all I did was fold the neck in half, and place one marker at the center back. Then I folded each of these halves into quarters and marked each of these sections off. So, with the neck in quarters, I only have to pick up 11 in each section, and one extra (probably at the center back). By working from marker to marker, this makes the job easier than to just hope to have the total number picked up by the time I get to the end of the neck. Another tip: I also like to pick up my stitches with my smaller needle for a neater look and then work with the larger needle for the rest of the hoodie.

    After working the hood for 11", I shaped the top of the hood to create the top of the hood. Then I worked even for another 5” (for the top of the hood) and bound off.

    Look! I just sewed the bound off edges to the sides of the center piece and a hood emerges!

    All I have to do this next week is the ribbing for the front bands, sewing the pockets to the fronts and working the bands of the pockets. Oh, and one of my favorite things to do – find some great buttons!

    How is your hoodie coming along? Leave a comment and let us know!

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  • Join Our Twitter Contest!

    As a New Yorker, I often knit and crochet while on the subway. I love hearing your stories about crafting in public, and now we want you to share on Twitter where you're yarncrafting for your chance to win a gift certificate to LionBrand.com! To enter, just tweet where you're crafting to @LionBrandYarn, and be sure to include the hashtag #yarninpublic! A sample tweet would look something like this: "@LionBrandYarn I'm crocheting in Union Square Park! #yarninpublic" Of course, you don't have to be in public; you can tell us that you're crafting in your house, at the library, or wherever you may be!

    Here are the official rules:
    1. Enter as many times as you like. The more you tweet, the more likely you are to win!
    2. Open to residents of countries to which LionBrand.com ships. You can find out where we ship by clicking here. Void where prohibited.
    3. Must be 18 or older to enter.
    4. Tweets must be sent by Thursday, March 3rd at 12 noon Eastern time.

    Now, on to the prize. One randomly selected winner will receive a gift certificate to LionBrand.com. The value depends on how much everyone tweets! We will also make a matching donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, so your entries will also help this fantastic charity. Here's what you might win:
    0-250 total tweets: $100 gift certificate
    251-500 total tweets: $200 gift certificate
    501-1,000 total tweets: $300 gift certificate
    Way more than 1,000 total tweets: TBA!

    So start tweeting for your chance to win and to support St. Jude! You MUST submit your entry on Twitter to be entered into the contest.

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