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Monthly Archives: February 2013

  • 3 Videos: See Bellini Yarn in Action

    Last month, I did a demo of our new Bellini yarn at Vogue Knitting Live, showing how to knit and crochet this yarn to create a rich texture, perfect for great scarves, as well as cool purses.

    If you're curious to see this yarn in action, we've made a few videos, so you can learn from the comfort of your own home:


     
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  • Luck 'o the Irish Crafters! Four St. Pat's Projects

    It’s almost March, which means St. Patrick’s Day is upon us! Whether you want to celebrate the holiday with fun shamrock designs, or you'd rather channel the more traditional spirit of the Irish with Celtic knots and Irish crochet, I've rounded up a few patterns to get you in the spirit. So break out some green yarn and get a head start on some small projects for the festive holiday!

     

     shamrock pin You don't need any knitting or crochet experience to craft this fun and festive Shamrock Pin, made with Vanna's Choice yarn in Kelly Green and Fern. Just one skein will outfit a whole group of little leprechauns!
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  • A New Arrival for a New Arrival

    Blanket

    I've gotten to those years in my life--my mid-twenties--when it seems like everybody I know is about to get married or have a baby! I've been busy crocheting baby blankets for every new arrival among my friends and family for at least the last year and a half, trying out a variety of patterns, color schemes and yarn choices. Pound of Love is often my go-to, because I know just one skein will make me a beautiful, soft and delicate blanket. Sometimes, I end up buying an odd skein here and there, to finish a project or just because I like the color. That's how this blanket came about.

    When I heard about the arrival of baby Adriana, I saw I had skeins I had picked out while planning my creations for baby Mitchell, born just a few weeks ago, baby Kiera, born in 2012, and Mackenzie, who would definitely be mad if I called her a baby, since she's already about to turn six! I pulled together this palette of Babysoft in pastel pink and pink lemonade and Pound of Love in pastel green to create this blanket that looks to me like a field full of strawberries. The pattern I used, our Ocean Waves Baby Afghan pattern, originally called for Cotton-Ease, but given that gauge isn't as crucial for a blanket as it is for a garment, it was an easy substitution for my stash yarn. I wanted to add some frills to the border and make the bright pink pop, so I improvised a simple, lacy V-stitch border for a few rows until I was satisfied.

    Do you have one type of project that you make over and over again? For yourself, gifts, or the local craft show? Share your favorite projects to make over and over again in the comments!

     

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