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Archive for July 2nd, 2008

Tree of Life Knit-Along #5 – Section Repeats

July 2nd, 2008

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Having completed a full repeat of each of patterns (Twin Trees, Dividing Rows, and Flower Garden), the afghan gets easier and easier.

Even though I still had to follow the pattern chart for the Twin Trees, I found that my work pace got really fast, and I didn’t feel like I had to worry or pay such close attention anymore. And just in time for some perfect New York weather too!

So far, I’ve knitted on my roof, at my sunday morning knitting club while sipping coffee, and I even took the afghan and got in a few rows at a BBQ in a friend’s back yard. I love to be able to spend time with friends and get out of the house, while still being productive; and of course the response to the impressive looking afghan is unbelievable. Everyone wants to work on it, and learn the stitches.

Tonight, curled up on my couch with my three cats, watching North By Northwest (my favorite Hitchcock film) I’m just about to bind off, after the final Twin Trees repeat. I don’t know if there is anything more gratifying than, cozying up under a project that you’re still working on. Once I bind off, all that will be left to do is the border edge, which I’m really looking forward too.

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Take YARN Out to the Ballgame

July 2nd, 2008

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With the 4th of July on the horizon, it seems appropriate to talk about America’s favorite pastime (other than knitting and crochet, of course).

Combining two great traditions, the National NeedleArts Association’s Stitch N’ Pitch series is all about taking your knitting, crocheting and other needle arts out to baseball games all around the U.S. and Canada. Meet other yarncrafters and work on your latest project, while cheering on your favorite team. It’s a great activity for the whole family! Check their website for more upcoming dates and to purchase tickets.

July 9 – Milwaukee Brewers
July 10 – Cleveland Indians
July 13 – Pittsburgh Pirates
July 19 – Baltimore Orioles
July 19 – Cincinnati Reds
July 20 – Minnesota Twins
July 22 – San Francisco Giants
August 5 – Philadelphia Phillies
August 5 – Toronto Blue Jays
August 6 – Chicago White Sox
August 7 – Seattle Mariners
August 9 – Colorado Rockies
August 10 – Detroit Tigers
August 24 – Arizona Diamondbacks
September 7 – Kansas City Royals
September 14 – Oakland Athletics
September 14 – Los Angeles Angels
September 25 – New York Mets

For more yarn-related events throughout the year, check out our Events Calendar.

The Blogging World

July 2nd, 2008

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We were recently contacted by a blogger from Spain named Ariel, who authored a post about how to knit (como tejer in Spanish) over 2 years ago. Since he thought our own learn-to-knit instructions were very useful, he linked back to our website as a graphical resource that he found and used for these instructions, which are also available in Spanish.

All the content on is provided to help you to grow as a crafter, whether that entails learning new stitches from the StitchFinder, discover more with YarnCraft, or connect with our Notebook. The great thing about the internet is that it is vast, yet completely interconnected – if you find something of ours that is useful, feel free to link to it and share with your friends or family! I hope you’re enjoying this journey as much as we are!