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Archive for April, 2013

Fettuccini is Back–Just in Time for Earth Month!

April 23rd, 2013

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zpagettiOur hugely popular yarn, Fettuccini, is finally back in stock after blowing off the shelves and selling out several weeks ago. And just in time! Earth Day may have been yesterday, but all of April is Earth Month, and every day is a great opportunity to be eco-friendly. As many Fettuccini enthusiasts already know, this unique yarn is made with remnants of jersey fabric used to create garments. The remnants would otherwise be discarded, so we’re thrilled to breathe a little new life into this special fiber. In honor of its (re-)arrival, I’ve rounded up a handful of the great items you can knit, crochet or craft with this yarn. Click here to learn more about Fettuccini, browse colors and place your order today!


New Giveaway Alert: Vanna’s Choice Baby Yarns and 2 Fiskars Scissors for a Baby Afghan!

April 23rd, 2013

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In continuation of celebrating spring here on the blog, I have a new giveaway that I’m excited to announce.  One lucky winner will have the chance to win a set of 5 Vanna’s Choice® Baby yarns, and 2 pairs of scissors, courtesy of Fiskars (The World’s #1 Scissor Brand™): The Original Orange-Handled Scissors™ and the 4″ Folding Scissors™ to make the Bright Stripes Baby Afghan (Crochet Pattern).

The Vanna’s Choice Baby colors included in the giveaway are sure reminders of the beautiful flowers and blooms currently decorating gardens and yards.  This afghan will be a pleasure to make, especially if you sit outside and enjoy nature as you work!

«Contest is now closed»

Fiskars and Vanna's Choice Giveaway Crochet
Good luck! Contest ends on Tuesday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m. EST

Please note: Comments left on this blog post do NOT count as entries. Please click on the link above to enter.

*Update 5/3/2013*: Congratulations to Eva Yee who has won this wonderful prize!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with Recycled Cotton!

April 18th, 2013

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Earth Day is less than a week away, and that means sustainability, eco-friendliness, and recycling is at the forefront of many people’s minds. While crafting is by definition the creation of something new, there’s no reason not to be sustainable while doing so! Lion Brand has an array of different fibers that are eco-friendly, whether that means all-natural, organic fibers or recycled materials. I’ll be featuring all of these great green products over the next week. Today, let’s take a look at Recycled Cotton! This worsted weight blend is made with 72% recycled cotton that is sorted by color to minimize the amount of dye needed to churn out the finished product. The cotton comes from leftover fabric from the production of tee shirts that would otherwise be discarded, much like our Zpagetti yarn. Ready to get started? Here’s a round up of my top ten favorite patterns using Recycled Cotton.

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Crochet Driftwood Pullover Knit Spring Essential Top


On Trend: 6 Knit & Crochet Patterns in Spring Pastels

April 17th, 2013

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Spring has finally sprung, and it feels great to transition into a different wardrobe.  Spring is a fun season because you can show off multiple pieces with layered outfits, play around with bright and bold colors, or add just a touch of color with soft and sophisticated pastels.  Pastel colors aren’t just for babies, as they have become quite popular this season, and they’re an easy family of colors to incorporate into your knitwear.

Pastels add classic sophistication to an outfit, and they pair great with neutrals like gray, white and beige.  Below, I’ve gathered a few patterns already knit or crocheted in pastel colors to help you determine what kind of pastel piece you’d like to add to your wardrobe.  I personally love the Eyelet Swing Cardi in LB Collection Cotton Bamboo; it would pair very nicely with slim fitting khaki pants and a white top/tankTake a look at some of the options below for more pastel inspiration (click on the photos to access the patterns on

Knit Ballet Wrap
Superwash Merino Cashmere: Seafoam
Spring Pastel Scarf
Crochet Spring Pastel Scarf
Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton:
Petits Fours
Modern Lace Shawl
Crochet Modern Lace Shawl
Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Extra Soft Wool Blend:
Gerbera Daisy
Pearl's Cardigan
Crochet Pearl’s Cardigan
Microspun: Blush
beach cover up
Crochet Beach Cover Up
Cotton-Ease: Seaspray
Eyelet Swing Cardi
Knit Eyelet Swing Cardi
LB Collection Cotton Bamboo: Gardenia

*For more pastel palettes, check out the colors in: LB Collection Angora Merino, Baby’s First and Babysoft

Thinking of incorporating a pastel piece into your knitwear? Share your thoughts on what type of pastel project you’d like to work on in the comments!

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A Good Read: Identifying Your Stitches

April 16th, 2013

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Designer and teacher Heather Lodinsky joins us to share tips on reading your knitting.

For the last two decades, I have been a freelance designer writing patterns for knitters and crocheters.   For just as long, I have taught knitting at my local yarn shop three times a week here in Buffalo, New York.  These two jobs of mine have always complemented each other.   Knitters (and want-to-be knitters) walk in for instruction and help with their projects.  I always want the knitters that come to my class to be happy with their knitting and not feel the urge to throw their projects in the back of a closet to become a so-called “UFO” (Unfinished Object).   From the very start, I like to get students familiar with “reading” their knitting, so that they can identify what stitches they are working, understand what they have already done and know where they are going with their knitting.   Think of this “reading” or identifying your stitches as your own knitting “GPS”…or compass for those of us “pre-techies”.

Probably the most amazing revelation for me as a knitter was when I realized (after many years of knitting) that the knit stitch and the purl stitch are the exact same stitch—but they are done on the opposite sides of the fabric.    We are taught as knitters that if you knit every row you will get that wonderful, reversible ridge fabric named “garter” stitch—shown below.

Knit Garter | A Good Read: Identifying Your Stitches | Lion Brand Notebook

So, what happens when we purl every row?  Garter Stitch again!

Purl Garter | A Good Read: Identifying Your Stitches | Lion Brand Notebook