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Free Spirit Topper Knit-Along: Blocking & Seaming

November 25th, 2015

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KAL #2Friends! Fellow Knitters! I cannot believe we have reached the end of another fantastic knit along. I admit I felt a little overwhelmed when I read the Free Spirit Topper pattern — all those stockinette stitches! – but I am SO GLAD I stuck with it because my topper is so cozy. I haven’t taken it off since I finished.

For those of you who have not finished, I have a few last items of business to share with you.

First of all I want to talk about blocking. When I finished my two panels, they puckered in the middle, inside the seed stitch border:



I decided that blocking before I combined the two pieces was the best idea. I found this fabric does not require much manipulation, so I wet each piece and squeezed the water out gently. Keep in mind there is a 20% animal fiber component to this yarn, so it’s best not to agitate your yarn, to avoid felting. I laid one piece on my stone kitchen bar countertop and flattened out the puckering. I then placed the second panel directly on top of it, shaping it identically.

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Tea with Shira Episode 15: Shira Takes on David Babcock, The Knitting Runner, and … WINS?

November 24th, 2015

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On Sunday, November 1st, 2015 The Knitting Runner David Babcock ran the New York City Marathon to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association and he fingered-crocheted flowers while doing it!

I had the pleasure of meeting with David while he was here in New York and we decided to take our interview to Union Square Park so he could give me tips on running and warming up! We even decided to have a race of our own! You’ll never guess who won …

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There’s still time to donate to David’s campaign to raise money for “Athletes to End Alzheimer’s (benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association)”! Donate before Monday, November 30th and Lion Brand will match your donation up until David reaches his fundraising goal – please give what you can – every dollar counts as TWO!


Your Black Friday Yarn Sale Starts NOW!

November 23rd, 2015

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* BLACK FRIDAY SALE ON NOW! 20% off your next order of $35 or more through Sunday, November 29th! Discount will be automatically applied to qualifying orders at checkout. Order must exceed $35 to qualify. One coupon per person; cannot be combined with other coupons; does not apply to items already on clearance or sale. Valid through Sunday, November 29th, 2015.


Update Your Winter Look with these Outlander Accessories!

November 23rd, 2015

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Our Outlander: The Series collection of knit and crochet kits were inspired by the 18th century costumes featured on the show — but that doesn’t mean they’re just period pieces! All of the patterns — which include a chunky on-trend cowl and elegant arm warmers — can be used as accessories this season.

See how brand ambassador Shira Blumenthal gives these garments an update in the styling video below!:

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Click here to shop the full collection!


Curvy Girl Closer Look: Crochet Openwork Top Down Pullover

November 22nd, 2015

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You’ll want this lacy top to be your next crochet project! Worked from the top down, it’s easy to tailor this pullover to fit you perfectly. Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal explains what she likes most about the Openwork Top Down Pullover:

I love this pullover.  This crochet top down sweater is the answer to all of you that ask for top down sweaters!  I LOVE IT! We used Vanna’s Glamour® to give it that pop. I personally tend to run hot, so the short sleeves on this garment are right up my alley. There is no question that when you wear this, you’ll get loads of compliments!

See this perfect pullover in the video below!:

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Crochet Openwork Top Down Pullover made with Vanna’s Glamour®