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More Than Cold Hands: How To Stay Warm When You Have Raynaud’s

January 29th, 2016

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When the temperatures drop do your hands get cold? It’s probably safe to say that most people have cold hands once in a while during cold weather. But if you just can’t seem to warm them up it might be something else: Raynaud’s Syndrome.

What is Raynaud’s?

Raynaud’s affects the small blood vessels in your hands, and sometimes your feet and the end of your nose. You might hear someone mention “poor circulation” or being “cold sensitive.”

Color changes in your skin are a key feature of Reynaud’s. If you see your hands turn white or bluish when they’re cold and then turn red when they warm up, it might be Raynaud’s.

What causes Raynaud’s is a mystery but women between the ages of 15-40 are more likely than men to develop the condition.

If you suspect your cold hands might be more than a reaction to chilly weather, discuss it with your doctor.

Keep Warm! Here’s How:

How can you warm up your hands? Don’t go outside unprotected from the wind and cold. Always wear mittens or gloves when you’re outside in cold weather or when you’re choosing from the cold/frozen cases at the grocery store.

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Want to help restore good circulation? Wiggle your fingers and toes, windmill your arms or gently massage your hands and fingers.

Fingerless mitts don’t offer enough protection when the thermometer dips below freezing and the wind blows. If you love to knit or crochet, it’s a great time to try your hand at mittens and gloves.

Stave Off the Cold Indoors Too!

Doing repetitive tasks like typing, knitting or crocheting? Thin wrist warmers or fingerless mitts will fill the bill by keeping your hands warm and your fingers free.

Another tip: running your hands under warm water helps, so does putting some distance between your hands and cold surfaces. How about making a cozy for your cold drinks?

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One crafter told me she has Raynaud’s and when the wind blows she bundles and buttons up before she goes outside. She even bought a furry steering wheel cover and warms her car up before she heads out. Inside, she always wears socks and never takes anything out of the refrigerator or freezer without using a pair of gloves or mittens to create a barrier. She also recommends using insulated drinking cups and glasses both winter and summer.

Sometimes cold hands are just a seasonal hazard but if you think you might have Raynaud’s, visit your doctor and check out the Raynaud’s Association for more information.


Go Back to Basics with this LB Collection Sweater!

January 28th, 2016

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I have a little secret! When I’m not making videos with Shira, I’m designing patterns! It’s just a small hobby for me but when you’re surrounded by gorgeous yarns all day long, it’s so easy to get inspired! I wanted to share some of the ideas behind my latest design, the Peggy Sweater which is available now in Knitscene’s Spring 2016 issue! This sweater is a drapey boatneck with a plunging back. And, best of all, it’s easy to make!

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This sweater is made with LB Collection® Baby Alpaca. This yarn is not only incredibly soft but it makes for a very airy top that’s perfect for those chilly spring months. The striking back is inspired by a Dior jumpsuit. I think that lots of ladies prefer to show off their shoulders and backs and, over a dress or lacy tank top, this makes a great transitional garment.


I was also influenced by so many of Lion Brand®’s patterns that are based on squares and rectangles. I really wanted to design something that wasn’t too complicated for other knitters to execute. The back looks dramatic but is actually created only by increasing a few stitches. The shoulders are then sewn together to create that scooping back. In essence, this sweater is really made of four simple shapes and then seamed together! It’s one of those projects that you can do while you relax and watch TV and those are my favorites!

The Peggy Sweater is available in Knitscene Spring 2016 in five sizes!



Shop for LB Collection® Baby Alpaca here.


It’s Our First Crochet-Along of 2016 — Help Pick Our Project!

January 27th, 2016

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It’s that time of year again! Crochet-along with us as we make one of the following garments: The Clement Canyon Poncho, The Sorrento Shrug, or The Lacey Picot Shrug  — VOTE BELOW!

A crochet-along is a virtual event, where all the participants make the same project together. Follow along with crochet-along host Kristy Glass of the Glass Posse here on the blog and share your comments and photos. There’s no need to sign up, and it’s free to join! (New to crochet-alongs? Check out our guide here.)

Votes must be cast by 12:00 midnight EST Sunday, February 7th. You must click on the photo you like to cast your vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes. The winning pattern will be announced here on the blog on Wednesday, February 10th — we’ll also give you details on picking up your supplies and getting started on the project!

Vote for your favorite pattern now by clicking on one of the photos below and following the steps to submit your vote:

On a mobile device and can’t see all three choices below? Click here.



We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Crochet Hudson Hat & Mittens!

January 26th, 2016

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‘Tis the season for Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®! This yarn has always been a fan favorite, and we think it’s safe to say that the Hudson Bay colorway is the reigning skein this season!

We spotted this sweet matching set over on Repeat Crafter Me:


Blogger Sarah Zimmerman offers patterns for multiple sizes, from baby to adult! With 4 classic colors blending into neutral cream, these mitts will go with just about any winter wear. Top the hat off with a large pom-pom to add some fun!

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Get the pattern here. // Grab this yarn here.


Color for a Chance to Win Free Yarn

January 25th, 2016

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Grab your pencils, markers, and crayons – it’s time to color again!

Color for a chance to win!