October 4th, 2014
Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.
Want to go retro too? Crochet the new Retro Clutch and you’ll be going back in time before you know it …
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October 3rd, 2014
Thanks to our friends at St.Martin’s Griffin, we have copies of Isela Phelps’s new book, Loom Knitting Afghans: 20 Simple & Snuggle No-Needle Designs for all Loom Knitters to review and giveaway to our wonderful readers like you.
Isela Phelps, loom knitter extraordinaire, has authored more than a handful of loom knitting books with patterns for babies, socks, accessories, beginners, and more. Her newest book features beautifully designed patterns featured in high-quality photos that will amaze you. From cables to entrelac to lace — Isela has figured out how to work the loom to create beautiful techniques found in traditional knitting, and you’ll see them all in Loom Knitting Afghans.
As our treat to you, St.Martin’s has given us permission to reprint one of Isela’s patterns from the new book, Entrelac Baby Blanket and, we’ve got 10 copies of the book to giveaway! Read below for the details.
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1. Entries must be received by October 10th, 11:59p.m. EST
2. Must be 18 and over to enter.
3. One person per entry
*All winners will be announced on the blog and social media. If you do not respond to the e-mail indicating that you were selected as the winner within 7 days, another winner will be selected to receive the prize
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October 2nd, 2014
Welcome back everyone! We’re getting so close, at this point our sweaters actually look like sweaters, just a few finishing touches! This week we will focus on the edging.
For the edging a surface slip stitch is used first to create a foundation then later as a design element. A surface slip stitch makes a chain appear on the surface of the fabric. This is a great technique that you can use to add embellishments to any project. Here is a couple pictures of me starting the edging:
October 1st, 2014
So it’s no surprise that I really love patterns like the Fuzzy Bear Hood – which, incidentally, is Lion Brand’s most popular pattern for Halloween! Your little one could wear his/her favorite outfit with this hood and they’d be set for a night of Trick or Treating or a play date with a cherished friend. The same idea can be applied to the Cat Headband and Wrist Warmers. Stuff Genie the Ghost and the Candy Corn Amigurumi with catnip and have a treat toy for your favorite black cat — or wait a few months to hang them on your Christmas tree!
Check out some of our most popular patterns for Halloween below:
|Knit Cat Headband and Wrist Warmers||Crochet Amigurumi Black Cat Door Stopper||Crochet Genie the Ghost|
October 1st, 2014
Easy, fold-over moccasins are a popular pattern for baby booties that we’ve been seeing plenty of on blogs and Pinterest – so this week, we’re excited to share Audra Kurtz’s new tutorial in which she shows you how to loom knit a pair.
Audra loom knitted her moccasins with our newly released Landscapes® on the Martha Stewart CraftsTM Knit & Weave Loom Kit. These cute baby moccasins make a great gift for an upcoming birthday or baby shower!
Check out Audra’s easy tutorial below:
If you enjoyed Audra’s tutorial, check out her YouTube channel, The Kurtz Corner!
September 30th, 2014
Featured in the New York Times and around the world, David Babcock is the Guinness World Record holder for knitting the longest scarf (12 feet!) while running a marathon, which he did in Kansas City last October. Coupled with a great deal of skill and endurance, David credits his choice in using Lion Brand’s Hometown USA as a factor in his amazing accomplishment! Lion Brand is sponsoring David in the New York City Marathon on November 2nd, 2014 and lucky for us, he’s agreed to write for us leading up to race day!
Greetings from the Knitting Runner. I have some knit-while-running scarves I want to give away, keep reading …
It’s hard to believe that the fall marathons are nearly here — it’s just starting to get cool enough that I’m thinking about knitting some new hats. I’ll be running the Kansas City Half Marathon on October 18th and the New York City Full Marathon on November 2nd. And yes, I’ll be knitting as I run! I’m deep into my training runs and testing my multi-tasking dexterity.
So, about those scarves I mentioned …
I want to hear your stories about Alzheimer’s and knitting. Are you a knitter or crocheter who has Alzheimer’s? Do you care for someone with Alzheimer’s and still find the time to knit or crochet? Please share your story in the comments below. If I have your stories in my head and heart as I run/knit, they will lend me more strength and purpose.
On October 30th, Lion Brand will randomly select five people who have shared stories to receive one of my scarves. At least once a week I knit a scarf while on the run and they’re stacking up!
I really want to get connected with my Alzheimer’s community. I know you’re out there and that, like me, knitting (or crocheting) is something you do while doing other hard things too. I am cheering for you!
Since its creation in 2009, the Alzheimer’s Association’s NYC Marathon teams have raised well over $2 million. The Chapter offers free support and education to the more than half a million New York City residents who either have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia or are caring for someone who does.
Photo: David with a recently-made scarf, finger-knit with Hometown USA while running 10 miles in 80 minutes on September 10th!
September 28th, 2014
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Once upon a time, fall was when everything happened. Zack and I delighted in returning to school, the glorious autumn foliage, Halloween and Thanksgiving. But years passed, and after college I worked in a series of generic offices. Day in and out, everything was the same. From windows on the fortieth floor, the world looked unreal. I felt disconnected, without a calling.
I missed my twin brother, too. Zack had moved to Seattle to design software. “I love my job, and the outdoor activities here — kayaking, biking, fishing, hiking. Come visit,” he repeatedly urged.
A temp assignment ended, and I flew to Seattle for a long October weekend.
Naturally, I took my knitting — I can’t imagine going anywhere without it. It was a cabled vest of the most luminous yarn, Heartland Thick & Quick®, in a shade called “Katmai,” the color of pearls. “It’s really great,” Zack said, inspecting the cushy fabric. “Why a vest, Zoë?”
“I want a transitional piece,” I said. “Something for between seasons, an extra layer to pop on when I’m chilly. Something to hug me when I’m feeling down.” And I burst into tears, just like that. Apparently I was sadder than I knew.
Next thing, Zack was hugging me. He said, “Zoë, what’s keeping you in Boston? You can temp anywhere. Seattle’s great, and I’m here.”
That was six years ago. I lived in Seattle for four years, temping and going to grad school. With my new degree in Forestry, I moved to Alaska for a career in natural resources management. I wear my Deep-V Cabled Vest year round — even in the summer you need extra layers. Warm and snuggly, it’s more than clothing to me — it’s like an omen that showed me my path. Because, as I later learned, its colorway honors Katmai National Park and Preserve, four million acres of pristine, awesomely beautiful Alaskan terrain.
All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
A story by Selma Moss-Ward.
September 27th, 2014
We’re so happy we found Kim Guzman‘s three-part tutorial for the Tunisian Crochet Entrelac Throw. Considered to be an intermediate level three pattern, Kim’s tutorial will guide you though this special technique.
Get the kit!
Get everything you need to make this afghan in one kit (in the colors seen in the photo to the right) OR we have an alternate version with different colorways available too.
Kim’s easy tutorial is below in a three-part playlist.
Make a Tunisian Crochet Entrelac Throw with Kim Guzman
If you enjoyed Kim’s tutorial and are interested in Tunisian crochet techniques, check out her YouTube channel for more tutorials .
September 26th, 2014
Writer, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life.
It is said in my family that my grandmother heard the government was planning to send a man to the moon and her entire response was, “Why? All they’re going to find up there is an ash heap. We have one of those over by the railroad tracks.”
Apollo 11 touched down and it was revealed that the surface of the moon does, in fact, look remarkably like the ash heap by the railroad tracks. She was gratified. As Armstrong talked about a giant leap, she talked right over him. “I told you so, ” she said. “Didn’t I tell you? I told you.” Science had merely confirmed what she already knew.
After several generations of being thought quaint, weird, slow, backward, old-fashioned, and obsolete, knitters have reason to feel gratified. Science has confirmed what we already knew. Knitting isn’t just quaint, weird, slow, useful, and beautiful. Knitting is good for your health.
When a rash of articles like this broke out in the mainstream press recently, non-knitters of my acquaintance choked my inbox with eager messages.
This specimen is typical.
Hey Franklin, have you seen this? I thought of you when I read it. I guess you are onto something after all. Maybe I should try it if it helps your brain, ha ha ha! Send me some yarn! Ha ha!
Laugh it up, friend. I told you so. Didn’t I tell you? I told you.
One of my less jocular acquaintances didn’t just send the link, he asked a question:
When you’re knitting, can you feel it working?
I wrote back,
I can’t speak for all knitters, of course; but for me the answer is yes.
And he wrote,
Okay, what does it feel like?
September 25th, 2014
Welcome back! We’re half way through the CAL this week, now that we’ve gotten our start and worked out the kinks it’s time for the rows to start flying by. After working through the raglan, the body of the sweater follows suit. As you go you can try it on just as you did before and work to your desired length.
The next place where we will do something new is the sleeves. Here we will shift from working back and forth to working in the round. Here is a visual guide for starting the sleeve.
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