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Aran Reversible Scarf Knit Picks

Aran Gets A Touch of Cashmere

If you follow my blog, you know I recently released the Aran Reversible Scarf as an individual pattern. I am delighted to announce that it is now available on Knit Picks, using their fabulous Capretta yarn. As you can see in these photos, Capretta has great stitch definition. What you can’t see is that its combination of merino wool, cashmere, …

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Aran Meets Lorna

Over time I’ve been releasing individual patterns from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. I’ve re-written the “Aran” design to use Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn. I chose the yarn because it has just the right combination of great stitch definition, good drape, and a huge selection of beautiful solid colors. This pattern looks complex, but in …

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Rios Linen – Carrying the Yarn

Even after making it a bunch of times, I’m still obsessed with the linen stitch scarf pattern I included in my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. I turn to it over and over when I travel because it’s a super-portable project and is easily memorized. I love using it to experiment with my favorite variegated yarns. On airplanes, …

Petroglyph Socks

Falling in love with a new-to-me yarn is one of my favorite parts of knitting. This happened to me when I tried Dragonfly Fiber’s gorgeous Djinni Sock yarn recently. A blend of merino, cashmere and nylon gives it a wonderful hand, and the just-right ply makes for delightful knitting. When I was a young, I spent a lot of time …

Another Pair of Lockhart

I wish I were better at photographing red. If I was, you’d be seeing the true gorgeous ruby color of my latest pair of Lockhart fingerless mitts. The design is by the talented Leila Raabe. This was my first time using Baah Sonoma yarn, and I am smitten. It is soft as can be, but doesn’t lose its oomph during …

Yarn Discovery Tour and Travelling Stitches

I adore the North Coast Knitting Guild in Northeast Ohio. It’s a very active group, with all kinds of activities and lots of very talented knitters. The Guild regularly offers fantastic workshops. Today I was lucky enough to take Candace Eisner Strick’s class on travelling stitches. She has a unique way of working some of the stitches so that the …

Frog Tree Feather and Fan

  Here’s a sample I made from Frog Tree’s Pediboo Worsted. I was excited to get to try this yarn, since tone-on-tone colorways are a relatively new addition to the Pediboo line. Frog Tree has created gorgeous colors in both the worsted and sock weight. This is the reversible “Feather and Fan” pattern from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues.  In the …

Frog Tree Cables and Knots

I love getting a chance to work with new-to-me yarns. I had the pleasure of making two sample scarves from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. Both used Frog Tree’s Pediboo Worsted, a lovely blend of machine washable worsted and bamboo. Here’s the first of the samples (I’ll blog about the other at a later date): You can …

Mystery KAL Week 1, Clue #1. (Downton Abbey meets NASA)

One of the best things about participating in the Downton Abbey Mystery KAL is getting to use a new fiber from an old favorite yarn company, Lorna’s Laces. For the KAL, I’m using the suggested yarn, Sportmate. As I read the ball band, I was a little surprised by the contents: “70% superwash Merino and 30% Outlast viscose.” Never having heard of Outlast, I just …

Fenimore

I love patterns that offer interesting construction. With its intriguing cables weaving in and out, Jared Flood’s Fenimore tam fits the bill nicely. I couldn’t wait to use the beautiful Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn calling to me from my stash.  Subtle flecks of color give the yarn depth without distracting from the texture of the cables.   I adore this yarn. It’s well behaved – …

Free Knit Picks Sock Pattern

Dubbed the Cushy Chroma Socks due to their warmth and thickness, these socks make for perfect winter knitting.  I don’t know about you, but as the hectic holidays wind down, I’m always in the mood for some easy, quick knits. The Cushy Chroma Socks fit the bill. No teeny needles or thin sock yarn here – Knit Pick’s Chroma Worsted works …

Yarnmarket Visit

The field trip to end all field trips…I got to visit Yarnmarket a couple of weeks ago while in Ohio.   When I drove up, my heart started going pitter-patter just seeing the familiar Yarnmarket logo.  Signs in the window show that the facility houses not only endless yarn and supplies, but also the wonderful, tenacious people who keep Yarndex up to date. …