Saturday, March 31, 2012

Enter our Pin It To Win It Giveaway!

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New Ruffle Yarn for Quick Knitting + Free Patterns!



Just in on NobleKnits.com, a new ruffle yarn! Starbella is a wide lacy ribbon that allows you to create ruffles as you knit. Since you'll only be putting a few stitches on each row, scarves work up in no time.
Our first delivery of Premier Starbella yarn features 5 colors. Stay tuned for the entire collection (24 colors) all due to arrive over the next several weeks. What to knit and crochet with the addictive new yarn?
Lots of free patterns! Shop Starbella Yarn Now
Starbella Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns
  1. Ruffled Options Scarf Free Knitting Pattern
  2. Grand Picots Scarf Free Crochet Pattern
  3. Swing Ruffles Vest Free Crochet Pattern
  4. Cascading Ruffled Free Scarf Knitting Pattern
  5. Anemone Necklace Free Crochet Pattern

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Who Doesn't Love To Cable Knit!?

Cabled Cardigan Knitting Pattern

If you are a knitter, you're probably already aware that there are a variety of ways to knit. From regular knit and purl patterns, to lace, to colorwork or to cabling. Cable knitting can seem intimidating, especially for newer knitters, but this type of knitting is rather straight forward. The idea behind cable knitting patterns is that you will knit two or more stitches out of order so that you are able to criss-cross them, which creates a variety of new patterns and stitch combinations.

There are many different ways that cable knitting patterns can be accomplished. A knitter does not need advanced tools to engage in cable knitting; all that is needed is an extra knitting needle or cable needle to hold the stitches that are being moved so they do not slip off the knitting needles. When someone goes to knit a simple two by two cable stitch, they take two stitches and put them on the cable needle, or extra knitting needle and hold them either in front of the current knitting or behind it. Then they skip the stitches that are being held and knit the next two stitches. At this point, the first two held stitches are put back on the working needle and these two stitches are knitted. This creates a twisted or cabled stitch.

Twisted or cable knitting can create tiny motifs that can be used for small objects such as socks or large motifs that can be applied to cable knit scarf patterns or cable knit sweater patterns. For cable knit sweater patterns, cables can be applied over the entire body of the sweater or only have one running cable down the side of the sweater as an accent.

Most cable knit scarf patterns will have a variety of different cable stitches that line up next to each other, creating an undulating wave of stitches from the top to the bottom of the scarf. Alternatively, other scarf patterns have a cable stitch that is extravagant and large enough to cover the scarf from one side to the other. Most cable knit hat patterns use one repeated cable stitch that is slowly decreased until the top of the hat is reached. Other options for a cable knit hat patterns involve having a cable stitch that goes around the brim of the hat sideways, but this would cause the hat to have to be sewn together instead of being knitted in one piece.

If you are looking for a new way of creating amazing knitted projects, consider cabled knitting.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Don't Forget Your Accessories!

Chica Knitting Bag
If you've been looking for a way to store all your knitting accessories, look no further. Chica knitting bags offer the perfect solution. Knitting needle point protectors, shawl pins, a stitch counter, and gift tags can all be stored in Chica knitting bags, and you can just grab your bag and take it with you on-the-go when you go out.


Knitting accessories can get confusing to keep track of, and all the gift tags, knitting needle point protectors, stitch counter, and shawl pins can all get out of hand. You might find yourself losing track of them, and it can be hard to keep up with them all in one place. There are a lot of reasons why you would want to store them all in a bag and just keep them all in one place. You can also look more fashionable when you take your bag out with you. Who wants to keep all their knitting supplies in a plastic bag that can break? Who wants to have to put that plastic bag in their purse? Wouldn't it be easier to just put those knitting supplies in a Chica knitting bag and take it with you wherever you go?


There's no more fun way to tote your knitting supplies around than a Chica knitting bag. People just don't want to keep up with lots of knitting supplies that are strewn all over the place. And they don't want to carry them around in ugly plastic bags either. It is better that people stick, pun intended, with trendy knitting bags than ugly old plastic baggies. There are a lot of cool uses for knitting bags, too, outside of knitting supplies. A person can put all their personal items in it, and they can take it around with them and carry it with them wherever they go. They can put all sorts of fashion accessories in there, and they can put knitting-related items in there too that are not explicitly related to knitting. Think of it like a little craftsman's kit. For people that are on Etsy, this is a great kit to help them get more invested in their work and take it with them wherever they go. They are able to do all the wonderful things with knitting that they've always dreamed of because they are more portable. Before, they would be limited to working at home. Now, they can take their knitting supplies with them wherever they go.


Knitting used to be a portable hobby, but it got so out-of-hand because the bags people were using got increasingly uglier, utilitarian, spartan, and breakable. The bags that people were purchasing were just grocery store bought bags, and they weren't really suited to knitting. All that changed when people bought knitting bags that were more fashionable and trendy and worked better with the actual hobby of knitting. Everything is better when it is suited and affixed to it specifically. There are a lot of reasons why people may want to get involved in knitting, and these people are serious about making their knitting hobby work.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

3 Free Knitting Patterns for Bewilder Yarn!

From Universal Yarn, Bewilder yarn is a delightfully soft yarn with fluffy tufts of color. It's machine washable and knits up fast at a bulky weight. Even better, we have three fun project ideas for you to knit! 
Bewilder Cowl Free Knitting Pattern
Easy, no sew cowl - knit in the round. Completed cowl measures: 27" around x 8.5" long

Bewilder Sweet Valentine Shrug Free Knitting Pattern
Quick knit little shrug - easy care machine washable, too!

Bewilder Slouchy Hat Free Knitting Pattern
Completed hat measures: 19 (20, 22)"


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Be Sweet Bubble Ball Yarn + A Free Knitting Pattern!

New Yarn Arrival from Be Sweet!
Be Sweet never stops amazing us with their interesting handspun yarns. This one is called Bubble Ball. It has 25 hand felted balls that slide on the baby weight merino wool yarn. Bubble Ball Yarn is available in two colorways: Wild Berries and African Autumn. You can use this to trim the edge of a scarf or shawl, work it into a sweater, or even knit it on it's own. We came across this beautiful one skein cowl free knitting pattern on Ravelry and it's from the Yarn Garden in Portland.

To make the Bubble Ball Cowl:


Meet Baaaabs the Sheep, your knitting friend!

Meet Baaaabs! She is an adorable sheep scissor holder from Lantern Moon.
Watch my video of meeting Baaaabs for the first time at TNNA!
Hi, it's Nancy Queen from NobleKnits and I'm here in the Lantern Moon booth at TNNA with Baaaabs, the little sheep with an apron. She is an adorable little needle and scissor holder. She's kind of weighted and comes with a long ribon attached to her with velcro on the end. You simply attach your scissors to at the velcro loop. Her apron itself, has little pockets - perfect for holding a finishing needle, stitch markers, or repair tool.

Baaaabs is available in two colors, white and brown (not grey as stated in the video). She's available at NobleKnits.com
More info on Lantern Moon Baaaabs Sheep Scissor Holder with Apron

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Why Cashmere Yarn?

Manos del Uruguay Lace Yarn

There are many different types of yarn to choose from, but it is important to choose the yarn that will benefit the most with whatever project it is being used for. Cashmere yarn is one of the highest quality yarns that can be purchased, and by far the most sought after. The benefits and qualities of cashmere exceed those of all other types of yarn. Not only is cashmere fashionable and stylish, but it is also luxurious and comfortable.

Using cashmere yarn will provide a certain elegance and luxury to whatever is being made from it. Because of the careful process that is gone through to make this yarn, it is always a high quality product. Whether it is to keep for oneself or to give to a friend, everyone will want to receive the luxurious item that is being made from this yarn. Besides the soft, luxurious feel of cashmere, another benefit is that cashmere does not wrinkle very easily. This makes it very easy to use and wear. Life is hectic for everyone, and having one less thing to worry about makes it worth the while.

Cashmere is also a great investment. It lasts for years, and only becomes softer with age. Because of the high quality of cashmere, it rarely pills no matter how many times it is washed or worn. This is an important consideration to take when choosing the yarn that will fit best for a project. This durability makes it a quality material that will be used time and time again no matter what it is made into.

Cashmere is also a material that works well for clothing that is made for all seasons. This makes it a very versatile material that can be used for almost anything. It has great insulation properties to it, and therefore will keep the body cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This makes it easy to decide that cashmere is the way to go when choosing yarn for any project.

Cashmere also has great moisture regulating properties. Even with a moisture content of up to seventeen percent, it will still feel dry and remain unchanged. As well as being moisture resilient, it can also be stretched up to almost half it's size without being resilient to its natural properties. This only adds to the benefit of the durability of the material.

If static clinging clothes is often a problem, cashmere is the way to go. It is electrostatically neutral because of its ability to hold moisture and repel the static that would have been stored in its fibers. By using a yarn that will resist static, it not only makes a wonderful product, but makes for a pleasant and easy experience when using it.

If a high quality, luxurious finish is wanted on any product, cashmere yarn is the best product to use. The end result will always be something of durability and comfort, while still being fashionable and elegant no matter what the product.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Finest Wool Available

Art Yarns Ultramerino  4 Hand Dyed Sock Yarn

The finest wool available comes from the Merino Sheep. These sheep were exclusive to Spain but can now also be found in Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the western United States. These sheep produce the finest and softest wool available.

One way to measure or determine the grade of wool is by its diameter in microns. Merino wool is usually 12 – 24 microns with super fine or ultra fine Merino wool measuring less than 12 microns. The lower the number the silkier the wool is, making Merino wool yarn one of the softest yarns to work with. Baby blankets are amongst some of the things made with this soft silky type of wool.

Other ways to determine the quality of wool is by crimp, length, color, strength and yield. The higher the crimp number the easier the wool is to work with and spin because the crimps help the fibers to adhere to one another. Wools with low crimps per inch make it very difficult to work with because they are hard to bind together. Wool from the Merino sheep is a higher crimp number making it more desirable. The crimp number corresponds to the softness of the wool and Merino can have up to 100 crimps per inch where coarser wools can have as little as 1 to 2 crimps per inch.

Various lengths of wool are used to make different types of products hence making length an important factor to both the producers and manufacturers. Merino wool is typically 3 – 5 inches which is a good length, long enough yet not so long to cause waste.

The most common color of wool is a creamy white. There are some breeds that produce other colors naturally such as black, brown, grey and other mixtures of colors.

When looking to acquire wool, it’s important to know the diameter or micron count. The finer wools, less than 25 microns, work well for clothing. The coarser wools tend to be more durable and work well for outer clothing articles or things such as rugs. Merino wool yarns with their high crimp count and low micron count work extremely well in the making of high quality clothing.

All the above mentioned factors come into play when wool is being judged for its quality. It seems that no matter who or where you ask, the most common answer to the question of what is the finest wool available is the wool from the Merino sheep.

Monday, March 19, 2012

What to Knit using Imperial Columbia Yarn

Get to know Columbia Yarn

  • Columbia is a beautiful worsted weight yarn from our friends at Imperial Stock Ranch. This working ranch in Oregon raises the sheep and produces the yarn for each skein - we love that it's homegrown in the USA. 
  • Columbia 2-Ply yarn, itself, is Imperial Yarn's most popular. This 100% wool knits up at a worsted weight and has been mule spun, a technique that gives it the characteristics of a hand spun yarn. We love that the yarn has a soft lightly tweedy and natural look and feel.
  • Columbia Yarn comes in a 4 ounce skein with 200 yards of knitting fun. Shop Imperial Columbia Yarn

What to knit/crochet with Imperial Columbia Yarn:
Imperial Columbia Yarn: Dangling Dreams Crochet Belt Pattern
Imperial Columbia Yarn: Vintage Clutch Knitting Pattern
One skein knitting project!
Imperial Columbia Yarn: Columbia Scarf Knitting Pattern
Imperial Columbia Yarn: Essential Sweater Knitting Pattern

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Knit Kits

Rasta Hat Kit

Knitting is great fun and a useful skill to know. Everyone loves having a homemade one-of-a-kind knitted clothing item. Knitting is not just for grandmothers anymore! Anyone can learn to knit. Kits are available for all ages and knowledge levels of knitters. For a beginner the best way to learn the skill of knitting is to make a selection from various knitting kits. A beginning knitter should choose a knitting kit with one color of yarn and simple stitch requirements. Those who are more skilled can advance to kits which have multiple colors of yarn and more complex stitching techniques.

Scarf knitting kits are probably the easiest way to begin learning to knit. The scarf knitting kits will be all-inclusive; with the proper knitting needles, easy-to-read directions, and yarn. A scarf is one of the least complex items to learn the proper knitting stitches and techniques used in the art of knitting. This kit will also teach some of the knitting vocabulary such as purl.

Once mastering the skills required to knit a simple scarf; move on to hat knitting kits. Try to find hat knitting kits that contain a yarn that match or complement the knitted scarf. This project will be slightly more complex. The kit may have a different style or size of knitting needles, yarn, and directions. It is a great idea to have photos or drawings included for more complex projects such as this one. Knitting a hat will require learning new knitting techniques and styles such as knit in the round and decreasing stitches. A new word learned with this kit might be cast.

Next challenge your new knitting knowledge by advancing to the next level by finding sock knitting kits. Sock knitting kits are definitely much more challenging. The kit should have yarn suitable for socks, appropriate size and style of knitting needles, a knitting pattern, and excellent directions. For this knitting kit it is wise to choose a kit that has video or CD directions included in addition to well-written directions. Socks are more challenging because the knitting techniques require a greater variety of stitches in addition to needing to be the correct size of sock. Also this kit will have two items to knit--because it is a pair of socks!

After learning all the other knitting techniques for smaller projects, get ready for sweater knitting kits! Sweater knitting kits can be for simple one-color sweaters with simple knitting stitches or complex knitting kits for sweaters with stripes or complex stitches. Beginning knitters should select the simpler one-color kits to learn the skills required to knit a sweater. Because knitted sweaters are so popular there are many different kits to choose from. The kit will have yarn, knitting needles in the correct style and size, a pattern, and written directions with drawings or photos. More expensive kits will have a video or CD to watch step-by-step directions to learn the new knitting stitches and various techniques required to knit a sweater.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Shibui Gradient Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

This gorgeous seed stitched cowl transitions from shade to shade for a unique ombre effect. Three strands of Shibui Silk Cloud yarn are held together, with one strand periodically changing to a new color to create soft transitions from one color to the next and back again. This cowl may be knitted in two sizes.

Completed Cowl Measures: 11.25" wide x 45 (72)" circumference

You will need: 

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Crochet Something Beautiful

Frabjous Fibers Wave Action and Light Scarf Crochet Patterns
Some ladies enjoy sewing, some knitting and some love to crochet. Years ago the market for crochet patterns just did not offer a whole lot of variety. In the last 15-20 years, patterns have increased and ventured into fields that women did not think of creating, such as jewelry. Depending on what instructions one is looking for as a project, numerous crochet patterns for hats, and just as many crochet patterns for scarves are available in easy to follow directions. Hats and scarves make good summertime projects. Do these for relaxation in the summer and when winter gets here your projects for give-a-ways are completed. Crochet patterns for shawls are good anytime and useable in any season. Patterns are usually a little more expensive, so once one is purchased, keep it in a safe place to reuse. One can also access the Internet, because there is a wealth of freebie instructions available to print off and save. Yarns come in so many delightful colors and textures and it often makes it hard to choose one. A more expensive yarn can be used on these projects because they do not take a lot of yarn like other projects.

Crochet patterns for hats might include warm hats for men, women, young children and babies. A variety of free projects include beanie hats, visor beanies, slouchy hats, and much more. These make wonderful, inexpensive gifts. Hats can range from newer and more modern styles to a more vintage look. There are styles to fit any need and taste. Instructions are very easy and fun, for example: the beanie hat just uses a single stitch with slip stitches. One beanie hat could be made in an evening. Projects for accessories to go with any style of hat can be done as a gift set.

Crochet patterns for scarves are even easier. Scarves can be made in any width or length. Make a scarf narrow and short for a child or wider and longer for an adult. Add beads and a variety of trinkets for children to enjoy wearing. There are so many manly colors and dainty colors in the stores these days that it is fun just picking out the yarn. Generally a scarf will take two skeins of yarn; depending on how big one wants it to be. Scarves also make great gifts at Christmas for the paper boy or girl, the mail man, your insurance agent, or place scarves at Christmas in a local food pantry for people to pick up with their food items. Sometimes one does not even need a pattern for a scarf. If they know how to single or double stitch they can make up their own design as they work the project.

Crochet patterns for shawls are a fun project and may take even more yarn, two to four skeins, depending on the thickness and size. Shawls are exciting to do during the summer and give to friends in the winter or any season. A lighter yarn is used for cool summer nights and a denser yarn for the winter season, offering the wearer warmth and coziness on chilly evenings.

Monday, March 12, 2012

What to knit with one skein of Manos Maxima!


We're always on the lookout for quick and fun to knit projects! This one uses just one skein of Manos del Uruguay Maxima yarn. It's a bucket hat with a slightly flared brim. The hat is knitted using the linen stitch which looks lovely in Maxima.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Knitting Wrap Up: More Wraps and Shawls to Knit!


Knitting Wrap Up!
More Wraps and Shawls to Knit 
This collection wraps and shawl knitting patterns are loaded with texture and style - lace, ruffles, and lots of interesting stitches.We love that they are an easy way to spruce up your wardrobe for spring. 
  1. Grace Akhrem Tangled Branches Cowl Knitting Pattern featuring Manos Silk Blend Yarn
  2. Shibui Mix No. 4 Wrap Knitting Pattern featuring Shibui Alpaca Yarn and Shibui Silk Cloud Yarn
  3. Miriam Felton Aspen Grove Shawl Knitting Pattern using Manos Lace Yarn
  4. Kauni Wiggle Wrap Knitting Pattern featuring Kauni Effektgarn Yarn
  5. Fickle Knitter Fluid Velocity Shawl Knitting Pattern using Manos Lace Yarn
  6. Tanis Gray Belle Haven Shawl Knitting Pattern using Knit One Crochet Too Meadow Silk Yarn
  7. Dull Roar Verse Scarf Knitting Pattern featuring Manos Silk Blend Yarn
  8. KnitWhits Sonoma Shawl Knitting Pattern featuring Freia Fibers Lace Ombre Yarn
  9. The Fibre Company Acadia Shawl Knitting Pattern featuring The Fibre Company Acadia Yarn
  10. Pam Powers Ruffled and Ruched Scarf Knitting Pattern using Manos Maxima Yarn
  11. Ysolda Teague Scroll Lace Shawl Pattern featuring Manos Serena Yarn
  12. Fairmount Fibers Mirabelle Lace Shawl Pattern using Manos Serena Yarn

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

The New Trend In Yarn

Koigu KPPPM Yarn 139

A great yarn that many are deciding to use for their next knitting project is that from Koigu Yarn. With a large variety of colors and the high attention to detail, Koigu is being seen in all sorts of projects in the knitting world. Koigu KPPPM yarn is highly desired and hand painted with watercolors. Because they are hand painted, the yarn is obtains a unique color in every inch of skein.

KPPPM stands for Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino. It is the new and exciting yarn that is becoming extremely popular in yarn shops everywhere. Koigu offers over 120 different colors to choose from. Their fiber is 100% Merino wool which is perfect for any knitting project that requires a soft to the touch feel. Each skein is offered in a 6 gauge and comes to a weight of 50g. The needle size can range anywhere from 1-5 depending on the project.

While Koigu KPPPM comes in 120 colors, they have more than 120 choices to choose from. That is because the skeins come in a wide variety of mixed colors. While a knitter can go the traditional route and use just one color, there is also the option to go with a mixed skein that will have a primary color along with other colors that will accent the primary. Because the Koigu yarn is hand painted, even if a knitter wanted to go with only one color, they are going to get a great contrast because of the unique way this merino yarn is created.

With any yarn that is hand dyed it is always important to hand wash this material. Because the yarn has such vivid and bright colors the utmost care must be taken when washing. As with any color that is to be kept bright, cold water is a must. A good trick to use when washing anything with color is to use about a table spoon of vinegar. The vinegar will set the color. If the yarn is over dyed even the slightest bit it could run onto the other colors and the yarn will lose its intended look. The vinegar will ensure the dye does not run.

When picking out any yarn, color is key. The material and color is going to decide the price of the yarn. When it comes to a variety of color that is new to the yarn world, Koigu yarn is the trend. Not only does Koigu offer fantastic colors, but the merino yarn offers the highest level of softness. The selection that Koigu offers is endless because of their unique skeins that offer such a variety of different colors. Even if the mixed and matched skeins don't appeal to the buyer matching their own different colors will give a customized look that is sure to go together.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Why Angora Yarn?

Plymouth Angora Yarn
Why choose Angora Yarn or Angora blend yarn for your knitting project?
 
Before we can begin to answer that question we first must discuss what exactly Angora yarn and Angora blend yarn is. Angora Yarn is a type of yarn that is made exclusive from the fur of the Angora Rabbit. Angora is known for its unique softness, its fluff and its silky texture. Angora is often considered to be much lighter, significantly warmer than traditional wool and much softer, avoiding the usual abrasion and itching associated with wool. Typically Angora rabbits only come in approximately five or six different colors. The fur is obtained by sheering or plucking or naturally through the molting process. Angora fur is collected three to four times a year and is necessary to ensure the health of the rabbit.

Due to the fact that Angora fur does not have much elasticity it is primarily used as an accent piece. Often you will find outdoor wear such as hats, mittens, gloves or scarves is made from one hundred percent Angora.

If one is looking for a larger piece such as a sweater typically Angora blend yarn would be used. Angora blend is basically the Angora fur blended with a wool from a sheep or mohair from a goat. By blending these two different types of fur, you have an item that will last much longer because it has the elasticity needed for longevity yet will remain as warm and as soft as using the traditional Angora alone. Another reason Angora is typically blended when making larger garment pieces is because Angora alone can also be quite expensive to purchase. The higher the percentage of Angora that is blended the more expensive that particular spool of yarn or garment will be.

One place that knitters often turn to find a high quality angora in a variety of colors is Plymouth Angora yarn. Seasoned knitters often turn to Plymouth angora yarn when they desire to knit an item that needs to be luxuriously soft and silky. It is a finer quality of yarn that is one hundred percent natural. It comes in a variety of colors and a variety of patterns are available. Plymouth angora yarn also comes as a blend.

So, why choose Angora over another type of yarn? Basically, when it comes down to it, no synthetic yarn will ever give you the look of real fur, the softness of real fur and the silkiness that Angora is known for.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Lace Shawl Free Knitting Pattern

Rose Quartz Free Lace Shawl Knitting Pattern
We love this combination - Rozetti Polaris, a pretty self-striping yarn that's dappled with sequins and a lovely chevron lace pattern. It works up into a beautiful shawl!

This lace pattern is simple and repetitive, so it's great for relaxing knitting (like watching tv) or for a beginner knitter looking for an easy lace knitting project.

Completed shawl measures: 52 x 21" approximately

You will need:

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Lago: Easy 1-Ball Cowl Knitting Pattern



What to knit? 
How about an easy cowl featuring just one skein of Berroco Lago yarn. This quick little project works up fast, I made mine in just one evening. It features stockinette stitch and dropped stitches for an open airy look and nice drape. Perfect for wearing with tees in spring and summer months.

Completed Cowl Measure: 6 1/4 x 19" (flat and after blocking)

You will need:
Cast on 120 stitches
Join round being careful not to twist stitches and place marker

Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: Knit 1, *YO 2 times, Knit 1.* Repeat from * to * around.
Round 4: Knit 1, *Drop 2 yarn overs off the needle, knit 1.* Repeat from * to * around.
Round 5: Knit
Round 6: Knit
Round 7: Knit
Round 8: Knit 1, *YO 2 times, Knit 1.* Repeat from * to * around.
Round 9: Knit 1, *Drop 2 yarn overs off the needle, knit 1.* Repeat from * to * around.
Repeat Rounds 5-9 another 3 times. 
Last Round: Knit
Then, bind off loosely. 
Weave in yarn ends. Block lightly (optional).


Berroco Lago Yarn - delicious color palette!


Monday, March 05, 2012

Knitting Room/Office Face Lift

My weekend: Giving my office a much needed face lift!
Lately my office hadn't been so much fun to work in. It was slowly becoming a dump room with yarns, patterns, papers, and other various projects scattered about. So, I spent the weekend organizing, purging, and rethinking my work space. I bought the two black bookcases and new baskets. Rearranged the layout of the room and..voila! What do you think?
Take a new look at my home office. This is where I work, knit, create and do some crafting projects with my daughter. Check out my slowly growing sheep/alpaca collection on the shelves (I love those little guys!).

This wall is really high, about 15 feet, so I have been adding black & white prints and photos to it, I love that it's a little dramatic. I think my dog likes it, too (that's her, napping on the ottoman in a pin and white blanket).

I'm in love with the black and white with pops of colors look of this room. Just sitting in here has been a treat!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Knitting Ideas: Inspired by Color

Like most knitters, we are inspired by color. Delicious raspberry and wine shades are popping up in knitting designers' patterns and yarns this season. These rich tones are perfect for showing off textured stitch patterns and coordinate well with denim, khaki, and black (all wardrobe basics).


Knitting patterns and yarns shown in the "Raspberry Color Collection:"