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Spotlight on: A Quick Travel Hack

Spotlight on: A Quick Travel Hack

When I travel, I always put my yarn in a Walker Yarn Case. It keeps my skein of yarn neat and tidy in my seat. If my yarn should fall on the floor of a plane or train, the case keeps it from getting dirty and unraveling. Have you all seen the charming video of the ball of yarn that rolls down the aisle, and the passengers roll it back up for the knitter? Well, that will not be me with my handy dandy yarn case. The last time I flew, I was working on a project that required my notions tin...

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Woolfolk Day!

Woolfolk Day!

What a fun Saturday.  The shop was filled with lovely knitters, yarn, samples and joy. In my book, nothing is better than that, well except, perhaps knitting with Woolfolk!   Meredith, the operations manager of Woolfolk, started by presenting a slide show talking about Ultimate Merino, Ovis 2, and the herds in the Patagonian Grasslands.  She touched on their committment to ethical and sustainable practices. Inspiration for color and patterns is guided by the company's North star and founder, Kristin Ford and I must say we love it. "Our pattern collections are wearable, clean and minimal; our focus is on design...

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Gifts for the Knitter and Crocheter

Gifts for the Knitter and Crocheter

Whether or not we are ready for it, gift-giving season is upon us.  We thought we'd offer some suggestions for you all. Maybe it will be something to go on your list or a wee something to purchase for a family member or a friends.   Monarch Knitting Gift Card (but of course!) Atenti Bags Stitch Stoppers Eat, Sleep, Repeat Notepad Jennie Blue Tea Towels Wax and Wool Candles Skein Coats Artifact Bags (can you tell we crafters love a bag?) Lemon Wood Yarn Box   TKB Cords Cocoknits Maker’s Board and Keep Akerworks Swatch Gauge This is the Back...

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Spotlight On: Tunisian Crochet

Spotlight On: Tunisian Crochet

Some say that Tunisian Crochet, or Afghan Crochet, combines the best of both knitting and crochet. It produces a fabric that is a bit more dense than regular crochet but looks more like something that is knit. It makes an excellent fabric for shawls, scarves, headbands, hats, and home goods. Tunisian Crochet is created on a hook with a long cord and a stopper at the end. Just like crochet, you start with a series of chain stitches, but, like knitting, the next row’s stitches are worked with the hook, but the stitch stays on the long needle; this row is called...

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Spotlight On: Woolfolk Fleck Bulky

Spotlight On: Woolfolk Fleck Bulky

You know we love all things Woolfolk here at the shop. Kristin Ford, the founder of Woolfolk, learned to knit from her grandmother, Katherine Temple Woolfolk, and the rest is history. The yarn is lovely: Tynd, Far, Flette, Luft, Fleck...the list goes on. They have just released a new yarn in time for winter knitting, Fleck Bulky. Fleck Bulky's base is like their other yarns, predominately Ovis 21, an ultimate merino that combines the feel of cashmere with the wear of merino. This base comprises 90% Ovis 21 and 10% Donegal, creating the tweedy fleck. The lofty chainette construction gives the yarn a cloud-like weight,...

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