Quick Hat Project for Handspun Yarn

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I am using this pattern from Garn Studio, slightly modified for gauge, to use up the yarn I made when I first bought a spindle and ‘starter’ roving. I love hats, and winters in Missouri require warmth. I have a lovely peacock blue winter coat, and this will go with it beautifully. Between the fact that the roving arrived slightly (very slightly) felted and the fact that I am (still) absolutely terrible at spinning, I have a thick and thin (more thick than thin) fuzzy, overspun single ply yarn of 100% Corriedale wool in a beautiful colorway. The good news…

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Introducing Interweave Knits Fall 2011 Patterns

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Fall cover featuring the Cardiff Coat I have (admittedly) fallen down on the job of reviewing the Interweave magazines that come in my mail lately. I will try to be good from now on, I promise. I just received the Fall 2011 Interweave Knits edition (edited to add: this edition is no longer available on its own) and now I’m going to tell you what sort of yumminess (and numminess – because it’s fall which means snuggle-worthy knits to curl up in or with) you can find inside. Every year the fall issue has a coat, and while last year’s pattern…

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Success! Lessons Learned Knitting the Anjou Sweater

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The pieces of the sweater laid out for blocking I finally finished making the Anjou sweater. It’s gorgeous (as you can see from the pictures) and I will get a lot of use from it. And I am justifiably proud of the work I put into it. But don’t get the idea that I am an expert knitter. That would be silly. And wrong. Testing the body for fit I learned many things while making the sweater. I learned that lace patterns require more concentration than simple patterns. I learned that I have a tendency to ‘knit tight’ (which saved…

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Review of Custom Knits- Learning to Design Knitwear

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Not all knitting books need to be hefty, but some do. Custom Knits does. And it is. It’s not huge, but it has some weight to it, is well bound, and has pages that lie satisfactorily flat, with just enough gloss to be pretty without being too distracting. The author, Wendy Bernard, starts right off by crediting Elizabeth Zimmerman and Barbara Walker for inspiring her and providing many of the techniques in the book. With inspiration like that, you know that you’ve got the potential for something special in your hands. Bernard delivers on that potential. Chapter 1 begins with…

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