Sunday, March 27, 2016

Pastille baby blanket pattern is late Easter gift

This baby blanket pattern uses an easy waffle stitch, which creates a lovely mosaic of Easter colors perfect for baby. Using two balls of the trim colorway and four single balls, each of a different colorway, "Pastille Baby" knits up soft and squishy at 25 by 29 inches. And the designer warns, this pattern stitch is "addictive" and has a knitting skill level of beginner to intermediate.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

An elegant shawl pattern for free

"Abalone" is a brand new shawl pattern and beautiful for summer, posted for your knitting pleasure just recently. Knit with her own Nurturing Fibres lace weight yarn and designed by Carle' Dehning who spins, dyes, weaves, knits, and laughs! You can find her in her Ravelry group called "Nurturing Fibres," which is also the name of her web site where she offers her yarn. Abalone is a free pattern and so very beautiful. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A wee Aran baby blanket pattern on this fine Irish day!

photo by tincanknits
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all. Stumbled across this lovely new baby blanket pattern from Tin Can Knits. It's knit with Aran yarn, but of course, on a US 8 /5mm needle with a gauge of 20 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches. After blocking, border is 3.5 inches deep. And you can also use as a wrap for chilly morning walks to the mailbox or on drafty nights whilst sitting knitting.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Fibers for Fido needs knitters and crocheters for animals of all shapes and sizes

Animal shelters and sanctuaries provide the basics for rescue dogs, cats, and their feathered friends in need of medical care, food, and water, but Fibers for Fido seeks knitters and crocheters, and corporate ready-made providers of sweaters, jackets, toys, and blankets, and nests, yes, nests for all rescued animals and birds.
Macie in donated jacket
Fibers for Fido, created and managed by Pennsylvanian, Maggie Franz, is a charity project for animal shelters, asking for corporate donations and partnerships, and if you have time, knitted or crocheted goodies for all sorts of animals. Maggie seeks to source donations for the shelters while they "focus on providing the highest level of care."

Monday, March 14, 2016

Knitting's best new read for Mother's Day

If you are wondering "when is Mother's Day 2016?" And what to give to your mother, the knitter. Mother's Day gifts for knitters has to have Clara Parkes' new book, Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World, at the top of the proverbial gift list. And it just made the NYTimes best seller list to boot! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

"Yarn" the movie, watch the video

photo from "Yarn" the movie
In celebration of knitting and crochet as one of the "hottest movements in modern art," Yarn, the movie, follows the crochet yarn bombing founder and street artist, Olek, and other leading international artists whose primary medium is yarn.
"Starting in Iceland, this thought-provoking film takes us on a colorful and global journey, as we discover how yarn connects us all."

Monday, March 7, 2016

One knitter's 15 seconds of fame

This past weekend, my Oliver and Olivia baby sweater pattern was featured on Skacel Knitting's "Spotted on Ravelry" blog post. While small in impact for most, it was, indeed, a large leap in my half-century plus of knitting experience, and I am so very grateful to Skacel.

The prototype for the boxey baby cardigan pattern for boys and girls was knit with Skacel's yarn, new this year, HiKoo Llamor, 100% baby llama, which is beautifully soft for accessories and garments that lay next to the skin.

Read Skacel Knitting's post here and find out where you can purchase some HiKoo Llamor.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Cat bed knitting pattern benefits humane society

photo mercantile519
Charity knitting designer, Nicole Drouillard, is on a roll it seems, and has posted a new cat bed pattern with proceeds going to the Humane Society of South Central Michigan (HSSCM). You will remember her from knitnscribble's recent post "Canadian knitter surpasses goal for Flint Water Crisis." First water drop catnip toys for Flint, now a felted cat bed. Obviously a kitty cat lover, she tweeted yesterday about her latest campaign to raise money for the humane society.

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