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Cables, Cables and Lace, Independent Designs, Lace -

Have you ever worked with a springy yarn? Not just a nice merino with a decent ply; I'm talking a tigger tail-trampoline bouncing-lamb on a pogo stick kind of yarn. The kind of yarn that creates texture as high and crisp as the Rocky Mountains and helps your cables be seen from space. No? I hadn't either, until I met Elemental Affects Cormo worsted, and let me tell you the love affair has only just begun.  The combination of longer fibers and extra twisty spin makes for a stretchy bouncy yarn that just pops your cables right off the knitting. I...

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My latest pattern release; Lindy Pop, is a fun (and sort of wild!) fringed shawl. It uses 8 colors of sport or fingering weight yarn, a garter stitch bias center and charted lace and cable vertical edges.  This pattern came to be when Lux Adorna sent me a gigantic set of their Cashmere Sport, called a lofty lux braid. The colors were amazing... but not anything I would ever choose on my own. Lime Green? Yes, probably the color of my soul, Deep Plum? Okay, I do like that one too, but all those cooler colors? sage green? denim blue?...

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Independent Designs, New Pattern Release, socks -

Okay, not reaaaally, no socks actually knit themselves (well maybe Mrs Weasley knows how, but I don't). The point is that this newest pattern release; Bander Ridge is a very specific kind of sock pattern, one of my favorite kinds. I've come to realize that there are two kinds of sock knitting experiences that I personally enjoy. One is the Totally Committed; fancy patterning, all kinds of cables and lace and nupps and beads, and maybe even a fancy technique or two. Keeps the knitter totally mind-rapt and focused because each row is a little adventure through the woods and you really really...

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I love the New Year it is the perfect blank canvas, a time to make plans and create opportunities especially in knitting. I am more than a little obsessed with trying new techniques and patterns. Knitting is a playground and techniques are the different parts, why would you only stick to the slide when you could ride the swings and the tettertotter too!? Around the New Year I typically find myself makings lists of goals I have for the upcoming months. These lists are usually pretty loooooong and lack definitive things like deadlines or resources. So I thought that this year...

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Have you been seduced by the Gradient Yarn trend? I know I have, it seems like every yarn shop is just bursting with sets that move from shade to shade. Earlier this spring Lux Adorna asked me if I would be interested in working with a gradient set of their luscious 100% cashmere. I said YES!! (because I am a smart cookie when it comes to good ideas) and then proceeded to choose a set of Gray>Charcoal because I don't work with neutrals much and growth as a designer is also a good idea (remember> smart cookie).  When it came in...

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