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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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Adult designs, Cables and Lace, Independent Designs, Lace, Lace Shawls, New Pattern Release -

 I love knitting lace, I don't do as much of it as I would like to but when I can really get into a project I am so very happy. Lately I have been really enjoying patterns with the combination of a large area that has a simple repeat, and then a small area with that 'wow' factor which of course is a bit more involved. I love being able to work through the simple repeat section that has enough going on to keep me interested but not so much that I have to pause the show. And then finish it all off...

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I really really really love Shawl collar sweaters.  And at this point you might be thinking yes, but what about the dinosaur shawl? We will get to that, for sure, but the beginning of this design really has it's roots in the shawl collar sweater. We all know that keeping the head and neck warm make the whole body warm, and above and beyond the need for warmth having something soft wrapped around the neck is soothing and comforting. So this design actually started as the desire for a shawl collar sweater... without the sweater.. so more shawl, but with...

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