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Online ONline Summer Sockstravaganza Pattern Recommendations - Round 2

Heading in New Directions This is the second in a series of posts recommending patterns for self-striping sock yarns.  We are saying goodbye to ONline sock yarns in the Online ONline Summer Sock-Stravaganza.  Join us! Just like last week, we'll be focusing on patterns that take the self-patterning aspect of the yarn and use it in unexpected ways.  When you change the direction of your work, you change how the yarn reacts, and that can be really fun! The knitting pattern for this week is Skew, another hit from many years ago.  It first appeared on Knitty, and has since been translated into many languages.  If you have trouble with the fit on standard socks, I highly recommend that you take a look...

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Community Project - Chemo Caps

Handmade Healing Anne D. agreed to let us share her pictures of some of the chemo caps she made for her friend.  Because Anne used yarn she bought from us, she will receive a coupon for 10% off.  If you would like to see your work featured here (and receive a coupon), read this post for details. Anne sent us an email asking for recommendations for yarn for chemo caps.  It needed to be very soft and machine washable.  Among others, we suggested the Juniper Moon Cumulus, which is a delightful brushed cotton. Anne said she loved crocheting with the Cumulus.  We think the hats turned out great, and we hope that they bring joy and comfort to her friend....

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Have Shawl Will Travel Pattern Recommendations - Round 1

Texture! This is the first in a series of posts recommending patterns for variegated lace yarn.  We are saying goodbye to Findley Dappled in Have Shawl Will Travel.  Join us! One thing that variegated lace yarn is pretty good at is obscuring lace.  Your eye is drawn to all the fun colors, and pretty soon you can't process the interesting shapes.  A great way to combat that effect is to simply make a shawl with an interesting texture.  The color has a much more difficult time overwhelming a strong texture. On the knitting side, how about an oldie but a goodie - Citron?  The stitches couldn't be simpler since most of the shawl is stockinette with a few increase and decrease...

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Online ONline Summer Sock-Stravaganza Pattern Recommendations - Round 1

Make Those Stripes Move! This is the first in a series of posts recommending patterns for self-striping sock yarns.  We are saying goodbye to ONline sock yarns in the Online ONline Summer Sock-Stravaganza.  Join us! Although many people like self-patterning sock yarn because it does all the work for you, some people require a jazzier pattern to keep themselves interested.  When I sat down to think about what pattern I would want to use with self-striping sock yarn, the first one that came to mind was Jaywalker socks. Jaywalkers were one of the first big, viral sock patterns years ago when sock knitting was THE thing.  I made a pair, which unfortunately I did not photograph before giving away. It's...

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Making the S17 Our Own

AKA Meet the Mullet! David and I had a lot of fun brainstorming about how to decorate the S17 for the Skein Shop showroom.  In fact, we had so much fun that we found ourselves with too many ideas, which is an excellent problem to have.  In the end, we opted for a "mullet" themed wheel - business in the front, party in the back! For the front, we decided to try wood burning to keep the color palette simple and classy.  We put the names of the parts on the main wheel itself and our logo on the treadle.  My favorite touch, however, is the front upright.  There we put markings that will function as a ruler and protractor...

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