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Community Project - Seasons Blanket

Thank you to Rebecca D. for sending in these photos!  She'll be receiving a coupon for 10% off because she got some of the yarn from us.  If you would like to have your project featured (and get a coupon in gratitude), please read this post for all the juicy details. Rebecca is working on a blanket made from Ella Rae Seasons.  It's a great choice for a blanket because it's warm and washable! She says:  Thanks for the speedy delivery of my Seasons!  Now I can finish my blanket! This looks like corner-to-corner crochet (C2C).  C2C is a fun technique that is great for showing off color-changing yarn like you see here.  It can also be used to create...

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Pattern Recommendations/Ravelry Tutorial

How to Find Patterns for a Particular Yarn So you've just discovered that the Schulana is on sale, and you want to get some.  But what do you make with it?  We have a few suggestions, and at the same time we'll show you how to use some of Ravelry's pattern-finding features.  For today, we'll be focusing on Merino Cotton 135. Step 1:  Navigate to the yarn page. At the top of every screen in Ravelry, there are tabs across the top.  One of them is for yarn.  Clicking on that tab takes you to this page, where you can type in the name of the yarn you want to learn about in the search box. Step 2:  Select the...

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Community Project - Quindici

Thank you to Alana M. for sending in our very first community blog post!  She'll be receiving a coupon for 10% off because she got the yarn from us.  If you would like to have your project featured (and get a coupon in gratitude), please read this post for all the juicy details. Here what Alana wrote to us: I knew I wanted to make the Quindici shawl the moment I saw it on Ravelry-- great colors and great textures, and a chance to learn more stitches! The shawl consists of 15 parts (Quindici = Fifteen in Italian) that are repeats of four different stitch patterns. It was my first foray into reading a pattern of more than one page,...

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Favorite Blogger Spotlight: Mason-Dixon Knitting

Ann and Kay Know Their Stuff Mason-Dixon Knitting has a been a staple of the knit-blogging world for over a decade.  These smart, witty ladies have shared their love of log cabin blankets, all things Rowan, and ballband dishcloths with each other and with their lucky readers.  Mason-Dixon takes a refreshing, "real-life" approach to knitting where not every photo is perfectly staged, not every project is the most difficult, spectacular thing ever created, and plenty of mistakes are made. Kay Gardiner (who lives in New York) and Ann Shayne (who lives in Tennessee) have published two books together as well.  Both volumes are packed with entertaining articles, thoughtful patterns, and plenty of charm.  Most recently they've jumped on the coloring bandwagon...

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Technique Tutorial - Judy's Magic Cast On Beyond Sock Toes

A Provisional Cast On for Many Purposes! Judy's Magic Cast On, first published in Knitty's Spring 2006 issue, was presented as a new way to start toe-up socks.  The beauty of this cast on, compared to other methods of beginning toe-up socks, was that it neatly and evenly put stitches on both needles while forming a perfect row of purl bumps on the back of the work.  If you do not already know how to execute Judy's Magic Cast On, the photo tutorial on Knitty is, of course, an excellent resource, as is Cat Bordhi's demonstration video where she shows how to eliminate the problem of half the stitches being mounted backwards on the needle. However, this fabulous cast on is...

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