Newsletter Highlights

This week, read about the new Tin Can Knits collection to benefit the Against Malaria Foundation, as well as yarn options available at Yarn Folk for making Knitted Knockers.

Read Yarn Folk’s newsletter here.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

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Project Circle & Sock Class added

Details and the rest of this week’s newsletter here.

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Vivacious DK

Fyberspates Vivacious DK is so round and springy–you’ll get great stitch definition, and gorgeous color. Super yardage, too.

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Soft Donegal now at Yarn Folk

Check it out–along with the rest of this week’s newsletter from Yarn Folk.

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Classes added!

Hop on over to the class page for descriptions, dates, and cost.

And if you are not receiving our weekly email (sign up form above), you can preview this week’s edition here.

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Seasonally appropriate

Excerpted from this week’s newsletter, which you can find in its entirety here:

I thought I would take a moment to highlight a traditional technique for cleaning wool blankets. I first learned of it a couple of years ago, but this weekend everything fell into place to give it a try. I had enough time available before work on Sunday to complete the process, and it’s been so cold that the blanket of snow in Roslyn was dry and powdery–important for keeping the blankets from getting soggy.

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Step one was to shake out the blankets, and hang them outside for about 30 minutes to acclimate to the temperature. (It was about 14 degrees Farenheit.) Then I spread the blankets on the snow, and used a clean broom to cover them with a layer of snow. Using the flat side of the broom, I then whacked the entire surface, and after that, retreated to the house for 20 minutes. 

Returning to the cold, I shook the layer of snow off the blankets, flipped them, and repeated the process on the other side. The last step was to shake off all the remaining snow, and put them over the fence for a final 20 minutes, before bringing them back inside.

Both blankets had been folded and subject to cats sitting on and rubbing against them, so I added a step of tumbling them in the dryer on delicate with some fabric sheets to remove some tenacious hair.

You can read more here. My assessment? Cheap, fun, and effective!

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Small Business Saturday — November 26th

Visit Yarn Folk for a great offer from Plymouth Yarn–you can read about the details on their blog or in my weekly newsletter.

And from American Express, a free canvas tote bag with purchases over $20 (while supplies last). Great for your #shopsmall shopping today, perfect for your stitching projects later!

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Point the Way — Update

I am uploading the finished pattern to Ravelry as we speak. You can also access it here.

Special thanks to Laurel Dormaier for test knitting!

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Point the Way

I finished drafting a hat pattern for Malabrigo Arroyo. It’s based on this picture from a mail order catalog:

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Here’s my version, worn by one of the glass heads

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and by me

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The pattern is in draft form–if you’d like to try it out, click here for the pdf!

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