L&L Book Club: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Week two of the L&L Book Club is underway and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how many knitters have joined us for our Shining Sequence Mittens MKAL. (You can catch week 1 here if you missed it.) I’ll talk more about the KAL’s progress in the project portion of this post, but I just want to say I’m really excited to find that so many other knitters love to make Christmas a year round event!

The Book

This week I technically read two stories, but one is really just a slightly overgrown poem….

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Double Sided Join

I love this time of year. That magical time that I break out Christmas Chewbacca, pop my yule log DVD* in the the Playstation, and kick back with a nice cup of nog. Wait, no, that doesn’t sound right. Replace that last bit with “join together geek-a-long squares until I hate all finishing work with a fiery passion.” Yep. That sounds more like me. ;)

Geek-A-Long 2015 Snuggled

Actually our blankets have already been auctioned off to some lucky new homes to benefit Child’s Play Charity, but now it’s time for you to join…

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Have you seen this blanket?

posterA few weeks ago Jac and I popped* out to Seattle for the Child’s Play Dinner Auction. We’re down for just about any opportunity to get all gussied up, but this was extra special since it was our final goodbye to the 2014 Geek-A-Long Blanket.

(*In this case, “popped” means “spent 7 hours on a plane”.)

We had an incredible night, but it was hard to say goodbye. The Geek-A-Long has become a huge part of our lives over the last year, and even as I work on the 2015…

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The Lattes and Llamas Join

week 48 Game Over (1)

I’m not going to say that the GAL squares aren’t fabulous by themselves. They are. But let’s face it, how many massively oversized coasters does one girl need? You could make them into pillow cases by sewing 2 of them back to back I suppose, but really, what will you do with 24 throw pillows? I put a lot of time and energy into figuring out a way to not do work. I swear to you I did. But after days of consideration, I’m…

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New Kids On The Blocking Wires – Part 2

Last week, I told you a little bit about why you should block. True to my word, this week we’ll talk about how. If you didn’t read part 1 of this post, I recommend starting there. We went over materials needed and what blocking can do for you. Today, however, we’re going to discuss blocking techniques: Wet, Steam, or Spritz.

Wet Blocking

Generally speaking, this is the go to for wool, acrylic, and blends. Wet blocking is the most effective technique and will give very dramatic results. You can add several inches to a…

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New Kids On The Blocking Wires – Part 1

A while back we asked you if you’d like some free stuff. Turns out you do! Congratulations to Connie K., who will be receiving a fabulous box of goodies compliments of Blue Sky Alpacas.

They were kind enough to send me enough of their delicious Extra Yarn and a spare pattern so I could whip up…

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Demystifying Double-Sided Knitting

free bookmark knitting pattern

I’ve gotten a few requests — okay, a TON of requests — on how his whole double-sided knitting thing works. Yesterday, Jac and I took advantage of our snow day (there’s an Icepocalypse here in the Philadelphia area) and we shot a how-to video on the subject. Unlike our other videos, this one is on the long side, but I will take you through how to cast on double-sided knitting, do the stitches, follow a color chart, and cast off. If you follow along through the whole video with…

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How to Knit for Beginners

This is the last installment of Dr. Llama’s “How to Knit for Beginners” seriesIf you followed her through Parts One, Two, and Three, you learned how cast on, knit, and purl. You should now be ready to finish off your coaster. Watch the video to learn how to cast off you knitting and weave in those ends.

If you’d like to see the coaster pattern featured in the video and a brief introduction to reading patterns, you can find both of…

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P-Purl it real good.

I hope everyone made it through Part One and Two of our How to Knit for Beginners series. We  covered how to make a slip knot, cast on, the knit stitch, and garter stitch. Today, I’ll teach you how to purl and create that nice flat stockinette stitch.

If you’d like to see the full coaster pattern featured in the video and a brief introduction to reading patterns, you can find both of them here. If you’d like to see the techniques slowed down…

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Lattes with Dr. Llama: How to Knit

garter stitch

Does everyone have their yarn, needles, and caffeinated beverage of choice? I’m rocking a triple grande cinnamon dulce latte in my new beaker mug.

Ready?

Then join me for Part 2 of How to Knit for Beginners.  If you follow me from Part One to Part Four, you’ll learn how to make a slip knot, cast on, do the knit and purl stitches, cast off, and use all of theses techniques to make a coaster. Today, I’ll cover how to do the knit stitch and garter stitch.

If you’d…

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