Color Work Yarn Management and Swatching

After a long weekend of dying yarn and celebrating the end of summer, Sasquatch kits are back in stock! SO. MANY. MINI SKEINS. The kits have been assembled and you can get yours in the store now. As we gear up for the hunt, ball your yarn, brush up on the Twisted German Cast On and/or Two-At-A-Time socks techniques if you want to try something new with this project, and work on your gauge swatch. Then, you’ll be all set to cast on when the first clue drops next Wednesday!

Side Note: Jac wants me…

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L&L Book Club Presents: Two at a Time Socks

Holy Hurricane, Batman! Please consider supporting Huston relief efforts with a donation to the Red Cross if you are able. Now back to your regularly scheduled book club.

The Book

This week I read The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. The book is the true account of five sisters that began an in-home tailoring business in Taliban occupied Afghanistan. The oldest sister is married and is a skilled dressmaker and designer. The other sisters have no background in sewing whatsoever. In fact, the second oldest sister, who starts and runs the business, was…

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Jane Austen and a Bonus Duplicate Stitch Tutorial

The Shining Sequence MKAL is more than half way done! Despite an error in the title of yesterday’s clue update (it was marked clues 1&2, when it was actually 1-3) things have gone smoothly. I feel like maybe I shouldn’t say that out loud. I don’t want to tempt the universe. I guess, if all your beads start exploding or something, you can blame this right here.

The Book

This week I’m reading Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas. It’s amazeballs. A. Maze. BALLS. It’s like Clue and Downton Abbey had…

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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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