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Namesake Warning: Gonna get pretty personal with this post. Of course, because it's about socks. I started writing it over a year ago to discuss this yarn, named after me, and thoughts about myself as I knit with it.

Cute Crocheted Wild Animals I can't tell you how excited I am to show you this book. Look, this a big, vulnerable thing to do. Each time I start with an idea. Each time a draw, design and crochet a new project for a book…it's a wonderful and scary day.

Free Pattern! Afternoon Wrap crocheted in Caron Simply Soft Crocheted in Caron Simply Soft and Caron Simply Soft Heathers. You'll need the following materials for this pattern:.

Moonwake Cowl We've been having very stormy weather here in the UK for the past week or so, and spring is feeling a little distant at the moment. What better way to perk up than with the gorgeous new cowl pattern from Andrea Mowry? Moonwake Cowl uses 4 different colours of mYak Medium, a worsted weight 100% yak yarn.

The One Week Baby Blanket A few weeks ago I found myself doing something I never thought I would do: waiting, literally waiting, at the door for the mailman to deliver a yarn purchase. It's one of those materialistic-seeming things, like setting an alarm and waking at an unholy hour to catch a shop update.

Three ways to hold yarn for stranded colourwork To go along with our new Colourwork Club accessory patterns, we've put together a series of blog posts to walk you through your first stranded colourwork project, along with tips and tricks perfect for all levels of experience.

Quick chunky knits With the weather we're having at this time of year, it is easy to get caught out and discover your lovely cosy knitted hat is nowhere to be found in a cold snap. This one of the many reasons we love chunky yarns - you can turn out a warm accessory or two in very little time.

Coming soon - Granton My next sweater pattern, Granton, will be released this Friday. Wardie's older sibling, Granton, uses a thicker yarn, and has an easier buttonband more suited to the gauge. Granton is a classic long line cardigan with a deep v-neck and cosy pockets.

Episode 45: A Hat and a Blanket This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast. On my blog: www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com On instagram as @mysocalle…

Free Pattern! 'Swirl 'n' Twirl' Hat knitted in Drops Alaska Save 30% on Drops Alaska until the end of February 2020 in our Drops Felting Fever Sale! Make sure the little one in your life stays warm in this chilly spell with this lovely knitted hat from Drops! The hat requires just 2 balls of Drops Alaska, and covers sizes 1/2 years to 1-/12 years.

A new publication from Life in the Long Grass There's a new magazine 'on the block'! Loop is so pleased and excited to be a stockist for the new magazine from Life In The Long Grass. Issue 1, Through The Trees, is out now, and it's packed with beautiful photography and great patterns from designers like Sari Nordlund and Marion Em.

Snowdrop woods The first sign of spring around our way is the arrival of snowdrops. They are such delicate little flowers, held aloft on a single slender stalk above smooth, narrow leaves they shimmer in the cold late winter breezes.

Norwich Castle Reborn - Even More Stitches! Having signed myself up to a 100 Day Project involving a lot of stitches, I seem to have committed myself to producing even more over the next few months. A couple of weeks ago some friends and I took ourselves off to Norwich Castle Museum to see an exhibition.

Warm hands Two new mittens finally received a well deserved wash and block. Both pairs were finished last year with very special yarns. Pattern : Lambing Mitts by Veronica Jobe. Link here.Yarn: Cestari Traditional Collection Sock Weight, a Targhee and Columbia blend, in Natural Light.

Voyager Cap There are lots of firsts here. Voyager Cap is my first pattern to knit by Alexandra Tavel, or Two of Wands. It's like a classic beanie with a little extra something - like space between the top of my head and the top of the cap. I've been a little fixated with Alexandra's patterns lately.

Getting Started With Colourwork The first pattern of our new Colourwork Clubis out now! To go along with our new accessory patterns, we've put together a series of blog posts to walk you through your first stranded colourwork project, along with tips and tricks perfect for all levels of experience.

Free Pattern! Felted Pot Holders knitted in Drops Big Delight Knitted in Drops Big Delight, then felted. Save 30% on Drops Big Delight until the end of February 2020 in our Drops Felting Fever Sale! You'll need the following materials for this pattern:. One 100g ball makes two pot holders. Download the free pattern by clicking here.

52 Weeks of Socks - a closer look and a giveaway! This week is the second part of our posts about the wonderful new book from Laine Publishing, 52 Weeks of Socks. We're looking at more of the patterns this week, and we're also showcasing our fab collection of sock yarns, and some bits of haberdashery too!

Progress, Of Sorts Many thanks, you ridiculously lovely lot, for every single one of your kind words about my book deal. And if I've been quiet since the announcement, it's because I've been busy designing and writing. I'm breaking the habit of a lifetime by working hard from the outset, instead of leaving the task until 10pm on the night before it's due.

So, You Want To Run A Craft Workshop? Tips & Tricks From the Trenches Maybe you have been asked to run a craft workshop in your local library. Maybe a yarn shop has asked you to teach classes. Or maybe you teach regularly but feel like picking up a few tips. Either way, this blog post is for you. Hello, I'm Karie Westermann and I teach knitting workshops.

Slow Stitching and The 100 Day Project Slow Stitching, mending, recycling for the 100 Day Project 2020. New life for an old loved shirt getting my creative habit back in gear.

Small Bunny - Big Bunny I was thinking about Easter…I know, I know, but when you work on designs the seasons are always out of kilter.

Episode 44: Goal #1 - Fixing and Finishing This is long but it's your faults, ha! We just have lots of goals and thoughts on when to keep things and when to let go. This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.

TWiP: A Knitty Week This week I finished knitting a new sweater, and started knitting the second square in the Traveling Afghan Knit-Along. It's a nice, slow-paced low pressure project. I know it's going to take me a year to complete it by design, so there doesn't feel like any rush.

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