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Is It Rude to Knit or Crochet in Public?

Is It Rude to Knit or Crochet in Public?

October 08, 2019 4 min read 3 Comments

We knit and crochet at birthday parties, the beach, during lectures and in waiting rooms. But how do other people feel about that?

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Why Does The Same Color Look Different on Various Yarn Bases?

Why Does The Same Color Look Different on Various Yarn Bases?

October 01, 2019 3 min read

One thing is certain when it comes to the art of hand dyeing - nothing is certain. 

No matter how much you try to control each and every part of the process with precise measuring and technique, the unexpected and the natural and random laws of physics will always find a way to factor in.

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Why You're the Boss of Your Own Knitting

Why You're the Boss of Your Own Knitting

September 16, 2019 4 min read

If you’re new to knitting, chances are, you’ve asked a question, or expressed a frustration, and someone said, “You’re the boss of your own knitting.” And you went…”Well yeah, who else is doing the knitting?” 
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10 Reasons Being a Millennial Knitter is Badass

10 Reasons Being a Millennial Knitter is Badass

September 09, 2019 3 min read

Oh hey! I’m Helaina, I’m 30, and I learned to knit about 19 months ago. It’s one of the best things I have ever done, and the only crafty thing I’ve been able to do in, well, ever. Also, I’m obsessed. I already have more yarn than one person could use in a lifetime, and have made over 150 garments so far that I either wear, gift, or donate (unless they’re a disaster and then #recycle). I have a ridiculous number of desktop folders and excel spreadsheets containing all of my projects and patterns.
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How To Cast On & Finger Knit Super Bulky Yarn (Big Up)

How To Cast On & Finger Knit Super Bulky Yarn (Big Up)

August 30, 2019 4 min read

The yarn is a big as a pillow, soft as a cloud, and once it's in your hands, within a couple of hours, you'll be proud! It works up almost instantly.

Super bulky yarn means super quick results!

But how do you work up our new Big Up yarn without any tools but your own hands?

Here's a few tips to get you started...

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How To Turn (Our) Yarn Skeins into Balls and Cakes

How To Turn (Our) Yarn Skeins into Balls and Cakes

August 19, 2019 3 min read 3 Comments

It’s the best feeling. 

You’ve received your yarn in the mail. Squishy, squishy mail. You pull it out of the package, admire it lovingly and, not long after, decide, you need to cast on. Here we go. You open up your hank and….are really are not sure what to do with it. 

You can scour Google for help, but we’re hoping to make it easier for you—and anticipate any troubleshooting you may have to do! We’re setting you up for hank winding success now and in the future.  

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Intarsia Knitting Tips & Techniques

Intarsia Knitting Tips & Techniques

July 21, 2019 2 min read

Intarsia (also sometimes called picture knitting) is a technique used in one of our newest patterns from the Impressionist Collection: the Faded Flare Wrap by Heidi Gustad. This technique allows you to create areas of colour in any shape in your knitting.

The Faded Flare Wrap uses vivid, contrasting colours, intarsia, and fading between colours to paint a vivid picture with yarn. If you’ve never knit intarsia before, now is the time to start! Today, we’ll share some of our favourite tutorials and tips to help you successfully master this technique. 

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My skeins don't match! Now what?

My skeins don't match! Now what?

July 16, 2019 2 min read 1 Comment

Does this sound familiar?

After spending hours scouring the internet or your local yarn store, you happen upon some hand dyed skeins that sparked some serious inner color cravings. 

They made you so weak in the knees, you just couldn't help but make them yours.

You left, triumphant, and wound them with love….

...only to find that staring back up at you were varying levels of color and saturation in each skein.

Now what? 

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Why Your Knitting is the Most Important Thing To Pack

Why Your Knitting is the Most Important Thing To Pack

June 26, 2019 5 min read 1 Comment

There’s no such thing as wasted time, the wise ones say. 

There is also nothing like being stuck in traffic, waiting to board a delayed flight, or being stuck on a train to make you wonder just how true that is. 

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Brioche Knitting: Techniques & Pattern Inspiration

Brioche Knitting: Techniques & Pattern Inspiration

June 17, 2019 3 min read 1 Comment

A few of our recent patterns use brioche knitting techniques to create a lofty, reversible, ribbed fabric that's oh-so-squishy. Brioche may look complicated, but it's actually quite simple - all you have to do is slip stitches to create yarnovers in one row that are then knit together with stitches in the following rows.

Many patterns use two colours of yarn, which can be easier when you’re first starting out, but you can also knit 1-colour brioche as well. 

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Why All Our Yarn is "Green"

Why All Our Yarn is "Green"

May 22, 2019 3 min read 4 Comments

Creating and working with yarn is such a labor of love for all of us in the fiber community.

That’s why we believe that it’s so incredibly important to employ the most environmentally-friendly practices throughout the production process, every step of the way. To us, honoring the planet that nurtures the gorgeous animals we get our fiber from, conserving the water we use to dye with, and using as little energy as possible is one of our top priorities. 

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Introducing The Impressionist Collection

Introducing The Impressionist Collection

May 06, 2019 5 min read

We are thrilled to announce our premiere pattern collection, The Impressionist Collection. We challenged designers to design pieces inspired by the great impressionist painters, and each one dreamed up patterns which are truly works of art! You can purchase project kits including both the yarn and pattern in our online store, as well as purchase individual PDF copies of the patterns on Ravelry. We  hope you enjoy learning more about this extra-special collection and the fabulous designers behind it, too. Enjoy!
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