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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 0 Comments

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 0 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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 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 0 Comments

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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How to Choose The Right Amount Of Yarn For Any Project

How to Choose The Right Amount Of Yarn For Any Project

April 16, 2019 4 min read 0 Comments

We're often asked how many skeins of yarn it takes to make [insert type of project here]? The answer is always, it depends. Though there are some general guidelines for yarn amounts, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when choosing yarn for a project. Today we’ll share our best tips and tricks so you can choose the right amount of yarn for your project every time.
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Swatching: A Knitter's Guide

Swatching: A Knitter's Guide

March 05, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

Swatching: that one little word that every knitter dreads. In this post, we talk about why swatching is necessary and share our best tips for swatching so that you can put it into practice for your next project.
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Get Creative with ZenKnitBox

Get Creative with ZenKnitBox

February 15, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

Do you love getting surprises in the mail? How about boxes full of gorgeous, hand-dyed artisan colorways on luscious bases? If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, we’ve got the perfect solution: the ZenKnitBox
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Spoil Yourself With These Great Knit & Crochet Patterns!

Spoil Yourself With These Great Knit & Crochet Patterns!

January 03, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

The holidays are over, but the weather is still frightful outside. What better time to stay indoors and craft something luscious for yourself? Today we’re highlighting a few patterns to knit or crochet for yourself in the new year!

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