Friday, August 26, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: Easy Peasy

It is so lovely when you have something so simple on your needles that you don't even have to think about what you are doing. Today for Free Pattern Friday I have chosen 2 super easy peasy cowls that could be done in a multitude of weights of yarn. 



It is super easy and fun to do! 


This knit piece is a super popular one. The Gaptastic Cowl by Jen Geigley is an instant favorite because of how ding dang simple it is to make! Great for beginners and seasoned professionals alike! 

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: Not socks!

Good Morning Boxers! It is Free Pattern Friday and I have some pretty stuff to share with you today.

I love sock yarn! However, I am not always in the mood to knit socks. I suffer from a debilitating disease called One Sock Syndrome. I know it is quite common amongst knitters to make only one sock, but when your sock drawer is full of onesies and you never have a matching pair, the OCD in my brain twitches.  So how about other things that you can make with sock yarn? Check these out!

This first crochet piece, The Raunas Diesdas Shawl  by Sigrun Raith is a good one to use with Yarn Enablers Gradient that came out in March Sock Box.


This next crochet piece is not a typical item that you'd make with sock yarn, but it so pretty. I am am making a few of these Jar Covers by Olof Lilja Enorsdottir for my thanksgiving table! I think they would be so festive nested in autumnal leaves and acorns. I am using, funny enough, the dark green sparkly Holiday Yarns, Silver Sock that came out in the February Sock box.



This pattern, The Cameo Flower Shawl by Mia Rinde caught my eye with it's delicate lace edging but it simple construction makes it doable for all levels of adventurous knitters. We recommend using the Gluttony Sock by Forbidden Woolery. The tonal hues in this yarn would make the lace really sing!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cameo-flower

The last pattern I have for you today is are super cute ankle cuffs; Zaza by Rachel Henry are so adorable, especially with those shoes! The leaf edging and lace in the main cuff would be beautiful in the Mode Sock by ModeKnit Yarns.  I know just the person to wear these. I'm thinking holiday gifts already. Now where are my needles?

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/zaza

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

July Classic Review: Louet

Summer is the season that strangely makes me want to knit more. Even though it is hot and I don't want to touch wool, linen is a staple in my summer knitting diet! This month's yarn Louet's Euroflax Sport




Euroflax Sport” is 270 yards of 100% linen and with two skeins of this durable and breathable yarn you get 540 yards to make two amazing pieces by one amazing designer, Tian Connaughton!







The colors for this collection remind me of the sea side. Blues of the ocean, reds of boats in their slips, and the lavender of the sun sets at dusk.
From left to right in the photo above we have
Charcoal - Muted / Grey (cool) 
Cobalt - Muted / Blue (cool) 
Burgundy - Muted / Red (cool) 
Teal - Bright / Teal (warm) 
Lavender - Bright / Purple (cool) 
Angelfish Blue - Bright / Blue (cool)



Both of our pieces this month are designed by the talented Tian Connaughton. She has designed two amazing shawls that are perfect for keeping the chill off your shoulders on cool summer evenings or when your are on your boat and you need to keep your hair from being mussed up. 



The crochet piece is "Leymus Shawl" with open work and little shell stitches this is a perfect use for a light-weight linen. The great thing about linen is the more you wear it the softer it gets. It may feel a bit stiff in the beginning but it really does soften up and has a great drape that you don't get from wool or even cotton. 




Tian's knit piece is "Wyethia Shawl". I love the lace edging and for the adventurous knitter I can see the addition of beads on the edge that would make this sparkle just a little. The eyelets at the top are a beautiful detail that  makes this feel very elegant and wearable. 



The swatch this month is crochet and as I was creating it I fell in love with this yarn even more than I already did! I know you will love it too! 


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

SPOILERS: Loom Knitting in YarnBox Classic August 2016?!




Hello Yarn Boxers! We are excited to announce that we will now be featuring a loom knitting pattern every other month in our box. Below is a link to the pattern and SPOILER info about this months classic box. Please do not click if you do not want spoilers.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: Linen is Lovely

This week we are bringing you more ideas to do with that lovely linen that you got in last months classic box. The first piece is a lovely crochet stole/shawl called 



The knit pice I found for you today is an amazing half circle shawl; 



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Friday, August 5, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: Shrugs and hugs!

It's Free Pattern Friday and I want to give each of you a hug! 
A wooly hug in the form of free shrug patterns! 

The crochet piece I picked for you today, The Granny Coccoon Shrug by Maria Valles is a wonderfully modern take on the granny square. You can use any weight yarn, just make this square as big as you want. The pattern does call for worsted weight. We recommend using Manos Del Uruagy Clasica, Andy MerinoPeruvian Dream Worsted Which are all available in our overstock store. If you can't find them there, it's because we sold them all to beautiful people like you. 



Second we have a knit shrug that is so cute I might make 2, or 3, or 10. This piece is 
The image was graciously shared with us by a Ravelry friend Anna678

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Christmas in July Ravelry Swap!

Third Annual Yarnbox Christmas in July Swap!

Over in our Ravelry group we are just wrapping up on the moderator run Christmas in July Swap. This is a way for our members to break up those boring summer months by sending and receiving a lovely curated present in the mail. This is third year hosting this event and had 58 members join in who created some really great boxes.

 The fun begins in May where the moderators have everyone fill out a sign up questionnaire which you then post in our Ravelry group with all your answers, and then the moderators match everyone up using all of the information that is provided. Once we have you paired up you are notified of who you will be creating your box for. You don’t get to know who your box is from until it arrives at your door! You then being what we all gently refer to as “stalking”, we use the questionnaire that you posted, if you mentioned any other social medias we may scope them out for hints, and any other details you may have added to your post or other posts during the month before shipping so that a great box can be created!

 Then on July 1st the fun really takes off as boxes are packaged up and shipped out to their partners! Since we all fill out the same questionnaire and stick to the same budget it is so fun to see how everyone takes this information and interrupts it into a wonderful package for their partner.


The moderators have a great time hosting this event and it is always so fun to see everyone get together and have fun giving to others. We see a great amount a chat happening in the Christmas in July thread where we tease hints of what is happening behind the scenes with our partner’s box. Because of course they have no clue that you are talking about them!


Now if you were unable to join us for this year’s swap don’t worry we will be back next year to host this event again! To tide you over until then feel free to join us in our next Yarnbox event as we knit through the Rio Olympics! As part of the Ravellenic Games 2016, we are Team Yarnbox. #TeamYarnbox


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