Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May Socks Review: Backyard Fiberworks


We love visiting shows, talking to dyers and discovering indie brands to share with our subscribers. At this winter's Vogue Knitting Live, we met Alice O'Reilly, the creator behind Backyard Fiberworks. What started as an experiment in hand dyeing yarn in a pot in the backyard, she discovered a passion for playing with color and has perfected a line of rich and complex colors on the most luscious bases.


Meadow Light is a fingering weight blend of 80% merino, 10% nylon and 10% cashmere. This plump spin is extremely soft with a smooth finish, perfect for an extra special pair of socks!

Top: Pollen, Deep Creek, Arbol
Bottom: Oxblood, Rainwater, Ume

Designer Pam Sluter joined us this month with 'Early Bloom'. This cuff-down design with a short row heel is inspired by the colors of early spring flowers. It features waves of lacy accents along the leg and instep.


Total Value Of This Box: $30
Backyard Fiberworks Meadow Light $26
Pattern $4

Friday, May 26, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: Tees

Summer weather doesn't mean you have to put your handmades away! A light tee or tank worked in cotton or linen yarn is perfect to keep you crafting all summer long. Here are a couple suggestions to get you started:


Granny Square Short Sleeve Top by ChiWei Ranck


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Friday, May 19, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: Gone To The Dogs

Knitting and crocheting can keep more than just us warm! This week, we've rounded up free patterns for the furry friends in your life.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cabled-dog-sweater-6



http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/refillable-catnip-mouse



Knits just aren't for cats and dogs! This adorable Rat Sweater by Anne Knight just needs a leftovers to keep your rodent cuddly!



Even if you don't have pets of your own, shelters and rescues always welcome bedding! There's plenty of free patterns available for charity crafting, like the Bird and Wildlife Rescue Nests by Karlen Gunderson.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

April Classic Review: Sugar Bush Yarns

This Yarn is Pure Bliss!



Yarnbox is heading up north this month to feature Canadian dyer Sugar Bush Yarns. They’ve embraced the long winter chill as an opportunity to create a line of bold and beautiful luxurious yarns and inspire knitters and crocheters alike to create products they are proud to wear and share.






Bliss is a lavish blend of 70% super wash merino, 20% silk and 10% cashmere. Incredibly soft and with great stitch definition, this yarn is perfect for anything from delicate accessories to highly textured designs. You’ll get five 50 gram balls of this sport weight yarn for a total of 525 yards to work with.

Top: (Bright) Ruby, Cyan Blue, (Muted) Autumn Leaves, Willow Branch
Bottom: (Muted) Jade Green, Cobalt, Violet Wash, Platinum


Knit designer Kim Bridgeo takes advantage of the immaculate stitch definition for Time's A Thief, a wide cabled scarf featuring textural details.


Crochet designer Vicky Chan goes lacy with Monica, a crescent shawl with scalloped flower edging.



Total Value of this Box: $73.45
5 balls Sugar Bush Yarns Bliss $64
Knit Pattern $4.75
Crochet Pattern $4.70

Friday, May 12, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: Mid Weight Magic

Sport weight yarn is incredibly versatile! When fingering is just a bit too thin but DK has too much bulk, grab some sport weight for the perfect mid-weight project.


Myliu lino by Donna Druchunas is a great transitional weather sweater with a lacy design and light yarn. It would work perfectly with Miss Babs Yummy 3-Ply!


Pfeilraupe by Alpi Alpenrose is an amazing structural piece! Use Sugarbush Yarns Bliss for some amazing drape and sheen!

Ariane by Peggy Grand is a great topper! Louet Euroflax Sport is the perfect yarn for summertime.

Ruthie's Sunshine by Nancy L Drew is a simple but beautiful design. The Compass Kit sets by Wonderland Yarn would be a great way to make this a colorful striped piece!


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Friday, May 5, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: Think BIG

Are you ready to commit some time and patience? We rounded up some free patterns will take time and lots of yarn, but are well worth the effort!

The Happy Harlequin Blanket by Susan Carlson is a join-as-you-go project, perfect to work in sections with leftover yarn skeins.



Olalla by Lia Moya is a beautiful work of art! This coat is worked with a two color slipped stitch texture pattern for visual interest.


The Ladies Poncho by Maaike van Koert features an elegant floral pattern for this pieced poncho.


Bienvenidas Cardigan by Vera Sanon is a delicate waterfall cardigan which can be worn open or closed.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

April Socks Review: Biscotte Yarns

We're seeing stripes!



This month, we let the yarn do the talking with the self-pattern dye masters at Biscotte Yarns. Since 2007, this family business has made a name for themselves with their fun and colorful self-stripe patterned yarns that are a hit with the sock knitting community.

They've put together a yarn pairing sure to whet your knitting appetite. Each set includes a 50 gram skein of their famous self-striping yarn and a 50 gram new coordinating speckles skein of Bis Sock, an 85% super wash merino and 15% nylon blend. Together, they give you 435 yards of yarn for your next creation.

Top (Brighter): Arc-en-ciel + teal to blue, A moi le coco + fushia, Grease + dark red
Bottom (More Muted): Geai Bleu + bright blue, Les Ailes d'un Papillon + teal to grey, Lilas et Moi + plum

Biscotte Yarns owner Louise Robert created the Mary Jane Memory Socks especially for her yarn pairing. Started at the heel, these socks feature a cabled instep strap with stockinette striped sections for the leg and foot. They are a delightful knit for any sock aficionado ready to try something new!


Total Value Of This Box: $31
Biscotte Yarns Bis Sock Set: $26
Pattern: $5