Back in New York to photograph more Red Heart projects, I love to have the chance to check out knits in all the store windows. January is the peak time shopping for warm stuff and the stores are full of scarves, hats, mitts and sweaters. For me, it’s the perfect time to look for knitwear inspiration. From the catalogs and web sites I’ve visited, this season seemed to lack color. A few store visits proved this fact – Club Monaco, J. Crew, Banana Republic. Yes, there were beautiful cables and textural knits, but everywhere I looked – neutrals!
Lace knitting never seems to wane in popularity. But if you are like me with limited knitting time, fine lace yarn doesn’t have great appeal. Of course in my mind, I want to sit down and spend hours casting on hundreds of stitches and follow a complex chart – but then reality sinks in and I realize that I have to get back to my Red Heart work. So much for my knitting dreams! Continue reading “Making Lace with Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller”
Last week on my way to a photo shoot, I passed the Club Monaco window. Amazing! Tons of Aran knits – stockings, scarves and sweaters. What a knitter’s delight! Half my stash is made up of Aran, ecru, off white, cream shades of various yarns. I love all the off-white stockings. I’ve made a note that it will be an idea for next year’s Christmas patterns. The huge long scarves are so nice; they have terrific stitch definition. Making stitch patterns in light shades of yarn is an excellent way to showcase your textural knitting and crocheting skills. Continue reading “Cabled Christmas”
Enter Red Heart’s Twitter Retweet Giveaway for a chance to win Red Heart Boutique Yarns, Patterns, a copy of Knitting Today & Crochet Today, Susan Bates Hook & Needles, and Yarn Tote Bag. Continue reading “Red Heart Twitter Retweet Giveaway”
If you haven’t seen any of this group’s projects in person, you need to check out the Knitta Please website. This group has decked out many everyday items all over the US and even round the world to make them a spectacular work of knitted and crocheted art.
Recently while flipping through a magazine on flight to a Stitches show, I came across this ad for kitty litter, but what caught my eye was the crochet afghan over the rocking chair and the basket of yarn on the floor. It’s interesting how popular crochet has become. I see it in print advertisements for every medium. This brought back so many wonderful memories of my grandmother, who taught me to crochet. And this afghan was one of her favorite. I still have the one she made for me and it’s in these exact colors. She made over 100 of this style in lots of different colors. We got to pick out the colors we wanted, but all the others were donated to the church for those in need. Continue reading “Grandma’s Favorite Afghan”
I’m more of a knitter than a crocheter, so it’s a real change of pace when I get a chance to crochet. I’ve found that making Special Olympics scarves is the perfect opportunity to practice my crochet skills. Continue reading “Makin’ those Special Olympics scarves”
We often make baby hats as shower gifts for our friends and family. These hat keep babies warm, but aren’t essentials to their life and safety. Continue reading “Caps for Good”
Do you remember a special knit or crochet gift you were given? I remember several, but there is one that stands out in my mind. It was the 80’s and rainbows were all the rage in teen girl room décor! I know I am dating myself, but I know some of you out there can relate! My next door neighbor crocheted a beautiful ripple afghan to my specifications out of 5 solid shades of yarn, it was likely Red Heart Classic at that time. After we bought the yarn, I remember I could barely stand the wait to get the finished product. Finally it was done and it exceeded my expectations and spent many happy years on my bed! Continue reading “Fond Crochet Memories”
Between making turkey–to eat and not crochet–and spending time with family and friends, it’s a great time to rehash your year and all the wonderful things past and yet to come. I could be serious and be thankful for health, happiness and all my non-material riches (which I am), but I’d rather talk about our unifying passion for yarn. Continue reading “It’s time to be thankful”