Looking for Color

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!

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Making Lace with Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller

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”

Cabled Christmas

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”

Fond Crochet Memories

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”