The Christmas Season brought with it a snowstorm of projects to be finished, packages to be wrapped, and priorities to be re-evaluated (sigh).We hope you’ve been able to share time with family and friends and even find some restorative moments for yourself. 2016 (the Chinese year of the monkey) will usher in some fun and exciting projects here at Alpaca Direct. To kick off the New Year, the Critter Challenge is sure to delight knitters and crocheters of all skill levels! Do you have a fur child, a feathered baby, or a favorite mascot? How about a dream pony or animal guide? Pick up needles or hook and capture your love in any kind of critter at all. Use any pattern or let your imagination carry you along. Enter more than once - it’s free and you can win prizes! When you’ve completed your critter(s), snap a photo and send it to us. We’ll post it on our Facebook Critter Challenge Event Page and the voting will begin! Entries will close March 25th and voting will continue until 3/31/16. Each visitor to the site may vote once per day. People’s Choice (the entry receiving the most votes) will receive a $50 gift certificate from Alpaca Direct. Each entry will also be entered in a random drawing for another fabulous $50 gift certificate. So get started on that parlor cat, bunny rabbit, or dragon. We can’t wait to see what you create!
If you've ever struggled with the decrease section when knitting a hat on 16-inch circular needles, you need to learn the Magic Loop method of knitting. Similarly, if you hate how sweater sleeves twist up while knitting in the round, you need to learn the magic loop technique.
This technique works on just about any size project, so you can use it exclusively for smaller projects in the round, such as hats, sleeves, mittens, cowls, socks, and so on.
Kelley just finished knitting the Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry, and she's fallen in love with mosaic knitting.
While it sounds complicated or fiddly—mosaics are made up of little pieces of glass, after all—mosaic knitting is super easy. Seriously, you end up with a beautiful colorwork project, but you're only using one color in each row.