Here in Northern Idaho, the Fair just ended. It was a busy and fun five days! The weather was perfect and reminded us all how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful place. There were a huge variety of hand crafts entered at the fair- amazing quilts, beautiful crochet, hand spun yarn, and lots of gorgeous knitted items. Alpaca Direct had the opportunity to sponsor part of the knitting department this year.
These are the awards for First Place Novice Knitter and Second Place Novice Knitter. This year we have been committed to teaching people to knit, so it's entirely appropriate that we were able to sponsor special awards to new knitters. We congratulate them on their awards and on the fact that they had the confidence to enter their projects.
Our staff entered projects, too.
This sweater was knitted by a staff member at Alpaca Direct. She has a weakness for Malabrigo yarns. Made from Malabrigo Rios Color #855 Aguas, Pattern is Flyaway Hoodie. Check out the fun Natural Beach Stone Buttons, too! She may have entered six projects, three of which were made from Malabrigo Yarn :-)
There's nothing like a pair of handknit socks. You can use gorgeous sock yarn, choose your stitch pattern, and take them with you wherever you go. One thing I've learned over the years is how to customize socks to fit my feet, and I like a rounded toe. It's important for me because my feet are fairly straight across the toes, and a pointy toe just ends up flopping around empty.
Kelley likes a rounded toe, too, and she's developed a recipe for making them for her toe-up socks. She creates her rounded toe by spreading out the increases, separating them with a growing number of knit rounds in-between.
It's summertime, and the knitting is breezy. Here are 5 great patterns to cast on (and wear!) during the summer months.
Never stop knitting, regardless of the heat!
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