Hello friends! Maria here, in snowy North Idaho, USA, bringing you my very first post for Alpaca Direct. I am excited and grateful to be part of the team and looking forward to making new friends while reconnecting with old ones. I have been knitting and/or crocheting for more than 40 years (learned to crochet in 4th grade!) yet there are always fun new things to try! Join me as I continue my journey into the colorful, imaginative and deeply satisfying world of fiber arts.
As the New Year kicks off we are offering two different classes in store. The first is based on a Skacel pattern book called Building Blocks. Michelle Hunter has compiled a set of 12 patterns, each making a knitted "block" and covering a new skill set for you to learn and master. When you are finished with this class you will have a beautiful Sampler Blanket showcasing your repetoir of new stitches! Great class for fairly new knitters or experienced ones.
Our second class is a knit-along for socks called Progressive Needle Knit-Along. Since the nature of a knit-along is secretive I don't have many particulars about this class. Knit-alongs are always full of fun and laughter so if you need a little mystery in your life, be sure and join us.
Remember to bookmark our classes page at http://classes.alpacadirect.com. Here you will be able to stay abreast of our latest class offerings!
My knitting needles are crying out for attention so I will see you again soon!
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.
Note: Please use the following sizing chart for general reference only. Sizes between different vendors and manufacturers may vary. Please match your measurements to those in the size chart below.