I recently attended the National Needle Arts Trade Show (TNNA) in San Diego to look for new yarns for Alpaca Direct. This industry trade show brings vendors all together under one roof with a chance to see and compare products in order to pick up the best possible yarn choices for our customers.[caption id="attachment_1113" align="alignleft" width="300"] Baah Yarn's Vibrant Spring Colors[/caption]
While reviewing all the great products from our friends at Skacel, I was thrilled to meet Michelle Hunter (knitpurlhunter.com) who has just released her new book called Building In Colorwhich we will be using in our store classes to teach Intarsia. Michelle has a 30 year career in teaching and it shows in both her books and on her website. I felt like I already knew her as I have been using her video’s to assist with teaching our students for quite a while.
If you are a new knitter I encourage you to go to Michelle’s website. She has a video to answer almost every knitting question. Her simple clear instructions will take the mystery out of knitting. Michelle provides wonderful free pattern downloads. I am currently using her free "Lacery" sock pattern. You start with Judy’s magic cast on, a short row heel and a lacey pattern to boot! I started my socks on Friday and am almost ready to turn my heel! I am excited for each of you to see the many new yarns we are bringing in. We have many Indie dyed yarns like La Jolla from Baah Yarns which have the most vivid color choices just for you! We also picked up the ultra-light Karbonz line of needles from Knitter's Pride to make your knitting more enjoyable!
Happy knitting! Kelley
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We've been seeing faux-fur pom poms everywhere lately—they're so cute! They add a touch of chic to any knit hat pattern.
Shop owner Kelley figured out how to make faux-fur pom poms at home, easily and inexpensively, with faux fur from the fabric store and items she had around the house. She's so clever.
Here's a video of the process.
I discovered the Norrland Hat pattern on Ravelry and decided to take on the challenge. I love the trees and snowflakes, and I have never done colorwork and cables at the same time. Since I love learning new things, I bought the pattern immediately and cast on.
I made some modifications, including turning the hat into a slouch instead of a beanie, and I wanted to explain those in case you want to modify your project, too.
Hats are the knitting trifecta: small projects that are useful and make great gifts. You can most hats done in a short time, and many are one-skein wonders.
Here is a variety of free hat patterns, from beanies to slouches to earflap hats, that are guaranteed to suit your gift-knitting needs this season and for years to come.
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.