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
Sometimes you just need an easy project to work on, and Kelley's new free pattern, the Simple Ribbed Hat, is the perfect cast-on for times like these.
We debuted this pattern on a recent Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live, and Kelley used it to demonstrated how to fix a few common mistakes knitters make all the time (even a pro-level knitter like Kelley!).
You'll learn how to fix dropped stitches, turn purls into knits, and fix incorrectly oriented stitches.
Have you heard of Izzy Dolls? They're darling little toys that are included in aid packages, and are sometimes a child's first toy. Designer Esther Braithwaite has developed many patterns for Izzy Dolls, sometimes called Comfort Dolls, and they're available free in her Ravelry store.
Kelley fell in love with them and decided to feature Izzy Dolls on her weekly Facebook Live broadcast, Technique Tuesday.