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Finishing the Candy Bear: Kelley's Tips and Modifications

by Kathleen Cubley May 08, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

Kelley has almost finished her darling version of Susan Hickson's Candy Bear. She featured it on two episodes of Technique Tuesday, and it is the cutest.

This week, Kelley demonstrated picking up stitches to attach the bear's head to her body. She used this method instead of seaming the head to the body.

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Knitting the Candy Bear & Tricks for Avoiding Seaming

by Kathleen Cubley May 01, 2020 1 min read 0 Comments

Kelley's has a new granddaughter, and she's busy knitting her all kinds of little treasures. The latest is the Candy Bear by Susan Hickson. 

As always, Kelley has lots of useful tips and tricks for knitting this project. One of them is particularly great—how to avoid some of the seaming, using Judy's Magic Cast-On to on the feet and ears of her Candy Bear.

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Adding a Picot Bind-Off to Your Project

by Kathleen Cubley April 23, 2020 1 min read 0 Comments

There seem to be a million choices for binding off knitting, and I almost always gravitate to the "regular" bind-off, passing one stitch over another. But sometimes you just want something with more pep, and the picot bind-off fits the bill!

This bind-off is pretty and versatile—you can change the look to fit the project and your mood. Kelley's here to teach you how to work two versions of this bind-off. 

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Cable Knitting: How to Count Rows Between Cable Crossings

by Kathleen Cubley April 16, 2020 1 min read 0 Comments

I absolutely love knitting cables. The texture they provide is unparalleled, and they pack such a punch and they're WAY easier to knit than they seem. In Kelley's Knit Club project for April 2020, the Love and Hope Shawl, has a cable running up one of the edges.

There are a few great tips for knitting cables easier, and Kelley demonstrated one of them, keeping track of rows between cable crossings, this week during Technique Tuesday.

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Tips for Knitting the Odyssey Shawl by Joji Locatelli

by Kathleen Cubley April 10, 2020 1 min read 0 Comments

Stitch markers can be a knitter's best friends, and Kelley shared a few great ways to use then while knitting the Joji Locatelli's Odyssey Shawl. Markers can help you keep track of your knitting in so many ways, including stitch count and pattern repeats.

If you haven't joined the Odyssey Shawl knit-along, it's not too late!

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DIY Quick and Easy Face Mask with a Noseband and Fitted Filter Pocket

by Kelley Hobart April 06, 2020 4 min read 0 Comments

Like many of you, I was researching various masks to make for my friends and family and wanted one that could be made quickly, had a nice fit around the nose, and provided an option for a replaceable filter to provide a little more protection for myself and others nearby. So I fired up my sewing machine and started experimenting! 

I finally came up with a mask that I was happy with, so I thought I'd share it.

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Knitting a Better Glove

by Kathleen Cubley April 03, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

Handknit gloves are so special, and Kelley has whipped up a great free pattern for an easy pair, knit from our exclusive Bravo yarn. These gloves are soft and luxurious but also very practical. Alpaca is warm and light, so these gloves will be light as air.

One of the challenges of knitting gloves is avoiding the holes that inevitably appear between the fingers, usually because enough stitches weren't picked up or they were picked up too loosely. Kelley has solved that problem!
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How to Fix Common Knitting Mistakes (& the Simple Ribbed Hat Free Pattern!)

by Kathleen Cubley March 27, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

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.

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How to Knit Jogless Stripes and Make Izzy Dolls

by Kathleen Cubley March 19, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

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.

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We have changed our store to adapt to the current COVID situation

by AD Staff March 16, 2020 1 min read 0 Comments

After a lot of careful consideration, we are temporarily closing our store due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Customers who have questions that they’d normally ask in our store can get answers through our online VIP community on Facebook. You can also email or call us with questions. In the meantime, thank you for your understanding, your patience, and most of all, for being a part of our local community. 

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Decorative Bind-Offs: Picot and Channel Island

by Kathleen Cubley March 12, 2020 1 min read 0 Comments

Sometimes you want a little pretty at the end of a project, and the picot cast-off is just the ticket. It makes a lovely edging as you cast off, perfect for baby items or anything, really.

There are a few decorative cast-offs worth knowing, and Kelley demonstrated two of them, the picot cast-off and the Channel Island cast-off, on this week's Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live. 

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Knit Alpaca Baby Socks for Your Little One

by Kathleen Cubley March 05, 2020 1 min read 0 Comments

Shop owner Kelley's favorite fiber is alpaca. It's one of the warmest fibers to work with, and so soft—why wouldn't you want it for your baby?

Kelley has developed a free alpaca baby hat, Claire's Baby Hat, and she's following up with a pair of baby socks, Claire's Baby Boot Socks. (If you're wondering who Claire is, she's Kelley and Jim's second granddaughter, due in May.)

Learn how to work a German short-row heel and the Icelandic bind-off!

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