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We think this little video is sooo cute!  We are sure many of you knitters and crocheters have already seen this from Mochimochi Land, but thought we would share in case you hadn’t.

It was a very busy 2012 for Brandy and I with our new company (www.crowdedcoop.com), but knitting and crocheting has been in full swing the last several months.  I have been a sweater making fool, with two down and another 1/2 done in the past two months (B.O.B., Nati, and the London Tunic) , and Brandy is now officially obsessed with socks, and she also has been plugging away on a Sock Yarn Blanket.  We are also both back to being addicted to Ravelry as well.

We hope you all had a very Happy New Year – do you have any craft related resolutions this year?  I am committed to either running or knitting for at least 30 minutes a day in 2013 and am tracking it here, and Brandy wants to master color work, double sided knitting and read 1 new craft book a month – and of course paint more, which she is incredibly talented at – and she is tracking her efforts here.

We look forward to sharing more knitting and crocheting inspirations on our Rewind site soon!

 

We’ve got a new free knitting pattern! This cozy eternity scarf is fast to knit using two worsted weight yarns in easy garter and seed stitches. Snuggly and super warm! Shown at left, in two lavender/blue shades of Knit Picks yarns. We’ve also knitted up some alternate colorways for your knitting pleasure. Download the pattern by right-clicking this link and selecting “save link as/save target as/save as” to save the PDF to your computer.


Alternate Colorways

Right to left below; all are Knit Picks worsted weight yarns. Many thanks to Knit Picks for the free samples!

Chroma “Impressionist” / Reverie “Gemstone”

Chroma “Forest Floor” / Reverie “Chocolate”

Chroma “Gossip” / Reverie “Melon”

Download the pattern by clicking this link and selecting “save link as/save target as/save as” to save the PDF to your computer.

Halloween books to craft by

Need a project to work on in between handing out candy this Wednesday? Hit your local bookstore and pick up one of these books, each full of quick Halloween knitting and crochet patterns. We’re even throwing in a book on creepy cross stitch to show how well-rounded we are!

Knitmare on Elm Street
Knit your very own Freddy Krueger, voodoo doll, or one of those monkeys with cymbals, you know, the kind that tends to roll along by itself in an empty room. . .
Twisted Stitches
This ain’t your mama’s cross stitch. Bugs, skulls, and stab wounds are just some of the awesomely macabre motifs included in this book.
Creepy Cute Crochet
Amigurumi gone bad! Patterns range from the traditionally creepy, such as skeletons and aliens, to tongue-in-cheek creatures such as our favorite, “Corporate Zombie.”
Super Scary Crochet
All the classic Halloween ghouls are here: witches, zombies, vampires, and the Headless Horseman. Speaking of which, who’s in the mood for a Johnny Depp night, starting with Sleepy Hollow?

Stay tuned: free pattern coming soon! Subscribe now so you get an email the minute we release it.

Knitted Halloween costumes

Hopefully you’ve already finished your costume for this Halloween, but just in case, here’s a best-of roundup of knitted Halloween costumes around the web.

Craft as art

Mark Newport's knitted Batman costume

Michigan-based artist Mark Newport has hand-knit Batman and Captain America costumes. He’s also created his own superheroes, Sweatermen, which have exhibited here in Seattle.

Artist Hine Mizushima creates thought-provoking felt figures and a knitted squid costume of the highest caliber.

Knitted Cuteness For the Kids

The book Wacky Baby Knits features whimsical children’s costume patterns like pointy shoes, a green monster suit, and a pirate.

Outfit your little one in a knitted mermaid tail or Santa costume courtesy of The Miniature Knit Shop.

Affordable Costume Patterns

Here’s a knitted Dr. Zoidberg costume pattern on Instructables.

Wonder Woman knitted costume pattern

Chris Wass offers up her knitted Wonder Woman costume pattern for a mere seven bucks on Etsy.


We’d love to see your costumes and Halloween ideas on Pinterest! Have a safe, fun and candy-laden Halloween from Brandy and Mary at Rewind Knits!

Color Story: Autumn Fig

Color story: autumn fig
Rich jewel tones are definitely in this autumn, just in time to vivify us as weather grows colder. Inspired by dramatic fall makeup trends and the wine-and-teal dress worn by Emma Stone, we’re using a palette of seasonal figs, bold peacock and warm ochre. A scarf knitted from a variegated yarn in these shades would liven up your autumn coat, or start a sweater ala Hives & Honey using bold contrasting stripes.

Autumn Fig
Fig yarn Peacock yarn Ochre yarn

Fig: Nomad via Etsy
Peacock: AtmosphereArts via Etsy
Ochre: DyeForYarn via Etsy

We’d love to see what you’re working on in these shades! Leave a link in the comments and we’ll probably share it on our Pinterest boards.

Have you decorated for Halloween yet? We like Halloween at its most kitschy, with swinging skeletons and moaning ghosts (soundtrack supplied by the old tape deck in the entryway). It’s such a great season to knit and crochet something bizarre, imaginative or just plain fun to spookify your home. Crochet cobwebs, decorate your coffee table with the perfect knitted pumpkin, or startle the kids with a cheerful bat hanging from their bedroom ceiling!

Here are some of our favorite knitted and crocheted Halloween patterns and decorations. (You may need to log into Ravelry to see some patterns).

Row one: Boo the Bat pattern and Pudgdageist pattern.
Row two: Hocus Pocus Cowl pattern and Zero the Ghost Dog pattern.
Row three: Pumpkin Head pattern and Ghost Octopus by Max Alexander.
Row four: Baby Monster Hat pattern and Ghost with Chains decoration.
Row five: Amigurumi Vampire Bat decoration.

Need a quick project to get in a spooky mood? Try Lion Brand Yarn’s free Halloween Ghost Ornament pattern.

Comment #21, Multicrafty (also known as Angie) is the winner of the fabulous Keep Calm and Carry Yarn bag from JennieGee.  Thanks everyone for all your entries!

Brandy and I must admit, we have let work get in the way of our crafty endeavors as of late.  We were hoping that MegaMillions jackpot was ours, then we could build a castle to craft in all day long, but no such luck.  That $20 we spent on tickets would have bought some yarn… darn it!  :)

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