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Category: KNIT
Featured Color Group: Geo / A Night on the Town
Featured Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in Black / Patons in White Twinkle

The dreaded first date – so  many things to think about!  What to wear, what to say, hair up or down?  Call and feign illness prior to date?  Show up fashionably late?  Get there early?  Well, let’s take care of your purse selection now.  If you have 2-3 hours, you have time to knock out this sophisticated and flirty purse.  Perfect size for your cell phone, lipstick, cash, brass knuckles, etc.  Would look great with your little black dress! Click here to download.

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I’ve been home sick for a few days… yuck! What I hate more than the illness trying to take over my body is the feeling of complete uselessness. The doc prescribed rest and fluids. Rest…check! Fluids…check! Boredom…check! To keep my idle hands busy I decided I just want to crochet; not caring about patterns or color palettes (OMG I know!!). I started out with a circle that just continued to grow until I had a large disk, now what? To amuse my dogs, okay… to amuse myself I stuck it on my head. That’s it!! I’ll make a sick day hat. I started to decrease and began incorporating some scrap yarn I had next to me. Coming up with the chain link pattern was easy, the decreasing was the hard part. I frogged it several times… too loose… too tight…ouch I just removed some hair. Finally this turd of a hat was complete. By this time the hubby was home and he actually said it was cute! It may see the light of day after all. I’m still down for the count, let’s see what sick crazy craft I come up with today.

Seriously… don’t laugh, it’s not nice.

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Category: KNIT
Featured Color Group: Fresh / Weathered Wood
Featured Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in Taupe

With curly hair, a busy work schedule and winter doing it’s thing, a headband that doubles as a chic neck warmer seemed like the perfect pattern to offer up in January.  It’s perfect to glam up that quick ponytail.  Inspiration comes from quite the variety of places, from beautiful movie stars of an earlier era, to runway looks of today, to vintage pattern photos to YEP, that’s right, Slick Watts circa 1979 Seattle SuperSonics.  You must forgive me, I grew up in Seattle and this team and especially this guy with his jaunty ever-present headband captivated the city as they brought home the only men’s professional sports championship this town has seen since, well, ever.  (heavy sigh over the Seahawks here).  Click here to download.

Back view

Converted to Neck Warmer

 

Bear (Mary’s Saint Bernard) got in on the photo shoot. He’s such a prima donna!

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For those needle artists out there who have an iPhone, most know about the Stitchminder (free), Knitminder ($4.99), KnitBuddy ($4.99) and Knit Counter ($3.99) apps. The must haves of any tech-savvy crafter. Now to Mary and I’s excitement, Lion Brand has launched an app!

Per AppstoreHQ.com the Lion Brand Yarn app features:
• Pattern Finder: get exactly the pattern you need – search by pattern type, yarn, size and more. Or just tell it what
you are looking for!
• Locate a store that carries Lion Brand Yarns
• Receive the latest updates from Lion Brand Yarns

Screen Captures:

Logging off to go download now. Will review in the next few days, in the mean time get yourself this app and feel free to share your thoughts.

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Category: CROCHET
Featured Color Group: Fresh / Weathered Wood
Featured Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in White, Pearl Mist and Taupe Mist

The first pattern of the year takes it’s vintage inspiration from the mod ’70s and all it’s plaid and fringe glory.  Keeping a modern silhouette that seems to resonate with needle artists everywhere, we have reinterpreted the cowl.  This crocheted pattern uses a simple mesh stitch along with a weaving technique (don’t worry… super easy and we explain in the pattern) that adds depth and dimension to the plaid itself.  We made our plaid oversized, but feel free to check out http://www.tartanmaker.com/ to design your own plaid.

Click here to download.

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Color Group: Fresh

We are into the new year, into the first week of the first month. The excitement brings a reinvigorated focus to better ourselves and negative things around us. What was old is new again, much like this month’s color inspiration: Weathered Wood. This Fresh color palette calls to mind the brisk January mornings… perhaps the same mornings many of us are out walking or running in order to reach our recent resolutions. We hope this cool yet inviting palette inspires you to whip up some warm projects this month.

The featured yarns are from Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice collection. Shown above in both solids and “mists”, Vanna’s Choice is the perfect for most projects because it is the perfect balance of budget friendly and acrylic softness.
1) White
2) Pearl Mist
3) Taupe Mist
4) Silver Grey
5) Espresso

Vanna’s Choice continues to branch out, recently releasing a Vanna’s GlamourTM collection, giving you even more options to create your own Fresh color story. Mary and I are anxiously waiting for Vanna to come out with a bulky yarn, fingers crossed!

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