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There is so much fugly great Christmas sweater inspiration out there it was hard to decide on just one to focus on for color and trend inspiration. Much like my research on the Cosby Sweater, the more I dug into the history of the Ugly Christmas Sweater the more I became lost in a sea of images, blogs and books paying tribute to this fashion atrocity. The growing trend during this holiday time is to have an Ugly Christmas Sweater party (Google it, I promise you won’t be disappointed). There’s even a trio of dudes calling themselves “Ugly Christmas Sweater” (Team Ugly for short) who literally wrote the book on it. It looks like so much fun that Mary and I have decided next year we are hosting one of these parties!

image via Google search (can’t find source)

The first collection is by far the most popular choice when choosing to “don your gay apparel”. Bright color, crazy images and the more appliques and Bedazzled goodness the better. You wear one of these fine specimens you are sure to be the ugliest belle at the ball!

1) BROOKLYN : 100% superwash merino worsted / Cake Walk Yarns via Etsy  (go to Tangled Happy for a discount code and giveaway!)

2) GOLD : acyrlic & metallic polyester mix / Vanna’s Glamour via Lion Brand Yarns

3) FLECKY SWEATER YARN : recycled yarn from actual Christmas Sweater! / SmartMonkey via Etsy

4) CHRISTMAS TREE : silk, wool & glitz rayon mix – art yarn / Scales and Fins Yarn via Etsy

5) CHRISTMAS GREEN : 100% Peruvian highland wool / via Purl Soho

image via Google (again not sure of the source)

The second collection is inspired by those that choose to attend an Ugly Sweater Party with no intention on actually participating BUT the price of admission is one Christmas sweater SO these party goers cheat the system by wearing a traditional and now chic holiday sweater. (aka killjoys)

1) NATURAL : 100% pure virgin wool / Fisherman’s Wool via Lion Brand Yarns

2) CANDY CANE : silk, wool & glitz rayon mix – art yarn / Scales and Fins Yarn via Etsy

3) STERLING : acrylic & polyester blend with sequins / Sequin via Bernat Yarns

4) DEEP SEA : 100% acrylic / Vanna’s Colors via Lion Brand Yarns

5) MIDNIGHT HEATHER : 100% pure new wool / via Purl Soho

image via Craft Stylish • click the photo for upcycled dog sweater pattern

The third collection is what you do after the party… after your hangover is cured and you realize you are now the proud owner of an Ugly Christmas Sweater. Some hipsters may continue to wear it into the new year (making others scratch their heads) but you know better and it’s either figure out something to do with it or it’s off to the Good Will.

1) HOLIDAY YARN : 100% merino wool with beads – art yarn / Wool Wench via Etsy

2) ECRU : 80% wool & 20% silk / Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool XL via Webs

3) TOPAZ : acyrlic & metallic polyester mix / Vanna’s Glamour via Lion Brand Yarns

4) ESTES : superwash merino, cashmere & nylon / Cake Walk Yarns via Etsy  (go to Tangled Happy for a discount code and giveaway!)

5) GREEN : 100% cashmere recycled yarn from actual Christmas Sweater! / Sentimental Valu via Etsy

Matt Damon via The Today Show (check out more fun celebs & their sweaters here)

Happy Holidays from Rewind Knits & Crochet. Mary and I will be “away” for the rest of the year, busy cranking out our Christmas presents! After the first of the year we’ll be posting all about our handmade holiday gifts along with a giveaway of a Eugenie prize pack.

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Even though it is 80 degrees today, you can count on two things here in the Pacific Northwest:  cold dreary weather for a good 6 months out of the year, and the need for an awesome scarf.  Today we bring you a free pattern from our friend Karen over at Knit 1 LA.  We are digging her chunky aesthetic, and the fact that it is a quick and fashionable knit makes it all the better.

She has other free patterns on her site and some wonderful patterns for sale, all very reasonably priced.  We especially love the Magnum Reversible Wrap.  We are hoping that you won’t need the scarf for awhile, but we all know fall is ’round the corner!

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Facebook and I fall in and out of love on a daily basis, but it was definitely a love moment when it ping’d me to let me know Vanna’s been busy cooking up new colors for her Glamour line – Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s yarn of the month (so sad I can’t take advantage of the 15% in studio discount).  I’ve loved this yarn from the minute I saw it however the available colors were basic and boring, I never had enough interest to actually purchase any. For me the louder the better, so when I saw the new color assortment I nearly died!  Loving all the new colors and their lux names, I put some in my digital shopping cart and merrily skipped to the check out.  I picked up some Jewel (my fav color), Gold and Onyx… very Betsy Johnson!  Once I receive it and whip an accessory or two I’ll post my thoughts about the yarn.  So far many of the reviews I’m finding are positive; most metallic threaded yarns tend to be scratchy and hard to work with, Vanna’s Glamour yarn has “a soft hand to it”.

Betsy inspired color palette: Jewel/Gold/Onyx

What I also love about these yarns is the new wide range of colors makes it possible to create interesting and beautiful color stories. Below is a few samplings of the yarns in our Rewind Knits and Crochet color stories.

Unique: Ruby Red/Bronze/Copper

Sweet: Topaz/Jewel/Copper  (very cupcake…yummy!)

Geo: Diamond/Lapis/Onyx

Fresh: Diamond/Topaz/Moonstone

Elegant: Moonstone/Garnet/Onyx

Brandy the Glam-tastic Yarn Diva aka Hoarder

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First off Mary and I are ecstatic over the unprecedented amount of traffic our humble little blog has received over the past few days. We love to see all the downloads of our latest published free pattern; the number of Ravelry queues makes us giddy. Huge THANK YOU!!

As Mary and I mentioned at the beginning of the year (can you believe January is half way over?!) we got together to plan the coming year. This included monthly color stories, featured product and of course patterns. We are already testing next month’s patterns… it is hard for me to not gush and spill all the details so I’ll stop here. (Before Mary beats me… or posts any more embarrassing photos.)

Below is a little pattern teaser of a crocheted small purse we are tentatively calling the crescent clutch.  We still have to finalize the strap/handle, but this size is perfect for your cell, keys, and a few other necessary tidbits.  The yellow yarn was to test the pattern, it is what I had mass quantity of… this is NOT a color story teaser. For those following along, February will be from the Geo color group. We would love thoughts on what color we should make the final clutch? Or any yarn suggestions?…

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Tawashi (meaning a traditional Japanese scrubbing brush to wash off dirt) + Swap (meaning the exchange of your crafty goodies for another’s crafty goodies) = GOOD TIMES! Creating Tawashies is as fun as it sounds. Recently Mary and I began swapping Tawashies with our Ravelry friends “bbhatsNstuff”.  I looked around at the patterns available but decided to have some fun designing our own. When thinking of what types of fun shapes would lend themselves to really doing the job… they are in fact scrubbers after all I thought of something with a lot of texture. That’s when it came to me, I like to call it a Cactawashi. The deep ribs of the cactus, along with dimensional details of the flower and pot should make an excellent Tawashi. Created with Sugar ‘n Cream, it’s completely hollow so is squishes nicely, I may just have to make a few more.

This was a super quick project. Mary and I are busy cranking away at our other patterns scheduled for this month but if you’d like to have this pattern just comment and let us know, we’ll publish based on demand.

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… as I continue to struggle, it sure feels like it. The changing of yarns every or every other row is slow torture for a project I thought would be super simple and completed in a day or two. It’s been 3 weeks! I’m posting pictures to help motivate me to finish, I want to show you all a finished project. Some day…

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