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Twin Wallabys

The Wonderful Wallaby pattern by Carol Anderson of Cottage Creations has been a long time favorite of mine.  The worsted weight design for a kangaroo pocketed hoodie seems as if it was written with Encore in mind.  It is the perfect yarn for this garment. Char, a customer of my LYS recently shared a photo of her twin grandkids wearing their Wallabys – handknit in Encore Colorspun by none other than Grandma herself.   Char says they love the hoodies and hate to take them off.  Great Job...

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Happy Feet isn’t just for feet

Talitha Kuomi is a talented designer who has used Happy Feet sock yarn for some interesting bracelets.  She calls them Pleasant Places, and her pattern is available on Ravelry. This is a wonderful way to use Happy Feet- either alone, or as bits & pieces for one band each.   Talitha found it to be a wonderful way to use up leftovers.  You could knit one bracelet  in each of 10 sock yarn colorways. Tal says she has toyed around with knitting in beads along with the Happy Feet and with tiny cables running around the length of each band.  You...

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Have a Poppin’ Good Holiday

Poppin’ is a yarn that is at its best during the holiday knitting season.  With this yarn you can whip up a fun scarf in an evening. Use size 7 or 8 needles, cast on 8 – 10 sts using a backweards loop cast on and knit- using 1 flat area for the first and last st of every row, and working 2 sts in each flat area in between.   Cast on an even amount, using the backward loop technique—1 st per straight area between pops.  Knit every row- working  1 st per straight area between pops for...

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Cowl in Encore Boucle

Ok, we all agree that the Cowl is this year’s scarf.  Whether long or short- it is indeed a fast project for this Holiday’s gift giving.  I have talked about the ultimate yarn for cowls- Baby Alpaca Grande.  But for those on a limited budget- I have an idea:  Use a less expensive, but interesting yarn.  Here is a quickie pattern using 1 ball of Encore Boucle.  This member of the Encore family of fine yarns will give you dazzling colors and texture at a very low price. Here Nancy, a customer at my LYS, sports a cowl she whipped up...

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Cowl pattern as promised

2 weeks ago I promised to post a cowl pattern and finally- here it is.  These things are definitely “This Year’s Scarf”.  They can be fast to knit, using simple repetative stitch patterns and use very little yarn so they are a perfect way to try that luxury fiber you have been drooling over. The one posted here has been an absolute favorite at my local yarn shop.  Even newbie knitters are quick to pick up the easy stitch repeat and are on their way to instant gratification with this weekend project. Baby Alpaca Grande is a perfect yarn for this cowl-...

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