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Q&A: Organic Cotton for Winter Hats

Lindsay Lewchuk Announcements, eco world, Fiber Focus, How-Tos, Pattern Related, Q&A, Yarn 0 Comments

On IG Thethoughtfulknitter asked “p.s. how do you find using cotton for cold weather hats? I lost my hat and going to knit one.” Thanks so much for your question! Since snow is once again in the forecast, I thought this an ideal topic for this week’s blog. Organic cotton (and cotton in general) is an excellent option for cold weather knits! As important as the fiber is, however, I’ve found that the needle size, pattern, and fit play a stronger role in whether or not the fiber will keep you cozy in the coldest climes. Needle Size: the smaller the needle size with the thicker the yarn, the warmer your FO will be! The thicker yarn creates a density …

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Sherlock Knits eBook Review

Lindsay Lewchuk Announcements, Designers, eBook Reviews, eco world 2 Comments

One of my favorite things about the Indie Design Gift-a-long is the ability to connect with other designers and share those experiences with you all! With that focus in mind this year I’m launching a new category to the blog, where I review works by my fellow indies that have caught my eye, and where applicable, share “what makes it eco.” The first in this (e)”Book Review” series is “Sherlock Knits” by designer Joanna Johnson. Joanna merges love of literature with knitting in her Slate Falls Press publications. “Sherlock Knits” includes 10 patterns hitting up a variety of skills from color work to steeking, from lacework to texture. My favorite part of the book was in the Note section on …

Daring Details 2017 theme

Daring Details

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Happy New Year! This first Thursday of 2017 brings with it the revelation of this year’s design theme: Daring Details One to two daring details complement simple construction in each of the 2017 catalog of planned designs. Making extraordinary easy, with specific design elements, which transform common structures into WOW wearables! Keep an eye out for out for I-cords, color work, drop stitches, cables, and hidden secrets. Seize your favorite eco yarn and needles, these knitting patterns invite you to cast on, knit, conquer, and wear! Stay connected with Puddles and me along your stitching adventures in the Knit Eco Chic Ravelry group and Instagram.

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Travel with GAL 2016 Designers

Lindsay Lewchuk Announcements, Designers, eco travel, eco world, Gift-a-long, Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2016 0 Comments

As the 4th annual Indie Design Gift-a-long approaches our blow out New Year’s Eve bash, I came across something extra special from one of our designers that I couldn’t wait to tell you all about. I know you’ve seen some of her work before (Puddles & dad have modeled it), but she also does jaw dropping, gorgeous, wow shawls as well as Mosaic knits. US-based indie designer Simone Kereit created Knitterati Retreats to introduce knitters from around the world to her home country of Switzerland! Simone offers 2 retreats for 2017: Schloss Munchenwiler runs July 31st- August 6th (left picture above) and Riederalp & Aletsch Glacier Retreat runs August 7th to 13th (right picture above). They both look absolutely amazing! …

Thankful Tuesday

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The creme on top of the overtly commercial Black Friday and Cyber Monday is definitely “Thankful Tuesday.” On this Thankful Tuesday Puddles and I wanted to take a quick second to thank you for supporting us and consequently the Craig family and the people of Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea. So far this quarter, you’ve raised $28.55 for the Craig family!!! Thank you! To learn more about the Craig family, check out their blog here. Curious as to what in the world I’m talking about? Read the original blog post “Sharing” from July here.