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Instagram Fun

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Apparently February is the month for social media fun so I’m joining in! First up, the wonderful powers that be at Ravelry created #yarnlovechallenge / @yarnlovechallenge – a month full of prompts, where you show your love of yarn and get to know your fellow crafters! I’d love to learn more about your love for fiber – give me a tag on Instagram if you join in this challenge too :-). Also this month I’ve gotten together with some of my favorite indie designers for an Instagram Round Robin. This is your chance to win each pattern highlighted by all us indies! The theme is Polar Bear knits – indie knits for the coldest winter nights. Interested in playing along? …

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Q&A: Organic Cotton for Winter Hats

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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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Zip As You Knit (TM)

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According to Solomon, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9), and who’s to argue with that most wise of men? So accordingly TPTB created a “Flash of Genius” test for claiming a technique as such. The following is the story of my flash of genius that resulted in my Zip As You Knit (TM) technique. Years back I ran a test for a headband with color work. Due to the nature of cotton and the fact it doesn’t felt, I offered it as a work flat and seam design. One of the testers was substituting wool and asked if I minded if she worked in the round. Of course, I didn’t, but I was SO jealous! You all …

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Puddles Take On Texture 2016

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The final blog of 2016! I am shocked and amazed that 51 Thursdays have passed us by already – what a wild ride “Texture” has been. To borrow a bird watching term, 2016 has definitely been “A Big Year” for Knit Eco Chic: * 1819 (see below update) pattern releases thus far… I still have 2 more days before that strike of midnight * The Lagoon Shallows KAL featuring Eco Stitch’s Hand Dyed linen yarn * A brand new website (after an epic crash and burn of the last one) * A brand new logo to parley with the website * My 50th pattern release and Ravelry party * Many fun additions of ways to interact – I joined Instagram; …

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Odds & Ends, and an Interview

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First off, I want to apologize for the hiccups with the mailchimp blog delivery lately. I hope it is all now fixed, but if you ever have any issues, please feel free to message me. The Indie Design Gift-a-long continues to go strong! I was blessed to be interviewed by designer, Carolyn MacPherson, on her podcast, The Next Beautiful Thing. Interested in learning more about me & Puddles? Check it out here! I’m knitting one of Carolyn’s patterns as part of my “dessert” GAL knitting – if you are looking for quick and easy slippers this winter, check out her “No Place Like Home” design! You won’t be disappointed… I’m on to pair 3 because it is just so well …

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Short Row Triangle How-To

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Pitch Cowl is full of fun geometric shapes! One of the triangles created in the cowl uses short rows. Since a few of my fellow indies commented on the uniqueness of the short row triangle, I thought a quick demo would be the best way to show how easy it is to create. Happy knitting!