SOAR 2012

Do you spin? SOAR is having their 30th Anniversary retreat October 21 – 27 in Tahoe City, California. Would you like to to take your fiber knowledge for a spin? At this autumn retreat you will have the opportunity to increase your spinning skills.

Spinning is all about the making of yarn. With 16 teachers to help you obtain the knowledge and improve your techniques, you will find yourself spinning and creating beautiful hand spun. Yarns, that is. Register now for workshops and lodging choices.

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Skinny scarf trending for summer

The linen stitch, knit into a skinny scarf is the popular summer trend. Worked in lightweight variegated yarns makes a splash of any outfit. Knit in silk, linen, cotton or a blend of these fibers will result in a scarf with nice drape. The linen stitch makes a compact but not rigid fabric.

Following is a pattern for the linen scarf that is worked lengthwise. Tip: Using circular needles as straight knitting needles might be the best way to work with the large number of stitches. Five to six feet is a nice length for wrapping around your neck a time or two.
Here for the pattern.

Knit Your Own Cat

Thirty-three percent of households in the United States own at least one cat. Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne have made it possible for you to own a cat without the care and maintenance. “Knit Your Own Cat” is their latest book after “Knit Your Own Dog”.

Knitters and cat lovers alike will enjoy the easy to follow patterns for 16 frisky felines. Whether you prefer a street cat or a pedigree like a Turkish Van, you can have one, both or all 16. You can knit them with step-by-step instructions. The cats cover all knitting skill levels.

For more info on knitting a cat or dog.

Beautiful knitted flowers from Nora J. Bellows


Flowers make a great gift but, the book “Noni Flowers” is a beautiful gift in itself. “Noni Flowers” is authored by Nora J. Bellows. It is a book of 40 knitted and felted flower patterns and six projects to adorn and embellish garments, accessories, gift decorations and home decor.

The photographs by R. A. Sullivan are so well done that you feel as though you have just visited a florist or walked through the botanical gardens with Latin names provided. The flowers in all their detail are eye candy.

More about this book and a beautiful slideshow here.

Summer leg warmers for Babies

Leg warmers for the summer? The perfect accessory for baby. The sun could hide behind a cloud and a cool breeze comes up and all baby has on is a onesie. Just by covering the lower portion of her leg and still allowing her feet and toes to be free, may be all the covering she needs. Your baby will still be comfortable when the sun reappears.

Read more about leg warmers and free patterns.

 

The color guys

The best part of quilting is knitting it. That is what “Knitting with the Color Guys” book by Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably is all about. They have a whole different take on color and you get a view of it. With more than 30+ designs you will be entertained with an explosive look of color and how they use it to create blankets, throws, stoles, mitts, legwarmers and more.

If your pocketbook will allow you to buy only one book on using color in knitting this year, you found it. This book is a collaboration of twenty years of friendship and a working partnership. The photographs are large, detailed and full of texture. The vignettes that are used in the photography are as colorful and interesting as the items being photographed. For more about the book and a slideshow of patterns.

Preppers: knitting bug-out bag essentials

True Preppers are people preparing for a catastrophic event, possibly even a doomsday scenerio. If this is all new to you, you have had your head too deeply into your knitting. Don’t worry, by the end of this article you will be prepared. You may not be prepared for the end of the world but, you will be prepared for an unexpected wait in a hospital waiting room, an evacuation due to flooding or even waiting for AAA to come fix a flat.

Cafe Press has a bumper sticker that says it all,”I am developing a post apocalyptic skill set”. The goal of a Prepper is self-sufficiency. Knitting today, spinning tomorrow. Maybe it is time to learn to spin. Then you would have no shortage of yarn to knit. You could trade some yarn back to the sheep farmer for more roving.

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