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Deck the Halls with Balls of Yarn

December 17, 2014

New Free Pattern - Holiday Garlands Do you remember the original Star Trek episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles”? In that episode,  Lt. Uhura brings this cuddly creature called a tribble aboard the Enterprise as a pet. She didn’t know that tribbles reproduce very quickly and soon the ship is overrun with them. But most of the crew doesn’t care because tribbles make a soft purring sound that soothes humans. We feel that way about pompoms. They are easy and fast to make: wrap, tie and snip.  The resulting fluffy balls are so soothing, that you’ll find it hard to stop making them.  Don’t stop with just plain pompoms — use your imagination. Try combining different yarns.  A sparkly yarn adds bling. Or make one with different yarn weights...

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Holidaze Knitting - Don't Panic We Have New Free Patterns and Yarn Recommendations for These Quick Knit Noel Cowls!

December 10, 2014

Are you still working on holiday presents? Is your list longer than a scarf? Or are you done with presents and looking for a quick project for yourself? HCW has the answer — a cowl, or as we’re calling them, Noel Cow-els. Hand-knit scarves are wonderful gifts, but knitting one can seem endless. Hats are fun and quick, but you have to match a style to the recipient— slouchy, tam, beret, skullcap? But a cowl is less than a scarf and more than a hat. For a quick and cozy cowl, consider the Like it, then Love it Cowl that combines multiple strands of lace weight with simple ribbing. Or perhaps the double-layer Brick Road. It’s a two-color slip stitch pattern, which looks complicated but is easy to...

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