WordPress Ravelry Designs Widget – A Review

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Shellbot created an awesome new WordPress widget that filled a much needed hole on my site – Knit Eco Chic’s Previous Publications page. Her Ravelry Design Widget, available through wordpress, Shell’s website, or her Ravelry group (Giddy Knitters), populates your Ravelry patterns on your WordPress site! I used a custom short code for the Previous Publications page. Here’s the page at regular zoom I also added the widget to display on the side bar of my blog. I opted to preview 3 patterns to keep it short and sweet. The widget interface is extremely user-friendly! Even the novice wordpress writer shouldn’t have any problems with the selection of options. The custom short code took a little more finagling. However, it’s …

Follow Up Kanine Kap Kampaign

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Beau’s goal was 150 puppy inspired knit & crochet hats for the kids at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. Thanks to you, the hat drive in loving memory of Kollage Yarn’s Boxer Beau raised 208 hats!! Thank you so much for taking the time to knit (or crochet) some hats for kids with cancer in loving memory of Beau!

Sheer Illusion Tank Photography Tips

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How to Fix Blowout Spots on Knitwear in Photoshop After bribing my photographer (aka mom) with tapioca pudding & equal time teaching her how to use Adobe PDF, I secured not one, but two 6am wake ups in an effort to beat the sun for the Sheer Illusion tank photo shoots. However, the summer mountain weather was being particularly uncooperative. Even though some shots displayed the fog I stood in, the ambient light continued to cause blow out upon the ice blue tank… right where all my “curves” are, so most inappropriate spots! Knowing I had pushed my photographer’s back to back early rising limits, I was running out of options as the last day of July and my publication …

Mountaintop Christmas Trunk Show!

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You’re invited to Knit Eco Chic’s first trunk show! I had the distinct honor of being invited to be a vendor at the Mountaintop Christmas sale this Saturday in Laurel Ridge, NC. At the Knit Eco Chic “booth,” enjoy some handcrafted organic maple shortbread cookies (recipe to below), browse my samples, and find the perfect gift for the ones you love. Details: July 19, 2014 10am to 5pm 650 Shuck Pen Ridge Road, Vilas, NC 28692 (The entrance to Laurel Ridge is located on Baird’s Creek. From 105, turn onto Baird’s Creek. Go 1 mile and Laurel Ridge is the development on the right. There will be green signs directing you to the house.) At the booth: Cowls Black Diamond …

Sheer Illusion Tank

Sheer Illusion Tank

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Replete with special details, the Sheer Illusion tank is designed to flatter your figure. Viewed from the front observe single stranded work above the bust creating a sheer effect, double stranded work through the body providing stability and shape, and a peplum hem floating the garment away from the hips. A key hole with closer cinches the tank around the neck and the sheer effect seen in modesty on the front covers the entire upper back. Side shaping further accentuates your curves. An easy rolled edging finishes the neck and arm openings. Finally, a simple pattern repeat adds knitting and textual interest to the design. Special Notes:

Summer 2014 KAL (on Ravelry)

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If you are a part of Knit Eco Chic’s group on Ravelry, then you may have heard murmurs of a 2014 summer knit-a-long (KAL). The time has come to turn murmurs into reality; Knit Eco Chic’s Summer 2014 KAL is part of the “Designed in Canada Summer 2014 KAL.” And you don’t even have to be a Canadian to participate! How it works: The KAL runs July 11- September 30, 2014 on Ravelry. •Pick a pattern by a Canadian Designer (like me – see below) – there is an every growing list here. •To kick the KAL off right, I’m offering 10% off July 10-31st (ends midnight EST) on all my Ravelry patterns with coupon code canadakal2014 •Tag your project …

Savannah – Pattern, Yarn, and a LYS Review

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Several months ago I had the very rare and unexpected blessing of visiting an LYS – Downtown Knits in Apex, North Carolina. The fuchsia pink door pops on the historical Salem Street, welcoming and enticing all who pass by. Once inside knitters and tea lovers alike are tempted with shelf after shelf of luscious yarn. If yarn and a welcoming social crafting area weren’t enough, an entire wall is devoted to locally made loose leaf tea, too. Granted, the majority of the stock was conventional, but there were a few eco offerings mixed in with the selection. Though the eco fibers were limited, Michelle did do an excellent job of creating a knitting community. From the huge sofa and chairs, …

Savannah

Savannah

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Summer heat used to be a time to put knitting aside, but not anymore. Introducing Savannah, a quick knit design that will get your knitting needles active and your outfits accessorized through the dog days of summer. Inspired by Spanish moss and the charming Southern city of Savannah, this design makes a statement of your choosing. The pattern is replete with customization opportunities: beads, length, and width, and two methods of closure. Make the design a cowl, with the provisional cast on method, or an item of jewelry, with the jewelry clasp method. Click here to read the blog post story behind the design. Special Notes:

Kanine Kap Kampaign – In Loving Memory of Beau

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I took a few days off my knitting schedule to answer sweet Beau’s call for hats. Inspired by all things fur-baby, I designed “Blues Clues” hat, a simple Stockinette hat in organic cotton with cotton/ bamboo spot appliques. “Vogue Girls Beanie” with a paw print and flower is knit in Kollage’s Milky Whey (50% milk/ 50% soy) yarn.  Each stripe is accented with a purl row. Join the drive and send a hat of comfort to a suffering child today.  Beau’s call is posted below: Recently, Mark & Susie, owners of Kollage Yarns, had to deal with the loss of a loved one to cancer. They lost their beloved fur-baby, Beau, to cancer of the heart. Those of us who have lost pets to cancer know …

Dye to Perfection

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Last Fiber Focus I introduced organic cotton yarn, history, and manufacturing. But before I get into the particulars of knitting with organic cotton, one more important aspect needs examination: the dying process. Since I’m a dyeing novice, I decided to go to the experts. Heidi Braacx from Vegan Yarns and Quo Vadis Handspun graciously agreed share some dyeing knowledge with us. Part 1: Dying Organic Cotton Q1: Are there any differences in dyeing regular cotton verses organic cotton fibers? If so, what are they? What specifics would a seasoned, but new to organic cotton dyer need to know? There’s not too much of a difference except that typically conventional cotton has been scoured more heavily, so, that means conventional cotton …