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 …

Half a Life

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Today is a rather dark anniversary for me, but being the realistic optimist I am, I decided the best way to make it a positive anniversary is to share my story with a few special people – you. I’m 32 years old and 16 years ago today I suffered a biological overload from an allergic reaction to embalming fluid during the mandatory fetal pig dissection in 9th grade science class. In one day, I went from having a typical high school athletic existence, including daily soccer practice to not being able to walk or even dress without assistance. Long story short, because who likes to dwell on darkness, the illnesses kicked off by this episode left me without the physical …

Fiber Focus: Organic Cotton

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From the earliest times to present day, organic cotton reigned as the work horse of the plant fiber yarns. Using cotton for fabric dates as far back as the Mesolithic period (the Middle Stone Age). The earliest surviving example of cotton bolls and cloth were found in caves in Mexico and dated by scientists to be at least 7,000 years.[i] Since modern industrial technology hadn’t yet mucked around with cotton, you can be assured, it was organic they were using! Okay, so it’s been around FOREVER, but what is it? Organic cotton is the same plant as non-organic cotton. (Well, the same if the non-organic isn’t from a genetically modified seed!) Part of the Gossypium genus, this cellulose fiber grows …

Continuing the Legacy

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Delight filled my heart when my two nephews and sister arrived to help me celebrate my 32nd birthday. A close-knit family, separated by hundreds of miles, we rarely get to visit face to face. With my brother-in-law on a work trip, my nephews begged to go visit “Yaya.” One of the amusements I planned for them, in addition to the adventurous climbing of Rock Dimensions’s Climbing Wall, was the stimulating task of learning to knit. Guess which nephew made it to the very top – about 40 feet high! Nathaniel (age 7) had been curious about Yaya’s job for quite some time. He was enchanted by the cool cotton lime green yarn that changed colors and the spotted knitting needles …