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 in …

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 …

Ravellenic Games 2014: the road to the Fibonacci Drops Shawl

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The Ravellenic 2014 challenge was simply put: Challenge yourself by starting and finishing one or more projects during the 2014 Winter Olympics. What will be a stretch for you? It could be a new technique, that first sweater or pair of socks, something massive, something delicate, or maybe finishing that monster in the closet. The goal of the Ravellenic Games is to support you in expanding your knitting/crocheting horizons. After mulling it over for a day, the challenge I took on was to “design a new pattern, something I’ve not designed before, and knit it during the 2014 Winter Olympics.” That challenge resulted in the goal of: design a triangular shawl (something new) with drop stitches (something new and scary), …

Ravelry’s Bundling: Uncage the O

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There is a side of me that I keep buried deep, deep, deep down. I inherited it from my mother. When it rears its ugly head, my life of perfect creative clutter gets wiped clean and I can’t find a thing. The nastiness is known as “organization” to many, but “death to creativity” to me. The “dreaded O” is forced upon my office twice annually, but remains well-tamed the rest of the time. Unless, that is, something wonderful causes it to break free of the cage. Last week, Ravelry released a tool that unlocked the monster. The “dreaded O” appeared in full furry, gobbling up the “bundling” code. Yes, I had plans for my Saturday, but the new bundling tool …

Introducing Knit Eco Chic

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Knit Eco Chic, Lindsay Lewchuk’s knitwear and pattern design company, provides the highest quality hand knits and knitting patterns with a focus on organic, natural, socially responsible, sustainable, and alternative fiber yarns for the modern age.  Formerly, Eco Chic Knits, Knit Eco Chic embodies the same three foundational philosophies:1. Use of eco yarns2. Knits that fit curves3. Unique and intricate patterns In addition to being a design company, Knit Eco Chic also serves as a call to action.  Over the coming years, Lindsay hopes to be a source of information about eco knitting, eco knitting practices, and eco knitting resources.  Follow her blog or join the Knit Eco Chic Ravelry Group to find resources for eco yarns and eco knitting. …

Fibonacci Drops Shawl

Fibonacci Drops Shawl

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The Fibonacci Drops Shawl, Knit Eco Chic’s debut release, emboldens mathematicians world-wide by squaring the Fibonacci sequence.  Appearing in both the striped sequence and drop stitch sequence, the Fibonacci sequence brings the innate beauty of the golden ratio to this triangular shawl design.  The simplicity of the design makes this versatile shawl the perfect accessory for spring and summer. The pattern includes written directions, diagrams, pictures, a glossary, notes, and a no-drops variation.  Tech edited by Sashka Macievich. $6.50 Finished Measurements: 72”/ 183cm by 27”/ 68.5cm with the drops. 60”/ 152.5cm by 27”/ 68.5cm without the drops. Materials:2 skeins Americo Originals Abrazos (dove grey)1 skein Americo Originals Abrazos (ice blue)44.7% Pima Cotton, 55.3% Bamboo100 g / 1028 yards (940 m)US …

City Girl Cowl

City Girl Cowl

Lindsay Lewchuk Cowls, How-to Videos, Patterns

Truly unique with tendrils and beads, this stylish cowl transitions from fall through winter. Whether for a night on the town, lunch with the girls, or cozying up by the fire, City Girl Cowl will keep you warm and fashion forward. Tech edited by Katherine Vaughan, this advanced beginner level pattern includes written directions, charted directions, a diagram, and pictures. Two you tube videos also demonstrate how to make tendrils using the method in the pattern and how to make the custom beaded button. $6.50 Finished Measurements:26″/ 66cm long by 5″/ 12.5cm wide. Materials:1 Skein Galler Yarns Inca Eco – Wine 100% organic cotton 3.5 ounces/ 100 grams 140 yards/ 128 metersUS 8/ 5mm straight knitting needlesUS I-9/ 5.5mm crochet …

Geometry in Motion Cowl

Geometry in Motion

Lindsay Lewchuk Cowls, Patterns, Scarves

The Geometry in Motion cowl pattern is a versatile design, which compliments any outfit. The diamond pattern moves with you creating stunning visual effects. Keep warm, stylish, and comfy through the workday, on the go, or chilling with friends at the pool hall. Knit in Kollage’s Milky Whey, a milk soy blend, these cowls are as soft as angora but animal fiber (and cruelty) free. This cowl pattern set includes written directions, pictures, and a chart for both a button-up version, which is knit flat, and the over the head version, which is knit in the round version. Tech edited by Katherine Vaughan. $6.50 Finished Measurements:Button Up Version: Small 29″/ 73.5cm long x 5.5″/ 14cm wide, Medium 36.5″/ 92.5cm long …

Collegiate Variegation Cowl

Collegiate Variegation Cowl

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Boldly sport your college colors! This pattern is designed for knitters of any ability, requiring only cast on, knit, purl, and bind off abilities. Each rendition will be unique as it entirely depends on the tri-color variegated yarn you choose to knit with. Tri-color hand painted yarn is particularly perfect for this pattern. Experienced knitters will be able to whip through this college course in a day or less, which makes it a great gift! Note: tri-color yarn is required! Tech edited by Katherine Vaughan. $6.00 Finished Measurements:23.5″/ 59.5cm around by 4.5″/ 11.5cm wide. Materials:1 skein tri-colored yarn. Sample shows Cascade Yarns Luna Paints.150 – 164 yards (137 – 150 m)US 8/ 5mm circular needlesYarn needle Gauge:18 sts and 28 …

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

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Whether dressing to impress your Marc Antony or luxuriating by the banks of a river, Cleopatra Scarf weaves the romance of ancient Egypt into a symbolic graphical scarf. The great pyramids at Giza, with their varying heights, are emblematic in the triangular lace. Surf down the curving tributaries of the Nile on the ebbs and flows of the cables. The tassels with the blunt ends fashion the hair style indicative of the time, while the ovular shape represents the small ovals hanging from Cleopatra’s opulent court. Pattern is fully written & charted. Tech Edited by Katherine Vaughan. $6.50 Finished Measurements:6′ 4.5″ x 5.75″ Materials:1 skein Wolle’s Yarn Creations Color Changing Cotton 100gUS 3/ 3.25mm needlesYarn needle Gauge:30 sts and 38 …