The Second Annual Indie Design GAL 2014 Is Coming!

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“The Gift-A-Long is coming, The Gift-A-Long is coming!”  Call out all Ravelry indie knitting & crochet designers, sign-ups are in just a few days!  All the information you need, as a designer, is available in the private GAL planning group on Ravelry here. If listening is more your speed, the Indie Design GAL Admins (Nina Machlin Dayton, Simone Kereit, Alex Tinsley, and I) had the privilege of being interviewed by Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show’s Marie Segares a few days ago about what the Indie Design GAL is and how to become involved in our second annual event.  The podcast is posted here! It’s almost time to get your gifting on!

Gift One, Get One

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Driving home from treatment yesterday I was completely floored by the generosity of one of my friends “in the business” who surprised me with a very special gift and the Lakewood pattern from her Ravelry shop. Please, drop by Jessica’s shop and show her some pattern love – buy a pattern, gift a pattern, link a project, or “like” your favorites.   In order to pay it forward, I’m offering a “Gift One, Get One” Special on Ravelry through October 7th, 2014. Gift a pattern on Ravelry between now and October 7th and I will drop the same pattern in your Ravelry library. If you already own the pattern you are gifting, please drop me a note with which Knit Eco …

Coming to America – Americo Yarns

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For years, Americo Yarns, has been a favorite yarn company of mine, from their gorgeous yarns to their socially responsible company attitude. Visiting their flagship store is quiet an experience. It is easy to imagine yourself in the rustic Andies from the gorgeous hanks of yarn hanging on the walls to the rough hewn wood accents and hand crafted needles and accessories. A leather chair invites you to stop and knit, while the friendly “Americo Girls” help you pick the right colors & fibers for your next project. Originally the yarns they lovingly created were only available in Toronto, Ontario at their flagship store. Then slowly local yarn shops across Canada started to carry Americo. Now, it’s my great pleasure …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …