River Run Farm and Macy

Lindsay LewchukAnnouncements, eco world, Hoedown Showdown, Pattern Related, Puddles 6 Comments

Country Western shawl – check √ Cowgirl hat – check √ (thanks dad and Puddles) Country Scene – check √ Horse substitute – check √ Even though Puddles and camera dad did an amazing job shooting (yes, Puddles is un-edited… camera dad caught him in action!), I knew the full pattern release wouldn’t be until the end of the MKAL and it got me thinking. What if my beloved horse substitute was a REAL horse and the country scene a REAL country western scene? Thanks to a lovely lady from my mom’s Bible study, those “what if’s” became “checks” in time for the full release of Country Western. Helen invited me and camera mom over to her 30 acre horse farm to shoot my …

Country Western with Macy

Country Western

Lindsay Lewchuk2017 New Releases, Hoedown Showdown, Patterns, Shawls

Roundup those stitches with Country Western MKAL! Inspired by the chic side of rustic cowgirl living, work with your herd by mixing and matching your two favorite DK weight yarns. In this design, mixing textures is a plus! Once your yarn is in hand wait until September 7th to cast on. Then corral your stitches into a rounded off triangle shaped FO, designed for effortless trail riding wearing. The tech edited and test knit easy level pattern is fully written with a schematic. Recommended skills: cast on, bind off, knit, purl, increase, & decrease. $6.50 Finished Measurements:64”/ 162.5cm across by 21”/ 53.5cm long. Optional tassels add an additional 6”/ 15cm each. Materials:400yds/ 366m DK weight eco yarn (MC)400yds/ 366m DK …

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Swing Your Partner Round and Round

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All studied up on your cowgirl, cowboy, hoedown etiquette? Game 2 of the Hoedown Showdown Cowgirl Chic KAL vs. County Western MKAL is posted below! How It Works:Be part of the Hoedown Showdown in the Knit Eco Chic group on Ravelry.Answer all 10 questions.Submit your answers to Cowboss Lindsay (aka KnitEcoChic) via Ravelry PM Unfortunately SurveyMonkey is being jittery, skittish, unreliable broomtail (aka old horse), so we’re playing the game “plan b” way. Either copy and paste into your PM or just send a string of answers (ie. 1A, 2A, etc.) To be prize eligible, PMs due by 11:59 pm (EST) Wednesday October 18, 2017. Question 1: a cowboy tips his hat toA – everybodyB – other cowboys and only …

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Fabulous Project Bags from Cheryl

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I happened upon our final Hoedown Showdown blog interviewee while surfing Etsy. Her fun project bags and excellent construction caught my eye. Please join me saying “howdy” to Cheryl from My Needle Crafts! I love your tag line “busy hands = happy heart,” your goal that quality is number 1, and your story of learning from your mom and grandmas. Tell us a little about how MyNeedleCrafts got started. I have always been a bit of an entrepreneur and my love of making seemed to go hand in hand with that. Initially, I had an alterations and custom sewing business that I ran from my home. I started making knitting bags as a bit of a side hobby. I had …

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LisaDP Hoedown Ditty

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Remember last week’s challenge? LisaDP stepped up to the stage and floored us all with her fabulous creation! She was gracious enough to allow me to post to the blog – thanks Lisa!Enjoy!! Sung to the tune Turkey in the Straw As I was a-knittin’On my Cowgirl ChicWith a long circ needleAnd a skein so sweetI wrapped my yarnRight around the needle tipI pulled it throughAnd didn’t let it slip Decrease on the leftDecrease on the rightDecrease on the leftDecrease on the rightCenter decreaseNow and thenAnd lots and lots of stitchesKnit between the ends Began with a picotAnd then a couple moreAdded lots more picots‘Til it reached the floorKept on making picots‘Til the needle was fullA single stitch markerAnd a …

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Hoedown Showdown Song Challenge

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Now bow to your partner,Bow to the corner too,Join hands andSwing your partner. Swing your partner, ‘round ‘n ‘roundRun outta yarn, head into town. In the shop, check out Trudy,She dyes yarn that’s eco groovey. Cast on picots, start each project,Soon you’ll have a finished object. Watch Cheryl sew bags all day,For your knitting projects, ya, ya, yay! Head outta town, stash in hand.Head to the Hoedown,Your WIPs be lookin’ grande. Stitch through the fall’s corn maze fun,Carrying your project bag stuffed with handspun. Swing your partner, switch from KAL to MKAL.Docey Do, just two clues to go! In a field, Lisa write books,Sashay 3 steps forward for a closer look. Kick up your heels in some hay,Take a break …

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The Colorful Words of Lisa Bogart

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It really is funny how we met people in this Internet age. I guess the equivalent of how I met Lisa would be walking into a Hoedown in a town you’ve never been to before after a long ride on your horse where you fell asleep and the horse picked the destination. So how did I meet her? Completely by chance after doing a google search for designers! But Lisa isn’t a designer… after striking up a Ravelry conversation, low and behold I discovered she’s an author! And not only an author, a generous soul who’s offering two of her titles as a prize for our Hoedown Showdown event. Please join me saying “howdy” to Lisa! Q1. Your titles are …

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Into the Dyebath with Ewe2Yarn

Lindsay LewchukAnnouncements, eco world, Fiber Focus, Hoedown Showdown, Puddles, Q&A, Yarn 8 Comments

Trudy’s Instagram account captivated me from first glance. After many moons of enjoying her hand dyed yarn eye candy, I wanted to know more and discovered she’s eco! Trudy graciously granted an interview… as well as a Hoedown Showdown prize! Join me in saying “Howdy Partner” to Trudy :-). Q1. Swoon – that’s the feeling that strikes when I see your yarns on Instagram. How did you get started?I think the answer to this is pretty typical. I could not find the perfect colors for my own knitting so I began creating them for myself. I would see a pattern I liked but wanted my own spin (haha) on it. Q2. I love your eco principles! “eco-friendly, human-friendly, and animal-friendly, …

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Fall Event Schedule

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Mark your calendars! I’ve got so many exciting events scheduled for you all this fall. To kick things off, Marquise Cut is now available! This sophisticated linen top features 1×1 cables, twisted stitches, and optional beads. This release is bitter-sweet as it was the final FO my loved one saw before her passing. I was blessed to visit with Grammy while she was still cognizant. She loved the blue of the hand dyed yarn and the beautiful cable stitches. Though she couldn’t see the beads, at one point the sun shone through the windows and struck them just so causing them to glimmer. You could see the surprise and joy in her clear blue eyes. Her final words to me …