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Cultivating with Vegan Yarn

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Please join me in welcoming back Heidi from Vegan Yarn ?. We first met Heidi in 2014 on the blog Dye to Perfection. Since then her indie small business has grown like the weeds she uses for dyeing! With our Je Ne Sais Quoi MKAL, I thought this the perfect time to check back in with her to discover how her adventures the past few years have molded the growth of Vegan Yarn. Q1. On your FAQ page on why vegan you state: “To be really simple, we prefer to allow animals to live their lives free of the intentional or unintentional violence of a human-made industry. Like the saying goes, ‘live simply, so others may simply live.’ Please keep …

Je Ne Sais Quoi MKAL

The Inside Scoop

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Get your stitches ready, Knit Eco Chic’s annual MKAL opens for pre-sale today. The Je Ne Sais Quoi MKAL is as unique as each of you and all about you stitching your yarn-i-tude into a light-weight, easy to wear, summer shawl… thing! Summer knitting fun turns Friday into Friyay! Mark Your Calendars During the MKAL – knitting and chit chat in the MKAL thread, “Find Your Yarn-i-tude Psychological Analysis” (game), blog interviews, FO thread fun, and prizes! Set those naughty digits loose! Since you won’t show us, tell me more!!! “THING” – what’s up with thing? While technically a shawl, the design is such that there is not the standard bulk behind the neck as with regular shawls making it …

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Je Ne Sais Quoi

Lindsay Lewchuk 2018 New Releases, Je Ne Sais Quoi MKAL, Patterns, Shawls

That sense. That feeling! Je Ne Sais Quoi is an English pattern uniting the French idiom with a part shawl, part scarf, part cowl, in a “I just don’t know what” fashionista design packing in a ton of attitude! Dare down the hottest summer days donned in your carefree hand knit, Je Ne Sais Quoi, with mindset to match. Add beads for a tres chic look or go without for a casual fashion flare.

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5th Annual Indie Design Giftalong

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The 5th annual Indie Design Giftalong starts in 5 days! We’ve been hard at work behind the scenes getting ready for next week’s cast on date!! Plus to celebrate during 5, this year, we’ve come up with some Instagram post challenges. Puddles and I are hosting Christmas this year… and there is a certain pattern, cough CAMBER cough, which is this close to being ready to publish after 3+ years in process! Puddles is excited to continue in his role of unofficial GAL mascot. We’re looking forward to snapping lots of new fun pictures with him and yarn for spreading the GAL cheer! Come the start date, I’ll be joining as a knitting participant (not a designer) and would love …



Lindsay Lewchuk Announcements, CIA Cowl MKAL, Pattern Related 2 Comments

We had so much fun with the CIA cowl MKAL! Now one last move to complete the cycle, declassifying the top-secret design. Knit in two easy parts “Operation Base Cowl” created the lace cowl design. Upon which secret knitting agents would encode their messages. Of the 6 provided in the pattern, “Shadow the Rabbit” was the most popular! I chuckled behind the scenes as that was the code I selected for the pattern photo shoot way back in April too! I loved seeing how a simple design allowed for such vast variations when each secret knitting agent brought her own vision and creativity to the coding process! Thanks again for taking part and bringing your uniqueness to the MKAL challenge.

CIA Cowl Shadow the Rabbit

FO Codebook

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For me, my favorite part about any (M)KAL coming to an end is the FO thread. In our current MKAL for the CIA Cowl, what I loved in particular was how unique and personal each FO is! All these different cowls came from the same pattern, but with yarn choice and code selection, each conceals itself in different environments perfectly keeping these secret knitting agents undercover! The secret knitting agents agreed to let me share their work with you… enjoy! Shadow the Rabbit Weave and Bob Custom Code Shadow the Rabbit Weave and Bob Custom Code Shadow the Rabbit Share your congratulations with those who created this fabulous codebook by popping your comments into the CIA Cowl FO thread here.

Katrinkle owl buttons

Whimsy and Lasers the Eco Button Creator

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“Don’t play with lasers or sharp tools.” Sound advice for the masses, but exactly what this designer does resulting in the most adorable, whimsical buttons, gauge tools, removable stitch markers, knitter earrings, and other knit and crochet accessories! Please join me in welcoming Katy from Katrinkles in this 3rd of 3 CIA Cowl MKAL interviews. Your website is packed with goodies! How did you get started with laser cutting? I don’t think I consciously decided to launch a business, it just kind of happened. After taking a laser cutting workshop, I began making buttons to adorn my own knits. I started selling them because people asked me to and Katrinkles was born as a hobby business. I worked on in …