Design Imagination Plus Hypothesis Testing with Christine Guest

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A friend of a friend, internet style. It’s so fun how people meet in this day and age – I meet Christine through an internet friend and maybe one day I’ll meet them both in real life. Innovation is key in Christine’s designs. So for our final GAL interview, let’s see what inspires her to think outside the knitted box!

Lindsay and Puddles

Lindsay’s Disappearing Cast On

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“I hate finishing!” How many posts have begun with that? So true for me! So creativity got to work figuring out a top down construction method that didn’t require the finishing of “seam shoulder” pieces. So I’m happy to introduce “Lindsay’s Disappearing Cast On™” for all your seamed needs (where you don’t actually want to work the seam)!

Elegant slippers Dana Gervais

Beautiful feet with Dana Gervais

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Do you have beautiful feet? This line from a favorite childhood song is the first thing that pops to mind when perusing Dana Gervais’ amazing pattern catalogue. From amazing cables, to cheery color work, and incredible lace, Dana’s got patterns to make your toes win the award for best dressed! Let’s see if we can uncover the method behind this designer’s fabulous footwear… please join me in welcoming GAL designer Dana to the blog.

Jessica modeling In the Land of Sweets

Dancing through Design with Jessica Anderson

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An interview with Jessica Anderson – Looking at your Ravelry profile you’ve got a full house, homeschool, and a prolific publishing schedule with 36 releases thus far this year. I’ve not even managed my desired minimum of 12 with only a Great Dane to care for. What’s your secret? How do you do it… ALL?

Wow! I didn’t realize that I had that many releases this year (and I thought it was a slow year!) I actually get asked this question, in various forms, a lot, because I do homeschool, work for a yarn company, and design, so I started a monthly “BizzyMom Series” where I tackle some of the how’s each month. My top secrets though?

Puddles and Lindsay on the deck

Bucolic Chic Tips and Tricks

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Tip 3: another suggestion from a review knitter – skip the counting during the shawl with a little cast on prep! After you’ve cast on half the picots for your size, place a unique marker, and cast on the remaining picots. Then simply follow the increase directions until you hit your unique marker and when you do transition to the decrease directions. No shawl stitch counting required!

Apple Oak Fibre Works 2 swatches

Yarn Review Apple Oak Fibre Works

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In contrast to last week’s 25/75 linen/cotton blend, today’s fiber is a 30/70 linen/cotton blend. The two couldn’t be more different! In today’s LinCot review, coarse strands of strong linen engulf puffy thick/ thin roving of cotton. The resulting texture is incredible with bristles and softness at the same time. If you’ve ever thrummed with virgin wool and roving, I suspect the feel is similar. Apple Oak Fibre Works brings Irish naturalism to hand dyed yarn! Wife and hubby team, Jennifer and Tristan, apply botanical dyes to a variety of fibers (animal-based and plant-based) in both roving and yarn (and a few other specialty items).