Solar Flare Circular Shawl Resources

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Looking for the Solar Flare Circular Shawl how-to stitch demos videos for kntiters? Bookmark this blog post for quick access! Part 1 (in the round): Part 2 (worked flat): Swapping Out Beads: If you prefer watching directly on youtube, check out the Knit Eco Chic channel. Happy knitting!

Row Stitch Demos for Solar Flare MKAL

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Hey knitters in the Solar Flare Mystery Knit-a-long. Here is your final how-to video demonstrating some of the unique stitches used in the row section of the Solar Flare Circular Shawl. With just one more MKAL release to come, I’m excited to see all your completed projects!! Be sure to post them in the appropriate spoiler thread in the Knit Eco Chic group. Also to be eligible for prizes, make sure your project pages are linked to the pattern! The sun is closer than you think .

Swapping Out Beads

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Who else is a perfectionist? Well, at least when it comes to knitting I am. While I was working on my own Solar Flare I realized I had used the wrong bead color on one of the ssk, yo sections. Not wanting to rip out multiple rounds of 700 stitches each, I determined to figure out another way. Hey, if it didn’t work out, I’d still have to frog, but if it did, oh how I’d rejoice! I came up with several convoluted methods, until, surprise, could it really be that easy?? Check out the you tube video on how to swap out beads & you’ll never cringe when it comes to swapping out beads again… well, at least not …

Inside the Self-hemming Cast On

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Welcome to the Louet North America Spring 2015 Collection blog tour! I’m the designer behind Olea, a seamless tank with lace detail in Louet’s Euroflax Sport. Information on the giveaway is at the end of the post. “Minimal finishing work is key to the design,” but how exactly do you created a bottom-up hemmed tank with this philosophy in mind? After a bit of trial and error & experience from top down seamless designs, the solution was my self-hemming cast on. Note: when picking up, do not pick up from the first row of stitches as this adds bulk to the hem. Instead, pick up the “CO bar,” which is that length of yarn that runs beneath each stitch holding …

Teaching Boys to Knit

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To celebrate his 8th birthday, my nephew asked for another knitting lesson. But since he’s all the way over there & I’m all the way back here the solution was to create a video. The video covers creating a slip knot and then each step for a 15 stitch small swatch including cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and bind off with boy inspired analogies. Happy birthday Nathaniel! I’m thrilled you are eager to learn to knit & hope you enjoy your birthday lesson.

Indie Design GAL – Cranberry Scones Recipe

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Cranberry Orange Scones Lindsay Lewchuk – 2005 Ingredients 1 c. organic buttermilk or organic plain yogurt1 organic large egg1 tsp. organic orange extract3 c. organic all purpose flour2 tsp. organic baking powder½ tsp. organic aluminum-free baking soda½ tsp. organic salt8 T. organic cold unsalted butter, cut up1 c. organic frozen cranberries, halved1/3 c. organic fructose or ½ c. organic granulated sugar1 tsp. organic orange zest1 T. organic butter at room temperature Directions 1. Preheat oven to 375 F.2. Measure buttermilk in a 2c. measuring cup; beat egg in with a fork  & add orange extract.3. Put flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt into a large bowl.4. Stir to mix well.5. Add 8 T. of butter crumble with fingers until the mixture looks like …

WordPress Ravelry Designs Widget – A Review

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Shellbot created an awesome new WordPress widget that filled a much needed hole on my site – Knit Eco Chic’s Previous Publications page. Her Ravelry Design Widget, available through wordpress, Shell’s website, or her Ravelry group (Giddy Knitters), populates your Ravelry patterns on your WordPress site! I used a custom short code for the Previous Publications page. Here’s the page at regular zoom I also added the widget to display on the side bar of my blog. I opted to preview 3 patterns to keep it short and sweet. The widget interface is extremely user-friendly! Even the novice wordpress writer shouldn’t have any problems with the selection of options. The custom short code took a little more finagling. However, it’s …

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 …