Outdoor Studio modeled shots

Outdoor Studio

Lindsay Lewchuk 2018 New Releases, Cowls, How-to Videos, Patterns

Summer beckons the outdoor lifestyle, so grab your Outdoor Studio pattern, favorite single skein of DK weight eco yarn, and knitting needles. Add a touch of knitwear to your glorious landscape or bustling cityscape! Mimicking your seemingly random surroundings, the cables climb, twist, and turn around vast airy lace sections. Once finished, Outdoor Studio will keep your palette fresh while adding a little extra coverage when wearing those hot weather tanks.

prize for MKAL

Cultivating with Vegan Yarn

Lindsay Lewchuk Announcements, Eco Elements, eco travel, eco world, Fiber Focus, Je Ne Sais Quoi MKAL, Knitting Events - KALs, MKALs, UMALs, etc., Pattern Related, Q&A 1 Comment

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 …

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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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Landfall

Lindsay Lewchuk 2018 New Releases, Eco Elements, Patterns, Shawls

Swirling winds… raging waves… flooding waters… destruction: from the land torn images of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma comes Landfall. Discover the beauty that triumphs in the midst of chaos in your Landfall shawl. Stockinette, garter, and a few short rows depict calm waves, which bring a soothing serenity after life’s storms. The release challenge follow up blog is posted here. The tech edited and test knit pattern is fully written. $10.00 Blocked Measurements:Depth 17”/ 43cm by wingspan 49”/ 124.5cm. Materials:2 skeins worsted weight eco yarn      Shown in Birdies Knits Cotton Worsted – speckled hand dyed worsted weight yarn, color “Use The Good China”      Single skein info: hand dyed 100% organic cotton; 190yds/ 174m per 100g/ …

Birdies Yarn Bulky Organic Cotton in Koi

Birdies Knits Bulky Weight Yarn Review

Lindsay Lewchuk Announcements, eco world, Pattern Related, Q&A, Yarn, Yarn Review 5 Comments

A surprise snow this morning became the perfect backdrop for a still shot of “Snow Gazer” after wearing it nigh an hour of hiking through the snow with Puddles. I’m a bulky weight yarn convert! With bulky yarn and “large” needles, I knit a cowl in just a couple of knitting sessions and the headband in just a few hours!! The amazing colors in today’s yarn review are hand dyed by BirdieKnits, a woman with an incredible eye for color and a customer focused business sense. Gauge Summary I swatched out on three “huge” needles – US 8, US 9, and US 10 – and to my surprise and delight, all three were rather shift stable changing less than 10% …

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Snow Gazer

Lindsay Lewchuk 2017 New Releases, Cowls, Patterns

When your exhale turns white as it escapes your lips, the sign foretells of frosty climes and the time to don your Snow Gazer cowl. With a radar like shape reaching straight to your heart, your whole neck and chest stay comfy cozy. The unique detail in back adds structure to keep the cowl standing up tall. Knitting with bulky yarn completes this design before the first snowflakes cumulate upon the ground outside your window. The tech edited and test knit pattern is fully written. Suggested skills: working in the round, knit, purl, increase, decrease, short rows. $6.75 Finished Measurements:22”/ 56cm around by 7”/ 18cm deep in back and 11”/ 28cm deep in front. Materials:1 skein Birdies Knits speckled hand …

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Snow Gazer Headband

Lindsay Lewchuk 2017 New Releases, Head, Patterns

Snow Gazer cowl cuddles your neck and chest, but what about when your ears scream “FREEZING”? Bundle up with your bulky weight yarn in front of the fire to whip out the complimentary Snow Gazer Headband design. By the time the sun sits low on the horizon, you’ll be set with cowl and headband complete, ready to watch the falling snow from along the trails. The tech edited and test knit pattern is fully written with the repeat charted. Suggested skills: working in the round, knit, purl, increase, decrease. $6.50 Sizes:Small (Medium, Large, X-Large) to fit head sizes 19”/ 48.5cm (20”/ 51cm, 21”/ 53.5cm, 22”/ 56cm) with 2”/ 5cm negative ease by 3”/ 7.5cm wide. Materials:50yds/ 46m bulky weight eco …

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Artist Studio

Lindsay Lewchuk 2017 New Releases, Patterns, Shawls

Artists employ a variety of mediums from watercolors to acrylics, frottage to impasto, but knitters paint with yarn! Like broad brushstrokes, sweeping curves shape the Artist Studio shawl into a “no right angles” FO. Cables juxtaposed with lace anchor the wild lace abandon between structured architectural cable details. Use watercolor tones to create your personal serene Monet, bold solids for a punch of Picasso, or speckled variegated yarn for a determined Pollock mood. The tech edited and test knit pattern is fully written with charts and a schematic. Check out the Knit Eco Chic channel on YouTube for a video tutorial of the continuous bind off method used. $12.00 Finished Measurements:50”/ 127cm wide by 32”/ 81cm deep. Note: this shawl …

swatching Misti Alpaca

Best of Nature Organic Cotton

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Today’s yarn review investigates Best of Nature Organic Cotton from Misti Alpaca. This organic pima cotton is grown in Peru and dyed with vegetables and minerals! Gauge:The ball band recommends a US 7/ 4.5mm needle. After swatching using US 6 – US 9, my test swatches confirmed that US 7 is the needle size which best limited the natural stitch shape change that happens on untreated cotton once washed. For me, both unwashed and washed / blocked gauge is 18 sts and 26 rows over 4″/ 10cm, which was the upper end of the ball band range. Additionally all four sample gauge areas resulted in the same stitch and row number. But what made me happiest was the fact the …