Puddles ears covered a rarity

Q&A: Organic Cotton for Winter Hats

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On IG Thethoughtfulknitter asked “p.s. how do you find using cotton for cold weather hats? I lost my hat and going to knit one.” Thanks so much for your question! Since snow is once again in the forecast, I thought this an ideal topic for this week’s blog. Organic cotton (and cotton in general) is an excellent option for cold weather knits! As important as the fiber is, however, I’ve found that the needle size, pattern, and fit play a stronger role in whether or not the fiber will keep you cozy in the coldest climes. Needle Size: the smaller the needle size with the thicker the yarn, the warmer your FO will be! The thicker yarn creates a density …

Zipline as a snood

Zipline

Lindsay Lewchuk 2017 New Releases, Cowls, Head, Men, Patterns

Whether careening down black diamonds, shredding fresh powder on a snowboard, zipping over moguls on downhill skis, creating your own trail backcountry on cross country skis, or enjoying the fastest way down via zipline, Zipline is your go-to accessory! From sun up to sun down, this extreme winter sports inspired design keeps you covered from a snood in the early am, to a cowl when the sun shines off the white snow, to an emergency hat for one last run when the sun is setting the temperatures are going with it. $6.75 The tech edited and test knit pattern includes written directions and a chart of the textured pattern repeat. Finished Measurements:25”/ 63.5cm around by 12”/ 30.5cm wide. Adjusts down …

Vegan Woollies Hat with Puddles

Vegan Woolies

Lindsay Lewchuk 2016 New Releases, Head, Men, Patterns

Subzero climes? No problem. The added depth of twisted rib and dense cables make this ‘wooly’ extra cozy for jaunts into the crisp outdoors. Now you can investigate the wonders of God’s creation in natural comfort. Who says vegan can’t be warm? The tech edited & test knit easy level pattern is fully written. $6.50 Sizes:Small (Medium, Large, X-Large) to fit head sizes 19”/ 48.5cm (20”/ 51cm, 21”/ 53.5cm, 22”/ 56cm). Materials:2 skeins MC & 1 skein CC Pakucho Organic Cotton WorstedShown in undyed natural vegan colors – Forest Green(MC), Natural (CC).Single skein info: 100% organic cotton; 88 yds/ 80m per50g/ 1.76ozUS 7/ 4.5mm DPNs or small circularsUS 6/ 4mm DPNs or small circularsCable needle1 Stitch MarkersYarn needle Gauge:24 sts …

5678

5678 Cowl

Lindsay Lewchuk 2016 New Releases, Cowls, Men, Patterns, Puddles

Five sections, six stitch cables, US 7 and US 8 knitting needles combine to make one Great Dane approved dance happy cowl! Need I say more? The tech edited easy level pattern is fully written. $6.50 Finished Measurements:20”/ 51cm circumference by 10.5”/ 26.5cm tall. One size, but easily customizable. Materials:2 skeins MC & 1 skein CC Pakucho Organic Cotton WorstedShown in undyed natural vegan colors – Forest Green (MC), Natural (CC).Single skein info: 100% organic cotton; 88 yds/ 80m per 50g/ 1.76ozUS 7/ 4.5mm circular needlesUS 8/ 5mm circular needlesCable needle1 Stitch MarkerYarn needle Gauge:20 sts and 28 rows over 4”/ 10cm in Stockinette stitch using smaller needles. Note: exact gauge is not critical to this design. Gauge variations may …

The Unique Sheep Organic Cotton Petite DK

Organic Cotton Petite DK Yarn Review

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NEW – you all know that sign when you see it hanging next to beautiful fiber; you drop everything just to dive into the lovely new yarn! Well I had that experience recently thanks to a squishy mail delivery from one of my favorite yarnies, The Unique Sheep. Inside was a sample of their new yarn offering, Organic Cotton Petite DK! And I’m not at all ashamed to confess that after it went through the obligatory wash, I dropped all my WIPs in order to whip out swatches to see what yarn stories Organic Cotton Petite DK was dying to tell. Review – through the fingersOrganic Cotton Petite DK has an airy lofty feel to it. In addition to being …

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 …