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win a class with Kate Gilbert

For quite a while now, I’ve seen some of the many designers who have worked with us, doing Craftsy classes. Well, now I’m joining the fun with a brand-new class on Magic Loop circular knitting which launches in ten days!


Magic Loop knitting 

Two socks at once!


It’s a great technique for all your small-circumference knitting-in-the round needs and I hope that even people who have tried the method before, will learn a few new tricks along the way. The class includes detailed instructions for knitting pieces in the round using the method as well as working two socks (or sleeves or any other small tubes) at the same time on one circular needle. Along with all that, you’ll also get three patterns, including a basic toe-up sock, a more advanced sock and a cowl.


Kate is a giant sockhead 

You also get to see this gigantic sock in action! Woohoo!


If you want to enter for a chance get the class for free, click this link. You will need to become a registered member of Craftsy or register for an account to be eligible. I hope to see you in class!


Magic Loop knitting 

A fun to knit shaped cowl that's easy to personalize.

Throwback Thursday: Crush

Guess what's a month away... Valentine's Day. I know, I know. Many of you are probably groaning just at the mention of it and my heart goes out to you. But we should talk about these darned cute Crush socks anyway because I'm head over heels in love.




Be still my heart! Couldn't you just fall in love with them? I know they warm the cockles of my... feet.

Seriously, I'm no heart lover (this is Kate) and having a daughter who went through a very intense all pink phase a few years ago has basically cured me of any affection for the color, or for hearts at all. But, look at the bottom of the foot! How can you not adore that?! And the black combined with the pink-red variegated yarn makes it sharp enough to not be too cutesy. Plus, the motif is made with slipped stitches, not stranded colorwork. Cross my heart!


full modeled shotshoulder view


My SO would think I had lost my mind if I gave him these socks, even if my heart was in the right place with a handknit labor of love, but maybe I could hide just one heart on the bottom of striped socks for him? And I do know a ten year-old who would still get a kick out of wearing her heart on her sock.

So if you have a socksy sole-mate whose heart would skip a beat for some Valentine handknits, then take heart! You still have a month left to make them at a regular pace! Or even if just the thought of Valentine's Day breaks your heart, the sweetheart who deserves these socks is YOU. If you're going to knit something with love, you may as well love yourself!

PS. It's with a heavy heart that I apologize for all of the very terrible and not at all funny puns.
PPS. Please send me more.

Ripplerock in details

It's the sort of day where I'm only warm if I have something wrapped around my neck. Ripplerock would be a lovely choice today. Let's take a closer look:



Pretty pretty motifs. 




Some nice texture that you can still knit with a movie on.




I'm a sucker for a pretty edge!


Twist Style Friday: Cinders

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.



Happy Friday folks!



back cablesside and shaping



Cinders seems to be shouting the word "weekend" at me. Maybe it's because I'm highly suggestible, and this lovely pic of the model reading a book and looking snuggly warm is really appealing to me. I don't make New Years resolutions, exactly, but I do have a goal of reading more poetry this year, and I started strong with this epic. I often feel about poetry the way I do about British TV shows, which is nervous that it will make me feel stupid because I don't "get it." Facing fears is hard, even if they're just about looking at words on a page. I have big feelings about everything you guys.



reading in a pretty sweater



Maybe it's because now that I don't have a day job in the classical sense, the idea of "weekend" is pretty nebulous. I'm learning about how easy it is to work all the time when you don't have "work hours" and also when the things you're working on are also passion projects. I have some pretty cool irons in the fire, so I'm fussing over them a little.


Anyways, I was thinking about weekends (and holidays) when I made the outfits below. It's a work hard, play hard kind of set. Outfits for fancy occasions and for extreme lounging.



four outfits



Kate put together a Color Me post about Cinders a while back, so in case you want to see what this would look like in a bunch of different colors of Mountain Mohair, have a peek! The rhubarb and seaglass colorways are really speaking to me today.


How will you wear Cinders?

Throwback Thursday: Orange Pop

When the cold winds blow, and the skies are mostly grey, I try to wear some bright colors to bring a bit of my own sunshine. This sweater is a great way to bring a little or a lot of color into your cozy wardrobe. Hi there, Orange Pop.



collar and yoke detail



Yep, that's the "wrong side" of stranded knitting. It reminds me of how I used to wear my sweatshirts inside-out in the late 90s. The simple geometric pattern provides a great canvas for you to experiment with a bit of color. I'm also pretty into the chevron detail on the turtleneck. This sweater is just a little bit offbeat, without being fussy or complicated.



full modeled shotshoulder view



When the pattern was new, Kate gave us some other ideas about color palettes, in case it's hard for you to imagine this bright tomato sweater in a different set of shades. The Ultra Alpaca yarn is snuggly warm, and comes in a bunch of colors!



split hem