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Crawl, Hop or Taste. ‘Tis the Season for Great Events!

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

No matter where you live, there is sure to be a yarn event somewhere near you over the next couple of weeks.  Since there are so many, we’ve decided to list as many as we can right here in a neat little post.  Click on the links for each event for more detailed information.  Have fun and happy knitting!

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September 5th -20th The 7th annual Yarn Discovery Tour has begun with hundreds of fiber enthusiasts starting to crisscross Northeast Ohio

September 12th  6:30-8:30 pm The Knitter’s Edge in Bethlehem, PA will be tasting the newest and finest yarns of The Plymouth Yarn Company

September 13th-21st Yarn Along The Rockies is a 9 day yarn crawl with a Passport Tour of 24 participating yarn shops across the front range of Colorado.

September 13th-21st Gather your friends together and have a fun time as you visit great yarn shops and vie for a chance at terrific prizes at the 8th annual Atlanta Shop Hop

September 18th-21st San Diego Yarn Crawl. Come join in on a fun and exciting yarn crawl in San Diego, California. Meet lots of friendly shops and alpacas. Then shop for lots of exciting new yarns.

September 19th-21st North Country Fiber Fair Watertown, SD. The mission of the North Country Fiber Fair is to host an annual event, on the 3rd weekend of September, that provides educational and marketing opportunities for producers, fiber artists and consumers of natural fibers

September 19th & 20th Indiana and Illinois Fall Bus Shop Hop.

September 26th-28th The Western Connecticut Yarn Council presents the Fiber, Friends and Fun Yarn Crawl! 7 shops and 3 fiberlicious days of fun!

October 10th-19th The 8th annual Hill Country Yarn Crawl, the best little yarn crawl in Texas!  Ten fun-filled days crawling your way through 13 yarn shops around and about central Texas.

October 21st-26th Central Kansas Yarn Hop The Central Kansas Yarn Hop lets you gather your friends and support local yarn shops across central Kansas. Shop local!

I’m sure this is just a fraction of the many wonderful yarn related events happening, comment below or contact us if you’d like us to add your event.

So get in your car and go!  There are great prizes and new yarn discoveries just waiting for you in your local yarn shop.

 

 

 

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Repurpose Your Swatches into a Blanket

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Swatches swatches swatches. I’ve got tons of swatches. But what do you do with them after you get your gauge information? I usually take my swatches and place them on an O ring, and hang them up for future reference. It’s almost like a time capsule when I looks through them– some were for sweaters, some for cowls, other were just to see how the yarn would perform. Since I’ve got an abundance of swatches (as I am sure most knitters do- especially if you are making something to a specific size!) I thought it would be so cute to make a little patchwork blanket. Some yarns I used in my swatch blanket are Monte Donegal, Baby Alpaca Grande, Worsted Merino Superwash, Baby Alpaca Aire.

Separate your swatches by singling out a nice color palette. Don’t color shame yourself– buying similar colors is now a good thing!

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I’ve got 12 swatches, each of which are 6″ x 6″. It’s ok if your swatches are all different weights, as long as they are relatively the same size.

 

Block your swatches.

Block your swatches.

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Weave in any ends. Apparently I don’t weave in my swatch ends very often!

Arrange your swatches in a pleasing order.

Arrange your swatches in a pleasing order.

Thread your tapestry needle and stitch edge square together using whip stitch method. It's ok if you need to skip sts to produce an even finish.

Thread your tapestry needle and whip stitch each square together using. Go ahead and skip sts to produce an even finish.

 

All finished! My blanket looked great without a border. You can add a simple garter stitch border or single crochet along the edges. I am going to keep the blanket edges unfinished so that I can add more swatches!

All finished! My blanket looked great without a border. You can add a simple garter stitch border or single crochet along the edges. I am going to keep the blanket edges unfinished so that I can add more swatches!

 

 

 

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