January 4th, 2013

The Buzz at WEBS – January 4, 2013

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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about some belated gifts for the holidays and a stunning bag knit in Cascade 220 Sport and lined with fabric!

I’ve used Cascade 220 Sport before, but now I’m even more in love with it after making my Scallop of the Sea clutch for the Holla Knits Holiday KAL. It’s light and lofty with a wonderful texture that makes knitting time just fly by! The hardest part was picking four colors for the pattern–I chose 9451 Lake Chelan Heather8013 Walnut Heather7802 Cerise and 9408 Cordovan, but I saw countless other perfect combinations. The yarn is also just sticky enough to keep your floats in check on the most complicated of stranded colorwork patterns! > Emma W.

(Left) The book 200 Fair Isle Motifs is an amazing resource for Fair Isle knitting. I’m planning an epic project, and the color photographs are wonderful. It includes charts for each motif, an easy reference for the number of stitches and rows each motif uses, and alternate all over pattern charts based on each motif. There’s also a bit of information on how to do fair isle knitting, steaking, and the history. I’m really excited to get the time to plot out the patterns I want to use. There’s an index showing all the patterns, referencing their page number so you can browse through all the beautiful colors. I’m super glad I got this one! > Kristin L.

(Right) Being a little behind in my knitting projects (I am not even talking Christmas!!) I have finally completed the afghan designed for my nephew who was married in July. The pattern is a free Ravelry download called “Nancy’s Favourite Afghan” by Nancy Duff. I did adjust the number of squares and added my stockinette border after instead of while knitting the entire piece. I just find that it adds more stability to the piece. I used one of my all time favorite yarns, Cascade Eco+ Wool, #8010 and just love the feel and stitch definition it produces. Now let’s see if I can get it delivered before their anniversary. > Lise G.

(Left) I knit the multidirectional cowl for my sister-in-law this Christmas.  She loves earthy tones and Debbie Bliss Glen seemed the perfect choice. The pattern worked up quick and the way the stripes changed direction.  I also learned a great new technique to join the stitched edge to the live stitches! > Lindsey T.
(Right) Every year my husband and I pick our new favorite children’s book for our niece and nephews. This year we were thrilled by Jon Klassen’s This is Not My Hat. It just so happens that there is a wonderful Fiber Trends felted hat pattern that makes the perfect bowler shaped hat – just like what the little fish is wearing! When knit with Malabrigo Worsted in the Mariposa colorway not only are we able to give the perfect book but an adorable hat to match. Last year we gifted I Want My Hat Back and I used the Meathead pattern knit in Plymouth Yarn De Aire in the Bethlehem colorway. > Sara D.
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