From Runway To Needles: Rag & Bone Scarf

One of the must Fall 2012 accessories is a scarf that can take you from day to night. Leave it to Rag & Bone to create a hip scarf with just the right amount of glitz.

Scarf by Rag & Bone

Want to steal this style? Will here you go:

You’ll need some ribbon yarn with a little metallic. Might I suggest Suiza Metalic by Filati Deluxe, or Crystal Palace Party Yarn.

And of course you need a pattern. I think this garter stitch scarf from Lion Brand will work just fine. Add the fringe or create your own personal finish. Have fun!

Scarf From Lion Brand Yarns

 

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I’m Sweet On: We Are Owls

You’ve heard the saying “It’s just looks too good to eat”? Well, I’ve found some scarves the other day are just too beautiful to wear.

We Are Owls is the company behind these wonderfully painted cashmere and silk-blend scarves.

These scarves are statement pieces which I’m sure would feel right at home hanging on your wall or around your neck.

My favorite is the last one which is called, “Owl In Flight”.

 

Welted Leg Warmers and Scarf Pattern

I am so excited to announce that my designs for Premier Yarns are now live on their website!

It has been so hard not being able to talk about the process of knitting these garments and the wonderful yarn I got to play with. But no more. Now I can tell you that Premier Yarns’ Angel yarn is the softest acrylic yarn I have ever worked with. The yarn made it such a pleasure to knit this set.

The scarf and leg warmers themselves are simple knits perfect for beginner knitters. Yet, the dramatic effect of the pieces can easily spark the interest of more advanced knitters as well. A perfect set to knit before the snow starts falling hard.

Welted Leg Warmers & Scarf

You can find the pattern and download it for free here: http://premieryarns.com/patterns.php?id=218

Check Your Boobs!

As you may know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a time to stand up for those who have fallen in the fight with cancer and continue in our race for a cure. No matter if you are a cancer survivor, lost a friend to cancer or have a loved one going through the struggles of fighting this disease, we all need to support each other. We need to show cancer that we will not back down, we will not run and we will not suffer in silence. We will fight with all the love, strength and courage we have.

Show your support for those who fight the good fight everyday. Make items to  donate to those at cancer treatment centers or to remind yourself of a loved one who fought to the end. Wear your pink with pride and remember to check your boobs!

Pink Ribbon Washcloth by Donna Burgess

 

Ribbon Scarf by Anniken Allis

 

Pink Ribbon Mittens by Nancy Vandivert

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Cup Cozy by Bernat Design Studio

 

Pink Ribbon Sweater by Sarah Sumner-Eisenbraun

 

Cancer Ribbon Filet Afghan by Sandra Petit

 

Yarn Misbehaving Badly

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What the hell were they drinking when they created this yarn?

“Hey Bubba, let’s come up with a yarn that has weird nubs in it and is weak and breaks easily.”

“Billy Bob that sounds great. But let’s also make it overlly twisted so that it continually knots up on itself when you try to knit with it.”

“That’s awesome. Bubba, you’re so smart.”

“Thanks, Billy Bob. Now pass me another beer.”

That had to be how the conversation went, because that is the only way to explain this strange yarn. This yarn has been in my stash for years. I bought it at a thrift store for like a buck. It came in five unrulely skeins which when I saw how tangled the yarn was in the bag I should have known then that this yarn had issues.

Being an equal opportunity yarn lover, I brought the yarn home, untangled the mess and placed my lovely new skiens in its new stash home. Within hours these little she-devils had managed to tangle and twist themselves around my once beautiful stash. My wools were on edge. The acrylics were stessed out and my cottons started drinking.

After repeated attempts to try to straighten out the situation and make this new yarn understand the house rules it continously rebelled, bullied the other yarns, stayed out passed curfew and sneaked boys into the house when I wasn’t home. I eventually had no choice but to regulate it to a large ziploc bag.

When I finally decided to swatch this devil-child yarn to see how it knits it was a total nightmare. The yarn hates knitting needles of all sizes and types and fights any attempt at structure and form.

I brought this problem yarn before my knitting friends and they had many helpful suggestions on what I should with it: Burn it. Throw it away. Donate it back to the thrift store where you found it. Use it as stuffing in a kid’s toy. Hide it at the bottom of your stash for your grandchildren to deal with when you pass away.

I concluded to just do nothing with it. For years it has sat in my stash becoming an ever growing jungle of string in its plastic prision.

Then, finally on an uneventful day I decided that there was not such thing as a yarn that couldn’t be used. So I dug out the plastic bag and started the long process of trying to untangle the haystack that my yarn had now turned into.

It fought with me, knotting up in several places and retwisting itself into golf size knots that refused to come untangled. Yet, I did not give up the fight. I would win this war or die trying.

When I was finally able to make it resemble some sort of managable yarn ball I allowed my fingers to grab whatever needles it thought best. My hands grabbed a pair of short size 5 straights in red. Without any set plan or reason, I started to knit.

Still just as difficult as the day I first got it I vowed to not let its nubs, knots and tangles stop me. Now after a few rows I have finally found a life for this yarn. It shall be a scarf. All of it. I will not stop knitting it until I get to the end. It will have knots and nasty nubs sticking out everywhere, but I don’t care. I will make this yarn my bitch. It will be a scarf for its own damn good. And I shall name this scarf, ‘Misbehaving Badly’.

So I say to all knitters out there with an unrulely yarn that makes you want to reach for the bottle of SoCo every time you look at it, grab that yarn by the neck and with all anger and hatred you have towards it, look that yarn in the fiber and say, ‘I’m not your bitch, bitch!’ Then grab some needles and show the yarn who’s its daddy by knitting that hiffer into an honorable scarf.

A bitch of a yarn can always be turned into a bitchin’ scarf.