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Wednesday
Mar212007

New Kristin Pattern: Broomstick Lace Scarf or Wrap

211509-737260-thumbnail.jpgKristin's latest pattern is easy enough for an absolute beginner in crochet: Broomstick Lace. Its a fun technique, perfect for lacy fabric with lots of drape. The pattern includes the technique and instructions for a small scarf and a large wrap.

click here for Kristin's Broomstick Lace Pattern , available as a pdf file download

The sample scarf is worked with a K/10.5 crochet hook and a US50 knitting needle and a bulky mohair yarn. The sample shawl is worked with a dk weight yarn using a G/6 crochet hook and a US15 or US17 knitting needle. 211509-737280-thumbnail.jpg

This technique would be really pretty with many textured yarns, like ribbon, cords, cables or mohair. The long wraps accentuate the texture of the yarn.  

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Wednesday
Mar212007

New Workshop in Broomstick Lace, whether you knit or crochet!

211509-640892-thumbnail.jpgWhether you knit or crochet, come to the new workshop I'm teaching on broomstick lace. Its an easy to learn technique for a lacy fabric, using both a large knitting needle (or dowel) and a medium-sized crochet hook. If you already know how to chain and single crochet, great! You'll be on your way in a few minutes. If you are learning the simple chain and single crochet, we'll have you sailing along with broomstick lace before the class is over!

You will need some (dk to light, worsted weight) yarn, a US 8 (5mm) crochet hook and a US15 (10mm) knitting needle to learn this easy, yet lacey, crochet technique. Bring a little yarn for a swatch, or bring a lot of yarn for a shawl. Its all up to you. Once you learn this technique, you'll be amazed at how fast you can create a fabric with gorgeous, lacey drape. 

The workshop will be at Have You Any Wool? in Berkley, Michigan on Wednesday, March 28 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Please call the yarn shop at (248) 541-WOOL to save your spot. I hope to see you there!

 

Sunday
Mar112007

Lexie Barnes Kitty Circular Needle Case

211509-711415-thumbnail.jpgI've been on a mission to find the perfect case to carry my circular knitting needles. I have the Denise Interchangeable Kit, and while there IS a time and a place for my Denise needles, I love my Addi Turbos. I have a pretty good sized collection of Addis at this point, and have been searching for a proper 'tool box' for my tools for some time now. A couple of years ago, Clara Parks, of Knitters Review, recommended a soft lure fishing tackle box for circulars. I followed suit quickly and bought a Field and Stream binder. While it worked, I was embarrassed to leave the house with my 'tool box'. I certainly couldn't take it with to teach a workshop. So, I continued to carry my needles onsie-twosie and misplaced them, and re-purchased them, and misplaced them, etc...

This past January, I visited the Lexie Barnes booth at TNNA San Diego. At long last, I've found THE circular knitting needle case: The Lexie Barnes Kitty. It measures a compact 5" x 15" when closed, but when I ope211509-711417-thumbnail.jpgn the dual zippered case, I find 10 roomy pockets for circulars, plus an extra zippered pocket for stitch markers and other incidentals. The fabric is water-resistant with protective padding, And Lexie adds a complimentary pack of index cards for easy labeling of the pockets. I wrote my needle sizes in pencil, just in case I decide to reorganize.

For my smaller needles (like the US3s) I can fit two sets of circulars in one pouch. That works up to around US7s or US8s. These needles need their own pouches.  I filled my case, with the exeption of only a couple of pouches. I guess its time to buy more needles!

If you want to order the Lexie Barnes Kitty, Click here to order it from Dreamweavers Yarns, or click here to find a store near you: http://www.lexiebarnes.com/stores/index.htm