It’s Almost Time… Autumn Knitalong is a Week Away!

Good afternoon and happy Friday to all my loyal knitters and readers out there!

About a month ago (I consistently remain stunned at just how quickly time can fly by) I wrote about our new Autumn KAL which you can see here.

Well now it’s almost time! Our Autumn Knitalong starts one week from today!

So if you haven’t already, get on over to our Creative Knitting KAL page to get the pattern here.

This KAL will be featuring two parts:

 

The coasters for our knitalong!

The coasters for our knitalong!

 

  • The first will be a series of coasters featuring different designs and methods of colorwork.

 

 

 

Week 2's Lapghan/Afghan!

Week 2’s Lapghan/Afghan!

 

 

 

  • The second part will consist of you choosing one of those coasters and then supersizing it to be a lapghan or afghan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To sweeten the deal even more, this Knitalong will be lead by designer Beth Whiteside who designed the patterns and will be there with you every step of the way to answer your questions!

Our knitalong instructor, Beth Whiteside.

Our knitalong instructor, Beth Whiteside.

Are you excited? You should be!

Print out that pattern and then go to Annie’s Yarn Shop to get your yarn: Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted or simply click here!

Yarn and pattern in hand, mosey on over to our Ravelry page on July 31st to join me in kickstarting our KAL (and coincidentally, my birthday) with Beth Whiteside!

I can’t wait to celebrate my birthday with all of you lovelies on July 31st for our Autumn Knitalong!

 

See you there!

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The Editor Wants to Know! What Project from Creative Knitting Autumn 15 Are You MOST Excited to Try?

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

From cardigans, tops, baby apparel, coasters, to even toys, Autumn Creative Knitting has something for everyone to enjoy!

So my question to you is this: What project from the issue are you MOST excited to try?

Me personally?

I’m chomping at the bit to get to work on Sleepy Hollow found on page 50.

Leave a comment and let us know what design YOU are dying to try or post your pictures of projects on our Facebook page here!

Don’t have the Autumn issue yet? Well don’t miss out on the fun! Download your digital copy today by clicking here or pick one up at your local newsstand!

Stay tuned for exciting news next week!

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Autumn Highlight- Cast On to Cast Off Chemo

Cast Off Chemo!

Cast Off Chemo!

Good morning and welcome to part three of our Autumn Highlight Reel!

Today I want to talk about an important issue; one we have all been affected by either with ourselves or someone close to us. I’m talking about cancer.

But more than that, I’m talking about what we can do to help FIGHT CANCER.

Knitters have long been the charitable sort- always happy to donate their time and skill to worthy causes such as hats for chemotherapy patients, but what if there wasn’t a need for those hats because chemotherapy was a thing of the past? That’s the goal of Dr. David Krag, a research surgeon with  the University of Vermont in Burlington who hopes to use a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer without the use of damaging chemotherapy.

Dr. Krag’s research is focusing on breast cancer, the second leading cause of death in women, but he hopes this research can translate to ALL cancers.

This all sounds great, right? One little problem- chemotherapy is a big business and Dr. Krag can’t receive funding in the traditional manner for clinical trials.

That’s where we come in.

Linda Krag, Dr. Krag’s sister-in-law, has raised $185,000 from sales from her business Denise Interchangeable Knitting & Crochet and Cat Bordhi has raised $50,000 from the sales of her e-book, The Art of Felfs, sold on her website.

But how can you help, you may be asking?

Well, let me tell you!

If you go to Cast Off Chemo’s website, there is a lovely page filled with ways we can help! From yarn shop owners, designers, stitchers, and those of us who just love to knit and want to help, they have a way for you to pitch in! To check it out, just click here!

Don’t forget to take a look around at all of the amazing research and learn even more about the cause!

So join me in picking up our sticks and casting on to Cast Off Chemo!

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The Editor Wants to Know: What’s Your Favorite Summer Knit?

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

Summer is here in full force and while it may be a rainy day here in Indiana, sunshine must abound somewhere!

So our question to you is this: What’s Your Favorite Summer Knit?

For me personally, it’s cotton tote bags that are perfect for those weekend farmer’s market trips!

Leave a comment below and let us know what your favorite is!

Happy knitting,

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Autumn Highlight– Briarcliff!

Good afternoon and welcome to installment two of our Creative Knitting Autumn Highlight Reel!

This time around I’ll be talking about the cover image and subsequent project, Briarcliff.

Briarcliff!

Briarcliff!

 

I can honestly not say enough about this piece and it’s modern casual elegance! I imagine this to be a great go-to piece for those weekend mornings in late September. It’s stylish waterfall drape in front is universally flattering while bold stripes in mixed directions give a modern tone to the cardigan.

Made in Berroco Vintage DK, this garment has an easy wear-ability that feels just as good as it looks!

Are you as in love with Briarcliff as I am? Then you’ll need some size 6 straight needles along with size 6 32″ circular needles and some stitch markers to get started!

This pattern uses a variety of techniques such as 2×2 rib, stripe colorwork, and make 1 left (and right) so it’s a great project for an intermediate knitter to work on their skills and build upon their technique arsenal!

Have I tempted you into knitting this with me? I hope so! I would love to hear what you think about this project in the comments below!

To get this pattern and more, go here to download (and subscribe!) the issue or visit your local newsstand!

Visit me next Friday when I talk about our eye-opening and inspiring piece by editor Kara Gott Warner, Cast On to Cast Off Chemo, in the next installment of our Highlight Reel!

 

Until then,

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P.S- Working on Briarcliff? Send your photos to our Facebook page or post it on Twitter with the hashtag #BriarcliffCK so we can see your progress!

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