Fiber Fun Friday- Knitalongs, Weekend Knitting and Annie’s

Join the Berroco Knitalong!

Join the Berroco Knitalong on Ravelry!

It’s another Fiber Fun Friday! The weekend is here again, so let’s start things off right and make time for the passion we all share. A little planning can go a long way when it comes to grabbing our knitting bag and heading out at a moment’s notice.

A bunch of fun things are going on lately. Maybe you’re in the loop, but if not, than you certainly do not want to miss out. Read on for my little recap so you can join in on the yarny party going on right now!

Monthlong Knitalong

Chock Wrap Knit Pattern

Chock Wrap Knit Pattern

We recently kicked off an exciting knitalong (KAL) in the Berroco Lover’s Group on Ravelry. It’s a fun time and so many people have gotten involved. We’re all making the gorgeous Chock Wrap, designed by Norah Gaughan. It’s made with Maya, a luxurious trans-seasonal yarn which is a joy to work with.

Berroco® Maya™

Berroco® Maya™

If you haven’t joined yet, don’t worry because a KAL has no expiration date. You can jump in at any time and even pose questions to the group even after the official start date. So what are you waiting for? Visit Annie’s and grab your Chock pattern and Maya, introduce yourself and have fun!

New Annie’s Group on Raverly!

Did you know that Creative Knitting is part of the major craft retailer, Annie’s? Well, things are really cooking over on the new Annie’s Fan Group, so hop on over and see what’s going on! Make some new friends and also stay on top of what’s hot in yarn!

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The Editor Wants to Know

How to you make your passion portable?

How to you make your passion portable?

If you missed my recent post, I asked how you make your passion for knitting portable and to also share your unique story with us. You can read the full post here, or dive into the archives here.

After this post went live, it caused a lot of commotion on the Creative Knitting Facebook Page! Many fans hared their stories and projects they like to make when they travel. Please share yours here.

Click image to interact with this post!

Click image to interact with this post!

Let’s make this Friday interactive and fun! Tell us your story, and share what’s on your needles!

Join the conversation on Facebook!

Join the conversation on Facebook!

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The Editor Wants to Know: How Do You Make Your Passion Portable?

How to you make your passion portable?

How do you make your passion portable?

With the summer months still upon us, we like to take our knitting everywhere we go and get in a stitch or two every chance we get. But to make this happen, the process needs to be super-easy to pack up your WIPs and go!

So today, I decided to mix things up and ask you two questions so we can interact and really make this fun!

#1. Do you think you’ve found an ingenious way to easily travel with a knitting project or two in tow?

#2. Do you have a unique or funny travel/vacation story about something that involves you and your knitting?

me, knitting in the car a few weeks on my way to Cape Cod. I love knitting for hours on  end in the car!

My latest project in-progress enroute to Cape Cod, Mass. for a little family getaway. Nothing beats watching the scenery while knitting for hours on end in the car!

I can’t wait to hear from you because your story might even appear on the pages of Creative Knitting magazine!

Let’s start the conversation! Leave your comment below or on the Creative Knitting Facebook Page.

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Fiber Fun Friday — Knitting on Vacation (or Staycation)

Get ready, get set, it's the weekend!

TGIF!

I have some of the fondest memories of knitted items made while away on vacation. Do you have projects that remind you of where and when you made them? What happy memories they evoke. I just love that!

What’s on Kara’s needles this weekend?

Here’s a peek of me knitting on the beach. Do you remember this yarn? I was writing about this just a few weeks ago in this post, wonder what I should do with this delicious yarn.

I finally decided to create a wrap/neckerchief design, which I plan to feature in an upcoming issue of Creative Knitting. I won’t tell you which one, but I will be SO IMPRESSED if you point this out in a future issue. Let’s keep this a fun mystery for now!

Knitting at the beach. It just can't get any better than this!

Knitting at the beach. It just can’t get any better than this.

And another fun find on the beach–yarn cutters. I was pretty desperate because I was working on another project made with Alpaca and I was stranded without a scissor. It’s amazing how resourceful us knitters are, isn’t it?

I got a little scrappy and started thinking: “Hmm…something sharp….ah, a shell.” Viola, nature’s yarn cutter! Pretty cool, huh?

Sea shells--nature's yarn cutter.

Sea shells–nature’s yarn cutter.

When you go on vacation, what kinds of projects do you feel are the most travel-friendly? How do you make it easy to knit on-the-go?

Chime in on the convo on the Creative Knitting magazine Facebook page and share your vacation (or staycation) stories.

Join the conversation on Facebook!

Join the conversation on Facebook!

 

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Monthlong Knitalong with Berroco and Creative Knitting!

So have you heard? We’re kicking things off with a new knitalong just about to start on the Berroco Lover’s Ravelry group for this stunning Chock Wrap design.

July 18th, through August 18th, Creative Knitting and the Berroco Design Team have joined forces to bring you a special knitalong featuring the stunning Chock Wrap.

Chock Wrap Knit Pattern

Chock Wrap Knit Pattern from Berroco

Watch this comprehensive, step-by-step video where Berroco designer Emily O’Neil shows you must-know lace knitting and chart reading basics!

If you’re ready to jump in and get started, here’s what you need to do:

  • Visit Annie’s to purchase and download the Chock Wrap pattern and Maya in the color of your choice.
  • While you’re waiting for your yarn to arrive, watch this video which will show step-by-step how to work the Chock Wrap.

Remember, the knitalong is available for you to join in at any time, and it will never expire!

Have fun knitting!

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Fiber Fun Friday – New Issue, New Ideas and the Ten-Year Legacy of Creative Knitting

Get ready, get set, it's the weekend!

Get ready, get set, it’s the weekend!

On this edition of Fiber Fun Friday, I’m excited to announce that the digital version of the 2014 autumn issue of Creative Knitting magazine is now available online. You can view highlights from the current issue here.

If you’re a subscriber, you’re probably holding a copy in your hands as you read this, and for those of you who are newsstand goers, you’ll see the new issue appear the second week of July.

Creative Knitting magazine, autumn 2014.

Creative Knitting magazine, autumn 2014

The very first issue of Knitting World, December, 1978 and the premier issue of Creative Knitting, September, 2004

The very first issue of Knitting World, December, 1978 and the premier issue of Creative Knitting, September, 2004

It was just a decade ago that Creative Knitting began with a mission that knitting should be easy for everyone and today that legacy still continues!

This autumn issue marks the 10th anniversary of Creative Knitting magazine, and you’ll get the chance to take a trip back in time to see what it was like in the early days.

While I was planning this issue, I was reminded of my own knitting origins and back to the time when my passion started—to that little girl who was so curious by what Grandma was knitting. Little did my grandmother know that this was one of the greatest gifts she had given me, helping to pave the way for my exciting journey ahead.

When was your passion for knitting ignited?

We can all remember the first pivotal moment in our early knitting experience. Mine was at The Yarn Connection, a little shop that once existed on Madison Avenue, in New York City. I was holding a pair of #7 Susan Bates aluminum needles and knitting with off-white worsted-weight wool. I can’t recall the brand of yarn, but I do remember the tiny swatch I was making, which consisted of only 12 stitches, so that I could get the hang of knitting a few rows. Then, on that very same swatch, I learned how to purl. It was a brisk autumn evening many years ago, and it was the spark that started it all.

When did you first discover your passion for knitting?

When did you first discover your passion for knitting?

Do you have a special story about how you first discovered knitting and how it became a passion?

I’d love to hear from you! Add  your comments to this post or contact me at: Editor@CreativeKnittingMagazine.com. Your story may appear on the pages of Creative Knitting or this blog.

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