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Spring 2013 Colors

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While it is still chilly and snowy in many places, the yarn companies are making us ever so eager for spring to bloom! The colors on the horizon look divine:

  • Soft greens such as emerald, jade, sage and the tender green of new grass
  • Deep blues that range from soft to strong
  • Earthy, muted tones such as linen and light orange
  • Bold pops of yellow and poppy red

Classic Elite announced beautiful new shades that really hit on these color trends, and I am dying to get the chance to see them in person. If you haven't already, give their Soft Linen line a whirl; it's so crisp and beautiful. Sweet Georgia is another yarn company I've been stalking lately, and their new colors really emphasize the earthy and emerald feel. I'm also keeping an eye out for a new yarn by Skacel, Austermann Whisper, that looks to have beautiful stitch definition in addition to a lovely palette.

Knit Valentines

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and I adore the charming knitting ideas that I keep finding in my Pinterest searches! Such little projects make it ridiculously easy to knit for that special person in your life. I especially love the Sweetheart Knit Valentine DIY Tutorial by Anne Weil of flax & twine, but you might also enjoy a project that is a wee bit more substantial, such as the Valentine's Mug Cozy by Kristen TenDyke or the Be My Dishcloth by Kris Knits. How about stunning jewelry? The Butin Collar True Love Kit is just the ticket for a fancier gift. Trust me -- the recipient will be thrilled with the show of love.

Mitered Knitting

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I'm trying my hand at mitered knitting right now using Edie Eckman's new booklet, Modular Mix: 12 Knitted Mitered Squares to Mix & Match. In true Edie fashion, the book is simple, concise and gets you knitting in no time. While you end up with individual squares, there isn't a need for seaming because the squares build upon each other. I love the variety of squares she presents, as well as the afghan pattern that you can end up with. I am working a green and blue one!

Soak Heel & Handmade

Knitting can be rough on hands to begin with, but add in a hard dose of winter, minimal humidity and household chores, and you get hands that look beyond scary. Well, at least that's what happened to me last winter. This past June, at a trade show, I was given the chance to try out the soak lotion line and I love it! Soak offers Heel cream for the tootsies, as well as Handmaid for those hardworking hands. The lotion goes on luxuriously and makes it so much easier to get back to knitting. Taking a moment to soothe my hands with a loving massage has gotten rid of the cracked, dry skin this winter. This Valentine's day, pamper yourself.

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