Love of Knitting’s Craft Tour in Ireland – Spotlight on Kylemore Abbey

In between my knitting sessions, I find myself researching all of the fascinating places we’re going to visit during Love of Knitting‘s craft tour in Ireland. I can’t wait to experience the incredible scenery, rich culture, and amazing craft events with fellow knitters from all around the world! You still have time to sign up, so get your ticket soon and be ready to enjoy this beautiful country with us.

Kylemore 2 300x187 Love of Knittings Craft Tour in Ireland   Spotlight on Kylemore AbbeyLooking at photos of the breathtaking Kylemore Abbey makes me wish November would come sooner. Seriously – the abbey looks like something out of a fantasy. The entry fees for this, and all other sites mentioned in the itinerary, are included in the price of the craft tour, but seeing this historic church and the colorful surrounding gardens really is a priceless experience.

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I can’t get over these pictures, and I bet the woodlands, gardens, church, and abbey will be even more fabulous in person! This is such a spectacular opportunity, and I’m excited to visit Ireland and be part of this real life fairy tale.

 

Have you booked your ticket for Love of Knitting’s craft tour in Ireland yet? The trip is from November 6-15, 2015, so now is the time to plan! Which part of the tour are you most excited about?

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Webinar – Ravelry 102

Like many of my fellow yarnies, I spend my fair share of time on Ravelry. I love browsing through patterns and adding them to my queue, and I always find something there to inspire me. However, there are many features on Ravelry that I still haven’t explored. I’m curious about using it as a social network to find knitters and crocheters in my area. I haven’t joined many groups or interacted with other crafters in Ravelry’s forums, and I feel like I’m missing out on a big part of this helpful site.

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I’m excited to get all of my questions answered during the Ravelry 102 webinar on March 4th! This live event is for knitters and crocheters who know the basics of Ravelry, but want to get more out of their time on the site.

 

 

 

Who should attend

  • Ravelers, like me, who want to connect with other crafters in their area
  • Anyone interested in joining Ravelry’s groups
  • Knitters or crocheters who want to amp up their Ravelry searching skills to find patterns and yarns
  • Anyone who has ever run out of a certain yarn and was unable to find it again
  • Ravelers who want to participate in forums

Join me at 1pm EST this Wednesday and learn how to take your skills to the next level with Ravelry 102. The instructor, Jennifer Raymond, is a knitting and crochet instructor, as well as a Ravelry expert. I can’t wait to learn how to use Ravelry as a tool to connect and interact with other crafters to share inspiration, pattern ideas, yarn, and so much more!

Don’t worry if you can’t attend the live event. With every registration, you’ll get access to an archived version of the web seminar, so you can take the course at a time that’s convenient for you.

Are you a hardcore raveller? What else would you like to learn about this fabulous website?

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Three Decorative Cast-on Methods to Knit

I’m all about trying new techniques and ideas in my knitting, but I usually overlook the very first step of the process: the cast on. While I’m comfortable with several different cast-on methods, such as the knitted cast on, long tail, or cable cast on, they all appear fairly similar and unremarkable. Sure, they have different amounts of stretch and some are better suited for certain projects, but their job is basically to help you begin your pattern without calling too much attention to themselves.

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Well, it’s time for cast ons to take center stage! The Stitch Dictionary in the Spring 2015 Issue of Love of Knitting features three fun and unique cast-on methods that will start your next project off with a bang!

 

 

I tried the fringe edge cast on first because I was in the mood for something fun and funky. It’s worked similarly to a long tail cast on but with a few slight variations. It was a bit awkward at first because you need to leave the yarn wrapped around your pointer finger and tighten the yarn from your thumb onto the needle. However, I got the hang of it after the first few stitches and the rest were easy-peasy.

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The first row after the cast on loosens up the fringe, so I pulled on the strands to tighten them back close to the needle. Then, I knit a few rows in garter stitch to compare it to the stockinette swatches in the Stitch Dictionary.

The fringe edge cast on was really fun to create, and I’m already thinking of different projects I can knit with it. My favorite idea so far is a simple garter infinity cowl. I’d make it long enough to wrap around my neck twice so I would have an extra layer of fringe, and I’d choose a multicolored yarn to make the simple garter stitch pop. I’m currently trying to decide between Kureyon, Hand Paint Chunky, or Reggae Ombre.

Try one (or all!) of these eye-catching cast ons on the Taffy Twirls Skirt to make a sweet gift for a kiddo in your life, or use them to spice up one of your go-to patterns. The sky is the limit with these inspiring techniques, and our free picture tutorial will walk you through the steps for each one.

Which yarn would you choose, and what would you make with these clever cast ons? We want to know what you enjoy knitting, as well as the types of techniques and projects you want to see!

Don’t forget – we are getting a brand new look and adding even more great content, so be sure to take our survey to tell us what you want to see. Everyone who takes it will get a discount code for the Crochet and Knit Shop and be entered to win a free one-year subscription to Love of Knitting, so what are you waiting for? We’re excited to hear from you!

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Love of Knitting in Ireland – Spotlight on The Knitting & Stitching Show

Have you gotten your passport for Love of Knitting‘s craft tour in Ireland yet? We’ve been highlighting some of the fun cultural and scenic attractions we’re excited to see, but this time we want to put a spotlight on one of our crafty plans – visiting the Knitting & Stitching Show!

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This is the show for knitting enthusiasts, and we can’t wait to see all of the goodies featured there. Exhibitors include fiber artists selling yarn and hand-knit items, fabric retailers, feltmakers, quilters, embroiderers, upcyclers, and so much more. You can also register for informative workshops to expand your stitching skills!

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The Knitting & Stitching Show is Ireland’s largest and most notable crafting event, and we are THRILLED that we get to be a part of it this year! If you’ve never been to an event like this, you really should experience it, and the Knitting & Stitching Show would be a phenomenal first time.

Have you ever been to a craft show? Mark your calendar and sign up for Love of Knitting‘s craft tour in Ireland to experience a knitter’s dream come true!

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Survey

Hello friends,

As mentioned, we are in the process of updating Love of Knitting . We love our new look and know that you will too. In addition to a new look we are also adding new tutorials, educational content, and trend articles. We know you love our patterns as much as we do, but we want to make sure that we are continuing to provide the content you love. So please help by completing this  knitting survey. I won’t lie–it’s not the shortest survey in the world (it will take 15 minutes to complete). But I wanted to include anything and everything to learn more about you and be able to provide you with the content you desire most. After all, you’re the reason we’re here and the reason we get to do what we love every day.

We are excited for you to see our new look and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts. As added incentive to complete the survey, you will have the option of entering a drawing to win one of 10 one-year subscriptions to Love of Knitting magazine once you have finished your survey! What are you waiting for? We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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Love of Knitting in Ireland – Spotlight on the Cliffs of Moher

The more we learn about the sites and activities we have planned for Love of Knitting‘s craft tour in Ireland, November 6-15, the more excited we get! Ireland is such a beautiful country, and knitting is an important part of it’s culture and history – so it’s the perfect place for a group of adventurous knitters to travel and connect.

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After our visit to Rathbaun Farm, we’ll visit the amazing Cliffs of Moher. Looking at the incredible photos, we can certainly see why these cliffs are Ireland’s most popular natural attraction. The craggy rocks and blue sea meet at the bottom of the cliffs and create a gorgeous view we can’t wait to experience. I’m an animal lover, so I was delighted to find out that the cliffs are home to thousands of birds, including large colonies of adorable Atlantic Puffins!

Plus, I have to admit that I got a little giddy when I learned that the Cliffs of Moher appeared in The Princess Bride and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The movie-nerd in me is thrilled!

We’ll visit a TON of other interesting sites during Love of Knitting‘s craft tour in Ireland, and we hope you’ll be able to join us. Start making your travel plans now because November will be here before you know it!

Also, don’t forget to keep an eye out for our survey next week! Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet are getting a makeover, and we want to know what YOU want to see! The survey will be delivered to all of the Love of Knitting e-newsletter subscribers, so be sure you’ve signed up to receive bi-weekly updates including free patterns, fun ideas, deals, and giveaways. Everyone who participates in the survey will receive a coupon code for 15% off a purchase from the Crochet and Knit Shop, so be sure to tell us your thoughts!

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Cape Cod Shawl Knit Along – Coming soon!

You’ve heard me gush about the Cape Cod Shawl on the cover of the Spring 2015 Issue of Love of Knitting, and now I’m excited to announce that this gorgeous accessory is our spring knit along! I hope you’ll join me in knitting this lacy, worsted weight shawl because the airy yet warm design is going to be perfect for spring. The best part is we are offering this beauty as a kit, so you can get the same wonderful finish as the sample photographed in the magazine.

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The kits come in two stunning colors, jade and soft yellow. After a lot of hemming and hawing, I picked the bright and cheery yellow. I kept daydreaming about this warm tone, so I decided this color was the one for me. The yarn is Cotton Fleece by Brown Sheep Company, and it’s a soft but sturdy fiber that will be great for fickle weather.

 

 

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I’ll cast on Friday, March 6th, so order your kit today and let’s embark on this knitting journey together! Which color kit are you getting?

 

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Spring Issue of Love of Knitting – On sale Tuesday!

The warm weather here in Colorado has me ready for spring. Snow is fun for a while and all, but I’m ready for flowers, bright colors, and spring knitting! The Spring Issue of Love of Knitting hits newsstands on Tuesday the 17th, and there are several fun projects inside I can’t wait to stitch up.

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One of them is the beautiful Cape Cod Shawl on the cover. The lacy stitch pattern is worked in worsted weight yarn, creating an accessory that is both light and warm. This shawl is on the larger side, so it can be worn in different ways depending on the weather or the look you’re going for. I’ve actually never knit a shawl before (I know – shocking!), and I’m excited that this gorgeous design will be my first.

 

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Order your Cape Cod Shawl kit to get the same finish as the sample photographed in the magazine. The kit comes in two gorgeous spring colors and includes 3 skeins of Cotton Fleece by Brown Sheep. This blend of fibers is perfect for spring because it breathes well but has enough wool in it to keep you warm when a cold breeze blows by.

 

 

 

Not only am I excited about the patterns in the Spring Issue, I’m also beyond thrilled about the fun changes here at Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet. We are in the process of redesigning both magazines, and we’re asking for YOUR feedback so we can continue to provide you with the easy-to-follow design you’ve come to expect from us. We always want Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet to be a reflection of you, our wonderful readers, so we’re working on a survey to get your input. We’ll post the survey here on our blog, but be sure to sign up for our free e-newsletter to get it delivered directly to your inbox.

We’ll be unveiling our fresh new look as the pieces fall into place, and we’re thrilled about this fantastic opportunity to better connect with our fellow knitters and crocheters – so be sure to share your thoughts and feelings with us.

Speaking of sharing your thoughts – we’d love to hear which color kit you have your eye on! I can’t decide between the jade and the soft yellow for my Cape Code Shawl. I may have to flip a coin this time.

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Top ten reasons I LOVE yarn

Whether you prefer knitting or crocheting, one thing we can all agree on is the wonder of YARN. It makes us happy, and we even get butterflies in our stomach when we encounter a particularly soft or beautiful fiber. We long to snuggle with it and hold it next to our skin, and we can spend hours alone with it, completely content. There are countless reasons we love this fabulous craft supply, but this year, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ve narrowed down my reasons to a neat and tidy top ten. Oh yarn, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

10.  My yarn always agrees with my Netflix or Pandora choices. I can happily stitch away, watching or listening to whatever my heart desires.

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9.  The rainbow of colors in a yarn shop makes me smile every time. Whenever I see all those brilliant hues, I get a rush as I imagine all of the amazing possibilities. You can even dye your own yarn and create your own signature blend of colors.

 

8.  Novelty yarns don’t take themselves too seriously. They are fun, playful ways to make unique projects with simple stitches. They do all the work involved in spicing up your fabric, so no intricate techniques or stitch patterns are necessary to create an outstanding piece.

7.  My yarn doesn’t judge me for wearing pajamas every time we meet.

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6.  There is always a new and exciting fiber to try, so it’s easy to keep the spark in your crafting alive. Have you tried yarn made with bison down, possum, or milk? What about recycled sari ribbons? Yarn never fails to surprise me.

 

 

5.  Besides knitting or crocheting, there are lots of other creative uses for yarn. You can make a pompom garland, string art, or even a clever yarn bouquet.

4.  Yarn is a forgiving medium. If you don’t like what you’ve created, it’s easy to rip back and start again. You may utter some expletives during this process, but your yarn won’t hold a grudge and you can start with a clean slate.

3.  Some yarns make me feel a little closer to nature. When I’m working with a soft wool or alpaca yarn, I can picture the fascinating journey the fiber has traveled to make it from the farm to my fingers.

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2.  There is a yarn for every budget. I’m no yarn snob, and I firmly believe there is a time and place for every fiber, from acrylic to yak. If I could think of a fiber that starts with Z, I would have said that – but you get it.

 

 

 

1.  I’ve met so many friendly, interesting, and inspiring people simply because we share a love of yarn. Whether I strike up a conversation with a fellow knitter on a plane or compliment someone on a gorgeous crocheted hat, it’s so satisfying to watch someone’s eyes light up over something I’m passionate about. Plus, since we yarnies are part of an active online community, I can gush about yarn with enthusiasts across the globe… all while wearing my pajamas.

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I’d love to hear some of the reasons YOU love yarn. Leave a comment here or on Facebook, and let me know!

 

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Knit with us in Ireland – Spotlight on Rathbaun Farm

We’re already thinking about the travel projects we could take on our craft tour to Ireland this November! I’m sure they’ll change (because we’ll knit them in the meantime), but we are having so much fun daydreaming about this trip. The thing we’re most excited about is connecting with our readers and fellow knitters during this incredible adventure. We can’t wait to knit and swap stories as we experience this gorgeous country together.

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Rathbaun Farm, Galway Ireland

 

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Who could resist?

One of the places we’ll visit is Rathbaun Farm, a traditional Irish sheep farm where we’ll feed cute little lambs (squee!) and learn to make delicious scones. As a wool-lover, I’m super excited to learn more about how my favorite fiber goes from sheep to sweater. I’m curious to see the different types of sheep, including the native Irish breeds, and see the differences between their wool. After all, a sheep farm is a yarnie’s dream come true!

 

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Sorry little guy – you’d be cute even without your wool… so can I have it?

We’ll visit a slew of other amazing places as well, and we’ll highlight several more for you in the coming weeks. Be sure to check the itinerary to get a sneak peek of all of the exciting things we have planned and get information on pricing. We hope you’ll join us November 6-15 so we can see the sites and drool over yarn together!

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