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5 Patterns to Usher in the Fall

I can’t believe we are almost finished with our 9th knit along, the Hudson Valley Cardi KAL! I am floored that over 540 knitters have participated. It thrills me to see all of your amazing projects! I hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves and picked up some new skills along the way. Prizes will be awarded any day, so make sure those project pages are set up!

Though the KAL is almost over, the fun doesn’t have to end. I have plenty of patterns to keep you knitting all the way into fall. Some of these patterns also come with full video instructions, making the process even more informative and engaging for you. I should also remind you that you might want to start thinking about knitting for the holiday season, but there are plenty of smaller items to think about for that!

Here are 5 patterns to usher in the fall.

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5 Charities Using Knitting to Make A Change

5 Charities Using Knitting to Make A Change

Our community never ceases to amaze me! If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, you’ll see I love to share positive stories of knitters and crocheters coming together to create change in their lives or the lives of others. Whether it’s knitting little hats for premature babies, mats for animals in shelters, or even beautifying spaces through yarnbombing, there’s always an opportunity to do something wonderful with yarn. We love knitting, and we love giving back, so here is a way to combine them!

Are you interested in crafting a project to help someone or an animal in need? Here are 5 charities that use knitting to make the world a better place.

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5 Best Lessons Learned from the Roselle Tee KAL

Wow, it has been so amazing to see all of the progress on our eighth KAL (knit-along), the Roselle Tee! I am so excited to see all these finished Roselle Tees being posted across Ravelry and social media, and I am even more thrilled to see you all have learned so much!

For those who have already started (or just joining the fun) and need a little inspiration to get it finished, our Ravelry Group has some stellar finished projects. Scrolling through these gorgeous Roselle Tees will definitely jump start your knitting engines!

One of the best parts about being a teacher is finding out what kinds of takeaways YOU the knitters take away from the experience. I love that these are lessons that you’ll take forward in the rest of your knitting lives.

What are some of the best lessons or skills people learned in the Roselle Tee KAL? Five of our KALers shared they learned.

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Roselle Tee KAL Prizes . . . and the Winners Are –

Another video KAL comes to an end (but this time I’m not sooo sad because the Hudson Valley Cardi will go on sale June 10)!! I can’t believe more than 1500 people joined in on the fun of knitting this tee. Some knit it now, while others will cast on later!

Through it all, the help and support of every knitter on the Ravelry group was always there. Nearly 5000 amazing knitters helped each other and cheered each other on through every step of the way.

Haven’t joined us yet? If you are feeling inspired to try it, Roselle Tee Video Sweater pattern comes with hours of video tutorials, all the gauge option and knitting how-tos for only will be $16.00!! It’s never too late to jump into any video class, as the videos (embedded in the pattern) never expire, and the message boards stay live forever.

Now it’s time to discuss…

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7 Historical Photos of People Knitting

In the era of social media, photos are all pretty much digital. But for some of us, we may remember photos B.S.(Before Social Media). Don’t get me wrong, I love Facebook and Instagram (where you can find all my pretty photos) but there was something truly special about the process of capturing a photo on film and sending it into a shop to get printed. The anticipation while waiting to get your pictures back was so exciting.

Personally, I love candid photos; I enjoy seeing people truly being in their element. That’s why I’m so fond of People Knitting: A Century of Photographs, by Barbara Levine. Barbara combines my appreciation for great photography and knitting in this vintage collection of people knitting throughout history. She showcases lovely candids of people knitting and enjoying life, and also staged photos of people with their knitting, showing us just how prevalent knitting was back then. 

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Welcome to Roselle Tee Knit-Along (KAL)!

It’s time for the spring knit-along!!! I am so excited to start another KAL on my Ravelry group. There will be tons of teaching and fun, prizes and a great garment! This garment, the Roselle Tee, is totally reversible so it’s like getting TWO tops for the price of one (actually three, but more on that in a second).

As always, there will be HOURS of video tutorials, and modification documents to help you every step of the way.

After May 20 the KAL – sweater class versions (with all the how tos, video tutorials, and modification notes) will be $16. So get it now, knit it now or later and SAVE!

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Top Ten Holiday Gifts for Knitters

As knitters, we often gift our own knitting masterpieces, but what do you gift to a fellow knitter? We are in the mist of the holiday season, and it’s time to think about what gifts we will be giving to our friends and family members who love to knit (and what gifts we will be secretly hoping we get!) Here are 10 phenomenal suggestions for loved ones that are passionate about knitting.

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Harbor Springs Has Begun!

Two weeks ago, clue #1  for the Harbor Springs Video KAL hit the in box of 350 knitters. We’ve only just begun and there are new knitters joining us everyday! We are now over 480 knitters strong!

We have given out two fabulous participation prizes so far (we pick a new winner every week!), there are three giant grand prize packages in November (and yes, one of them will be for a WIP!)

Knitters who join us before Nov 5 will still get 28 video tutorials (nearly 4 hours of filmed sweater instruction), all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for just $10!

Harbor Springs Video KAL update

Learn More & Buy Now

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Make Ravelry Work for You!

For most of my life, organization has not been just a helper, it’s been a necessity. My careers in both theater and LYS management demanded first-rate organization techniques, and I’m grateful for the lifetime of practice. Now that I’m self-employed, if I didn’t have all the systems in place that I do I’m sure I’d be tearing my hair out at the roots trying to stay on top of it all. So I deeply appreciate when something makes organizing my life a bit easier, and that brings me to my deep love of Ravelry. When Rav hit the scene in 2007 it was a game-changer. I don’t have to tell most of you how amazing it’s been to have a readily accessible community of fiber enthusiasts to chat with, bounce ideas off, and project stalk. But the clever folks at Ravelry have never stopped working and improving the site and it gets better every year! Today I want to talk about some of my favorite features that make my knitting life just a little less tangled. (GET IT?!)

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