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No More Baby Colors! ;-)

As a quilter and knitter, I am always interested to see what the “Vogue” fashion colors for each season are going to be. I don’t buy clothing every time something “new and in vogue” comes out (heck, the last time I bought clothes at all it was a bag of socks!) but seeing what I can expect to see in the quilt shop is always interesting.

I had heard that it was going to be all baby pink and baby blue (gag) but when the report actually came out? They are rich and sumptuous. Very nice. I look forward to seeing what shows up in my local quilting and knitting shops!


Pantone has gone in a new direction for their Fall 2016 fashion color report. We reported in the Holiday 2015 KnitNews that the pastel-shaded 2016 colors of the year might make an unusual choice for fall fashion. Pantone seems to agree: Rather than incorporate these colors into their Fall 2016 lineup, they have instead chosen a palette of ten deeper shades. The selection features six all-new colors, including denim blue Riverside, which WWD reports was the most popular color used in Fall 2016 fashion collections.


Mind The Gap! Chandi’s Newest Pattern – Holidays, Anyone?

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Mind the Gap Tube Scarf Free pattern!

This pattern is designed for use with 2 skeins of our Luster Superwash Merino Wool Tencel Sport yarn in colorway: Belgian Chocolate Shavings. If unavailable when you click over, 2 skeins of any Luster sport yarn will do the trick.

You need a total of 8 oz (790 yd) and size US 5 (3.75 mm) needles.

Why This Tube Scarf Is Awesome!

•After traveling to London and loving the announcer in the tube saying to ‘mind the gap between the train and the platform,’ I decided to design a tube scarf with a gap!

•So simple. Ideal for beginners who want to make something gorgeous and know it’ll turn out.

•Mindless. Perfect for roadtrips and plane trips and knit night.

•Size can be adjusted. Want a fatter tube? Cast on more stitches. Want it shorter or longer? Just stop knitting when desired.  

•Wonderful for variegated yarn! Or use solids or tonals if you like.

•Wonderful for gift-giving. Who on this earth doesn’t love a snuggly, beautiful scarf?

•You don’t have to worry about running out of yarn. Just stop when finished.

•It’s FREE. Hurray!

You’ll receive a digital file only (instantly downloadable as a PDF) and won’t be shipped anything. Please allow a few minutes for the download link to be emailed to you. If the email doesn’t arrive within a few minutes, just log into your account on our site and you’ll see your Completed Orders. From there, you’ll find the download link.

Enjoy your knitting!


You may sell the items you make using my patterns. I just ask that you link back to my shop. Thanks!

Review: How to Knit Socks That Fit by Donna Druchunas #KnittingSocks #SocksThatFit #Crafts

Remember when you were a kid, and your socks were always falling down around your ankles, then slipping down so far they bunched up around your feet in your shoes? I do. Yuck. Even when I got older, finding socks that I actually liked was, well, interesting. Sports socks had good elastic in the top and cushy bottoms, but coming in black, white and gray was so boring. Cute socks, with wild patterns, cartoon characters, and bright colours (my favorites!) wear out in no time flat, as they are made with thin, easy worn-through yarns. All of this is why I first started knitting socks.

Jitterbug -- Hand dyed  Superwash Merino/Nylon (80/20) Fingering weight, Sock yarn 100g, 400 yards -- Color:  Radioactive RainbowSock yarn is so much fun! Colorful, often stretchy, always lovely to knit with, what is called sock yarn is a finer weight yarn than worsted, and makes absolutely luscious socks that are a treat for your feet. Of course, you don’t have to stop with sock yarn. I have knitted for my feet from heavy yarns to make slippers and even boots! Knit the boots up, felt them, add a leather sole, and you can wear them all winter. High top, low top, it doesn’t matter. You knit, you enjoy!

Of course, making socks isn’t cheap – good quality sock yarn can run upwards of $30.00 per skein, and require two skeins to make a pair. No, I don’t invest that much – I like bamboo and merino that runs me less than $5.00 per skein, but one day I might go crazy and go for the really good stuff, like yak or bison. Who knows? I would just have to remember that those socks are for laying around reading and knitting and not walking out in the yard (yes, it’s a habit. . . )

But the old problem of knitting socks that truly FIT is still the question. When I first started knitting socks, I had the same problem as with purchased socks. Ankles too tight or too loose. Tops as well. Feet too large or too tight. So, how do you do it right every time?

This Storey BASICS Title is a wonderful way to start your sock knitting journey. Donna Druchunas holds your hand and leads you through everything from the beginning. What fibers are good for socks and what fibers will drive you made and turn out a bad product. Why the “twist” is important in your yarn, and how to decide what weight yarn to choose. She then continues to what type and size needles you need for your particular socks and why the material the needles are made of is important. Then you get to the good part. How to fit the sock to your foot so they turn out comfortably every time. Then there is whether you want to knit “top down” (knitting the cuff, then the foot) or “toe up” (starting with the toes). She explains the differences that each knitting style makes in the overall construction and fit of the socks, and why a beginner might want to start with a cuff down style. My personal preferences? The yarn depends upon what I want my final product to be, of course. But I use circular wooden or acrylic needles and the toe up method for a couple of reasons. One, I lost a double pointed needle on a bus trip in Scotland and had to put away my knitting – bummer. The double points are pretty scary for a newbie, as you are working with five needles at a time. I like the circulars so that my work is continuous and I am not working with those fiddly double points! I work toe up because, let’s face it – I get distracted. By starting with the toe and paying attention to my toe, instep and heel, I can then let my mind wander and ‘play’ with how I complete the tops. Cables? Simple knit two purl two? I can make up my mind when I get there – and then just knit until I am out of yarn. And by knitting two socks at once on my circular needles I don’t suffer the dreaded “One Sock Syndrome!” Besides, you can even spin your own sock yarn!

Hand dyed Merino Wool Roving, Combed Top -- Radioactive Rainbow -- 100% Merino spinning fiber, Felting Fiber, Felting woolThe directions for making socks are simple, well-illustrated, and allow you to start your sock knitting journey with a very basic sock – something that I still knit for everyday use – even if I do knit them in wild, hand painted colours! Starting here you can grow your sock making skills before you branch out into the wonderful world of colour and texture that makes up the world of sock yarn and patterns.


I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own. This is a really great book for the absolute newbie, but I also found neat little tricks and tips for my own sock knitting. Recommended.



I went to my local yarn shop’s Fleece Day Market the other day. Fun had by all, and lots of beautiful fleeces!

There were also goats, sheep and llama there – my favorite was one particular llama: at that FACE!! They were so cute, all the little creatures, but it would be fun to have this little girl in my back yard, I have to tell you…. These babies are so spoiled – the best food, the best living space and handling. They are nearly as spoiled as my dogs 😉

Review: More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson

8174867Yes. I admit it. I am addicted to color. Color everywhere – in my home, in my arts, in my knitting. I am a total and complete addict. And you know what? I have NO intention to 12-step it away!

And then, of course, there is design. Fibers, textures, unusual lines. All these things are important to me. And there a boat-ton of patterns I have in my stash that make full use of all of these lovelies. But you know what? I would have to live to be 500 to make all these things – and sometimes I can’t even get the time to make one. Sigh.

With that as the case, I am thrilled to have More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. Sometimes you need small items for friends, birthday gifts, that sort of thing. And sometimes, when you are really feeling hammered by life, when nothing ever seems to be done and complete, well, being able to finish just one thing can sooth and calm the mind and make life better. This is the perfect book to reach that goal. From the ultra-simple, like the Reusable Hot Coffee-Cup Sleeve – it only takes about an hour to finish – to the Bright Stripes Blanket – 1800 yards of beautiful bright yarn and a longer finish time, but easy-peasy garter stitch – well, I love this little book!

The instructions are clear and Joelle gives ideas for different fibers and colours to make the same item for different people fit each person’s personal style. For me, the Toe-Up Socks pattern is going to be my go-to pattern for socks (I run around with just socks on all the time, holes are a given… ). The book also includes excellent instructions for “how-tos,” everything from binding on to binding off with Kitchner Stitch.

Highly recommended for everyone from the beginner to the advanced knitter who is looking for simple projects that bring smiles!

I received this book from the publisher in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

A Story From Fiberygoodness

Randi Winters
Photo courtesy of Other beautiful yarny photos available on the site!

For the last several months I have been enjoying “Fibery Goodness” with Arlene (Spin Artiste) and Suzy (Woolwench) on

There are wonderful things on their site, including courses like Journey to the Golden Fleece Creativity in Fiber Certificate, a Fibery Art Gallery of student creations, and other ‘pretties’.

On the blog today they posted Stories!, including a Fairy Tale by Randi Winters. You should flip over and read it – it is a beautiful tale, with gorgeous yarn and spinning photos. Besides, if you are into yarn, this is a site you must not miss!


Winter Knitting Patterns for the family and home by MillaMia is offering Winter Knitting from MillaMia knitwear for review. It is a lovely book for those of you who wish to knit for children or household items like pillows. The adult patterns include mittens, sweaters and socks.



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This inspiring new book from the team behind MillaMia knitwear is packed with projects to take you through the wintertime. As the seasons change from cool, crisp autumn to the cold and dark of winter, Scandinavians are particularly good at easing the transition with clothing, interiors and food that bring warmth and light. Sisters Katarina and Helena Rosen aim to share some Swedish wonderful traditions, designs and activities with you – but of course with the signature modern twist that MillaMia bring to all things knitted. In this book you will find a mix of knitting projects to see you through the cold season, including stylish garments and accessories for adults and children, cosy homewares and unique gifts. Indulge in kitting yourself out for the first fall of snow, make clothes that the kids can wear for the festive season and create interior projects that will bring warmth both literally and visually. You will also find a selection of ‘bonus’ projects – with a couple of favourite festive recipes and some wonderful paper projects that any yarn enthusiast will enjoy.


March Mad Hatter Contest – My LYS Is The Best…


Now it is a well-known fact that every year The Recycled Lamb has a hat contest… well…this year is NO different! Announcing the 9th ANNUAL March Mad Hatter’s Hat Contest!! Great Prizes!! Great Publicity!! (what, you say?? yes, the winners get gift certificates to the shop and get their names and winning hat photos posted on our Facebook Page!)

Here is the scoop:

Deadline for entries is Sunday, March 1. We will sign you up at the time you buy your yarn or fiber any time between now and then, and assign your number for each entry (you may enter as many times as you like!) Did we mention these hats can be felted, knitted, crocheted, or woven??? Voting will take place from March 1 to March 20th, please vote only one time (we’re on the honor system here!) for each category.

Okay, here are the OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES:

1. You MUST purchase your yarn or fiber at The Recycled Lamb. Recently. Like between now and when you create the hat. Or maybe last month…Sure, you can pick and choose from your stash, but as you might surmise, we’d like to sell some yarn during this contest!

(AND YES! The Recycled Lamb takes phone and internet orders!)

 2. Entries must be delivered to the shop by close of business on Sunday, March 1.  Judging will be from March 1st through Thursday, March 20th. Winners will be announced and awards awarded during the March Knit Knite on Friday, March 20th.

3. All Entries will be anonymous. 

4. Anyone can enter. Anyone can vote. But, keep it to one vote per person,per category, ok?

5. All hats will be returned to their creator, unless you’d like us to donate them to our favorite charity.

So, here are the categories (and be sure, when you bring in your entry, to indicate which category it belongs to):

1. Felted Hats
2. Woven Hats
3. Crocheted Hats
4. Knitted Hats
5. Other (oh, this leaves SO MANY possibilities open!)

Finger Knitting For Altzheimer’s Reserch With David Babcock

Learn to Finger Knit with the Knitting Runner, David Babcock Send to a Friend Share on Facebook Tweet this
Featured in the New York Times and around the world, David Babcock is the Guinness World Record holder for knitting the longest scarf (12 feet!) while running a marathon, which he did in Kansas City last October.

This Sunday, I’ll be running the New York City Marathon while knitting a scarf. I’m doing it to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s. While training for the New York City Marathon, I was faced with a problem. Due to security concerns I was told that I would not be allowed to bring knitting needles or a crochet hook with me on the run. I respect the great service that the New York Police Department provides and want to support their efforts. So I had to come up with a way to knit on the run without needles.

:: Learn David’s amazing finger knitting technique! ::

*Article courtesy of LION BRAND YARNS.

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