NEW WORKSHOP Knitsana Mindfulness

This course is very dear to my heart, it’s a collaboration between myself and a friend, Michelle Bloom. Michelle and I both have an interest in knitting and mindfulness, and it’s finally the right time for us to join forces and try something a little different. I own a knitting store, but meditation, mindfulness, and generally finding different roads to connection are what I do for fun. Michelle is a Registered Social Worker with a love for knitting and a passion for healing. Michelle will be running the show, and I’ll be there, hosting and learning along with the group.

Personally, I can’t think of a better thing you can do for yourself right now. The new year is the perfect time to learn something new, and with another wave of COVID upon us, learning new skills to help manage stress and the fear of uncertainty seems like a no-brainer. If you are interested please don’t wait to register, as space is limited.

Cheers,

Haley

KNITSANA Mindfulness Group Workshop

Mindfulness is the basic ability to be fully present and aware. The practice can help us  when we feel overwhelmed, and help us manage how we react to stress. Luckily, mindfulness is a quality that every person already possesses, you don’t need to conjure it up, you just have to learn how to access it and practice using it. In this workshop, we will use knitting as an entry into the practice of mindfulness, with the intention to help you learn how to both improve and maintain your well-being. The craft of knitting with its repetitive and rhythmic motions is well known for its calming and healing properties. Mindfulness practice has been used for years to help people focus themselves in the present moment. Together, we hope to provide you with the needed tools to decrease stress and support your daily well-being. 

The only prerequisite is that you already know how to cast on, knit and purl. You do not need any prior experience with mindfulness or meditation, you just need to show up and be present. 

Space is limited, so please don’t wait to register.

Who: This group is facilitated by Michelle Bloom, a registered Social Worker who has a love for knitting and a passion for healing.  Haley Waxberg, owner of Knit-O-Matic will be co-hosting. 

When: Every Sunday morning for one hour from 10:30 am  to 11:30 am for SIX WEEKS starting January 16th, 2022:  (Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20)

Where: This is an online workshop and will be held over a secure channel. 

Skills Required: You must already know how to cast on, knit and purl. For knitting tutorials please see our Knitting Skills Page.

Cost: The cost of the group is $200.00 (yarn is included, see below for details) for all six sessions. Payment and registration will NOT be going through us at the store – because Michelle is a Registered Social Worker it is more cost-effective to offer this workshop directly through her.

Registration: Register by e-mailing Michelle. Payment will be made directly to Michelle Bloom (by ETF), who will issue an official receipt. 

Materials: We will all be using the same, specially selected yarn for our mindful journey – 2 skeins of the very delicious Artfil Sweater are included in the cost of registration (you save approx. 35% off the cost of the yarn, you choose your preferred colour). 4.5mm/US7 or 5mm/US8 knitting needles are not included, but if you do not already have some you can get them at Knit-O-Matic (if you are a new knitter we recommend 10” straight bamboo or birch needles. If you are a crocheter that is also fine, you will need a 4.5mm or 5mm crochet hook.)

Insurance Benefits: Because this group is considered to be ‘therapeutic’, any participant residing in Ontario that has insurance coverage for social work can apply for benefits. You may otherwise be able to write off the cost of this group on your taxes (talk to your accountant to see). 

REGISTER HERE

LAST MINUTE GIFT Brisk Day Cowl

Brisk Day

We made the Brisk Day cowl a little while ago, but I didn’t want to formally introduce you until the yarns were restocked (I felt like it would be cruel, and the stock was very low, we had been waiting a LONG time). My friend Jo brought this one to my attention and I’m really grateful she did, it’s such a clever little accessory! It keeps you warm at the neck, but you can pull it up over your head when the wind kicks up and it won’t mess up your hair. The neck is split to give you more coverage where your coat closes. We made the smaller size, but I have a small head and feel that if you really want decent head coverage go for the larger size.

Our sample is made with Drops Wish (colour 12), which is light, airy, and thick so it knits up fast! You can also use Drops Air, holding two strands together. Wish is a new yarn this year and comes in a muted palette, whereas Drops Air has been around for a little while and offers a broader colour selection and many brighter, more saturated hues. Either way, the pattern knits up quickly on 8mm/US11 needles.

What are your go-to last-minute knits? Are you a knit-ahead person or are you like me and find yourself weaving in the ends on the 24th?

Yarn Options

You can use either of the following yarns:

Other Materials

Bird beauty shot

By the way, Gru say Hi!

RESTOCK Drops!

Our fall Drops stock has FINALLY dropped! An unfortunate victim of COVID supply chain fatigue, our order was expected in August, then October, but got stuck in all kinds of international shipping snafus. Regardless, it’s here now and we are GRATEFUL for the bounty! There are bunch new colours in Drops Air and Drops Kid-Silk (including those marvellously neutral blush pinks and beiges). We also received some much sought after and back-ordered CHRISTMAS COLOURS in Drops Nepal.

Drops Air

New Fall 2021 Colours

Drops Air is a deliciously soft and airy yarn. It knits up beautifully into hats, scarves, cowls, sweaters, blankets, toys – you name it! It is a ‘blown’ yarn, which means it has a core (polyamide) that is a knitting tube, and then the fibre is literally blown into it, creating a light, fluffy, fuzzy haze of alpaca floating around it. It knits up easily, and you can even knit with 2 strands held together to bulk it up to a bulky weight (try a 6.5mm/US10.5). the yardage is also generous, coming in at 150m for a 50g ball. One of the extra bonuses with this yarn is that it’s been used a zillion times on Ravelry, so there’s lots of pattern inspiration out there and you know that its not going to let you down.

SEE OUR FAVOURITE PROJECT IDEAS

  • 70% alpaca, 5% wool, 23% polymide (core strand)
  • 50g/150m (164 yds)
  • Heavy Worsted to Aran weight
  • 5mm/US8 needles or hook 
  • 17 sts & 22 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Hand wash, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Peru
  • See Project Ideas on Ravelry

The wrap above is Hamburg Calling, a free pattern from Verena Bahls. Use 6 skeins of Drops Air (if you have a hard time finding the PDF on the website it is HERE).

Drops Kid-Silk

New Fall 2021 Colours

Drops Kid-Silk is a luxurious, feather-light brushed mix of super kid mohair and mulberry silk. It gives garments a sophisticated look, whether used alone or held together with other yarns (see projects by PetiteKnit). 

  • 75% Mohair, 25% Silk
  • 25g/210 m (230yds)
  • Lace Weight
  • 3.5mm/US 4 needles
  • 23 sts & 30 rows = 4″/10cm
  • Hand Wash, max 30°C, lay flat to dry
  • Made in the EU
  • See Project ideas on Ravelry

The sweater pattern above is the No Frills Sweater by PetiteKnit. It knits up with 1 strand of Drops Kid-Silk and one of a fingering weight yarn – like Cascade Heritage.

Drops Nepal

New Colours

Drops Nepal is a great staple yarn made with superfine alpaca and Peruvian highland wool. Both fibers are untreated, which means that they are only washed and not exposed to any chemical treatment prior to the dyeing. This highlights the fibers’ natural properties, making it a lofty, bouncy yarn that’s great for garments. It’s hand-washable and felts beautifully. Drops Nepal is great for sweaters, hats, scarves, mitts, blankets – you name it. It also comes in 50g balls, making it an amazing choice for fair-isle projects. 

The sweaters above are different iterations of Riddari, a pattern from Istex Lopi that works up beautifully in Drops Nepal. (If can’t tolerate the itch but love the look of Icelandic knits try substituting Drops Air – it won’t be as dense or itchy as a proper wool sweater, but on the upside, it’ll be light as air and soft as a baby’s butt.)

Drops Wish

Restocked

Drops Wish is a dreamy, super bulky weight, blown yarn made from baby alpaca blown into a core of merino wool and pima cotton. Wish is cosy, light, airy, soft, fluffy and absolutely itch-free. Wish is a great choice for sweaters, accessories (hats, wraps, scarves, cowls, shawls, etc), blankets – you name it. To make for a REALLY thick knit, you can hold 2 strands of this yarn together and use 15mm/US19 needles. 

The sweater pattern above is Harvest Queen, a free pattern from Drops that works up beautifully in either Drops Wish or Drops Air (holding 2 strands together). We made one and it worked up beautifully (blog post forthcoming).

SEE OUR FAVOURITE PROJECT IDEAS

Drops Melody

Restocked

Drops Melody is a super soft, super delicious alternative to Mohair it looks like mohair, but it has NONE of the itch! It’s super soft, light and airy. Drops Melody is a great choice for oversize garments and accessories, although it would also make a stunning and very cozy blanket. It knits up quickly on big needles without the piece becoming heavy and it can be held together with another yarn to create a fuzzy effect, or to give garments extra volume and softness.

The sweater pattern above is Caja, a free pattern from Ravelry. It knits up with 1 strand of Melody and one of a fingering weight yarn – like Cascade Heritage.

Drops Brushed Alpaca and Silk

Restocked

Drops Brushed Alpaca and Silk is a luxurious alpaca and silk yarn that looks like beautiful (but itchy) kid mohair but feels like super soft alpaca.  It’s light and fluffy, with plenty of halo. You can work with it as a single strand or hold two or three strands together to bulk it up for larger needles. It is very affordably priced and makes a great substitute for other kid mohair yarns. 

The sweater above is Sunday Sweater, a pattern from PetiteKnit (Photo StyledBySabine). It knits up with 1 strand of Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk and one of Drops Air.

Drops Andes

Restocked

Drops Andes is a soft, chunky blend of superfine alpaca and Peruvian Highland wool. The mixture brings out the alpaca silky surface, while the wool gives the yarn better shape and stability. It’s super easy to work with and works up quickly on large needles. It’s also great for felting and is ideal for felted slippers, mitts and bags. Andes is also ideal for beginner knitters, two balls are all you need to make a scarf!

The yarn fibres are untreated, which means that it is only washed and not exposed to any chemical treatment prior to dying. This highlights the fibre’s natural properties, while it also provides a better shape and texture quality.

  • 65% Wool, 35% Alpaca
  • Super Bulky (14 ply)
  • 100g/90m (98yds)
  • 9mm/US13 needles
  • 10 sts & 14 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
  • Feltable
  • Made in Peru
  • Free Patterns

The wrap above Decemberist by Melanie Berg (you can find the whole gaggle of them HERE). It knits up with 3 skeins of Drops Andes (or 4 skeins of Drops Wish).

PRE-ORDER Laine 13 Winter 2021

https://knitomatic.com/products/laine

Laine 13: Usnea (Winter 2021/2022)

In issue 13, Laine showcases gender-neutral designs that work as the foundation for any wardrobe. The 11 designs featured in the winter collection are classic and long-lasting; ones that could be borrowed from your spouse’s, friend’s or parent’s closet.

Pattern previews will go live on the Laine website and on Ravelry on December 3.

Magazine is available on Dec 10, 2021 (pending delivery)

Laine 13, Usnea, includes:

  • 148 pages
  • 10 knitting patterns & 1 crochet pattern, beautifully photographed and illustrated
  • an interview with Danish knitwear designer Lærke Bagger
  • an article about June Cashmere
  • an article about ChiaoGoo
  • an article about the importance of crafting and creativity by our regular writer Päivi Kankaro
  • seasonal recipes
  • book reviews
  • Laine Favourites section.
  • Print only. No digital download code available.

Designers featured in this issue:

  • Susan Chin
  • Susan Crawford
  • Sidsel Grau Petersen
  • Midori Hirose
  • Susanna Kaartinen
  • Inyoung Kim
  • Hanna Maciejewska
  • Mariya Matveeva
  • Paula Pereira
  • Maiju Räsänen
  • Griselda Zárate

On Gifting

Some Thoughts on Gifting

I’m sorry it’s been so long … this post has been in the works for a while. I don’t like to send things out that aren’t rooted in love, so if I’m in a cranky place my work ends up substantially edited (or it just ends up the victim of the garbage icon).

This month’s insight section delves into some challenging subject matter, so I’d like to start by 1. letting you know that it has a happy ending, and 2. I’ve included cute bird pics between the paragraphs. Cute bird pics are VERY healing.

I’ve been thinking lately about the largest challenges my clients face when they come to the store, and I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the biggest blocks comes up when people are choosing materials to make something for someone else. The giving narrative is that giving is good, and that it’s going to make you feel good, but sometimes the process seems to drive people a little nuts. The truth is that generosity and altruism can also be accompanied by a lot of subconscious people-pleasing behaviour; a lot of insecurity, inadequacy, fear of being rejected, and at the core, beliefs about not being (good) enough, or being unlovable. These are really sensitive nerves, and when you brush up against them people fall out of the flow and life gets a lot more frustrating really fast.

Gratuitous cute bird shot

It manifests in all kinds of ways that trip us up. Our negative beliefs about ourselves can make a big mess in our relationships and undermine our own happiness. I see it all the time; it comes out as fear, perfectionism, indecisiveness, anxiety, etc. It disconnects us from ourselves and makes us emotionally unavailable. Now, please don’t assume that I’m somehow above it all, I’m not your omniscient narrator, I’m as deep in the muck as anyone else – working retail for a long time has just given me a more comprehensive view of the field (the crane shot, so to speak).

Helpful Insight #1: You are loved

It doesn’t matter what you make, or how it looks or fits or how much the receiver loves it. When you make something for someone else, regardless of its reception, you will always be loved. This is because you are loved because you are you. That’s it, it doesn’t matter how they feel about your gift, you will always, always, always be loved. And if the people in your life don’t have the capacity to love or to express love, that’s ok too, because you are still loved. And if you don’t believe that you are loved, or lovable – that’s ok, because beliefs aren’t real, they’re just arbitrary rules made up buy the human mind.

If you’re holding on to some old stories like these, are they serving you well? Do they make the experience that is your life fun, joyful, happy? If the answer is no, then they are no longer useful for you and you can give yourself permission to release them and move on. (If you can’t do that for yourself, then I give you blanket permission to let go of anything holding you down). Onward and upward!

After the photoshoot is when the real fun begins!

Helpful Insight #2: Let go of the Outcome

I feel like this applies to everything in life, but it works well in this context. At the start of a yoga class, a good instructor will remind you to ‘let go of the outcome’. For us, that means working on letting go of all your expectations that are invested in your project … which really means your expectations for yourself and for other people. This certainly falls into the ‘easier said than done’ department; recognizing and releasing this stuff is an ongoing project and a process. I used to have a boyfriend who when we fought would accuse me, saying “You have expectations!”, and I would reply, “I accept that, but I don’t know what they are!”. (He was kind of a putz, I leveled up). For me, recognizing my expectations for myself is a bit easier than my expectations for others, but I don’t think it really matters where you dive in, as long as you get wet.

Action shot

Helpful Insight #3: Fall Fast, Fall Forwards

The phrase is really “Fail fast, fail forwards”, but the term fail is REALLY loaded , and I feel in our culture falling is a better description. We all know that life on this planet isn’t about smooth sailing, and some endeavours are going to feel like belly-flops in one way or another.

1. When you fall you want to fall fast, pick yourself up, don’t sit in the mud ruminating on it. You’re wasting your life, you could be doing other things, learning new things. Moreover, sitting around feeling sorry for yourself because gravity expressed itself is going to make the experience into a bigger thing than it actually was, and increase the likelihood that it’s going to be harder to get out of the mud later. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, try to find the humour in it. After all, it’s only gravity, it’s only physics.

2. When you fall try to learn what you can from the experience and move on. Life is learning, all of the parts, even the uncomfortable experiences. If you learn from your experience you’ll have a better chance of not having to repeat it. So, when your project is a flop (as sometimes happens) – move on to the next, don’t spend the next 6 years trying to reinvent the wheel. Learn what you can, let it go, and move on.

Happiness is a plastic bag

Helpful Insight #4: Set Abstract Goals

Setting goals is very useful because it focuses you, it gets you moving and it gives you direction. People talk about setting ‘small, achievable goals’ (SAGs) – you know, the low hanging fruit, something that you can accomplish really easily and have a win in your pocket – they’re self-esteem candy. It is also important to set ‘Big Fat Hairy Goals’ (BFHGs), the ones you think are out of reach, the scary ones you’re resistant to. I believe the BFHGs are really important, they help you transcend your present and level up.

Now, nobody really talks about the quality of the goals people set. Concrete goals for things in the material world are great (for example “my goal is to wash the dishes”, “my goal is to get a better job”, etc), but the abstract, less tangible ones are just as important. Abstract goals include the really big asks that don’t have any grounding in the physical world, things that affect your paradigm, your worldview. I’m talking about goals like “my goal is to release scarcity and to live in abundance”, “my goal is to change my baseline to happiness”, “my goal is to release suffering and have a thriving, nurturing outlook.” I’m talking about *Seriously* Big Fat Hairy Goals, the things people rarely think to dream of, because they can’t even conceptualize that kind of change. These are the goals that are most neglected, but they’re also the stuff of miracles.

The abstract goal isn’t something you can draw up a five-point plan to accomplish within X amount of time, they are the stuff you have to let percolate (or marinate, or ferment), and let life bring the work to you. But, in this sense, they can be some of the easiest goals to achieve, because you don’t have to figure out how to do it or how it works, the opportunities will present themselves, you just have to go along with the flow and say YES to them.

I was at someone’s house, flipping through the book Conversations with God, and I came across the very astute statement that “change happens on the level of ‘believing’, not ‘doing'” (I’m paraphrasing). Or, if you want to get your metaphysics on, in Duality, Jeffrey Allen mentions that change is much faster and easier on the energy/conceptual level than it is in the physical/concrete world. This means that if you’re trying to execute all of your life changes exclusively on the concrete level, you’re going to have A LOT of heavy lifting to do, and it’s going to take a lot longer to accomplish much less. Move to the abstract level, and you can dump the heavy lifting.

So where does this fit in with the challenges of gifting? Well, changing your relationship with yourself is a pretty abstract concept. Most of you are probably going to have to file this advice under “listen now, believe later” (it’s a busy season in retail and I don’t have the time to pull out a bunch of science/Oprah Winfrey videos to back up my argument … but feel free to google “benefits of setting goals“… or “Oprah & setting goals“). That said, setting goals is basically a thought, which means it’s free, it’s easy, and you have absolutely nothing to lose. If, on the other hand, it works … well then, you have everything to gain, don’t you?

There’s just one more thing to keep in mind … people are really good at lying to themselves, we let our subconscious run the show and we don’t even know it. When you say to yourself “I want to be happy”, or “I want to be healthy”, really listen to the answer and try to assess how much of that is true. Our subconscious gets what it wants and it structures our lives around it’s beliefs. Listen to your body, it will tell you how you really feel about something. Right now, when I say to myself “I want my life to be joyful”, I do sincerely want that, but I also feel a heaviness in my chest, which is an insight that there’s still part of me that’s holding on to beliefs that block a joyful life. If I ask my intuition to put it into something concrete, I’m 89% positive on the subject, and 10% negative (I don’t know where the extra 1% went, the universe is weird, maybe it’s a remainder). So, I’m moving in the right direction, but I’ve still got some work to do – fair enough. I’ll set a goal to release whatever of it is ready to go.

Concluding thoughts

So where does this leave us with giving? Give freely, give generously, and give without expectation – for yourself or others. Sending your love and kindness out into the world is a gift for everyone, including yourself. And when you rub up against those sensitive spots, use it as an opportunity to release that stale old stuff. Those moments are telling you that you’re ready to move on to something new, to level up to something better – you just need to release the old to make room for marvelous new things to come!

Gru crashed the photo shoot

The bird pictures today are from this project, Hipster!

CYBER MONDAY SALE!

I just had a really nice morning and I feel especially loving, so I’m extending our sale and increasing the discount!

From Monday Nov 29 to Tuesday Nov. 30 (11:59pm) take 20% OFF a whack of yummy yarns (some already on sale), accessories, needle sets, kits, bags, notions and more! Sale is online and in-store. Discount is automatically applied at check-out, and can not be combined with any other offers or discount codes.

SHOP SALE NOW

Yarns

Clearance Yarns

Knitting Kits

Curbside Pick-up, shipping & same-day/next-day delivery available!

SALE Black Friday!

BLACK FRIDAY SALE

From Thurs Nov. 25 (12am) to Monday Nov. 29 (11:59pm) take 15% off a whack of yarn, accessories, needle sets, kits, bags, notions and more! Sale is online and in store. Discount is automatically applied at check-out, and can not be combined with any other offers or discount codes.

Curbside Pick-up, shipping & same-day/next-day delivery available!

SHOP SALE NOW

PRE-ORDER New Books

Cocoknits Sweater Workshop

With over 30 years of knitting, designing, and teaching experience – Julie Weisenberger presents her first book: Cocoknits Sweater Workshop which includes eight new designs. The book expands on the simple, seamless, top-down styling we’ve come to expect from Cocoknits.

More than just a collection, however, this book explains the Cocoknits Method – a system of tracking knitting progress in your own easy to follow customized worksheet. Unlike most traditional patterns that create flat shapes, the tailored style of construction in these patterns creates truly three-dimensional garments that impart a great fit upon completion.

All designs are worked from the neckline down, so once the neck and yoke area are established, the knitter can just cruise through generating the sweater and not worry about counting or losing track of their place in the pattern. Another advantage of knitting top-down is the ability to try on your garment as you work, to ensure the fit is right.

In addition to all-new patterns, Julie has dedicated a section of the book to an in-depth guide to choosing the right patterns for your figure type with considerations for colourwork, textured stitches, and hemlines all working in concert to create the right silhouette for you.

Interpretations 8

This series follows the journey of two friends from opposite sides of the world combining their love of their countries (Argentina and Finland respectively) and beautiful knitwear.

Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki turn 6 meaningful themes into 12 design interpretations: a cornucopia of shawls, a cowl, a hat, cardigans, and pullovers. The 6 themes Joji and Veera have chosen for Volume 8 are: Challenge, Patience, Anticipation, Pace, Compassion, and Emphasis. The collection reflects a heartfelt approach to knitting that prioritises comfort and pleasurable making without sacrificing elegance. Look to Interpretations for wardrobe classics you’ll love to knit, right to the last stitch!

The Colours of Nature

This is the English language print edition of G-ULD’s popular Danish book about natural dyeing, En Farverig Verden (2015).

The book is a simple, easy-to-follow guide to getting started with natural dyeing, introducing and giving an overview of colours, plants, fibres and tools along with basic recipes for lasting colours.

The primary focus of the book is dyeing on wool but it also briefly introduces other fibres and woven fabrics.

CONTENT:

  • A short history of natural dyeing with plants in Nordic culture.
  • A beginner’s guide on how to get started with natural dyeing and collecting plants in nature.
  • An overview of colours and fibres suitable for natural dyeing.
  • Recipes for dyeing with fresh and dried plant material.
  • An overview of plant materials to collect in Nordic nature and which to buy such as madder root, cochineal and indigo.
  • A guide to preparing yarn and fabric for dyeing that lasts.
  • A guide to tools used in the various processes of dyeing.
  • 8 recipes covering mordanting, dyeing with fresh and dried plants as well as historic dyes such as indigo, madder root and cochineal.

Information about the book:

  • 160 pages
  • Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Format: 17 x 24 cm
  • Weight: 615 g
  • Printed in Denmark.

The Yarn Winding Manifesto

The Yarn Winding Manifesto is an inspirational work intended to share the joy of craftsmanship, materials, and colours. With thread, cardboard, and attention, you are invited into yarn winding’s artistic space of colours and textures.

So that together, we can contribute a bit of creative counterbalance to an efficient, results-oriented society. There’s a need for it!

With a flow of inspiring images in a wealth of colours, textures, and compositions, this photo series of nearly 200 works is introduced with beautiful and intelligent framing texts, an illustrated guide to the method, and a yarn winding manifesto of tangible simplicity.

Content:

  • 4 short essays on creativity and colour.
  • 10 illustrations and a written guide on how to make your own yarn windings.
  • Nearly 200 photographs of artworks for inspiration.

Collaboration:

  • The Danish Arts Foundation
  • G-uld I/S: Several of the artworks in the book were created with beautiful plant dyed yarn from G-uld. They have given new life and a new perception of the traditional craft of natural dyes.
  • Bruunshåb Olde Cardboard Factory: A museum for the early cardboard industry in Denmark. The colours cardboards that are the base of the artworks come from here.

Crochet Crush

Release Date: December 3, 2021

Timeless fashion and modern practicality are the starting points for Molla Mills’ Crochet Crush. The 23 crochet patterns include both home decor and accessories, making everyday aesthetics accessible to everyone. The designs have been inspired by the colours of flowers, the moods of past summers, as well as Brooklyn’s neighbourhoods. Crochet’s compact and sturdy fabric is best suited for wear-intensive things such as carpets and bags. This book is a collection, so you can combine patterns and vary the colours to your liking. Instead of ready-to-buy, Molla encourages her readers to make their own pieces with quality materials and enjoy the slow process. The mind calms down as soon as the first chain loop is crocheted.

Molla Mills (born 1979) is an internationally known Finnish designer who learned how to crochet from her mother as a little girl in Kurikka, Finland. She has studied fashion, marketing and art and has written several crochet books that have been published for instance in Brazil and in South Korea. Molla also designs pattern collections for different yarn brands and travels around the world teaching crochet workshops.

  • 224 pages
  • 23 crochet patterns
  • Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Weight: Approx. 1.1 kg / 2.4 lb
  • Dimensions: 210 x 270 x 23 mm
  • ISBN: 978-952-7468-06-7
  • Print only, no digital download code available
  • Printed in Latvia

PROJECT Hipster

This book has absolutely nothing to do with the hat, it’s just something I’m reading.

Hipster

What can you do with one 50g skein of really nice yarn? You can make a really nice beanie! Hipster is a great little pattern from Tin Can Knits that spans sizes from baby to adult large and can be used with either DK or Aran weight yarn (for this project we went with the former). For any size, you only need 1 skein of delicious Fibre Co Acadia. Acadia has a slightly rustic look, but don’t be fooled, it’s made with 100% sexy stuff: Silk Noil, Baby Alpaca, and Merino Wool. Think of it as a city dweller’s fantasy of what they want rustic to be (which really couldn’t be further from the reality, but we humans love our theatre).

Bird crashed the photo shoot
The colour is closer to being accurate on the white background

This project and yarn combo are excellent gift territory – nobody doesn’t need a little hat when it’s chilly, and the end result will be gorgeous, no matter what! The finished hat is also reversible – the neat decrease detail in the crown looks amazing on both sides. If you prefer the fisherman look over the hipster, you can add a turned-up brim by making the ribbing longer, but remember to get a second skein of Acadia (one skein should still be fine for a baby size).

The crown decreases from both sides of the fabric

I always like recommending patterns by Tin Can Knits; their patterns are easy to follow, they work, the sizing usually covers all ages, and when I’ve contacted them and asked them questions they were really kind and helpful. So basically, if you are one of those people who are resistant to paying for patterns, I feel like the ones by Tin Can Knits have a lot of value and I think you get a lot for what you’re paying for. Plus they’re Canadian, eh!

Photo: Tin Can Knits

Size

  • To Fit: Baby (Child, Small Adult, Medium Adult, Large Adult)
  • Head circumference: 16” (18”, 20”, 21”, 22”)

Materials

Photo: Tin Can Knits

One Sweater DK

The Fibre Co has put out a series of One Sweater patterns that run from baby to adult sizes. The company owner & founder, Daphne, is wearing their One Sweater DK in
Fibre Co Acadia colour Royal Tern. I think the colour is absolutely smashing!

Size

  • To Fit Chest: 48-51 [53-58: 58-63: 63-68: 68-71: 71-76: 78-81: 86-91: 97-102: 107-112: 117-122: 127-132: 137-142: 147-152: 157-162] cm (19-20 [21-23: 23-25: 25-27: 27-28: 28-30: 30-32: 34-36: 38-40: 42-44: 46-48: 50-52: 54-56: 58-60: 62-64] in)
  • Chest Circ: 57 (65: 68.5: 72: 76: 80: 84: 95: 106.5: 118: 126: 133 145: 156: 167.5) cm (22.75 (26: 27.5: 29: 30.5: 32: 33.5: 38: 42.75: 47.25: 50.25: 53.25: 58: 61.5: 66) in)
  • Total Length (Shorter): 33 (40.5: 43: 46: 49: 55: 61: 61: 61: 62.5: 62.5: 65: 65: 66.5: 67.5) cm (13 (16: 17: 18: 19.5: 21.5: 24: 24: 24: 24.5: 24.5: 25.5: 25.5: 26: 26.5) in)
  • Total Length – Longer (at shoulder): – ( -: -: -: -: -: 66: 67: 68: 70.5: 70.5: 76: 77: 78.5: 80.5) cm (- -(: -: -: -: -: 26: 26.5: 26.5: 27.5: 27.5: 30: 30.5: 30.5: 31.5) in)
  • Upper Arm Circ: 24.5 (28.5: 29.5: 31.5: 32: 34: 36: 38: 39: 44: 47.5: 49.5: 52: 54: 56) cm (10 (11.5: 11.75: 12.5: 13: 13.75: 14.5: 15.25: 15.5: 17.5: 19: 19.75: 21: 21.75: 22.5) in)

Materials

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RESTOCKED Malabrigo Rasta

We just got a Malabrigo Restock in, and I tried to get my hands on as much of your fall & winter fave Malabrigo Rasta in the variegated colours as we can handle (We also got lots more Rios & Mecha, but that’s a whole other post). We have lots of for the sweaters, blankets and accessories of your dreams. Rasta is perfect for quick one-skein gifts. Don’t wait too long to pick yours up, COVID-related product shortages are still very much a thing this year (there are still manufacturing and shipping delays across all industries).

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Malabrigo Rasta is a hand-painted, single-ply, 100% merino wool made in Uruguay. It’s very popular and we generally have a hard time keeping sweater quantities in stock, so if you’re in love be sure to put a ring on it and lock it down!

Strathcona

Size

  • (XXS/XS), S/M, (L/XL), (XXL/XXXL)
  • Width at bust (lying flat): approx (48.5cm / 19”) 53.5 cm / 21” (61cm / 23.75”) (67.5 cm / 26.5”)
  • Length (46 cm / 17” ) 48.5 cm / 19” (51cm / 21”) (58.5cm / 23”)
  • Model is 5’9, wearing S/M size.

Yarn

Malabrigo Rasta: 4(5, 5, 6) skeins

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Needles

We think Interchangeable needles area great way to go when a pattern calls for a bunch of sizes you don’t normally use. The Knitter’s Pride tips can be a great value, while the Addi Interchangeables are the premium option. If getting interchnageables, be sure to get the shorter 3.5″ tips for the 16″ length needles – the 4.5″ tips are too long and will not work with a cord that short.

If you prefer fixed circular needles, Clover and Addi both make wonderful quality circular needles, and if you want a wood 15mm/US19 circular check out the Knitter’s Pride Fixed needles.

  • 9mm/US13 – 16″ circular needles (if buying interchangeables get the shorter 3.5″ tips, the 4.5″ tips are too long for this length cord)
  • 10mm/US15 – 24″ circular needles
  • 15mm/US19 – 24″ circular needles
  • 15mm/US19 – 32″ circular needles (or longer, for optional magic loop, or use double pointed needles)

Other Materials

Nanaimo Cardigan

Size

  • XS/S, (M/L), (XL/XXL), (XXXL)
  • Width at bust (lying flat): approx 49.5 cm / 19.5” (56 cm / 22”), (62. 25cm / 24.5”) ( 68.5 cm / 27”) (75 cm /29.5”)
  • Body length: approx 42 cm / 16.5” (46 cm / 18.5) or desired

Yarn

Malabrigo Rasta: 4(5, 6, 7) skeins

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Needles

Needle sizes aren’t listed, so check the pattern to confirm what you’ll need (although we expect it will be similar to the pattern above). We think Interchangeable needles area great way to go when a pattern calls for a bunch of sizes you don’t normally use. The Knitter’s Pride tips can be a great value, while the Addi Interchangeables are the premium option.

If you prefer fixed circular needles, Clover and Addi both make wonderful quality circular needles, and if you want a wood 15mm/US19 circular check out the Knitter’s Pride Fixed needles.

Other Materials

Frid

Size

  • XXS/XS) S/M, (L/XL), (XXL/XXXL)
  • Width at bust (lying flat): approx (43 cm / 17”) 48.5 cm / 19” (56cm / 22”) ( 64 cm / 25”) across chest
  • Body length: (41 cm / 16” ) 41 cm / 16” (46 cm / 18”) (51 cm / 20”) in body length
  • Model is 5’9, wearing S/M.
  • Positive ease approx 3–5” / 7.5–13 cm

Yarn

Malabrigo Rasta: 4(5, 5, 6) skeins

SEE FINISHED PROJECTS MADE WITH MALABRIGO RASTA

Needles

We think Interchangeable needles area great way to go when a pattern calls for a bunch of sizes you don’t normally use. The Knitter’s Pride tips can be a great value, while the Addi Interchangeables are the premium option. If getting interchnageables, be sure to get the shorter 3.5″ tips for the 16″ length needles – the 4.5″ tips are too long and will not work with a cord that short.

If you prefer fixed circular needles, Clover and Addi both make wonderful quality circular needles, and if you want a wood 15mm/US19 circular check out the Knitter’s Pride Fixed needles.

  • 8mm/US11 – 16″ circular needles (for interchangeables get the shorter 3.5″ tips)
  • 9mm/US13 – 16″ circular needles (for interchangeables get the shorter 3.5″ tips)
  • 10mm/US15 – 16″ circular needles (for interchangeables get the shorter 3.5″ tips)
  • 12mm/US17 – 24″ circular needles
  • 15mm/US19 – 24″ circular needles (or longer)

Other Materials

Bulky Mobius Cowl

You can’t go wrong with Number Two in the Ravelry search for the most projects made with Mabrigo Rasta. Our mobius cowl is the perfect one skein wonder!

Photo: Yarnfilly

The Big Hat

This pattern is a great one for beginners and comes with its own video tutorial!

Photo: Melonheadco

Monster Cables Beanie

Photo: erin–elizabeth

Really Quick Mitts

Another of our all-time favourites, Mabrigo Rasta makes mitts fast and gorgeous!

The Cushy Cowl

The Cushy Cowl includes a tutorial video that guides you step-by-step through the pattern, from beginning to end. Watch the entire Cushy Cowl being knit up, and follow along at your own pace.