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Springy Hat

Springy Hat

Spring is just around the corner…or at least it seems that way here in the Bay Area. Temps are warming up, rain here and there, things are green and buds are appearing! I enjoy this season for the fresh, creative feelings that seem to be stirring about.

This fun Spring-y hat was inspired as only one can be post-Stitches. So much to take in over just one weekend! I was so pleased to discover Big Bad Wool’s weepaca. Oh my goodness, this yarn is SO incredibly soft. It’s a 50/50 fine washable (!) merino / baby alpaca blend that comes in a pretty decent selection of pastel colors. The line is designed for baby stuff, but trust me, there are many things for ME I will be making in the future using weepaca. It’s glorious.

So, here is Springy, available for $5 at the website and on Ravelry.

http://www.materialsciknits.com/patterns.html

You’ll need roughly 135 yds of weepaca (or other worsted weight yarn) in 4 colors. I used Leaf, Bleach, Coral, and Ashes. Check out bbwool.com for more options. You’ll also need some extra yarn for the pompom. I knit this using US 6 needles in about a day or so. It has not left my head since it came off the needles (ok, ok, I didn’t wear it to work).

Happy Stitching!

Updated Edition of EZ’s Knitting Workshop

When I read in Meg’s newsletter a week ago that the Updated Edition of Knitting Workshop was finally available, I didn’t even finish reading the newsletter – I went immediately to Schoolhouse Press online and ordered my copy. [Then I finished reading the always-delightful newsletter.]

It arrived yesterday and I (again) immediately dropped everything to read through it.

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Cully and Meg have worked a masterpiece here.  Knitting Workshop has always been one of my favorite EZ book AND favorite knitting-help books, but often the instructions were a teeny bit lacking and often the pictures (B&W) weren’t easy to see.  The Updated Edition still has all of EZ’s original text but is now supplemented with TONS of editor’s notes, color pictures, hand drawn diagrams showing exactly the processes being described, and on and on.  Cully and Meg added a few EZ journal entries they have found over the years and fit them into the book where it seemed appropriate.  A wonderful extra addition.

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If you love EZ (then I probably don’t need to tell you this but), you should pick up this book as soon as possible.  It has certainly just become my #1 go-to knitting-help book.  If you appreciate the way things are explained in Knitting with Two Colors (Meg Swansen & Amy Detjen), then you will appreciate the updated Knitting Workshop as well.

Good Knitting!