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shaking it up with color

  We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of the dream, Wandering by lone sea breakers, And sitting by desolate streams; — World losers and world forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams: Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world forever, it seems – Arthur O’Shaughnessy, Music and Moonlight THE LO-DOWN the first time we laid our eyes on 2 color shaker stitch, we thought it was a miracle.  vertical stripes appear while knitting horizontally, it almost seems as…

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very un-queen of hearts

  I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. There goes the shawl again!” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland   THE LO-DOWN sometime around valentine’s day, we picked up a bit of yarn that we had lying around and started futzing around to make a heart pattern.  we started with one colour knits & purls and constructed…

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mr. centipede’s crossed stitch

“My friends, this is the Centipede, and let me make it known He is so sweet and gentle that (although he’s overgrown) The Queen of Spain, again and again, has summoned him by phone To baby-sit and sing and knit and be a chaperone When nurse if off and all the royal children are all alone.” – Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach   THE LO-DOWN this two row repeat is easy to remember and just as fun to stitch.  it makes a fun…

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cabling in the land of illusions

  A couplet in smaller characters was inscribed vertically on either side of the arch: Truth becomes fiction when the fiction’s true; Real becomes not-real where the unreal’s real – Cao Xueqin, The Story of the Stone: Vol 1 THE LO-DOWN we love cables! but often times, we find that faux cabling fits life on the go a bit better (no bothering with a cable needle when riding on a train, plane or automobile).  this faux cable stitch is really a simple rib stitch with…

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two laces in one

The two oaks lean apart for light. They aren’t as strong as lone oaks but in a wind they give each other lee. — William Meredith, A Couple of Trees   THE LO-DOWN gauge really matters when it comes to lace stitches.  on the left, we knit a lacey leaf pattern with worsted weight camel yarn on US6 needles.  the pattern ended up coming out like a  really organic cable pattern  rather than something full of holes and curves. on the right,  we re-knit the…

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double, double

Double, double toil and trouble Fire burn, and cauldron bubble – William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, Sc. I: Three witches   THE LO-DOWN whenever you spy seed stitch (or point de riz, as the french would say), double seed stitch is never very far behind with all the confusing nomenclature in tow.  double seed stitch is sometimes known as double moss stitch; moreover, there’s  a similar knit pattern, except that it features a “K2, P2” repeat, which sometimes goes by double seed stitch as well. …

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warrior wicker

The strongest of all warriors are these two—Time and Patience. – Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy, War and Peace THE LO-DOWN wicker stitch (aka criss cross stitch) is kind of like a hybrid between a cross stitch and a 2 stitch cable.  no cable needle is required to make this stitch; however, the tightness of the stitch does make the knitting process a bit more challenging.  the wicker pattern produces a surprisingly dense, rigid and unyielding fabric — we kind of imagine it to be perfect for…

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