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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Denim

Today's Web-Letter from Classic Elite has an interesting pattern.
Whether for a fashion statement or just to keep your hair out of your eyes, one ball is all it takes to make this summery kerchief in one of Santorini's bright and cheerful color combinations.
Download the pattern...

We have a new book and yarn from Debbie Bliss.
I love denim and this yarn won't disappoint. It is different than the Rowan Denim. This will not shrink and it won't fade.
100% cotton
200m / 218 yards on a 100gram ball
22 stitches = 4" on 4mm needles 

$15.95 a ball

We get asked a lot about cotton stretching. Here are a few tips
-go down a needle size. This will tighten up your knitting to stop the stretching
-machine wash and dry your garment. You wash your store bought cottons - your hand knits should be washed too. I put them in a lingerie bag so that they don't get caught on something in the washing machine. They go in the dryer in the bag as well. I put the dryer on for 20-30 minutes. Then I let it go cold and put it on again. Keep repeating until dry. This has worked very well for all my cotton sweaters. They don't shrink but go back to their original size. 
-if you are worried about the garment shrinking in the wash, knit up a good sized swatch and measure it. Throw it in the washer and dryer and measure again.









Now it's back to packing. We're starting to fill boxes for the Frolic. This way we have a handle on the kits we need to make. It's only 11 more sleeps. Yikes.

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