Meet Linda Choo ~ Indie Designer

shades of acer shawls by linda choo

One of the fun aspects of the annual Indie Designer Gift A-long promotion is the designer interviews we get to do. Last year I met several wonderful designers, and this year I am meeting more. One is Linda Choo, who designs under her Garden Canadensis label. She also maintains the “fiber” side of her family’s […]

It’s Gift A-long Time Again!

blue spruce hat

Want to have some crafting fun? Then come on over and join the 2014 Indie Designer Gift A-long on Ravelry! This year’s event is going to be awesome….more designers, more patterns on sale, more prizes…..more fun. What is a Gift A-long you might ask? It’s a KAL/CAL hosted by some pretty awesome designers (293 this […]

Yarn Subs…part 3

whiskey by reynolds yarns

Today we reach the end of this short series about substituting yarn. We’ve talked about the things to consider ~ fiber content, yarn weight, yarn texture and gauge. Now we get to figure out how much of our choice for a substitute yarn we’ll need to buy. Assuming we’ve chosen a yarn that will give […]

Yarn subbing…Part 2

silk mohair by artyarns

Welcome back to our discussion about substituting yarns! Monday we talked about what considerations go into choosing a substitute yarn and why knowing the fiber content and weight of the original yarn will help you choose a good substitute match. Today we’ll look at texture and gauge. Texture is how the yarn looks – it […]

Let’s sub…yarn that is…

Classic Elite Yarns Ariosa

Have you seen a pattern that is exactly what you’re looking for…only to be disappointed because the yarn called for is discontinued, too pricey, doesn’t come in colors you like, or you really just want to use yarn from your stash? Never fear..finding a yarn to substitute for the original is not as difficult as […]