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Product Review: Sock Stop

Product Review: Sock Stop

by Debbie Sullivan January 23, 2018 3 Comments

Last winter I happened to be in an art supply store, and spotted a shelf of colourful little bottles labeled "Sock Stop". It's a German liquid latex product designed to be applied to the bottoms of socks or slippers to give them extra grip. I didn't have an immediate use for it, but thought it might come in useful someday and bought a bottle on impulse. It now seems to be fairly widely available, and I've seen it since then at several local yarn shops. 

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Book Review: Classic Crochet Shawls

Book Review: Classic Crochet Shawls

by Elizabeth Sullivan July 20, 2017

Summer is a time when I gravitate towards certain types of projects: lace (not too hot and bulky), socks (small and portable), shawls (don’t have to worry about fit), and crochet (fast).

Hitting three out of four of my vacation-project favourites, this seems like the perfect time of year to review one of Interweave’s latest compilation books: Classic Crochet Shawls. This book includes 20 shawl patterns from the Interweave archives, so some may look familiar as they’ve all been previously published in either books or magazines. 

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Review: Vogue Knitting Magazine

Review: Vogue Knitting Magazine

by Debbie Sullivan October 21, 2016

I still have a copy of the very first knitting magazine I ever bought: Interweave Knits Spring 2004. It was an eye-opener for me, since I had spent most of my teenage years knitting from pattern booklets inherited from my grandmother, leftovers from the 1970s and 80s. Here was a whole magazine full of fresh, contemporary patterns, for garments that I would actually wear!

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Book Review: Modern Baby Knits

Book Review: Modern Baby Knits

by Debbie Sullivan July 18, 2016

In the most recent batch of books that we were sent for review from Interweave was a copy of Modern Baby Knits by Tanis Gray. I jumped on this one because I seem to have a lot of friends expecting little ones these days, and was in the market for some fresh ideas for baby gifts. The introduction promises designs that are "easy to knit and have fuss-free finishing, bright colors, easy-care fibers, and modern silhouettes" and the patterns following it definitely live up to this statement.

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Book review: The Beginner's Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns

Book review: The Beginner's Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns

by Elizabeth Sullivan April 28, 2016 2 Comments

When I was given the opportunity to review “The Beginner's Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns” by Kate Atherley I jumped at the chance.

Kate Atherley is a renowned knitting teacher, author, and technical editor. She’s currently the Managing Technical Editor for knitty.com, regularly teaches at yarn stores in Toronto, and frequently travels to teach and speak at events across North America.

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Refined Knits: book review and yarn give-away

Refined Knits: book review and yarn give-away

by Debbie Sullivan March 04, 2016 118 Comments

Refined Knits: Sophisticated Lace, Cable, and Aran Lace Knitwear is a new book by Jennifer Wood, which includes our Messa di Voce as the suggested yarn for one of the sweater projects. It's a beautifully put-together book, full of knitting inspiration.

Contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated, and congratulations to our winner, Mary, who will be receiving three skeins of Cardamom as her prize!

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