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Tips with Trish – Felting with Cascade 220

We’ve all done it once…thrown our favourite sweater or pair of socks in the washing machine only to have it come out much smaller and denser than when it went in. When 100% non-superwash wool meets hot water and agitation the result can be devastating, unless you do it on purpose, in which case…

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Designer Spotlight – An Interview with Helen Firing

Helen Firing is a Canadian designer who needs no introduction. With a prolific presence on Ravelry, Helen has been published in Vogue Knitting Magazine, Knit Simple and in Cascade Yarns’ 60 More Quick Baby Knits. Helen has also been a regular contributor to the Estelle Yarns Free Patterns Collection since day one. How she…

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Tips with Trish – Lifelines

It has happened to every knitter at some point…you’re happily knitting away when you realize that you dropped a stitch several rows back. For experienced knitters, if you are working in garter or stocking stitch, it’s not the end of the world. But if you’re a new knitter, that can be terrifying. And what…

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Designer Spotlight – An Interview with Amanda Kaffka

This month we’re shining the spotlight on a Canadian designer who needs no introduction. Amanda Kaffka, also known as The Crafty Jackalope, joined the Estelle design team earlier this year and we couldn’t be happier. Already a well-established designer with a prolific presence on Ravelry, Amanda’s designs have also been featured in some of…

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Tips with Trish – Blocking Made Simple

Blocking…the dreaded 8-letter B word that makes many knitters cringe. Is it really necessary, you may ask? The answer is a resounding yes! Blocking is the most important step when finishing a project and today I’m going to show you why. There are many different methods of blocking, but I want to focus on…

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Designer Spotlight – An Interview with Jenny Gillard

As we continue our spotlight on Canadian designers, we are excited to introduce you to Jenny Gillard, the newest member of the Estelle Yarns design team. Some of you may already be familiar with Jenny’s patterns on Ravelry, her gorgeous patterns are tasteful and elegant and her keen eye for detail is evident in…

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Designer Spotlight – A Discussion with Trish Campbell

Trish Campbell has been a fixture in the East Coast yarn scene for many years, first as owner of Yarns On York in Fredericton, and now as a sales representative for Estelle Yarns. Oh, and did we mention that Trish also writes our blog posts (not this one, of course!) and the promotional emails…

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Tips with Trish – Demystifying Magic Loop

If you’ve never tried the Magic Loop Technique for knitting small circumferences, you’re probably wondering what is so magical about it. For a long time, I avoided trying alternate techniques to double pointed needles, believing that if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. I was fine with my trusty dpn’s; I had mastered ladders,…

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Designer Spotlight – An Interview with Robbie Laughlin

If you live in Toronto and you knit, crochet, spin, weave or tat, chances are you’ve come across Robbie Laughlin somewhere. A regular on the Toronto knitting scene, Robbie has worked in yarn shops, taught classes and workshops, given talks, presentations and newspaper interviews, and he still manages to find time to design stunning,…

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New for Spring from King Cole

It may be hard to think of spring with blankets of snow all around, but as knitters and crocheters, we always need to be one season ahead. With the warm weather fast approaching you will begin to see the shelves at your LYS filling up with lots of new goodies for spring and summer,…

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