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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Quick Projects for the Holidays

We have learned over the years that our customers use Thanksgiving to learn the colors of their relatives winter coats. So take special notice what Uncle Walt is wearing and come in and find the perfect color. A new box of Chunky Alpaca from Misti Alpacas just arrived.

We have looked around the store and found some great quick knits for last minute presents.

1. Big House Sock

I just made a sock out of Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted. I used size 9 needles and it took me three hours to make one sock. It is a perfect around the house sock for winter. If you have a long car ride or plane ride coming up, this is a great project. The pattern is free. Two skeins make the pair.

2. Aunt Kay's Scarf

This is a great neck warmer that takes about 200 yards of worsted weight yarn. The scarf has a ribbed tube to pull the ends through each other and to snug the scarf around your neck. It is warm without being bulky. It looks great in plain or variegated yarns. One skein of Malabrigo worsted gets it done. The pattern is free.

3. A Crocheted Scarf

Blue Sky Alpaca has a gorgeous pattern for crocheters. It is lacey and ruffley. The pattern is surprisingly easy. It has one trick to learn and then it is smooth sailing. Ask Kathy for the secret. You can use any of three Blue Sky Alpaca yarns: Alpaca & Silk, Alpaca Sport, or their super luxurious Royal Alpaca.

All these projects make great gifts for special people and the most special person of all, you.



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