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Happy Hanukah and Merry Christmas!

I celebrated Hanukah with my family on Sunday night. My nephews are too young to really understand what we’re celebrating, however the oldest, who’s two and a half, senses our excitement and happily joins in. We also celebrated his grandfather’s birthday that night; I think blowing out the candles was the highlight of his night.

Caleb

I took this photo of my youngest nephew, Caleb, with my camera phone while he was laying on my lap. At 10 weeks, of course he had no idea what we were doing, but he has such a look of joy on his face that I can’t help feeling the same way when I see this picture.

I hope you’re holiday celebrations are filled with this same sense of joy. Whatever the troubles of our daily lives and the world in general, time with family and friends is always special.

So that the Loop Staff and I can enjoy time with our families, we’ll be closed today and tomorrow. Have a happy Hanukah and a very Merry Christmas!

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The Lacy Rib Cowl

Michelle caught the lace bug after knitting her beautiful Hemlock Ring Blanket. And being the adventurous knitter that she is, she played around with some Merino Spray yarn that she’d bought and came up with the lovely Lacy Rib Cowl!

The Lacy Rib Cowl

I love the lacy fabric contrasted with the seed stitch and large buttons.

Michelle wearing The Lacy Rib Cowl

Michelle was kind enough to share her pattern with us. The Lacy Rib Cowl is a wonderful gift that you can make quickly in these last days before the holidays! Here’s how –

LACY RIB COWL

SIZE
approx 23 by 5.5 inches

YARN
2 balls of Queensland Collection Merino Spray – 1 for Main Color, 1 for Contrast Color

NEEDLES
24″ circular size 7

GAUGE
5 sts per inch in Seed Stitch

STITCH PATTERN
Row 1 (K1, p1) 5 times, p2, *k1, yo, ssk, p2; repeat from * to last 10 stitches, (k1, p1) 5 times.

Row 2 (P1, k1) 5 times, k2, * p3, k2; repeat from * to last 10 stitches, (p1, k1) 5 times.

Row 3 (K1, p1) 5 times, p2, *k2tog, yo, k1, p2; repeat from * to last 10 stitches, (k1, p1) 5 times.

Row 4 Repeat Row 2.

PATTERN
Cast on 112 with Contrast Color. Work Stitch Pattern for 4 rows.

Change to Main Color and continue Stitch Pattern until piece measures 1.5 inches from cast on edge.

Buttonhole Row 1
Work 5 stitches in seed stitch, bind off 5 stitches, continue in pattern to end of row.

Buttonhole Row 2
Work in pattern to last 5 stitches, cast on 5 stitches, complete row in pattern.

Continue until piece measures 3.5 inches from cast on edge. Repeat Buttonhole Rows 1 and 2.

Continue until piece measures 5 inches from cast on edge.

Change to Contrast Color and work Stitch Pattern for 4 rows.

Bind off loosely. Weave in the ends and attach buttons.

Thanks for the pictures and the pattern, Michelle! Great job!

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Kaleidoscope Crochet Scarf

Fall is here! As the bright colors of flowers and fruits turn to the deep reds and oranges of pumpkins and apples I need a project to remind me that warm weather will return. The Kaleidoscope Cashmere Crochet Scarf Kit from Artyarns seems like the perfect thing!

Artyarns Kaleidscope Cashmere Crochet Scarf

Each kit includes 11 colors of Artyarn’s beautifully hand dyed Cashmere 1 yarn, and a wonderfully detailed pattern. Kathy has already started crocheting one and it is absolutely gorgeous. It looks just like a little patch of wildflowers!

Artyarns Kaleidscope Cashmere Crochet Scarf

The feel of the scarf is perfect, the cashmere yarn keeps it light yet very warm. This scarf will be a great pick-me-up on gray winter days.

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Pretty Cheep Project Bags

Pretty Cheep Project Bags

If you’re like me, you have a million projects going at once with almost no organizational system. I’ve got them stuffed in drawers, in the coffee table, under my couch–and don’t even ask me about the tangle of projects in my purse! Enter: the Pretty Cheep Project Bag.

These bags are wonderful. They’re made out of 100% cotton muslin with a drawstring closure. Each bag is 12 inches square–perfect for individual projects–and comes in three great bird designs. At just $6.50 each, I can afford a bag for every project!

Pretty Cheep Project Bags