But first, while you were busy talking about Bernie Sanders’ inaugural knit mitts, you might have missed that Second Step Daughter Ella Emhoff is a knitwear designer and Parsons textile design student.

Pre-order Zoomigurumi

Now through February 8th, pre-order the next installment of adorable crocheted creatures. Zoomigurumi 10 features 15 projects from 12 different designers, including a lion, kangaroo, and giraffe. Each pattern comes with easy-to-follow instructions, illustrations and video tutorials. Those who pre-order the book will receive an instant .pdf download of the book.

Purl Soho’s New Tool

Add a touch of lux to your notions bag with this new brass needle gauge from Purl Soho. The fingerprint-proof gauge tool measures needles from US 00 to US 15 and includes 4″ and 10cm rulers for determining gauge.

Professional Development Courses

The Craft Yarn Council is now offering virtual professional development courses for  Certified Instructors Program (CIP)  students or graduates. Sponsored by Clover, ‘Crafting a Crochet or Knit Blog Business’ will share blogging tips, a blueprint on how to create a financial funnel, and insight on how to build and keep an audience. The 45-minute class, hosted by Tamara Kelly, will be held on February 25th at 12pm CST. Register by February 22nd.

CAST ON: Bernie’s Mittens

A cabled sweater stole the show in Knives Out and yesterday, Bernie’s knitted mittens were the talk of President Biden’s Inauguration swearing-in ceremony. While non-knitters went to work on creating memes, knitters went to work crowdsourcing a pattern based on the mittens, which were made by a teacher from recycled sweater parts. Neighborhood Fiber Company put together a similar color palette and one Reddit user created a chart. And of course, someone published their mitten pattern.