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May the Yarn Be With You

In the wake of the final installment of the Star Wars saga, Jimmy Beans Wool has released a special collection of Star Wars themed yarn. Yarn Wars The Millennium Fiber features seven Madelinetosh (who was recently purchased by JBW) Unicorn Tails, each inspired by an iconic character. Use these skeins in your next mini skein project or find an out-of-this-world shawl that you can wear during your next movie marathon.

Crochet Along in the New Year

Kick off the New Year with crochet designer Karen Whooley and Modern Metro, a relaxed top that has the potential to become a favorite wardrobe piece. Starting January 6th the designer will host a crochet-a-long in the Whooligan’s Facebook group, walking makers through the stitch pattern, the unique construction, and how to modify for different yarn weights. Expect prizes each week leading up to the February 9th cast off date.

Get Schooled

Craft Industry Alliance and Indie Untangled have teamed up to host Business Untangled, a one-day education and networking event for fiber industry entrepreneurs. Dyers and designers are invited to New York on January 15th to take classes on email marketing and how to use your phone to take photos for social media. Plus, attendees will hear from a panel of experts including store owners, product designers, knitwear designers, and yarn dyers. Registration is open through January 12th.

CAST ON: Geo Mesh Cowl by Xandy Peters

Xandy Peters is no stranger to creating new stitch techniques (hello, stacked stitches), so it should come at no surprise that her new Geo Mesh Cowl introduces knitters to a new way to lesser known decrease stitch that results in both “legs” of the netting being of equal thickness. Written for sport weight yarn and size US 9 needle, this pattern offers a video tutorial to help you learn the 3 to 2 decrease that is used throughout.