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Take the Biden 100 Day Mask Challenge

Biden has challenged US to wear masks for the first 100 days of his presidency. If you have been wanting a national pandemic plan, it would seem as if one is well on its way, beginning with this challenge. Before he even took office Biden was challenging Americans to take the 100 day Mask Challenge. How has your state dealt with the pandemic? How do you think a national plan may or may not help? Have you knitted or crocheted your own mask? Do you still wear woven masks?

You can Make your Own Mask & Learn about classes and our knit along…

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MAKE A KNITTED MASK
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Or get your Ergonomic and No Fog on Glasses Mask – Already Made

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4 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Pilling On Fabric

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Don’t you hate it when your favorite sweater starts pilling?

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Thanks to cold temperatures, my wardrobe lately has consisted mostly of sweaters and sweatshirts paired with leggings or jeans. I love a cozy sweater as much as the next gal, but one thing that’s super-frustrating is when sweaters start to “pill.”

You know the drill: You go to put on your favorite cardigan, only to realize it’s covered in tiny balls of lint. They seem impossible to remove, and make your clothes look worn out, even if they’re relatively new. What’s more, this problem is hardly relegated to the clothes you wear. You may notice it on your rugs and furniture, too.

Is there any way to stop this annoying phenomenon? The answer is yes! There are a number of surprising strategies you can employ to ensure your fabrics stay pill-free.

1. Use A Disposable Razor

Just like you use a razor to shave unwanted hair off your body, you can take the same product to your sweaters to remove the lint. According to Cotton and Curls, you can use a a lint roller or tape to pick up all the pilling you have accumulated after “shaving.”

2. Try A Pumice Stone

It turns out that pumice stones are for more than just sloughing the dry skin off your feet. Just rub the pilly garment with the stone, and use tape or a lint roller to pick up what comes off, similar to the razor method.

3. Prevent Pilling In The First Place

Sometimes the best offense is a good defense, and that is definitely the case when it comes to pilling. There are a number of steps you can take to prevent your clothes from pilling in the first place, and a lot of it has to do with how you launder your garments. The Spruce recommends a number of tips, including turning the garment inside out when washing, using the gentle cycle or opting to hand wash and using a fabric softener.

4. Buy A Commercial Fabric Shaver

We’ve already went over some DIY methods for removing those pesky pills, but if you don’t mind spending a little cash, you can actually purchase a gadget specifically designed to remove pills from fabric.

Which options do you like best? Why? How was this article helpful to you?

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Your Welcome

Thank you Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications

Many of you had thanked us for the information and research you find here. We are so pleased to provide a source of information for you. That’s is why people choose our patterns and publications time and time again. Which pattern will you crochet or knit up? What are your favorite yarns? Why? Happy New Year!

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Make a Hair Bun with this Scrunchie Knit Pattern

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Scrunchies have become a staple of style and are one of our most requested patterns. There are several ways to wear this scrunchie so shake your hair lose and tame it up in one of the many scrunchie aided styles.

Benefits of Knitting Patterns

  • Can personalize by choosing different yarns
    Patterns can be used multiple times
    Styles and Designs are timeless
  • Your creations are unique treasures made by you

Who will you make your scrunchies for? Will you make one for yourself? How do you personalize the creations you make especially for the people you give them to?

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Knitting Pattern – Headband

Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications Ribbed Headband

This knit pattern – Ribbed Headband is super easy, super quick and perfect for the holidays. Add character and variation to this pattern by choosing a variety of yarns. This will give each headband a unique gift perfect for each recipient. If you have several people left on your holiday gift list, this gift will provide you will a quick turn around. Some of the people we have given this headband to also wear it as ear warmers, which for the upcoming winter is a great idea! Because of the ribbing, this project is typically easy to size. When you are done, send us a picture!

What you will need for this project *please see pattern for a complete list of supplies and materials

skein of yarn- worsted / aran weight
size 6 knitting needles
scissors
tapestry needle
Scissors
measuring tape

Which colors will you use? Who will you be making this for? Will you make one for yourself?

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The Gift of Giving

Box Hat, Ear Warmers, Coach Wristlet Shidonna Raven Fashion

They say that is better to give than to receive. The box hat pattern and ribbed headband also worn as ear warmers were recently worked up and pared with a beautiful Coach wristlet. Yes, we are partial to our purses. Nonetheless, these patterns were worked up and pared nicely with the Coach and should make a handsome winter ensemble giving any out fit an elegant finish. Gift it to your family or friends. If I were you, I would work these patterns up and pare them with your favorite accessory for yourself also!

For these projects you will need:

  • 1-2 skeins *check pattern and yardage to confirm
  • tapestry needle
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • *and don’t forget your patterns
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Knitting for a Holiday Cause – Franciscan Center Giving Tree

The one thing knitters and crocheters do and do well is knit and crochet for a cause. Consider donating to the Franciscan Center for the Holidays.

Help Make winter a little warmer for our brothers and sisters in need!

Click Here to Find out What we Need

As the days grow colder and the holidays approach, the Franciscan Center is reaching out to our friends in the community to help us provide warm clothing, toiletries, and other essential items to the men, women, and children who come to our door seeking help.

Your faith community, school, office or family can make an important difference in our community in the days ahead by collecting warm coats, hats, scarves, gloves, socks and other critical items for the Franciscan Center.

Our Holiday Giving Tree Project supplies essential winter clothing such as hats, coats, scarves, mittens, thermal underwear and socks, as well as personal toiletry items to those in need. Items for children and babies such as diapers, baby food and formula, small jackets, mittens, and knitted hats are in especially short supply. We ask that you collect new, unwrapped items for the men, women, and children whom we serve at the Franciscan Center, which we will distribute throughout the holiday season and into the coldest months this winter.

Items can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Franciscan Center, 101 W. 23rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. If you would like to help, please contact Angela Hall, Director of Outreach at (410) 467-5340, Ext. 113 or ahall@fcbmore.org

For more information, contact Angela Hall, Director of Outreach, at (410) 467-5340, Ext. 113 or ahall@fcbmore.org.

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Knit Holiday Project

There are so many wonderful knit and crochet projects out there to work up in time for the holidays. We like this one because it can be done fairly quickly and with only a few weeks left in 2020, one has to begin making their holiday gifts or time will run out.

To complete these projects you will need:

  • 2 skeins of the below yarn*check the yardage and the pattern to confirm
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors
  • tape measure

For a beginner the time frame is always uncertain. However, if you are just past the beginner stage it should take about a day for each project. The grate news about knitting is it can be done almost anywhere.

Where is the most interesting place you have knitted? How many people do you have left on your list? What did you make for yourself?

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Knits & Crochets for the Holidays…

Holiday Gift Opening

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Who has been naughty and who has been nice? Who made it on your holiday gift giving list this year? Whoever it is (even if it is you, shhh) give the gift that keeps on giving knits and crochets made with a personal touch!

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Brief History of Cable Knitting

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Although the very earliest items of cable knit were made in plain knitting, patterns had been incorporated into the fabric from an early time, either via intarsia or fair isle which use different colour wools, or via texture such as lace effects or cable stitching.

Cable stitch was developed in Ireland in the early 20th Century, and the primary purpose of most of these stitches was to make the garment thicker and warmer, as well as adding decoration.

It wasn’t till the 20s and the advent of sports clothes into fashion wear that cable knit sweaters became a fashion item, and chic young women following Coco Chanel’s example wore cable knit sweaters

Handknitted cable knit sweaters have remained popular, and in the Second World War they were practical to knit yourself. In the 80s cable knit sweaters came back into fashion, and you’ll find the chunky styles look great with jeans and casual wear.

What do you like able cable knitting? Share images of your cable work? What questions do you have about cable knitting? Cable knitting requires a cable needle…

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