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Cotton Fiber Yarn find Summer and Spring Love

There are many fiber choices out there when selecting a yarn for one’s project. With Spring and Summer on the horizon we turn our focus to the fibers that love these seasons the most. While there are many other fibers that you can use during the Spring and Summer months, cotton is one of our favorites. While we enjoy merino wool, we typically reserve these fiber for the Fall and Winter months depending on the weather where you live.

One of the reason that cotton is such a great fiber for Spring and Summer is that cotton is a natural fiber. Like many natural fibers cotton breathes. Because it breathes it allows the air to flow. The flowing air is typically a key component to wicking the body and keeping it cool during the Spring and Summer months. It is also a light and flexible fiber that is typically very soft. There are different quality cottons with Pima Cotton being one of the best, and yes Cascade Yarns always has a nice selection of Pima Cottons for us to choose from. Because of the varying qualities of cotton fibers each type of cotton has different benefits.

Pima Cotton is a little stiffer than other yarns, giving the yarn a body and form that most cottons can not offer. But, remember if you are looking for a highly flexible limp type yarn — typically Pima Cotton can not offer this.

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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?

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History of the Humble Granny Square

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Granny squares are timeless. They have the ability to be old fashioned and modern all at the same time. Some falsely believe the granny square was only popular in the 1970s but that is far from the truth. The first published record we have of the granny square is from the Butterick Publishing Co. from 1891. A description for how to make them was described in wonderful detail but with no written pattern, only a small engraving.

Although no one knows when the granny square was invented it definitely gained popularity in the Depression Era as a way for women to use up scraps of yarn. There are even descriptions of American frontier women who took sweaters and socks that were no longer useful and carefully unraveled them to crochet small squares. They were then given to the older women of the house, or grannies, as they were called, to sew them together.

There are many ways to give your granny squares an updated modern look by using a modern color scheme and modern yarn choices. Consider this yarn.

What will you make with your granny squares? Have you considered re-purposing yarn from items such as torn sweaters? Why? Why not?

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Merino Wool – Sheep Breed

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The fleece of Merino sheep is soft and fine, resulting in a wool that’s more pleasant on the skin than regular wool. It’s easy to see why these natural fibers are favored by knitters and crocheters, being an ideal material to turn into cozy, plush, and warm creations. Merino has been a long time favorite of ours too, so we understand. Below are a few of our favorite yarn picks for the knitter, crocheter and yarnie in you:

Pick out a pattern to work your merino yarn up in. Will it be for you or someone else? Will you win the free pattern comment and survey contest? We hope the lucky winner is you. View our previous weeks article to learn more.

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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.

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Crochet Scarf Pattern, Winter Clothing

Winter is right around the corner and many of your have been looking for the perfect crochet scarf pattern. Search no longer. Below are a few scarf patterns in both crochet and knit that will sure to please. As you select your pattern consider the infinity scarf or cowl. It is one of our most favorite winter items. For those in some of the coldest climates around the world, keeping warm with an infinity scarf is a must. It is likely the warmest winter item you will have in your closet. When tucked properly under your winter coat, it will keep the winter chill and wind at bay. Enjoy our infinity scarves as well as our other winter accessory patterns.

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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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