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Why we love Cowls

knitted mask / cowl shidonna raven patterns and publications

We love cowls for several reasons:

  • easy to keep up with / hard to lose
  • maximum warmth
  • maximum comfort

Having experienced the cold winter months of the Northeast, we know a little about cold and how to stay warm. In addition to staying warm, a cowl can be worn around the neck (almost like a turtle neck) making it easy to keep up with and offering some scaled down warmth once indoors. Because cowls can be tucked under coats and pulled up under and over chins, they provide maximum warmth by keeping cool and cold air out while clinging to the body, if made the right size. They also offer a lot of comfort during winter months and can be made out of soft wools like merino wool (below) to reduce itching and increase warmth. Shop our cowl patterns today! These make the perfect holiday gift as they can be quicker to work up than a traditional scarf. If you need help making your holiday gifts, sign up for one of our knit or corchet alongs or classes.

Who is on your Christmas list? What other DIY Holiday gifts are you making? Send us a picture of what you have made so far. Which types of arts and crafts are you using to make your DIY Holiday gifts?

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Baby Blanket, Student Project

Christonya Crochet Baby Blanket Shidonna Raven Pattern and Publications

A long time crocheting student decided to take a knitting class (view our classes here) with me. Her experience with crocheting definitely helped her learn knitting fast! Although, she thinks crocheting is more forgiving than knitting. Nonetheless, she did very well. She recently shared a few of her crochet projects with me featured here in this article. Like many of us, she has gotten several projects done during the pandemic. Also, like a lot of us she has been working from home.

She used yarns similar to the ones below to create her blankets and you can too. Be sure to order enough yarn to complete your Holiday projects and check your dye lot number. Also give yourself enough time to receive your yarns and supplies.

If you are a beginner and looking to get started, the kit below will have several of the items you will need to start a project like this. These projects are very doable for the beginner and a lot of practice. However, if you are just getting started, consider starting with a smaller project.

Contact us with any questions regarding your holiday gift projects. Have you chosen your Holiday Projects yet? Who is on your list this year? Did you select your yarn(s) yet? Share your answers with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of information with your friends or family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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True to our Passions

As the saying goes: do what you love and you will never work a day in your life. With all the hours we put in, we believe that saying is 100 percent correct. Our roots were founded in sewing and like most people who sew, knit or crochet, we have been doing it since we were children. We loved it then and we love it now. Before we knew what draping was, we were draping clothes on our Barbies and hand sewing the latest fashions around Barbie town.

We not only develop and create patterns and publications, we teach as well. It always strikes me as interesting how much and how deeply we can talk about knitting or crocheting. My students contact me throughout the week and day with random questions about projects, knitting and crocheting. Were this any other job, aka job we did not love, we might not be so readily available. But since we love what we do, we are always thrilled to get the questions and to hear from students about what they are working on. We also believe in our crafts and the preservation of them.

So, we welcome you to a unique experience. As knitters and crocheters ourselves we have seen many patterns and know what a difference it can make to be able to ask a question or two about the pattern and the project itself. You work so hard and long to complete your project and you make every effort to do it correctly and completely. We understand. That is why we are here to offer you support with the patterns and publications you purchase with us. So, do not be shy. Ask. Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been doing it? How did you start? Share your answers with the community by sharing them below. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people.