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Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope that despite the… strangeness of 2020, and despite many of us being in some state of limitation or lockdown, you were able to enjoy the holidays. Hope you gifted yourself a treat… or some me-time! Enjoy this clip of some yarnporn that I gifted to myself! 😉

Today I wanted to share my thoughts on two recent We are Knitters kits that they graciously sent to me. The kits are the Hibiscus Top, perfect for summer or as a layering piece, and the Lofoten Scarf, a super-easy squishy winter scarf.

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First up, the Lofoten Scarf. Super-easy to make, on giant 15 mm knitting needles, this is the perfect kit for a beginner! All We are Knitters kits come with everything you need to make your own item: the pattern, the yarn, the needles or crochet hook (you can opt out of needles or hooks if you have your own), the darning needle to sew it all up and some tags to sew on your finished piece! How much easier can it get?

If you’re not familiar with WAK’s The Wool, it’s thick, really thick. And works up so fast, especially in beginner-friendly garter stitch (where you knit every row)! (We are Knitters even has awesome tutorials for beginners!) And the added interest of the two colours of stripes makes it beautiful. Want to give it a try? We are Knitters is having an amazing sale right now on some of the colours – grab it here! (My colours are natural and navy.)

Lofoten Scarf in easy garter stitch

A more summery piece, the Hibiscus Top is the perfect V-neck tank. Made in one of my favourite yarns, WAK’s Pima Cotton.

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While still listed as an “easy” level project, I will tell you, you will need to pay a little more attention while knitting this beauty. A simple V-neck on both front and back, the Hibiscus Top gets its interest from the stitch used in this pattern: the linen stitch.

Linen stich detail

Let’s talk about this gorgeous stitch, and why it has quickly become one of my favourite stitches! What initially drew me to the linen stitch was the graphic look it produces – quite geometric and intricate-looking. And as most knitters know, one of the most annoying things is when your work curls… but the linen stitch produces a flat fabric and does not curl! Yes, it’s true! Need another reason to love this stitch? It has two really different looking sides… meaning, if you sew your work carefully, you may just be able to wear it both ways! Topping out the reasons to love the linen stitch: it’s a simple two-row repeat! I promise, if you give it a try… you’ll see just how easy this beautiful stitch is to create! I am obsessed!!

Want to try the We are Knitters Hibiscus Top for yourself? The WAK sale is still on! Snag a kit here! (Colour shown here is Terracotta.)

Linen stitch and wrong side

If you follow me on social, you know that there are a couple of yarns I really adore. And I have loved most of my We are Knitters kits so far… but boy, am I glad I tried a new We are Knitters kit and learned a new stitch!! I am totally obsessed with the linen stich, and if you subscribe to my blog and want to learn how to make the linen stitch, you’ll soon see what else I have up my sleeve. 😉

Wrong side of the linen stitch

Hope you enjoyed this post! Have you ever worked the linen stitch?

And what is your favourite We are Knitters kit so far?

~xoxo, Aire

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Happy December!!!

It’s finally time to decorate for the holidays (if you haven’t already)… and enjoy all the sparkly lights and glitter the holidays bring. And although 2020 hasn’t been great in many ways, I wanted to bring some cheer to your life…

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you already know that…

I am hosting a 10-day giveaway extravaganza!!! Thanks to the amazing crafters over at Knit Picks for sponsoring this awesome giveaway-fest!! Please show them some love by following Knit Picks and We Crochet. 😊)

For ten days this month I will share a new maker’s giveaway on Instagram! You will have a chance to win not only tons of yarn, but also craft supplies like knitting needles and more! Make sure you’ve turned on notifications and are following me! (We are on day 2 of our 10 Days of Holidays Giveaway!)

I hope this brings you some joy! Let me know in the comments if you are going to be entering the contests!

Tell me… are you ready for Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other holidays? Are you ready to wrap up 2020? 🎁

~xoxo, Aire

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Friends, I am so excited to announce that I have become a KnitPicks Ambassador!!

Over the last couple of years, as I have dived back into knitting and crocheting, I learned about KnitPicks and its sister company, We Crochet. I actually found We Crochet first… and quickly started ordering their incredible yarns. (I even got my mother hooked on them!) Well-priced, high-quality… this brand has everything necessary to get started with crafting. I was thrilled to be able to bring my love for knitting to you by partnering with this company!

Let’s unbox what arrived this month, shall we? Oh… and there is a huge surprise at the end.

There was so much yarn!

Let’s talk about what yarn I selected for my make. I really wanted a bulky, warm, but soft scarf. Something oversized that I could wear with anything. My issue is that I can’t wear most wools because I have a slight sensitivity to untreated wool. If it’s treated, something like superwash, or blended, then I can usually get away with it. So I decided to try KnitPicks Bare Super Bulky Wool, composed of 70% Superwash Wool and 30% Superfine Alpaca. Can I tell you, although I read that this yarn was soft, I was surprised at just how soft and squishy it really is!! It comes in a bare, undyed shade which was perfect for me!

As I’m working on my project… perhaps it’s time to share my surprise?

In early December, I am going to be hosting 10 Days of Holidays Giveaways!!!

So if you’re not already following me on Instagram and Facebook, head over there and give me a follow! I’ve already teased one of the incredible prizes… may tease one more this weekend… Wait until you see the rest!! (I’m also on Ravelry, Pinterest and Twitter. 😉)

Are you going to be entering???

Psst, there’s also a site-wide 20% off sale at KnitPicks and WeCrochet – until November 30th!

~xoxo, Aire

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We can all agree 2020 has been a… new kind of year. AmIright?

We watched as supermarkets ran out of supplies (specifically, personal care, cleaning, and baking supplies), home-schooling became mandatory for many, parents struggled with working while keeping the kids learning/entertained/busy all while trying to not pull their own hair out.

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And this new social isolation led to… hobbies. Many, many hobbies.

So many of us turned to old faithfuls; tasks that keep us busy, but happy. Cooking and baking was one of my favourite things to do! I became a bread baker, creating everything from Simply So Good’s Crusty Bread to my own dozen iterations of this one bread (Olive Bread is my family’s favourite!), to old staples like banana bread and peach crisp pies. Boy, did we bake a lot! I became worried about the Quarantine20 so slowed the baking before I gained any more weight lol!

I find cooking to be a solace. Sometimes a chore, yes… but mostly, relaxing, calming… especially more so if there is a glass of wine in my hand and music in the background. The spring brought cool summery meals, while lately I have been whipping up my favourite soups (lentil soup is incredible, as is Italian Wedding) and Greek dishes (Youvetsi from Three Sisters is a favourite). I don’t know if I would say that I’ve been cooking more this year, but I definitely love cooking.

My favourite olive loaf

But let’s talk about my passion hobbies! How many of you took up crafting this year?

I’m talking knitting, crocheting, needlework, weaving, etc.

(Yes, knitting enormous chunky blankets with your arms does count!) Apparently one industry that did not suffer this year was the yarn industry. Everyone I’ve spoken with has seen empty yarn shelves, sold-out lines of yarn (I can’t tell you how many times the yarn I was dying for on WeCrochet was sold out this summer!) and needles and hooks out of stock. And I’m so happy that this happened!

As a lifelong knitter and crocheter, someone who learned as a small child in German schools and from my sweet mom, I always return to my favourite crafts. It used to be a seasonal affliction (haha)… where I would crochet a cute bag or bikini top in the summer… and make all the warm accessories in the winter. However, over the last two years, I find that I’ve started, and never stopped. 2020 especially brought a few converts to my corner! Friends, cousins, other bloggers, asking what they need to start this magical hobby. A couple of skeins of yarn and hooks and needles later, and thanks to the magic of the internet and YouTube, all have turned into incredible makers in a few short weeks!

My own design
Knitterella’s Wixom Hat

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve probably witnessed some of my makes coming to life. Maybe I’ll share them all here on the blog one day! Oh hey, I’m also on Ravelry!

Tell me all about your new hobbies? Have you rediscovered old passions? Taken up knitting or crocheting… perhaps painting or sketching?

Or perhaps you spent your time differently. Tell me more in the comments!

Let’s maybe talk about plants and journaling, and other #covidstereotypes, in another post! 😉

Can’t wait to see how everyone has been doing. Hope you have all stayed safe, healthy, and happy.

~xoxo, Aire

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