Getting Crafty with Your Gift Wrapping

Getting Crafty with Your Gift Wrapping

December 12, 2018

What comes to mind when you think of holiday gift wrapping? Do you groan when thinking about the time it takes or do you get giddy imagining shiny paper, ribbon and bows? Here are some quick and easy yet fun and festive ideas for adding a crafty touch to your wrapping. 

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Holiday Gifts for Makers and Crafters

Holiday Gifts for Makers and Crafters

December 03, 2018

Last month we highlighted some wonderful knit and crochet patterns for holiday crafting and gifting. This month, we’ve got some great ideas to put under the tree (or in the stocking) for your favorite maker or crafter.

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When Weaving Gets Sticky

When Weaving Gets Sticky

November 15, 2018

One of the things I love about weaving, especially on the rigid heddle loom, is that I can combine wildly different yarns to create a truly distinctive fabric with just the right "wow" factor. But weaving with mohair proved to be a little more difficult that I expected. Here are some tips.

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Holiday Patterns to Knit and Crochet

Holiday Patterns to Knit and Crochet

November 01, 2018

Whether you’re creating gifts for the loved ones in your life, or just looking to relax and craft something special for yourself, we hope you’ll enjoy the season with beautiful yarns and patterns. Get inspired with some of our favorites for holiday gifting!

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Fiber Fans Will Want to Attend this Fiesta!

Fiber Fans Will Want to Attend this Fiesta!

October 10, 2018

Weavers, Knitters & Crocheters—Mark your calendars now for the 2019 Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta. Izzy Knits will be there, October 5-6th at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, California. For a run-down on all that happened at the 2018 Fiesta this past weekend, read on...

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Customizing the Turicum Shawl for Show Stealer Fingering

Customizing the Turicum Shawl for Show Stealer Fingering

October 01, 2018

The great thing about this pattern is that, no matter what yarn you choose, you can knit until it's gone, or stop sooner, as I did, when you reach your desired dimensions. Gauge is not critical here. That makes the Turicum Shawl endlessly customizable!

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Choosing Colors for Izzy’s California Fade (Free Knitting Pattern!)

Choosing Colors for Izzy’s California Fade (Free Knitting Pattern!)

October 01, 2018 2 Comments

Today’s post will talk a little bit about the technique used to create the gradient in Izzy's California Fade shawl. Sign up for our monthly newsletter and you'll receive this knitting pattern free! Read on, not only regarding the gradient technique, but about a bit of color theory as well to help you choose the perfect colors for your project.

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Introducing Bellatrista Yarns

Introducing Bellatrista Yarns

September 19, 2018

BELLATRISTA creates luxurious, exotic yarns that are spun from interesting fibers you don’t see every day, such as a 100% milk fiber, a 50/50 blend of milk and bamboo, and a 100% soy fiber yarn. These fibers aren’t just earth-friendly, they’re also silky soft and a treat to work with. Great for knitting and weaving, we're confident you're going to fall in love!

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Ruanas, Shawls, Sarapes - They are Different

Ruanas, Shawls, Sarapes - They are Different

August 15, 2018

As we know, I am not the expert knitter here at Izzy Knits. Truth be told, I have a hard time remembering exactly what a ‘cast on’ really means. As a fisherman, I immediately think of my rod and reel, a boat, some tasty walleye or lake trout, and how I would like to prepare my catch of the day. So, when I heard Susan proclaim, with much enthusiasm, that she found a blog describing the difference between a Ruana, Shawl, and Sarape, I was immediately intrigued

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Solutions to the Challenge of Buying Yarn Online

Solutions to the Challenge of Buying Yarn Online

June 23, 2018

Buying yarn online can be a bit daunting unless you know what you’re looking for…or you trust who you’re buying from. Here at Izzy Knits, we’re committed to your online shopping success. There’s a lot that makes us different from other online yarn retailers!

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Izzy Knits’ Take-aways from the 2018 National NeedleArts Trade Show

Izzy Knits’ Take-aways from the 2018 National NeedleArts Trade Show

June 19, 2018

For the past week were the kids in the candy store, browsing the booths of more than 200 yarn-related vendors at TNNA’s 2018 Summer Show. We feasted on luscious skeins of hand-dyed wool, Edward’s Menagerie: Dogs crochet kits, hand-fired clay jewelry, stylish knit and crocheted garments, and so much more…all for you, our customers!

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A Brief History Of Yarn

A Brief History Of Yarn

June 18, 2018

The idea of twisting fibers of animal fur, hair or other fibers into yarn is an ancient craft. With the possible exception of fire, this invention stretches further back than just about any other invention we still use, and we have found artifacts made from yarn that date to around 20,000 years old.

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