Ready, Set, Go start knitting your Christmas gifts.

October is a time to pick apples, pumpkins, and patterns for hand-knitted Christmas gifts.  Hand-made gifts are appreciated, Ralphie’s pink bunny pajamas from “A Christmas Story” notwithstanding. If you are making gifts this year, some of our staff have strategies that may help you complete your knitting on time. Karen Haynes knits for relaxation. “Some … More Ready, Set, Go start knitting your Christmas gifts.

Wendy J. Johnson: Celebrating Swedish Knitting Traditions

“My mission is to let people know about Swedish knitting, “ says Wendy J. Johnson, knitting designer and instructor. Her patterns and classes at Ingebretsen’s have drawn attention to Lovikka, Sweden, population 61 and home to the world’s largest mitten (12 feet tall). Here, in 1892, Erika Aittamaa first created he signature mittens.  Erika may … More Wendy J. Johnson: Celebrating Swedish Knitting Traditions

Designer Profile: Nancy Lindberg “I knew that I had to make this my job.”

When knitters who want dependable, well-written patterns come to the needlework store, they know to go to the big binder marked “Nancy Lindberg Patterns.”  For 32 years, Nancy Lindberg carefully tested, knit, and wrote directions that knitters trust. While Nancy is not writing any new patterns, she continues to sell her existing ones and Ingebretsen’s … More Designer Profile: Nancy Lindberg “I knew that I had to make this my job.”

A Shaggy Dog Story

It’s a fiber 8 times warmer than wool. It doesn’t shrink when washed and it doesn’t stretch. And if you own a long-haired dog, the raw material is free. Yarn made from dog hair is toasty warm, has a lovely halo, and is growing in popularity as a niche yarn. While it has never been … More A Shaggy Dog Story