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Issue 284 – Crème Caramel Flower

In her latest book, 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet and Felt, Kristin Nicholas brings us dozens of quick and fun projects in her colorful, bright and distinctive style. Along with the flowers are adorable insects and critters – just like in Kristin's actual sunflower garden. My favorites include a robin (page 72) and honey bee (page 29).

Kristin is a master at empowering knitters to experiment with confidence and make each project their own. The book includes clear technique instruction and a section on working with color. The sunflowers are shown embellishing everything from garments to baskets and bags to home décor. The projects are whimsical and compelling – just a quick look through the book will have you itching to pick up needles and hooks.

For a chance to win a copy of 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet and Felt, visit the CEY blog where you can read more about Kristin's book (in her own words!). One lucky person will receive a free copy.

Happy Spring!

Susan Mills

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(file size: 263 KB; published March 19, 2012)

The Yarn

Color By Kristin
50% wool • 25% alpaca • 25% mohair

From the studio of Kristin Nicholas comes Color By Kristin - a soft and smooth three-ply blend of wool, alpaca, and mohair in a wide palette of colors inspired by nature and the world around us. This yarn is perfect for cables, colorwork or simple stockinette stitch. It felts beautifully too!

Color by Kristin – Book Three

The Color by Kristin collection of booklets grew recently with Book Three, photographed at beautiful Leyden Glen Farm. Book One and Book Two are packed with cool-weather projects and Book Three brings more accessory patterns while showing Kristin's sunflower garden in full bloom. All three books are available at your LYS and online.

Clockwise from the top left: Tommie, a four color, chevron cowl; Delilah, a cap sleeve cardigan with columns of cables and lace; Cole, a colorwork wrap with steeks and embriodered embellishments; Nat, a long multi-color granny square cowl; Mia, a cabled bag with a colorwork band at the top; Brie, a garter stitch scarf with sunflower applique.

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