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VERY Last Minute Gift Ideas

Hey, it's okay - last-minute gift giving situations happen! You get an unexpected gift and now need to give one in return, a surprise secret Santa party, anything can happen!  My go-to strategies for quick gift makes are: use big yarn, make small projects, and/or crochet! The key to making last-minute gifts is that they can't look slapdash or rushed so I like to keep it simple, design-wise. Simple patterns that can be put down and picked back up again are great because I can work on them throughout the day. I also like to combine gift knits with a store-bought gift. For example, combining a crocheted washcloth with some handmade soap I bought at a craft fair, or a...

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16 Weeks of Weekender Milestone 2: Cast On!

Not sure what this is? Check out the 16 Weeks of Weekender master post here! It's finally cast-on week! I know it's been a little confusing because the blog post is going up today (the 17th) but the actual big cast-on date is the 24th. Hopefully, it will become clear why the post is going up before the actual cast on date. The tubular cast on is a tricky trick to master and today I'm sharing some tips that might save you a little bit of frustration! The Weekender Sweater uses a Long Tail Tubular Cast On for the bottom hems. This cast on is invisible and stretchy which makes it an excellent choice for sweater hems. Andrea Mowry provided a...

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16 Weeks of Weekender Milestone 1: Swatching

  Not sure what this is? Check out the 16 Weeks of Weekender master post here! Any garment project that you knit should start with a swatch. We covered swatching and gauge earlier this year in the Getting Gauge Series. There’s even a post dedicated to swatching like a pro. After you’ve swatched, post a picture of it to Instagram then come back there to the comments and let us know how it went? What size needles did you end up with? How do you like your swatch? Do you have any special swatching tips to share? Remember to use the hashtags #colorfuleclectic and #16weeksofweekender in your Instagram posts! A mod will check your post and add your points.  ...

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The Team is Growing

You may have noticed a new voice around Colorful Eclectic lately. Or maybe an uptick in the use of the plural "we" in our posts. That's because the Colorful Eclectic team is growing!  Back in August, I joined Liz to enhance the online presence of Colorful Eclectic. Who is "I," you ask? Hi, I'm Kendra! It feels really nice to introduce myself properly after operating in the background for so long! Liz and I met at WIP night at our dearly departed Fabric Bliss. We both continued to attend other craft nights around Denver and I developed a deep and abiding love for everything Colorful Eclectic - the colors, the fact that it's a small, woman-run enterprise, the focus on...

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Advent Calendars for Yarn-Lovers

With the holiday season coming up, we're about to see a lot of beautiful yarn Advent calendars getting shared on social media. For those who are unfamiliar, Advent calendars can be a bit baffling. This post is here to de-mystify the basics of Advent calendars and give you some project ideas for yarn advent calendars.  To start with the basics, Advent is a Christian religious season that starts on the 4th Sunday before Christmas (in most Christian traditions) and is a celebration of the Christmas season. There are many traditions associated with the celebration of the Advent season, but one that is fairly universal and has even broken into secular holiday celebrations is the Advent calendar. What are Advent Calendars?Advent...

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