Oh Baby!

What do you think of when you think of Spring?

Color, new life and a time of renewal all come to mind for me!

Cotton Clouds brings you a burst of color and new projects for the little ones in your life, perfect gifts for upcoming baby showers, first birthdays, and other fun events on your calendar.

Read on for our great baby kit deal!

Modern Cotton Project Inspiration

Modern Cotton, a Pima Cotton/Modal Rayon blend yarn, is a great choice for any baby project. The stitch definition, easy care and generous yardage is a great jumping point for so many projects – just imagine the possibilities!

Garments for babies and children can be a great way to learn a new technique, and they work up quickly. A special handmade Diggory or Rosebay sweater or Bilberry dress is also personal and more unique than anything you might pick up in a big box retail shop.

Wouldn’t the Babbity Bunny would be adorable peeking out of an Easter basket, and you can make two from one kit!

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Our New Modern Cotton Baby Blanket (shown here in Mackeral)
Modern Cotton Colors(top to bottom): Bluebird, Brickley, Waterfire, Bluffs, Iggy

Of course, there is a baby blanket pattern and with the range of colors it is easy to go with a traditional colorway or bold and bright. We have kits for each of the projects shown above, they are a great click-and-purchase grab-and-go project!

Weaving for the Wee Ones

Is there anything cozier than wrapping up in a handmade blanket? Woven blankets are always a welcome gift! Durable and lightweight, you will enjoy exploring color and texture as you create the fabric.

Cotton Cloud’s Baby Blanket Weaving kit-of-the-month club will give you just the right amount of yarn for each project without having to buy full size cones.

Our Basic Baby Blanket Collection features all 100% Cotton blankets plus one luxurious silk/bambu blend yarn blanket.

The four kits included in the Deluxe Collection features bamboo, rayon chenille and 100% cotton yarns. All of the blankets are machine wash and dryable, a real plus for any baby item.

Truly Unique Baby Gifts

For a truly unique and special baby gift, take a look at this woven Heirloom Christening Gown. It is suitable for a boy or girl, heirloom quality, and affordable in perle cotton and Bambu. The kit also includes enough yarn to make a matching set of booties!

Baby-wearing is not a new idea but has come back into fashion. The Rosepath Baby Wrap will let Mom keep her baby close, calm and happy while having her hands free!

Exclusive FREESHIP KIT Sale! freeshiptruck

What project are you most excited to start? To celebrate all things baby, when you spend $75 or more at Cotton Clouds on any of the baby kits in March, enjoy Free Shipping with the code BABY.

We have even more project inspiration for baby over on our Pinterest board!

We hope you’ll share your completed projects for your favorite little ones over on Facebook or in our Ravelry group!

Happy Baby! Happy Spring! Happy All Things New & Beautiful!

Irene & Jodi

03/17/2014 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

Organic Cotton for Baby

Introducing 100% Organic Cotton Baby Kits from Appalachian Baby Designs

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Appalachian Baby Design takes a distinctive American approach to handmade baby gifts. They provide the designs, yarns and gift packaging for the discerning knitter and crocheter to create an heirloom gift, using the finest natural fibers and accessories.

These kits are tributes to the quality, caring and good health, intended to be passed on and cherished for generations to come.

100% USA grown organic cotton yarns

All kits include 100% USA made organic cotton that’s a beautiful cable-plied yarn, easy-to-care (machine wash and dry able) and oh so so soft; time-tested, detailed instructions, hand painted buttons and trims where applicable.

You’ll find a wealth of adorable sweaters, blankets, hats, booties and spa sets perfect to give your favorite baby!

Our Organic Cotton yarn in these Appalachian Baby Designs is sourced directly from Texas cotton farms where it is custom spun into an exceptionally soft yarn that is easy-care machine wash and  dry.

The pure fiber’s natural color (no harsh dyes) makes it a gender neutral classic.

Check out these new Appalachian Baby Design kits. We love them and think you will too!

Happy Baby, Happy Knitting!

visit us online at http://www.cottonclouds.com/kits 

03/11/2014 at 9:14 pm 3 comments

The birth of a baby afghan

 

Got BABY?  Need Blanket?

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Make square after square for a collection of washcloths for Baby, or stitch them together for a cuddly blankie! 

Cotton Clouds’ has put this Annie’s pattern  book together along with Cotton Classic  yarns and made it into a KIT!

Looking for a simple yet beautiful gift for that new one? Look no further than this baby blocks collection. This book includes instructions for 10 easy-to-knit blocks, each featuring a different textured pattern. Also included are instructions for a block with a slip-stitch pattern; this block is worked 10 times, with each block using different colors for the stripes.

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Worked in soft Cotton Classic, 100% cotton yarn and sewn together, the 20 blocks create a lovely baby blanket. Knit individually, they work equally well as washcloths for bath time.

The textured patterns are very geometric—diamonds, squares, basket weaves, circles, zigzag and more. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the variety of stitch patterns as you work each 8-inch block. Special consideration was taken that the blocks do not have any lace holes or strands of yarn to catch little fingers or toes.

So grab your yarn and needles and get started on this fun, portable and always interesting project! It’s easy to order this all-in-one BABY BLOCK AFGHAN KIT with all the Cotton Classic  yarns and instructions you’ll need!

Meet the Designer

designerMy mother taught me to knit when I was 9 or 10 years old, but it wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I picked up the needles again, and I haven’t put them down since. What started out as a hobby, knitting for my three children, has become a full-time career. I began knitting model garments for the yarn industry, and at the same time working on some of
my own designs.

I then began doing freelance designing, and my patterns have appeared in the collections of Classic Elite, Fiber Trends, Tahki Stacy Charles, Lion Brand Yarns and others. They have been published by Annie’s and Interweave Press. In 2001,
I launched my own business, Lisa Knits, a line of knitwear patterns that are available in yarn shops across
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Skill Level: EasyAnnie;s Afghan4

Finished Measurements

Block: 8 x 8 inches

Afghan: 32 x 40 inches

Materials

  • Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic (DK weight; 100% mercerized cotton;
    108 yds/50g per hank):
  • 6 hanks butter yellow #3548 (A);
  • 2 hanks each coral #3473 (B), leaf green #3716 ,(C) soft turquoise #3816 (D), light denim #3847 (E) and light wisteria #3915 (F)
  • Size 7 (4.5mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch markers (optional)

Gauge

20 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st. To save time, take time to check gauge.A121090 copy

Pattern Notes

The afghan consists of 20 blocks made with Cotton Classic yarns: 1 each of the 10 different-color textured blocks and 10 slip-stitch blocks that are worked with 1 main color and  2 contrasting colors that vary with each block.

Each textured block requires approximately 70 yards. Each slip-stitch block requires approximately
50 yards of A (main color) and 14 yards each of 2 contrasting colors.

Each block begins and ends with 41 stitches.
The borders are worked in Seed stitch and the centers are worked in the different pattern stitches. If desired, place markers between the 4-stitch
Seed stitch borders and the main pattern stitches. See each block for the pattern stitches.

Finishing

With A and using whipstitch or mattress stitch seam, using Cotton Classic yarn to sew blocks together create a 4-column, 5-row checkerboard of textured blocks (Blocks 1–10) and slip- stitch blocks (Blocks 11A–11J) in any order desired.

Order BABY BLOCK AFGHAN KIT now and save $12!

Annie;s Afghan3It’s a great way to learn 10 new textured stitch patterns!

Make 20 practical and soft washcloths for baby or yourself!

Create a luscious baby blanket afghan for your favorite baby!

Made with 100% mercerized Cotton Classic cotton yarn!

Machine wash and dryable!

Baby will love you for their  blankie and so will the happy parents!

                                                              Enjoy,  Irene & Jodi

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02/26/2014 at 6:29 am Leave a comment

Rigid Heddle Loom Resources

Rigid Heddle Weaving is #1  with Cotton Clouds Customers!

    I often wonder, “What is driving this new interest in weaving?” My guess is that we all love yarns, their sensuous texture, dazzling colors and the sense of accomplishment we find in working with them.  Trying a Rigid Heddle Loom has these advantages:
  • TEST THE WATERS.  For many of us that have been knitting and crocheting for years, and are searching to explore something new, rigid heddle weaving is the perfect way to test the waters in weaving.
  • CHEAP THRILL. It doesn’t involve an expensive loom or the space required to house it!  If it’s not for you, you can always pass it on to your grandchild, who too is yearning to learn to weave!
  • BUSY LIFESTYLE. For others, like myself, who have been weaving for years, the convenience and portability of a smaller rigid heddle loom fits into our busy lives.
  • QUICK & EASY. The direct method of warping a rigid heddle loom means you can have a scarf on the loom in an afternoon and start weaving right away.
  • FABRIC MAGIC.  Plus there is just something intriguing about watching the fabric develop right before your eyes and so quickly and easily.

Weave creative, classic, and fun scarves!

    

Woven Scarves A collection of 26 stunning scarves and variations that  range in complexity for all skill levels. Primarily for weavers using rigidheddle loom (though drafts are provided for 4-shaft-loom weavers).Order Now

         Whether you purchase one of our many, many rigid heddle kits (or join a club!) or use up your leftover yarns, you’re sure to love the results!
    The resources available to learn and expand your rigid heddle skills is quite comprehensive, which makes it so much easier to jump right and and start weaving!

       eBook Patterns as $$$aving Kits & Clubs

       We’ve put together the best resources in eBook Patterns to give you multitude of rigid heddle weaving patterns and projects.

Rigid Heddle Pattern Book 1  The Rigid Heddle Pattern Book #1 is not only a book of lovely projects by rigid-heddle pioneer Betty Linn Davenport, but it’s also a how-to-book for creating amazing patterns on the rigid-heddle loom. Order now.

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Rigid-Heddle Technique & Pattern Book 2   

 Weave these ten projects on a rigid-heddle loom or any multishaft loom you own. Discover lace curtains, rugs, towels, garments, and more! Plus learn new techniques like pick-up for lace and weaving with two heddles! Order now.


DVD’s for sure-bet success!

These three DVD’s will not only show you three different methods of warping your rigid heddle loom but more helpful  techniques for weaving simple weaves to complex designs and sure-bet success tips!

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Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom by Jane Patrick  In this 2-disc set, you’ll see how to use it for all kinds of fabrics-from sturdy little rugs to sheer shawls, from simple plain weaves to complex finger manipulations to doubleweave and beyond. Order Now

Slots and Holes DVD by Liz Gipson

Master these three ways to warp, and you’ll be prepared to weave anything from simple plain fabrics to complex stripes or plaids to fine fabrics you thought were only possible on a floor loom.  Loaded with tricks and tips and know-how. Order Now!

 Must-Haves for your Weaving Library!

WeavingMadeEasy

 

Weaving Made Easy by Liz Gipson Weaving Made Easy is the beginning weavers’ ultimate guide to making fun, simple, and functional weaving projects from start to finish. It features seventeen simple projects made on the rigid heddle loom.  Order Now.

Hands-On

Hands On RH Weaving Betty Davenport This easy-to-use guide covers choosing, setting up, and weaving on a rigid heddle loom. New projects and more to practice your weaving. For beginning and experienced weavers alike!

Order Now

Idea book

The Weaver’s Idea Book by Jane Patrick New and experienced weavers alike are always on the lookout for new patterns in different weave structures. This book presents a wide variety of patterns for the rigid-heddle loom, accompanied by harness drafts for multi-shaft looms.Order Now!

       Whether you want techniques for weaving looms for beginners or are looking for an advanced approach to the rigid heddle loom these resources are for you!
     Our most popular rigid heddle kit club has been A Year of Towels designed by our own Jodi Ybarra. It’s an ideal club for beginner and experienced weaver to learn new techniques while filling your cupboards with gorgeous cotton towels!
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Have fun weaving on your rigid heddle looms!  We do!  Irene & Jodi

02/24/2014 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

Make it Happen!

The Olympics got me thinking: What Olympian challenge do I have in my life that could use a little bit of motivation to MAKE IT HAPPEN!
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Whatever it is in your life; whether it’s about finishing a knitting, weaving, crochet or spinning project, getting healthy, eating right, losing weight, finding a job, doing yoga, volunteering, starting your own business, it’s all about people who have a dream and work at it until they MAKE IT HAPPEN!  
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The three short videos here tell one story from three different angles. Enjoy!

 I love the story of my friend, Jeanne Carter of Imperial Stock Ranch, who had a dream of keeping her family’s ranch alive and how just by being there at the right time and place,  wool from her sheep was transformed into the USA 2014 Winter  Olympic Team’s sweaters for the opening ceremony!

      Meryl Davis and Charlie White, win GOLD at the 2014 Winter Olympics with a flawless program that’s been declared a masterpiece.  If you’ve seen it already, watch it again, this time imagining how you can MAKE IT HAPPEN, whatever your Olympic feat might be!  These kids have been skating together since they were pre-teens.  They kept at it over and over again to MAKE IT HAPPEN!

  My favorite current motivator is Danielle LaPorte who knows just the right words to inspire you to see that you too can MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Make It Happen In Your Life

     I’d love to hear your story of how you have or plan to MAKE IT HAPPENin your own life, no matter what that might be.  Post it on Cotton Clouds’ Facebook page or email me directly!

My Make It Happenings

    Mine?  I’m going to Houston February 27 to become an educator for  Ageless Grace to MAKE IT HAPPEN in my life- to work with baby boomers (myself included) to keep our mind and bodies healthy and active, even if it’s in a chair be-boppin’ to 60’s music!
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Let’s all MAKE IT HAPPEN!and see how we can change ourselves & the world!

 
Cotton Clouds can easily help you MAKE IT HAPPEN with our full line of cotton, cotton blend yarns for knitting, weaving, crochet and spinning.
Visit us online at www.cottonclouds.com

Join us on Ravelry

Join us on Ravelry to share any project you are working on during the Olympics!
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02/21/2014 at 9:10 pm Leave a comment

Challenge Yourself!

Does February feel slower to you? We’re not running around for the holiday season anymore and depending on the weather in your area you might be experiencing a touch of cabin fever, having to stay inside to avoid the bitter cold and snow. What can you do to keep those creative juices flowing? We’ll turn to the Winter Olympics for a bit of inspiration!

Ravellenic Games

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  • The Ravellenic Games are a virtual “competition” to work on projects that are a personal challenge for you!
  • Work from the comfort of your own home – connect with others on Ravelry.
  • During the Olympic Games (Feb.7 – Feb. 23., 2014) Spin, Weave, Knit or Crochet!
  • Continue the momentum after the Games end:  make your own challenge to follow March Madness or practice for this year’s Spinzilla event!

Spinning Cotton

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Is spinning cotton a personal challenge for you? Cotton Clouds has all the resources you need to take your spinning to the next level! We also have gathered tips and tutorials here on our website.

Weaving Spotlight

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Have you woven lace yet? The Atwater Bronson Lace Scarves uses our best selling Bambu 12 yarn, in 4 seasonal color combinations. The interesting texture and warp floats are created by using 8-shaft weaving. When we look at this we are reminded of Pantone’s 2014 colors, so trendy!

We’re here to cheer you on! You can spin cotton, weave cotton, knit and crochet with cotton and have fabulous results! If you have a project you’re proud of let us know – share a link to your blog in the comments here or post to our Facebook page!

02/19/2014 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

Come Behind the Scenes at TNNA!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to own a yarn business and to go shopping at industry trade shows? Well wonder no more! I recently returned from San Diego and The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA)’s trade show. Take a sneak peek behind the scenes and find out what I saw, what trends are hot, and what new items we’ll be carrying.

These shows are a great opportunity do in-person all the things that are difficult to do from the office – I get to fondle gorgeous yarns, connect face-to-face with suppliers, find out what’s new in the market, and reconnect with friends I’ve made along this 35-year journey in the business. And you know what they say about all work and no play – we had to fit a few zany photo opportunities into the mix!

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So what’s looking hot for 2014?

LACE

Lace continues to be a big crowd-pleaser – quick and easy lace shawls, gorgeous sweaters, and airy wraps dominated the show floor.

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Gorgeous lace projects on display at TNNA.

BABIES

There are some wonderful new fiber combinations from Berroco, Classic Elite and Tahki Stacy Charles on the way that are perfect for baby projects. Some are of my favorites:

  • silk/cotton/rayon blend
  • cotton/alpaca yarn (an experiment for us adding an animal fiber)
  • A 100% USA-made organic cotton yarn from Appalachian Baby Designs. This was my absolute favorite yarn of the whole show – the softest cotton I’ve seen in a long time!

COLOR

Get ready for bold! Clear and intense pastels are mixing with ethnic-inspired curry tones. Pairing soft shades with vivid brights in the same project creates unexpected and exciting color possibilities! Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad, and strong, confident women (that’s us!), designers are using color to refresh, revive, and defy conventional color wisdom.

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COMING SOON AT COTTON CLOUDS

You’ll be seeing these trends in full force as we put together the new 2014 items in the Cotton Clouds shop. New yarns, new knit and crochet kits, and of course our continued emphasis on weaving and spinning. We’ll be keeping out social media channels updated as we add new things, so check in with us on Facebook and Ravelry for all the latest news.

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Looking forward to a happy spring 2014 – thanks for making us your place for all that’s warm and good in the natural fiber world!

01/21/2014 at 4:29 am 1 comment

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