What to stash this week: Knit up kicks

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Even if you do knit socks, here’s a great way to show off your love of knitting from head to toe: Lisa, AKA The Knitting Artist, provides the canvas sneakers, which are dyed in the color of your choice and embellished with her hand-drawn stockinette “fabric.”

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If you live in the Northeast, you probably want to reach into your screen and grab that cowl. It’s probably not necessary, as Lexi Parisse‘s new River Run Cowl, inspired by rocks and rapids, is a quick knit in super bulky yarn. If you don’t need something quite that warm, check out her new Peaks & Valleys Cowl, which is less chunky and more elegant.

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Sock knitters looking for something different should check out the latest from June Pryce Fiber Arts: gradient double knit sock blanks. If you’re not familiar with blanks, they’re long knit rectangles that easily unravel from one end, so you can knit directly from the blank, or wind a traditional center-pull ball. These have been dyed in subtle gradients, with plenty more colors on the way.

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Breakfast just got better. Anne Hanson and the crew at Bare Naked Wools have some new delicious colors for their Better Breakfast Blend, a dehaired alpaca that can be tolerated by even the most sensitive skin. I got to pet it at last year’s Rhinebeck Trunk Show and can definitely attest to its softness.

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It may not be spring yet, but Linda of Kettle Yarn Co. is already prepared. She’s introduced colorful new shades of her luxurious BEYUL yak/silk/Merino. See and pet the new yarns in person if you’re going to the Unravel fiber festival in the UK or l’Aiguille en Fête 2015 in France.

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Here’s some “frogging” you’ll be happy to do to your knitting. The Rib-It Frog Hat from Knitwise Design has an adorable and subtle frog knit out of cables and is offered in three sizes, from toddler to adult. And, it’s 20 percent off through Jan. 31 with the code “frog.”

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Sometimes less is more, but definitely not when it comes to yarn. Bijou Basin Ranch has increased the yardage on Lhasa Wilderness, their yak and bamboo blend, from 180 yards per skein to 250 yards at no extra cost. Grab one or several of their beautiful Outlander-inspired Outlandish colorways.

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