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DeConstructing CROCHET


Last week, a new pattern was added to the DeConstructed Cowl family! When I released the original pattern, some of you felt it was missing a little something – a little crochet.

Blacker Yarns was thrilled to support our new idea. I asked the hippest crocheter I know to design this new set of DeConstructed mini scarves. It all came together and we had a Beth Strauss & KnitKnackAAD collaboration!

For this set, we used the same concept of four neutrals and four saturated colors. This group samples four new colors of Blacker Yarns Falkland Merino DK and for the neutrals we used Blacker Yarns Shetland DK.


With this new set of DeConstructed mini scarves comes a NEW GIVE AWAY!


Sponsored by:


What you will win:
4 skeins of Blacker Shetland DK: White, Grey, Fawn, and Moorit
4 skeins of Blacker Swan over-dyed Falklands Merino DK: Balsam Bog, Sunset, Lavender, and Navy
Free Ravelry Download Code for DeConstructed Cowl Crochet.

The Throw Down:
On Monday, February 16th, 2015 I will be drawing a name out of a hat.
You can enter multiple times and here’s how:

1) I’ve started a Discussion Thread in my Knack of the Knit Ravelry Group. Join the group and comment on the thread.

Please note: You must join group to enter.

2) Magic Link DeConstructed Cowl CROCHET to another Ravelry thread and mention “#BlackerGiveAway2”.

Please note: You must “Magic Link” the pattern to enter.

3) RePost the Instagram Photo announcing this very GiveAway from amandaadavidson on instagram. Tag the photo with #BlackerGiveAway, @amandaadavidson, and @blackeryarns.

Please note: You must have all three of these tags to enter.

4) Share my Facebook post which announces the #BlackerGiveAway2: KnitKnackAAD Facebook

Please note: You must share the post directly from the KnitKnackAAD page to enter. If you link from this blog post, you MUST tag KnitKnackAAD Facebook page for me to see it! I can’t track who shares this post from WordPress. 

All entries MUST be submit by Midnight CST Sunday, February 15th.

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Apartment Apparatus :: The YARNerator

Today we dive into a new segment: Apartment Apparatus.

With my move back to the MidWest, I was finally able to get my first, very own solo apartment. What this really means is I was able to acquire more shtuff.

Don’t misunderstand – I loved living in Brooklyn. What sometimes impeded my love … was roommates. My last two years in NY, I lived in a loft with three dudes. Yes, I was the New Girl of the Bushwick J Train. While each roommate was great in their own way, there came a time when I needed my own space [and kitchen].

Much fun was, and still is, had mixing what I already had in NY, some new (/thrift) pieces, and much loved heirlooms from my grandmother. For my first Apartment Apparatus post, I am going to highlight the Yarnerator.


My grandparents built their home in Western Springs, IL in 1950. When it came time to sell in 2012, my mother had the fortune of sifting through decades upon decades of treasure. Being that my mother had a full house, I was able pick and choose some of my favorite pieces for myself. For the last decade or so, one of my favorite pieces in my grandmother’s house was her 1950 GE refrigerator. I had to have it.


This special refrigerator was running until the very last day. The freezer was a tiny box within the fridge and was a constant cube of ice. Both my parents pleaded with me to let it go, but I promised to un-friend them if they threw it out. It was saved in a storage unit among other treasures awaiting my return.

This September, I spent about two week scrubbing this beauty for I wasn’t going to run it, but store my precious yarn within it. Inside I used every kind of cleaner available, including bleach. Of course, as I was to store luxury fibers inside, I made sure to use the heaviest cleaners first and taper off in strength down to a water rinse so that nothing would harm my yarns. I soaked all removable parts in OxiClean which worked wonders.

As for the exterior, it had yellowed with age. As a shot in the dark, I bought a cleaner called “Bar Keepers Friend.” With some scrubbing power, the yellow seemed to magically melt away.


Now this beauty sits in my living room – keeping people on their toes. This is the perfect solution for me. Not only is it a piece of family history and a retro industrial design gem, but it helps me keep my enticing yarn away from my crazy cats!

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