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Purls from the Palace

A Newsletter for Fans of Crystal Palace Yarns 

Issue 59, December 2015 

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Allegro Lace Striped Socks
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Happy Winter! 

We have fabulous free patterns featured this month for last minute project ideas, both from Crystal Palace's own free pattern library and from the talented indie community.  We also have new colors of Panda Silk in stores now.

Be inspired by Handmade Especially for You, a non-profit organization which donates scarves to woman in shelters.  Watch the video about this organization's heartwarming mission below.

Happy stitching!

Cathy Campbell
Crystal Palace Yarns
Spreading Hope Through Yarn 

Handmade Especially for You 
Congratulations to Leslye Borden of Handmade Especially for You, a non-profit organization that donates handmade scarves to women in shelters across the country.  We are so happy that UPS Wishes Delivered Program chose Handmade as a grant recipient of $10,000 in shipping credit for shipping scarves to shelters. Crystal Palace is a proud supporter of the organization, providing several boxes of scarf yarn a year to Leslye and her band of knitters.  But they can always use more, so visit her website if you are interested in donating. Click on the image below to see a very moving video about the project.
Panda Silk: New Colors
Panda Silk 3057 Panda Silk 3058
Panda Silk 5216 Panda Silk 5217 Panda Silk 5218 Panda Silk 5219

We have six new beautiful shades of Panda Silk  We have added two new solids, 3057 "Rich Purple" and 3058 "Marsala", and four new vibrant multis, 5216 "Tropical Parrot", 5217 "Citrus Berry", 5218 "Zimbabwe" and 5219 "Jungle Calm".

Panda Silk is a fingering-weight blend of bamboo, merino wool and silk.  It has incredible drape and sheen.  Be sure to check out the free and indie Panda Silk patterns on our website.  

FREE Knit Pattern:
Allegro Lace Striped Socks 

Allegro Lace Striped Socks

Allegro Lace is a great yarn for socks.  The new Striped Socks pattern is a basic sock with half-calf shaping, turned heel, gusset decreases and toe decreases.  With the extensive Allegro Lace palette, there are numerous color combinations to fit all tastes and wardrobes.  It takes one skein each of two contrasting colors to make the pair.
Indie Knit News:
Thunderbolt in Mini Mochi - FREE until 2/14/2016!
Thunderbolt Cowl 
Photo courtesy of Ursa Major Knits 
Ursa Major never disappoints.  Her latest creation, Thunderbolt, is unique and exciting.  This cowl only takes two balls of Mini Mochi to make.  (Sample shown in the 110 "Jungle" color way.)  The designer is offering this pattern for free for a limited time.  Download your copy before February 14, 2016!    

Indie Crochet News:
Corduroy Slouch in Chunky Mochi - FREE! 
Chunky Mochi hat
Photo courtesy of Stephanie Pokorny

The Corduroy Ridge Tunisian Slouchy Hat is a fun new indie crochet design by Stephanie Pokorny.  It is a quick project done with a size P hook and super soft Chunky Mochi.  Practice your Tunisian crochet with this whimsical piece.  This pattern is offered for free by the designer and takes three balls to make.   
Allegro Aran Contest Results
W Allegro Aran 9068 _Deep Teal_ e just finished up our last of the three Allegro giveaway contests.  We had over 200 participants and awarded two skeins of Allegro Aran to each of three winners. Congratulations to Michelle P, Sofia M and Phyllis Y!  Enjoy your yarn!

One of the questions on the contest form was "What is your favorite color of Allegro Aran?"  The most popular color choice was 9068 "Deep Teal". Tied for second place were 9091 "Plum Jam", 9094 "Aubergine" and 9096 "Granite". 

We also asked what each participant would make out of Allegro Aran.  The answers included hats, scarves, mittens, cowls, sweaters, shawls, and socks.
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