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Today's post comes from our Art Department Assistant (and avid knitter!) Paulie Dibner:

Our gorgeous spring has taken a small turn, and we've had some chilly weather the past few days. I'm excited for the sunshine to come back, but my brisk walk to work has given me the opportunity to pull out a scarf I just finished! I'm a big believer that knitting isn't only for the winter, and I like to keep small project going year-round.

As luck would have it, last week I had the chance to go visit the studio of Wool and the Gang. Wool and the Gang was established in 2008 and they've quickly made a name for themselves. The company sells "knit kits," yarn and ready-to-wear items that cycle out seasonally. If you're new to knitting, or even a seasoned pro, their kits are a fantastic way to start a project. Each kit comes with everything you need to make an item, start to finish. I picked out a lightweight scarf to make; something nice and loose that would be usable throughout the spring! It knit up very quickly, so if you are looking for something to make for Mother's Day, you still have time!

Jade Harwood, one of the designers for the company, invited me to swing by and check out their new spring/ summer projects.

the collection, all available as ready-to-wear on their website

Jade holds up one of my favorite pieces for this summer.

knit kits, all lined up and ready to go.

Wool and the Gang has their own brand yarn (each knit comes stocked!) that they source in Peru. The cotton I chose was beyond soft!

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A wall of yarn!

1 A wall of yarn!

each knit includes needles, detailed and illustrated instructions, all the yarn you'll need to finish and some fun treats.

2 each knit includes needles, detailed and illustrated instructions, all the yarn you'll need to finish and some fun treats.

before we started knitting, Jade encouraged me to try on a few pieces. This sweater was so cozy, but I fell in love with the scarf!

3 before we started knitting, Jade encouraged me to try on a few pieces. This sweater was so cozy, but I fell in love with the scarf!

I decided to make the Lacey Sissy scarf. Cream goes with everything!

4 I decided to make the Lacey Sissy scarf. Cream goes with everything!

Jade shows me how to start with a new cast-on. This scarf is made working with 1-3 strands at a time; you add or drop depending on where you are in the pattern.

5 Jade shows me how to start with a new cast-on. This scarf is made working with 1-3 strands at a time; you add or drop depending on where you are in the pattern.

I had never done a cable cast-on before! Instead of working into a stitch, you work between them.

6 I had never done a cable cast-on before! Instead of working into a stitch, you work between them.

Jade did a few stitches to show me the ropes...

7 Jade did a few stitches to show me the ropes...

...and then passed it over for me to figure out!

8 ...and then passed it over for me to figure out!

a few rows in, we stopped to inspect my work.

9 a few rows in, we stopped to inspect my work.

and a week later, my finished scarf!

10 and a week later, my finished scarf!

 Thanks, Paulie!

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