Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
- We had over 80 people who knit and seamed squares
- Each blanket represents at least 125-150 hours of work
- People participated from 11 states and 2 countries
The documentary was incredible - I learned so much and I'm so glad I cut my weekend short to come back and see it. We stayed for the hour and a half discussion afterwards, and heard 7 refugees from 6 different countries stand up and talk about their experiences. It was sad, humbling, educational and funny all at the same time.
So again, GREAT JOB to everyone who participated. Now that we are all finished with this project, we're going to do our prize raffle. Stay tuned, we might just be contacting you with a little "thank you" of sorts!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
I never know what to take people when we go to visit, but I usually take some specialty Vermont food items - maple syrup, cheese, something like that. Now that the Mission Falls 1824 Cotton is back in stock, I thought I'd whip up a couple of potholders. Who can't use extra potholders? I know I can. And this pattern is so easy and fun that even someone who is a beginner at crochet can tackle it easily. Last night I whipped one up in one of the new variegated colors. On the car ride down to MA later today, I plan to make a solid one to coordinate.
Want to learn how to make these? Sign up for Shawn's class next month. Talk about an easy and fun holiday gift... one or two potholders with some homebaked bread or cookies? I'm already thinking teacher gifts...
And here's Shawn's in another of the variegated cottons. Gorgeous! For those of you who already know how to crochet, here's the free pattern for these. Enjoy!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Unfortunately the shop's focus is selling knitting supplies and helping knitters to improve their techniques. So for those of you wanting handknit holiday family heirlooms, take the plunge and learn to knit!
Once you have the basics of knitting down, making a holiday stocking is a great project! It's a good way to knit learn all types of new knitting skills, and once you've done a stocking, making socks for yourself will seem easy. Stockings are fun and don't take long to knit, so come on in and let us help you pick out a kit or a pattern to make your own family heirlooms.
Worried about that intarsia colorwork? Think you'll need some assistance learning how to overstitch letters so you can personalize your work? Want to learn how to add an afterthought heel to socks so you can knit the entire piece in the round? Maybe you just need that extra assistance to finish up your toe decreases and graft the piece together with the Kitchener stitch? Well, sign up for our Holiday Stocking Class. Each year people ask for it, and this year we've got a great one! The class is designed around a really flexible pattern; you get to choose the colors and motifs that will be worked into your project - and the end result will be one of a kind. You'll get practice reading a chart as well as first hand instruction for all the techniques listed above. In the class you will create a small swatch and learn these techniques… then you'll head home to apply these new skills while making your first stocking your own way, on your own schedule.
And if you've mastered stockings, or just don't need any more, why not make some gorgeous ornaments? These beautiful decorations look wonderful on the tree or hanging in a window, and they make perfect holiday gifts for teachers, family and friends. We've got two classes for those coming up soon, and whether you take this one or this one, you'll be on your way to gift completion!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I've been experimenting with different sizes (from 33 to 46 stitches) and Sophie discovered that they fit her dolls pretty well. I almost had to use brute force to get these hats away from her!
Monday, September 21, 2009
We've been invited to present our blankets at an event this coming Sunday in Burlington... and we hope you'll join us! We couldn't have done it without you, so we really hope you'll join us for this special event. So, here's our official invitation to you!
Please join the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program (VRRP)and Kaleidoscope Yarns for a documentary showing of Home Across Lands, a discussion about refugees starting new lives in Vermont, and the presentation of our five Charity Knitting Blankets to VRRP.
Sunday, September 27th at 4 pm
Alumni Auditorium at Champlain College, 375 Maple Street, Burlington, VT 05402
This is Free and Open to the Public
(Suggested Donation of $15 to Benefit the Volunteer Program)
Wait! There's more!
Followed by Benefit Dinner at Parima’s at 6:30 pm.
$30 per Person Supports the VRRP Volunteer Department
(Seating is limited so please call VRRP to reserve your place at the table.)
Parima’s 185 Pearl Street, Burlington, VT 05401 (802.338.4627)
Event supported by Champlain College, Sodexo and Parima’s
It is going to be a wonderful community event and I'm looking forward to the movie screening of Home Across Lands. It will be a great opportunity to meet some of the new members of our Vermont community and learn about their experiences.
Still wondering how you can get involved as a knitter in a community project like this one? We have blanket squares left from this project, as there weren't enough to make another twin sized blanket. We are looking for interested volunteers to help us piece together smaller blankets for the Lund Family Center to give to new mothers and their children. We really need your help for this one folks, so stop in, learn how to seam, and then take a few squares home to finish and keep you warm on a chilly evening. Hey don't we all need an excuse to stop by the shop one more time to fondle the yarn?! THANKS.
For more info on our charity knitting events, check our website.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
At first I laughed, especially when Marc put it on his head and modelled it - it wasn't exactly flattering on him, and bright orange isn't really his color. But then I started thinking... it was a nice shape, and with a cool yarn and a few tweaks, it could be a really fun hat. As knitters, we have the ability to see something and improve upon it.
I brought it in to the shop, and it's given us all a laughs. It has even allowed us some time for reminiscing about our childhood, you know, playing with "trolls" - the AGDs of my day.We're always looking for new designs and this may just be a starting point. Who knows what we'll come up with? Stay tuned.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
We do still have some prizes to give away, as promised! Everyone who participated in this program in any way (knitting squares, arranging squares and/or seaming squares) will be entered into our prize drawing. We'll let you know when we do it, and who wins.
In other news, it sure feels like fall here in Vermont! The leaves are changing colors and even starting to drop. This dip in temperatures has caused the shop to be bustling each day with normal fall activity. Folks have been coming in to check out our new yarns and patterns, and to see what projects are hot right now. Lots of people are already thinking holiday knitting, and that's great! (I wish I were that organized!)
And Helen finished her beret last week, here's a quick picture:She loves it and has been wearing it a lot... obviously not for warmth, but it is a big fashion accessory for a fifth grader! Her friends are SUPER jealous! Maybe they should sign up for our Kid's learn to knit class, so they can make their own!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
But one of our customers called and was having some problems with the Anthology blanket. She was following the directions exactly but it wasn't working out. I looked at the pattern for her, and agreed - there was a problem. So I went on a bit of a hunt for possible corrections.
There's already one errata for the book - a portion of another blanket pattern (the Concentric Squares Baby Blanket) was missing from the book. Manos has already addressed this issue by including the errata - a correction page - in our shipments of new pattern booklets and it should be available soon on the Manos del Uruguay website. It's also been posted in this thread on Ravelry if you received a book without the correction sheet.
In all my searching, I found no mention on the Manos website (or on Ravelry) of corrections to the Anthology Blanket. So I called our Manos distributor and asked them for help. They too had been hearing from knitters who were encountering problems in the Anthology blanket and I was told that someone was looking into the issues.
A few days later I recieved a phone call and we now have the errata for the Anthology blanket. This isn't posted on the Manos website yet, but here it is:
Anthology Baby Blankets (page 17)
Pattern 2: Bobble
CO 39 sts (not 41 as printed)
Anthology Baby Blankets (page 18)
Pattern 4: Diagonal
Row 1 (set up row)(RS): k2, *yo twice, k4* repeat to end, k2
I hope this helps some knitters avoid frustration. Happy knitting!
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Once Cassidy is finished, I need to finish the Wrap Me Up by Knitting at Knoon. This is close to being done, but I reached a point where it was just too hot to work on it. A couple of weeks ago it was high humidity and almost 90 degrees out, and I just couldn't bear to have almost 1000 yards of worsted weight yarn on my lap! The evenings are now cooler so I plan to finish this project soon.
What next? Maybe the Twist from Chic Knits (another one for Liz), but I can't decide on yarn for that one yet. Our Mission Falls 1824 Wool is arriving next week so maybe that one?