Monday, November 30, 2009
This year we're using a really gorgeous combination of yarns. I have to say, I had to much fun on Saturday picking out color combinations for this shawl! I've photographed them and listed them all clearly on the kit page for this shawl, so it's easy for you to figure out what works best.
But hey, you don't have to use these yarns. It's really all about taking different yarns and blending them together, and this project is a great stash buster. Best of all, it's easy and the pattern is free!
Any shawl pin will work, but we love this "S" curve pin from Lantern Moon. And the cute project bag is from Hiya Hiya.
Friday, November 27, 2009
I'm very pleased with how it came out - although it still needs a pom-pom - and it only took a couple of hours!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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And all online orders in the same time period over $75 will receive a FREE GIFT! It's a perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your list this holiday season, whether they knit, knot or not!
When you knit in the round in stripes, it leaves a jog along the beginning of the round where you change colors. There is a technique to eliminating this column of pesky (to those of us who like symmetry) little unmatched rows.
I used a free pattern from Jared Flood called the Turn a Square Hat. The pattern includes a very easy method for eliminating the jog in the stripes for this hat. Check it out!
I made a second one with Noro Silk Garden and a contrasting solid color of Berroco Blackstone Tweed that follows the pattern exactly - that one will go to a friend with more hair and a larger dome!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sweater: pattern Stitch Diva Endless Knitted Cardi; yarn Noro Silk Garden Sock
Shoulder Bag: Namaste Hermosa Bag in brand new RED (it's gorgeous!)
Cabled Bag: pattern Gardiner Yarn Works Cable That Bag; yarn Mission Falls 1824 Wool in Pistachio
Yarn Necklace: Tilli Tomas Rock Star
Sweater Closure: JUL oval stick pin
Monday, November 23, 2009
Phew! I finished project #1 on Friday. Started project #2 on Saturday morning, and was making great progress on it until I got to the 1st lace row. It's over 240 stitches on a size 1 needle, and perhaps starting that row, while watching a special on JFK and chatting with my parents wasn't exactly a good choice. I worked the row once, got to the end and was off by 8 stitches. I realized I had started right in on the lace pattern, when I should have worked the first and last 4 stitches of the row in garter stitch. Stupid mistake, but 4+4=8, so easy to fix on my second try. Right?
Wrong. I un-knit each and every stitch on those tiny size 1 needles. It took forever. And I started the row, a second time, with those 4 stitches of garter stitch. I got to the end and was off again.
At this point, I was getting frustrated. I looked at every stitch I had worked and couldn't see what I had done wrong. I was irritated - this was my plane knitting for today! But, rather than get any more upset about it, I un-knit it for a second time, put it in my checked bag, and pulled out project #3, which I had thankfully packed.
Another project, another Fibre Company yarn (this time Road to China Light), another great free pattern, and I'm a happy
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
* No Crack Hand Cream & Knitters Hand Balm: our best selling hand creams. Perfect for the abuse your hands take in harsh, drying weather!
* Nail Files: Fun designs to keep your hands snag-free.
* Wool Wash: whether you like Eucalan, Kookaburra or Soak, we've got different scents and sizes.
* Enamel Pins: These are new, and come in a variety of fun designs for all kinds of crafters.
* Shawl Pins: From simple stick pins, to gorgeous glass.
We'll post more gift ideas in the next few weeks. Hope this helps!
We have a number of customers who are new to knitting, and only feel comfortable with scarves. They want to try a hat, but are concerned about knitting in the round and working on double pointed needles. We figured we'd offer a class on our Super Bulky Button Hat. It's a great first time hat, as it's a really quick knit (no purling required.) You'll learn circular knitting, decreasing, and how to work on double pointed needles. Come on in and pick out a fun yarn, a great button, and sign up to learn how to make this fun and stylish hat!
Here's a great stocking stuffer/teacher gift idea... Make an ornament! If you already know how to knit in the round, we'll teach you how to make a delicate lace ornament cover. We've run classes like this before, and people are always so excited to find out that these ornaments are relatively easy and quick.
We've had a lot of calls recently from newbies who want to take beginner knitting and crochet classes. So we've added those into the schedule as well. Now you may not be able to learn to knit... and complete an entire sweater in the next month, but you'll never know unless you try!
We're now scheduling our January - March classes. If you have a request, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Best Picks Patterns:
* Fiber Trends Snowboarder Hats for Everyone (AC91) is a quick and fun knit! We knit our sample of this hat in less than 3 hours. Once we put the photo up on the web, we couldn't keep the pattern in stock (don't worry, we have it now!) The hat uses Lamb's Pride Bulky and Mille Colori Big, and would make a great holiday gift. The pattern is for adults, but it includes alterations for smaller heads.
* Norah Gaughan for Men is a collection of stunning patterns for men, in gorgeous colors of Berroco yarns. Our customers are snatching up these books at a record rate because it isn't easy to find such great colors and designs for the guys on your knit wear list.
Best Pick Accessories:
* Lantern Moon Rice Baskets are hot! We like these so much that we always fill them with yarn and use them as displays in the shop! But, they are really great project baskets and wonderful display pieces for your home. An added bonus? They come from Lantern Moon, a women's artist cooperative in Vietnam.
Best Pick Yarns:
* Lang Mille Colori Big is a sumptuously soft, variegated, machine washable yarn that comes in a huge 207 yard skein. One skein will make a bulky scarf (pattern included on the label), or grab a Lamb's Pride Bulky and make the Snowboarder Hat (above.)
* Berroco Sundae is another bulky yarn that's become a new favorite. Barb recently knit up a Super Bulky Button Hat in this yarn and it is gorgeous. We've always used Malabrigo Chunky for this hat, but it's such a great pattern, it's super to see it worked up in different yarn choices like the Sundae.
Best Picks Projects:
* The Simple Scarf made with Tilli Tomas Angel is just that... simple! But the yarn is so decadent. One skein knits up to create a gorgeous length of warm and fuzzy beaded goodness! The scarf pattern is included with the yarn purchase. We don't have this one photographed yet, but come in and check it out!
* The Half Crepe Shawl has been in the front hallway for a couple of weeks and continues to draw "oohs" and "aahs" from our customers. It is knit from a single skein of the Mountain Colors Half Crepe yarn. It's a great beginner project and a free pattern comes with the purchase of each skein. The shawl hugs your shoulders and doesn't slip because of the unique construction of the yarn... it's slightly elastic when knit! Check this one out in person, too if you have a chance.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
This pattern is so simple. So how could I make a mistake? I'm blaming it on casting on late on Friday night, when I was really tired and should have been in bed, sleeping. Obviously I didn't count correctly... because the 54 stitches I was supposed to have, was really only 50. I realized my error when I got to the first decrease round. I couldn't figure out why the decreases weren't working, and so I counted my stitches about 5 times and realized I was off by 4.
At this point, I had two choices. I could frog the entire project and start over... or I could make it work. I decided to rip back about an inch and start my decreases there. This made it the perfect size for a child (probably ages 4-8.)
I had plenty of yarn leftover, and thought it would be nice to make a matching scarf. So on Saturday I scooted into the shop and picked up a skein of Regia Softy. Softy is a great sock yarn, and makes a wonderful pair of fuzzy socks, that are warm, soft and machine washable. It's also perfect for baby blankets, hats, sweaters and booties. The colors are bright and fun and I felt sure I could find one that would make a simple garter stitch scarf pop. Here it is! A cute hat and scarf set. Two skeins of Malabrigo Chunky and one skein of Regia Softy, in a totally simple, randomly striped, garter stitch scarf. My girls both gave it a thumbs up.
Free pattern for the hat is here, and for the scarf is here.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Some yarns that are already existing have just had new colors introduced. Some of these new colors will be here by next week (like Berroco Comfort DK... FUN new variegateds! We added all of them, this yarn is so great for kids and babies and the variegated shades are super additions to an already spectacular color range!) And other new colors in existing yarns will be here later this month (Berroco Vintage... oh such scrumptious new colors!)
I ordered some Lobster Pot sock yarn... it's not cashmere, but it's in the beautiful bright Lobster Pot colors that we all know and love and it sells for $23. This yarn should arrive in a couple of weeks and there's a really cute little baby sweater pattern that only takes one skein. It's free with yarn purchase. We'll definitely make it up into a shop model.
There are some other great spring yarns that will be arriving in the beginning of January. Seems so far away, but it's actually right around the corner!
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
(Pattern: Roo Designs Truck Sweater, Yarn: Spud & Chloe Sweater)
Sunday, November 01, 2009
When the yarn and patterns came in a couple of months ago, we were thrilled. But we took one look at the patterns and said... HUH? What are these? These can't be the beautiful hats we ordered. Did they mis-ship us some aesthetically challenged ones by mistake?
But no. They are the great hat patterns we ordered. The pictures are just really bad. It's so sad when that happens!
So luckily, the wonderful folks at Jade Sapphire are sending me the hats so I can re-shoot them. I will replace the not-so-lovely images for these patterns on our site, so folks can see what they really look like.
Our mannequin has had a busy weekend. She's been at home with me so I could shoot some things for the website while I was home sick with the kids. She's been working hard - the other morning Sophie grabbed my camera and tripod, and set the mannequin head up on the kitchen table. She was holding her own photo shoot - and even made the mannequin some hair and clothing from our napkins and placemats. I'm not one to ask folks to work nights, especially "holiday" nights, but I did put the mannequin into service for Halloween last night. I mean hey, times are tough and you gotta do what you gotta do to pay the bills. She helped me out in my scary "fortune teller" window display. She did a good job.Anything for a little cash, right?