Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Part two of my class prep work!
I've just finished the charted and written instructions for our Cables 101 class. I'll be working up these swatches myself, to be sure there are no errors in the directions! (Proofing is important in knitting too!) When I knit these swatches, I'm going to practice my "cabling without a cable needle" because we cover that in the Tips and Tricks class and I find that the cables knit up faster when I don't have an extra needle to wrangle.
I'm working on a crochet sampler in worsted weight wool for the Intro Crochet workshop in our Crochet Workshop series. I'm looking forward to our next needle shipment because Barb taught me how to crochet with an afghan hook in preparation for this series of workshops. Now I need my own needle so I can work up a double ended crochet washcloth demo for the second class in the series.
Barb is already working on her scarf sample for the third crochet class in a new cotton & acrylic yarn, Berroco Weekend. I got to help pick out colors and it is going to be a striking spring scarf if I may say so. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
This sweater is one of my new favorites. I love the tweedy yarn, love the style, and love the gorgeous soft colors. I also love the new yarn she's sporting as a choker!
Sweater: From the Louisa Harding Little Cake pattern booklet in Louisa Harding Willow Tweed yarn
Choker: BRAND NEW yarn from Tilli Tomas called Beaded Superwash, this is a beaded SUPER SOFT superwash merino! Think Flurries, but softer and superwash! (I think you need to make a new Baby Beanie for some little baby out of this!)
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
One reason I have so many things on my needles is because I'm getting ready for our upcoming knitting classes!
I've started the Newborn Sweater for the next First Time Sweater class. This is our own pattern and I'm using one of our new yarns, Classic Elite Katydid. This is a nice organic cotton tape yarn that knits up nicely and in my new favorite color - green.
I've also started an entrelac project called Quant. This is a free headband pattern from Knitty.com and I'm using Berroco Jasper. This class is coming up next month so I wanted to make up the pattern beforehand to display in the shop. This is a really fun project... sign up!
Barb's Finishing Class is next week, so I have to finish my swatch 'homework' for that. Emily and I are both sitting in on Barb's class so we will all be able to teach it in the future. We all know how to seam properly, but we try to be really consistent in how we teach certain techniques, and finishing is one of those techniques. Next week's class is full, but we've scheduled another session in April if you you'd like some excellent instruction on seaming your finished pieces together.
I also have a pair of striped socks (Yankee Knitter Classic Socks for the Family) on my needles. I started these to demonstrate the jogless stripe technique in our last Tips and Tricks class, and will show them in the next Tips & Tricks class as well. That class filled up so quickly that we're offering it again. There are only a few spots left, so hurry and sign up.
So I have lots of projects, and I'm really looking forward to the upcoming classes. More about the rest of the classes in another post.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Just before Christmas we had a surprise visitor to the shop. Jessica S. stopped in with her family to check out the Classic Elite pattern booklet Made In Brooklyn. She had a good reason for wanting to see it... she's friends with the designer, Jared Flood (Brooklyntweed), and she was a model in the photographs for the pattern booklet!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I knit it with Berroco Vintage so that it would be a washable item since it is destined for a small friend's wardrobe. This is a fun in the round project and I am particularly enamored of the garter stitch border - such a nice way to switch up each long row and a good finishing detail.
Stay tuned for why I've only finished ONE project since the beginning of 2010 :)
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Manos Desert Throw Kit - This has been so popular for years now. Probably because there are so many gorgeous color combinations that can be made with all of the wonderful colors of Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica that we carry! I've noticed a lot of these kits going home for the winter with different folks.
And several people have substituted washable alternatives, since they've been worried about how the recipients may end up caring for the finished project. (Try Mission Falls 1824 Wool or Berroco Vintage if you want machine washable. They have great color cobos, too!)
madelinetosh, Madeline Tosh, madtosh, Tosh: no matter what you call it, it's been HOT this month. We now carry 4 madelinetosh yarns: DK (this used to be called "Worsted"), Sock, Lace, and Pashmina (which just arrived last Friday). No question about it, madelinetosh yarns are the current favorite. We couldn't keep the colors in stock from our first shipment and the second shipment, while just in, is going fast! All of these yarns are very soft machine washable wool that comes in amazingly dyed colorways. You'll have to knit with it to believe it! (NOTE: In addition to what we order for the shop, we are happy to special order Tosh yarns. Any yarn, any color. This is not on our webiste yet, but will be once we figure out the best way to do it. Please call us for details.)
We have two samples here in the shop: Barb's Kiwassa Shawl knit from one skein of the Lace, and Jill's World War II Hat from one skein of the DK (formerly Worsted).
Notions and Needles
Kollage Square Double Pointed Needles - We've reordered these over and over, and they are still flying off the shelf. The feedback we've gotten is that these needles are amazing and really do help prevent hand fatigue.
I've used them to knit some of Craftyheghog's Stuffed toys and really enjoyed them. Other customers are now addicted to the short double points for smaller projects like socks. Come in to the shop and try them - we have a set on the counter to test drive.
Knit Kit - All in one, and one for all. There is a tool for every knitter contained in this handy little case. This is becoming everyone's favoirte traveling companion because it is TSA approved!
It includes folding scissors, point protectors, stitch markers, a crochet hook, thread snips, measuring tape, and row counter.
Alice Cowl - Knit from our new Road to China Light yarn. New colors for this yarn are now in stock, and they have so much depth to them! Great jewel tones to compliment a wonderful free pattern design from the Fibre Company for this cowl - just the thing since it has been in the negative temperatures here in Vermont. And by the way, cowls are the IN thing!
Monday, February 08, 2010
So, wings and beer yesterday, and chocolates and champagne (perhaps?) next Sunday. Our mannequin is obviously dressing this week to drop some Valentine's hints... She's sporting a very stylish sweater, with heart details, a gorgeous needle felted scarf and she's toting 2 hot new product from Namaste in the perfect color for this special day... RED. I had to post a second picture to highlight these Namaste items:And here's a closeup of the sweater in another color so you can see the details:
Scarf: Pagewood Farms Needle Felted Silk Scarf Kit in Reds
Bag: brand new Monroe Bag from Namaste - only have a few of these in stock, but more are on the way, so order now and you'll have it soon. This is a fabulous new shape and style from Namaste. It's going to make me break my "no-more-new-bags" rule. Oops!
Wallet: New Namaste Wallet. I mean really, why are we carrying wallets? I promise, I wasn't going to!! But customers called and emailed about it, so of course, I brought it in. But listen up, Namaste... please don't start making something like... I don't know, shoes?! I'm sure they'd be great, but I have to draw the line somewhere!