Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Yarn: Berroco Vintage Yarn
Thursday, January 28, 2010
It's not a very portable project, that's for sure! But it is super easy and doesn't everyone need a basic granny square afghan?
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
1) O~Wool Balance is a super soft blend of 50% organic cotton and 50% organic wool in a worsted weight. We have 10 gorgeous colors. This yarn is the *perfect* choice for baby knitting. I have already started a cool baby project using 6 of these 10 colors. Hats, blankets, toys, sweaters, you name it. Baby will appreciate it!2) Four gorgeous new colors of Classic Elite Sprout. Sprout was new last year and is part of the Verde Collection. These four new colors are so spring-like, and are great for kids! Try the free pattern for the Sprout Tunic sweater in Classic Elite's Web-Letter, Issue 13, or this sweater and hat set, another free pattern from Classic Elite's Web-Letter, Issue 94.3) Classic Elite Katydid Ribbon is a new organic cotton ribbon. It's a heavy worsted weight and is very soft and light and is available in 5 great colors. I usually do not like ribbon yarns like this, but I knew immediately that this was one I'd love. I can't wait to try it!Come on in and check these out!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
This week's outfit is another oldie but goodie... for a variety of reasons.
1) It's a hoodie. I love hoodies. I own a number of hoodies. Do I ever wear the hood? No. But if you gave me a choice of two sweaters, one with a hood & one without... I'd choose the one with the hood.
2) It's long. Do you know how cold it can be up here in VT? Last year I switched my daily outerwear. I went from a short down jacket to a long down jacket. That extra layer of warmth around my bum and legs makes such a difference! I love long sweaters too for this very reason. It's like having a portable throw... your legs are covered up at your desk. Much easier than toting a lap blanket around the office.
3) It's stylish. The stitch patterning (cables, bobbles & bumps!) and edgings on this sweater are simply gorgeous. And the drape of this baby? WOW!
Friday, January 22, 2010
She makes him a sweater each year, and lets him do all the designing. He picks out the style, the colors, the pattern, everything. Caleb may just have a future in design! Each year we are awed at what he comes up with, and equally amazed that Janet reproduces his sketches with such incredible skill.
This was the sketch Caleb gave Janet for his "6th Grade Sweater."
Janet was a little worried about recreating those zigs and zags. A friend gave her some advice, and told her to just do the body of the sweater in pattern and work the sleeves plain. But Caleb's design did not include plain sleeves, so Janet knew that wouldn't fly.
She and Caleb came into the shop late this summer to look for yarn for the sweater. He had his drawing with him, and he knew exactly what he wanted. I talked with Caleb about the design. He was very specific about the stripes, and how wide he wanted them to be. He also knew exactly how wide the white separating stripe should be.
I talked with Janet and gave her some ideas on how to graph this out so it would work. She took all of this information home with her, along with a basic sweater pattern, and three colors of Berroco Vintage (approved by Caleb, of course!) She put the design into a graph format, and look what she came up with!
Wow, Caleb! We love your sweater. What an awesome design. We can't wait to see what you come up with next year! (And Janet... GREAT job!)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The shop is closed Sunday, but remember - locals can order online.
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In geometry, a double helix is a pair of parallel helices intertwined about a common axis. The term "double helix" is commonly encountered in molecular biology, where it refers to the structure of DNA. The DNA double helix is a right-handed spiral polymer of nucleic acids, held together by nucleotides which base pair together.Um. Okay, yeah. I relate much better to this:
It's a free pattern on Ravelry called Baby's First DNA model, and it's a great toy to knit for that next baby gift you find yourself needing. Sure, you can make a hat, a blanket, even a baby sweater. But this is WAY cooler. Emily knit this with Spud & Chloe Sweater. It's soft and the colors are great. Lucky baby!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
A shining jewel in the fall line, this single ply Peruvian wool and Tencel blend is a lightweight affordable luxury. With generous yardage and a silk-like gleam, this yarn boasts a striking palette and soft hand.
We couldn't agree more! It's lightweight, it's got a whopping 197 yards, it's incredibly soft, and it has the most beautiful gleam... If you're not up for making a sweater right now (though this one is SO cute!) go to ravelry and check out all the projects people have made with this yarn. Hats, scarves, shawls, toys, gloves, bags, you name it! Seeing what other folks have made with a yarn is really inspiring. Check it out!
Sweater: Lexeme Cardigan from Berroco Book 289: Lustra knit with Berroco Lustra yarn
Scarf: Gorgeous lace scarf - lightweight, yet warm. Knit with Lang Alpaca Superlight (this is machine washable!) from the Fiber Trends Oak Leaf & Acorn Scarf Pattern AC#41
Bag: Offhand Designs Gatsby Bag in the beautiful Plaza fabric
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
This class is full, and filled up quickly! Sorry! We'll be offering it again soon so stay tuned.
We do have some other great classes going right now, so take a moment to peruse the list of other possible classes that we have scheduled through the end of February.
I am looking forward to many of the technique classes and wish that it were possible to attend them all myself. It is always so much fun to get together with other people who enjoy knitting and share knowledge and learn a little something to improve my knitting skills.
I'm really looking forward to the First Time Sweater (now full) and the Quincy Hat classes because these are project based and it will be fun to have a 'knit along' for both of these projects. I might even be tempted to start the Kiwassa Shawl because Barb has been working on it for the Beginning Lace class, and it's really cooL! I just LOVE the Madeline Tosh Lace that she is using to work it up.
If lace isn't your thing, join Emily for the Toe-up Sock class or Suzie for Mittens on Double Pointed Needles or Barb for Finishing Techniques: Seams. We look forward to seeing you in class!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I thought I'd share a picture of one of the SnoBuddies I made. I sent the first one to my brother and sister-in-law and they quickly requested the entire family of snow buddies. Well, this is the second installment. We'll see about the others!
They've been great fun to knit -- that is with the exception of knitting teeny, tiny mittens. I'd never knit mittens before so starting with such tiny ones was a bit of a challenge. I was determined though and after many, many tries I finally got it!
On to the next knitting project!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I'm doing a stupidly simple baby blanket, from the center out, with 8 increases (2 at each corner) every other row. Could it get any easier? Not really. Oh, and I threw in a teeny bit of reverse stockinette, you know... so I wouldn't fall out of my chair from boredom.
So far, so good. I know if I had a baby now, I'd want one of these!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
Sorting and winding have taken on a contemplative air and I'm getting excited about some of the projects that I have planned. There are more pairs of socks than I can realistically finish knitting in a year - but hey the first pair I have planned are slipper socks in magenta and lime from Berocco Vintage so they should knit a bit faster as it is worsted weight yarn.
I wound a bunch of yarn I'm using in an afghan project. I was having such a good time winding and organizing that I even re-wound several skeins of Noro Silk Garden destined for a scarf and Noro Taiyo that I just couldn't resist taking home from the shop. (Those Noro yarns can certainly benefit from a whirl on the ballwinder!)
I topped off my work with a gorgeous shade of Manos Wool Classica for more of CraftyHedgehog's Frog Princes..
Now that I've 'wound up' 2009, I'm all set for knitting in 2010 :)
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
It looks amazing in high contrast colors (red & white, black & white) but if your nursery doesn't allow for those, it also looks great in many other colors. I had a hard time choosing the sample colors, but in the end I went with the bold red & white in Berroco Comfort DK. If I had to make a baby gift right now, this would be it!
I'm still plugging away on my Canopy Fingering Sweater... it's taking a while - I've been having some issues with my right hand, and the needles are tiny, so it's a bit slow going. It is precious though!