Monday, March 29, 2010
As I was leaving my house for the airport, I looked up to see this:Apparently my cats read that blog post, and are now quite at home jumping up onto my new "blocking station" to check things out. Drat. Some things are better left unsaid.
It was a really busy conference. Lots of brain work, and not much time to explore. But I got to start each day with this view: And I did manage to sneak in about an hour of exploring the city. I loved the architecture. Each time I turned a corner I found more to like.I'd love to be able to walk down this street every day!I did take some trip knitting. (Which only happened on the flights down and back though.) I started the Citron shawlette out of Manos del Uruguay Serena. I'm using the Wildflowers colorway. The pattern is easy and free (Knitty Winter 2009) and I plan to do at least one (possibly two) extra repeats. I'm taking a trip with Marc and the girls in June, and this will be just perfect for it...
Thursday, March 25, 2010
After a week of unseasonably warm weather in Vermont, our mannequin is digging the short sleeves. Poor thing clearly didn't check the Weather Channel; our temps are downright chilly again! We are expecting a low in the teens tonight. Brrr, toss me an afghan!
Sweater: This sweater is adorable, and way cuter in real life than in the photo in the book. It's called Bellambie and it's knit with Berroco Origami Yarn. The pattern is from Berroco Book #294 Origami.
Bag: Still the best small purse we carry, the Namaste Mini Clutch is hip and practical. It holds crochet hooks, scissors, pens, or other small items, has great storage for those credit cards and is even roomy enough for the all-important cell phone.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
We took a look at Deb N's sweater and discussed some options for blocking for sizing reasons and re-creating the crocheted edging. We called on our crochet expert, Barb, for a bit of crochet crab stitch demonstration. Crab stitch can be a bit tricky as it seems 'backwards' but after a bit of assistance from Barb (aka the "Backseat Crocheter") things started to flow more smoothly. Thanks for being such a great sport Deb, and good luck with that edging!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I love the colors in this sweater:
Kat Z. recently came in wearing her new creation knit from Tahki Cotton Classic. She adapted the pattern for the three strands of this yarn held together from Knitting from the Top Down which gives this cardi a wonderful color appeal!
And yesterday we had a this cute Encore Tweed sweater stop in... What a perfect gift - the Tweed is beautiful and Encore is easy care! We aren't sure which pattern it is because Megan C. (who knit it) recently welcomed a new arrival of her own to her family. Her mother brought in the sweater to show us while Megan was home being mommy! Congratulations Megan & Mark!
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
We thought her sweater was so cute, that we're planning to order the pattern to sell here at the shop. And for all you Wonderful Wallabee fans, stay tuned. That, and a few others are coming too! Thanks for sharing Karen, and for giving us the chance to add to our pattern offering!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
She's not even Irish! But that doesn't mean she can't celebrate with her Irish friends over a pint or two of Guinness. She was careful not to overdo the green (true "kelly green" doesn't do much for her complextion) but in our opinion, she still looks really festive. I'm sure she'll be welcomed with open arms down at Rí Rás. Skirt: Aune Skirt in Berroco Norah Gaughan Collection, Volume 1, using Berroco Ultra Alpaca Yarn
Scarf: One skein Scarf in Artful Yarns Lustro, pattern is free on the label
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
In fact if you check out the new Interweave Knits (Spring 2010) issue you'll find a nice little article called "Feel-Good Yarns." The author, Sharon Riggs, quickly spells out some important aspects of sustainably produced and organic yarns.
The best part? Kyarns carries yarns from all four of the companies highlighted in the article and you can stop by to take a look at them any time. We are happy to point these yarns out and help you find a pattern for the O~Wool Balance (from Vermont Organic Fiber Company), Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton, Cascade Eco Wool, or Green Mountain Spinnery's Sylvan Spirit yarn.
All of these yarns are a joy to knit or crochet with and their environmentally conscious background is a wonderfully satisfying bonus!
Our selection of organic, sustainable, and/or environmentally conscious yarns doesn't stop with these few selections - be sure to ask us about our other offerings when you stop by the shop or you can always contact us by email or phone for additional information.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
is an i-phone or palm carrier crocheted using Berroco Vintage.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Monday, March 08, 2010
- For small areas on the sheep (the eyes) I elected to do the duplicate stitch instead of intarsia.
- I was supposed to bind off both shoulder seams and then seam them together. Instead, I left the stitches on a holder, and worked a three needle bindoff on each side.
- The pattern called for seaming one shoulder seam, then picking up and doing the neck, and then seaming the neck edge along with the second shoulder seam. I don't like to do that - I'm not a fan of any type of seam on a neck edge. So I closed both shoulder seams, and plan to work the neck on double pointed needles. (I'm not quite there yet!)
- The sleeve decreases called for a k2tog on both sides of the sleeves. I changed it and worked a k1,ssk at the beginning of the row, and a k2tog,k1 at the end of the row. These slanted decreases line up better.
- The sleeve decreases were supposed to be worked every 3 rows. I prefer (and always recommend) to work the decreases on right side rows. I am anal about keeping those slants going the right way, and it's just easier to always do it on the right side rows. Plus, I calculated my row gauge, and there were plenty of rows to make this change from every 3rd row to every 4th row.
I was nearing the home stretch last night, and was working the seams. Look what I found when I got to the bottom!
OOPS! I can now add a final change to this pattern:
6. Cutting the bottom edge off, and re-knitting the bottom back ribbing, cuz, well... clearly I can't count.
Hey, we all screw up!