Monday, June 28, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Just to make it more interesting I have to do a reversible hat. Ok, I don't HAVE to, but that was a part of the challenge...
I think that the mohair-like appearance of the Alpaca Superlight will make a great carry-along with the darker Rootbeer Spud & Chloe for the skin of this reversible KIWI. Now to the drawing and swatching board... Keep watch, with any luck there will be sucess before fall.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
It's very similar to Malabrigo Worsted wool, in that it's 100% merino and 4.5-5 stitches to the inch. Malabrigo is more loosely spun and tends to be a bit thick and thin. The Maxima is spun a bit more tightly, so it should not pill as much... and it's much more uniform in thickness, so will not give you inconsistencies in your knitting.
It will be available in a number of gorgeous space-dyed colors that Manos is so well known for. Look for it in a couple of weeks!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Spud and Chloe Sweater... I love this yarn. It's a very soft plied blend of cotton and superwash wool. A warm weather, comfortable, lightweight yarn that is structured enough to keep its shape. Try it out on the Lovey Dovey pattern:And if you like it, check out Susan Anderson's new Dreamcatcher Baby Blanket. This is a great free pattern that's knit in smaller pieces. It's a gorgeous gift for anyone expecting a new little one this summer.
Berroco Weekend... Yummy, smooth, cool, summer knitting yarn. A blend of acrylic (don't gasp! I promise you won't believe it when you feel this yarn) and cotton, Weekend is another great pick for summer knitting and patterns. This yarn has a wonderful drape and the colors are bright without being loud. Varying shades in warm and cool colors really present a nice palette for project choices using multiple colors.
Roo Designs... We've got new patterns for those younger children on your list that sport fun and colorful intarsia images of a whale, sheep, owl and more. Knit one of these patterns a size up in woolly yarn for next fall or pick out one of our summer cotton blends for immediate gratification.
KPS Little Girl's Shrug... Jill knit us a sample of this little top-down shrug and added the optional lacey pattern to detail the bottom hem. Everyone who sees this sample immediately starts trying to think of who they might knit this for. Come by to see it in person - you'll want to knit one too!
Never Not Knitting Cedar Leaf Shawlette... Just three skeins of one of our new Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light colors and you are ready to cruise through this lovely little accessory. A perfect companion for those who want to ward off the summer air-conditioned chill at work or on a night out on the town.
Hiya Hiya Sock Sets... Summer is sock season for some knitters and these sock needle sets have a number of options to fit any preferences. Available in either bamboo or steel, you can choose from 9" circular needles or sets of 6" double pointed needles. Each set offers US sizes 1, 2, and 3 needles and comes in an attractive and whimsical Laurel Burch painted canvas bag with a zipper to keep everything organized.
Ann Norling Fruit Caps... 'Tis the season for fruit hats as small ones need a little something for their tiny heads even in warmer weather. Using this classic pattern, anyone can create an amazing array of different fruit or vegetable hats. With the wide range of yarn and fiber choices available, there are endless possibilities. I've knit several fruit hats this spring using Spud & Chloe Sweater or Elsebeth Lavold Cool Wool yarns. But these work up just as nicely in the Tahki Cotton Classic and I wouldn't hesitate to try the Jil Eaton Cottontail to get just the prefect shade for summer berry hats!
Irmo Tank... This is a great summer project that adds color to a classic tank.A quick and easy knit, it uses Berroco Weekend yarn. The pattern booklet for this tank (Berroco Book #296) has a great assortment of warm weather garment options for your wardrobe.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
And here's a beautiful swimming hole:
But now we are back to typical cool June Vermont weather with plenty of rain. It feels like the Mud Season we skipped this spring. It does mean it's easier for me to make progress on my stealth knitting project for an August wedding gift. The cool weather means I'm not busy doing things outside, and it makes it easier to have masses of knitting in my lap.
Out of 15 skeins total, I've gone through 6, and just have 9 skeins to go! I still can't show pictures of this project yet, but I will as soon as I can. Here's a hint:
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
I have to say, I was overcome with emotion, just standing outside the NICU and looking in. Helen and Sophie were preemies and were there for the first two weeks of their lives. During those two weeks I was there almost around the clock, and was so familiar with the nurses station, the scrubbing-in sink, the bulletin board, the gavage tubes, the bilirubin glasses, all of it. So being back there for the first time since 1999 brought back a lot of memories and it was hard to keep it together. How neat though, that my kids - who are almost 11 - got to see where it all started out for them. They really felt a connection, and that's cool!
Then we went to Pediatrics and took a tour and gave 2 of our 3 blankets to the nurses there. We didn't deliver the third one, because we have decided to give it to a little girl in our town who is going through a lot right now. Read her story here, and you'll see why we want her to have one of our blankets. Her older brother is in school in Williston, and some of the kids in our knitting group know him - so it was a connection we just couldn't overlook. How special is it that we can actually give a blanket to someone from our own town, who is going through a tough time right now? I'm working on how to deliver the blanket to her before she starts her next round of treatment.
So, a year over, and 10 girls who've learned a little about knitting, and a little about giving. That's what it's all about!
Top to bottom we have Purple Majesty, Spice Girl, Vamp, Teal a Kiss and Green Goddess. Yummy!
This kit, along with the Cashmere Scarf FOR HIM, has been one of our best selling items for 2 years in a row. If you've seen the samples we have in the shop, you'll know why!
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Thanks to Berroco and Plymouth for their donations of Comfort DK and Dreambaby DK, and to Accessories Unlimited for their donation of Brittany double pointed needles. We still have yarn left, so we will continue to use it for projects like this in the future.
And totally off topic, here's a shot of my newest garden resident. I didn't realize he'd moved in when went to pick some rhubarb the other day. So he was greeted with a very loud and high pitched scream. Sorry big guy. I'm sorry if I didn't seem happy to meet you. But I don't like surprises!
Thursday, June 03, 2010
High Line Cardigan: This is a cute knit cardigan for layering over summery tops.
Minnow Knits #230 Pinafore Dress pattern and Jil Eaton Cottontail yarn: The combination of lovely colors in a machine washable cotton yarn and this adorable pattern have both of these items flying out of our shop. Maybe it's the butterfly sleeves on this little dress that's got everyone smiling? The pattern spans sizes 6 months to 4 years making it fairly versatile in the world of little people knits. We've sold this pattern to people who plan to use different yarns, too. Hey, substitutions are part of our job! We knit this up as a sample in the Mission Falls 1824 cotton because we wanted to see what the dress would look like using one of the Cotton Whirls (variegated). It's really cute!
Berroco Book #294 Origami and Berroco Origami yarn: This yarn is a great choice for the spring and summer. This blend of 58% acrylic, 16% linen, 15% nylon and 11% cotton has multicolored strands that knit into a remarkably light and crisp finished fabric. Color names like Sunset Rendezvous, Cucumber Water, and Party by the Shore definitely fit this summertime yarn well, and complement the designs you'll find in the pattern booklet.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Here are the lucky winners:
Lee Ann O.
And a huge thank you to all of our customers for your support!