Friday, February 13, 2015

New yarns!

We've gotten lots of great new yarns in lately, stop by the shop and see them in person!
Worsted: 40% Cotton, 30% Rayon, 30% Silk

Chunky: 100% Acrylic

Fingering: 80% Merino, 20% Nylon

Lace: 65% Alpaca, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere, 10% Camel

DK: 53% Bamboo, 42% Merino, 5% Silk

Worsted: 90% Cotton, 10% Cashmere

Fingering: 70% Merino, 30% Silk

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Design Your Own Fingerless Mitss

We have the privilege of hosting some classes from a Rock Star knitter, Wendy Bernard. The soonest one is

Up Down All Around
Design Your Own Fingerless Mitts

One Session-Sunday, February 15, 12 to 3 pm; $60, supplies not included. Skill level: Sheep. Instructor: Wendy Bernard

With "Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary," you can choose any stitch pattern and reproduce it flat, top-down, bottom-up and in the round. This class will give you the perfect opportunity to try your hand at incorporating stitch patterns into a pair of arm warmers or fingerless mitts. Wendy will walk you through a "from scratch" pattern to create a one-of-a-kind accessory that bears your own creative fingerprint. You can choose from virtually any stitch pattern in the book! Included with this pattern is a formula for arm warmers and fingerless mitts so you can continue to make unique accessories of your own.

Fingerless mitt are a great gift and a great way use up odd balls of yarn. 

Here are some other samples from Wendy -

Happy Needling,

Thursday, January 29, 2015

What is a steek?

Functionally, a steek is a spot in your knitting that you plan to slice open intentionally. I took a quick video of my slicing a crocheted steek open. This crocheted (prepped) steek is the armhole of one of my samples for the Fair Isle workshop.

If you want to know more about this purposeful slicey dicey of your knitting, I have a couple of upcoming opportunities -

Intro to Steeking

One Session-Monday, February 2, 6 to 9 pm; $30, supplies not included. Skill Level: Sheep. Instructor: Anne Lecrivain-Cozzoli

Want to knit everything in the round!?! Steeking, or cutting your knitting, is the key to working most sweater patterns in the round, ensuring that patterns for fronts and backs always match and adding speed to your knitting process. We will work on machine sewn steeks, crocheted steeks, and hand stitched steeks. We will also discuss how steeking can be used to adapt patterns to the round. It’s not so scary, I promise.

Fair Isle Workshop

Six Sessions-Mondays, February 16 (6 to 9pm-1st class only), March 2, 16, 30, April 13 and 27, 6 to 8pm; $100, supplies not included. Skill Level: Vicuna, Intro to Steeking and Intro to Fair Isle classes are recommended. Instructor: Anne Lecrivain-Cozzoli

I have been day dreaming about sharing this workshop with you for over 6 years. Come along with me to design your own Fair Isle (or stranded) Sweater. You will be able to customize your gauge (any yarn from worsted to fingering) to my prefigured recipe for a cardigan or pullover (crewneck or v-neck). You will be in total control of the chart selection and color play. We will all have the golden opportunity to steek the armholes. This workshop is a place to really flex those knitting strengths that you have been building and emerge with a work of classic knitted art at the end.

Check out our class schedule for lots of other cool classes.

Happy Needling,

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Countdown to Knitmas - Day 25!!

Happy Holidays to all of you out there! I sincerely hope you are having a wonderful Holiday, and I hope you enjoyed another year of our Countdown to Knitmas series!

Lots of Love from Lois, Anne, Kaity, Terry, and Karin!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Countdown to Knitmas: Day 24

Happy Christmas Eve!!! Time to BO and wrap it up. Of course, you had that all done days ago. Now you can cast on something fun to ring in the new year next week.

As usual, I have improvised a few hats this year and I would like to share my most recent one with you here. You could cast it on today (Lois will be in the store until 2pm). or on the 26th when we resume our usual hours. This hat pattern was whipped up for my husband to gift to a coworker. I started the blue one while we were watching the Hobbit on Wednesday night. With the unknitting time (a side effect of theater knitting) figured in, the hat took about 5 hours. With smoother sailing and not having to drop and correct some purls that had shifted during my ribbing, I think that a speedy knitter could knock it out in about 4 hours. (You know, just in case you need one more gift today.)

Yarn: approx 150 g of Sport weight yarn; I used Mirasol Nuna and had about 12 g left over
Needle: US 5/3.5mm 16" circular and matching DPNs
Gauge: approx. 20 sts=4 inches

CO 100 sts. and join in the round. Double check that you have no twist and place a beginning of the round marker.

Rnd 1-9: *k2, p2, repeat from * around.

Rnd 10: *k10, m1, repeat from * around. (110 sts)

Rnd 11: knit
Repeat round 11 until your hat reaches the desired length. To achieve this slouch, I worked about 48 rounds (I would give you a measurement, but I gave the hats away without measuring).

Rnd 1: *k9, k2tog, repeat from * around. (100 sts)
Rnd 2: knit
Rnd 3: *k8, k2tog, repeat from * around. (90 sts)
Rnd 4: knit
Rnd 5: *k7, k2tog, repeat from * around.(80 sts)
Rnd 6: knit
Rnd 7: *k6, k2tog, repeat from * around. (70 sts)
Rnd 8: knit
Rnd 9: *k5, k2tog, repeat from * around. (60 sts)
Rnd 10: knit
Rnd 11: *k4, k2tog, repeat from * around. (50 sts)
Rnd 12: *k3, k2tog, repeat from * around. (40 sts)
Rnd 13: *k2, k2tog, repeat from * around. (30 sts)
Rnd 14: *k1, k2tog, repeat from * around. (20 sts)
Rnd 15: *k2tog, repeat from * around. (10 sts)

Cut the tail. Thread a tapestry needle and feed the remaining 10 sts. onto the strand like beads on a string. Pull it tight like closing a drawstring. Tuck the end to the wrong side and weave in ends.

Happy Needling,

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Countdown to Knitmas - Day 23

When I was a kid, we always had a pickle-shaped ornament on our Christmas Tree. My mom always hid one on our tree on Christmas eve, and you may be asking "Why the heck would your put a pickle on your tree? What does that have to do with Christmas?"

If you haven't heard the tradition of the Christmas Pickle - basically it's the last ornament hung on the tree the night before. The first child to find it when they wake up Christmas Morning gets an extra present! I was always to excited Christmas morning to remember to look for the Pickle, and my sister always made it her mission to find it first thing!

I always thought it was a fun and funny tradition, and as I was browsing Ravelry I found a few patterns for Pickle Ornaments! They are probably really fast to work up, so if you have time before tomorrow night, whip one of these up and surprise some little ones in your family!

Crocheted Pickle Ornament:

Knitted Pickle Ornament:

Monday, December 22, 2014

Coutndown to Knitmas: Day 22

One day in November, I had a really cool moment while Bella and I enjoyed some Starbucks treats. There was a lovely lady waiting for her drink wearing a very cute scarf. I was doing my side ways quick glances to try to figure out how it was made and if it was hand made (if you ever catch me looking at you in a strange manner, it is because I am dissecting something interesting that you are wearing or carrying). Becoming more intrigued, I decided that I would simply give her the deserved compliment and ask her if she made it.
Turns out that she did make it. And, she was actually one of my past beginning knitting students. After the my embarrassment faded from my not remembering her out right, I pressed her further about her clever scarf. She was inspired by something she saw and improvised from that object. Here is Kari (lost the note where I made sure to spell your name right; hope I remembered correctly) wearing her inspired accessory -
So pretty. And the scarf, too.
Now, I am inspired by her scarf. I think that one could improvise using the famed 6st scarf times 3. Here it goes.

1. I am starting with US8/5mm needles and  3 colors of the same yarn, Classic Elite Classic Silk, 135 yds/50g, 50% Cotton, 30% Silk, 20% Nylon -


2. I am cutting 42 (14 of each of 3) pieces of fringe, using a DVD case as the guide. I will be placing a 3 strand fringe in 7 places on each end. 


3. Cast on 6 sts and work until the yarn is gone in each. I did not go as far as that. I stopped at 300 ridges or 600 rows each strip. I found that working each strip individually was the best thing as far as speed and yarn management. It is also best to work them to equal number of rows; since garter stitch is so stretchy, measuring can be unreliable. I used stitch markers to count every 50 ridges.

 4. To join the strips before braiding, I used the fringe. I inserted a crochet hook into each layer of fabric at their corresponding corners and pulled the fringe through.

 5. Then, I proceeded to braid. The strips were best managed during braiding if I kept them wound into balls.

 6. When braiding is complete, use the fringe and overlapping the ends in the same way to tack them together.

It is a thin scarf ,but It is also very long and I can wrap it a couple times. I am looking forward to trying it again with thicker yarn and perhaps different cast ons, maybe 8 or 10 stitches.

Happy Needling,