Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Yarns!

Today I want to feature 2 news yarns that we have gotten in here at Anacapa Fine Yarns recently! We love the changing of the seasons, because that means new yarns start showing up! For me personally, the change from Summer to Fall is my favorite. The weather gets a little more cool (although not yet, at least in Ventura!) and we as knitters and crocheters get the opportunity to wear our beautiful handmade items!

The first new yarn is from Regia, and it's called Stripemania!
 This is a new fun sock yarn that stripes itself, and one of my favorite things about it is that it is a DK weight! That means bigger needles, faster knitting, and nice, warm, happy socks to wear this Fall!

Here's a picture to show how it stripes up as you knit:

The second new yarn is another that I am really excited about, Berroco Ultra Alpaca CHUNKY!

We all know and love the original Berroco Ultra Alpaca, as well as Ultra Alpaca Light, and Ultra Alpaca Fine. When I heard that they were coming out with a chunky version, I knew I had to cast on something right away when it came in! I chose a gorgeous forest green color and cast on for a little baby cardi.

Swing by the shop soon and check out some of these great new yarns, and maybe start planning some gift knitting!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Class Highlights: Gift Knits Series

Hi everyone! Today I want to Highlight a series that I (Kaity) will be teaching this upcoming season - Gift Knits! Last year I did the same series and this year is going to be even more fun! Each class is two sessions, 2 hours each.

The first class is for kids, the Chouette Owl Hat:

Two Sessions-Fridays, October 17 and 24, 6 to 8 pm; $40, supplies not included. Skill Level: Sheep. Instructor: Kaity Fraker


This first session of the Gift Knits series is a cute and fun hat for the kids in your life. This cabled hat features an adorable owl motif on the front and tassels for the ears on top! Knit in a chunky yarn, you can work up a few to fill some stockings!



The second class is for Women, the Rainbow Twist Cowl:

Two Sessions-Fridays, November 14 and 21, 6 to 8 pm; $40, supplies not included. Skill Level: Sheep. Instructor: Kaity Fraker

This second session of the Gift Knits Series is a fun cabled cowl worked in Malabrigo Rasta! The Rainbow Twist Cowl is a great quick gift knit for the ladies on your gift list. Choose a skein of yummy yarn and grab a pair of big needles and let’s go!


The last class is great for guys - or anyone! The Retro Thrum Slippers:

Two Sessions-Fridays, December 5 and 12, 6 to 8 pm; $40, supplies not included. Skill Level: Sheep. Instructor: Kaity Fraker
This third session of the Gift Knits Series is great for guys, or anyone really! These slippers work up fast and feature a technique called “Thrumming” in which you knit unspun wool into your work, in this case on the inside of the slippers. The result is a comfy and warm pair of everyone’s new favorite slippers!


If you are interested in any of these classes, give us a call and we will get you all signed up and ready to go!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Class Spotlight: Sweater Weather

Have you had a chance to check out our new Fall schedule yet? Hop on over to our website and check out all the fun classes we have packed in until the end of the year! Today I want to highlight some of the great Sweater classes we are offering coming up, because eventually it might get cold around here! (We can only hope!)

First off we have Sea Salt:
Five Sessions-Sundays, September 14, 28, October 12, 26 and November 9, 4:30 to 6:30 pm; $90, supplies not included. Skill Level: Alpaca. Instructor: Karin Wilmoth

A cozy, slightly cropped tee knit in dk weight cotton blend yarn is just the thing for our coastal autumn. The sleeve caps and bodice are knit side to side in garter stitch short rows. The body is then picked up and knit in stockinette and finished off with a garter stitch hem.

Aidez Cardi:
Four Sessions-Mondays, September 15, 22, 29 and October 6, all classes 6 to 8pm, except final class is 6 to 9pm; $80, supplies not included. Skill Level: Alpaca. Instructor: Kaity Fraker

This cabled Cardigan is the next step for those of you who want to take your cable knitting to the next level! The simple shaping combined with the beautiful aran texture makes for an impressive finished project! Aidez is knit in pieces, and we will learn to knit advanced cables, how to knit multiple pieces at once, and how to finish and seam a pieced sweater. Pattern comes in following sizes: Bust (closed) – 32(36-40-44-48-52)”

Hap Cardigan:
Five Sessions-Sundays, October 5, 19, November 2, 16 and 30, 4:30 to 6:30 pm; $90, supplies not included. Skill Level: Alpaca. Instructor: Karin Wilmoth

This pretty lacy cardigan was inspired by the traditional Shetland Hap Shawls, with their plain garter centers and brightly colored feather and fan edging. It is a versatile garment, perfect for fighting that winter office chill or thrown on over a t-shirt on a beach in the summer or anything in between. The Hap Cardigan is designed to drape loosely at the front.


BlueSand:

Six Sessions-Mondays, October 6 (6-9pm), 13, 27, November 10, 24 and December 8, 6-8pm; $100, supplies not included. Skill Level: Alpaca. Instructor: Anne Lecrivain-Cozzoli

Bluesand by La Maison Rililie is a sweater that I will wear all year long. It has been designed with 2 flattering choices for the shoulder shaping: a combination yoke using contiguous shaping and a raglan shoulder with a saddle. The wide stripes are placed well, moving the eye over you and the garment with whimsy and grace at the same time. The pattern fits bust sizes 31(34, 37, 40, 43, 46, 49, 52) inches.

Katie:

Five Sessions-Wednesdays, October 8, 22, November 5, 19 and December 3, 6 to 8pm; $90, supplies not included. Skill Level: Sheep. Instructor: Karin Wilmoth

With a rounded hem, thumbholes on the cuffs, and a touch of fair-isle, this sweater has all the minor details to spice up a classic shape. This will be a great addition to your fall wardrobe. It is knitted top down in the round, and the neckband is added after by picking up stitches.

and last but certainly not least, Hitofude:

Five Sessions-Mondays, October 20, November 3, 17, December 1, and 15, 6-8pm; $90, supplies not included. Skill Level: Sheep. Instructor: Anne Lecrivain-Cozzoli

A lace sweater for all occasions: wear it to a wedding or wear it to brighten a Monday afternoon. Designed by Hiroko Fukatsu, this sweater features a simple lace pattern and innovative construction to create a lightweight, well draped topper. Its name reassures us of its elegant and seemingly effortless simplicity, translating to “a few lines” or “a stroke of the pen.” The pattern is sized to fit bust sizes as follows: XS 28¾-32¾ (S 32-37, M 37½-41¼, L 41¾-45¼, XL 46-50, XXL 50½-54¼) inches.

If you are interested in any of these classes, give us a call and we will get you all signed up and ready to go!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Proper Care and Keeping of Circular Needles

Hi guys! Today I want to write you a quick post about how to store your circular knitting needles so you can get the most use out of them. Often I see people pull needles out of their knitting bag and they have kinks and bends in them that can hinder the ease of your knitting, so I want to share a couple pictures of how to avoid ruining the nice needles you have invested in!

So, you have just gotten yourself a nice new pair of needles, and they come packaged like this:
You can see the cord of the needles is looped around twice, this is good! When you store your needles, try and store them in this same way, it will help keep them from becoming too curly and help retain their shape. Some longer circular needles are looped around 3 times, and that is fine for a needle that is 47" or 60" long.

You can also store your needle in the package with one large loop:

Try and avoid storing your needles like this:
Wind your needles back into one or two loops, try not to just jam them back in the package. You want to try and retain the shape of the cord as best as possible.

Also, don't wind the cord up too tight. If they live like this for a while, it will make them curly and hard to knit with.

When you are knitting, take care to not bend this joint here.

If you bend this joint as you knit or when you store your project, it will kink the cord there and make for a difficult transition between cord and needle, and that's not fun to knit with!

Good circular needles can be an investment, but if you take care of them, they will last you a long time!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Get that hair out of your face!

It's been warm and muggy here in Ventura these last few weeks, and I can't stand having hair on my neck and in my face when it's been so hot! To make it worse, I cut bangs in my hair last week, so there's even more hair in my face than usual! If you were to look at my Ravelry pattern browsing history, you would see pages after pages of headband patterns, and I thought I'd share some of my favorites here for any of you that are suffering along with me :)









I hope you guys enjoy, if you make any of these, let me know, I'd love to see how fabulous you look in them! Happy Knitting!
-Kaity

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tote-ally

Hello faithful readers! Sorry it's been a while since I've posted here, we've been bust with our 10th Anniversary Celebration and lots of other fun here at Anacapa Fine Yarns!

It's finally summertime, and I thought today I'd share with you guys some ideas for totes and bags you can whip up quickly for hauling around your swim gear, farmer's market finds, picnics, and more!

If you are into crocheting, here's a few  FREE patterns I've found

Summer Squares Beach Tote:

Spring Blossoms Market Tote:


4 Ball Market Bag:


And for you knitters, I found a few FREE patterns for you, too!

Everlasting Bagstopper:


Elisa's Nest Tote:

Grrlfriend Market Bag:

We've got lots of great cotton and linen blend yarns that would be great for any of these bags, swing by the shop soon!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Organize It - Needle and Hook Edition!

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed my post yesterday about organizing your stash! Today, let's get those needles and hooks organized!

If you have lots of circular needles, you can do like I do, and keep them in a 3-ring binder. I have a sleeve marked for each size needle, and I just slip them in the top and keep them all in one place! I just have to remember to put them back!

A similar idea would be to use that CD organizer that I'm betting you have in your Car!

This spool organizer would look cute hanging in your craft room!

If you've got a bunch of straight needles, find a cute vase or pot and display them! This would be great on a coffee table, or on your desk!

Here's a link on how to crochet a holder for your crochet hooks! Roll them up and keep them neatly in one place.

 Or get yourself a paintbrush roll and sort your needles out! One like this can fit crochet hooks, DPNs, and long straights.

And if you like the above idea but want to get a little fancy, we sell these silk knitting needle holders from Lantern Moon here at the shop, they look pretty and are super practical too!