March 30, 2008

Continued Cotton Love

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As if the gift of a sock yarn was not enough, there is more yarn goodness from Japan and the master of fiber and color that is Noro. First is Matsuri a really unique cotton and wool blend. The yarn is plied in a way that looks like a mini braid with a pleasing blend of monochromatic strands along with the occasional pop of trademark Noro contrast color. From vivid colorways to more down to earth varieties, this D.K. weight yarn has something for everybody looking to make a light shell or warm weather garment.

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The next up is Taiyo, a close cousin to Silk Garden. The blend of fibers, 40% cotton, 30% silk, 15% wool, 15% nylon, makes this first and foremost a cotton yarn and what a soft cotton it is! The silk adds strength and its characteristic luster. The yardage comes in at an impressive 220 yards a ball and that couldn’t be a nicer addition to a yarn with long color changes. I think this just might be the perfect San Francisco yarn – the cotton makes it light enough so you won’t swelter and the silk adds the necessary warmth for when sun goes down or fog rolls in.


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March 26, 2008

Magic Ball Hat

Magic Ball Hat

The mixture of different hand dyed and hand painted yarns in Be Sweet’s Magic Ball Yarn, creates a beautiful interplay of textures and colors, you are sure to get a truly unique hat with every ball! There are dozens of luscious colorways to choose from. Plus with the hemmed brim, you can flex your hat making muscle by trying out a technique.

MATERIALS

US size 8 (5 mm) 16” (40 cm) circular needles and double pointed needles
1 skein Be Sweet Magic Ball Yarn (120 yds/110 m)
Approximately 25 yds (22 m) scrap yarn for inner brim
Stitch markers
Darning needle

GAUGE

16 st = 4 in (10cm) in Stockinette stitch

INSTRUCTIONS

With scrap yarn, CO 72 sts (best to use knitted cast on, but not essential). Place marker and join, being careful not to twist. K all sts for 1.5 inches. Purl one round.

Switch to Magic Ball. Work in St st for 1.5 inches (4 cm)
With second needle or double point needle, pick up the stitches along the cast on edge. You do not have to pick them all up at one time, you can do 10 or so stitches at a time. This is not pick up and knit. Just put a needle through the stitches. Now knit one of the Magic Ball stitches together with one of the scrap yarn stitches. This will seam your hem. Alternatively, feel free to just sew the hem later.

Continue in St st until hat measures about 7 inches (18 cm) or desired height from hemmed edge. You will have extra yarn from the magic ball so feel free to change the stripes around or take 2 or 3 out all together.

Decreases: (switch to double pointed needles whenever necessary)

Round 1: *K6, K2tog* repeat around

Round 2: *K5, K2tog* repeat around

Round 3: *K4, K2tog* repeat around

Round 4: *K3, K2tog* repeat around

Round 5: *K2, K2tog* repeat around

Round 6: *K1, K2tog* repeat around

Round 6: *K2tog* repeat around

Cut yarns and, using darning needle, thread through remaining stitches. Pull tight and weave in ends on inside of hat. Wear proudly!

GLOSSARY

sk skein(s)
st st stockinette stitch
K knit
CO cast on
st(s) stitch(es)
K2tog knit two stitches together
BO bind off

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License Allison Isaacs 2004 ImagiKnit


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March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

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Lorna’s Laces incredible angora blend yarn, Angel. Perfect for bunnies and babies alike.


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March 18, 2008

Chacabuco

Chacabuco

Chacabuco is a bulky 100% pima cotton yarn by Araucania, named after the port town in the Northern Patagonia region of Chile. When knit up, the fabric has a wonderfully rustic feel, perhaps meant to echo the rugged beauty of the landscape, the fjords and glaciers. Cotton is an often maligned fiber, with it’s lack of memory and elasticity, but the things that Araucania keeps doing with it are ever exciting, combining lovely soft colors with interesting spinning and plying techniques.


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March 12, 2008

Things to do with wool

Spinning

Needle Felting

You don’t just have to knit with it! Add more to your fiber arts knowledge with our two upcoming classes: Needle Felting and Spinning. The only problem is, you will have to choose between the two, since they’re both happening at the same time. So check the classes section for more information, then do your coin toss and call the store to sign up.


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