September 20, 2014

Staff Creation: Anja’s Cima Sweater

In honor of our upcoming Shibui Mix party, Anja completed Shibui Mix Pattern #8 using the luscious Cima.


The ombre effect is achieved by holding three strands of laceweight yarn together and gradually shifting colors.  Considering you only use two colors, the end result is quite remarkable!  Anja chose a neutral palette, but the design looks great in a variety of combinations.


The resulting fabric is plush, warm and beautifully draped.  Wear it casually over slacks or tucked into a skirt for a more polished look.  This top will make it into your regular rotation for sure!

Grab a copy of the pattern here and view all the available colors of Shibui Cima.  Don’t miss our Shibui Mix trunk show coming up this October for even more pattern inspiration!

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July 17, 2014

Staff Creation: Waterlily x 2

As soon as Pom Pom Quarterly (Issue 8) hit our shelves, both Jules and Kelsey knew they had to knit the cover sweater.


And that they did!  They both chose two totally different yarns, each resulting in beautiful tops that they get tons of mileage out of.


Since she is allergic to wool, Jules opted for a silky soft acrylic from Cascade called Sateen.  Her sweater had a beautiful sheen, great stitch definition and just a touch of drape.


Jules needed only 3 skeins of Sateen to make her top.  At only $5 a ball, her total project cost of $15 is pretty impressive!


Kelsey, on the other hand, is addicted to wool.  Her Waterlily was made with two skeins of Tosh Merino Light in the color Gilded.


The pattern book is now discontinued, but if you’d like to make this top we can offer a free copy of the Waterlily pattern with the purchase of the yarn to make it!  Just give us a call or stop in.

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July 7, 2014

Staff Creation: Taste the Rainbow Blanket

When we restock yarn, we sometimes can’t help but get a little creative.  We love putting yarn collections in rainbow order – a scientific process we at ImagiKnit call “rainbowtizing”.


When Jules finished rainbowtizing our latest shipment of Uptown Bulky, she was inspired to knit herself a new throw.  She grabbed 12 different skeins and got to work!  Using a simple garter stitch pattern to colorblock her blanket, she simply knit for the length of one ball and changed colors when it ran out.  Before she knew it, her blanket was finished!


What a fun and simple way to add some color to your couch!  You could also cut the yardage in half to make this blanket for a special baby or kiddo.


This pattern is available for free here.  Happy knitting!

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May 31, 2014

Staff Creation: Kelsey’s Aranami Shawl

We are self-proclaimed Shibui addicts around here, so as soon as Pebble hit the shelves, Kelsey snapped up 5 skeins and cast on for an Aranami Shawl.

pebble-15-sidewalkPebble is a blend of recycled silk, merino wool and cashmere and is available in fingering weight. There is a full range of tweedy colors to choose from, check them out!


The Aranami Shawl (by Olgajazzy) asks for 5 colors of fingering weight yarn. We love the ombre look she and Kelsey chose, but bright colors could be fun as well! Snag a copy of the pattern here.


Looking great, Kelsey!

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May 28, 2014

What’s on our Needles?

Have you ever wanted a glimpse into the stash of a yarn store employee? When you are surrounded by every yarn option imaginable 40 hours a week, it can be difficult to narrow down your knitting queue. Katelyn is guest blogging today about the project she most recently cast on.

twyla_brae_yarns_of_rhichard_devrieze_merino_worstedThe moment we unloaded the Merino Worsted Superwash by Rhichard Devrieze, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Immediately after finding out one of my best friends was expecting, I snatched up four skeins and cast on for the Big Bad Baby Blanket.


The Big Bad Baby Blanket (from Debbie Stoller’s Stitch ‘n’ Bitch) has got to be one of the most tried and tested baby blanket patterns out there. Despite the fact that it was released almost a decade ago, we are still helping knitters find yarn for it at least once a week.  I can’t think of a better yarn for this project than the Merino Worsted Superwash. Instead of holding two strands of fingering weight yarn doubled, you can use just the one strand of worsted weight yarn and it works out perfectly. Machine washable and soft, it is available in an array of “funfetti” colorways that you’ll go gah gah over. You’ll need only 4 skeins.


I also had the pleasure of trying the Knitter’s Pride Cubics needles. I had forgotten my needles at home but was headed out after work so naturally I figured I’d rather purchase new needles than be caught for 3 hours without my knitting. It seemed like the perfect excuse to try the square needles everyone has been buzzing about. Let me just say… I LOVE LOVE LOVE these needles! They are smooth, seamlessly joined and have perfect tips. I found I could knit on them for hours and hours with minimal discomfort to my hands. If you haven’t tried them yet, I highly recommend them.

The Cubics weren’t the only thing I treated myself to that day…


These new stitch markers are amazing! I didn’t think I was the type of knitter who cared about my stitch markers, but I guess I was wrong. These delightful metal markers make me happy every time I get to them in my work. Handcrafted by Knitifacts, these Ringers are available in several colors and sizes. Drop by the shop and we’ll be happy to show you!

I’m knitting furiously and have just reached the halfway point in my project. I can’t wait to show you the finished product!

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