July 15, 2014

One Loop Shy Trunk Show

Talented designer Janet Brani of One Loop Shy will be featured at the shop this month.  Her patterns are perfect for summer!

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This trunk show features crochet designs from baby hats, shawls, blankets, beach bags and more.  According to Janet, crocheting keeps her just “one loop shy” of crazy.  Don’t yet know how to crochet?  You can always sign up for our Crochet 101 class which starts on July 22.

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Stop by the shop to see them in person!  Our One Loop Shy trunk show will run until July 27th.


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July 14, 2014

Forest Weave Knit-a-Long: Week 1

The Forest Weave pattern is knit in two pieces, seamed on the sides and sleeves are picked up.  No shaping!

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The pattern includes cables and drop stitches so it keeps your interest.  The drop stitches are especially fun – it’s so satisfying to intentionally drop a stitch and watch it unravel!

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I am going to cast on for the short sleeve version, size S/M, using Rowan Pure Linen in Black.  I love this yarn!  Is anyone else using Pure Linen?

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I’m on target for gauge using size 9 needles.   Folks have asked if there is a way to ensure there enough yarn to do a long-tail cast on.  One way to do this is to cast on 10 stitches, pull out the 10 stitches, measure the length of the yarn needed for the 10 stitches then multiply this by the number of stitches needed divided by 10.

For example, if the pattern specifies to cast on 40 stitches and it takes 8 inches of yarn to cast on 10 stitches, multiply 8 inches by 4 to get a 32 inch tail.

I can’t wait to get started on this!  Be sure to check in with our Ravelry group to post your progress, ask questions and see what everyone else is up to.  See you all next week for our second update!

–Diane


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July 13, 2014

Sale Sunday: Noro Kama

Back in May, we blogged about a few of the fabulous Noro yarns that are residing in our sale section.  We are excited to announce a new Noro arrival: Kama!

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Kama is a combination of wool, luscious silk, warm mohair and fluffy angora.  At a nice chunky gauge, we lovingly refer to it as Silk Garden‘s older sister.

Kama will self-stripe as you knit it up on a size 9 or 10 needle.  What about an easy diagonal scarf or even a bit of entrelac to show off those color changes? We have 8 lovely colorways to pick from!


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July 12, 2014

Customer Creation: Vera + Mohair = Love

Vera makes the most amazing creations out of laceweight yarns.  They continue to blow our minds year after year, but she always assures us they are “sooo easy”.

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We are pretty sure she just makes it look easy!  Vera crafted this stunning full length dress using Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze.  The skirt on this dress is out of this world.

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Vera stopped in earlier this season with a new poncho as well as another mohair skirt.  This skirt also opens out to a full circle (Vera says she got up to about 2000 stitches in the round!) and she added elastic in the waist for stretch.

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Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations, Vera!


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July 11, 2014

Free Pattern Friday: Boneyard Shawl

Diane is hosting Free Pattern Friday this week!  To help get her in the spirit of our Stephen & Steven Fiberlicious Tour last week, she cast on for Stephen West’s Boneyard shawl.

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The Boneyard shawl is one of those patterns you can knit up with almost anything.  It calls for a DK weight yarn but looks great in anything from fingering to a heavy worsted.  When Diane first saw the gorgeous samples of Shibui Heichi from our yarn rep, she knew she had to have some.  100% recycled silk in a worsted weight – what can be better for warm weather knitting?   And the colors are gorgeous!

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She was looking to knit a scarf to wear to her son’s games and found the perfect brown and gold (Grounds and Solar) to represent his school’s colors.  She grabbed two skeins of each color and whipped this up in no time.

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Gorgeous!  Jules was happy to model the finished product.  The Boneyard shawl is a perfect beginner to intermediate project that knits up quick and can be easily adjusted.  Snag the free copy here and browse our wide selection of Heichi to see if there’s a color combo you can’t live without.

Happy knitting!


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