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”.

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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!

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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.

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This pattern is available for free here.  Happy knitting!


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July 6, 2014

Fiber Artist Feature: Corey March

It’s always fun when fiber artist Corey March stops by the store!  Her Identity Tapestry installation always requires oodles and oodles of yarn.

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Corey collects natural fiber yarns and over dyes them so that no two balls are alike.  When you visit the installation, you are asked to choose a color of yarn you feel represents you.  As you unravel the yarn, you wrap it around statements on the wall that reflect who you are.  Complex portraits develop as simple statements are linked together.  As more and more people add their lines, patterns emerge and a tapestry of human identity forms which is specific to the particular time, place and people who created it.

Her Write for Me installation is another site to behold.

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Her newest piece will debut tomorrow evening at Z Space in San Francisco (6-10 PM).  It runs from July 8th to July 27th.  Be sure to check it out!


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July 5, 2014

Diane’s Corner: Zooey Yarn Review

Diane is no stranger to the wonders of linen blends.  Today she spotlights a new linen/cotton yarn from Juniper Moon Farm called Zooey.

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Zooey is a 60% linen, 40% cotton DK weight blend with a slight thick and thin texture.  The quintessential summer yarn, Zooey is machine washable (yay!) and softens up beautifully with washing.

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Zooey would be perfect for a summer tee such as Mari Chiba’s Garmi Top.  The Garmi Top is a great transition piece.  It can be worn alone in warmer weather or layered over a long sleeved tee through Fall.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
Finished Measurements: Bust: 30.5 (34.5, 38.5,42.5,46.5,50.5,54.5)”
Length: 22.5 (23.25, 24, 24.75, 25.5, 26.5, 27.5)”
Yarn: MC: 2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5) balls Zooey in color #1 Sea Salt
CC: 1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2) balls Zooey in color #4 Taro
Needles: US 6 – 24” circular needle, or size used to obtain gauge
US 2 – 24” circular needle
US 3 – double pointed needles or Size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook for neckline finishing
Gauge: 16 sts and 28 rows = 4” in St st in the round and in lace pattern st on larger needles


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July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th!  We are closed today and will reopen for regular business hours tomorrow.

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Photo from the Boston Globe.  This 20-foot wide American flag was knitted by two excavators holding giant knitting needles.  This installation was designed by sculptor Dave Cole and was featured at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams.  So fantastic!


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July 3, 2014

Knit-a-Long: Forest Weave

Join us for our first ever Knit-A-Long (KAL)!  Starting on July 14, we’ll begin knitting Yumiko Alexander’s fabulous Forest Weave sweater.

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Our target end date is August 11.  During this time we will dedicate one post a week to share tips and our sweater progress.  We will also open a KAL thread on our Ravelry group where folks can share their progress as well as ask questions.  At the end of the KAL, we encourage you to visit us at the store wearing your finished sweater so we can snap your picture for our gallery.  If you are unable to visit in person, you can always e-mail us a photo of your finished sweater.

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So come on in to the store, pick up the pattern, select your yarn and be ready to cast on!   You’ll have a beautiful Forest Weave that will be perfect to wear as we move into San Francisco’s best weather season.

Need help selecting the right yarn?  The staff is always here to assist you.  If you’d like to browse online, we recommend checking out the Tosh Merino DK, Silky Wool or even Dandelion.  The pattern calls for a DK weight yarn but since it’s knit on a 9, you can also used a drapey worsted weight yarn.  Depending on the look you’re going for, we can help you pick which yarn will be right for you!

 

Happy knitting!


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