Customer Creations

February 02, 2015

As usual, our talented customers have been busy, busy, busy!  Here's a recap of some of the beautiful finished projects we've seen over the last few weeks.

You may remember Adam's menagerie of crocheted creatures.  Here's his newest creation: a baby groot!  He combined two free patterns on Ravelry (which you can find here and here) and a skein of Tosh Merino Light to make the guy pictured above. 

Charlene picked up a skein of Loopy Mango (10 oz) around the holidays and was determined to use each inch of it.  After making herself a hat (which looks just too cute on baby Ryan!) she made a matching scarf.  Adorable!

Megan knit these fabulous gloves using the lovely Mimi yarn.  You'll find the pattern for the Fallberry Mitts free on Knitty. 

Here's Jorge arm knitting like a speed demon!  He made a cowl in mere minutes using just a skein of one of our sale yarns, Wavy


Audrey looks amazing in everything, but we especially love her in sparkles!  She knit this cowl using the self-striping yarn Gold Rush.  

Stafford rarely follows any rules when he knits, and he always surprises us with interesting combinations of yarns.  Though the scarf on the right is knit with only one yarn (Mochi Plus), the one on the left is a daring combination of 100% silk with 100% mercerized cotton.  He used Eri with Fantasy Naturale.  Stunning!

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Knit-a-Long: Lizard Ridge Blanket (Yarn Guide)

January 26, 2015

Thinking about joining our Lizard Ridge Knit-a-Long, but aren't sure what yarn to use?  

The pattern calls for Noro Kureyon (100% wool) with a ball of Cascade 220 for the trim.  Knitters going for the called-for yarn will be happy with the beautiful, yet unpredictable, color repeats and will have a blanket that is warm, durable and eye-catching.  The pattern has you select 21 different colorways that you piece together once the blocks are complete.  You can mix and match to your heart's delight.  Kureyon is a wool yarn with great texture, but must be hand washed or spot cleaned at the risk of it felting in the washing machine.  

Noro Silk Garden can be used in place of Kureyon if you're looking for something a little bit softer and more luxurious.  Silk Garden is made from a blend of mohair and silk that softens up beautifully as you knit it.  It is available in a huge range of slightly more subtle self-striping colorways and has a bit more drape than Kureyon.  You will also want to hand wash or spot clean this blanket, as it is not machine washable.

Making this blanket for a baby (or a particularly messy adult)?  Consider Mochi Plus!  This yarn from Crystal Palace is a merino wool with nylon that is treated to be machine washable.  It has the same gauge as Kureyon, making it a great substitute.  You can easily adapt the blanket for baby by knitting less squares. 

If you or the recipient have a wool sensitivity, why not take a peek at Noro Taiyo?  This lovely blend of cotton and silk (with the same self-striping goodness we have come to love with Noro!) has a generous 220 yards per ball.  Compared to Kureyon's 110 yards per ball, you should be able be make two blocks per ball.

Want something absolutely fabulous, but looking for the most economical option in natural fibers?  Noro's new yarn Kureopatora has almost 300 yards per ball, meaning you can make three blocks out of one ball.  It's a little skinnier than Kureyon, so your blanket will have more drape if you knit to the same gauge.  Cascade's Tangier will be a great replacement for Taiyo (with a subtler color palette).  One ball should yield two blocks.

If you need further help selecting your yarn, feel free to reach out to us by e-mail! (info@imagiknit.com)

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Knit-a-Long: Lizard Ridge Blanket

January 26, 2015

Selecting our first Knit-a-Long of the new year wasn't easy, but there were definitely a few components that the staff agreed on 100%. We all were certain we wanted a big project, something that would keep us busy for awhile but would ultimately be incredibly gratifying.  We also knew we wanted it to be a real treat to ourselves - after weeks and weeks of gift knitting for the holidays, we craved some selfish stitching.  We gazed around the shop and all our eyes locked on a recently restocked column of Noro Kureyon and Silk Garden.

It hit us quite suddenly: the Lizard Ridge Blanket!  It was a sensation on Knitty a few years back and we are still helping customers find yarn for it to this day.

The Lizard Ridge Blanket is made up of 24 blocks, each worked with a completely different colorway of Noro Kureyon.  Using short rows, you knit simultaneously from the inside and outside of one skein to alternate the long color repeats.  That's what initially drew us to the blanket.  It's not often enough in our knitting that we can throw caution to the wind and knit with reckless abandon.  There's no worrying about color matching or dye lots with this project.  You can buy one ball of a yarn at a time if you want (something we always caution against!).  You can throw in random yarns from your stash.  You can stop and start blocks as you wish.  The perfect treat to yourself!

Join us for our first Knit-a-Long of 2015 as we cast on our Lizard Ridge Blankets on February 1.  Start on your own at home or come by the shop to cast on with the rest of us!  We'll be gathering around 11 A.M. on Sunday, February 1st.  Staff will be on hand to help you select your yarn, coordinate your colors and answer any pattern questions. If you're shopping online, click here for our comprehensive guide to help you select the right yarn for your project.  Join our discussion group on Ravelry for Knit-a-Long future updates!

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Weaving Class

January 25, 2015

Fiber artist Kelsey Leib will be teaching a Weaving 101 class at ImagiKnit next month!

Delve into the ancient art of weaving using an 8-harness table loom! In four sessions, you’ll learn to warp the loom and will learn various woven patterns and textures. At the end of the class, you will have a beautiful hand woven sampler scarf. Bring your own loom or rent one for $40.

Our next class will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 PM on February 3, 10, 17 and 24.  Drop by the shop or give us a call to enroll!

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Sale Sunday: Shibui Favorites

January 18, 2015

It's no secret that we love Shibui. Would you believe us if we said we put three of our favorites on sale last week?

Baby Alpaca (on the right) is a 100% alpaca DK weight yarn. Perfect for a shawl, scarf or perhaps a new beret!  Merino Alpaca (pictured in the middle) is a favorite for thick jackets and cardigans.  The chainette construction adds the perfect "squish factor" to this durable yarn.  It'll bloom and soften even more after it's knit.  Last (but not least!) is HeichiHeichi is a 100% recycled tweed silk yarn available in over a dozen lovely colors.  We love it for skirts and jackets!

See what else is new in our sale section by clicking here.  Happy Sunday!

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