Anniversary Cast-On Party!

April 21, 2017

It's hard to believe that May 1st will be a year since we bought the store!  To celebrate we are going to do a Cast-On Day on Monday the 1st.  We have chosen some really cute summery top patterns that we'll start on May 1st and work on them through the month, with the goal of finishing in time to wear this summer.
Sunshine coast Heidi kirrmaier
Sunshine Coast by Heidi Kirrmaier has a classic design that would flatter many shapes with very attractive details.  We have chosen Cascade Yarns Anchor Bay, a blend of 50% wool and 50% cotton.  The wool helps the cotton hold a shape while keeping it cooler than 100% wool.  It has a lovely hand, good stitch definition and creates a very nice finished fabric. 
cancun boxy top cascade hampton
Cancun Boxy Lace Top by Erin Kate Archer is a loose-fitting top designed to layer.  We have modified the pattern to fit a little better and longer.  If you join us for our KAL, we will share these modifications with you.  We have chosen Cascade Yarns Hampton, a blend of Pima Cotton and Linen to keep the fabric nice and summery!
jordan wendy bernard
Jordan by Wendy Bernard is knit in the round with easy-to-memorize lace patterns.  It creates a light and airy layer that's fun to wear.  We suggest Elsabeth Lavold Hempathy and Silky Wool or Tahki Baja
gemini jane richmond
Gemini by Jane Richmond is knit top down in one piece with a lacy accent around the neck.  Great versatile wardrobe staple.  We suggest Elsabeth Lavold Silky Wool.
cap sleeve lattice top purl soho
Cap Sleeve Lattice Top by Purl Soho is a fun one-piece sweater with a mesh neckline and seamed at the sides.  We suggest Ewe Ewe Yarns Ewe so Sporty
musselshell cardi berroco suede
Musselshell Cardi by the Berroco team features their re-released suede in a cropped length.

Japanese Knot Bag

April 13, 2017

japanese knot bag elsebeth lavold

I put down my knitting needles for a couple days and picked up a hook instead!  I love the styling of Japanese knot bags - simple, clean lines that produce a very functional bag.  We were poking around Ravelry for another project for the store and came across this pattern that has really good attention to detail and finishing so that it has a polished look when it's done.  I chose Elsebeth Lavold's Misty Wool because it has hemp in it which gives it a rustic and natural heathered look that I thought would look nice in this bag.  

The bag on the left is crocheted per pattern and takes one skein of yarn.  It's that perfect size to carry around a sock project, or if you want to use it for non-knitting purposes, it's a good size for lunch or a little girl's purse.  

The bag on the right I took some liberties with.  It is two strands of Misty Wool held together because I wanted to play with a marled look.  It uses four skeins and a larger hook, but it's a fairly good size.  It doesn't look larger in the photo because I have it stuffed.

If you like to crochet, or want to learn, this is a fun, quick and useable project.

Project Inspiration

April 09, 2017

rollin' beret woolly wormhead

This week's project inspiration is an awesome beret from Woolly Wormhead called Rollin' Beret.  It offers a change from our usual beanies and slouchy hats; and it's fun because it takes advantage of stockinette rolling to create the brim.  It uses a skein of Gina Chunky  that self-stripes to keep things interesting!

New Spring Yarn

March 20, 2017

cascade anchor bay fly swatter hat amy miller
As we longingly look forward to Spring, we start thinking about yarns that will be a little cooler for the warming weather.  Cascade introduced Anchor Bay to its Spring line of yarns.  It's an easy-care blend of Superwash Merino and Cotton.  The wool helps the yarn keep beautiful stitch definition while the cotton lightens it up and makes it incredibly soft and breathable.  We knit Fly Swatter Hat by Amy Miller for our store sample and love how the cables pop and hold their shape!  We also think Sunshine Coast sweater by Heidi Kirrmaier would look so good knit out of it for a nice multi-season garment.