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.

March KAL

March 09, 2017

sycamore star shawl notsorryknitter

We have a super special KAL this month!!  Meaghan Schmaltz, the unapologetic knitter and a resident teacher at Nitro Knitters, designed a shawl with one of our new lines, Candy Skein Yummy Fingering.  Sycamore Star Shawl is a combination of three beautiful colors worked in a mix of stitch patterns - different lace patterns mixed with thick and thin stripes.  The tonality of the yarn and the texture of the stitches work perfectly together to highlight each other but not compete.  With 21 beautifully tonal colorways, the creative possibilities are endless!  We can't wait to what everyone comes up with. Join us Friday from 4-6 and Sunday 3-5 for our KAL.

sycamore star shawl notsorryknitter