Saturday, June 18, 2016

Here is my June Newsletter, in case you missed getting it.

I went to TNNA in Washington DC last weekend and am excited about all the new Fall yarns that will be coming in. 

I  met with and scheduled two designers (Lars Rains, author of Modern Lopi and Cynthia Spencer)  to come to Woolbearers this fall.  Here is Lars' Hildur which won first prize in the Indie Designers Contest.

The highlight of the weekend was the fashion show. Xandy Peters' "Seashell Shawl" 
Seashells Shawl (on left)
(yarn dyed by yours truly)  was in the Independent Designers contest  It was very exciting -- one of her designs will grace the cover of the Early Fall edition of Vogue Knitting in yarn by Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts and of course, I ordered all the colors for the shawl, as well as a good assortment of other colors. Since I ordered before the show, I expect shipment in a few weeks.

Indie Dyers

MollyGirl yarns
There are so many indie dyers -- so I decided to bring in some of the best.  I already received my shipment from MollyGirl Yarns - all Fingering/sock weights in 3 different bases.

Gradient yarns are hot right now -- Appletree Knits is one of the best for gradients and we will have her yarn here soon.

Biscotte and Cie are known for their self-striping yarn, The yarn should be here in July.

 I already mentioned Ancient Arts Fibre - getting in their 8-ply cable heavy fingering/sport weight.

Meadowcroft Dyeworks is a fairly new company. I chose a lot of their semi-solid colors that are deeply saturated.  Can't wait till this comes in,

My Madelinetosh order just came in - new colorways in Tosh Merino LIght.

And of course, Woolbearers has their own line of hand dyed yarns.  I've dyed lots of gradient kits and have a section of the store dedicated to patterns that use gradient kits.  I also dyed kits for the "On the Spice Market" shawl for a KAL starting June 26th. Click here for more info

Kate Davies new book 

I am excited to be getting in the first copies of Kate Davies new book, "The Bookof Haps".  Shipping is sometime next week.  The book has 13 shawl designs by some of the top designers.  We will definitely have to do a KAL for this book.

Comfy Cardigan KAL

We will be starting our Comfy Cardigan KAL on Saturday, July 9th. Sarah Punderson, the designer, was kind enough to send me 3 different samples of the cardigan made out of 3 different yarns.  Come in and see which one you like best. The cardigan has a top-down construction -- great for beginners and experienced knitters too. For more info, or info on any class click here.


Our next meet-up is scheduled for Friday, July 8th at 6 pm.  Click  for more info

Friday, March 18, 2016

Lots of finished projects at Woolbearers. Adrian and Candy took my Custom Fit class and voila -- sweaters that actually fit.    Candy made hers out of Cascade 220 and used Amy's Acorn Trail pattern. 
Adrian used Berroco Vintage DK with some Jojoland Splatterdash for the collar using Amy Herzog's Trimmings pattern. 

 We also did a Hitofude KAL and got some amazing results. Here is mine, made out of  Woolbearers'  Woolie Bears with Cashmere yarn.   Pat's is made out of Wolbearers' Sterling Sock yarn  (pink) and Tanya used  MadTosh Merino Light (red).


 Kelly has been on a roll with Fair Isle.  The sweater on the left is from Kate Davies Yokes Book out of Lett Lopi and the sweater on the right is from Ann Kingstone's book Stranded.  Absolutely stunning!

I am so glad that Louise brought in her shawl today.  Just  two weeks ago she picked up 5 skeins of Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK and knit up this amazing shawl. It's the Everyday Shawl,  designed by Jenny F.  Louise said she used almost every bit of yarn. I can't wait to start mine.

 The pattern was written for fingering weight, so I was thinking that it would look great in one of my gradients packs.  Here's a new colorway that I just dyed.
 We had a lot of fun in the Baby Sweater -- Steeking class.  Using the pattern Gilipeysa designed by Helen Magnussen, everyone learned how to do two-handed fair isle and we did either crochet steeks or zig-zagged the steeks with a sewing machine.

 Then, carefully cut between the steeks and picked up stitches for a button band and finished the sweater -- all without a glass of wine.

Sarah Punderson is a designer who comes to the shop frequently. Her latest creation is the Comfy Cardigan, (modeled by Kat)  which she brought with her the other day.  It's got a top down raglan construction and looks good on everyone.  I think a KAL is in order -- stay tuned.

As you probably have seen, I've been dyeing up gradient kits in fingering weight.  I saw the Bounce pattern from Tin Can Knits and knew I had to do some DK weight gradients.  So here is my first foray into gradient DK's  -- I've even kitted up the pattern and yarn and am working on some "boy" colors too.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Thought I would knit up a quick cowl for those chilly days we've been having


Materials: 1 skein of Freia Ombre  Super Bulky --- 87 yards   (buy it here)
Needles: US Size 19 - 24" Circulars
Finished Size: Approximately 28" x 9.5"
Gauge: Approx. 1.75 stitches to the inch in pattern stitch

Cast on 49 stitches.
 Join to work in the round, placing marker to denote beginning/end of round.
 Knit one row.
 Purl one row.

Start  Pattern:

Row 1:  Knit 1 *yo, slip1 as if to knit, k1, yo , Pass slipped stitch over the K1& YO* repeat from * to *

Row 2  Knit 1, *drop yo from previous row, k2* repeat from * to *

Row 3: K2, *yo, slip1 as if to knit, k1, yo , Pass slipped stitch over the K1& YO* repeat from * repeat from * to * end K1

Row 4: K2, , *drop yo from previous row, k2 * repeat from * to * end k3

Repeat these 4 rows  for approximately 8 inches

Purl one row, knit one row
Bind off loosely.

Abbreviations: YO = yarnover

                         K = Knit

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Woolbearers First Knitting Retreat with Xandy Peters at the Northwood Inn in Ocean City NJ was a great success.

We were warmly welcomed at the Northwood Inn by our hosts, Marj and John Loeper.

For those who aren't familiar, Xandy is the designer who's pattern "Fox Paw" launched an interest in her own "unvention", Stacked Sttiches.

Friday evening we devoured  pizza from Manco and Manco.  Later in the evening  Xandy gave a talk  about her design process.  It was great being in a place where you were surrounded by yarn and knitters ---you know -- everyone spoke the same language.

.  I had a Pop-up Shop in one room. Everyone hung out and knitted in several other rooms around the house.

After breakfast  on Saturday we started learning how to do stacked increases and decreases and learned how to incorporate this method into our knitting.

We took a  break  for lunch and played with more yarn and patterns

In the afternoon Beth (Xandy's mom) gave a class on photographing your knits.  She also took all of these amazing pictures you see in this blog post.  We had plenty of time for free knitting and yakking, and of course more delicious snacks.

Saturday night was a yummy dinner at Mosaic 701.  After dinner we hung out and knit until late in the evening.

After another delicious breakfast on Sunday we sat down to knit  and Xandy helped everyone with their projects.

What a wonderful weekend. Everyone came away with new skills and some of us even made great headway on our new projects.
Thank you Xandy and Beth -- we can't wait for the next retreat.