Monday, September 29, 2008

So many projects, so little time ….
Lots of new projects for you to work on. We finally got our sample “Swirl Shawl” from Jojoland (you know, if I had to knit it up for a sample, we’d be seeing this next year!) and the pattern is

going like hot cakes. Pattern and yarn have to be reordered already!

Another great pattern comes from Claudia Handpaints – it’s called the Plaza Knitting Rectangle Sweater and can be done in several different gauges. Knit like the original, it takes 10 skeins of Claudia’s fingering weight yarn and can be worn several different ways.

Judy knit the mitten that was on the cover of Fall 2008 Vogue – we actually had the yarn it called for (Jamieson's Spindrift) in the color Vogue used. She said this mitten is not for the faint of heart. But then again, Judy is quite a master knitter herself. Here are some photos of a Kaffe Fasset Shawl she is working on. The details of this shawl have to be seen in person.

While we were at TNNA, we came upon this new yarn called Polar Knit. It is a fleece yarn made of Polartec that knits up on a 10.5-13 needle at 3 stitches to the inch. Great for kid's mittens, hats, scarves, Polar Knit is wind resistant and so so very soft. There are free patterns on the Polarknit website. We'll have a sample in the shop real soon!

You must come in to squeeze the buffalo. Buffalo yarn that is. We have Buffalo Gold's laceweight, bamboo/bison mix and mohair/bison mix. A few free patterns and you are all set for the winter.

Mountain Colors has come out with a new laceweight yarn -- it is 1200 yards of a silk/wool blend and retails for $36.00. You can't beat that price or those colors. Of course, my favorite colorway is "Crazy Woman" -- I wonder why!

We 've been dyeing like mad trying to get ready for the New Jersey Sheep and Wool show, the first weekend in October. Here is a limited supply of our new Woolie Bears Superwash Sport, sh0wn here in the "Raspberry Sorbet" colorway. It is 250 yards, 6-6.5 stitches the inch on a 4-5 needle. I'm sure you can whip up a pair of socks in no time!

And now for some of our wonderful customer projects.

Here is Judy's Stonington Shawl - in-progress, made out of Heritage sock yarn.

Gwen has been going crazy over cables. Here's another one of her many vests out of an old pattern she dug up. You can't see much of the pattern here, but just wait!

Jennifer lives in Pennsylvania and whenever she comes to visit her Mom, near Mt. Holly, she always stops in for some yarn and a new baby project. This one is made out of Rowan Cashsoft. I think it's her fave.

Jill's Stonington made out of Lorna's Laces sock yarn in colorway Black Purl with edging in Plymouth Buckingham.. A scarf out of the One Skein Wonders book, knit in Woolbearers Superwash worsted weight and -- ta da -- Jill's myster shawl 4. Look at all those beads. Jill says that she was born to knit lace -- absolutely!

Donna did her Tomato sweater out of SWTC's Soy Silk in natural (Woolbearers dyed the blue/green part). It looks fab. Donna completed her Breast Cancer Walk hat made out of Rowan Handknit cotton while we were chatting on Saturday. Hope it's not too hot to wear. Good luck on your walk this weekend!

Bonnie, along with 6 other gals, made a Rambling Rows Afghan out of Cascade 220. Her color choice worked so well together -- other customers have asked for the same colors for their afghan.
Anita is a very particular knitter and loved working on this cute sweater for her grandson. It's made out of Dale of Norway Baby Ull.

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