Wednesday, May 30, 2012

 We are making progress on our Rams and Yowes KAL.  I love the different color combinations and will have to remember to take more pictures next time we meet.  If anyone wants to join -- it's not too late. We have new people starting every week.  I will also sell the natural colors as a kit or if you like to  pick your own -- come into the shop and choose from over 100 different colors.  

You may remember that last month we had the wonderful Kay Gardiner come in to give a workshop on her Mitered Crosses Blanket.  Everyone is having fun working in their squares.  Here's a picture of Sara's.

 Bonnie finished the entire blanket in just one month!  She used Plymouth Mushishi for the background colors and Noro Ayatori for the Crosses.  Bonnie tells me that she doesn't sleep and I have to believe her ....

New Magazines -- Interweave has a new Jane Austen issue and 

Noro published their Premiere issue of their magazine

 New  books -- Wearewithalll is a book of really wearable designs from a yarn shop out in Minnesota using all your favorite yarn
Knitting Everyday Finery -- great collection of beautiful knitted garments 

 Circular Knitting Workshop -- lots of great info on knitting in the round

Saturday Treat by Ysolda Teague -- another great pattern book from Ysolda

Janet wanted to make a shawl to match her dress that she was wearing to  a wedding.  After going through several patterns, we decided upon the Crow Waltz Shawl by Juju Vail.  She used Scrumptious 4-ply Sport for the edging and the linen stitch was knit with  Acadia as well as the Scrumptious to complete the shawl.  It is just beautiful.

One of my customers, Kathy, lives in Maryland, but comes to visit her children who live near the shop, and always stops in for some goodies. She used Woolbearers' Hand dyed Cotton Shine for this cardigan (sorry -- can't remember the pattern)  for great results.

Ceil has been in my project class on Tuesday nights on and off for a few years now -- here she is with a completed Oregon Tote made out of Lopi!.  She liked it so much, and is now making one for her daughter. They are really addicting.  Great job!!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

I  knew I was in trouble when I saw the Baby Venus Cardigan pattern from Lucy Neatby. It was calling to me.  Not just because I have tons of Kauni yarn. But, I just love Lucy Neatby.  I think she has a unique way of designing and this pattern left me sure of that. This looks like a  little baby sweater.  I downloaded the pattern.  It was 18 pages long.  Uh oh!    The sweater is made out of a bulky weight -- Kauni is considered fingering.  The Kauni needs to be triple-plied. 

So, the first thing you must do is Navajo-ply the yarn.  You do this so you can keep all the colors together in the same ply.  First you make a simple slip knot, then you continue to  put a slip knot within the next slip knot.  It becomes very rhythmic after a while.  I actually didn't mind when I had to stop knitting and ply more yarn.

The construction is interesting. You start knitting the sleeve first, do lots of short row shaping then do Judy's Magic Cast-on to increase the amount of stitches for the body. There is grafting involved.  She has lots of diagrams and abbreviations I've never heard of, but once I got the hang of it, it really went quickly and I love the outcome. Just make sure that you READ the directions if you decide to do this.

Trunk Show from Knit One, Crochet Too.  
Maizie Cardigan (Dungarease), Gingham Top (Dungarease) Beanstalks Cardigan (Nautika)

Hourglass Tank (Babyboo)

Athena Tank (Babyboo)

Running Stitch Child Cardi (Dungarease), Stadium Cardi (Nautika)

And, some new colors of Knit One, Crochet Too's Crock-O-Dye, a merino superwash/silk blend sock yarn

Koigu Magazines 2 & 3 are here

I think this Entrelac Jacket would make a great summer KAL  - what do you think?