Monday, December 31, 2012

 Sarah came to pick up hats about 2 weeks ago.  She counted them and put them in size order.  Woolbearers collected 68 hats!!  Thank you everyone. We're still collecting hats if you have any more. She is delivering these hats to folks in Union Beach. This area was hit pretty hard by the hurricane.

 Rosa finished her Learn-to-Knit Afghan and put it together.  She used Cascade 220.   Rosa - take a bow!

We've been working on a few Kate Davies patterns for our latest Knit-Along.  Meg is cutting the steeks for her Blaithin Cardigan.  She did finish it -- I haven't seen the final product, but will post pix when I get to see it.  Meg knit hers out of Stonehedge's Shepherds Wool and it really worked up beautifully.

I made mine out of Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester.  I am almost finished and can't wait to make the first cut.

We are also working on Kate Davies' Tir Chonaill Blanket.  Mary's is done out of Berroco Ultra Alpaca.  She finished hers as well.  Just waiting for the pix.

Cindy has done hers out of Tahki Tara Tweed.  It has the look of chenille.  It's amazing how the colors choices make it look so different.

Stacy is using Tahki Donegal Tweed  and the one below is mine out of Tara Tweed.  I really want to finish the sweater first and then I will get the blanket done!

We love Kate Davies designs so much, we are going to do another KAL from her book "Colours of Shetland".  I will be getting copies of the book in a few weeks -- hope you all will join us.  The KAL starts on  Feb 10.

Looking for a quick and easy project -- Churchouse has done it again with their Cozy Boot Cuffs!

Monday, December 03, 2012

Here are some great tried and true patterns for quick gift ideas. 

I had to knit another Gap-tastic cowl.  This time I made it out of a new yarn from Plymouth.  It is called Gabriela from the hand dyer Maria Diaz.  One skein of this yummy alpaca/merino blend did a shorter cowl than the pattern called for, but it will definitely be warm and cozy for those cold winter months.

I brought in Trendsetter's Dune this season and wanted to pair it with another yarn.  I chose Araucania's Coliumo Multy, a pair of size 19 needles -- Cast on 19 stitches, knit a simple seed stitch pattern and you are good to go!  I'll probably put fringe on the ends -- just a liittle bling!

If you have always wanted to knit up that cute Tulips Baby Sweater, but couldn't figure out all the colors, Dream in Color has done it for you.  They put in all the different colorways of Classy together with the pattern. In no time you will have this great baby sweater done!

These Turkish Bed Socks take no time at all to knit -- great pattern from  Churchmouse Yarns and Tea and one skein of Koigu, for everyone on your Christmas list!

One skein of Cascade Casablanca is all is takes to make this Feather and Fan Scarf -- free pattern on the Cascade website.
How about another simple Churchmouse pattern -- The Picot Edge Baby Blanket and Washcloth.  I made this washcloth out of Knit One, Crochet Too's Dungarease.  We have lots of great smelling soaps from Storybook Farms.  These make great gifts.

These projects might take a little bit longer to knit.  Here is Susan's Urania shawl.  She used two different colorways of  Kauni Effektgarn.  It really looks fabulous.

Fran just became a grandmother times 2!   Here is blankie number one -- the Pop Blanket.  She used one colorway of Knitcol for the centers yet each circle looks like a different color!

Rosa finished all of her squares for the Learn to Knit afghan.  Can't wait to see them all put together.  This inspires me to finish mine!

Karen bought a bunch of Dream Big yarn and decided to make an Einstein coat.   Almost finished, she is trying to figure out which button will go where.

Elisa decided that her first lace project should be one from Meg Swansen's book, A Gathering of Lace. Can you believe it? She did an absolutely unbelievable job, using Grignasco Merino/Silk for -- done in time for her daughter's wedding.  

Marian saw the sweaters from the book Knit/Swirl and decided she must have one.   It's all finished and looks fantastic, made out of Cascade 220  Of course, she is going to knit another. These should be nicknamed potato chip sweaters -- can't make just one!