crochet socks, toe up

I know we don’t have many crochet samples in the shop. However, we do have several crocheters that come into the shop. Michele, is a talented lady and has recently started crocheting socks. The pair she brought to Yarn Social this week was a pattern by Marly Bird.IMG_6236The Marly Bird, Toe Up Socks is for both a crochet or knit version. There is also a wonderful video tutorial for the free patterns.

Yarn is Regia by Schachenmayr.

Stop in the shop, grab a ball of yarn, a hook and get a jump on your winter crocheting.

 

a summer cardigan

IMG_6150-1IMG_6151The Summer Cardigan by Knitting Pure & Simple is the perfect summer sweater. Stacy put her own spin on this pattern. I think it turned out great. Light and airy. Playful. The increased rows of ribbing at the bottom give this a bit more shape. Can’t decide on which color? Use two and stripe it!

IMG_6152Stacy added more of her flair to it ~ starfish buttons. How gorgeous are these buttons! I want a bowl full of them just sitting there, glistening.

IMG_6021The yarn used is Lang, Divina, a modal/cotton/silk blend. This yarn is so very luscious, has an incredibly soft feel, and when worked up creates defined stitches.

What changes would you make to the pattern? Would you make it longer, add more of a sleeve, no buttons at all…? That is the beauty of our craft, the possibilities are limitless. The same pattern could turn out a 100 different variations.

 

Anker’s Summer Shirt

IMG_6122Dawn finished her Anker’s Summer Shirt by PetiteKnit. She used Rowan, 85/15 Cotton Cashmere in Linen. Knit in size small using 3 balls this shirt knit up very fast. It was a no drama knit which we can all appreciate.

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IMG_5992This shirt is a flattering design for any body and goes up to a 3XL. It has a lovely but rustic feel to it and looks great with jeans.

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top row: paper, pearly pink, cinnabar, golden dunes. bottom row: linen, silver lining, morning sky, sea spray

 

wool applique’ kits

IMG_6080How cute is this watermelon slice? My friend Pam made this for the shop. (Yarn is not the only thing we sell.) These wool appliqué kits are from a mother and daughter owned company in Minnesota. They contain the fabric, buttons or beads, and background to create one of several kits we have. You will need some basic supplies that all you quilters and crafters may already have on hand…hiding behind your yarn stashes.

IMG_6085IMG_6095They fit perfectly on a charger. Pam glued magnets to hers so she can easily display it with out having to glue the appliqué to the plate. You could also sew them onto another fabric and make a pillow cover or wall hanging.

IMG_6096Just a little something different to try. The shop currently has summer themed kits and if there is more interest we can look at getting fall and winter kits.

 

Lamb’s Ear Cardigan

FullSizeRender-2Lamb’s Ear Hooded Cardigan pattern by Wendy Lechner. This adorable little baby sweater was knit by a friend. Shari made a few changes to the pattern. She is thinking about adding what would have been lamb ears and making them frog eyes. The green yarn is better suited to a frog than a lamb. She also changed the edging and created a seed stitch edge rather than the 1×1 rib. When she got to the decreases in the sleeves, Shari left them wider.  A baby’s forearms are usually equally plump from wrist to shoulder, making the sweater more comfortable for little ones.

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You can be as creative as you want with the buttons. Shari chose simple wood buttons giving the sweater a classic and timeless feeling.

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The yarn used for this project is by West Yorkshire Spinners. It is from their Bo Peep line, Pure. It is a DK weight made from soft 100% Falkland Islands yarn, perfect for precious baby garments (it is hand wash only).

Fairmont Felted Bowls

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Woolstok Bundle – Warm
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Woolstok Bundle – Neutral
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Woolstok Bundle – Cool

It’s not uncommon for someone to come into the shop, pick up a one of these pretty little Woolstok Bundles and say, “What do you make with this?”. 

How about felted bowls! The Fairmont Felted Bowls by Blue Sky Fibers is a free pattern. And you will get two bowls out of just one bundle. Use your favorite colorway (Cool, Warm, or Neutral) and end up with the cutest felted bowls ever! 

These bowls are perfect for knitting notions, candy, car keys – you name it these little bowls will jazz up your home and make you smile whenever you see them. Super fun and easy to knit.

The bowls will felt beautifully. Throw them into the wash, then into the dryer for a few minutes. I think I dried them on medium heat for about 10 minutes. When you take them out of the dryer place a can or jar in them and shape the bowl around it and turn it upside down. Let the bowls dry over night. I washed mine twice but I think a third time would give you a firmer bowl.  

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This is what the bowls look like before felting. Small little hats that will blow right off your head in the slightest breeze.

This pattern is great for a beginner. A nice alternative to learning to knit in the round if making a hat this time of year doesn’t to appeal to you. We are happy to help you get started!

* Blue Sky FIbers, Woolstok Bundle :: 21 mini hanks (100% Highland Peruvian Wool; 5g/12yds each) Each bundle contains 3 each of 7 colors for a total of 105g/252yds per bundle.

 

 

 

 

welcome back, Friends!

IMG_4325How is everyone? We have done all right at our house. You do the best you can with what you have. Right? As a homeschooling family, not much changed for our girls other than activities that ended. Olivia was able to stay with the riding lessons that she does at a private facility, and that kept her happy. And thank You, Lord, Mike has been able to continue working.

There have been some times of learning and relaxing. Maybe you learned a new skill or baked bread, recharged and reevaluated, or just tried to hang on for dear life. Some days can be good, and some days can be plain awful. I know that it is a difficult time for everyone. No one gets a free pass this time. But we can tend to be in our bubbles and forget that each person has their struggles. There has been sickness and death, all while separated from the ones we get comfort. Fear and anxiety creep around and pokes at us when we least expect it. People have lost their jobs; some will have businesses they feel are more trouble than they are worth and others that will never recover. I hope we can have grace for one another and remember it is not just about us ~ not to judge or shame anyone based on their choices. We all have the same basic need to be loved, heard, accepted, and made to feel like our life matters.

Your life matters to me.

I will open the shop back up on Wednesday. It feels weird to open and feels weird to be closed. We have socially distanced the chairs in the shop. The great thing about that huge table and the open space we have always tried to keep is it made it easy for us to make space. So you can still shop, sit, have a coffee, and enjoy the space.

Community, we still need it even at 6 feet apart.IMG_5955-1I realize that many of you may not feel comfortable being out and about town. Shop hours have shortened to allow those who are needing to hang back a bit to do just that. You can call, email, or DM me on Instagram, and I will meet you at the shop for a one on one. You can also use those closed morning hours to have space for you and a friend. You can have the shop in the morning to yourselves to connect, knit or crochet before I open for the day.

Looking forward to seeing your faces and your completed projects!! You have been the best support. Thank you for showing me how this crisis couldn’t destroy the community you have all helped to create at a tangle of yarn.

You are friends, all of you!

a field guide…no.14

Many of you have seen the MDK Field Guide’s. And some of you learned of their existence when we had a party last fall for our local Designer/Friend, Jen Geigley and her designs for No. 12, Big Joy.

These compact pattern books are put out quarterly by Mason-Dixon Knitting. Each Field Guide focuses on one subject or designer. Between the covers you’ll find several patterns and some little extras, like info about the designer and their inspiration to full scale instructions on how to make the projects included. Another bonus to each MDK Field Guide is a the code on the back page. When you purchase a book, you receive a code for the Ravelry download of each pattern in that particular guide.

I plan to highlight them for you here on the blog, beginning with MDK Field Guide’s latest publication, No.14. Field Guide No.14 is called Refresh and features Irish designer Carol Feller. Carol is trained as an engineer and an artist which make her designs both structural and lovely.

You will find 4 patterns: a cardigan, short sleeved top, a hat, and a gorgeous, cabled wrap. A project for anytime. We know a sweater takes time and it’s never to early to cast one onto our needles. A hat can have a challenging pattern but still be quick, taking only a few days to complete. And shawl can be a relaxing way to slow down and enjoy the art of creating something beautiful. Whatever your need, MDK Field Guides are a wonderful option and can be easily thrown into your project bag or downloaded to any device.

Stop in the shop to pick one up. You can also call or email to find out which ones we have in stock.

from loop to cowl

When I started this project, it was meant to be the Mohair Bias Loop ~ with the yarn suggested in the pattern ~ Rowan Kidsilk.

My choice changed when our Yarn and Soul order arrived. This orange! It is not a color you will find much of in my closet but I love it. And the color they created in their Superfine 400 is beautiful. If you closed your eyes and think of the color orange // they’ve nailed it. Then, a dear friend suggested I put the Stitch Together, Stitch Cloud with it. Great idea! This loop was going to be soft and cozy! img_5856img_5855I kept with the same needle size. Lacey, open stitches are no more. Yarn and Soul, Superfine 400 is a light fingering weight and it’s held together with the mohair. The pattern above is the Kidsilk held single. This changed the look and feel of the original pattern but one I was loving.img_5881We were looking at the length and deciding how much more to knit. If I kept going to the pattern’s recommended length it would be too warm. Wrapped around my neck double would be more of a winter wear and I wanted a more versatile piece. It’s a bright happy color and should be worn in the spring. img_5880It’s the perfect size. When I’m out walking I can pull it up and it makes for a great wind breaker over my head. Spring is so windy here.

I still plan on making what I had originally set out to knit. Sometimes our knitting takes on a life of it’s and we have to just let that unfold. It’s only yarn after all. And like my mom ALWAYS said, ‘It won’t be the last thing you make.’ 

When you take these multicolored mohair yarns, and hold them with another fine yarn, the texture and blend of color is limitless. Here are just a few of several ideas from the shop…

 

a fine companion

There is a wonderful app called the Knit Companion. A fellow knitter shared this valuable tool with me last fall and it’s a game changer. This is a free app with a $20 (if I recall correctly) upgrade yearly. Well worth the price. You can keep track of any knitting, crochet, beading, weaving or cross-stitch patterns, no matter how complex.

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The link I attached above is the main website page, and it contains terrific tutorials. I would recommend watching the tutorials so you can use the app to its full potential.  You can write on your pattern, crop it, color code it, set up a chart, have it count your stitches, and it will download your patterns from Ravelry, Dropbox, or a folder on your device. After your pattern is on the app, you can use it offline. And a feature I just read about and have not yet used is the voice command capability.

The free version of the app is useful when you just need basic helps. It will track your row, your stitch in that row, there is a counter and it will save your progress all in the free version.

The only negative I have found with this app as there is no login, so it does not work across devices. If I’m only going to have my phone then I just look and mark where I am in my pattern // where I only have the free version loaded.

Knit Companionis a wonderful tool and absolutely worth trying out.