I’m feeling like Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit. I meant to post this in plenty of time for you to stitch BEFORE Easter, but these are also great projects for all Spring.
Wendi’s Shiny, Happy World newsletter arrives in my inbox every Monday morning full of inspiration and tips for embroidery, quilting, and sewing (and sometimes a great recipe!). I love it. Here is the link to her Easter Crafts Page. I still want to make some of these Easter Eggs with our hand dyed wool. We also have the Sulky Fabri-Solvy and Transfer-ese that are used to get your pattern onto the wool. Quick, easy and cute!!
I love these cute crocheted bunnies. Don’t panic when you see the German instructions–English follows the German!
For knitters, I can’t resist these sweet eggs from Julie Williams of Little Cotton Rabbits (click over to see the bunnies–love!!). I have also knit her Mini Stockings and several Hedgehogs. Her patterns are well written and easy to follow.
This is the final installment of the Dream Club until September, and, oh my goodness, it’s a good one! The Yarn is Classy with Cashmere, a worsted weight skein of softness. It’s a superwash combination of merino, cashmere, and nylon for durability and easy care. Each skein is unique: some are deep and rich, and some skeins are light and fun. Come by soon to pick your favorite.
This month’s pattern is for a soft, cozy pair of slippers. Knitted from the toe-up, they are finished with a fun three-needle bind off. I love learning new techniques on small projects! This pattern is only available with the purchase of your yummy skein of Classy.
If you’re more into fabric and thread, here are a couple of photos from our booth at the Needle Art Extravaganza in Statesville this past weekend. Shirley, Susann, Jandell, and Jonnie work so hard to make our booth fabulous! They have spent months planning and stitching new projects for you. We have patterns and kits for all these cute new items. If you’re local, stop by. If you’re not so local, call us–we ship!
The shop will be closed today, but all who work at KOST are enjoying working on and planning new projects for you!
Jonnie is working on this applique piece for her new Beginning Applique Class that starts in February. She will be hand quilting her finished sample! Love the fabrics and colors!
Speaking of color, Jennifer is brightening up these gray days! The photo above is a tunic Jennifer has completed and is writing up as a pattern for you. Below left, Jennifer is finishing up her second gauntlet of a pair knit in our Malibrigo Rios. Below right is her crocheted version of the Amalfi poncho. Kathy is teaching the knitted version in February. Maybe Jennifer will do the same for crochet!
This month’s Dream Club yarn is a gorgeous two-skein kit. The yarn is Canyon, the newest yarn from Dream In Color. It’s chunky, 100% grown-in-the-U.S. wool. You get one skein of a shaded gray and one skein that’s shades of green with little pops of blue-green. Beautiful colors!
The pattern is knit in two color brioche stitch. A fun, but challenging, stitch! Jennifer has become quite experienced with brioche and is hosting a class to get you started. One class will meet Saturday, December 12 and one will meet on Thursday, December 17. You can sign up for the class when you stop by to pick up your kit and the pattern code!
This month’s Dream Club selection is a mix of beautiful blue-grays and soft reds. The yarn is a limited edition blend. Jilly with Silk is 85% superwash merino and 15% silk. Each skein has 400 yards.
The November pattern-with-purchase is this adorable slouchy hat. It features cables and a brioche rib plus my new favorite tubular cast-on. This cast on makes such a nice rounded edge to your hat.
The Dream in Color folks are sponsoring a monthly contest in the Dream Club Ravelry group. At the end of the month they will be awarding a skein of yarn (retail value $30+) to two randomly chosen participants, and they will also award a bag of yarn to the LYS where the kit purchased! To be eligible to win, the participant must post a picture of their FO in the thread, along with where they purchased the yarn. This year, entries may also be submitted by uploading the photo to the Dream in Color Facebook page or uploading the photo to Instagram (@dreamincoloryarn). Any project knit with the Dream Club yarn is eligible, it doesn’t have to use the club pattern.
Today we will be open from 10 am-5 pm. No classes tonight!
I spent way too much time yesterday catching up on emails. I had saved this Knit Bits email from DECEMBER(!!) to share with all you sweater knitters. I love seeing how each woman styled the same sweater and how the sweaters look on “real people”. There are more “Style Your Knits” articles on the Berocco Blog.
Consequently, I have added 2 sweaters to my Ravelry favorites and will start on them fairly soon so that they will be ready for next fall. The Flaherty sweater didn’t catch my eye in the pattern book since it looks too slouchy and too blah on the model, but I love it on the ladies in the video! The Ellen Cardigan (free pattern at the bottom of the email) will come soon. I love the color combo and love working with the Ultra Alpaca AND I think we have all the required colors in stock!!
Off to finish one (of many) lingering sweater projects so I can start another! I’ll let you know what’s coming next as soon as i decide!!
Hope you’ll have time to make some stitches today too!
My first completed project on 2015 is the Corkscrew Hat. I started it on December 30 and binge-watched Season 4 of Downton Abbey to get it finished. That might be why my model, Blanche, has such a 1920’s air about her!
I used Malabrigo Worsted for the gray and winter white Ultra Alpaca from Berroco. The two yarns together make a super-soft, warm hat perfect for my morning walk–so no excuses for me! I am starting the companion mittens asap!
I am teaching this hat starting Thursday if you’d like to make one for yourself.
Now for the Give-away: It’s time to order more Malabrigo and more Ultra Alpaca and I’d love your help. Visit the Berroco and Malabrigo websites, choose your favorite color combo and leave a comment below or on our Facebook page by Monday, January 5 at 6 p.m. You get to help me with my order and I don’t have to make all those decisions on my own!
We’ll do a random drawing from all the comments for a chance to win a skein of Malabrigo and a skein of Ultra Alpaca.
Enjoy the rest of this dreary weekend and don’t forget to nominate your favorite colors!