Category Archives: knitting

Central Carolina Yarn Crawl begins Thursday, July 20th!!

We are happy to be participating in the Second Annual Central Carolina Yarn Crawl!! Make sure that you mark your calendars for Thursday, July 20th, Friday, July 21st and Saturday July 22nd.

Be sure you visit as many shops as you can. Visit them all and you are eligible for the grand prize PLUS all of the shop prizes. Visit just a few and you are also eligible for the shop prizes. You can still win as long as you crawl!!!  For additional information and to print your passport visit the website at….. http://www.centralcarolinayarncrawl.com

I’m late, I’m late!

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.

eggWendi’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!!

bunnystecker-04-natasnestI love these cute crocheted bunnies.  Don’t panic when you see the German instructions–English follows the German!

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Our friend Christie made these treat bags for us last Easter.  The pattern and instructions are here with more designs here.  They were designed by Amy Sinbaldi of Nana and Company, who also offers a tutorial for this Easter basket!

Egg Hunt Sale

Thursday, March 17 – Saturday, March 26
Select an egg from our basket for a special discount of
25-50% off your entire purchase
You may pick one egg each day of our sale!!
Regular priced, in stock merchandise only.
Sale does not include ready-to-smocks or bishop preps.

Enjoy!

February Dream Club and a Taste of the Show

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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.

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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!2016_01_29_0209

Come stitch with us!

Martha

One More Day!

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The shop will be closed today, but all who work at KOST are enjoying working on and planning new projects for you!

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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!

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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!

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Jandell and Kathy are also working on ponchos.  Jandell is making the pretty blue felted tweed into the Churchmouse Easy Folded Poncho and Kathy is finishing her Twice Reversible Ribbed Poncho.  Both patterns are available at the shop AND Kathy is teaching both in February.  Stay tuned!!

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Whew!  Those are some busy stitchers.  And that’s not everyone!  I’ll be back with Part 2 of our activities later.

Until then,

Happy Stitching,

Martha

 

 

Dreaming of Brioche

Not the bread, but the knitting stitch!

IMG_7403This 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!

Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 2.43.01 PMThe 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!

Happy Stitching,

Martha

 

 

November Dream Club

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.  nov22015

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.

See you in the morning!!

Martha

 

We’re open!

ellen-cardigan_D_lg (1)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.

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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!

Martha