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Lights, Camera, Knit!

Tuesday night is usually busy here at the shop with after business hours classes, but this past Tuesday night was extra busy and extra exciting!   Natalie Wilson and her cameraman from WGHP stopped by to interview several of our customers about knitting and stress relief.  Click on the link below to see the video:

New generation knitting to relieve stress

Hope you get lots of (stress-free) stitching time this weekend,

Martha

Get Ready!

We are open today from 10 am- 6 pm.  The 6 pm is subject to change if wintery precipitation starts sooner than the current forecasters are predicting.

I’ve got several things on my needles and by my sewing machine to work on, but starting a new project is always fun.  Today I am bringing home corduroy to make one last cozy girl’s dress ( I love Oliver + S patterns) and maybe some yarn to start this new project.  The pattern is available for us to download for you through our in-store program with Ravelry.  Come see what yarn I’m choosing!

Happy Stitching,

Martha

Dreaming in Blue

mitts
This month’s Dream Club selection is Jilly with Cashmere, in yummy, denimy shades of blue!
This is a fingering weight yarn, 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, and 10% nylon. The nylon gives this yarn the strength to make a fabulous pair of socks!
Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 4.35.24 PMI love the sweet neckerchief/kerchief!  My first knitting project in Girl Scouts was a triangle kerchief knit from RedHeart Yarn, in the rainbow variegated colorway–hey it was the 60’s and I was 8!  I think I’ll wear this one as a neck scarf with the triangle in front and the ties in the back…

I have peeked at the pattern and love the stitch used for the vine on the mitts and kerchief. I’ll have a swatch started to show you how-to!  See you in the morning!!

Sweet dreams and happy stitching!

Martha

mitten love

I love knitting sweaters, but I also love little carry-along projects like hats, socks and mittens.  I used to knit new mittens each year for the kids.  Here’s what the boys might get this year:IMG_0926

These unisex convertible mitts are from Interweave Knits Gifts 2015.  Class starts tomorrow if you’re interested–or just come pick up the pattern and the yarn and start making!

Here is a article from Megan, the pattern’s designer about her inspiration.

Starflower-Mittens-1024x683In November we’re offering these Starflower mittens as a class.  This pattern is also in the Gifts 2015 magazine.  I fell in love with the colors and I love knitting Fair Isle.  Luckily we already had the exact Plymouth Gina and Galway called for in the pattern!  You can read more about them here on Knitting Daily.

Both pairs of mittens are full of new techniques.  Lots to learn in a small, quick-to-finish project!

Someone told me about these Advent mittens on Ravelry. So cute!!  I was going to start these for next year until I stumbled upon this!!  Oh my!  This is my next “little” project!

Come knit with us!

Martha

 

October Dream Club

This month’s selection harkens more to winter than autumn.  Those icy blues and purples are winter pastels.  The yarn is Everlasting, 100% Superwash Merino, DK weight.  It has a tight twist that gives it a nice spring.

Each limited edition skein comes with a pattern for either knitted or crocheted mitts:

Knitted
En Plein Air
Water Lillies
Water Lillies

I also did a Ravelry search of other projects using 275 yards of DK weight yarn.

Love this shawl

 

The Age of Brass and Steam
The Age of Brass and Steam
Rainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout

and this hat and this sweet baby sweater and these socks!!

And then I got distracted by this pumpkin dishcloth!

Such is my time on Ravelry.  Too many tempting projects!!

Come pick up your yummy skein of Everlasting soon!  It won’t last long!!

Happy Stitching,

Martha

New Quilt Kits

We’ve had lots of quilt-making going on lately!

IMG_7343Christie made this beautiful Flea Market Dash from Jen Kingwell’s Quilt Lovely.  It was quilted by Laura Davies.

IMG_7133Shirley made this gorgeous Homestead by Laundry Basket Quilts.  Also quilted by Laura Davies.

2015_09_13_0188Stop by the shop and ask Shirley to share her machine Dresden tricks. This Dresden, called “Bohemia”,  is a free pattern from Riley Blake.  Quilted by Jill Bowman.

We have patterns and kits for these at the shop.

Come stitch with us!

Martha

 

Mini skeins

2015_09_21_0200New on the shelf:  Wonderland Mini skeins in Cheshire Cat (fingering weight) and Mad Hatter (sport weight).  Love the colors!

After the initial, “ooh, pretty!” everyone wants to know,  “what can we make?”

Here are some suggestions.  I went to Ravelry, typed in “Mad Hatter Mini Skeins”  and here is a tiny sample of what I found.  Clicking on the picture will take you to the Ravelry page for its pattern.  All patterns can be purchased at Knit One Smock Too, which helps us keep helping you!

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Vivid
Beacon Shawl
Beacon Shawl

 

Mohair Bias Loop
Mohair Bias Loop
Madeline
Madeline Shawl

There’s lots more!  Hats, mittens, the possibilities are endless!!

Come create with us,

Martha