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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

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

 

 

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

It’s a hat! ( and a give-away!)

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!

Martha

 

October Dreamin’

Here is this month’s beautiful Dream Club selection!  The yarn is Classy: a worsted weight,oct3 100% superwash merino.  It’s soft and yummy and the photo doesn’t do it justice!

The  exclusive pattern only available to Dream Club Members is designed by Laura Nelkin.  The Dream Club folks say, “She is well known for her beautiful designs, and we were thrilled when she agreed to design for our Dream Club! She’s created a mobius cowl that is a stunning match to our October yarn. Her “Cruzado Criss Cross” stitches allow long, beautiful stretches of the yarn to show off, beautifully showcasing the varied colors. Incorporating several interesting techniques, the Cruzado Cowl is a knit that will keep you interested from cast on to bind off. This pattern is fully written with no charts.”

Call the shop with your plastic this morning to reserve your hank.  Better yet, stop by so that you can select your favorite.  They are all uniquely beautiful.  I am having a hard time returning the skein on my desk to the box…

Hope you can join us for our Dream Club workshop on Thursday.  Details are here.

Stitch On!

Martha

Warm Hands, Warm Heart

This time of year lots of us are making gifts for those we love.Screenshot_2013-11-21-08-19-33

Knitting or stitching a gift is often risky:  we’re devoting time, money, time,  supplies, and especially time to making something that we think is perfect for the receiver, but will they REALLY like it and use it and TAKE CARE OF IT??  Will they say, “thank you” and then stuff your creation in a drawer? Well, last Christmas I made these handwarmers and a cute hat for my friend Rachel.

This week she sent out this picture.  Her hands are warm and so is my heart.