Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
I've had felt on the brain these days, so I wanted to share some fun wool Holiday crafts!
Friday, November 19, 2010
We just got a bunch of pom pom makers in and we've got lots of felt. It'd even be fun to try some needle felted versions!!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday November 19th
Saturday November 20th 10:00-1:00 and 2:00-5:00
Sandi Rosner will be here signing copies of her recent book "Think Outside The Sox" on Friday night, then doing 2 sock workshops on Saturday! The Think Outside The Sox book was a contest by Knitters Magazine. The patterns in the book are all the winning patterns submitted by contest participants.
View the book on ravelry here.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Go to the Be Sweet website to see some of the beautiful products Nadine will be bringing. We will have wine, cheese & chocolate for you too, so come on out to play!
Be Sweet works with several job creation programs in South Africa by giving artisans the confidence and the means to support themselves and their families in an otherwise economically depressed region.
The following week we will have a class for one of the Be Sweet Patterns. Check out the class description here.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Saturday, Oct 16th
Yarns on Stage
Come join us for some sock yarn fun!
12:00 - 5:00
This Saturday, October 16th, select yarn shops all over the country will be throwing parties in celebration of these limited edition colorways, created especially for this event. We will have 10 different sock yarns from 10 different yarn companies -- in 10 unique colorways!
To get you excited about the yarns coming, here’s a look at one yarn.
This will be such a fun day. From 12:00-5:00 we will be serving snacks and drinks. We will be giving out door prizes, so there is a chance to win free yarn, needles, patterns and more! We will also be doing a fun Sock-Knit-A-Long from one of the specially designed patterns, that we all vote on.
We hope to see you!
And here is a sneak peek at some of the prizes.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Isla Corbett will be here this coming Saturday, the 18th from 1:00-3:00, for a great Needle Felted Flower workshop. She creates the cutest little felted flowers to wear in your hair and we even like to wear them as shawl pins. Isla also makes unique felted handbags, clutches and pillows. Back in August I visited her super cute booth at the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Customer Nancy Scott brought her cute little Frog and Turtle toy in for us to see. She used 2 balls of Cascade 220 Superwash. The pattern is from Itty-Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson, just one of the books we carry on knitted or crocheted toys. Isn't he just the cutest little thing?!! Any baby would love this toy. Anderson's book has lots of cute and fun toys to knit.
Monday, June 28, 2010
I don't know about you but this hot weather makes me want to spend my days in front of a huge fan. And what better why to accommodate that but to knit. Or maybe that is just my excuse. Either why at least I'm knitting and trying to be cool. Sometimes the heat makes it hard for me to knit with wool and as I'm sure many of you experience this too, I thought it would be a perfect time to put up a pattern featuring a non wool yarn. This post's free pattern is a little mesh purse. Great for those hot nights when you just want to carry a few things.
Be Sweet Bamboo or Alchemy 'Silk Purse' 1 ball.
Size 6 16" circular needles and size dpns
CO 60 and join in the round, don't twist!
Knit 5 rounds
Next round: *K3, Yo, K2tog *, repeat *--* around
Next round: Purl
Round 1: *Yo, K2tog *, repeat *--* around
Round 2: Knit
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 for 5-6".
Purl 1 round.
Round 1: * K10, K2tog *, repeat *--* around
Round 2 and all even rounds: Knit
Round 3: *K9, K2tog *, repeat *--* around
Round 5: *K8, Ktog *, repeat *--* around
Round 7: *K7, K2tog *, repeat *--* around
Round 9: *K6, K2tog *, repeat *--* around Round 11: *K5, K2tog *, repeat *--* around Cut and pull yarn through the remaining stitches. Weave in ends. String ribbon through eyelets near top of pouch. Enjoy!
Friday, June 25, 2010
The above jewerely is designed by Jensen-Conroy. The design duo debuted their knit covered pieces last year at one store in New York and have recently expanded to a few more spots. For a but more information go here.
I've also stumbled across these ocean pebbles that have been knitted over and then felted. They much such cute little desk top paper weights, or home accessories. The maker of these pebble objects is Bugheart who blogs at Sew Green. Read her full blog post here.
And then of course there is the talented crafter Margaret Oomen. In addition to her amazing aesthetics she has been at the forefront of the crocheted rock trend. I've been admiring her fabric and crochet rocks for some time now. Check out her blog, Resurrection Fern, for more fun things and interesting observations. Plus she has even posted a tutorial on felting rocks here using roving. Right now I am loving her crochet glass pieces.
Making your own felt rocks would be a fun project to do, with the kids or the kid in you, after a day at the beach escaping the summer heat to memorialize the day. We have tons of roving in lots of fun colors or maybe you prefer to keep the colors in natural tones. Either way this sounds like a fun project.
For more information on the process and how the idea came about go here. It's such a good idea, but holds a different type of aw than something lovingly knit by hand.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Thanks to everyone who came down to knit in the park with us.
Here are some photos of the event. If you have any to share, send us a copy and will put them up.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
We wanted to share with you another one of our favorite shop patterns. The Angora Baby Booties! These are such fun to knit with Malabrigo's Angora yarn. It seems like lots of folk are getting ready for a new baby or have just had a baby. These make ideal gifts for knitters of all skill levels.
Angora Baby Booties
1 skein Malabrigo Angora
Size 7 needles
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together
P2tog = purl 2 stitches together
k2tog-tbl = knit 2 stitches together through
the back of loop
p2tog-tbl = purl 2 stitches together through
the back of loop
Yo = yarn over
Pm = place stitch marker
Sm = slip stitch marker
Cast on 25 (29, 33, 35)
K8 (10, 10, 12) rows.
K10 (12, 14, 15), K2tog, Pm, K1, Pm,
K2tog-tbl, K10 (12, 14, 15).
P9 (11, 13, 14), P2tog-tbl, Sm, P1, Sm, P2tog, P9 (11, 13, 14).
Remembering to slip st markers as you
come to them, continue decrease pattern
until 17 (19, 21, 23) stitches remain.
Optional Eyelet Row:
Knit all stitches.
Small: P1, Yo, [P1, P2tog, Yo] x2, P3, [Yo, P2tog, P1] x2, Yo, P1. (19 sts)
Medium: P2tog, Yo, [P1, P2tog, Yo] x2, P3, [Yo, P2tog, P1] x2, Yo, P2tog. (19 sts)
Large: P2tog, Yo, [P1, P2tog, Yo] x2, P5, [Yo, P2tog, P1] x2, Yo, P2tog. (21 sts)
X-Large: P2, Yo, [P1, P2tog, Yo] x2, P5, [Yo, P2tog, P1] x2, Yo, P2. (23 sts)
Knit all stitches.
(For a tidy rib edge, slip 1st stitch of every
K1, P1; repeat across all stitches.
Continue in established rib pattern, knitting the knits and purling the purls, for total of 8
(10, 12, 12) rows. If you did not knit eyelet row, continue for two extra rows.
Loosely, bind off in rib pattern.
Sew back and bottom of bootie. Whipstitch works well for seaming booties, as it leaves a flat seam.
Cut about 100” of yarn. Double it and tie one knot at each end. Insert a needle (or pencil) into each knot. Holding one needle stationary, turn other needle clockwise, until a tight twist has been made. Keep strands taught, fold in half, allowing cord to twist onto itself. Untie knots. Tie new knots 1 1/2” from edge, cut ends. Thread one end with tapestry needle and bring up through knots, repeat on all ends. Cut loops. Repeat at other end of cord.
Monday, May 31, 2010
1. The Grove 07/05/10, 2. crossroadsdetail, 3. The Earth & the Heaven [..Dhaka, Bangladesh..], 4. 1::52 (razor shell scarf), 5. Socks in the sun, 6. dawn or dusk contest and blog giveaway, 7. gifts from sonia, 8. custom merfish studio, 9. Tire Town Bazaar, 10. Knee socks in the sun, 11. 6 Cup Hand Knitted and Felted Tea Cosy , 12. Ten little tappin' toes, 13. With the Key of Softness14. Not available15. Not available16. Not available
Originally uploaded by Ramona
We sure have been receiving a lot of rain lately. And normally I love all the rain, but I am glad to see the sun is beginning to come around and I hope it stays for a bit. I know my vetabgle plants our carving some hot sun. But I'm looking forward to the early mornings of sitting in my garden with me tea and knitting. Early morning is my time for personal knitting that allows me to be contemplative and mindful of each stitch. It really energizes and strengthens me for the rest of the day.
I wanted to share some images with everyone that I find inspiring for early summer knitting. I'm being influenced by soft colors, that remind me of being lazy in the shade of a summer tree. Or lace stitches that allow the sun's rays to reflected beautiful shadows. And then we must throw in bursts of bright happy colors too!
What influences your knitting at this time of year? Do like to knit things that go with the seasons, or do you like to just prepare for the cooler months?
Sunday, May 16, 2010
We've been so excited about one of our recent yarn additions -- Knit Collage. Justine discovered the super cute company this past winter at TNNA in Long Beach, and now we have it in the store! Their yarn is so precious, each thick and thin single strand is spun by hand and then plied with a strong thread in a contrasting color and for added fun along the way they spun in sparkly trims, crochet flowers, ribbon, fabric flower petals, or braided thread, for a truly unique skein of yarn.
We knew right away that we had to knit up a cute hat with the playful yarn. This pattern is a quick knit, so a great instant gratification project. Plus you only need one skein of this great yarn. We knit the ribbed brim double stranded with Malabrigo Chunky yarn.
Whimsy Hat Pattern
Malabrigo Chunky (doubled)
1 Skein Knit Collage
16" size 15 needle
Size 15 DPN's
Cast on 40 Stitches
K1P1 for 7 rounds
change yarn and knit every round until hat is 5 ½ inches from bottom (10-12 rounds)
Round 1. K3, K2TOG, repeat around
Round 2. Knit
Round 3. K2, K2TOG repeat around
Round 4. Knit
Round 5. K1, K2TOG repeat around
Round 6. Knit
Round 7. 2TOG repeat around
Draw yarn through remaining loops and cinch to finish. So whimsical!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
We wanted to share a couple cute gift ideas for Easter with you. If you're on ravelry check out these cute felted bunnies from Christine Manitz. Or check out these adorable pot holders with baby chickens by Drops Design. If you're not on ravelry look here for a list of cute patterns to knit or crochet.