Friday, December 17, 2010

Seasons Greetings!


All the Best Holiday Wishes,
Justine, Ramona, Anne, & Olive

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Needle Felted Gnomes


I wanted to share this tutorial, from lauraleeburch.com. She has created the cutest little gnomes, perfect as holiday ornaments, or maybe as cute little gift tags. I'm loving their big noses! Follow the link here to the tutorial.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Surfing Sheep??!!

Stumbled upon this the other day and wanted to share it. I can't decided if the sheep is enjoying surfing or not. She sure is a cute and friendly one. :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Inspiration Monday!

1. Set of three hand knit Christmas trees, 2. of course, 3. christmas centerpiece 2, 4. front, 5. felted candy canes, 6. snowflake ornament, 7. The Unusual Suspects, 8. Wool felt ornament for hubby, 9. sweater hearts, 10. Gnome mix, 11. poinsettia brooches, 12. Not available, 13. felt_stars14. Not available15. Not available16. Not available


I've had felt on the brain these days, so I wanted to share some fun wool Holiday crafts!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Quick Thanksgiving Crafts

These adorable little turkey name plates, are the cutest addition to your Thanksgiving table arrangements. Since turkeys live in flocks, why not make a family of little turkeys! The steps are simple as are the needed materials--pom pom maker, wool felt, and yarn. Find the directions here.

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


Book Signing:
Friday November 19th
6:00-7:30
Sock Workshops:
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

Our 2nd Annual Be Sweet Trunk Show!

A Free Event!
5:30-8:30

Nadine Curtis, owner of Be Sweet will be bringing a trunk full of wonderful goodies for you to see and feel and lots to purchase. We will have a special sale -- 20% off all Be Sweet Products.

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!
A Bit About Be Sweet:

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.

Be Sweet also donates a portion of its profits to the Shaw Park School, a primary and secondary school in the Eastern Cape where many of the participants' children attend.


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

Yarns On Stage!

Saturday, Oct 16th
Yarns on Stage
Come join us for some sock yarn fun!
12:00 - 5:00

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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.
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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.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Isla Corbett


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

Street Pole Sweater Project in the Press Demo


Cast Away was featured on the front page of The Press Democrat's Empire News. Meg McConahey came down and did an article on the Street Pole Sweater Project. You can read about it here.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Little Reversible Frog & Turtle



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

Free Pattern Sunday


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

Covered Objects

I keep coming across objects that have been covered in fiber. Felted, crocheted, knitted objects of all sorts like beach pebbles and metal necklace babbles.

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.

--Ramona

Wind Powered Knitting Machines

I just came across this video of a London Art students' project -- a tubular knitting machine powered by a metal windmill. The artist, Merel Karhof, then divides up the tubes and sells individual scarves with labels telling how long it took to make the 2 meter scarf.

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.

Wind Powered Knitting Machine from Frankie Thom on Vimeo.



--Ramona

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Knit in Public Day Fun

Yesterday we all had lots of fun down at Depot Park, where we were celebrating the annual Knit in Public Day. It was nice to sit back n' relax, while knitting and enjoying everyone's company. Some of us even used Jonatha's hula hoops for a little exercise to break up our knitting--always good for those wrists.

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.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Come to our Knit in Public Day event!
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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Free Pattern Sunday



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.

Enjoy!



Angora Baby Booties
1 skein Malabrigo Angora
Size 7 needles
Abbreviations:
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.

Begin Decreases:
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.

Ribbed Cuff:
(For a tidy rib edge, slip 1st stitch of every
row.)

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.

Cording:
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

Inspiration Monday!























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

Free Pattern Sunday


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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.

Enjoy!


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Whimsy Hat Pattern

Materials:
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)

Decreases:

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

Our New Windows




We've been getting lots of positive feedback to our new window display. Thanks to everyone who came to help make the flowers!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Knitty.com's Spring Summer Looks

Have any of started knitting any of the designs from Knitty.com's Spring/Summer issue? There are some real cute items. I'm taken with Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark's Inamorata. I think it would be lovely in Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool, maybe the Flourite Blue or Lime Juice. Having the 35% Silk, with 25% Nylon and 45% Wool will help keep it cooler in Spring/Summer. It will also transition well into Fall/Winter as a layering piece. Do you have any favorites from this issue?



--Ramona

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!


Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter and beautiful Springtime!

--Ramona

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Amazing Stop-Motion Knitted House

I just stumbled across this awesome commercial for a natural gas company in Belgium. And I just have to share it with you all. 




I think my favorite bit is the shower facet. And here's the video on the making of.




--Ramona

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Last-Minute Easter Gifts


Image from angelaknits

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.

If you haven't been by the store in a few weeks you may not know that we are now carrying Spud and Chloe's Sweater yarn. It comes in many great colors with some really cute patterns to choose from. On Spud and Chloe's blog they have an adorable free pattern for a very lovable bunny--another great Easter gift!



--Ramona

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wishing Everyone a Joyful St. Patrick's Day.
Hope it is full of smiling Irish Eyes.


Image from Karen's Whimsy

--Ramona

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Benefits of Knitting

I just stumbled across a CBS News Report from April 2009 about the positive health advantages of knitting. This is a truth that most knitters have been aware of for years, but it now looks like scientists are starting to see the benefits. Studies have shown that the repetitive movements of knitting help with stress, pain, depression and even strengthening the immune system. The Mayo Clinic is conducted research that is leading them to believe that knitting might even "be nero-protective," helping the brain's functioning ability as we age.

So next someone asks you why you bought more yarn, you can simply tell them it's for your health and your boosting your immune system. :)

Check out the video here.

--Ramona

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Little St. Patrick's Day Knitting!

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, on the 17th. I know I'll be cooking up a big feast to celebrate the day. But what about other ways to mark the day? Vickie Howell has put up two cute knitting patterns on her website to celebrate. Check out the cute shamrock baby booties and mitered shamrocks, here.


--Ramona

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hello Fellow Knitters!

The last few days I keep getting stuck with a certain knitting project. Just when I think I have things settled and all the stitches and corresponding math work correctly, I realize some new aspect to my chosen stitches won't work. So I dive back in and things start looking good again and then wham another problem with the stitch design needs to be figured out. This is when my knitting starts helping me develop better life skills--I'm forced to step back. I've always hated the feeling of uncertainty, so when my knitting starts misbehaving I get all unsettled. But the plus side is, my knitting is helping me to grow!?! Or is this just what I'm telling myself? One constant way for me to manage with these knitting blues, is to always keep another project waiting in the wings, and then I'm fine again. :)

What do you guys do when you hit a bump or maybe a mountain in your knitting? Any special techniques for coping with stressful knitting? Anyone have any nightmare knitting stories?

--Ramona

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Rosemary Hill's Brandywine Shawl


Congrats to local designer Rosemary Hill on her Brandywine Shawl still being at #2 on ravelry's "most active recently published designs." The shawl is listed 167 times in people's projects with 67 of them being current WIP's! Rosemary is donating $5.00 from each pattern sale to relief for Haiti and as of March 3rd has sent $6,000! I know many of you have come into the store to purchase yarn for this beautiful shawl and many of you bought Malabrigo's Sock Yarn. If you've finished your Brandywine, email us an picture and we'll put it up on the blog.

If you're interested in other patterns by Rosemary, we carry several of her patterns, such as Bluebird, Queen Wil Socks, and Verdigris. For more information on Rosemary check out her website at: http://www.designsbyromi.com/

--Ramona

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010