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


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

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!