Friday, October 6, 2017

6 October 2017

The ZickZack Scarf that I have been knitting in the shop only has a bit more to go. The color 'rotation' is not uniform (what I was hoping for). This makes for a non-repeating color pattern across the scarf.

As I observe how this is working using three colors of fingering weight yarn, as long as you like the colors of yarns you choose and there is a contrast in colors, it will work.

This is a scarf that will also work with scraps of fingering weight. Never have to worry about color repeats with scraps!

It really does have the Italian designer M****ni look.

Friday, September 22, 2017

22 September 2017

We're ready for the

Fall Porch Party!

 Iced Tea 
and other goodies for the party.

 The yarn color kits arrived for the KAL. If you haven't reviewed the pattern for the KAL it's on Ravelry and is called:

Time Trades by Caitlin Hunter
This will be a knockout with the colors of 
Queen of Hearts
yarn from
Wonderland Yarns

Friday, September 1, 2017

1 September 2017

Does the prospect of Harvey ruining your weekend have you down?

We're doing a  
Sit and Knit 
Saturday and Sunday 
Sept 2 & 3
during normal shop hours.

Come join us!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

30 Aug 2017

This scarf is much more fun than I imagined. It's call ZickZack by Christy Kamm and uses fingering weight yarn. The original used two balls of yarn used every two rows. The yarn was somewhat of a long period striping yarn.

Being me, and never doing anything simply, I chose three yarns. It's an interesting technique to knit with three yarns and alternate every row.

The colors at first were disappointing. As knitting progressed I started to get the effect that I wanted. The varying colors with the intermittent light and dark are "in the style of a great Italian designer".

Saturday, July 29, 2017

29 July 2017

I'm presently also knitting a yarn bundle from Wonderland Yarns called Opposites Attract. The pattern is included on the label. This is a simple to knit garter and eyelet shawl.

One of the yarns is a "slinky sport merino" called Mad Hatter and a "shimmering halo of silk and kit mohair" called Unicorn. This pattern was designed especially by Stephanie Shiman for the Frabjous Fibers and Wonderland Yarns Opposites Attract Kit, this pattern uses one skein each of our Mad Hatter sport merino and Unicorn sparkling silk/mohair blend.

It is a very easy and quick knit.

Here's my work so far:

And here's what you can see on Ravelry.

When finished, the finished size is 74" x 15".

Friday, July 28, 2017

Working with three colors

27 July 2017

We all have been knitting feverishly here at the shop so that we have new model showing the new yarns.

I had forgotten about this and though this technique might be helpful to those of you who dislike pooling colors or are trying to "shade" hand-dyed yarns.

Here is what I am doing:

Colors are better seen person.

The pattern is called ZickZack and it is a chevron pattern that is inspired by famous Italian designer.

Looking at the pattern and deciding that I didn't want too much of a color repeat I decided to use three balls of yarn simultaneously. Is your head reeling? No need. This is a very simple technique and has many uses.

Stop by the shop and I will explain and show you how it is done. It will just take minutes and you can be on your way knitting the same scarf. It's easy.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

12 July 2017

I hear many complaints about interchangeable needles coming unscrewed. Yes it has happened to me too.

One of the simplest things to do is to use the 'key' that comes with your needles. What helps is to also using a rubber gripper. The one that you have in the kitchen to open jars with is just right. It helps you grip the needle tightly enough to get a good 'lock' on the threads when using the key.

If that isn't working for you there is one more trick. I use the Aleene's Stop Fraying that we sell here at the shop. You can use Emer's WHITE Glue if you don't have the Stop Fraying. Just a SMALL drop of either on the tip of the treaded end will help lock the threads.

No unexpected loss of stitches with a needle and no cable.

Hope this helps.....