Wednesday, August 27, 2008

One sweater down...

about 1000 more to knit QUICK before the baby comes... Now that all of these great fall yarns and patterns are starting to arrive, I'm getting a little anxious with my knitting. Check out these new patterns from SKIF that are coming in this week...

and I love this one- oh yeah, it comes with a closure. All of the SKIF's come with hardware, how cool is that?

I wish the pictures would have transferred a bit bigger, but at least you get the idea, funky right? Really looking forward to those. We also have patterns from Wendy Bernard and did you see the new Malabrigo loafers from Coco Knits? Here's Pamie's pair, this pattern is on the way too. I'm telling you, there are so many things for me to knit right now, my mojo is on fire, and I can't click clack those addi turbos fast enough to keep up with myself.

Seriously, can you stand these? She used the new Colinette One Zero for the base and the flower, I love them.

Here's my Road to Golden sweater finally finished (well- technically I knit it 3 times, before I could commit to the color combo, and boy do I love the colors I chose). I love it so much, I just wish I could try it on, but the baby bump is in the way at the moment.

Let's see, hmmm, what is the most exciting I have to share, oh yeah- it's ECO ANDARIA!!! It should be here any minute, and we'll be one of the only shop's in the country to supply it to all of you crazy japanese crochet enthusiasts!! We're getting in everything you need to crochet these...


Be sure to check out our new knitting and crochet schedule. There have been a few updates and classes added to the list as of this morning, and we'll be using the Eco Andaria for the Catherine Wheel crochet class. Carolyn and I are so excited to teach everyone how to crochet these Japanese patterns with confidence.

Last but not least, we got in a nice juicy shipment from out friends at Ozark Hanspun. Both, the original and his new creation- "Opulence", which is a bit thinner and with more yardage. The colors are so great, I have to knit a "Lester Sheep" for Scarlett asap. Maybe one for me too.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I could wrap myself,

in anything knit in Cocoon!! Yup, it just walked in the door- the new colors, well half, I guess the other half is on it's way and the new "Cocoon Collection" by Marie Wallin and Sarah Hatton is here too. Very cool.

I love the book, but I just stumbled across this on Ravelry, and I think my growing belly needs to pop out of it this fall- check it out. I would love to knit it out of cocoon. I'll just adapt the gauge a little. Move over Eva, my belly needs some room here.

Here's the link to the pattern...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Third time's a charm...

Now that I've ripped out my sweater 3 times, I think I am totally in love with the color combo. Thanks to the girls at the shop last Saturday and many laughs (mostly at my expense- whatever), we finally decided that what my sweater needed, was a little bit of love from Dream in Color. Dream in Color can make any color combination come to life. I added in Flamingo pie and took out the blue "Whale of a Skein" and the white Debbie Bliss. Now it gives me the warm and fuzzy feeling that I needed- yeah!!! I only did an inch or two of color so far, a snail's speed is a compliment these days in regards to my knitting.

Yesterday at the shop, I got NOTHING done because I stared at this cubicle all day thinking of things I could make with these fabulous colors. I thought about a few different sweaters, and then just decided to stare some more instead of think at all. Obviously I'm totally enamored with this color palette lately (as you can see with my sweater above). Blue Sky offers one gorgeous color after another, it's unbelievable and they just introduce more and more every year. I love the papaya silk alpaca!!

I now have a new favorite yarn though, it's Colinettte's latest addition to their collection- One Zero. It's their thinner version on Point 5, which we all know and love so much, except it's knit on a 9 or a 10 needle and has 109 yards!!! It's SOOO super soft and the colors are delicious as usual. I really need to pick up the pace with my Road to Golden sweater (above), if I want to get crackin' on all of these other projects that I have in mind, especially that special baby blanket for my little peanut!! Check out these colors...

Friday, August 1, 2008

Totes, pouches, socks, and girls...

Finished, finally!! Well, actually it was finished last week, but I was too tired and lazy to sew on the button. So, wah lah, here it is, cute right? Super easy and fun to do. It's definitely a quickie project if you're crocheting at regular, non preggo speed. Some of the girls around the shop have been coming by this week for crochet quickie to squeeze in between their knitting, this is one of those perfect projects. I held 2 strands of Euroflax together on a G hook, 2 skeins for the bottom color and 1 for the top. We have full supply of these "Summer Hat and Bags" books, so come on over and browse. Each book filled with projects that are so adorable, it's kind of hard to decide which project to start first. Carolyn and I are almost ready to unleash the fall knitting and crochet schedule, and there are plenty of crochet classes for those of you who are ready to hop on our crochet train. There's no reason why you shouldn't, and too many reasons why you should be crocheting at this point. Crochet is ideal for whipping up gifts that are so beautiful, just take a look at some of the projects in these Japanese books, from the petite pouches to the trendy market bags, they're all so terrific. We'll teach you how to read a crochet chart, and the symbols- which are universal. So have no fear when you approach one of these splendid Ondori crochet patterns!!

We received some sweet treats this week, Tilli Tomas sent over a batch of her cell phone cases. Similar to the her "Ruck Sack" bags, you would pick up and knit your way down the pouch. Perfect for scrap yarn, or if you're looking for something special, a little of her gorgeous "Rock Star" hand beaded silk would be decadent if you ask me. We also opened a a box of her mini skeins, if you haven't seen these yet, they are adorable. Each skein has just 25 yards, and can be used for embroidery or simply for embellishing your knitting.

The new colors of Colinette's Jitterbug came in too, the pinkish one in the back of the picture, is a must have for me- that's for sure. The colors are so gorgeous and we are fully stocked to please any color palette! This sock yarn is definitely a favorite around the shop, it wears and washes great. If you haven't tried a pair of socks yet, no worries, we have lots of sock classes coming up this fall too. If you have tried a pair, and you're looking for something a bit more challenging, you might want to sign up for our "Fancy Feet" sock class. I promise, this sock will be the coolest sock you'll ever slip on your foot.

Okay, I had to post this, yesterday, we decided since Scarlett was feeling a bit under the weather still (as you can see in her eyes), that we would bring Honey Bear, her bulldog sister, to work with us. We figured it would be fun, well- it was!! She snorted around the shop for a while, greeted customers with her wiggling and waddling, and then preceded to snore under my desk. We even tried to have her model some of the pieces that were around the shop, but nothing fit over her head! Too cute.