Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Poncho Post

Everywhere we look these days, there are ponchos.

Here is a very small one...

We are currently featuring Poncho's in our shop Newsletter....go here  for "inspiration" to see the newsletter and perhaps shop some of the yarns mentioned below...

This is Amy, in our shop, wearing a poncho called "Sasha"....

... looks good!  (It is a winter weight... in case you were thinking about finishing another project in the meantime...)

And Cheryl's in Zooey DK -- a classic look.  Zooey is a good yarn for our Southern climate. (tropical?)

Here are a few more...  This is Blue Sky Fibers "Two Harbors"....

It's the new sweatshirt,

they say.  But doesn't a poncho look more "fashion forward" and "put together" than a sweatshirt? 

This is a Cima & Linen combo from Shibui Knits.... in the perennial favorite "Churchmouse" easy folded poncho pattern!

Always good in Red!  Check this out.... BJ has a great poncho for game day, or for almost any event!

You can knit one... like one of these -- Elisa (on the left) is wearing an Easy Folded Poncho (knit by Elisa) and Carole is wearing "Lolita."

Elisa and Carole

Do you have a poncho to show? Let us know... just go to the Cast on Cottage website and send your picture/pattern/ideas to  We  will continue to showcase our customers and their beautiful work.... a festival of poncho's!

Monday, April 4, 2016

A bit of knitting history - Maybe?

I don't want our blog to be considered just a piece of knitting "fluff".... so here is your history lesson for today.

As a fine example of the nalbinding/knitting confusion, the famous (notorious?) Dura-Europos fragment is considered by many to be the oldest fragment of knitting in existence. Found in the Indus River Valley and dating back several thousand years, it is listed in many books and the original dig report as knitting (I sincerely wonder if they HAD a knitter on the original dig.) Barbara Walker has even written a pattern so we can all knit something historical. Unfortunately, the Dura-Europos fragment has been proven to be made of nalbinding. Still, the knit version would make a cool pair of socks. 

Next:  any comments on "nalbinding"?  (What the heck is that, anyway?)

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Prices of Sheep...go figure

Prices of wool... leads me to think about prices of sheep!

After all, the material we love has to start somewhere. Granted, we don't always use the animal fibers -- but let's just consider for today the sheep.  Lovely, benign, uncomplicated sheep.

So, as usual, I did a little research.  Sheep come in many varieties, and there is much processing to do AFTER the shearing is done.  Let's don't think about that yet, because that will cause an argument about the price of petrol/gasoline/diesel, etc.  And as we have seen recently, the prices of gas have varied tremendously.  Remember the gallons of gas we bought in 2008 .... as high as $4.00?

I digress.  Back to sheep. The most expensive sheep was a member of the Texel breed, popular for meat... and the prize specimen was named Deveronvale Perfection.  He sold for $350,520 in 2009.  (Actually, he was in the UK, so his value was measured in pounds.) How about that name "Perfection" ?  Now that's not just any mutton.

The less exotic breeds sell for about $200-500 in the US.

This is Shaun, the sheep, with a lamb.  Happy Spring!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spring Fling and a suggestion for you

Spent part of the day at the Marriott Perimeter in a ballroom, watching women shop for yarn and accessories!  A dream come true -- lots of pretty things in one place. Free parking.... what's not to like!

And one other quick thing -- check out this video to see Hugh Jackman "coaching" a woman -- knitting!

I wouldn't steer you wrong!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

It has been crazy at the shop!  Crazy good.... with the Shibui mix parties, and sales of yarn, new projects, questions, etc.  


Not just yarn, new needlepoint threads, and painted canvases from wonderful designers.  More on all that -- sorry I have been off the grid for a week. 

Details coming soon!

Welcome to March... and don't forget about Spring Fling.  It's happening next week at the Perimeter Marriott (in the Dunwoody/Perimeter Mall area).  Specifically, we'll be setting up on Friday and open for business on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20th.

Hey, it's yarn.  What's not to like?

Friday, February 26, 2016

Shibui Knits... and we love it!


How about a great new knit project... Spectrum by Shibui? 


Beauty Feeds the Soul.

-- with the lovely new Rain product.... and another favorite you already know.   Silk Cloud.  It adds the slight "loft" -- like all the Shibui yarns, these are classy and make a fashion statement.

The Spectrum is a cool and classy wrap or scarf... it can be knit in two different sizes -- and a perfect knit for the shoulders when you step into that restaurant and have the AC blowing on you... and makes such an elegant statement.

Shibui is starting a Knit Along next Friday -- and due to finish on April 18th -- perfect.  Check it out here   and the Ravelry group that is coming together online to work this project.

YOUR fashion statement...

Check out all the vibrant colors at or on our website...

What will your new spring work of art be?  



Monday, February 22, 2016

Shibui Knits -- New!

Shibui doesn't do anything in a small way... always a classy, elegant confident way.  This was evident in the new products that made their debut on February 12th.  The Shibui wall at Cast on Cottage

which looks like this...

will turn into this...

and the new phrase around this product set is... Beauty Feeds the Soul.

Think elegant, classy, and confident.  We know you will find something in the new Shibui Knits line to tickle your fancy.

The new Shibui Spring Summer look book... is here.