Friday, February 26, 2010

Piper's Coat and Beret.

Sally and Piper* wearing the finished ensemble

Sally Smith brought the finished ensemble to the shop yesterday. She knit the Bell-Sleeved Coat from Debbie Bliss' 9 to 5, along with a matching beret. The lucky recipient is her grand-daughter Piper. In the photo above, Piper's self-portrait* is modeling; I know the "real" Piper is going to be thrilled to wear it!

Project Specs: Sally used slightly less than 12 balls of the Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran to knit both pieces. She knit the 8-10 size for the coat and lengthened the body and the sleeves. The finished fit looks great!

*Piper provided the picture, traced to size and decorated, and Sally mounted it on foam board and cut it out. This is a great way to size knitwear for those folks who live far away...and a fun way for grandchildren to get into the process even if they live close-by!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Happy Birthday!

It was Theresa's birthday last week. To celebrate, the shop staff took her out for dinner. with cake.
from Cakes by Darcy. photographed by Wendy.

I missed the dinner, but I heard it was fun (even without knitting, at least I don't think there was knitting). And I'm pretty sure the folks who did go are going to be really glad the only photo I'm sharing is this one!

Happy Birthday, Theresa!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Knitting lace with Rowan Felted Tweed.

Jane and Mary modeling their lacy Rowan Felted Tweed

I wore my just-finished Jane Eyre shawl (knit from the Wandering the Moor pattern) to the shop last week and Jane told me she'd also used Rowan Felted Tweed for her Sampler Scarf (not a great link - but we have the pattern in the shop)... and Lydia told me she's queue'd Springtime Bandit to use a leftover 1-1/2 balls of Rowan Felted Tweed.

Do you see the trend here?

Rowan Felted Tweed makes lovely lacey shawls and scarves! I know we're not the first ones to figure this out. Ravelry shows 19 pages of "shawl/wraps" knit from Rowan Felted Tweed.

The yardage is generous (191 yards per ball), so many of these projects would take just two or three balls. Ishbel is especially nice - and a very fun knit! - and the small version takes only two balls.

We have all the (more than 12!!) colors of Rowan Felted Tweed in stock.  Many of those colors were shy about posing for a photo (maybe because I had them all laid out on the floor?)
...but these few, they cooperated...once I had them back on the shelf!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Good morning and welcome to the new blog at Cast-on Cottage!

We're hoping to use this space to share news about what's happening at the shop - the people, the yarn, the projects, the classes - you know, the community that is Cast-on Cottage.  We welcome your comments and feedback about what you'd like to see here (or at the shop).

And because I read once that every blog post really does need a photo, and because we just received a new shipment of the beautiful noro taiyo, here's a little color to brighten what looks to be a very cold (but hopefully not snow-y!) day in Roswell!