Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Incredible, Custom-fit Raglan Sweater.

Jessica is offering a class based on this "incredible" pattern, beginning November 4. We wanted to share a few examples of finished sweaters to give you more ideas about what "custom-fit" really means. The beauty of this pattern is that you can do so many things with it.

Do you want to use a chunky, self-striping yarn? No problem.

Do you want a light-weight pullover with subtle waist shaping? No problem.

Do you want a v-neck and some lace details below the waist? No problem.

The pattern is flexible not only for design elements, but also for skill level. The top-down raglan makes a great first sweater because it's easy to fit (top-down means you can try it on as you go) and seamless!

The class is $60 for four 2-hour sessions. Thursday, November 4, 11 and December 2, 16, 10am - noon. If you'd like to sign up or if you have questions, stop by or call the shop (770)998-3483. There are still spaces available.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Yarn.

It's been a while since we shared pretty yarn pr*n photos. I promise it's been worth the wait. These two even have good names.

First up, meet Manos del Uruguay's Maxima. 218 yards of single ply worsted weight merino in ten kettle-dyed colorways that will make you want to cast on now! And Candi did. She knit up this lovely scarf (a free pattern called Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks ) in just one evening. The knitting was definitely better than the baseball that night (unless of course you're a Rangers fan)!

She used one skein and followed the pattern as written. The finished scarf measures 4-1/2" wide and 50" long. With two skeins, you could make it longer and wider and it's still a reasonable price at $12/skein.

This yarn would also be yummy in a cowl, especially one that has some texture to show off the pretty colors. Maybe this one?

And then we have Malabrigo's Rasta. 90 yards of super bulky merino, kettle-dyed and slightly felted. The colors are what you expect from Malabrigo. Super saturated gorgeous. This yarn is popular for cowls, especially Marian . But what about a lacy scarf, like this one , just out in Joelle Hoverson's More Last Minute Knitted Gifts (we'll have the book in the shop shortly).

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fingerless Mitts Love. and a Class.

We are a bit obsessed with fingerless mitts, and not just because we're knitting them for our current KAL! They also are relatively quick, make great gifts, and add a pretty and practical touch to a fall or winter outfit.

I've made cabled, lacy mitts for gifts, and last year, knit a plain pair for myself; but this year, I wanted to treat myself to "pretty" - cables, lace and gorgeous yarn. I found the perfect pattern in Abbie Tilden's October Mitts - knit in fingering weight (8 st/in) yarn, with tiny cables twisting up the sides (and they even twist in opposite directions on the two mitts - what a nice detail!) and two beautiful lace leaves framing the thumb gusset. I used Spud & Chloe Fine, a blend of washable wool and silk and had plenty in one skein to make the pair. I love how the silk looks in the finished mitts - I have my "pretty" for sure.

The elements I love about these mitts - cabling without a cable needle, charted lace, fitted thumb gusset, fingering weight and size 1 double pointed needles - are also ones I love to teach, and I'm so excited to be able to offer a class. If you'd like to learn these techniques and knit these beautiful mitts, please call the shop to sign up!

The class will run four hours, spread over two Saturdays - November 6 and November 13, from 1-3pm. The cost is $30 (plus the materials and pattern that you should purchase ahead of time). You should have some familiarity with knitting in the round, increases and decreases, ribbing and cables. And if you prefer to knit in the round with magic loop, or two circular needles, I won't make you use double pointed needles :-)

If you have any questions, please leave a comment here, or message me on Ravelry (my Ravelry name is "mere")

Friday, October 15, 2010

FO Friday.

aka "KAL update #2".

Yes, we have a finished pair of Susie's Reading Mitts and they are gorgeous!
raveled here
Joanna knit these with the Sublime Aran and I don't think she even had to block them (yes, her knitting is that pretty straight off the needles!)

She's already cast on for a second pair, using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in a pretty blue colorway.

Also, we found a FREE!!! slouchy hat pattern (raveled here) that mirrors the picot edge and garter/lace. You know, in case you're like me and want a hat to match!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Juliet in Triplicate.

Our first Juliet class finished up on Sunday. It what was - I think - a record for the Sunday Seamless Sweater classes:  four students had finished theirs. And three of them had their sweaters to model!
Karen, Sharon and Sandy modeling their finished Juliet sweaters
Sandy was actually still working on the 3rd button loop when we stopped to take the photo, but that's really (really!!!) close to being done - close enough to get into the photo anyway.

So everyone agrees this is a great sweater because you can finish it. It's also great because you can use different yarns and get different looks - four seasons worth, which is great for Atlanta. These ladies all chose fall/winter versions: Karen used Karabella Aurora bulky; Sharon used Araucania Azapa; and Sandy used Rowan Cocoon. The Debbie Bliss Luxury Tweed chunky would be lovely, too. For spring/summer, we have the chunky Venezia (I used this for the version I knit in May). Or any of the worsted weight yarns held double - or maybe just knit loosely for a lot of drape (like Lieslknit in Rowan Summer Tweed).

If you'd like to knit Juliet, there is still room in the class that starts on Sunday, October 24. Call the shop (770.998.3483) to sign up.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Susie's Reading Mitts.

aka "KAL update #1".

A small but very entertaining group of us met for knitting last Friday afternoon. And in case you're worried about showing up when you don't care to knit our KAL project, you shouldn't be. Two of the four knitters were knitting other things!
Beth, Joanna and Sharon
But Joanna and I cast-on the Susie's Reading Mitts. Joanna selected the Sublime Aran in a lovely shade of gray (maybe the pewter colorway?). She even knit a swatch before-hand, which was good, because she ended up going down two needle sizes. And you know I chose the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in a deep shade of purple. Following recommendations from a few Ravelers, I cast-on and knit the rounds before the eyelet turning round in a one-size-smaller needle (for me, that was a 4).

And to avoid having to sew down the hem, after we knit the four rounds following the eyelet turning round, we followed Carole's instructions for knitting the cast-on edge together with the current round (check out the pattern for Carole's Picot Edge Socks - she even includes photos to illustrate! - thank you Carole!).  Then we proceeded with the Decrease Round and the Lace Pattern.

Great progress to share after just two hours!
Joanna and Mary, showing off our mitts
We'll be knitting again this week - 2-4 p.m. on Friday. Please join us for knitting (and knitting along if you want!)