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Archive for April, 2013

sunday knitting at the shop

We used to meet at the shop for open knitting and crocheting on Wednesday evenings, but it seems that Sunday afternoons work better for people.

So now we gather at a local bar or restaurant on the first Wednesday of each month, and at the shop every Sunday from 3-5 pm.

Here are some recent Sunday groups.


 

Lots of people are finishing projects these days.  Here are some of the latest: Cathie finished her Hitchhiker (bold and beautiful in Tosh Merino Light – tomato).

And that’s sweet Freddy beside her.

  Tami finished her Linen Stitch Scarf (in Koigu KPPPM). Gorgeous!

Frida finished her Finest Kind Baby Blanket (in Knitted Wit Superwash Merino DK). Looks great in that happy red!
Maura finished her Rockefeller (in Tosh Merino Light – opaline & silver fox).  Stunning!
Brittney finished her Silver Streak Cowl (in Cascade Ultra Pima).  Pretty lace work!

Olia made this great Square Stripes Garter Stitch Baby Blanket (in stockinette stitch rather than garter, using 3 different yarns: Hikoo Simpliworsted, Spud & Chloe Sweater, and Classic Elite Sprout.)  It’s fantastic!

 

Lindy made this utterly adorable Hedgehog (with Malabrigo Worsted and Malabrigo Silky Merino)

home knitting party

Andrea had a great idea for a PTA fundraiser for Sauganash Elementary School.

She invited a group of Moms to her home for drinks and nibbles and a Learn To Knit session.

She asked me to teach the group, so I gathered up needles and yarn, and showed everyone how to make this simple cowl.

What a fun group!

Everyone caught on quickly and hopefully a new knitting club was born.

Thanks for the great idea, Andrea!

I look forward to doing more of these events.

 

a visit to NYC for a little inspiration…

During a fun trip to NYC last week, I visited Knitty City, a great yarn shop on the Upper West Side.

Here I am with the owner, Pearl.  We had a nice dinner together and swapped shop talk.  Thanks Pearl !

I also stopped in at Habu Textiles to say hello to Takako, and to order some more of her fabulous yarn.

 

I walked all over the city and found inspiration at every turn.

 

Spring is such a great time for a visit – with everything in bloom.

I walked the High Line, wandered around the Village, meandered through Chelsea, and strolled down 5th Avenue.  So many people, so much energy and activity – I loved it.

I used to live in NYC years ago, and I always enjoy returning.

 

 

 

 

 

Of course I had to visit Zabars.  How I miss that place!

 

a few new shop samples to inspire you

Hilary knit this simple but elegant garter stitch scarf called Basalt with 3 colors of Road To China Light by The Fibre Company.  Love it!

Hilary and I took turns knitting this Shoulder Cozy by Churchmouse.  We double stranded Berroco’s Seduce with Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze.  It can be worn as a capelet or as an infinity cowl.  A versatile little piece!

I just finished this cabled baby cardi called Mignon.  It took one skein of Cascade Ultra Pima – and a darling lady bug button.  Pure sweetness.  (I suggest buying 2 skeins of Cascade Ultra Pima because I used every last inch, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.   You can always use your extra for a hat or other cute companion piece.)

If you’d like to get springy and knit with linen, try this little accessory called Summer Wind.  I used  2 skeins of Shibui Linen, a unique fiber with a cool chain construction.

I’m currently knitting this Ruched Scarf by Churchmouse.  I double stranded Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze with Blue Sky Alpaca’s Royal Petites yarn.  It feels incredibly soft and airy, and it’s fun to knit.  While this isn’t exactly a spring project, the pattern does include a light weight shawl version that’s just beautiful.

 

The shop occasionally hosts special events, book signings, trunk shows, and sales. Private events can also be arranged at the shop by request.

Perhaps you'd like to have a birthday party centered around a knitting lesson. Or a baby shower during which everyone learns to knit a square for a baby blanket. Or a corporate networking event that features knitting instruction. Or a book club that encourages participants to knit while discussing the book. Nina: a well-knit shop is available for these and other special events.

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