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latest staff & customer projects

Time to share…

Every style and skill level is represented in this latest collection of staff and customer projects.

Hopefully at least one of them will make it to your list of must makes.

 

Flax Sweater

Kristine’s Flax made with Berroco Vintage

 

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Karla’s Crochet Baby Blanket made with Berroco Vintage

 

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Kelly’s Marian made with Knit Collage Spun cloud

 

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Sarah’s amazing Lerwick Lace Shawl made into a wedding blanket

 

hedgehog-mitts

Lindy’s Hedgehog Mitts made with Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok

 

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Easy Fingerless Mitts made with Berroco Vintage

 

Accerlerating Stripes Gloves

Accelerating Stripes Fingerless Gloves made with Shibui Pebble & Silk Cloud

 

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Kelly’s Lightning Fast Mittens made with Funky Chunky

 

Zam Hat

Lindy’s Zam Hat made with Big Bad Wool Weepaca

 

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Kelly’s State Street Cowl made with Spud & Chloe Outer

 

song-of-the-sea

Kristine’s Song of the Sea made with Malabrigo Sock

 

barndom

Lindy’s Barndom made with Tosh Merino Light & Kendall Hat made with Funky Chunky

 

nina turns 12!

nina turns 12

it’s beginning to get cold out there

As temps drop this weekend, it’s time to think cozy!

Here are some nice project ideas.

nicole's bulky hat

Nicole’s Simple Bulky Hat made with Malabrigo Rasta is fast and fun.

 

kristine's afton shrug

Kristine’s Afton Shrug made with Blue Sky Fibers Cotton is a cute layering piece.

 

kelly's marion cowl

Kelly’s Marian Cowl made with Knit Collage Spun Cloud is a cozy quick knit.

 

fingerless mitts

These Brushed Suri Mitts, Seeded Mitts, and Welted Fingerless Gloves are heaven out of Zealana Rimu DK and Zealana Air.

 

kendall hat

The Kendall is a favorite hat out of Funky Chunky.

 

burberry inspired cowl

The Burberry Inspired Cowl made with Malabrigo Mecha is a great gift idea.

 

Our shop is stocked full of yarn choices now, so it’s a great time to stop by.

 

beautiful shawl!

Farmhouse Shawl
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We’re loving Kelly’s latest project, Farmhouse.

It’s amazingly soft and drapey out of Big Bad Wool Weepaca, and just perfect in this marled color, “grey wolf.”

 

fall project ideas

This is the time of year when our creative juices are flowing and our needles are clicking.

We love these latest projects by our customers and staff.

Can we help you start one of them?

 

shari's-boneyard

Shari’s Boneyard Shawl edged with Shibui Silk Cloud

 

abby's trimont

Abigail’s Trimont Snood knit with Blue Sky Cotton & embellished with sparkly trim

 

ships and seaside

Mary’s Ships & Seaside nicely striped with Hikoo Kenzie

 

glacier sweep

Kelly’s Glacier Sweep knit with Malabrigo Finito – soft as cashmere

 

one cable mitts

Nina’s One Cable Mitts knit with Shibui Drift

 

jens-baby-hat-mitts

Jen’s sweet Baby Hat & Mitts made with Blue Sky Cotton

 

collaboration with john fluevog shoes chicago

 

We’re participating in a fun Yarn Bomb Collaboration with neighbor shop, John Fluevog Chicago.  And we need your help!

They just completed a beautiful remodel of their store, and want to yarn bomb two pillars in the center of their space.  That’s where you come in!  We’re inviting 24 knitters to knit 12″ x 18″ panels that will be stitched together and wrapped around the pillars at a Party at Fluevog on November 1st (6-9pm).

 

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Sign up to participate here.  The first 24 knitters to respond will be invited to pick up a yarn package at Fluevog.  You’ll knit a panel in a stitch of your choice, and then bring it to the Party at Fluevog on Tuesday, November 1st from 6-9pm. (at 1539-41 N. Milwaukee Ave).  It will be a fun night watching the knit art come together while shopping for shoes.  There will be food, drinks, discounts and giveaways!

We can’t wait to see the results of this yarn bombing!

Space is limited, so sign up now.

well that was fun!

Stephen West came to our shop for a Westknits Bestknits Book Signing event and Brioche Workshop last week, and he brought a lot of color!

It was truly radiant with all his samples hanging about.

Thanks to everyone who joined us in welcoming Stephen. It was a great time!

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You can still join the Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL.  It kicks off Friday, October 7th. Stephen’s designs are always fun – sign up by purchasing his pattern here.

hints of fall

I love the relaxed pace of summer. But that first hint of fall sure does inspire us to knit and crochet like crazy.

So many great projects to cast on!!

Like these:

 

glacier sweep

Kristine’s Glacier Sweep (Malabrigo Finito)

 

22 little clouds

Kelly’s 22 Little Clouds (Tosh Merino Light held with Shibui Silk Cloud)

 

22 little clouds

Kristine’s 22 Little Clouds (Tosh Merino Light held with Shibui Silk Cloud)

 

endless wrap

Jeanne’s Endless Wrap (Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok)

 

slantslant

David’s Slant (Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok)

 

hart baby blanket

Caitlin’s Heart Baby Blanket (Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton)

 

colorful wedges baby blanket

Lindy’s Colorful Wedges Baby Blanket (Big Bad Wool Weepaca)

 

goldfish

Hilary’s Goldfish Baby Sweater (Tosh Merino Light)

 

v for vivi

Nina’s V for Vivi, or in this case N for Nina (Big Bad Wool Weepaca)

 

caledoniacaledonia cowl

Kelly’s Caledonia Cowl (Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton)

 

trimont snood

Abigail’s Trimont Snood (Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok)

 

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Kristine’s Dotted Rays (Tosh Merino Light)

 

stephen west is coming to nina!

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We’re so excited to welcome Stephen West back to Chicago!

He’s coming to our shop September 28-29 for two events.

 

Designs by Stephen West (photo by Darren Smith)

 

Wine & Cheese Trunk Show Party

An Evening with Stephen West

Wednesday, September 28th (6-8 pm)

Have a glass of wine with Stephen, receive a signed copy of his new book, Westknits Bestknits, see his latest designs, and get help choosing color combinations for your next project!

$35

register here

 

Designs by Stephen West

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Two Color Brioche For Beginners

An Afternoon with Stephen West

Thursday, September 29th (12-3 pm)

Get personalized attention from Stephen as you discover a new technique from the King of Brioche, learn new tips and tricks, and get inspired by his latest designs!

$75

register here

 

Two Color Brioche For Beginners

Learn the intriguing brioche technique in this colorful workshop taught by the King of Brioche himself, Stephen West! After declaring brioche the stitch of the year of 2015, the technique has gained massive popularity and a cult following. This class will guide you through a two-color cast on, an I-cord cast on, brioche knit/purl stitches, and directional increases and decreases. If you have experience with brioche already, there will be some intermediate stitch patterns and colorwork techniques to explore.

Requirements: You should be familiar with basic knitting skills like cast on, bind off, knit, purl, yarn over, and decreasing. All brioche stitches will be taught during the class.

Materials: At least 2 contrasting colors of worsted weight wool (non-superwash recommended). For example, use black and white or dark blue and bright yellow – two yarns that have high contrast. If you already have experience in brioche, you can work with finer yarns.

 

Westknits Bestknits

 

Westknits Bestknits

This new book is a collection of 13 popular designs by Stephen West, filled with inspiring photos.

Garter Breeze

 

If you can’t attend the Wine & Cheese Party on September 28th, but want to pre-order a signed copy of Westknits Bestknits, to be picked up at our shop during the Workshop on September 29th or afterward, just shoot us an email and we’ll contact you to arrange the purchase (info@ninachicago.com).

 

Dotted Rays by Stephen West, photo by Darren Smith

 

Stephen West is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. After moving to the Chicago area, he caught the knitting bug and started designing patterns while epic amounts of wool infiltrated into his life. There was no looking back. He now lives in Amsterdam and travels frequently, teaching knitting workshops throughout the US and Europe.

We’ve been lucky to host him for events at our shop several times over the past 11 years, and we’re thrilled to welcome him back again!!

Hope you can join us!

impressive customer & staff projects!

 

The best thing about working at a yarn shop is applauding our customers and staff when they show what they’ve made. There’s so much reason for applause this month!

 

jen's mora chemise at ninaJen designed this stunning chemise, and is developing the pattern so she can offer it through Ravelry. It was knit with Malabrigo Mora, a mulberry silk with incredible drape.

 

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Carly finished knitting her Slant in record time! She was the winner of our Yarn Crawl Prize, and we were astonished to see her finished scarf when she came to pick up her prize. It looks great in these Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok greys.

 

amy's chevron baby blanket at nina

Amy’s Chevron Baby Blanket is almost finished and we love her modern color choices of Berroco Vintage & Knitted Wit DK.

 

mary's chevron baby blanket at nina

Mary chose Blue Sky Worsted Cotton for her Chevron Baby Blanket. It’s soft and ideal for blankets.

 

kelly's chevron baby blanket

Kelly’s Chevron Baby Blanket has big bold stripes of Big Bad Wool Weepaca.

 

suzanne's playing checkersSuzanne’s Playing Checkers Baby Blanket is perfect in these colors of Berroco Vintage.

 

blue sky fibers trimont snoondOlia’s Trimont Snood used just one large skein of Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok (though the pattern suggested more yarn).

 

sarah's modular triangle shawlSarah quickly moved beyond beginner projects and impressed us with this fantastic Modular Triangle Shawl out of Tosh Merino Light.

 

olia's first point of libra at nina IMG_6951Olia’s First Point of Libra looks so elegant in a gradient kit by Leading Men Fiber Arts, bordered by Malabrigo’s super soft Finito.

 

shari's 22 little clouds at ninaShari’s 22 Little Clouds is bright and happy in Tosh Merino Light and Shibui Silk Cloud.

 

hilary's kline at ninaHilary’s Kline Shawl nicely pairs Tosh Merino Light colors fog and optic.

 

lindy's vertices uniteLindy’s Vertices Unite was a perfect pattern for her left overs of Swans Island Sport, Tosh Merino Light, and Malabrigo Finito.

 

And now… we have more Square-ish finishers to show off!

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Lindy and Kelly made their Square-ish with Shibui Twig (graphite & mineral).

 

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Francie made her Square-ish with Quince&Co Sparrow, plus a few stripes of Classic Elite Firefly.

 

patty in sqaure-ish at nina

Patty’s Square-ish out of Shibui Linen looks great with her summer patio outfit!

 

shari in her 2nd square-ish

This is Shari’s 2nd Square-ish out of Shibui Linen. The blue looks amazing on her, but she’s generously giving it to her mother.

 

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Mary used Shibui Twig and made a smaller Square-ish. It’s so cute with her shorts & blouse!

 

IMG_8712Mari got creative with her Square-ish and made a great color block version.

 

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Chris couldn’t be cuter in her Square-ish with peach pants!

 

kristine in square-ish at nina

Kristine tried Square-ish out of Tosh Merino Light, with a different color for the front and back. It looks fantastic!

 

Square-ish

 

We all love wearing Square-ish, and we’re dreaming up new versions for Fall.

 

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.

Contact us to learn more.

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