Archives from November 2012

Weaving Through My Gift List

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 in Finished Projects, Weaving

Ok, not really. I’ve only made these two for Christmas gifts. But maybe I’ll have time to make more before the 25th of December rolls around. I’m still enjoying the process of weaving. Here’s one I made in Wollmeise Wasseratz.

And another one in Wollmeise Zenzi.

It’s really a fun way to use up multi-colored sock yarn that you might not feel like knitting into socks. Did I mention that I went through my stash last week? I have a lot of sock yarn that is going to be something other than socks. I used to buy so many single skeins.

Since tomorrow is our Thanksgiving Holiday, I have my knitting projects all planned out for this week and weekend. I’m finishing my second Derecho (finally, FPS. Tell me again why I decided to knit this a second time? And to make this second one the never-ending-big-size?), hoping to finish my Cabled Rib Wrap (although it’s so luscious to knit that I don’t mind it taking a long time), and hoping to start a Nuvem (with Wollmeise Lace, or Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace, which would be gorgeous). All of those things are pretty mindless knits, which makes them perfect for working on when you have family and friends around for the holiday weekend. What is your favorite mindless knit for times such as these?

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Fibernymph, Woolen Mill Street, Offhand Designs and More!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, November 19th, 2012 in Pattern Links, Shop News

We have plenty of beautiful things that just went up on the website for you tonight. Time to spoil yourself with something new, right? We added in:

Wooden Sock Blockers – they’re back! Since leaving St. Louis (where my husband had the machine to make these), we’ve had to find a new person to make them and a new person to finish them. We still have them cut in St. Louis, and now Elf Michael is doing the finish work. (Luckily, he is also a woodworker, in addition to being a top-notch Loopy Elf!) We’ll be able to continue to put stock up regularly now that we have this all worked out. I know that some of you have been waiting a long time for them to come back.

Fibernymph Dye Works - Lisa sent us her famous self-striping line this time, and each one is more beautiful than the next. Since striping yarns are so labor-intensive, we can only get them in rotation with her other awesome lines, but we will carry them as often as we can get them. Self-striping yarns look particularly great in socks, cowls, hats, mittens and gloves. (Shown here in Home for Christmas.)

Twentyseven27 Soap – the Christmas scents are back, as well as my all time favorite (Almond Poppyseed). Look for: Cinnamon Sugar, Chocolate Peppermint, Jasmine Rose, Cherry Almond, and Bergamont Tea Tree. It would be cute to make mittens or gloves for someone, and then tuck in this hand-made soap as well.

Woolen Mill Street – Christina has sent a gorgeous batch of her 100% Superwash fingering weight. You’ll see some tribute colors to some of your favorite TV shows and movies in there, which is double fun! These colors would be beautiful for socks, but also in shawls (multi-color shawls like Lintilla, Hitchiker, and 22.5 degrees), two color shawls where you pick a multi for one part and a solid for another (like Pamuya) and how about the cute Hitchhands pattern for mittens and Hitchhat for your head? (Shown here in Jack O’Neill).

Soak – We have new Travel Kits that contain 8 mini packets of Soak. Each packet will do 2 washes, so it’s a great way to take along soap for your handknits. (Or include one packet with each handknit you gift to someone). We also have the new Soak Handmaid – a 3 oz. bottle of their luxurious hand creme, perfect for popping in your purse or knitting bag.

Offhand Designs – A new batch of beautifully made knitting bags. We have them in the Scottie, the Marcella, and the Zhivago. It has been awhile since we’ve had this line and we had such fun unpacking the boxes and oohing and aahing over the pretty fabrics and great styles. (Shown here in the Marcella style with the Saratoga fabric).

ChiaoGoo – a re-stock on all of our ChiaoGoo needles.

Ruffled Neckwrap Pattern – for those of you who emailed about where to get this cute cowl after I blogged and linked to it last week, we now have the pattern available. This is a great pattern for a quick and easy worsted weight cowl (out of Malabrigo Worsted, Spud and Chloe Sweater, Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted, Dream in Color Classy, etc.)

A big HAPPY THANKSGIVING to those of you in the U.S.! We hope you have a wonderful week with familiy and friends. When we think about what we’re thankful for, all of YOU are always at the top of our list (inside the U.S and out!). We never forget that we’re dependent on you for this business, and we are always happy to have you here.

We do have special Holiday Hours this week - the brick and mortar shop (and phones) will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for our Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll be open in-store and packing up orders on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. I also have two new woven scarves to share with you on Wednesday’s blog, and a great muffin recipe for you on Friday’s blog.

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Tracking Your Stash

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Friday, November 16th, 2012 in Yarn Storage

I cleaned out my yarn stash last week. Ohhh, it was a project! And when I say “cleaned out”, I mean mostly re-arranged. I did come up with a full garbage bag of yarn for charity knitting, but other than that, I kept a lot of my stash. I like my stash. It was interesting, however, to see beautiful skeins that I had totally forgotten about. Do you keep track of what you have? There are several options for that.

1. Ravelry. You can photo and upload your stash, and it auto-fills in the details (yardage, weight, etc). I did one day of photo-ing back when I first joined Ravelry, and haven’t added to my stash page since. I didn’t like having to set aside my new yarn until I could get a photo and upload it. But I have a friend who swears by this feature on Rav and wouldn’t do anything else, so I know some people like it. (And of course I regularly use all of the other awesome features that Ravelry offfers.)

2. Electronic Lists. I’m a list person, so I did catalog a few of my favorite yarn lines in Evernote, which syncs with my phone/iPad/computer. That’s handy because I can update my list here at work or home at night. I also have my list available on my phone if I’m out shopping somewhere and need to see what I already have. There are a lot of yarn lines that I buy and use (or stash) in one or two skein batches. I don’t keep track of those on my list. But there are a few yarn lines where I do stockpile a bit (ahem) because I want to collect and use the different colors over time. These are the ones that I typed up on my lists and am glad to have.

3. Journals/Notebooks. Some people much prefer writing these things down by ¬†hand and having a hard copy. There are all kinds of wonderful blank books out there, and I do like to buy them! I just like buying them more than I end up using them. (oops). If you like more structure than a blank book offers, you can get yourself a 3-ring notebook and print out pages to make yourself a Knitting Notebook. Here is a link to a website (Kathryn Ivy) that has some great, free, downloadable pages for a knitting notebook. You just print the pages as you need them. I have to say, I wish my grandmothers had kept a hard copy knitting journal like that. They were both knitters, and I’d love to look back and see all of the wonderful things they made over their many years of knitting, detailed in their own handwriting. You just can’t get that from an e-version, can you?

Do you keep track of your stash? Do you wish you could? What system appeals to you the most?

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P.S. We have a winner from this blog post! Emily in PA has won 2 skeins of the Loopy Solid Series, and the book Sock Yarn Studio by Carol Sulcoski. Thanks to all who participated in the contest!

Quick (Cute) Knitted Jewelry Kits

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 in Finished Projects

If you have an evening to knit, you have plenty of time to whip up some of these cute gifts for friends and family! I made this KnowKnits set in about 90 minutes. Everything you need comes in the kit, except the needles. Each kit makes both bracelets (although the skinny triple-wrap bracelet can also be worn as a necklace, which is kind of fun.) It comes in Blue Raspberry (shown here), Lavender, Honey, Spearmint, Green Apple, Coconut, Kisses, Grape, Cotton Candy and Cherry.

We also have fun kits from Laura Nelkin Designs. These take a little longer to make (but not too much), and are equally fun and would also make a nice gift for someone on your list. We have Butin Collars (shown here) and Butin Earrings to match. We have Mudra Necklaces and Mudra Cuffs. And we have Ribband Bracelets and Ruffled Necklaces. These kits also include the yarn and beads to make the items – you’ll add in the needles. All of them come in several different color choices.¬†Here is a Butin Collar that Lisa, one of our Loopy class teachers, knit up for us.

It was fun to work on small projects for a change. When you get something done in one evening, you really feel like you accomplished something!

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