Bob Kelly, owner of Hunt Country Yarns in The Plains, VA, is an educator at heart. His eyes light up as he explains how he got started as a knitter and the story of his 15 years as a yarn shop owner. Originally from the Bay Area near San Francisco, he learned to knit at age 10 from his uncle, who told him, “you never know when you might need to knit a pair of socks”. This skill has served him well, when later as a starving college student, he decided to make sweaters as Christmas gifts for everyone in his family, from a “Yankee Knitter” pattern, with which some readers may be familiar. He also, like me, has a technical background in the computer field,
where he discovered that knitting is an excellent pastime while working a help-desk, or waiting for programs to run. He has run a scuba shop, and has a Masters in Education, and a B.A. in Graphic Design, and has taught college level photography courses. In addition to knitting, spinning and weaving, he has a freshwater aquarium, and a small Quaker Parrot at home, named Georgie, who loves to talk and laugh alot. Bob is the founder of a special trade-only email list that has been in existence almost as long as the internet, the Skeins list. Hunt Country is the only shop in my territory featured on interstate highway “wayfinding” direction signs (in both directions)! This way, you will never get lost trying to visit. The Plains is also home to several memorable restaurants and shops. The shop website is http://www.skeins.com, Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hunt-Country-Yarns/55108061733?fref=ts, and on Ravelry, you can find them at http://www.ravelry.com/groups/hunt-country-yarns
See this cutie! One of our sales reps decided to try out the Dr Zhivago hat by CiD Hanscom Designs. Made with just one skein Passion Fur Yarn and the pattern is found on Ravelry. It just happens that her model was this adorable little guy who braved wearing the hat for long enough to snap the pictures! What a trooper!
This installment of the holiday knitting guide brings us to a casual, quick knit scarf yarn, Passion Nette. I like to think of this one as your everyday scarf yarn. This cotton/acrylic blend has a relaxed drape and a soft, natural feel against your skin. It’s available in 8 versatile colors that will coordinate with anything in your wardrobe.
Wow! Not only is this season great for knitting, but to create yet another Holiday Stocking for yet another grandbaby! My latest granddaughter Zoey is the recipient. This is the 4th holiday stocking I have made in less than 4 years! Four girls under the age of 4! I know!
….You can guess what holidays will be like when all of my grandgirls come to visit Nonnie and Papa.
If you can see the scale of this stocking you will see how I have learned to secretly spoil them every single year. It will take a tank load of treats to fill these!
One thing that can be done to this stocking is felt it if you would like it smaller and denser. And Galway is a perfect yarn to do that with. The array of 124 colors in the Galway palette give you an infinite number of possibilities for colorways.
With the large scale of this pattern, it could be a good tool to learn (or teach a class) on how to turn a heel, or shape a toe. Way fun!
Or if you are “old hat” at socks, make a pot of soup, put your feet up and enjoy the colors emerging.
–Cia Abbott Bullemer
Row 4: K3 *[sl2, k1, psso2], k7; repeat from * end k4. (96 sts).
Row 5: K4 *p1, k7; repeat from * end k3
Row 6: K2 *[sl2, l1, psso2], k5; repeat from *, end k3. (72 sts).
Row 7 & 9: k3 *p1, k5; repeat from *, end k2.
Row 8 & 10: Knit
Continue in Garter St until piece measures 4” from the points.
Purl one row for Folding Row.
Continue in Garter until piece measures 6”. Cut color A.
With WS facing, join in the round.
Stripe # 1: Using color B knit 2 rounds.
Next round k2 with B and k2 with C across entire row.
Repeat for 3 rounds total. Next work 2 more rounds with just color B. (Note: Carry Colors B and C snuggly along the inside to avoid gaps when changing colors)
Stripe # 2: Using color C, knit 2 rounds. Next round k2 with c and k2 with b across entire row. Repeat for 3 rounds total. Next work 2 rounds with just color C.
Alternate Stripe # 1 and Stripe # 2 for a total of 8 stripes. Cut colors B and C.
With Color A K18 on dpn. Turn and purl 18 sts and then purl an additional 18sts. (36 sts). With 2 dpn’s knit 36 sts. Turn (WS row) k5, p26, k5.
Repeat these 2 rows until you have 7 garter ridges on RS.
Next row: (RS) k13, k2tog, k6, ssk, k13.
Next 5 WS rows: K5, purl to last 5 sts, k5.
Next row: K12, k2tog, k6, ssk, k12. Continue in this decrease for every RS row by knitting 1 less st at beg and end of each row until you have 26 sts.
Then on next RS row K16, ssk, turn.
WS row: Sl1, p6, p2tog, turn.
RS row: Sl1, k6, ssk, turn.
Repeat this until 8 sts remaining.
With Color B and circular needle, k4, place marker, k4. Pick up and knit 13 sts along the ridges created for the heel. Pick up 1 at the corner. K36 across the instep that are waiting on the circular needle. Pick up 13 more sts along the other side of the heel, then one more at the corner. K4 to center of the heel. (72 sts).
Using Colors B and C return to established Stripe pattern starting with Stripe # 1.
When 5 stripes are completed for the foot, cut colors B and C.
With Color A, knit 18 sts onto each dpn.
Needle # 1and 3: knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, p2.
Needle 2 and 4: P2, ssk, knit to end of needle. Place a marker on the fabric under Needle # 1 to indicate beginning.
Next round: Knit.
Repeat these last 2 rounds until you have 9 Garter Ridges on the Toe. Then you decrease each round without the Knit row in between.
Stitch the cuff with RS facing. Weave in all ends.
If desired, add bobbles, bells, or tassels at the tips of all the points on the cuff.
With Color A and dpn, cast on sts and make an I-cord. [I-Cord directions: Using dpn’s, cast on 3 sts and knit. Without turning work, slide the sts to the other end of the needle, insert the rh needle, knitwise into that st and bring the yarn across the back of the piece and knit as usual. Repeat until desired length.] Leave a tail for attaching.
Abbreviations: beg=begin(ning), dpn=double pointed needles, K = knit, p = purl, st st = stockinette s, p2tog = purl 2 sts together, st(s) – stitch(es), psso = pass slipped st over, sl = slip; ssk=slip 2 stitches as if to knit- then knit them together, pm = place marker.
The Knitting Corner of Virginia Beach has been in business since 1948 and this is their second location, having started out in the Ghent section of Norfolk, Virginia. Sue Von Ohlsen, owner since 2008, is a Certified Master Knitter with a serious beading habit. Sue seems, like me, to have a wild side, and this suspicion was confirmed when one of her customers, Kim, referred to her as “off the chain.” Okay, there is more to Sue than meets to eye, lest anyone think yarn shop owners are dull. Sue’s beadwork has been on display at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and is part of the permanent “Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef” owned by the Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles, California. She also has several awards and a Beadwork magazine cover to her name as well. The Knitting Corner boasts a massive wall of Encore, pictured below, as well as a tremendous selection of “other” yarns, of course I am partial to Encore. Friendly help is always available, and plenty of inspiration is on tap. The shopping center, Kemps River Center on Kemps River Drive, is referred to as crafter’s central because it also has a quilt shop, bead shop, stained glass shop and embroidery shop all located in the same strip. Make a day of it! Oh, Starbucks is right nearby, too!
If you happen to be in Charleston, South Carolina, be sure to stop by and see the gang at Knit.
Gay and her daughter Mollie opened the store just about 7 years ago to share their love of knitting with the community. There is an open knit night on Wednesdays for you to come, relax, chat, sip and knit. Visit the Knit website for shop hours and classes.
Miss Brooke finding her spot on the couch
Your needles an hooks will be so happy when you bring home some of the goodies from one of their many well stocked walls of yarn!
Oodles of Encore!
Coffee Beenz Coordination!
Gorgeous Baby Alpaca Grande!
Miss Brooke wanted to show off the Encore wall
Besides all of the beautiful yarn, there are some pretty fabulous people in this shop to help you with all of your yarn needs.
Faye and Christine
Christine and her goodies. I spy Plymouth needles!
This is the first episode of my travelling search for the most interesting and beautiful yarn shops in the Southeast. Feel free to comment or make suggestions for a future story on your favorite shop!
Andrea Riddle, illustrator, wife and mother of two amazing girls, opened her shop, “The Yarn Club” in Virginia Beach, in March of 2011. It is jammed to the rafters with beautiful yarns from all over. Andrea is rightfully proud of her status as “the largest selection of hand dyed yarns” in the area. I would venture to say it is one of the largest selections of hand dyed yarns, anywhere. The store is filled with large name companies and many small companies and Indi-dyers. Be sure to go and see for yourself. Like me, Andrea has had many different careers in the past, but I find it very interesting that her family has raised soft-shell crabs, a licensed aquaculture business, right on their property. In addition to their daughters, she and her husband Jeff are also raising many pets, including an adorable bearded dragon, named Lizzy. The Yarn Club has several great instructors: Debbie, Kiki, Hazel and Chuck, and offers a full schedule of classes at www.yarnclubknits.com, and a really rockin knit nite, Thursdays. I have a feeling this shop attracts quite a few of the hip knitters of VA Beach. The shop is also active on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-yarn-club-inc and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/Theyarnclub. Everyone is welcome to join them any time in the store or online.
One of my favorite things to do as a designer is to revamp Plymouth’s vast collection of classic yarns. Take Encore Worsted, for example. This yarn has been around since I was a little girl running around my mom’s yarn shop. Knitters were mostly picking out Encore for afghans, kids sweaters, and toys. Now, don’t get me wrong; Encore is terrific for all of these knits. But I think many people overlook this yarns vibrant colors (thanks acrylic!), it’s fluffy softness (thank you wool!), and durability.
Let me show you my newest creation using Encore Worsted. My draped cardigan is basically rectangle worked from side to side. The “afterthought” armhole stitches are picked up later and knit to an elbow length sleeve. Did anyone say layering?! The pattern stitch used along the hemline of the cardigan is an easy to memorize 6 row repeat.
I hope you all enjoy my cheerful design in a Plymouth classic. –Vanessa
Materials: Encore Worsted: 5, (5, 6, 6, 7)—100G balls, color 0473 Light Aqua Gauge: 20 sts, 28 rows = 4” on size 7s over st st, 16 sts= 4” in 2×2 rib on size 7s (slightly stretched), 24 sts= 5” in pattern stitch on size 7s. Needles: Size US 7 long circular and double points, stitch markers, scrap yarn
Pattern Stitch (Multiple of 18 sts + 6)
Row 1 (RS): p1, k2, yo, ssk, p1, *k4, k2tog, yo, ssk, k4, p1, k2, yo, ssk, p1; rep from * across.
Row 2: k1, p2, yo, p2tog, k1, *p3, p2togtbl, drop the yo of previous row, (yo)2x, p2tog, p3, k1, p2, yo, p2tog, k1; rep from * across.
Row 3: p1, k2, yo, ssk, p1, *k2, k2tog, drop the yo’s of the previous row, (yo)3x, ssk, k2, p1, k2, yo, ssk, p1; rep from * across.
Row 4: k1, p2, yo, p2tog, k1, *p1, p2togtbl, drop the yo’s of the previous row, (yo)4x, p2tog, p1, k1, p2, yo, p2tog, k1; rep from * across.
Row 5: p1, k2, yo, ssk, p1, *k2tog, drop the yo’s of the previous row, cast on 4 sts onto right hand needle, k1 under the 4 loose strands of the dropped yo’s, yo, k1 under the 4 strands again, cast on 4 sts onto right hand needle, ssk, p1, k2, yo, ssk, p1; rep from * across.
Row 6: k1, p2, yo, p2tog, k1, *p5, p2tog, p6, k1, p2, yo, p2tog, k1; rep from * across.
Repeat these 6 rows for pattern.
Pattern is written for smallest size, with larger sizes in parenthesis. If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
Cardigan is made all in one piece, without seams. Afterthought armholes are set in place with scrap yarn, and picked up and knit in the round after the body of the cardigan is finished.
Body (starting with left front)
(sl the first stitch of every row)
With circular needle, Cast on 86, (90, 94, 98, 102) sts.
Row 1 (WS): p2, *k2, p2; rep from * across.
Row 2: k2, *p2, k2; rep from * across.
Repeat these 2 rows 3 times more. (8 rows total).
Increase Row (WS): (p2, k2)2x, p across to last 8 sts- increasing 18, (19, 20, 21, 22) sts evenly across to last 8 sts, (k2, p2)2x. 104, (109, 114, 119, 124) sts.
Pattern Setup Row (RS): (k2, p2)2x, pm, work row 1 of pattern stitch across 42 sts, pm, k last 8 sts, (p2, k2)2x.
Next Row (WS): (p2, k2)2x, p to m, sl m, work next row of pattern stitch to m, sl m, (k2, p2)2x.
Next Row (RS): (k2, p2)2x, sl m, work next row of pattern stitch to m, sl m, k to last 8 sts, (p2, k2)2x.
Repeat the last 2 rows, progressing in the pattern stitch. When piece measures 11”, (11 ¾, 12 ¾, 13 ¾, 15 ¼), end having worked a WS Row.
Sleeve Row (RS): work in established pattern to second marker, sl m, (mark this area as the underarm), then with scrap yarn- k38, (40, 43, 45, 48) sts, cut scrap yarn (leaving a tail), place these 38, (40, 43, 45, 48) sts back onto the left hand needle and continue across row as established with main yarn.
Repeat sleeve row once more when piece measures 12 ¼”, (12 ¾, 14, 14 ½, 15) from previous sleeve row. Then, work even until piece measures 11”, (11¾, 12 ¾, 13 ¾, 15 ¼) from last sleeve row, end having worked a WS Row.
Decrease Row (RS): (remove markers as you get to them) (k2, p2)2x, k across to last 8 sts- decreasing so that there are 86, (90, 94, 98, 102) sts on the needles altogether, (k2, p2)2x.
Row 1 (WS): p2, *k2, p2; rep from * across.
Row 2: k2, *p2, k2; rep from * across.
Repeat these 2 rows 3 times more. (8 rows total). Bind off in rib on next row to match cast on rows tension.
Unpick the scrap yarn from one sleeve and divide the sts (from both the top and bottom) onto double points. 76, (80, 86, 90, 96) sts.
Join yarn at the underarm and pm.
Decrease 1 st before and after the underarm marker
every 5th, (4th, 4th, 3rd, 3rd) round 15, (17, 19, 21, 23)
times. 46, (46, 48, 48, 50) sts. Continue to work in st st until sleeve measures 12 ¾” from beginning of sleeve. Knit across next round, decreasing 10, (10, 8, 8, 10) sts evenly across. 36, (36, 40, 40, 40) sts.
Work in 2×2 ribbing for 9 rounds. Bind off all sts on next round. Repeat for the other sleeve.
Weave in all ends. Block lightly.
ABBREVIATIONS: dec = decrease, inc = increase, k = knit, pm= place marker, psso = pass slip stitch over, p = purl, RS= right side, sl = slip, SSK = slip 1 st as if to knit, slip a second st as if to knit, knit them together through the back loop, st(s) = stitch(es), st st = stockinette st, tbl = through back loop, tog = together, WS = Wrong Side, yo = yarn over, wyif = with yarn in front, wyib = with yarn in back
Passion Ice is the yarn of the day! If you have any kind of Holiday party to attend this yarn is a must have. The metallic sparkle that runs throughout is perfect for your dressy occasions and everyday wear. Available in 5 shimmery colors. It’s an easy knit with a 7 stitch cast on and you are done in no time.
With only 75 days until Christmas and 58 days until the start of Hanukkah, it’s time to start that knitting and crocheting. Follow our blog over the next several days for quick and easy projects for everyone!
Today we will cover Joy Ruffle. With this great ruffle yarn, available in 4 solid colors and 6 multicolored shades, you can have a scarf made in a night. It will make the perfect teacher, coworker, hairdresser, or babysitter gift. I made tons of ruffle scarves for the last Holiday season and tied them around the gifts for the gals in my family.
Check out some free patterns you can use with this gorgeous yarn on Ravelry!