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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
How about a quick & easy afghan that is wash & dry, and just downright beautiful? I hope you like it.
Feather & Fan Mega Afghan
Encore Mega Afghan PDF Download
Measurements: Approx 40” x 55”
Materials: 12 Balls Encore Mega, size 17 (or 19 if you are a tight knitter) 32″ circular needles
Pattern repeat is a multiple of 18 (i.e. 36, 54, 72, etc.), plus 4 stitches for border.
Cast on 94 sts.
Rows 1-6: K 92, then work border as follows: bring yarn to the front as if to purl (YF), then slip last 2 stitches as if to purl.
Row 1: K2, K2tog 3 times, *(YF, K1) 6 times, (K2tog)6 times, repeat from * until 8 stitches remain, then K2tog 3 times, last 2 stitches: border as above.
Row 2: K to last 2 stitches, YF then slip last 2 stitches as if to purl.
Row 3: same as row 2
Row 4: K 2, P to last 2 stitches, YF then slip last 2 stitches as if to purl.
Repeat rows 1-4 until almost desired length. Then do row 1 of pattern, 5 rows of Garter Stitch (K every row, continuing border), then bind off and get cozy.
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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Written by Cia Abbott Bullemer on 5/2/13
Let’s knit something that we can work up quickly. And in the end have a nice accessory that can be worn on a nice summer evening, or carried along for that blasting air conditioning indoors. And then lo and behold you will find it is your “go-to” accessory for all seasons.
I know this for a fact because I made one of these about 2 years ago with Kudo. And I seriously wear it all year long. Even if the reasoning is to just spruce up your color for the day, or to ward off that chill at the back of the neck. And there is inevitably always a nice comment by someone every single time I wear it.
This one in the pattern is made out of a new colorway # 61, I adore. Get outside the box and find your favorite Kudo color. My first one I made was out of # 47. Cheerful, huh? It only takes ONE ball and pretty mindless – but not brainless- to knit. I always love knitting this stitch, Half Linen Stitch. It lays beautifully, it is fun to work, and not as much work as seed stitch or the sand stitch. But almost the same motion.
Have fun! And click here to find a shop near you!
F505 Kudo Half Linen Cowl
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Thursday, March 7th, 2013
With winter dragging on, and the days getting a bit longer, I thought I would like something to perk up the winter doldrums. This great yarn, Coffee Beenz, part of Plymouth’s Encore Family, popped onto my needles. I love the sophistication of the outcome and the durability of the fiber content. One thing I also love about this pattern is the possibilities: button it straight on and you get 2 sold stripes of color, or twist it once and you get a checkerboard affect when it is buttoned. Also try just buttoning it part way and leave it slit at the bottom to lay nicely on the nape of your neck.
I hope you find it as much fun as I did to make. It is reversible and the possibilities of color combos is extensive…hey! try it in a solid color too!
Bring on the winter-but arrive in style for the beginning of Spring!
F494 Coffee Beenz button cowl
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
Written on January 12th, 2013 by Cia
PHEW! The holidays are over, the pressure to knit something for everyone and their dog is over. And all of the decorations are put away (well most of them-do you find a straggler when you move about the house-like one over the mirror? Maybe its a sign I should keep it up…)
Now let’s all sit back and figure out a project just for yourself…I KNOW! Take that cash you got from Aunt Anne and Uncle Loren and go buy yourself a skein of Plymouth’s Royal Cashmere.
One skein and you can make this simple but very decadent cowl. Feather and Fan design at its most basic!
View as a pdf
F485 Royal Cashmere Cowl
Materials: Royal Cashmere-1 hank, 100 gm shown in color# 7531
Gauge: 14 and 28 rows in Feather and Fan =4”on US size 9 circular needle, or size to obtain gauge.
Needles: US size 9, 16’ circular, 1 stitch marker.
Feather and Fan Stitch (multiples of 12 sts)
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: [k2tog]2 times, *[yo, k1] 4 times, [k2tog] 4 times; rep from * to last 8 sts, [yo, k1] 4 times, [k2tog] 2 times.
Round 3: Purl
Round 4: Knit
Repeat rounds 1-4 to complete pattern stitch.
Loosely cast on 72 sts. Place marker and join being careful not to twist the stitches.
When piece measures approximately 9” end on a round 4 or 1.
Bind off as if to purl.
Weave in all ends.
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Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
For those of you that follow my knitting adventures, you may have noticed I’ve been quiet on the blog front lately. Lucky for me, I have many partners in crime who have great things to tell you about. But I figured it was time to fess up about my silence. I have been plagued with a knitter and blogger’s public enemy number one….carpal tunnel! It seems to be a flare up that doesn’t want to be extinguished. It all came to a head in September when I sat down with my Christmas knitting plans and tried to start my projects. My cast on to straight needles was okay but before I got to the second row my hands were numb. I shook them out and went again, this time after just a couple more stitches, pain and numbness. I only managed to get about 6 inches done on my scarf that first night. Each night thereafter was the same story. Talk about a labor of love. Even now when I look at the scarf that never became a gift, it makes my hands hurt.
Due to this problem, this was the first Christmas in at least a decade that everyone did not get a little homemade gift from me. Christmas just wasn’t the same. I had hoped the break in knitting would help improve the hands but here I am, typing with numb fingers (please excuse my spelling errors!)
I have found some good tips online and in a few spots so I don’t have to give up my favorite hobby altogether. I sleep in some very unattractive braces, they look like I can bowl a strike in my sleep. Knitting with them on is difficult too as some of the yarns get stuck in the Velcro.
Maybe someone can make this Diversity pattern (2551) for me to cover up my braces…hint…hint!
Some folks suggested using circular needles and bulky yarns. This is a great idea! I have tried it and using these along with Advil, I can knit a bit more. My doctor is sending me for what I like like to call “the zapper test” and hopefully with some exercises and physical therapy and I once again blog about my knitting adventures.
Ways to knit safely and avoid injury
Knitting Guru’s Exercises for knitters
Knitty.com blog about this syndrome and arthritis.
I have seen that so many of you are suffering with the same problems and wanted to share some of the links I have found to help ease the stress on your hands and wrists while doing your needlework. Hopefully I will be back up to snuff soon. Have you seen some of these new yarns????
I am dying here not being able to play with them like I usually do.
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Saturday, November 10th, 2012
All Ready for Fall
Needles in the Haymarket, in Haymarket, VA, after several years with Pam and Judy at the helm, has recently gotten a new owner, Marti Lawrence. Marti is uniquely prepared to be a yarn shop owner, since she has been a stay at home Mom to 3 (almost grown!) sons, has raised show dogs and horses, and considers herself a professional volunteer. In Prince William County for almost 30 years, she is originally from Western Pennslvania, and learned to knit and crochet from her mom when she was about 8. Of course, like many of us, she put it down, and picked it up again during her first pregnancy, and then again during the scarf craze. With 5 months yarnshop ownership under her belt, she loves the customers best, and is getting energized, organized, putting lots of things on sale, and ordering plenty of new inventory! Needles in the Haymarket also carries some needlepoint supplies and LOTS of crossstitch! There is a fabulous cupcake and coffee shop next door, (said the manic knitter)! New workshops and events are planned for each month. Check out the shop website at http://www.needlesinthehaymarket.com and Ravelry group http://www.ravelry.com/groups/friends-of-needles-in-the-haymarket
Marti Selecting New Yarns for You!
Friday, October 26th, 2012
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!
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Thursday, October 18th, 2012
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!
The website is www.theknittingcorner.com and classes are listed on the website. You will love it at the Corner!
Plenty of Yarn, Neatly Arranged
Less Ends To Weave In!
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
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.
Encore Wall at The Yarn Club!
Just Inside the Front Door!
Monday, October 1st, 2012
On a recent visit, I asked Jenni at Tranqwool Kniting Provisions in Spencer, NC to show me how she created the crocheted Passion Nette Seaweed scarf on display. Now I’ve written up a pattern for it! Hope you like it!
Click here to download a free copy of the pattern: tranqwool seaweed scarf
Next on my needles: a sweater with an all over lace pattern from Plymouth’s Baby Alpaca Aire. Here is a sneak peek: