Now that we have had a few nights in the 50’s, it makes me stop and think about all 4 of my baby girls (granddaughters) and their need for warmth and Nonnie lovin’! (This little one isn’t mine, but feels similar when I get to hold her!).
A few years ago, (actually probably 10!) I took a class from Nicky Epstein in Encinitas CA at Common Threads. She was teaching edgings from her Knitting Over the Edge book. Well, the simplicity and the brilliance of the corkscrew tassel has followed me thru the years.
Hence the cute “pompom” corkscrew tassels for this cute hat. It is shown here on our little model, Gianna. She is the granddaughter of one of our excellent test knitters. Watch her grow up with us. She is a dream baby to work with as well. Always in a good mood and very tolerant of the multiple wardrobe changes!
Back to the hat! It is made with a new yarn that Plymouth is showing for this season. It is called Baby Beenz. Our Jelli Beenz has been such a success over the years that we came to the conclusion we need Baby colors!!! And here it is! We love the fiber content’s durability wash after wash after wash.
Feel free to ask for it at your LYS and print off this free pattern. Trust me, you will make it over and over again as well as the corkscrew tassel!!!
Head on over to the Plymouth Yarn Ravelry Group from 9am on July 9th to July 10th at 9am to enter our first ever Ravelry Giveaway. The contest is ONLY open for 24 hours. Entries submitted before or after this time frame will not be considered. You will need to be a member of Ravelry to participate but don’t worry, setting up an account is super easy if you haven’t done it yet and they don’t get spammy! Here is a direct link to our group once you are a member.
We are giving away all of the supplies you need to recreate the Creative Knitting Fall 2013 cover project Cia’s Striped Vest. This includes: 2 balls each in Galway 100% Wool, colors 704, 718, 762, 761 and 1 ball of 754 as well as needles, accessories and a copy of the Creative Knitting Fall 2013 (total retail value $102).
Packing up and flying home is always the saddest part of leaving a TNNA trade show. Plymouth Yarn staff and reps love seeing all of their customers and showing the new and exciting things we have coming. Our design team sent this video to me so I could see how gorgeous our booth is this year and I wanted to share it with you, just in case you were like me….at home holding down the fort!
It’s that time of year again! Fall yarns are blooming! We have a wonderful mix of exclusive classics. This season is sure to bring bold, rich and intoxicating colors just waiting to jump on your needles and hooks. If you are ready to explore, let’s go!
First up, meet the Cape Town Collection, brought to you from the finest spinners and dyers in South Africa. Johanne is Dk weight and 327 yard per skein. Contents are 40% Wool, 30% Acrylic, 30% Mohair blend.
Also from the Cape Town Collection, we have Toria. Light and delicate, lace weight 80% Kid Mohair, 20% Nylon blend. The 229 yards per ball will knock your shawl off!
I won’t lie, Revel from Grignasco is my personal favorite of the season. 275 yards of 85% Baby Alpaca, 15% Merino Wool sport weight delight.
Revel knit swatch
Bamtastic is 248 yards and 60% Bamboo Rayon, 40% Nylon. You will love the drape with this cozy, machine wash and dry yarn.
Beauty and warmth await you in Colca Canyon. This chunky and soft 80% Baby Alpaca, 20% Merino Wool blend has a unique construction that will make every project a work of art.
Next we have Just Fur Kicks, all the delight of fur without the guilt! 88 yards of Nylon/Polyester blend fluffy goodness. Perfect for all of your trims, boot cuffs and accessories!
Last but surely not least, we bring you Monte Donegal and Monte Donegal Hand Dyed. A lush blend of 40% Alpaca, 40% Merino Wool, 14% Acrylic, 6% Rayon. These indulgent yarns are worsted weight with 109 yards per ball, perfect for so many projects.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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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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