We are busy getting ready for World Wide Knit in Public Day coming this Saturday. We've finalized the grand prizes, uploaded the kit to our website for sale, made more signage and dyed more yarn for our 2021 KIP Cowl. The first pattern segment was released last weekend to registered participants and it has been fun seeing which yarns our customers choose for the project. We have over 60 knitters ready to take the streets on Saturday morning and are anticipating a wonderful KIP this year!
We continue our weaving exploits and our knitting adventures. Fran has been doing quite a few private lessons and we are looking forward to scheduling classes sometime soon. Our sales of weaving yarns have doubled as the word gets out and we are ready to reupholster our shop chairs with our newly woven fabric.
The Front Porch continues to be full of knitters Tuesday mornings and Saturday afternoons. We hope that you can join us when you are in town and if you want to go out and knit, we are happy to lend you a cushion and table cloth any time.
I am grateful that the shop is getting busier; it has been a very difficult year. Many thanks to all of you who have continued to support the shop with your referrals and purchases.
Summer Solstice is right around the corner. Enjoy the long days and warmer weather; we will too!
2021 KIP Cowl
This pattern was designed to celebrate our shop’s 5th World Wide Knit in Public Day. Each year we offer an event and also a complimentary pattern during the event. This cowl is the perfect size and shape to take the chill off our Pacific Northwest mornings and is a quick, simple knit beginning at the bottom. It uses just one skein of our popular Medley Sport or Rosario Sport yarn.
Remember to knit in public on Saturday wherever you may be. There is still time to register for our event and be eligible for the prize drawings (must be present to win). Click here to join us.
On My Needles with Fran Jepperson
A few years ago, I designed a summer top called Lattice and Rails. The shop discontinued the yarn that was used so it seemed a good time to look at our current line of yarns that are especially fun to wear in the summer and update the pattern. I am having great fun reworking the it with our Silk Naturelle yarn which is a 100% Silk Noil. It has a soft feel next to the skin and shows off the stitch pattern beautifully.
I hadn’t realized what an interesting experience it would be to revisit a design. While I still love the basic style and shape, I am enjoying updating it and finding ways to make it better. First of all, I've decided the sweater should be several inches longer in the waist which is easy to do.
On the original version, the sleeve edges were finished at the end by picking up stitches all around the opening and adding a border. This is a lot of work. A much simpler (and also good looking) i-cord edge can be created as you work the armhole edges thus when you join the shoulders together, your sleeve edges are finished!
I’ve learned so much from the opportunity to revise an “old friend”. I can’t wait to see what you think.
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The group is growing as the shop continues to grow...we appreciate your support and showing us your wonderful projects!