We are getting closer! This is the final week of construction and we hope to open up mid-week the following week, on June 10, if allowed. Some of you may have followed our facebook postings which showed what our crew was up against. Bakerview Builders has done a terrific job. I am just starting to lay my hands on the place and started with the entry tile. I am quite pleased with it and will be so grateful when this is all done.
In the meantime, I've been learning new techniques for motif fair isle knitting. I am working on my second sample using Alice Starmore charts (slightly modified, of course). My husband, Dan, says it seems as though I have to change every set of instructions, from recipes to patterns. He is right. This is the joy of making it our own and expressing our creative natures. Many of our customers do the same which is why this shop is so interesting and engaging. It is an honor to know you, my fellow creative spirits!
I am feeling more hopeful for the shop and the future. We must all continue to be aware and be careful. When we do open, we will follow the guidelines set by the state and will let you know our plans. For now...
Let's get creative! and take good care-
MAY I BORROW THIS PLEASE
Our latest Grab n'Go Kit -Designed by Lorraine P. Waitman
"Yes you may but it is easy to make one for yourself."
This is an easy, quick pattern for an elongated triangular shawl. Eyelets, garter stitch and a chain stitch are used to add texture and interest. We are offering a kit, including one skein of our Medley (100% Superwash Merino. 100g = 246 yds) and the printed pattern for $23.50. This yarn, with its strong color variations, is really fun to knit and this pattern shows the yarn beautifully. Click here to order.
Gauge is not critical for this project and the dimensions can be easily adjusted by changing the needle size or using more yarn. Fran is making it out of our Radiant DK and you can see how that is coming along in our "On my Needles" article below.
We want to thank the designer, Lorraine Waitman, for offering this as a free pattern on Ravelry (and allowing us to use it here) and Meg Catzen-Brown for knitting the examples shown here. You should see Meg wear them!
PENNY FLIP ANYONE?
Fran designed this scarf several years ago and we've had it as a kit in our shop since then.
This scarf is knit from side to side in the linen stitch (one of our favorite stitches!). It creates a beautiful fabric that looks almost handwoven, and provides a lovely way to play with different color and fiber combinations. The yarns are changed randomly, or with the flip of a penny, and are dyed especially for each kit.
This kit includes the pattern and one skein of Rylie and Me (50% Baby Alpaca | 25% Linen | 25% Mulberry Silk. 100g = 274 yards) and one skein of Winter Silk (70% Baby Alpaca | 30% Tussah Silk. 100g = 276 yards). We have reduced the price of this kit to $56.50 for our online customers. Click here to order.
On My Needles with Fran Jepperson
For several months friends have been showing me their “May I Borrow This Please” scarves and talking about how simple yet fun they are to knit. The stitch changes add a simple, attractive texture to keep your interest. Even better, the scarf only requires one skein of yarn so it is a good project for a special skein.
I was lucky enough to actually “borrow” a couple of Meg's scarves for a photo shoot and was pleased with the look when worn but I like my scarves a little bigger. I happened to have a cake of Fidalgo Artisan Yarn Radiant DK in my stash and wondered how it would look as a larger version of “May I Borrow This Please”. My plan is to follow the pattern until it ends, then just continue the stitch progression until my yarn runs out. I’m about half way through and really love how the colors are playing out.
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The group is growing as the shop continues to grow...we appreciate your support and showing us your wonderful projects!
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