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This is the Cocoon Me in shawlette version, Yay F.E.A.T! I’m excited that this idea is inspiring projects and even better inspiring completed projects After coming in to the store to find out what F.E.A.T. was all about Sue was able to complete this awesome project in just a couple weeks. She used 2 skeins of the Manos del Uruguay in the Maxima, she loved the hand of the yarn and the gradation of color that it presented. If you saw our post a few weeks back about Cocoon Me the pattern contains two sets of instructions: one for a cowl and one for a shawlette, if you are interested in checking out the pattern just click here.
This pattern is a really fun textured accessory that uses a cocoon stitch and looks great on both sides especially if you do use a single-ply merino yarn like the Maxima. The cowl is worked in the round inside out, while the crescent shawlette is worked top-down.
When Sue brought her finished project into the shop and we “interviewed” her, we found out that she found the shawlette version would be more versatile for her and I think it turned out lovely, not to mention that the yarn color is awesome!! -B
I’ve been having a good time over the last couple of months with my felting creations. This one is so much fun! It only took one skein of Cascade 220, scrap worsted weight yarn, and a little bit of fiber fill. If you already know how to felt all you need to do is split 1 hank of Cascade 220 in half. Using the yarn double stranded from one ball cast on 40 stitches and knit in stockinette stitch until you have completed one ball then bind off (front). Do it again for the back of the pillow. Felt the two pieces, we ran ours through a full washing cycle twice. Then comes the fun part, deciding how to place your french knots. I just did a simple grid pattern but the possibilities are endless. You could apply needle felted flowers, embroider leaves or initials, even an abstract design could be cute.
After you complete your pattern on the right side take both sides with wrong sides facing and sew them together with the same color that you used as your main color using a running stitch. I went with the bright fun pink for spring as my accent, but now I’m thinking that I might make one for my sofa in my decor colors. If you aren’t sure about felting or french knots we are offering the Spring Pillow as a 2-part class in March. The class will be $20 and will be held Saturday, March 8th from 12:00-12:30 and on Saturday March 15th from 12:00-1:30. -B
First of all I would like to say Happy Valentines Day! It’s been a little while since I’ve felted anything and it is as much fun as I remember. Some of you might be wondering what is felting? Basically you can either knit or crochet a project out of 100% wool (non-superwash) then all you do is put it in a washing machine and wash the project on hot. When you remove the project it has transformed (don’t forget to shape and let dry)! The wool has shrunk and made more of a solid, stiff fabric that is much like felt that you would purchase from a hobby store. You can felt anything you knit out of non-superwash wool. Over the years we have done quite a bit of felting, bags, purses, bowls, vases, slippers, and even sweaters. Just remember when you are felt a project the before is going to be much larger than after you shrink it down. For example, the slippers we have made in the past look like something a giant would wear until after the felting process is finished. It is also possible to felt a fiber that isn’t a full wool, alpaca/wool blends will also felt, and we have even felted a bag that was made with 50/50 wool/acrylic. If you decide to try out this simple little project you will need one skein of Cascade 220 and size 10-40″ circular needles. Just go to the free pattern section of our blog to check out the pattern or click here.
The project is fun for any season just change the color of your yarn and your motif by adding a different shape at the end. We added our shape by needle felting, which happens after you have felted your project. You do this by using a single ply yarn in a different color in this case white. You add the white in bunches to the top of the project and apply by using a needle felting tool and mat. If you have questions feel free to come in and see us and we can help explain or feel free to give us a call 405-820-7391. -B
Ha ha ha, being her sister I find this quite amusing. Leslie doesn’t like to knit with yarn that has been hyped up and there has definitely been some hype around the shop about Manos del Uruguay’s newish 70% Merino 30% Silk, 490 yard hank of Fino. This is the part I love, she finally had to admit after knitting up this Iron Maiden that Fino is like knitting with butter (and she wasn’t talking about the color she choose). The light variation in the yarn that comes from the dying process gives the project some depth and texture without loosing the lace work in the shawl. The crescent shaped shawl pattern is extremely well written and only takes one hank of Fino. Leslie is a chart reader but in this case she found that the lace pattern was just as easy to read in the written instructions, so if you find charts daunting this will be a good pattern to try. The pattern is also easy to memorize and see so stitch markers weren’t a necessity. The body of the shawl consists of diagnal stripes that change direction as they meet in the middle so it appears multi-directional. It blocked out to a really nice size exactly like the pattern said it would. To take a look at the pattern just click here.
My favorite thing about this project or any project that uses Manos del Uruguay is it is a fair trade yarn. With each purchased skein of yarn you will be helping a woman to support her family. Each skein is signed, so you will know who made your yarn, and from which village in Uruguay it came. Can’t get much better than that! -B
This month we’ve decided to organize the majority of our classes around a Valentine’s Day theme. This means that if you’re at a loss as to what you could give to those closest to your hearts, you’re in luck! We are here to help. Who says Valentine’s Day has to be all about teddy bears and chocolates? Although, I could never really protest if someone wanted to make that day all about chocolate.
What I love most about this candy sachet is that there are so many possibilities as to how you can personalize it for someone. Not only do you have the option of replicating a favorite candy by changing the colors, but you can also choose to fill the sachet up with something scented! Lavender is always a wonderful choice. Along with the calming effects of the scent, it also repels those pesky moths from snacking on our precious wool, making this a perfect gift for any knitter or crocheter. Filling the sachet with cedar would be another excellent option for those wanting to keep the bugs at bay. Personally I love the scent of rosemary and cinnamon, two items also known to repel moths. You really can’t go wrong
If you’re interested in knitting this sachet for yourself or as a gift, we’re offering it as a two part class on February 8th from 3:30pm-5:00pm and 15th from 3:30pm-4:30pm for $25. In this class, you’ll learn the magic loop method, yarn overs, increasing and decreasing, and icords. So call and reserve your spot today! -Michael
One of my very favorite scarf yarns has now morphed itself into my favorite cowl yarn. This simple project just took a few hours to knit up and I have been wearing it everywhere and with everything. Its warm, fun, and super colorful. ALP Oriental from Feza is one big ball: 165 yards of mixed content all hand tied yarn. The ALP series changes color and or texture as you knit with segments of different yarn and because it is hand tied it gives you that rag effect making a simple pattern look more complex.
We have over 25 different color balls to choose from and they are all hand tied “just for you” meaning none of them are alike which makes each cowl unique to its maker You can check out the free pattern by clicking here. The cowl is knit entirely in the round on size 35-29″ needles. That’s right, the gigantic needles! Some of the fringe is already cut and comes with your ball you have to make some fringe as you go as well but it goes pretty quickly. I also love how the fringe is applied to the top on one side and to the bottom of the cowl on the other making it asymmetrical. I highly recommend this project, it will be your new favorite accessory! -B
It’s time to talk about something that tends to give a lot of knitters feelings of great trepidation. So gather ’round for a little sweater talk. I will grant you that sweaters can have a lot of components that give them the potential to be troublesome, but that certainly is not a necessity. You can still knit an incredible sweater with minimal fuss.
Now, while there are numerous sweater constructions from which to choose–top-down, bottom-up, seamed, seamless, positive and negative ease, raglan, set-in sleeves, the list goes on an on–it’s all about knowing where to begin. For your first sweater however, I recommend that you stick to the basics: a top down, raglan sweater. What I love most about this type of construction is that it requires very little fuss. The entire sweater is knit in one piece, so you don’t have to worry about seaming it together later and then weaving in a million ends. Also, you have the option to try on the sweater as you go, which eliminates some of the potential for nasty surprises at the end. Another excellent place to begin with your first sweater is to knit a sweater not sized for yourself, rather for a child. Not only does this help you learn the same techniques used in adult sweaters, but you get through them much, much quicker than you would for an adult pattern. Not to mention the initial financial investment is greatly decreased as you need only a fraction of the yarn. And for all of those who say, “But knitting a sweater requires so much knitting! I’ll never finish it”, think of it this way. For roughly the same amount of yarn/knitting as you put into a hat and scarf pair, you can knit a baby sweater. Or if you want to knit an adult sweater, it’s equivalent to knitting three or four scarves. You can do it!
So now that we’ve mustered up the confidence, it’s time to find a pattern! Leslie has come up with a wonderful solution. She knit this adorable sweater for her daughter, Charlie, out of two skeins of Ella Rae Lace Merino Worsted. This sweater incorporates all of those wonderful components mentioned above for a top-down, raglan sweater, so again, it requires very little fuss. Leslie also opted to finish her sweater with an applied i-cord bind off, which adds a professional touch to an already adorable pattern. Just click here if you’re interested in trying this out yourself!
Well it seems as though the horrible single digit weather is behind us for what I hope is a while. Even so, you’ll still notice the little nip you get when you step outside your door, especially that time right before and after work. Now I don’t know about you, but after the holidays, I’m a little over knitting scarves. As much as I do love them, I don’t think I could bring myself to knit one more mile-long scarf to save my life. So I was thinking we need a project that is relatively quick, that isn’t too challenging but still engaging, and that uses up some of those single skeins of yarn we found under our Christmas trees.
This Snapdragon Tam fits all of those requirements. There are so many things I love about this pattern. First of all, the pattern is extremely well-written, as are all of Ysolda Teague’s patterns. So you don’t have to worry about trying to decipher the notes while you’re knitting. Second, the pattern is just visually intriguing. While it does feature cables, they’re fairly simple and they don’t cause the hat to be over-stimulating. Along with the cables, the hat also incorporates these unique petals which are achieved by rapidly increasing and decreasing.
The pattern calls for Madelinetosh DK, which I used in my Snapdragon (the hat pictured is in the colorway Calligraphy), but you could use any DK or light worsted weight yarn. Personally I think Manos Silk blend would be another excellent choice. If this hat is something you’re interested in knitting, just click here for the pattern. Happy Knitting! -Michael
On days like these where it’s a mere 17 degrees outside, nothing sounds better than to curl up on the couch with a hot cup of tea with a soft blanket over my lap. And to me it just makes sense that the blanket in this image should be one that I’m actually knitting. Because honestly, who wants to knit a blanket during our notorious 110 degree summers? So why not take advantage of this cold weather and benefit from some mindless knitting at the same time?
Amberly knit this wonderful chevron baby blanket out of Classic Elite’s Sprout. Sprout is a machine washable, chunky, organic cotton yarn with a soft feel, which makes it perfect for any child. Because you knit this blanket on size 10 needles, it doesn’t take long before you have an incredibly warm and squishy blanket. If you want to knit a child-sized blanket just like the one in the picture, you will need six skeins of your main color and one skein for each of your stripes. This pattern is for a baby blanket, but of course it wouldn’t be difficult at all to modify the number of cast on stitches in order to make an adult sized blanket. After all, who says you can’t knit this fantastic blanket for yourself? I also think this blanket would be amazing out of Cascade 120 Superwash merino.
If you’re interested in knitting this pattern, just click here for the free pattern! -Michael
Now that the holidays are finally finished, it’s time to relax and focus on the knitting that you’ve been putting off for the past few months. Call me selfish, but I’ve put a ban on knitting for anyone other than myself for the next couple projects. After knitting non-stop in order to get everyone’s knitting completed in time for Christmas, we all deserve to reward ourselves. Which is why I decided to knit this scarf as a gift to yours truly.
I saw one of our wonderful customers wearing a similar scarf and I knew I had to knit it for myself. However, when she told me it was the brioche stitch, I grew a little apprehensive. I had never really tried the brioche stitch, and just reading about it, it seemed more than a little confusing. However, it was such a pretty scarf that I decided to throw caution to the wind and dive into it. And as with most knitting patterns, it wasn’t nearly as confusing once I began. In fact, it was surprisingly easy. And it creates such a beautiful stitch pattern. It’s soft and squishy and it creates a reversible, rib-like fabric without and purls! I also love the fact that it’s gender neutral. So everyone can enjoy it.
I knit my brioche scarf using three skeins of Manos Silk Blend on size 3 needles (but as I’m a really, really loose knitter, you might want to bump that up to a size 4). The original pattern does not give a suggested cast on or needle size, so I just played around with the gauge and stitch count until I figured out what I wanted. I ended up casting on 24 stitches, but as with any project, feel free to alter that number as you see fit. We are also offering a class on this scarf on Saturday, January 25th from 1:30pm-2:30pm for just $10. So call today and reserve a spot! And happy post-holiday knitting! -Michael