Continuing this week’s theme of incredibly quick projects for those who are in a time crunch to complete all of their Christmas gifts…I present to you the Plume Scarf by Prism! I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical about it when I first saw Leslie pull it out of her bag, but all of my skepticism vanished as soon as I touched it. I couldn’t believe how soft it was! And talk about easy! The entire cowl is knit in the round, alternating garter rows with stockinette.
Leslie used two skeins of Prism’s Plume for the edges and one skein of Cascade 128 Superwash Merino held double for the center section. While she didn’t have enough left over to make another cowl, she did mention that you could easily get two cowls out of three hanks. So why not keep one for yourself and one as a gift? The combination of the Plume with the merino yarn makes this cowl so irresistibly soft that you’ll never want to take if off your neck. And as this cowl uses such chunky yarn, you’ll be able to knit this up in no time. So stop by the shop today and feel it for yourself! -Michael
Christmas is just around the corner and it’s approaching far quicker than I’d like. Now don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love the holiday season. I love the cold, crisp weather and the carols, but every year it seems as though I run out of time to knit all of my Christmas gifts. No matter how hard I try, I can never quite get the head start that I need. So if you’re in the same boat, don’t worry. You are in good company!
In order to help get you through this time crunch, we have gathered a few easy and surprisingly quick knits that you can create and still give yourself enough time to knit something nice for yourself. Today’s entry is all about this stocking hat knit out of Plymouth’s Colca Canyon. If you’ve ever knit out of their Baby Alpaca Grande and experienced the unbelievably soft and lofty alpaca, then you’re sure to love Colca Canyon. This baby alpaca and merino blend offers the same softness, while the unique chain-ply lends it more durability than what you would normally expect from an alpaca yarn.
Because you knit this super bulky yarn on size 17 needles, you will be able to whip this out in record time. This pattern requires two skeins of the Colca Canyon and even comes complete with an alpaca puff at the end to really give this hat a unique look. Personally I think it would be a lot of fun to stripe this hat. Perhaps crimson and cream for all of those OU fans? Whatever you decide, you’ll end up with a beautiful gift that anyone in the family would enjoy. -Michael
We would like to say thank you to the Woolgatherers Knitting Guild of Plymouth Michigan for taking the time to knit for the Moore Tornado Victims. This is what the note said inside the Blessings in a Box, “Hi Leslie, Here are the items our Guild knitted for the Tornado Victims in Moore. Please let them know that we put love in all our stitches. Sincerely, Vicki”
Vicki contacted us within days of the May 20th tornado to let us know they would be sending us a package of knitted items to help with the relief effort. We were happy to send her blessings in a box to the United Methodist Committee on Relief/Volunteers in Mission of Moore Oklahoma who will be delivering the knitted items on November 9th, 2013. Thank you to Amy and Susan for their help in getting these items to the Moore Tornado Victims.
Much Love! -B
Pagewood Farm’s yarn is 100% made in the USA, it is hand dyed, hand spun, and in Flora Fina’s case hand embellished. Check out our latest cowl creation from Pagewood, the “Fun Cowl”. What better way to get yourself through the cold winter months than by donning a chunky cowl decked out with colorful, felted flowers.
The flowers are all hand felted and spun directly into the yarn making each hank a one of a kind piece of art. Betsy paired her Flora Fina with Swagger Light, also by Pagewood, which really helps the colors of the flowers in Flora Fina pop. You can knit this project up in just a couple of hours with just one skein of each. All you need to know is how to work in the round and create a seed stitch to create a little extra texture.
Wear this with a tailored white button down shirt, your favorite jeans, and a cute pair of boots and you are set to get lots of compliments on your fun one of a kind winter cowl! -B
From all of us at the shop, we want to wish you a happy Halloween! No matter what your plans are on this blistery night, make sure that you stay warm with your knitted/crocheted garments. Who says Frankenstein’s monster can’t be decked out in a matching scarf?
If you’re interested in knitting Ethel (that’s what I named my witch), you’re in luck! We just received a shipment of 5 different collections of knitted dolls. However, you’re not just limited to Halloween. There are dolls for every season and occasion, so you’ll be able to decorate your house no matter the holiday. I used Cascade 220 Sport for the body/dress of my witch and Angora Haze by Rowan (held double) for the hat and cape (I wanted her hat to have a bit of texture), but you’re free to use whatever yarn you desire. The pattern calls for sport weight yarn, but as it’s just a doll, you can use any weight. The doll will just be a bit bigger or smaller. I also added a few modifications to avoid seaming in the end. Instead of knitting her flat, I just joined in the round.
So follow Ethel’s lead and don your knitted hat and cape while you’re out tonight and have fun! And most of all, happy knitting!- Michael, Leslie, Amberly, Allison, Mikki, Betsy, and Olivia