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Four Colour Log Cabin Baby Blanket

This is the perfect gift for your new little favorite someone! A quick and cute knit this very simple pattern requires very little concentration, the yarn is very soft and machine washable.  Who wouldn’t want to knit this project up?!  Although I didn’t knit the one in the photograph, I have to admit I am a little jealous that Leslie found this pattern before I did and got to use our new stock of Rowan All Seasons Cotton first.  Well you can’t win every time, and the good news is we still have a awesome stock so I’m sure I will use it sooner than later.  The All Seasons Cotton is a wonderfully soft cotton blend of 60% cotton and 40% acrylic.

I love that it has the 3-S’s, if you don’t know what that is it means it’s squishy, springy, and spongy all in one yarn ;)  I like that the pattern is a simple knit.  As long as you know how to knit and can pick up stitches you are ready to knit this pattern.  If any of that scares you just come to the shop and we can help.  If you are interested in the pattern it’s free just click here and you are ready to go.   If you are interested in an in depth presentation on the yarn and pattern don’t forget to join us for our F.E.A.T. Wednesday, July 2nd from 1:00pm-2:00pm.  Click here to find out more about this F.E.A.T. meeting. -B

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Rubbish Bag

So you might remember the Rubbish Bag from when it made its debut last summer.  Well, it’s making a splash again this summer as well!  Last year we knit the Rubbish Bag out of Seedling, a 100% organic cotton by Classic Elite Yarns.  While this textured cotton made a perfect choice for this bag, we have some even more exciting options available this summer!  We recently received a shipment of Noro’s Taiyo featuring 12 beautiful colorways, and I knew as soon as I saw it that it would make a stunning bag.  Each skein showcases  an entirely unique look, allowing your bag to have a one-of-a-kind appearance.

The original purpose of the bag was to corral the abundance of plastic grocery bags that seem to multiply underneath my kitchen sink.  However, while the bag completed this task wonderfully, it is such a cute design that you could easily adapt it to accompany you on your day t0 day errands.  And because the gauge for this project is irrelevant, you could even play with different yarn weights and needle sizes to create your own take on this fun bag.

If you’re interested in knitting one of these for yourself, just click here for the pattern!  We are also offering a two part class for this bag on Saturday, July 12th from 10:30am-12:00pm and Saturday, July 19th from 10:30am-11:30am.  The cost for the class is $25 and does not include the cost of the materials.  You will learn all about picking up stitches, yarn overs, k2togs, and icords.  See you there! -Michael

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Espenson

If you haven’t seen Espenson yet, don’t let the yarn get away.  We just received a new shipment of Berroco Linsey a 64% cotton, 36% linen blend.  It is available in solids as well as gently shifting multicolored shades and is a ultra soft yarn for summer.  The free pattern is a great beginner garment or a fun relaxing knit just click here to take a look at the pattern.

The shape of this tee works well with any body type, wear it with your favorite jeans, a skirt, or it would even be cute with leggings, especially if you lengthened it just a touch.  The pattern is easily adjusted being knit in one piece from one side to the other, vertically then seamed up the sides.  Several people are knitting it by casting on more stitches to lengthen the top and then leaving the width the same.  The one photographed is knit in a small and took 8 different colors of Linsey.

You can’t go wrong with your color selection even a completely solid Espenson would be cute.  Remember to take into consideration when selecting your size that the garment was designed to be oversized and drapey.  Not sure about your size?  Come by the store and try on our model garment. -B

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A Hint of Crochet Blanket

What would it be like to knit a stockinette stitch center with a granny square border? Um, Cute!  This is a really quick project that combines all of your talents into one fun little blanket.  The great thing about this is the size can be adjusted easily to fit any size child or adult.  The one photographed is great for a car seat blanket.  It is also a fantastic stash buster.  We used 4 colors of Berroco Vintage in the worsted weight.  It only takes two of the main color and then I only had to purchase the blue because I had left over red and yellow in my stash at home.

You can also use different types of yarn.  I had seriously considered using the Cascade 220 superwash as my main color and then using Noro Silk Garden as my border.  Some of you Silk Garden lovers may have multiple different colors stashed away and you could mix and match to make a beautiful border.  The possibilities are endless.

On a finishing note, you will notice that even after you have added the border the project will still want to roll because of the body being stockinette stitch, it will get better after you block it.  If you want to try this pattern just click here or go to the free pattern section of our blog.  If you have questions please feel free to stop by the store, we would love to help! -B

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Drop Stitch Scarf

Summer has arrived!  But the humid, 90 degree weather shouldn’t mean that we stop knitting.  Who is the sun to tell us when we can and cannot knit?  I say we rally with our needles and show the sun just what we’re made of!  Besides, it seems that, no matter how oppressing the heat is outside, the incessant air conditioning inside is always trying to freeze us.  So what are we to do?  Why, knit light-weight scarves of course! These colorful cotton scarves are just the thing to stave off the chill of the A/C while giving a splash of color to our wardrobe.

What I love most about this scarf is that it gives you the opportunity to fearlessly drop stitches off your needle and revel in the feeling of being a knitting rebel.  Some of us knit in constant fear of dropping stitches from our needle tips.  However, this scarf requires it!  Another wonderful characteristic of this scarf is the speed with which it’s completed.  You could easily finish knitting this scarf in an afternoon or two, making this scarf perfect for gifts.

I knit this scarf out of Lang Yarns’ Sol Dégradé using size US 10 straight needles.  Let me emphasize the straight needles once more.  While it’s not impossible to knit this scarf using circulars, for everyone’s sanity, I would highly recommend using straights.  I made the mistake once of trying this out on my circulars and it created a rather hostile environment.  After all, knitting should be relaxing.  And with such beautiful yarn, why waste time knitting with angry thoughts?  So grab some straight needles and enjoy all of the lovely colors offered in this yarn.  Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention that we are offering a class on this scarf this weekend!  So if this scarf intimidates you at all, or if you just want to hang out with some awesome people and knit, join us on Saturday, June 7th from 10:30am-12:3opm!  See you there! -Michael

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