Hurricane Sandy and her devastation have been flooding the news over the last few days, and I'm sure that several of you are wanting to knit your bit. The Yarn Shoppe will be collecting warm hats, mittens and scarves to send out east to those in need through November 26th. Please stop in and drop off your donations during regular shop hours, which are Noon to 6 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, Noon to 7 PM on Thursdays, and Noon to 5 PM on Sundays.
Knit On--- Val, Brenda, and Bambi
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If you are a Yarn Shoppe regular, you will recognize Plymouth Dreambaby DK. We've stocked it for years, and it's our go-to yarn for soft, next-to-skin projects for baby. It's a blend of acrylic microfiber and nylon, which means it is machine washable, and it knits at 5.5 stitches per inch. We currently have it in several brights, as well as the traditional pastel baby colors shown above. I have knit a new sample out of our old stand-by, the "Helena" sweater from the Summer, 2008 issue of "Knitty."
This little charmer is knit in one piece from the neck down with raglan shoulder shaping and a simple lace pattern below the bodice. There is no ribbing or buttonholes; the front ties closed and the lower edges of the sleeves and skirt are finished with a picot edging and hem, which looks allot harder than it is! This little sweetie was fun to knit and the pattern was clearly written with no errors---if you are looking for an heirloom project that will be the hit of the next baby shower you go to, I recommend the "Helena" sweater.
Please remember that we are open seven days a week, and we are here to help you with projects made from materials purchased at The Yarn Shoppe.
Are you an advanced beginner who is
ready to take on a challenge or a more experienced knitter looking
for some easy gratification? Let me suggest the “Branching Out”
scarf to you. The pattern, written by Susan Pierce Lawrence, is free
online in the Spring '05 issue of Knitty. Both charted and written
instructions are provided. The stitch count varies from row to row,
which makes it easier to find your place when you lay your knitting
down and pick it back up again.
I knit our shop model out of Elsebeth
Lavold Silky Wool, which is the yarn called for in the pattern. This
yarn is a blend of 45% wool, 35% silk, and 20% nylon. One skein will
make a scarf. If you are looking for a little glitz, this scarf
would be elegant knit with Debbie Bliss Party Angel, which is a soft,
fuzzy mohair with a metallic thread running through it. And don't
forget Cascade 220-we currently have it in stock in several colors.
Here is another fun scarf idea knit with Tokyo from Feza. This scarf is knit with garter stitch, and the yarn does the work. Fast, fun and easy.
Remember-we're open seven days a week,
and Judy or I are always here to help you with projects purchased
from The Yarn Shoppe. We have stocked loads of new inventory and
we've been knitting up new shop models. Stop in and get ideas for
your holiday knitting.
Tired of making scarves?
If you know how to cast on, knit and purl and you're ready to move
on, this hat class is for you.
Judy and Brenda will teach
you about gauge, swatching, choosing the right yarn for your project,
knitting in the round on circular needles and double pointed needles,
pattern reading, decreasing, and finishing. You will learn the basic
skills needed to make a basic hat.
must purchase the yarn used in the class at The Yarn Shoppe. If you
have size 16” circular needles, and double point needles in sizes 6
through 9, bring them. The reason is, depending on the yarn you
choose, , and the gauge you knit will determine your needle size.
If you don't have
needles, they will be available for purchase at your first class.
The fee for the 3 session
class is $40.00.
Class times are Mondays 10
am to noon Oct 15, Oct. 22, Oct. 29th