June 11, 2013
This month’s Knit Night was moved to Tuesday to incorporate a visit from Trisha Malcolm, editor of Vogue Knitting magazine as well as a host of other magazines and books.
People started arriving en masse at Knit around 6pm, which is pretty normal for a knit night. So many people came that we almost ran out of chairs! There were many knit night regulars, some new faces from the knit along events, and then some brand new people as well. It was getting a little cozy around the two tables, which was great, because I made more than a couple of new friends After we all settled in, finished dinner (if we brought ours), and examined each others’ knitting and crocheting, Trisha arrived around 7pm.
Trisha started her presentation with a slideshow preview of the Fall issue of Vogue knitting. I must say, I was very impressed by a lot of gorgeous designs. The first section had a lot of very cute cropped sweaters; Trisha reminded us that as knitters, we are able to decide to turn a cropped sweater into a full-length sweater if we prefer that style. Judging by the audience’s comments, a lot of people seemed to prefer that style There was an entire section of the magazine dedicated to my favorite color, bright emerald green! I loved Trisha’s observation that everyone can wear a dark green, it’s just a question of whether you need a yellow- or blue-leaning green.
After the slideshow, while her computer was still out, Trisha polled the audience for opinions about a selection of cover options for one of the Debbie Bliss magazines. During the vote it seemed that people strongly favored 2 of the 7 options, and people offered ideas about why their favorite was better. I can’t wait to see the finished magazine to discover which option Trisha chooses!
Finally, my favorite part of the evening was when Trisha showed us all the sample garments from the magazine. Some of the pieces looked so different in person! We got to look at the garments up close and even try them on, and of course everyone had their favorites.
It was a great knit night with Trisha Malcolm. Everyone seemed to leave brimming with ideas and plans for their next knitting projects. I can’t wait to see the magazine itself in July so I can get started on our KAL scarf project!
March 20, 2013
Last week Knit hosted a trunk show from Cephalopod Yarns. All Cheryl told me was that they were expecting all the bases that Cephalopod offers, in a variety of colors. I think that everyone was surprised when eight giant boxes of yarn arrived! It was really great to see examples of all the beautiful colors that Cephalopod dyes, and everyone found a favorite.
This was the “wall of Bugga”, their super soft and squishy sportweight yarn:
See the skeins underneath? There wasn’t even enough room to hang all the Bugga yarn. It was a lot of yarn! I fell in love with a colorway called Eurota Purple Wing, and I’m already knitting a pair of mitts with one of my new skeins of Bugga.
Did you know that all the Bugga colorway names are bugs and/or sea creatures, and the Traveler coloway names are all places? Heidi’s favorite colorway, Gallifrey, is the name of a planet from Dr Who. You can probably guess what the Beastie’s colorways are named after – beasts and creatures. It can be a little confusing when you’re trying to find your favorite color on two different base yarns, but someone told me that if you look at the colorway number on the labels, they will be the same across all the different yarns. And it worked!
On Friday afternoon, Sarah from Cephalopod came to Knit for a wine and cheese. Many customers came out to meet her and picked up some gorgeous yarns for shawls, socks, baby sweaters, and many other projects. It was fun to hear about everyone’s plans for their new yarn and share ideas! Of course, in addition to talking about yarn and things, conversation around the table ranged from languages and foreign travel, to commiseration over college admissions and children going off to college, and even to a nice chat about dogs. It was great to see Sarah enjoying our usual warm and friendly table conversations, which is one of my favorite things about Knit
Sarah also brought some absolutely gorgeous sample garments with her to help inspire people. I really liked the blue-green sample of The Clovers shawl. Of course Cheryl loved the laceweight shawl sample, Aster Nyx, and who could blame her because its an absolutely stunning piece:
At the end of the day Sarah did need take most of the beautiful yarns with her, but Knit is still going to carry a smaller selection of Bugga and Traveler, so if you missed the trunk show you can still stop by and see some of the yarn.
February 14, 2013
We have been overwhelmed by the response from the knitting community to our Precious Purls challenge. We met our goal of 75 hats and/or blankets for the month of January. There were so many people who made hats that we decided to give a Della Q project bag the two top donors.
With more than 900 preemies born at Winthrop Hospital each year, we have set a monthly goal of 75 item. Pattern suggestions and yarn are available at the shop. The hats use a small amount of yarn and are a great way to use up your leftovers. Each month, there will be an extra incentive to entice you to pick up your needles or hook.
For February, for each item donated, you will receive a raffle ticket. At the end of the month, we will pick a winner and they will receive a pair of Knitter’s Pride needles.
January 22, 2013
Don’t fear finishing your projects, sign up for our finishing class this February. This three part course will cover three-needle bindoff, mattress stitch, picking up stitches, and more if time allows. Check the calendar for dates and times and call the store to register.
Homework for Finishing Class
Make all swatches in light colored worsted or aran weight yarn. The swatches do not all need to be made in the same yarn. Swatches 1, 2 and 3 are needed for the first class. Swatches 4 and 5 will be used in the second class.
Cast on 30 stitches. Work in K1, P1 rib for 4 rows.
Change to stockinette stitch and work until piece measures 4 ½ .
Place on holder.
Cast on 13 stitches. Work in K1, P1 rib for 4 rows.
Change to stockinette stitch and work until piece measures 3”, ending with a wrong side row.
Bind off 5 stitches at the beginning of the next knit row.
Purl next row.
Dec 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 3 knit rows.
Work even until piece measures 4 ½ “.
Place on holder.
Work as for Swatch 2 until piece measures 3”, ending with a right side row (knit row).
Bind off 5 stitches at the beginning of the next purl row.
Dec 1 stitch at the end of the next 3 knit rows.
Work even until piece measures 4 ½”.
Place on holder.
Swatches 4 and 5 (both are the same)
Cast on 22 stitches. Work in K1, P1 rib for 4 rows.
Change to stockinette stitch and work until piece measures 3”.
January 2, 2013
It’s been almost a year since we met Nancy, the founder of the Precious Purls program at Winthrop Hospital. Precious Purls gives a handmade a hat and/or blanket to each preemie born at the hospital. During a recent conversation, Nancy told me that over 900 preemies were born each year. That’s a lot of hats and blankets!
Just before the holidays I received a a big package from my sister’s friend Jennie, and inside I found these beautiful hats and blankets for the Precious Purls program.
The ladies at the LIKCG are always very generous in their support of this program, and I left the last meeting with a bag full of goodies for the babies.
We have some basic patterns in the shop to get you started. Stop by the store to pick up tags for your finished work. Any yarn can be used as long as it’s machine washable, so it’s the perfect use for your odd skeins or leftovers from a project. We also have some donated yarn in the shop to help you get started.
Keeping in mind what Nancy told me about 900 preemies born at the hospital each year, we are setting a goal of 75 hats or blankets each month for 2013. Everyone loves a challenge and a prize so here it is. Each month, the person who knit or crochets the most hats and/or blankets that month will win a prize. The prizes will vary month to month. The prize for January is a project bag. Grab your needles and hooks, and
Ready, set, go!!