Karen will be demonstrating how to use the Zoom Loom this Sunday, December 8 from 12 – 4pm. She has tricks to make weaving on this easy loom even easier and she’ll show you some fun stitch patterns.
Zoom Looms will be 20% off on Sunday only.
This would make a great gift for the kids on your list. Load them up with bits and pieces from your stash or buy a ball of Liberty – each square will be different.
Then I would sew the squares into this scarf. (Pattern for knitting this scarf designed by Joan Wiens can be found on Ravelry here.)
Or you could make coasters like they did on Purl Bee. Join them together and you have a beautiful table runner.
Or make the squares out of Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool and felt them for a giant checker board.
Or how about this adorable doll? Complete instructions here.
I think my favorite is this art piece created by fiber artist Janette Meetze. Read about her here.
Jody made these mittens (Pescovegeterian pattern here) last year out of Fibre Company Tundra. Tundra is a blend of alpaca, merino and silk, making the mittens super soft and cozy. I know Jody loves these mittens – she wears them all the time.
The downside of soft and cozy mittens is that after a winter of wearing them, they are going to pill. This used to bother me. Mittens get a lot of wear, so in the past when I’ve helped people pick out a yarn for mittens, I would steer them toward Peace Fleece (a very sturdy yarn that rarely pills) or suggest that they knit something like Misti Chunky on a size 8 needle (tighter fabrics wear better).
But now that I’ve discovered the Lilly Brush, I know that you can make your mittens look like new, no matter how soft the yarn. Take a look.
The mitten on the left shows the natural wear of a luxuriously soft yarn. The mitten on the right is all cleaned up with just a quick brushing. I haven’t sold sweater shavers before because I haven’t ever found one that worked very well. This product I love!
Elaine finished her second Resistance Shawl. This one is out of Cascade Ultra Pima and is a gift for her mom in Florida. Lucky mom!
Mona finished her second Indian Cross Stitch Scarf in Gradient. She used a size 8 needle and cast on 30 stitches. One ball makes a perfect length scarf. Look here for the free pattern. I love how this yarn looks in this stitch pattern!
Ellen finished her Eternidad cowl with one skein of Manos del Uruguay Fino. Gorgeous!
And Ellen finished her Stackers Cowl out of the skein of K1C2 Seda Rustica that she won at the Fashion Show in September. This digital pattern is available at String Theory. Really soft and cozy.No Comments
It seems like most every day, people are hanging out at the table and working on something. Here is what you are missing.
SoonE (I’m sure this isn’t the right spelling, sorry!) finished her fox hat.
Patty made one too.
Kathy finished her Shimmer Scarf (the free pattern is now up on the website.)
Jan finished her Milano.
Barb finished hers too.
We’ve got more pictures. Stay tuned tomorrow.
And if you have pictures of what you are working on. Please send them in. We would love to see them!
Julie’s steeking class was so much fun. First she taught everyone how to knit beautiful patterns with different color yarns.
And then she made them cut them apart!
Thanks Tobi and Charis for modeling!
The cozies turned out great. I love how different the same pattern looks depending on the colors you choose.No Comments
Annual Turkey Baster Knitting Contest
Sunday November 24
stop in anytime between 12 and 3:30 to participate
Dig out those plastic turkey basters and start practicing now – or maybe not – experience is really no advantage in this contest.
You get 2 minutes to knit as many stitches as you can. We cast on for you – so all contestants start with the same yarn and cast on.
There are fabulous and funny prizes for first and second places. The winner gets to borrow the Turkey Hat for Thanksgiving – a perfect way to greet guests. Winners are announced at 3:35pm.
This is one of our most popular events. Come join the fun!
On the day after Thanksgiving we will open our 5th Annual Scarf Market.
Every year during the holiday season, we sell handmade scarves to raise money for a different local charity. In the last four years we’ve raised about $20,000. There are a lot of people out there that appreciate the beauty of artisan-made scarves.
This year we are raising money for Hope Fair Housing, a local organization that works to ensure that everyone has the chance to live in the community/home/apartment of their choice free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or familial status.
HOPE was established in 1968 when a family was found living in a garage in Wheaton, IL. A few individuals dug into their savings to buy and renovate a house for that needy family. When other people asked for similar help, HOPE developed an innovative housing plan which was publicized in the national media. Through private contributions, homes were bought, renovated and made available to families at affordable rents. HOPE members acted as plumbers, electricians, carpenters and janitors to demonstrate how people could be decently housed and neighborhoods improved at the same time. In 1970, HOPE became a full service fair housing organization with a professional staff.
Want to help?
We’ve started to receive many beautiful scarves, but we need more. We accept scarves, shawls and cowls in any yarn (acrylic, novelty, silk, wool). If you can attach the yarn label to the scarf, that will help us with pricing and washing instructions.
Soft scarves sell first. And men’s scarves.
Every year I get questions about how big the scarf should be. A good average is 5″ x 60″. Of course kid’s scarves can be shorter (and should be machine washable).
So while you are watching football or waiting in the car for your kids to finish their piano lessons, please make us a scarf. We will turn your time into a cash donation for an organization committed to helping out our community.
Spread the Word
Our Scarf Market will be open Thanksgiving through Christmas. Please spread the word to all your friends who have admired your scarves, but haven’t yet started the adventure of making their own.
Schurmeier Jewelry Show
Saturday November 9
10am – 5pm
Sunday November 10
12pm – 4pm
Jerry and Susan Schurmeier (my very talented parents)
bring their entire inventory of hand crafted pins, bracelets, necklaces and earrings to String Theory to sell.
They use sterling silver, semi-precious stones, beads and an occasional found object to create works of art you can wear. Read all about it in the Examiner.
Pick up a few gifts and something special for yourself.
Invite your friends. You don’t have to knit or crochet, to love jewelry!No Comments
We’ve been busy around here making up new things to inspire you. Kristen just finished this owl hat made with three skeins of Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted. She thinks there is enough left to make another one if you switch the colors around. Want help with this one? Sign up for Kristen’s Pick Your Project class, which meets every Tuesday night from 7 – 9.
Kristen has also been experimenting with combinations of Knitted Wit Polwarth Shimmer and Shibui Silk Cloud. (Remember I made the Shimmer Scarf?) She is making the Aspen Infinity Cowl from Interweave Crochet Fall 2013. The yarns are a little thicker than what the pattern calls for so she has fewer pattern repeats and a bigger hook. Stop in on a Tuesday or Thursday before 3 and she’ll show you what she’s doing.
Sarah has also been knitting like crazy for us. She finished Carnaby Baby by Lori Versaci with two skeins of Pediboo. (Pattern available at String Theory.) I love this yarn for baby things!
And Sarah made the Guernsey Wrap by Jared Flood (Digital pattern available at String Theory.) She used three skeins of Seda Rustica – lightweight and cozy – my favorite kind of yarn. I love the stitch definition, which is visible even in this darker green color. If you liked our mystery KAL this summer, you will like this pattern.No Comments