Monday, March 28, 2011

Catching up

It's been a busy couple of weeks with the Never Not Knitting trunk show and the Spring Fling sale. So, I'm finally getting to do another blog post. First, here are all of the hats (42!) and comfort shawls (5!) you all knitted to be donated to the patients of the New York Oncology & Hematology practice in Nancy's name: NYOH was very grateful that you knitted these for their patients - THANK YOU! And here is Borgie: He came to visit the shop with Alison the other day before he went to agility class. Isn't he so cute????? I haven't had too much time to knit lately but I did finish my Cloudy Day hat (a Never Not Knitting pattern, and there will be a class for this coming up in May!): See that little tiny ball of yarn at the top of the picture? That is the 1 1/2 yards I had left -- I was so nervous as I was getting to the end of the hat! I used Periwinkle Sheep Sock Dream and it is just wonderfully soft (with a little cashmere...). I had made my beaded scarf with the first 1/2 of the Sock Dream and was pretty sure there would be enough left over for the hat. It was close! The knitted flower class was a big hit - here are the flowers they made!: The Knitted Tam class was also a big hit and here are some of the participants and projects:

So pretty!!!!

The Katia Triana yarn has been a big hit!

Here is Betty with hers:

And this is Lois':

And this is Libby's:

Love them -- fun and funky!


Trudi with her Brigid Jacket from the Vintage Modern Knits book (and what we are knitting for the knit-a-long!):

Mary Kate in her Lala's Shawl made with Cascade Eco Wool:

and here she is in her other shawl made with Royal Llama Silk and very pretty buttons!:

Ethel's hats and socks:

Millie's crocheted car seat blanket and adorable hat/sweater set, made with Baby Bamboo:

Jan's first pair of socks! (she's working on the next pair already...)

Lisa's very pretty shawl made with Panda Wool:

Iryth's double knitted hat and mittens:

Christine's children's sweater made with Encore Colorspun:

Phyllis with one her crocheted afghans:

Sue with her shawl made with Baby Alpaca DK:

Deirdre's Autumn Vines Beret, made with Rustic DK:

Kathy L's feather and fan hat and scarf, made with Tupa:

Stevie's teeny tiny animals:

Rachael's crocheted bears:

Alison's Multnomah made with Periwinkle Sheep sock yarn:

Darla's woven goodies:

and her knitted cowl/hood:

Whew! Now I think I'm all caught up. Don't forget that next week will be the Jordana Paige knitting bag trunk show! You'll get more info on that soon....

Monday, March 14, 2011

Never Not Knitting Trunk Show!

The Never Not Knitting trunk show has arrived and will be here until March 25!

For those who don't know, a trunk show is a selection of knitted samples from yarn companies or designers that the shop borrows for a short time to allow its customers to see what patterns or yarns will look like when the are knit up. In this case, the trunk show are samples of the Never Not Knitting patterns by Alana Dakos that I sell in the shop.

I can't say enough about these patterns - not only are they great looking knitted items, but the patterns are VERY well written, easy to follow (charts also have written instructions!) and as a bonus have great graphics. I have made the Shawl Collared Cowl (and taught 3 very popular classes for it), the Autumn Vines Hat (also a class at the shop), the Cedar Leaf Shawlette (upcoming class in April) and I'm currently working on the Cloudy Day hat (lace and bobbles!) for another class in May. There you have it - the proof that I love the patterns! And there are many more to try -- especially some very adorable baby/kids patterns.

Here is a picture of the beautiful display Jana set up once the samples arrived:

As a special for the trunk show, if you purchase a pattern and the yarn to make it with, you will get 10% off the yarn! This special lasts through March 25. (and if you've purchased on of her patterns recently and want to come back to buy the yarn, let us know what the yarn is for, and we will STILL give you 10% off the yarn!). Sorry, this doesn't apply to yarn already on sale.

So stop in , check it out, and plan some spring/summer knitting!


Yvette's Leaf Hat, made with cashmerino aran for the Feb donation:

And Yvette wearing the Triana scarf she made for her daughter-in-law:

April's adorable baby booties and hat:

Linda's baby sweater, made with Crofter DK:

Sue's February Lady Sweater made with Cascade 220:

Kathy L's hats made with Encore Chunky:

Chris' B4 Bag:

Kelly's February Lady Sweater:

And her Gilet Chocolate, made with Eco Wool:

Barbara's chunky sweaters made for her twin granddaughters:

Sally in her kimono sweater made with Encore!:

Susan in her mobius cowl which she learned to make in a class here at the shop:

Jan's Multidirectional Scarf made with Noro Taiyo (there is a class coming up Saturday April 9, 9:30-11am):

Jan with her Wonderful Wallaby made with Encore Colorspun!:

Karen in her cabled vest made with Baby Alpaca Grande Hand-Dye:

And her needle felted buttons:

(another possible fun class comin up!)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Marathon Picture Post

Well, now that it has (temporarily) stopped snowing, and I could finally get my camera from the shop, here is a post full of pictures from the past week and a half..... (bear with me with all the spacing.... having a little trouble with my blog formatting!)

The Constant Companion Bag class with their pre-felted bags:

And here are some of the felted results!

Deborah's, made with Lamb's Pride Bulky:

And Susan's, made with Cascade Eco Wool:

I was not at the shop this past Saturday, but I found this picture on my camera and I assume it is a finished Steeked Wrist Warmer from the class that was going on (not sure whose it is though!):

So pretty!

And who knew that 10:30 on a Tuesday morning would bring a packed shop????

I finished my Cedar Leaf Shawlette!

Started last Friday and finished on Monday - I was knitting like crazy! Love it - and after blocking the yarn is so much softer than it already was when i was knitting with it. Love. it. (Malabrigo Worsted) Have I said that before?
Cedar Leaf Shawlette class is taking place Fridays, 4/15 & 4/29, 9-10:30am (working on an evening class for May...)

And I blocked my Volna with blocking wires in the tips:

OMG - so handy and so much easier than using a thousand pins and a ruler....

Made with Noro Kirameki laceweight yarn.


Sheila in her modified Tappan Zee, made with Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool:

Stevie's guppy:

Kathy L's fingerless mitts made with Happy Feet:

Sandy's mobius cowl, made with Noro Kochoran in the most recent class:

Christine in her cabled vest, made with Eco Wool in the class here at the shop:

Another of Phyllis' afghan's recently completed on her finishing spree:

A close-up of the edging that she made up herself:

Sue's mobius cowl and Shawl Collared Cowl, both made with Noro Kochoran in classes here at the shop:

Julie's Feather and Fan scarf made with Ella Rae Lace Merino:

Libby's Shawl Collared Cowl, made with Baby Alpaca Grande Hand-dye in a class here at the shop:

Brenda in her Tul scarf!:

Nancy C in her Shawl Collared Cowl, made with Baby Alpaca Grande Hand-dye at a class here at the shop:

Linda M's adorable baby sweater (I think made with Sirdar Kisses?):

Kathy L's Mario mittens and hat:

and her Multidirectional Scarf made with Noro Taiyo:
A class in this scarf is scheduled for Saturday, April 9 9:30-11:30!!
WHEW! I think you are all caught up now!