January 24, 2023
If you missed the first batch of Lumos Knitting Lights, they're back! My current favorite use for mine is knitting in the car on the way to work (the amber setting is perfect for this), but there are so many potential uses--during a power outage, while camping, summer evenings on the porch, watching a movie at home when a dark environment is preferred.... And having spent a fair bit of time around ultra runners who use headlamps while running at night, I really appreciate that the Lumos lights let you direct the light so that it doesn't blind others.
Find them in stock here!
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Join us around the big table for a couple of hours of convivial stitching.
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Pattern here. This KAL will be self-directed, but please feel free to join in on Saturday social stitching, or to reach out for assistance. The beginning steps are well-designed and explained, but the cardigan starts out a bit differently than most, and I am happy to field questions! Recommended gauge is 20 stitches / 4"--lots of options will work for this! (Lore, Loch Lomond, Tosh DK, Encore, Lanas, Ultra Wool, Rios, Forge, Woolstok...)
The arrival of a large box from Blue Sky Fibers means that we have 26 out of 27 colors of Woolstok in stock--which prompted me to take a look at some of my past projects using it. It is so versatile--I find it works equally well for projects that call for a DK or Worsted weight. It's a non-superwash that shows texture and cables, and it's also wonderful for colorwork. (Especially since the palette is so gorgeous.) (And the big 150g / 370 yard hanks are available in two more colors--Dark Chocolate and Loon Lake!)
Some of my projects have included:
Stripes! I love this sweater--cozy and cheerful in equal measure.
Everyday Cardigan DK This pattern is the lighter weight version of the first sweater I ever knit!
Boho Style Mosaic Shawl This one is easier than it looks--the colorwork border is mosaic knitting, so there is only one color being knit on each row.
Fernet Branca A pullover from Thea Colman, this one combines cables with texture, and I should change out the mannequin that wears it, so that *I* can!
Milda A sweet Valentine's Day design, this knit up quickly in just two skeins.
Speaking of Valentine's Day, some new Stitch Stoppers arrived, including a few extra sweet designs. In addition to using them as intended--to keep your stitches from slipping off the ends of the needles, I also like to pop them on the ends of a couple of double pointed needles when I need some short straight needles, as for the Sophie Scarf. (Shown here in progress using Dream in Color Lamb & Goat held with Billy Kid Silk.)
Oh! and these are only available in store (trust me, none of us wants to deal with the dimensional weight shipping on these), but I found a source for the BIG (24" x 24") blocking mats I like to use. I have them priced individually at $8 each, and I've found that four is enough to block all but the very largest items.
And speaking of Berroco, if you subscribe to their KnitBits newsletter, you'll have seen that they are hosting a social media make-along featuring hats made with any Berroco or partner brand (WoolAddicts, Lopi, Amano) yarn. See above for details, including how you can download a hat pattern of your choice from Berroco.com!
Not a subscriber? Sign up here--they really do a great job with it. And remember, if there's a project that takes your fancy but we don't carry that particular yarn, we can get it to you via the 1-2-3 Drop Ship program for an $8 fee that includes all shipping costs.
A quick follow up on last week's survey about the Cocoknits Method: your collective responses were interesting, and I think we'll add a Cocoknits KAL soon. (I'd like to do some prep first to provide the best support I can.) If you didn't complete the (short) survey last week, it's still open, and you can complete it here.
January 10, 2023
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