Thursday, March 26, 2015

Noro Kureopatora



Hello, Gorgeous! Meet our new Noro yarn, Kureopatora. This heavy DK weight yarn is 100% wool (soft), approximately 297 yards, and retails for $17.95. Twelve creative color ways to choose from--from sassy to sophisticated. Come choose your own color adventure today! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Berroco Espresso Yarn

New from Berroco Yarn - Espresso! If you like the look of chain-link yarn then you're going to love Espresso. Espresso is a beautiful cotton blend yarn that knits or crochets up quickly on size 11 needles or L hook. Each hank is 150grams with 148 yards. Retails at $22/hank. 
I love this simple garter stitch shawl that would be perfect for cool evenings. The shawl uses only 2 hanks and the pattern is available in Book 356. Now the hard part - which color will you choose?


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Yarn In March, 2015

What a happy coincidence that this month's Yarn-In fell on Pi Day, 3-14-15! In honor of its celebration, we were treated to a delicious array of pies - both savory and sweet! This was in addition to numerous other food temptations that were also consumed and thoroughly enjoyed, thus making the choosing of the food winners especially difficult.

Appropriate for Pi Day, First Place was won by Nikki for her flavorful Beef Shepherd's Pie, topped with mashed potatoes.

Second Place went to Paula for her refreshing Greek Layered Dip.



Third Place was a three-way split between Janet's Southwest Egg Roll, Denise's Peach Pie, and Tracie's Apple Pie.




It's always fun and inspiring to see the finished projects of the talented and productive needle artists who attend the Yarn-In, and this month was no exception!

Generously sharing the results of their creativity are:


Denise modeling her Noro Striped Scarf, knit with Noro Silk Garden.



Tracie is quite stylish in her Ease sweater and matching Koolhaus hat.  Both are knit with Malabrigo Rios in the color way Marte.




Displaying her beautifully knit scarf and headbands is Shelley. The scarf is knit with Malabrigo Rios in color way Fresco Y Seco and MG's Cable Scarf Pattern.  Shelley started off learning cabling with my Jack's Cabled Hat pattern and progressed to this more elaborate pattern. Excellent, Shelley!


For the headbands, Shelley used MG's Beaded Headband and Cascade 220 yarn.


Ilene displays her elegant Pleated Cowl, which was knit with Cascade's Eco Cloud yarn.

Thanks to everyone who attended and made it a most enjoyable evening! 

The staff and I are thinking about earlier times for the Yarn In. We're leaning toward 2pm-6pm. We realize that no time will suit everyone but would like to please the majority so let us know your thoughts!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

MG's Team Spirit Hat

Even though I knitted this hat a year ago, I am just now publishing the pattern. Not only does it take time to write a pattern but I always like to have my patterns test knitted. Thanks to all of those who test knitted for me!

I designed and knitted this hat for my boyfriend who is a Broncos fan. Yes, quite a disappointment to my daughter who is a season ticket holder for the Dallas Cowboys.  As for me - well, I stay neutral.

The hat is a basic stockinette hat with a contrast color stripe that is bordered with a Herringbone Braid. I love the Herringbone Braid. It's a little time consuming but very easy to do but adds a lot to the hat. I hope you show your spirit by knitting a hat for your school!

 
The pattern is available for purchase in the store or on Ravelry. Yarn used is my favorite - Malabrigo Rios.  Many thanks to Susan for her photography and to her husband for modeling. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

February 2015 Yarn In

A lovely time was had by all at our Valentine's Day Yarn In! There's nothing like the love of fiber to bring kindred souls together. Of course, food always helps and there was plenty of it to spread the love.

Here are this month's homemade dish winners....

Lil fed our sassy side with her deviled eggs. Delicious!


Kathy treated us to something sweet with her 7 Layer Bars. So scrumptious!


Next was Jennifer. She indulged our sophisticated side with Broccoli Parmesan Dip. (No, we didn't get her gift certificate in the picture. She's our photographer and therefore, pictures OF her are not nearly as good. 


After trying out all of the tasty Valentine's treats, we jumped into the arms of our true love: YARN!

Sue kicked off the show and tell with her Windschief Hat in Malabrigo Rios.



She also brought Ritalin Cowl made from Malabrigo Silky Merino. (So very soft!)



Breaking the Malabrigo trend, Sue also brought in Honeycomb Cowl in Zauberball Crazy and Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn. Lovely, lovely projects, Sue! Lovely smile, as well!


Next up was Janet. She used Malabrigo Nube roving to spin this gorgeous yarn (if I read the notes correctly, S spun, 2 plyed). Can't wait to see what she creates with it! 


Here is Rosalie Wrap, a pattern designed by one of our teachers, April Garwood. April had this pattern published in Interweave Crochet (Summer '14) using Mini Mochi. So elegant! (April recently taught a class for us explaining tunisian crochet entrelac. She's so talented!) 


Denise made these bootcuffs using the pattern Paved by Tincanknits. She used Malabrigo Rios in color Pearl Ten. So chic, Denise!


Now, Denise doesn't often have one project going at a time (do any of us?) so she brought more darling finished objects with her. These are Sox on the Beach using Regia Fluormania.


Denise's last project is a shawl she made out of Pashmina (Baroque Violet). So scrumptious!


Kathy made these socks from the Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, Basic Sock Pattern. She used Opal Smile...which makes all of us smile. :) 


She also used Frolicking Feet (in Lavendar Patch) to make Trillian. So gorgeous on you, Kathy!


Diann always has fun projects to share with us. This month, she made Waving Lace socks from Favorite Sock Patterns by Interweave Knits. The Heritage Paints Sock yarn looks fantastic in this pattern. Great job, Diann, as always!


Our last project show-and-tell of the evening was Seeds to Flowers, a ravelry pattern. Diann used Madeline Tosh Light in Log Cabin. Very pretty, Diann! 

Unfortunately, the beads do not show very well so you'll have to take our word that they added a beautiful sparkle to the shawl!

Thank you all so much for coming out to spend Valentine's Day at GYC! We appreciate our wonderful--and very talented--customers!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Kumihimo Braiding

We've been cooking up something new for our menu of delights and it has finally arrived - Kumihimo Braiding! Liz Ussery introduced me to this craft and I was immediately hooked. Here is my first attempt at it:

  

This craft is great for all ages! You can buy a starter kit that includes instructions and all necessary supplies to make a necklace or bracelet.  Customers also have the option of purchasing the disk, bobbins, and thread separately. In fact, we stock many supplies that give the braider so many options. For our knitters and crocheters, this craft has allowed expansion of our bead selection to include squares, megatomas and Picasso beads. I'm wanting to try the long megatomas on my beaded headband. So many ideas...so little time. Look for our beaded area to continue to grow as several beads were back ordered.

When the Kumihimo shipment first arrived, Shirley was thinking of all the gifts she could make for her family. However after giving it a try; she realized that giving a kit and sharing the fun would make a better gift.

Early this morning, I found myself stringing beads onto S-Lon.....yep, it's addictive!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Judy's Duck...er, Mallard...Cardigan

Judy made Berroco's Mallard using Berroco Flicker. So very soft and scrumptious! If you haven't used Flicker before, it's a wonderfully soft baby alpaca/acrylic blend with a bit of sparkle added in for good measure. It looks absolutely lovely made up into a simple, sweet cardigan!  Lovely work, Judy!