Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Updated Headband

As I mentioned before, I have been spending time updating patterns that were written several years.  The latest one to update is my beaded headband. I can remember when I first started designing this headband; it threw me for a loop. I knew of only two ways to use beads with knitting. One method had the bead sitting between two stitches. The other method involved pulling the stitch through the bead with a crochet hook.  The problem was, either method would have the bead exposed to the scalp. Who wants beads rubbing against their scalp? So I sat with needles, yarn, and beads, played around for awhile, and eventually came up with the slip stitch bead stitch. The bead sits on top of the stitch formed thus eliminating any exposure of beads on the inside. I'm sure this technique was already being used somewhere, but unfortunately, I couldn't find anything on the internet or in books.  I replaced the discontinued yarn in the old pattern with Cascade 220 Superwash.

Now, everyone knows I'm an OSU fan, but to show that I love all Oklahoma teams........

Pattern can be purchased on Ravelry or in the store. Also, we will be having a class on Oct. 25th, from 2-4pm. Check out our class page for more info or call the store. 

On a side note - thanks go out to Kathy Medgaarden for modeling and our photographer, Jennifer Bass!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Colors!

We have new colors in a variety of our standard yarns. 

First up is lemon-lime in Fluormania. This vibrant yarn is perfect for the teens and pre-teens on your Christmas knitting list! There are five other Fluor-iffic colors to choose from, as well. Approx. 460 yards, 75% wool, 25% polyamid, fingering weight, retails for $16.95. 

Next is Tokyo. I love how many options ther are for this novelty yarn! It's looks stunning alone, yet packs a punch when combined with other yarns. We've added a few vibrant colors to go with our  already large selection of classy hues. Each ball has 170 yards and retails for $11. I especially like the orange. Thunder up OR cheer for the Cowboys! Note: the top color is not teal in person. It's emerald green. Gorgeous! 

When I came in today, Cotton Supreme Batik in Jumping Jacks was the first thing that caught my eye. Jumping Jacks has a playful look with white, pink, purple, brown and mint. It combines nicely with several of our solid Cotton Supreme colors. 180 yards of 100% cotton, retails for $9.50. 

Last, but not least, we have Poems Silk in colors by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton. Provence is a mix of violets and russet, and Santa Fe is a reflection of desert browns and blue sky. Either would look stunning in an Entrelac project! Each skein has 109 yards of 75% wool, 25% silk and retails for $9. 

If these colors aren't inspiration enough, stop by and see what other colors we have in these and other yarns! You'll be making something fabulous in no time! 


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Malabrigo Trunk Show

All this month, we will have a Malabrigo Trunk Show. Projects displayed are from various Malabrigo books and are made of a variety of Malabrigo yarns. Come check them out! You may be inspired to start your Christmas knitting early...or to make something for yourself! 

Photo: Just a sampling of the projects displayed. Come in to see them all!

Charlene's Toddler Sweater

Charlene brought in this adorable toddler sweater in Malabrigo Rios in Lettuce. Thanks for sharing, Charlene! Wonderful job!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pam's Sweater

Pam has been busy...again! She made this lovely sweater from Cascade 220. The only note I have on the pattern is that it was by P. Straker. Gorgeous work, Pam! Thanks for sharing!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

July 2014 Knit-In

The Knit-In was so much fun this past weekend that my face was sore from laughing. Of course, how could it not be with good food and company?!  I think everyone left with a stomach hurting from eating too much!

The top 3 best dishes were as follows:
Terri won first place for her Pound Cake.

This was Kathy's very first Knit-In and she won second place for her Tabouli. 

Karen wind third place for her Parmesan Crisps.

A lot of Show 'N Tell this month -

Diann knitted these beautiful socks out of Ella Rae Lace Merino. 

She also knitted this beautiful sock out of Berroco Sox yarn. 

Carol knitted this beautiful shawl out of Schaefer Susan yarn. She ran short of yarn so her friend, Shirley, spun her some yarn to match for the bind-off edge. What a friend!

Love this wrap that Carol knitted out of Beaded Silk Jewel yarn. She plans to gift it, but not sure if I may mention who the lucky recipient is........

Pat knitted this sweet little dress using the pattern, Her First Dress, and the yarn is Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton. 

Cheryl knitted the Bubble Cowl using Berroco Vintage yarn. 

Can we say, "aahhhh"? This adorable sweater is knitted with Cascade Sport Paints using the Puddin' Sweater pattern. Precious!

Karen is a relatively new knitter who has caught on quickly!  She recently knitted the pattern, Age of Brass & Steam, using Cascade Heritage Silk yarn.

 Karen displays her hat that she knitted with the Cascade 220 yarn that she won at the last Knit-In. 

She had enough yarn leftover from the above hat to knit this little baby hat. How cute!

Knitcol yarn has been really popular for making hats because of the wonderful patterns it makes. Karen knitted this hat using the colorway, Fancy.
Carol shows the hat she knitted out of Knitcol in the new colorway, Munch Fancy. Great job, Carol!
Crocheted Necklace that Cambra made out of our new yarn, Couture, for the display at the shop. Couture already has the beads in it, so this project works up quickly. 

This lovely cowl was designed by Cambra and will be offered as a free handout with purchase of yarn. Yarn is Malabrigo Lace. 

Cambra has been trying her hand at designing and recently designed this sweater for her son. She used Malabrigo Rios yarn (good choice!). Great job, Cambra!

Cambra loves knitting socks and recently played with colorwork. The pattern is out of the book, The Ultimate Sock Book. 

Karen knitted this sweater using the pattern, Featherweight, and the yarn, Silk Garden Sock. Now that's a lot of knitting! Btw, thanks for making my favorite cheese spread last night. I can eat it by the spoonful! Well, okay, I do eat it by the spoonful. ;-)

Diann loves the ease of knitting the Puddin' Sweater, so much so that she recently knitted two of them. Love this version using Bamboo Pop yarn in the Happy Birdie color way.

Diann was wanting a larger version so she used a larger needle size and made the length longer. Turned out great! Yarn is Uptown DK, color - Parfait.

April saw Martha's shawl, that is on display at the store, and decided to knit her own. The yarn is Noro Sekku (discontinued but we still have some) and the pattern, Katy Jubilee. Judging by the Sekku sold last night, I think we'll see more versions at future Knit-Ins. 
Kathy knitted this baby afghan out of Encore Worsted yarn and used the pattern, Outline Boxes Afghan. There's going to be a lucky little boy!

Love this new cowl that Beverly has designed. Her pattern is called, Positive Slope Cowl, and should be released in August.  The cowl uses Malabrigo Lace yarn in two different colors plus 15 grams of beads (do not know size). beautiful! Lynda crocheted this stunning work of art using Cascade 220 and the pattern, Ruby Hexagon Blanket. Can you imagine the number of yarn ends to be woven??

Guess what  - Malabrigo Trunk Show will be displayed at the August's Knit-In!  Oh yeah..... 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sweet Baby Blankets

Cheryl B. made these lovely baby blankets from Marble Chunky. Both patterns can be found on Ravelry. 

The first is Baby Blanket 003 by Valenitina. 

The second is Baby Fan Blanket by Rena P. Jones. 
Beautiful work, Cheryl!