Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 2014 Knit-In

Well, this past Saturday was the last Knit-In for 2014.....we've had a great year of food, fiber, and fellowship. Thank goodness there's next year............

Beverly is modeling Amanda's Ka'ana Shawlette, knitted out of Berroco Vintage. Outstanding work, Amanda!

Beverly knitted these mittens out of Tosh DK and the pattern is, Nord of Dwindling Frost. 

As many of you know, Beverly is an accomplished designer and these wrist warmers are a new pattern that will be released soon called, Cinnamony Mitts.

Denise has such a pretty smile! Here she is showing some boot cuffs that she knitted out of Cascade Pastaza using the pattern, Stockingette Cable Boot Cuff. 

Aahhh.....so precious. Denise states that she knitted this darling sweater to practice seaming. Well, if I had known she wanted practice.........Yarn used was Cascade Superwash Aran. Denise stated that there was no pattern. 

Got to be crazy about Crazy Zauberball yarn....doesn't it knit up beautifully?! 

Bethany knitted a Shroom hat from Knitty. Yarn is Cascade Lana Grande.


Beautiful hat on a pretty girl. Katie knitted this hat out of Bamboo Bloom Handpaints yarn. 


Linda knitted this cowl out of her own hand-spun yarn using the pattern, Birthday Cowl. Awesome!

Linda also knitted a pair of wrist warmers using Malabrigo Rios and a slip stitch pattern named Rip Current Mitts.

Love this wrap that Linda knitted out of Madeline Tosh light in the colors, Dirty Panther and Silver Fox. Pattern is Dissent.

You can't be sad around Kathy!  She used my pattern, Generic Hat Pattern, to knit these caps for her grandsons. Yarn used is KnitCol on the left and Cascade 220 Superwash on the right.

Kathy also knitted this scarf out of Cherry Tree Hill yarn and the pattern, My Favorite Scarf.




Debi is a newcomer from Colorado and she is such a pleasure to be around. I've enjoyed visiting and getting to know her. She recently finished this scarf out of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Worsted yarn and used the pattern, Furrow Ribbed Scarf. She is now working on a hat to match the scarf.

After seeing Cambra's hat, Judy decided to knit another Flora's Cap and attach beads this time. Love it!

Now this sweater took a lot of time! Fantastic work, Diann! Knitted out of Encore Worsted Heathers and pattern, Svalbard Bristol Ivy.


Carol models the Baktus Wrap from Ravelry using 1 skein of Noro Silk Garden Sock.

Carol had her first experience with steeking and cutting. The blanket is knitted in the round, steeked, cut, and fringed. She came to the store to do it because she was quite nervous. All her worry was for naught, because she said that it was quite simple. However, she did have a hard time getting the blanket back from her husband to show at the Knit-In! lol

A lot of co-workers are going to be very happy this season. Carol knitted each one a pair of ear warmers and then she knitted a bag to go with it!! That black-and-orange one dropped on the floor....it was so tempting to grab......


Good eats as always!
Diann captured first with her Peppermint Sugar Cookies.

Bonnie got second with her Mexican Casserole.

Linda's Rice Salad was a hit! Boy, we sure do have some great cooks amongst us!

Thanks to everyone for making it a great year of Knit-Ins! Here's to a very Happy New Year for everyone!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Jane's Holiday Purses

Jane has been working hard to make these delightful felted purses for her granddaughters. She started them this fall, coming faithfully to Project Help every Thursday morning. Her granddaughters are very lucky to have a grandmother who would invest in such a labor of love (and cuteness) for them! Wonderful job, Ms Jane! --Cambra



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Hours

We think everyone feels pretty much the same - it's hard to believe that Christmas will be here shortly. It's a hectic time, but we do hope everyone takes the time to unwind a little and enjoy the holiday season. 

This is also the time of year that retail stores dread - inventory time. It has become a monumental task trying to count inventory during the day and, most definitely, it can't be done overnight. After much thought, we have decided that we are going to try to do inventory and some remodeling during the last week of December.  Therefore, we will be closed from Sunday, December 28, 2014, through January 2, 2015. Normal business hours will resume on January 3, 2015.

We do not make this decision lightly but hope you will agree that it was worth it.

As always, we are thankful for our great customers during this holiday season!! 

Regardless of which holiday you celebrate, we wish everyone much happiness and a great New Year!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Susan's Headbands

Susan has been busy knitting headbands to wear in this cooler weather. She started with MGs Fair Isle Headband...then reversed the colors. She also tackled MGs Beaded Headband. Great job, Susan! Glad your ears will be toasty on the jogging trail! Keep up the great work! 







Thursday, December 4, 2014

January Classes Posted

We have all of the January classes posted on the website! One that we're excited about is April's Entralac in Tunisian Crochet. She will be teaching students how to make her On Fire Wrap using the tunisian crochet method. Can't wait to see what our talented students create with April's help! Visit www.gourmetyarnco.com for more information!


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Jana's Baby Sweater

Jana made this adorable baby sweater for her grandson using Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton. The pattern is a single sheet pattern we have in the store, Dreambaby DK 1654 Baby Sweaters. Super cute, Jana!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fantastic Frolicking Feet

Frolicking Feet arrived this week! The colorways are spectacular! We have the regular sock weight version as well as DK weight. We've also added Frolicking Feet Transitions, which does exactly that...transitions from one color to another throughout the ball. (The packaging is also terrific: a plastic tub with a hole for the end of the yarn to go through! Super cute AND practical!) Something that is good to know about Frolicking Feet: it is dyed in palindrome, which means the colorway ends with the same color it started with. This makes a more predictable "pooling" pattern, which is especially great for weavers and can be a blast for knitters and crocheters, as well. 

Frolicking Feet: 100% Domestic Superwash Merino, approx 480 yds, retails for $22.50
Frolicking Feet DK: 100% Superwash Merino, approx 350 yds, retails for $22.50
Frolicking Feet Transitions: 100% Domestic Superwash Merino, approx 480 yds, retails for $30

A note on blocking: The manufacturer suggests using vinegar and cold water before blocking and using an iron with no steam.