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! 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

My First Regia

Oh, it's so cute, I can't stand it! We received twelve colors of My First Regia, a Superwash sock yarn that is perfect for making an infant hat. Each mini-skein has 115 yards of 75% Superwash wool, 25% nylon and retails for $3.95. Anyone need some baby socks? :) --Cambra


Dr Thom's Scarf

Dr Thom made this wonderful scarf from Vintage DK. It's a tubular knit of his own design. Very handsome (and the scarf, too)! 


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Simple Relaxing Knit

Sometimes I like a simple relaxing pattern to knit at the end of a long day.....and this snood fits the bill. I was afraid at first that just knitting around and around would put me to sleep. However the feel of the Kidsilk Haze and the changing of colors kept enough interest. The snood is worked double-stranded and the Kidsilk Haze's grab makes working from both ends super easy. If you're a beginner, you can do this!! Pattern: Ombre Cowl Hood

Friday, January 16, 2015

Frolicking Feet Transitions

Love Frolicking Feet Transitions? We got some more this week! MG made a shawl to inspire you. :) 
--Cambra