Day Dreaming Part 3

There is a good reason why I’m telling you these color options. It’s so I don’t talk while working.  I literally drive mom nuts because I talk so much about the yarn and patterns and everything! She has to focus while I be all artsy running around. This is the scene that happens:

Me: “I have an idea!”

Mom: “What is it?”

Me: “I want to do a lace shawl out of this color but not this one because it would bring out the dye in my hair and I don’t want that.”

Mom: “I thought it was something pertaining to work.”

Well, it now is pertaining to work, Mother.

Today, I wore a navy blue shirt with a white skirt (it helps because I’m majorly sun burnt on my legs).  But, I feel like my outfit is uncompleted. It needs red and gets me in the 4th of July Spirit! I had a specific yarn in my head that I asked mom about or wished he had. Technically, we do but it’s my grandma’s project that needs fixed.

So I need a new red idea to bring out the color of my outfit. While learning and helping a customer pick up stitches along the edge for a ribbing in a sweater, I looked at the Tatamy Tweed DK, and a light bulb came on! This would be cute with a lacey neck scarf to complete the outfit.

I just don’t have enough time to knit my ideas but they are great. I think if I did the color Fireplace or Cherry Tweed  with a free pattern with purchase, Four Seasons Scarf. I would also probably knit mine looser with larger needles than called for. But it has the lace look I want with such a beautiful yarn. It would cute even with a normal tee and capris, kahkis, or etc. This would be perfect for an occasion.

Day Dreaming Part 2

I’ve been taking stained glass class for two weeks, and I’m learning so much! If you have came in the store, I’ve talked a lot about my art class. Mom can even tell you how much I’ve applied it to here at the store. Anyways, I picked out the glass before class started. I knew exactly what colors to do for my peacock feather but the background was iffy for me. I picked out blues, purples, and clear to be close to the color of the feather. I didn’t like it. Yesterday, I remembered what my professor did to a poster of blue. He added orange to make the wording stand out because it’s across the color wheel from each other. I went through the bins for a sheet of transparent orange, and WOW! Does it accent the actual feather!

So color is really important, and I love it. I love to do fair isle because of the color work. I like to pick up Lorna Lace’s Solemate because of color! I like to find patterns that have one or more colors to pick and choose… and Knit One, Crochet Too has an amazing designer for their patterns to really show off their yarn like Ty-Dy cotton. It is such a beautiful and great quality yarn! I actually love knitting with it even though I don’t like cotton that much. Reason why, is because it’s dry, but I put lotion on before I knit anyways like Heel.  It’s funny though that I keep tension with cotton yarn than wool.

So the pattern that attracts me today is the Aztec Tee. It has a unique stitch pattern and is a great top to knit for the summer. All the information on yardage and color is on the website. If you click the highlighted name above (AZTEC TEE), it will take you straight to the pattern for the information. Anyways, here is my color options that I pulled out and love! These main colors also go well with other Ty-Dy colors.

Cotton Fleece Color 100 with Ty-Dy cotton color 631 or color 290 or color 265

 

 

 

 

 

Cotton Fleece color 112 with Ty-Dy cotton color 265 or  color 290

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are spunky, you’ll like this one:)

Cotton Fleece color 915 with color Ty-Dy cotton 376 Key West

Day Dreaming on the Job

A few weeks ago, I posted something on facebook, and I quote: “loves working at a yarn store. why? options…. so many options in color, yarn, patterns/designs, etc. ideas galore.” It’s true. Everyday, I find a yarn I like or a color and try to figure out what to make with it. If it requires two different colors, I’m a kid in a candy store. I love doing it!

So, I decided to share what I love to do at work when I play with the yarns. Today, I was looking at the Ty-dy Children’s Polka Dottie pattern. I love the colors they feature the pattern in as well (Ty-Dy Cotton Blue Pansy and Ty-Dy Dots Lavender). It also doesn’t take much of the this beautiful yarn.

The color options I decided are mixable. There could even be more than the ones I pulled off the shelf.

Dots color #120- Ivory  (it’s a white with purple and pink dots) with Ty-Dy colors #423 Veranda or #767 Tropicale

 

 

 

 

 

Dots color #100- Snow (cream with blue and green dots) with Ty-Dy color #699 Oceana

 

 

 

Dots color #762- Lavender with Ty-Dy color #376 Key West

 

 

 

Dots color #638- Seafoam with Ty-Dy color #631 Blueberry Fields

 

 

 

 

Dots color #218- Pink Ice with Ty-Dy color #265 Hibiscus

Anatomy of A Sweater: Part 1

Welcome to the first Knit-a-long on the Knitting Today Blog! I’ll be going step-by-step and asking questions, figuring out answers while knitting along on my Hayley Hoodie.

First thing,  get the pattern and the yarn. The Hayley Hoodie has a measurement of 32-35, 36-39, 40-43, 44-47 and you want to make it 2″ to 3″ bigger than bust. You’ll need 850 (950, 1150, 1200) yards of #4 medium weight yarn.

I’ve taken the time to find some lovely choices in Knitting Today. When I first wanted to do this project several months ago, I wanted to do it out of Dream in Color Classy. Well, we didn’t have enough purple in stock for me to do it, so I chose Shepherd’s Wool. Now, we have the new colors of Classy in stock and I wish I had waited but my Shepherd’s Wool looks awesome and will feel great so I’ll choose another project for the Classy.  Included in the picture are some other great alternative yarns: Cotton Fleece, Julia, Creative Focus Superwash, Creative Focus Worsted, Galway, Ty-Dy, and Encore. I love all the color choices in these yarns. It just depends on what color or if you want superwash.

After researching more about it, the Hayley Hoodie is actually made out of a cotton.  It surprised me but it would be a nice summer hoodie or fall. Oh well, mine is going to be wool. The recommended gauge is 18 stitches = 4″ — we’ll address that in the next post. Off to knit.  I’m ready to get mine done because it’s chilly but warming up.

Please post a comment if you’ll be knitting along with us and if you need help picking out your yarn, just give us a call at the store!

End of Year sale: Happy New Year!

Thursday starts the end of year sale at Knitting Today.  We don’t make a habit of sales, except Superbowl Sunday, but I am anxious to start the year fresh with new yarn and project choices so there we go. If you are in the area, drop in and see what we have. The hours are noon to 6pm on Thursday and 10 to 4 on Friday. We’ll be closed then on Saturday and Sunday. I’d say I’ll be back with pictures before the end if the year but Tom and I are on our own for sale days, so we know that won’t happen.

Here’s my new project I started early.  Its the Shawl Collared Cowl by Never Not Knitting (which is available in our store, btw, using the new Ravelry LYS Download service — one stop shopping, woohoo!). I’m using Jewel by Cascade, a hand dyed thick and thin. Lovely. Two starts though, cause the yarn was pooling and I didn’t like it

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—–whoops, that’s not the picture! That’s my grandson and daughter on Christmas day.

– here’s the pooling part.

— here’s how it looks after switching yarns out every other row. I like it much better!

 

Have a safe and Happy New Year! Thank you everyone, for your patronage, your enthusiasm, and your friendship. Here’s to 2012.

Woolly Holiday Hunt Day 2 – he is a jolly ????

Clue:

Frosty the snowman was a jolly ???? soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal.

Here’s the scoop: the picture above is copied into one of the products on the page related to the ???? word missing from the clue.  If you search for that word, you’ll find a number of products you can click into to find the featured picture.  It seems like it should be easy, but we try and make you click around just a little bit so you get to know our offerings and how the website works. Once you find the featured picture on the product page, you need to email that page URL to customerservice@knittingtoday.com.  You’ll receive a reply back that you’ve been entered or a try-again if you aren’t quite there.  While these clues seem fairly easy to us because we’re in the store day-in and day-out, I realize those who don’t know the products we carry might be having a little trouble.  Feel free to email us (customerservice@knittingtoday.com) for clarification.

Come back again tomorrow after 9am est to get the next clue.  Every time you email the answer, you are entered into a drawing for three Marie Mayhew Woolly patterns or projects (up to a $30 value).

Here’s a glimpse at some of our favorite patterns, including the cute little snowbaby in the photo above: Woolly Snowbabies, Woolly Snowman, the Snowman Materials Kit, Woolly Accessories, and Woolly Hats. Note, the Woolly Accessories and Materials Kits are new this season to accent your Woolly Snowman. We found that Galway and Rejuvenation make good Natural Snowy colors for felting.

P.S. While you’re busy clicking around,  I (Lea-Ann) am working on installing a coupon module in the store and working on some of the design functionality, so don’t be surprised if things move around a little bit.

Join Our Woolly Holiday Hunt!

 Once a day, starting December 12th and ending December 18th, we’ll post a photo along with a clue, on the blog at: http://www.knittingtoday.com/knews  of a felted holiday project from the Marie Mayhew Trunk Show.

The projects include snowmen, santa, gingerbread men, ornaments, a nest, candy corn, and a penguin.  The photo and the clue will give you a hint where these adorable projects will be hiding in our online store at http://www.knittingtoday.com 

Once you find the page on the online store with the photo, email us at customerservice@knittingtoday.com, tell us what page you found it, and be entered in a drawing to win 3 Marie Mayhew patterns or products (up to a value of $30)!

The blog picture will be posted at 9 AM Eastern Time daily which gives you 24 hours to find the projects! You will receive a return email confirming your entry (although it won’t be immediate since we don’t check email 24/7).

Only one entry per day, but you can enter every day for more chances to win! Winner will be announced on December 19. Happy Hunting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy One Skein Knit: Project 4

Another great gift for winter is hats! Teens and adults love slouchy hats. You can always find some great patterns online. One of our favorites is the Knit Celebrity Beanies for the family book (we keep selling out!).

If you want to learn how to do cables, the Quick Cable Slouchy Hat is the perfect one! This was designed to help a student learn to make cables. One skein of Shepherd’s Wool will do. If you love a plain slouchy, I will say the best one for girls is Plymouth’s Slouchy Hat. It’s a free with purchase pattern at Knitting Today. Any yarn you buy to make a hat will make this a free pattern. I love it. I would recommend to cast on 80 stitches instead of 100. I have a head about 22″-23″ big and 80 is perfect. Then increase by 20 stitches. When you are ready to decrease, go to the step with (90 sts). I made revisions, yes I know. If you want it to be like the male hat on the Slouchy book, you can increase by ten and add more length than 8″ total.

A man’s hat that I love is Quest for a man off of Ravelry. It has some detail but not over the top full of flowers. Just perfect for his walk in the winter. Another man’s book you might want in your collection is the Scandinavian Caps for Guys. 

Hope this piques your interest in knitting hats for the family! 

Make sure you buy your yarn from us or find something comparable to the pattern
We want to please you.

 

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One of a Kind Kits

Hey everyone! I love these mosaic patterns called the Key to Warmth Cowl, All Keyed Up Hat, and You Hold the Key Mitts. It looks like Fair Isle, but it’s not! You work one color at a time! I was looking through the bins of Noro Kureyon and Shepherd’s Wool. I decided to make limited One of a Kind Kits for these three patterns.

You can only order these kits by calling us at 1-800-426-5098 or if you are local 1-260-351-2260.  But here are your choices:

 

All these kits are limited edition because we only have a few skeins of the Kureyon or the Shepherd’s Wool. If you like the original colors for the Key to Warmth Cowl, we can special order it for you!

Pick your color arrangement, which pattern you want to do, and call us!

The price for the kits are 27.95 (not including shipping). Hope to hear you call!

One easy Skein: Project 3

I always want some thing to keep me warm. I love scarves. I wear some sample scarves around the store while Iwork.  A favorite of mine is the Reversible Cables Scarf. We had a customer come in and even tried it on herself, almost walked away with it! When mom is chilled at work, she even slips it on. It’s the perfect length and great to slide into your coat.

It’s a 6 in X 40 in scarf. The pattern says it’s for intermediate knitters. I am one, so it would be easy for me. If you’re worried about cables, don’t be. They are super fun to learn and do! Don’t say you can’t handle this because it’s out of your experience. Think positive thoughts, and you’ll do great. Even when you mess up on a project, think positive thoughts on how this will be a learning experience.  It only takes one skein of Ty-dy Socks with many colors to choose from in that category. You can make an optional keyhole (seen in the photo) or you can do one wthout. When I first started looking at Christmas gifts, this was the first one I wanted to do for my girlfriends. They are on campus at college, walking in the cold winters. If it keeps my neck warm, it sure would for them! This project is still on my bucket list to give to my friends.

We aim to please! If you don’t see what you’re looking for online, please call us! We’d be happy to help! 1-800-426-5098 or for locals: 351-2260