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cute baby, super easy blanket

This baby and this blanket  . . .

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Pattern: Super Easy Baby Blanket, easy garter stitch stripes on a size 7 or as needed to match gauge. Seven earthy colors. approximate finished size, 36″ x 45″. 

Yarn: Tatamy Tweed DK

Manufacturer/Distributor: Kraemer Yarns
Fiber Content: 45% cotton; 55% acrylic
Yarn Class: Light
Suggested Gauge: 22 sts = 4″
Yardage: 3.5 oz/250 yards (100 gr) approx.
Suggested Needle Size: US 5 (3.75mm)
Care: machine wash and tumble dry

— Only Ten Yarn Packs available —

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P.S. That’s the yarn pack only, baby not for sale!

 

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Colors galore

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Friday before the long weekend and all is well! Look at lisa trying to decide what color she likes best. Mountain colors Crazyfoot is one of our favorite yarns for both socks and shawlettes. I think I may have found my colors for the Color Affection.

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I’ll have the colors in the website for ordering soon!

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Getting on the road

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It’s always hard for me to choose a project for a road trip. i have class samples to do, sweaters to finish, my ongoing lace knitting, socks, and baby blankets.

Today though? It’s going to be baby booties for the twins-to-be. Plus, I’m trying two new products to our store, Knitting Today. They are Cascade 220 Superwash Sport and 6″ sharp hiyahiya double points. I usually use the magic loop technique. Especially while in the car. I couldn’t resist and cast on last night.

The yarn knits well without splitting. The needles are lightweight, get into the stitch easy. I haven’t done any decreases yet. Plus, I’m knitting a sport weight yarn on size 2 needles, but there is a lot of give to the garter stitch. I think they’ll be cozy warm yet still move with the little,piggly-wigglys when they get here (any time now that they are at 36 weeks and momma is dilated to 3cm).

What are you knitting?

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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.

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crochet a Ty-Dy bag

Another UFO on its way to becoming finished! I started this last year, I think, when Laura did a class for us on Inga’s Crocheted Bag, unless you speak a foreign language, I would suggest you click the link for the English translation on Ravelry. Anyways, I finally finished the crocheted squares at UFO night and now I’m ready to assemble. It almost three skeins of Ty-Dy Cotton. I know I used Gold Rush, Forget-Me-Not, and possibly Blueberry Fields.  Tara would really like to do one in the new Key West colorway. A couple of ladies in the store lined theirs with quilt fabric. I’ll need to go shopping :)!

 

 

 

 

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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

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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

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Celebrating ten years!

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I’ve just updated the website with an “About Us” page. Hard to believe its been ten years at the store.

   

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Tara’s been busy working on the Noni yarn packs page. Its not quite working yet, but she’ll figure it out. She had the Nomad, the Cinch, and a few others to do. She did say “Bettie Boop” is working though.  And, I noticed we are restocked in the Rhythm Superwash for the
Lilly blanket if that is something you’ve been waiting on.

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A new yarn in the store is Stiletto. I’ve started a shawl with it. Chelsea, which is one of the Ravelry LYS download service patterns we now support. Doesn’t it match my blouse perfectly? I feel so springy working on it, even though we’re supposed to get six inches off snow tonight! This yarn would make a sock with a little glitz too. I’m not feeling the lurex on my hands but then, I am knitting on size 6 needles. I think if I don’t start a pair of socks, I might do a baby sweater in it. Wouldn’t that look great with a little Easter dress?

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Holiday Hunt Day 3 — sweet treats in the ???? of our shoes

St. Nicholas’ day is on the 6th December, but in Holland, the major celebrations are held on the 5th December. The name Santa Claus comes from the name Sinterklaas. On December 5th, children leave clogs or shoes out to be filled with presents. They also believe that if they leave some hay and carrots in their shoes for Sinterklaas’s horse, they will be left some sweets.

Clue: We love sweet treats especially if they show up in the “soles” of our shoes!

Once you find the featured picture above on the product page at https://knittingtoday.com, 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.

The sweet treats shown in the photo above are made with Marie Mayhew’s Woolly Candy Corn pattern.

Happy hunting!  Come back tomorrow after 9am for the next clue!  All emails will be entered in the drawing for $30 worth of Marie Mayhew Woolly patterns or projects, drawing on the 19th.