FO Friday: Holly’s Abingdon

We have been pretty enthusiastic about our Abingdon KAL, and with good reason: check out the finished results! Holly chose two colors of Bare Naked Wool Stone Soup DK for this beautiful and cozy shawl.

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WIP Wednesday: Kelli’s Happypotamus

Kelli has been crocheting African flower motifs in order to construct a HIPPOPOTAMUS. Yes, that’s right, a hippo. These motifs, crocheted in Berroco Vintage will be cleverly sewn together to create the Happypotamus, a design available for in-store Ravelry download purchase.  Amazing!

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Find Your Happy Sweater Face with David’s Intro to CustomFit Class!

Now that all of our holiday knitting is over, it is time to focus on some knitted items for ourselves. A knitted sweater is a great way to start off your knitting adventures for 2015! With our CustomFit Basics class, you will be guided through the sweater knitting process as envisioned by Amy Herzog to create a garment tailored to your measurements.

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In the late March 2014 Newsletter (Issue 130), Amy Herzog’s CustomFit program was introduced at Natural Stitches. (Please take a few moments to read that newsletter article to learn more about the program.) It is important to note that CustomFit is only available for women’s garments at the moment.

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CustomFit Basics consists of three workshop classes, plus an optional fourth workshop to help you complete your garment. During the first class, we will discuss Amy Herzog’s Fit-to-Flatter concepts and review the CustomFit program. The first workshop will also give you an understanding of yarn choices to help you achieve a desirable fabric and a successful CustomFit garment. We will conclude the first day of the workshop by getting you started on the all-important swatch — don’t worry, you don’t have to “get” gauge! You only have to get a fabric you like using a yarn that you love. While there is no homework for the first workshop, participants must make arrangements to have their measurements taken by a CustomFit-trained staff member. The appointment can be made before or after class time.

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The total cost for the CustomFit Basics class is $100, which includes six hours of instruction, plus your measurement appointment, swatch guidance, and your first basic CustomFit pattern. Yarn and needles are not included; however, we are pleased to offer a 10% discount on class supplies.

Mark your calendars (and don’t forget to register!) for the first CustomFit workshop on Saturday February 7, 2015 at 10:30 AM.

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FO Friday: Andrea’s CustomFit

Andrea — who used to be our yarn rep for Yarn Hollow and Mountain Meadow Wools and now has come to work with us — makes most of her own clothes and has a wonderful, distinct sense of style. When we launched CustomFit, we knew Andrea would be all about it.

Andrea chose a reversible stitch pattern and swatched in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu.

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Her design choices:

  • Average fit
  • Style: pullover
  • Length: Tunic length
  • Sleeves: Short sleeve
  • Neck style: Scoop neck

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Want to make your own CustomFit? Give us a call at 412-441-4410 to schedule your measuring appointment or go through the process step by step with David in his CustomFit class.

 

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WIP Wednesday: Abingdon KAL

Today’s WIP Wednesday is two Abingdon Shawls from our KAL.

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The shawl on top is Yvonne’s, knit in two shades of Bare Naked Wools Stone Soup. Mine is underneath and combines one shade of Stone Soup with a dyed skein of Mountain Meadow Wools Jackson in Fern.

We love this shawl! It goes so quickly. Have you started one yet?

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So You’ve Made a Hitchhiker…

We get many requests from people who have made Hitchhikers. They’re wondering what other shawls or scarves we can recommend with similar construction. I’ve put together a Pinterest board that features shawls made with one or two skeins of mostly sock yarn. The construction starts at one corner and allows the knitter to continue until he or she runs out of yarn.  We have made most of these patterns and can enthusiastically recommend them! Do you have any additional suggestions?

 

Follow Natural Stitches’s board So You’ve Made a Hitchhiker on Pinterest.

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FO Friday: Helen’s Red Hat

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Hang on to your hats, because Helen crocheted this red hat after learning to crochet JUST LAST FALL with Jack. This hat (the closest pattern we can find is this one) is crocheted from one skein of Cascade Heritage fingering weight.

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WIP Wednesday: Shani’s Socks that Rock Socks

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Today we are digging through our workbaskets to bring you this new blog feature, Work in Progress Wednesday. Today’s project is Shani’s Twin Rib Socks in Socks that Rock I’m Too Sexy For Your Needles. As of this writing, one of this lovely colorway was left in the Single and Looking basket in the store. The pattern is from the amazing but out of print Sensational Knitted Socks, but a similar pattern can be found here.

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Two New Mystery KALs!

As if you didn’t have enough to work on with Twelve Days of Casting On and our Curls and Abingdon KALs, we wanted to highlight two irresistible KALs starting in the next week.

Our friend Kirsten’s annual Mystery Sock starts on January 15. I love Kirsten’s mystery socks because I end up with an intricate yet very wearable sock at the end.

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And Ysolda Teague is doing another version of her successful Follow Your Arrow Mystery KAL starting January 19. Last year’s KAL was so fun, I made two shawls with the various clues!

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Start choosing yarn now!

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FO Friday: Rebecca’s Levenwick

When I saw this project in our Natural Stitches group on Ravelry, I gasped, and when I saw Rebecca next in the store, I asked if we could feature this gorgeous sweater. This is Levenwick, a beautiful design by Gudrun Johnston, knit in Mountain Meadow Wools Jackson.

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What a perfect match of yarn, knitter, and pattern!

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