Epiphany 2015

We did Epiphany a little differently this year. In the past, we’ve put a skein or two of yarn from our stash into a sealed bag. Then we all picked a bag and knit (or crochet) for that person with their yarn.  This year, we decided to shake things up and use things from our own stash so that the gift would be a complete surprise.

At the beginning of March, we met for dinner at Church Brew Works to exchange gifts.

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Over the weeks to come, we’ll show the gifts modeled by the recipient here on the blog.

David knitted a Gridelin from Hunter Hammersen’s Curls. David knit this out of one skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Peru, a silk, alpaca, and merino blend, and the kicker about knitting this from your own stash is that David knit on this in front of Emily and everyone else and we all had no idea it was for Epiphany.

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Christiana spun and dyed the yarn she used to make this Maja for Julie. Maja is available for free on Knitty.

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FO Friday: Stephanie’s Kowloon Cardigan

Kowloon Cardigan by Connie Chang Chinchio is a perfect transition garment. Stephanie knit hers in Louet Euroflax, which blocks like a dream. Isn’t it beautiful?

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WIP Wednesday: Socks that Rock Obsession!

Since we started carrying Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock, it has been our #1 go-to yarn for socks. When I asked for WIP photos, everyone recently sent me pictures of their Socks that Rock projects! All linked patterns are either free or available as Ravelry in-store download purchases.

Shani’s The Weasley Homestead Socks in Hobbit Garden:

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My one million UFOs (I have issues, ok?), from top Marooned in Who-Ville, Couplet in Flambeau, a plain ribbed sock in Scumblebee, and Copper Penny Socks from Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn:

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Jack’s Manly Socks in River Rocked:

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Emily’s plain vanilla socks in Samhain:

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Yvonne’s toe up sock in a mystery colorway: toeup

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Leslie’s Happy Sweater Face

When we put on a completed CustomFit, we call the look of joy our “Happy Sweater Faces.” Leslie demonstrated this phenomenon when she showed us her completed pullover in Woobu.  The pullover is a standard template in the CustomFit program, with three-quarter sleeves and a seed stitch trim. Woobu — a sportweight wool and bamboo blend — is perfect for a winter into spring transition garment.  I now want to make one for myself in every color! Want to find your own Happy Sweater Face? Give us a call at 412-441-4410 to set up your consultation.

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FO Friday: Erin’s Sky Scarf

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How cute is Erin in her Sky Scarf? Sky Scarf is a conceptual pattern in which the knitter completes two rows each day in yarn that matches the color of the sky (I think Erin used Vintage). The pattern is free, and it’s fun to look on Ravelry for other conceptual ideas like temperature scarves or Crackerjacks that some of us knit last baseball season.

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WIP Wednesday: David’s Wheaten Wrap

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A few weeks ago, some of us went to Knitspot Headquarters to visit with Anne Hanson, and we saw Wheaten Wraps all over the place! This is a pattern we already love, so we thought, well, let’s make more for our shop out of Stone Soup Fingering. Just try one repeat of this addictive lace and cable pattern and you’ll be hooked. Wheaten is available as a Ravelry in-store download purchase and contains directions for a scarf, wrap, and blanket in both fingering and light worsted weights.

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Shop Sample Spotlight: Wee Cria in Bare Naked Wool Stone Soup

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We have a sample of the Wee Cria by Ysolda Teague in the short-sleeved version, but we wanted to show you all how cute it is with long sleeves. This tiny sized sample is knit in Bare Naked Wool Stone Soup Fingering. Wee Cria is available individually or as a part of the e-book Wee Ones as a Ravelry in-store download purchase.

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FO Friday: Carol’s Nymphalidea

Carol brought in her gorgeous Nymphalidea knit out of Baah LaJolla and Zauberball Crazy. Nymphalidea is free on Knitty and the designer also has an extended version for download on Ravelry.

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WIP Wednesday: Jessica’s Berkshire Socks

We are mesmerized by the way Jessica’s Frolicking Feet yarn in Peacock is pooling with these chevron pattern.  Berkshire Socks is a free pattern that would make the color flow on any variegated yarn.

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Jack’s Year of Knitting Dangerously: March

Greetings Dangerous Knitter,

I hope your dangerous knitting adventure is going swimmingly! I had so much fun throwing caution to the wind last month. It was very freeing to not stress out about gauge. Those of you who know me know what a hardship that is. For those of you who are not familiar with my normal level of gauge stress, I offer the following illustration…

[Click here for illustrations of Jack’s stress]

Scary, I know! Anyhoo, if you didn’t have chance to check out last month’s project, the Oats cowl knit from Dream in Color Calm is still here in the shop. Please come take a look.

Dangerously yours,

Jack

March Pattern:

February was so cold! So, to combat the sub-zero temps, I decided to knit the Really Warm Hat by Melissa LeBarre [free pattern!]. The hat itself is a simple 1×1 rib that alternates every 6 rows, but the really exciting part is the pom-pom! Pom-poms, like fezzes, are cool. As a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, I chose to use a vibrantly green yarn. Franca from Manos del Uruguay is new to the shop. It is a super bulky single ply yarn that is made from superwash merino. It is wonderfully soft and all of the colorways remind me of the watercolor paintings that I did as a child. the super bulky yarn on a size 15 needle fairly soars, and I was able to knit this hat in an evening. As always, stop in to see and feel for yourself.

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