Sarah stopped in to show the coordinating sweaters she had made for herself and her daughter. The big version is the Gnarled Oak Cardigan by Alana Dakos from the Coastal Knits book. The smaller version, Little Oak, is knit in one of our newest yarns, Tor DK, from Yarn Hollow. Both patterns are available in print here at the store.
I think she likes her new sweater!
We had so much fun at our Picnic with Yarn Hollow last week! We are pleased that we still have some Superior, a BFL/Silk/Cashmere fingering weight blend available to purchase for $32. Also, the picnickers had a great time brainstorming a name for Rita’s new single-ply Merino fingering weight. We have four of those skeins available for $23.00
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We are so excited to announce that we will be hosting not one but TWO amazing teachers at Natural Stitches in 2014.
Sivia Harding, the Queen of Beads herself, will be visiting us on May 31 and June 1. We have a class planned for Harmonia’s Rings Cowl, with more classes to be announced later.
Annette models her Harmonia's Rings Cowl
On September 20 and 21, we will be visiting with Anna Hrachovec of Mochimochi Land! She will be teaching us how to knit a gnome and sharing her knowledge of photography. (Did you see her animations on Nickleodeon over the holidays?) We had such a good time with Anna when she visited us last spring, and we hope you will join us in the fall.
Anna H. and Jenn at the shop last year
Stay tuned for further announcements! We’re excited!
Allison brought in two of her completed projects knit with Dream Club yarns from Dream in Color.
For January, Allison knit the accompanying pattern with the Dream in Color Perfectly Posh, the Zuni Cowl.
With the initial offering in September, Allison chose to think outside the box and knit her Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere into a Mini Bubbles.
I have tried and tried to take pictures of this sample of Kate Davies’ Blaithin Junior pattern, but I could never get the essence of how very cute this sweater is…
…until last Saturday, when Annette brought in two year old Persephone.
This little girl is on the move, so it was hard to get a stable picture of her!
Blaithin Junior is available as a Ravelry in-store download purchase. Emily knit a size 3, which fits two year old Persie with a little room to grow. The sample is knit in Cascade 220, and since we carry ALL the colors, you will have plenty of choices for the colorwork.
On Wednesday, February 26, from 6:30 – 8:30, we are hosting a yarn tasting featuring Yarn Hollow yarns.
We love working with Rita, because she is creative, bubbly, and just a fun person overall. When we suggested the yarn tasting, she came up with a picnic theme to brighten the dull, dreary winter that we’ve been having.
On Thursday, she sent us pictures of the packages she had put together for the event:
And then on Friday, they actually arrived, along with some yarns that we’ll be selling as cash & carry!
It is a fingering weight BFL Superwash/Silk/Cashmere blend and it is just lovely.
So keeping with the picnic theme, we’re having some picnic-like foods, including potato salad, tortilla roll-ups, and (drumroll, please) root beer from East End Brewing! We may even get crazy and grab some vanilla ice cream for root beer floats.
If you haven’t signed up yet, do so quickly, as there are only a few spots left! Call 412.441.4410 to register. Cost is $20.
Emily came in looking for a substitute for the yarn called for in the Sweatshirt Sweater. We were pleased to direct her to the Cascade 220, and the final project turned out great!
When the December Dream Club yarn arrived, Yvonne and Sasha decided they would rather knit full-fledged mittens instead of the fingerless pattern for that month. When Yvonne finally stopped leaping about like Stephen West in her finished project, I took pictures of the mittens to share with you.
Yvonne’s are Springerle Mittens from Anne Hanson. This pattern is currently available as an in-store download in e-book form as part of Anne’s Fall in Full Color Club, and the value of this is unbelievably great.
Sasha knit the Maize Mittens from the learn-to-knit Simple Collection, free on Ravelry.
Have you knit something completely different with your Dream Club yarn? We’d love to see it.
One of our latest shop samples features a brand new yarn from Cascade, Cascade 220 Superwash Aran. A 100% Merino yarn, it comes in a put-up of 150 yards and retails for $12.50 per skein. Our pattern is the Shawl Collared Cowl by Alana Dakos, available in print here at the shop. This cowl used one and a half skeins of the Superwash Aran, and is a much-needed pop of color this winter!
Robin is a member of our Dream Club from Dream in Color. Last week, she brought in her completed Zuni Cowl in Perfectly Posh Sport, the January club project and yarn. We love the different textures in this cowl! As of this writing, we still have one kit left, if you’d like to knit one as well.