WIP Wednesday: Shani’s Ivy Vest

Shani is making an Ivy Vest in Dream in Color Classy in Happy Forest.

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When she’s put all the pieces together, the vest will look like this!

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We’re Closed for Memorial Day

We’re closed today so that our staff may spend time with their families. We thank all our veterans and active military for their service, and hope that you all have a safe holiday!

See you on Tuesday!

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FO Friday: Marc’s Old Forge

This Old Forge pattern from back in the days of Stephen West’s more restrained design period has been updated with Marc’s fun color choices in Malabrigo Worsted and Rios.  It’s stunning!

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WIP Wednesday: Andrea’s Sandpiper Shawl

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Andrea has been hard at work coordinating her knitwear with her shoes and the Sandpiper Shawl by Laura Aylor. The original pattern calls for three colors of yarn, but Andrea chose one of the new gradient packs from Wonderland yarns and supplemented with three colors of Socks that Rock lightweight. I can’t wait to see the finished project and maybe start one for myself! The pattern is available as a Ravelry in-store download purchase.

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Shop Sample Spotlight: Jessica’s Colors of Kauai

Today’s post is brought to you by Guest Blogger Jessica:

I made this sweater to show off the gorgeous tonal colors of Dream in Color’s kettle-dyed Classy yarn. The kettle-dyed colorways we carry are on the new Classy base, which is much softer, and although it claims to still be a worsted, I found it knit much more comfortably at a DK gauge. The pattern I picked is “Colors of Kauai” by Hanna Maciejewska, a cropped cardigan with a little bit of lacey detailing. It works great for a tonal yarn like the one I used, but it would also be very pretty in a solid.

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I wish I could say that the knitter and the pattern matched as harmoniously as the yarn and the pattern. The knitting isn’t very difficult, but the pattern features a number of sweater construction techniques I haven’t encountered before, including a contiguous method using a provisional cast on and short-row sleeve shaping. Despite my struggles, though, once I got the knitting done and all the buttons in place and finally tried it on, I was really pleased with how it came out. I’d recommend the pattern for adventurous knitters interested in expanding their sweater-knitting skills. You may find that some of the techniques Hanna Maciejewska uses suit you perfectly!

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FO Friday: Lucille’s Granny Square Blanket

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Please admire Lucille’s beautiful blanket crocheted from Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted! We love Lucille’s color sense with her granny squares.

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WIP Wednesday: Kelli’s Mitered Stripes Baby Sweater

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Kelli is working on a Mitered Striped Baby Sweater in Uptown Worsted for her new(ish) nephew. The crochet pattern is available for free on the Caron website.

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Jack’s Year of Knitting Dangerously: May

Greetings Dangerous Knitter,

It’s time for a bit of honesty. Gather ’round. the last two projects were so quick and fun that I finished them both in March. So, naturally, three days before the beginning of May I realized that I hadn’t started this month’s project yet. Picture that scene from Home Alone…you know the one with the after shave? Yes, that was me!! Then I remembered that we aren’t stressing about knitting this year, and that calmed me WAY down. Plus, I got to do one of my favorite things…spend hours at Natural Stitches touching yarn and deciding which beautiful skein to choose for our next project.

We are starting to gather quite a collection of dangerously knitted samples here at Natural Stitches. Last month’s Camp Out Fingerless Mitts by Tante Ehm were super fun to knit. Plus, we learned several cool construction techniques because of the quirky design. Don’t forget to stop by and take a look!

Dangerously yours,

Jack

May Pattern:

Continuing with the quirky construction theme, this month I have chosen Susie Rogers’ Reading Mitts by Susie Rogers. These mitts sport a neat picot edge at both the bottom and top cuffs. The picot is created with an easy yarn over knit 2 together row that you later turn under and stitch to the inside. It’s like magic, and the results are so stunning!! The rest of the mitt is mostly stockinette with a garter lace section at the top and bottom near the picot edges. No need to worry about doing lace if this is your first time, because the lace section uses the same pattern that was used in the picot edge.

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To knit this pattern, I used a skein of Tor DK from Yarn Hollow. What can I say about the colorways of this yarn? I have exactly two words…GOR – GEOUS! I chose a vibrant rust color that is reminiscent of a beautiful summer sunset, but Yarn Hollow dyes this yarn in a wide array of rich, tonal colors. Additionally, Tor DK is a superwash yarn, so not only is it beautiful, but it is also easy to care for. As always, stop in to the shop to see this month’s project and all of the others so far.

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TTL Mystery Shawl 2015: Details & Fun Photo Essay!

When Kirsten Kapur announced her 2015 Through the Loops Mystery Shawl Knit-Along, we were pretty ecstatic (but when it comes to Kirsten’s designs, when aren’t we ecstatic?).  We’ve had a lot of fun participating in these projects, and seeing all of the different results from the same pattern.

This year’s shawl is a two color half-pi shawl, with large blocks of color.  Kirsten promises that if we like our yarn choices together in the skein, we will like them together in the shawl.  You can also play it safe (like Yvonne) and choose just one color, but that’s another story.

If you have never participated in one of these mystery knit-alongs, you’re in for a lot of fun!  Six clues will be released over a period of six weeks, and you just — well, knit along with the rest of the participants.  There’s no deadline (heck, Yvonne is still working on the 2014 shawl)* and it’s pretty easy.

The pattern may be purchased from us through the Ravelry in-store downloads program, and of course we are happy to help you in your yarn selections!

This year, the yarn Kirsten used in designing the shawl was a 100% merino, single ply hand-dyed yarn.  If you would like to use a similar yarn, we highly recommend the Jilly from Dream in Color.  If you want something that’s still a single ply but with a tad more luxury, the Serenity Silk Singles from Zen Yarn Garden are sure to fit the bill.

What to do, though, if you have a skein of yarn at home that you’re sure would be perfect for this shawl, but you need a second color?  Why, come in to the shop, of course, and let us help you find that yarn’s perfect mate for this shawl!

We helped Christiana…

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I want to use this yarn, but it needs a friend.

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Pretty, yes, but too variegated. :(

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There are a lot of choices here!

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Should I choose this yarn?

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This appeals to me. Let’s have a closer look, shawl we?

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Oh, yes. These will work nicely.

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But this…

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Or this!

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NO! IT IS THIS ONE! I WILL TWIST YOU INTO SUBMISSION!

Moral of the photo essay:  Find a yarn you love in your stash, bring it in, and let us find it a friend so that you, too, can play along with the mystery shawl!

*Yes, we are picking on Yvonne a little today.  After all, she’s writing this, and not Anna!
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FO Friday: Kathryn’s Fellowship Shawl

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Lord of the Rings fans! This shawl — Fellowship! The Shawl — has a lace pattern to represent each of the members of the Fellowship of the Rings. Kathryn knit hers in Socks that Rock Lightweight in Grawk. The pattern is available as a Ravelry in-store download purchase.

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