12 Days of Casting On is Baa-aa-c-k!

Last year many of us lost our minds and decided to cast on one project during each of the Twelve Days of Christmas, beginning on Christmas Day. People shook their heads at us and claimed that doing such a thing would make them breathe into paper bags, but we ended up having so much fun that we decided to do it again.

The rules are simple. Go through your Ravelry queue and choose twelve projects to cast on and match them with yarn and needles or hooks. For maximum success, I suggest choosing a mix of things that can be completed easily (like hats and mittens) and one or two projects that you’ve always meant to make but never got around to it. I am not completely done with my queue, but you can see it here.  It’s also fun to choose NEW YARN for a project, but balance that with using up your very Deepest Stash yarn.

Customer Sarah L writes:

I know this sounded like a crazy thing to do, but I have loved doing it, and thank AnnaW for getting us going! It has been satisfying on a number of levels. For one thing, I liked doing something to mark the 12 days of Christmas. I got to feel like I was doing something extravagant. I dug into my stash and found yarn to use that otherwise might have languished for another year or two. I got an early start on gifts for next year. I found myself choosing patterns I probably wouldn’t have chosen had I been casting on one project at a time (seems like I always knit plain socks, but who wants to cast on for four pairs of plain socks at once? I had to go find some patterned ones). And now I have things to knit on for weeks to come. On the down side, I started to feel a bit fragmented at about day 9, and I ran out of project bags. But all in all, it was a lot of fun, and this may be a yearly thing for me.

Want to join in on the fun? Post in our Ravelry thread here. Tag your projects on Ravelry with 12daysofcastingon and use #12daysofcastingon on Instagram. We hope you will be insane with us!

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FO Friday: Nancy’s Christmas Stocking

Our dear Nancy welcomed not one but two new grandchildren in the past few weeks. New grandchildren require new stockings, and so Nancy quickly produced this one, using Cascade 220 and a mix of traditional Scandinavian designs.

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Knit along with us!

Last month, our good friend Kirsten Kapur released a beautiful pattern (Abingdon) using BareNaked Wools Stone Soup DK (from our other good friend, Anne Hanson), and I said LET’S HAVE A KNIT-ALONG!

Except I really wasn’t thinking that it’s the gosh-darned holidays and aren’t we all crazy enough without the pressure to knit along on something that maybe doesn’t fall into the category of gift knitting? I mean, here I am, knitting madly on a Noel for my son’s girlfriend and this morning I cast on some Susie Rogers Reading Mitts for a friend, and I have a list of others that I want to crank out some fingerless mitts for, and let’s not forget that I still have some UFOs going on that I’m trying to take care of and I want to make some tit bits for our Knitted Knocker charity knitting that’s happening… and on, and on.

With all of that, though, I think it is also important that we stop and take time for ourselves, that we don’t run ourselves ragged and into the ground, and that we remember that a knit-along is not a race. So if you’ve started knitting on the Abingdon shawl, fear not! We are with you in spirit! If you haven’t started knitting on it yet, let me encourage you to join us.

If you purchase the Abingdon pattern and the Stone Soup DK from us in a single transaction, we will give you a 15% discount. Want to knit Abingdon but don’t want to knit it with Stone Soup DK? Then choose another yarn for the pattern and purchase it with the pattern and receive 10% off. This offer is good through December 31st.

Again, above all, please do take time for yourself this holiday season. Join us for knitting, crocheting or spinning any time the doors are open.

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FO Friday: Charlisse’s Bronntanas

Charlisse came in with her Bronntanas by Ysolda Teague knit in Yarn Hollow Tor DK. Rather than have us take her picture, she gave us her Ravelry link, which shows the modifications she made to the original pattern.  The Tor DK is in the colorway Hot Pour, which Rita developed especially for us as part of her Pittsburgh color series.

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Knock, Knock(er) Update!

Back in October, we wrote about the fact that we are accepting donations for and distributing Knitted Knockers, aka breast prostheses.  Shortly after we wrote that, there was a lovely article by Kathleen Ganster in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and — well, things have been a little crazy since then.

We’ve distributed 12 pairs of knockers to women in need, have several pair waiting to be picked up, and have a waiting list for knockers of different sizes.  Currently the most requested size is a B cup; however, C is also a popular size.  We’ve been so inundated by individual requests that we haven’t been able to even think about distributing to hospitals and cancer centers; however, that still remains a goal!

We often receive knockers that have been stuffed, but we also receive a fair amount that are unstuffed.  Emily handles all of the logging and distribution of our Knitted Knockers (and can I say how much we appreciate that?), and stuffs the “flats” that we receive.  Here she is, in progress of stuffing!

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In a really fun turn of events, Yvonne was asked to appear on a segment of KDKA’s show Pittsburgh Today Live! (the segment is called Pittsburgh Has Heart)to talk about the charity work we’re doing here.

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Obligatory bathroom selfie? Check.

(Look at the studio!  It’s dark in there!)

If you are home on Friday, December 19, at around 9 a.m., you can see Yvonne’s 15 seconds of fame appearance.  She’s very self-conscious about this and says at one point she nearly burst into hysterical laughter (weirdly, she blames Shani for this; however, Shani was working so we’re not sure WHAT that’s about!), but we’re sure she did a fine job.

If you’d like to contribute to the Knitted Knockers supply, we offer 15% off on Cascade Ultra Pima when purchased for making knockers, and have several different free patterns available for you to choose from.  Plus don’t forget, you can commune with other knocker knitters on Sundays from 2 – 4 p.m.

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FO Friday: Diane’s Knockmore Sweater

We love Irish designer Carol Feller’s take on traditional Irish design and cablework. Diane brought in her Knockmore Sweater from Feller’s Contemporary Irish Knits knit in Madelinetosh DK (which we no longer carry, but Yarn Hollow Tor DK would be a fabulous substitute).  Diane did a beautiful job!

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Shop Sample Spotlight: Curling Cowl

 

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Wondering what to do with one exquisite skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Worthy fingering? One skein of this luxurious cashmere and silk blend (at $65 for over 400 yards) makes a lovely Curling Cowl with matching fingerless mitts by Anne Hanson.  This pattern is available as a Ravelry in-store download purchase and pairs perfectly with the Worthy.

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Annette’s CustomFit

WOW! was the collective response when Annette walked in wearing her CustomFit sweater in Dream in Color Classy. Annette chose a design from a stitch dictionary and plugged it into CustomFit.

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Her other design choices:

  • Average fit
  • Style: pullover
  • Length: Medium-hip length
  • Sleeves: Full-length sleeve
  • Neck style: Vee neck
  • Neck depth: 8″/20.5 cm Below shoulders
  • Finishing:
    • Hem edging and height: 1×1 Ribbing, 2″/5 cm
    • Sleeve edging and height: 1×1 Ribbing, 2″/5 cm
    • Neck edging and height: 1×1 Ribbing, ¾”/2 cm

Apologies for the less than stellar quality of this photo, but here’s Annette in her full glory.

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Want to make your own CustomFit? Give us a call at 412-441-4410 to schedule your appointment!

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It’s Pajama Time!

Once again, Black Friday is PAJAMA DAY at Natural Stitches.  On Friday, November 28, come in wearing your pajamas and receive 10% off your purchase.

The fine print: (Note: We can’t count yoga pants, sweatpants, T-shirts or sweatshirts as pajamas. Also YOU must be wearing the pajamas, not your adorable children, as much as we love to see them. Sorry!)

We will be wearing our pjs, and we hope you will too!

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FO Friday: Helena’s Afghan

Helena brought in this afghan crocheted with Uptown Worsted. We don’t think she used a pattern but used hexagon motifs crocheted together. It’s gorgeous!

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