Friday, January 13, 2017

I learned something new!!! (125)

It is always so exciting and fun to learn something new!

I knew how to do Brioche, I knew how to do 2-color Brioche, I knew how to do both right leaning and left- leaning Increases and Decreases, but what I didn't know was how to do right-leaning and left-leaning Increases and Decreases in 2-color Brioche!

You may remember that I started Srephen West's "Building Blocks Shawl" for the shop (click on the link for the pattern).
I had put it aside during the past month, because it was far too busy in the shop to do section 5 which had something new for me to learn :) (All in all that was a good thing as it gave me an excuse to work on some of the gifts during store hours).
If you choose to do section 5 in the Brioche Version , you run into the problem how to incorporate the brioche stitch into the right- and left-leaning increases and decreases. 
Earlier this month I picked the shawl back up and watched and re-watched Stephen West's instructional videos on YouTube (they are a lot of fun to watch and I don't mind watching more than once).

Once you understand it, it is really very logical and you get that "of course! moment" , as if a light bulb goes off in your head. 

And here is the proof, that , indeed, "by George I got it"!



I encourage you to look over my Class schedule again and see if there is something new you would like to learn.  There are openings in all classes and all classes have a maximum of three students.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year/ New Classes

New Year/ New Resolutions
New Classes/ New Skills

A new year often starts with several resolutions ( loose the few extra pounds, do more charitable work etc..) why not start your new year with the intend to learn a new knitting skill and let me help you with that.
These classes are all about learning new skills while knitting a hat. 
As the saying goes “There are many ways to knit a hat” or is it “skin a cat”? 
I definitely prefer knitting hats (not that I ever skinned a cat) and I am sure you do, too.

All classes are two hours long and give you a new skill and get you started.  Additional help is offered at no extra cost as needed.  The cost is $50 per class with a 10% discount if you sign up for more than one class. Patterns are included in the class fee; materials are additional.

Classes are on the dates indicated. 
Thursday classes are at the shop from 12-2pm (Please note this class is on a Wednesday instead of Thursday in the third week of January).

Saturday classes are at the shop from 10am- 12noon

Tuesday classes are at my home from 6:30-8:30pm

Thursday, 1.12. / Saturday, 1.14./ Tuesday 1.17.                                           
·         Super Quick/ Super Bulky
You will need 1 skein Loopy Mango #5, #15 needles 16” circular

Wednesday,1.18./ Saturday,1.21./ Tuesday 1.24.
·         Beginners Hat (knitted flat, then seamed).                                      
You will need 1 skein of Cascade 128 and # 10 needles.

Thursday,1.26./ Saturday,1.28./ Tuesday 1.31.
·         Simple hat (pattern by knitbot).  You will learn how to knit small circumferences in the round.
You choose from 3 yarn weights (DK, Worsted or Bulky) to go with #5, #7, #10 circulars 16” respectively.


Thursday,2.2./ Saturday,2.4./ Tuesday 2.7.                                                         
·         Cabled Hat
You will need 1 skein Cascade Lana Grande and #15 circulars 16”

Thursday,2.16./ Saturday,2.18./ Tuesday 2.21.
·         Learn to do Lace/ Tivoli Hat
You will need 1 skein Cascade Yarn Tivoli, #9 and #10.5 circular 16” needles

Thursday,2.23. Saturday,2.25./ Tuesday 2.28.
·         Color Work/ Fake Isle Hat
You will need You will need 1 skein Noro Silk Garden and 1 skein worsted weight solid color and # 8 circulars 16”





Thursday,3.2. Saturday,3.4./ Tuesday 3.7.
·         Entrelac
You will need about 220 yards of worsted weight color changing yarn and #9 circular 16”

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 In Review/ Happy New Year 2017

During this past Year I have finished close to 50 mostly knitted projects.

Under each picture is a link to more project information, including the pattern (if I used a pattern).  

You can really get lost in today' s blog post :)

I hope you may find some inspiration and perhaps an idea or two for your own next project. 
Try something new in the new year. 


I-Cord Bracelet

Spectrum Pin Cushion

Turkish Bed Socks for Matthew


Easy Peasy Socks

CoBaSi Socks

More Socks

Socks for me and Socks for him

Maritime Island Mittens

Maritime Island Mittens

Brooklyn Mitts and Boot Liners

Don't Blink (Dr Who)

Warmest Mittens

Stickle Cowl

Block Island Gansey Hat

Quick Washcloths

More quick washcloths


Pebble Beach Shawl



Tullamore Cardigan



Spring Garden Tee

Simple Straight Skirt

Ethereal Wrap

Miya Shawl

Nuntucket Throw

six different coasters; some knitted , some crochet
Park Lane Coaster, Super Fast Coaster, Simple Circle, The Almost Lost Coaster, I-Cord Coaster and Yet another coaster
Elementary Watson Socks


More Turkish Bed Socks

Stool Cover

#12 Skirt


War and Peace Socks

The Doodler


Maritime Mitts
Project Peace

Forget Not