Thursday, December 18, 2014

What's on my needles (week 46)

At The Knitting Garage

I am still working on the simple cowl in the beautiful
HiKoo by skacel Simplinatural.  The only reason for only having knitted a little more than half is that the shop has been really busy...and that's how I forgot to take a picture, too.  But do come in and look at it.  We actually had one customer buy the yarn and make a cowl similar to the one I am working on.  The yarn is so nice, but don't take my word for it, come in and touch it :)

At Home

I have been finishing several gifts.  Here are some pictures:

A pinwheel flower washcloth in Sugar'n cream cotton
 Here is a link to the pattern for the "Pinwheel Flower" Spa cloth:
and one in Trendsetter Lino (I had the yarn left over from the hat I made last summer)

Here is a link to the Churchmouse Basic Sock Pattern:  This is a great pattern for the beginner sock knitter and is written for two different weight yarns.  You can also purchase a hard copy of the pattern at The Knitting Garage in Rhinebeck.
I finished the toe on one sock, just have to do the other one and kitchener stitch.

I found a nice pattern for angel tree ornaments which knit up quite quickly.  I made a few already and am working on more.

This is a free pattern on ravelry:

For more of my personal pattern notes you can click here:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

What's on my needles (week 45)

At The Knitting Garage

Downton Hat

I finished the Downton Hat by Annie Cholewa in the Manos Silk and Trendsetter La Furla.  It came out really nice and turned out to be a super-easy and quick knit.  Remember, the pattern goes from Baby to Adult 2 and is free on ravelry (just click on the link above).

Now I am working on a simple cowl in the SimpliNatural by HiKoo.  This is very yummy yarn, a blend of Alpaca, Merino and Silk.  I am so lucky to have a job which requires me to knit with these yarns :)

Next time you come to the Knitting Garage, check the yarn out for yourself. 
You may also want to check out our new ball winder which makes it even easier for us to wind the skeins of yarn into neat balls; a service we provide for free for any yarns you purchase at The Knitting Garage.

Two other fun things to share with you :
  • Dale who took my Market Bag class last summer, just finished the last bag for this season's gift giving.  Aren't they absolutely beautiful?!  Lucky recipients!

  • One of our customers walked in last week wearing a headband she had just finished.  She used my pattern which is a free pattern on ravelry : 

    At Home

    This winter's trend?

    I received the latest "Cast-on" magazine and found many cowl patterns in this issue using the brioche stitch.  Remember the cowl I designed to go with my "Owl sweater"?  It made me happy to see that unwittingly I managed to be right there setting the trend with the best of them :) 
    see the keywords"cowl" and "brioche"?!

    Here is the link to the pattern I designed: 
    and a picture:

    His and Her àpres-Ski Hats

    I added "after" to the name of these, because I am a strong advocate of wearing helmets when skiing!

    This is a free pattern on ravelry by Erica Kempf:  
    I finally put the pom poms on last night:

    his hat
    her hat is more slouchy and lacy

    Christmas Surprise Socks

    Using the rule of thumb calculations from the Churchmouse Basic socks pattern, I knitted the feet to a length of 8.5 inches and am now ready to shape the toes.

    ready to start on the toes


    No, this is not knitted, but I still used a needle; a sewing needle! (and beads and Swarovski Crystals).  Just a fun thing to share with you.

    a bracelet; almost finished


Thursday, December 4, 2014

What's on my needles (week 44)

At The Knitting Garage


I am starting off with a bit of sad news:  Two of our store samples are missing.... If you know of their whereabouts, please help them find their way back home (no questions asked).
Here are pictures (Julie knitted up 1/2 a new Cane Bay Wrap since the other one went missing):

Cane Bay Wrap

Candle Flame Shawl

Now on to happier moments:

 Sophie Bag

The Sophie Bag is finished.  It came out extremely well if I may say so myself :)
Here are a few pictures of the final steps to complete it:

still knitting

after the first wash it felted quite a bit right away
measurements after the second felting cycle
blocking stuffed with plastic bags
Cutting out felt for the inside of the bag where the handles will be sewn on

four hearts

marking where the handles will be sewn on

pinning the hearts into place
All done; inside view

Don't YOU want to make one of these ?


Also don't forget to take advantage of the classes we are offering at The Knitting Garage to get you started on a quick and fun project as the perfect gift this Holiday Season:
This Saturday 10am-12noon :  Cabled Headband (instructor:  Doris)
Sunday 11am-12:30pm:  Calorimetry Headband (instructor:  Julie)
Wednesday 11am-1pm:  Pinwheel Flower Spa Cloth (instructor: Doris)

New Store sample:  DOWNTON HAT

Next on my list of what to knit with for the store are two wonderful yarns.
I am knitting with the Manos Silk, a DK weight yarn and the Trendsetter La Furla.
I found a hat pattern which will use both yarn.  The Manos for the main body of the hat and the La Furla for the rim.  The nice thing with this pattern is, too, that it is written in many sizes from "Baby" to "Adult 2".  I am knitting it up in size "Adult 1".
This promises to be a gorgeous hat! I have just a few more rows of ribbing to do and then I will start the rim in the lovely soft Furla.
The pattern is free on ravelry and as you can see a relatively quick knit.
The construction is interesting:
you knit a square first (in double seed stitch)

then you pick up stitches all around and start knitting in the round

after doing some ribbing (which will help to keep the hat on your head :) you add the rim in a contrasting yarn


At Home

Over the last two weeks I have finished several gifts (remember, I didn't "report" on my knitting last week, but instead wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving).

Veyla Mitts

These are finished with lovely little pearl buttons I found at Stickles (their button selection is really amazing!)

Susie Rodgers' Reading Mitts

I blocked these to bring out the lace more, but also to even them out in size as I had knitted the first one a little tighter than the second one.  Now they feel equal on my hands and the person getting them will be none the wiser.

His Ski Hat

I made a quick and easy ski hat out of the scrumptious Tosh ASAP.  I have enough left for a pompom :) Again I used a free pattern on ravelry:

Her Ski Hat

The partner to the above hat with a few changes:
  • I added 6 extra stitches (54 sts total) and used a very stretchy cast-on: the most elastic cast-on. This seems to be a variation on Jenny’s stretchy cast-on.
  • Keeping the inside of the pattern as the outside I did k2, p1 for the first 8 rows, then P2, K1 for the main body of the hat.
  • For a more feminine look I knitted
    three rows in pattern, then
    P2, K1,P1, P2tog through back loop, YO, etc
    every other row. Then in pattern. I did a total of 12 YO row repeats for a slouchy look (total of 27 rows after the 8 rows of P2, K1).
  • In Row 9 I did k2tog across the row. I had 9 sts left and pulled the yarn through the stitches to close the hat.

     I don't have quite enough yarn left for a pompom, but went through my stash and found enough yarn which will go with the colors of the hat.

    Another Pair of Roadtrip Socks

    I finished these yesterday :)


    Christmas Surprise Socks 

    For  one reason or other I have not been able to meet with my two sock knitting students and decided to forge on with this pair as I want it to be done in another three weeks.  I can always start another pair for class.
    By the way I am planning on offering another sock knitting class in January; this time toe-up on magic loop!

    heels are turned and gussets are done :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  May you be blessed with health and happiness.

Thank you so much to each one of you for touching my life.  I hope I have been able to add a little joy to yours for certainly each one of you has enriched my life.  I often say " Strangers are Friends I have not met yet".  This is so true especially when you have a common interest.  I am not just talking about our common love for yarns and knitting.  To me knitting is just one expression of the common desire to make this world a happier and warmer place, a peaceful place of unity between all.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

December Classes

Holiday Class Schedule
at the Knitting Garage
December 2014

Do you realize that with Thanksgiving so late this year we are already on the homestretch with getting our knitted gifts done right after Thanksgiving?!
Below are three classes I will be giving to get you started on a quick-to-finish-project.

Individual Projects:

These classes are held twice once on Saturday morning 10am to 12 noon and on Wednesday of the same week from 11am to 1pm (dates are indicated).  The cost of $40 per class includes the pattern and any additional help needed to finish the project.  Prior sign-up is necessary for the class during the week on Wednesday and recommended for the Saturday classes, but additional walk-ins are welcome Saturdays with a maximum number of four students per class.

December 3rd and 6th Cabled Headband (for the beginner knitter; you need to know basic stitches)
My own pattern and a quick knit (you can make one in a day).  If you have never knitted cables before, you can learn how. There are 37 projects posted on ravelry alone which all use this pattern.  Check them out .

December 10th and 13th Spa Cloth (for the advanced beginner)
This is a very popular pattern for a beautiful Spa Cloth.  Once you have mastered the circular cast-on, you   will be able to make one of these in a few hours as there are only 26 rounds to knit and you are done.  Paired with a nice bar of soap, they make perfect gifts for anyone on your list ( think of your children’s teachers).

December 17th and 20nd Quick hat worked flat (for the beginner knitter; needs to know basic stitches)
Do you need a last minute, but special handmade gift?  This hat is knitted flat and shaped to seam together in the end; no need to learn to knit in the round for this hat.  This is also my own pattern.

Preview of classes in January: 

After all the knitting you are doing for everybody else, you may want to think about making something special for yourself.
I will start another sock-knitting class and will also continue with the individual project classes on Saturday mornings.  Treat yourself to learn something new and wear the yarn you have been eying for so long…..
A full schedule will be posted end of December.

A soft and warm cowl in two colors using Misti Alpaca


Fingerless mitts in Cascade Sport yarn


Pembroke Shawl using Misti Alpaca or other bulky yarn... ( a good project to learn lace stitches).


What's on my needles (week 43)

So much happens in one week; so much to share!

At The Knitting Garage

I had two loveley ladies come to my beginner's knitting class last Saturday, Ginny and Sylvia.
Those of you who follow me on Facebook (click to get to that page and "like" me while you are there) , well, those may have already seen the cute video Sylvia took of me winding yarn :)

Sylvia is also the inspiration behind a second version of my "simplest Mitts" pattern.  As she had never held a pair of needles in her hands before Saturday, I added an even simpler version and an explanation of the stitches.  If you are just learning yourself or if you are planning to teach someone to knit, this may be a good pattern to use.  It is still just $1 until December 1st when I will change it to $1.50; here is the link and a picture of the extended pattern (it is now three pages rather than one page) :  "The simplest Fingerless Mitts you'll ever make".

Since Ginny already knew how to knit, she decided on the original version and learned a few new stitches.  I heard that she already finished the first mitt.  Way to go, Ginny!

By the end of the class, Sylvia knew how to cast on her stitches, how to knit and how to purl!
Everybody who came by the store could tell, we were having lots of fun.
Of course it meant that I didn't pick up the Sophie Bag at all that day...

Sophie Bag

The bag is coming along with only 20 more rows to knit, then felt and attach the handle. 
It is going to look gorgeous!

Remember, I will give a class on this this Saturday.  This will be the last class of my Fall schedule.  I will be posting a new schedule with classes for December right after this post.

 At Home

I couldn't meet with my sock classes student this week, so the Christmas surprise socks are on hold.

But I did finish the " Susie Rogers' Reading Mitts" (free pattern on ravelry) in the Cascade Sports superwash.  They are a gift and I think they came out very pretty.

They just need to get blocked to bring out the lace a little more.
On Sunday I started on a pair of "Veyla" Mitts in Canopy Fingering.  I made one mitt as a store sample in the mink yarn (which is on sale this weekend!), but wanted to use the heavier yarn for these; they are also a gift.  I finished the first mitt :) and started on the lace of the second mitt; should be able to finish these next week, perhaps on Thanksgiving.

As always,  click on the links to get to the patterns.
Last not least I want to let you all know that I found a knitting themed box of tissues at Aldis in Kingston!  ;) cool, perfect for my knitting area!