Thursday, April 29, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
It looks like spring weather will be eluding us for at least another few days here in
The Scallop Lace Cardigan, a free pattern from the Classic Elite Web-Letter, would be perfect over a t-shirt or sundress as the weather warms up. It is knit with Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo, a DK 50/50 wool/bamboo blend, and we carry a variety of colors at the shop. The wool content helps garments retain their shape, while the bamboo provides lovely sheen and drape to the finished piece.
The Classic Elite pattern booklets are full of patterns that would work well in Wool Bam Boo, including these lovelies from New Harbor (Book 9098).
So, brave the clouds and rain and come by the shop. We'd be happy to show you our selection of Wool Bam Boo and Classic Elite patterns so you can plan your new spring sweater today!
All project photos are courtesy of Classic Elite Yarns and have been used with permission.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille knits up into a soft, squishy fabric, ideal for washcloths and towels. The pattern for the Reverse-Bloom Flower Washcloth is in Melanie Falick’s Weekend Knitting and is also available online. Each facecloth requires just one skein, so you can mix and match colors as you like. Knitting Daily also has a nice pattern for a Seafoam Towel and coordinating washcloth.
For an added treat, package your gift with some special soap or a tin of Knitter’s Little Helper Hand Balm from Blue Sky Alpacas. Sadly, the hand balm has been discontinued, so be sure to pick up a few when you come to the shop for your next project. Mother’s Day is May 9, so get started on your gift knitting today!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Louet Euroflax Sport Weight feels a little rough on the skein, but the final results are perfect for floaty warm weather garments. This yarn should be machine washed and dried to bring out its true softness and drape. We have a few nice swatches at the shop to give you a feel for how it knits up.
Classic Elite Firefly is a sport weight linen/viscose blend. I’m working on a simple bias stockinette scarf in this yarn and it has been a real pleasure to knit. I pressed out what I have knit so far with a steam iron and I love the result. I'll post a free pattern as soon as the scarf is finished.
Merletto from Louisa Harding has been getting a lot of attention lately. It is a DK weight linen/rayon blend with a sparkle streak running through the yarn. This would make a great top, shawl or summer scarf. We have some nice, muted earth tones available now.
Lana Grossa Linarte is a DK cotton/rayon/linen blend with great stitch definition and a lovely sheen. We have bright and subtle colors, but this red just asked to be photographed. We have a sample sweater in Linarte to give you a feel for how nicely it knits up.
If you prefer working with animal fiber blends, Classic Elite Soft Linen is a wool/alpaca/linen. There is a lot of pattern support for this yarn in the Classic Elite booklets and on their website. I love this shawl. We have a great range of colors in this yarn, too, including these pretty purples.
Finally, we just restocked our Plymouth Hillside Linen. Many of you have seen this wrapped around Sally’s shoulders over the last few months. I have some squirreled away for a sweater, and I can’t wait to get started on it.
Whether you’re looking to knit a linen top or wrap for summer or just want to try out some interesting new blends for your sweaters, scarves, and hats, we have a linen yarn for you. Come on by the shop and choose your favorite!
Thanks to Jenni for the yarn styling
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
The patterns are very clearly written, making them ideal for a first sweater project. Several are knit from the top down, involving minimal seaming or finishing and many provide options for making your own design choices, including alternate sleeve lengths, necklines, and trims. The large cable motif on the Mondo Cable Cardi, Pulli and Vest would be a good choice for those just learning cables.
Several of the sweater designs are knit up at 4.5 stitches per inch. For these, you could use some old friends like Cascade 220, Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Malabrigo Worsted or Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. Or, if you’re looking for something new, try Spud & Chloe Sweater, Manos 5-Ply, Dream in Color Classy or even the fabulous new tosh vintage that
As an added bonus, the ChicKnits website includes a list of appropriate yarns for each design. If you are unsure if a certain yarn would be well-suited for a particular project, take a look at the list. Or, stop by Close Knit, where we would be happy to help you choose the perfect yarn for your new ChicKnits project.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Heidi is truly inspired by nature, and she likes to give her designs natural names to “evoke the positive feelings” she gets from a particular place or element. Names like Snowbird, Raindance and Buttercup certainly conjure up some lovely images of the natural world.
Her clean and simple designs feature innovative construction techniques and thoughtful details. She generally “starts with one little idea, like a particular line, shape or other detail” picked up from somewhere. Many designs are worked side-to-side or created without seaming. She enjoys the “challenge of thinking of interesting but logical ways to construct a garment, where the outcome is still something beautiful and wearable.” Her love of simplicity is evident in her work, and she notes that “there’s a lot that can be done with some pretty basic skills.”
Heidi uses lightweight yarns to design graceful tops perfect for layering in cooler months and wearing alone in warmer months. She spends much of the cold
Many of Heidi’s designs are worked in DK weight yarns. If you are looking for a lightweight spring or summer project, Rowan Wool Cotton and Rowan Calmer would work very well for many of her designs. The new Rowan Purelife Revive, a recycled silk/cotton blend, would also be a nice choice.
We carry a variety of wool and alpaca yarns that will work wonderfully at this gauge, including Ultra Alpaca Light, Rowan Felted Tweed, Rowan Purelife Organic Wool and the ever-popular Madelinetosh DK.
If Heidi’s designs appeal to you, too, check out her Ravelry pattern store and come down to Close Knit to find the perfect yarn for your very own PiPiBird design.
All photos courtesy of Heidi Kirrmaier