Cowls!

It must be cowl season! Three lovely ladies from our Thursday knitalong group–Sue, Betty, and Kathy–all had brand new cowls to show off this week.

Cowls!

She’s Done It Again!

She’s done it again! Barb is always the first in our Thursday Knitalong group to finish the project…and true to form, she’s the first of us to show off her completed Central Park Hoodie.

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Worked in our new Plymouth Homespun aran-weight yarn, this sweater knits up nice and fast, so you can have it on and off the needles in plenty of time to wear through the winter. The cable pattern adds a little interest to your knitting but is simple enough to memorize. And with that wide band of ribbing at the waist,  it’s the perfect combination of comfy and flattering!

Nice work, Barb!

How cute are we???

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Designer Sylvie Harding taught a spring seminar for the Greater Buffalo Knitting Guild on this mobius sweater technique called Harmonious Rings. Kelly decided  that a bunch of us should try and knit them up for the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival and all wear them at the same time…here we are! I must say, it was too cool walking through the festival all day having knitters pointing at you saying “Look! Those ladies all knit the SAME sweater!!!”

Festivals always remind me of a knitters’ version of the red carpet at the Oscars. All day long knitters will stop you and ask…”WHO are you wearing?” This year we all really felt like celebrities for a day.

Another group of knitters had the same idea as us and were spotted walking around the festival on Sunday wearing the same sweater. I asked to take their picture.

I thought they looked pretty cute too.  I wonder what Kelly will have us knitting next???

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HOORAY! A new sweater for me!!!

This is the project that threatened to COMPLETELY take over my summer. It was not even that difficult of a sweater. It is a design by Silvi Harding, who taught the technique for her mobius collar at the Greater Buffalo Knitting Guild’s Spring Seminar. She was a GREAT instructor, and the sweater was fun…but the YARN!! I bought it on my spring bus trip to Toronto. It’s Malabrigo, which I have never used before, and I was itchy to try it. The yarn is BEAUTIFUL hand-dyed stuff, but there are no dye lots on the labels. I was over a third of the way through the sweater when I decided to knit it outside in the natural light and noticed a BIG, weird-looking chunk where my skeins had changed. I had to rip back and re-do the goofy part with a different skein. Then, as I was working on the bottom section…it happened AGAIN! (You think I would have learned the first time).

SO! If my phrase holds true that you get your money’s worth out of your yarn when you have to knit with it twice (and this was expensive stuff), then I REALLY got my money’s worth, because I had to re-knit parts of this sweater 3 TIMES!!!

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The good news is, after all that work, I am happy with my results, and the sweater fits! Look for it at the Erie County Fair (it’s still damp from blocking, but I am taking it there anyway).

The First Completed Summer Knitalong Scarf!

LKathy's Melissa Scarf

Ladies and gentlemen, drumroll please…we have our first completed Summer Knitalong Scarf! Kathy Gavin knitted this beautiful Melissa Scarf in Classic Elite’s Santorini…and we loved it so much we borrowed it for the shop!

If you’ve finished your Melissa Scarf, bring it by the shop–we’d love to feature you on our Show and Tell page!

Junie’s Cowl

Junie's Cowl

 

Junie made this cowl in gorgeous yarn handpainted by Jill Draper. The pattern uses planned pooling to shift the color changes into a cool pattern that looks like ikat. Keep an eye out for this yarn in the store this summer!