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July 2009 Newsletter

 
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      Instructional Video - Weaving in Ends  
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Laura shows how to make a bar increase!

So you're being a dutiful knitter and reading through your pattern before getting started (something I don't and probably should do) and...gasp! What on earth do you mean 'knit into the front and back of stitch'?! Chances are you have or soon will come across a pattern that asks you to make a bar increase, often abbreviated 'K1FB', or 'knit into front and back of stitch'. Besides creating another stitch, the bar increase literally creates a 'bar' in your knitting and is most often seen in socks and sweaters. Read (and watch!) on to learn how to tackle that raglan sweater you've had your eye on!

Note: Patterns may call for you to do this at any point in a row, but it will be worked the same regardless of where in the row you are.
Note #2: Most top-down sweater patterns (Knitting Pure and Simple patterns, for example) call for this sort of increase.

  1. Slide your right needle up through the next stitch as if you were going to knit it as usual. Wrap the yarn as if to knit, and pull the stitch through to the front. STOP!

  2. Normally you would then slide the stitch off the left needle. Instead you will push the needle through the same stitch again, but through the side of the loop farthest from you (i.e., the back of the stitch). This may require a little twisting and will feel pretty darned awkward at first, but you'll get used to it!

  3. Next, wrap the yarn around your right needle as if to knit, and pull the new stitch through to the front.

  4. NOW slide the stitch off of the left needle. Two stitches are now where one was, and you've made a bar increase!

 
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      Kit of the Month - Tiny Bubble Socks  
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Tiny Bubble Socks Tiny Bubble Socks
Now From $15.40 (Was From $22)

Save up to 30% Off on this super summer sock kit. The kit includes 1 hank of Supersock Select yarn dyed by the Indie Dyer and, optionally, the Tiny Bubbles Pattern from 2 Askew Designs. (As you might know, we sell our kits with and without the patterns - some people already have the pattern and just prefer to buy the yarn.)

Like many sock patterns, this design is simpler than it looks -- all of your friends are going to think that you are an expert knitter when they see you working on it!

 
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      Free Pattern - Huck's Hat  
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Huck's Hat Huck's Baby Hat

Uses 1-2 Balls of Baby Cashmerino

I've making Huck his first hat... once stitch at a time! Using some of the Baby Cashmerino leftovers from Reid's First Hat (my next door neighbor), I was able to finish this adorable hat before he was 3 weeks old (i think i started it when he was 1 week old). I really needed (and wanted) a project that was mindless and that he might be able to wear right away. This hat was perfect - just a simple rib - and the finishing couldn't be easier! A true infant hat (he weighed 7 lbs 3.5 oz at birth), you could easily make this bigger by adding 5 or 10 stitches to the cast on. I hope you enjoy this pattern - he has sure enjoyed his hat (especially since it gets really cold here in the evenings).

 
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      New Patterns: Ann Norling, KnitWhits, and Berroco (Norah Gaughan)!  
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New Ann Norling Pattern

Ann Norling
Short Row Multi-directional Scarf

This new Ann Norling pattern is great to show off a yarn that changes color especially when you wind it around your neck. You might try knitting this pattern with the Crystal Palace Mini Mochi, the Rowan Colourscape, Noro Silk Garden (remember, a few colors are on sale), or even the Kureyon Sock like I am using. Since you can knit this scarf with pretty much any weight of yarn, Ann recommends using the needle size that is recommended for the yarn or even up to 2 sizes larger (that's what i'm doing - using the Kureyon Sock with a US 3 needle). The scarves shown are 3-4" wide and 60-76" long. So if you want a wider scarf, the length will be shorter. And you will need about 100g of the yarn you choose. Oh yeah - i almost forgot! We have a limited supply of copies autographed by Ann (um, very limited... only 10) and will ship them out to the first 10 people that order it!

New Berroco Books

The new Berroco books are here!! Yes, that means that Norah Gaughan has gone and done it again. Only this time, she has graced us with 2 different creations: a book devoted entirely to men's sweaters and volume 5, which is full of drapey and romantic creations. In addition to the new Norah books, we've received all 5 of the new books devoted to the Berroco Fall yarns (we'll be getting the fall yarns on Monday or Tuesday - stay tuned!).

New KnitWhits Patterns

Were you like me and went crazy buying the Kureyon Sock when it went on sale? I have an entire bag of it here at home - and i don't have much of a stash at home (ask the girls!), so that makes my Kureyon Sock very special. Anyway, I have all of this Noro yarn at home and am not exactly sure what I'm going to do with it. Hello KnitWhits!! It looks like the designers at KnitWhits had exactly the same problem, because this season's offering includes a ton of cute, fashionable, yet simple patterns for all of your stashed Noro: Silk Garden, Silk Garden Sock, Kureyon, Kureyon Sock, etc. A few of our favorites are below ($7 each)... i hope you find something you like!

Anouk
Anouk
Shalimar
Shalimar
Ophelia
Ophelia
Flamenca
Flamenca
Flamenca
Edie
 
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      New Fun Stuff: Namaste Bags and Accessories, New Lantern Moon  
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Namaste Bags and Accessories

Geesh. I'm a little slow sometimes... i've been eyeing the Namaste Bag and Accessory line for a number of years now, but have only now taken the time to order it. Like i said, i'm a little slow sometimes :) That said, we've ordered and received almost their entire line of products: from the brand new Hermosa Bag and Mini Clutches to the older but super popular Laguna Bags and Needle Binder. I'm not positive yet as to what i'm going to end up taking home with me, but i suspect that it will be an Eggplant Hermosa ... and one each of the Oh Snaps (because i'm a nut for keeping things in bags and separated). I've highlighted a few of our favorites (and coincidentally the new Fall items) below.

Hermosa
Hermosa in Eggplant

$75

The largest handbag in the Namaste collection-this bag has it all! Exterior pouches with 2 separate compartments, rear document pocket, water bottle storage, extra side pocket, and a super solid construction. The interior features 3 pockets (1 zipper pocket and 2 open-top pockets).

Oh Snap
XL/XXL Oh Snap!

$15 per set

A divinely simple way to keep your stuff in its right place- the Oh Snap! pouches come in sets of 2 or 3 to bring the Zen back to your life (and your handbag). Whether you're a tidy two-shoes or a messy marvin, Oh Snap! keeps it all together for you.

Clutch
Mini Clutch

$39

Take the Mini Clutch out for a night on the town or an evening with your crochet club. Features a detachable shoulder strap for easy transport, 2 interior snap-top pockets (great for crochet hooks, scissors, pens, or other small items), storage for your credit cards and cell phone, and super strong magnets for fast closure.

Zuma
Zuma in Peacock

$69

With a unique shape and fresh appeal, the adorable Zuma bag is a must have for the fashion conscious. This bag opens wide and closes fast with 3 well-placed magnets. The interior features 3 pockets (1 zipper pocket and 2 open-top pockets) and the rear exterior has a handy zipper pocket for quick access. The front pocket boasts an accordian-style design for multi-compartment storage of whatever tickles your fancy.

New Lantern Moon.

Our shipment of a few Fall Lantern Moon items just arrived and is so much fun! As a group, we always love to see what cutesy Tape Measure designs the folks up in Portland will come up with. This season it's flowers... red, yellow, blue. Now, i'm not much of a gardener (in fact, i've never been able to keep anything alive!), but i do love to look at flowers that someone else (or nature) has grown.... and we hope that you'll like them as much as we do.

Tape Measure
Flower Tape Measures

$9.50 Each

The latest addition to Lantern Moon's Tape Measure line comes in 3 different sunny primary colors: blue, red, and yellow. Each retractable tape measure extends out to 5 feet and is crocheted by hand in Vietnam. These are a great gift idea for the knitters/crocheters/gardeners in yor life!

Baabs
Baabs Scissor Holder

$16

Ok, this little creation is about as cute as it gets. Buddy and Wiley have both already asked that we get them one of these for Christmas... they'd very much like to play with little Baabs (without the scissors, of course). So what exactly does a Baabs do? This adorable ewe will put a smile on your face as she keeps a watchful eye on your scissors! Attach your scissors to the cotton cord, perch her wherever you're working, and she'll make sure your scissors don't run off as you work on your projects (scissors not included). Brilliant, i say!

Marilyn
Marilyn

$45

Holy cow! Bigger is definitely better in Lantern Moon's newest silk needle case for straight and circular needles. This thing is absolutely huge - and just the right size for my growing collection of needles and crochet hooks. It has 21 narrow pockets for straight needles, double points or crochet hooks, and eight wider pockets for circular needles (my destiny circulars look awfully cozy in there...).

 
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      Sale Update: Namaste, String of Pearls, Lana Grossa, Touch Me Due  
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Namaste Bags :: Save 25%

Along with our initial order of Namaste Bags, we were able to get a deal on a few overstocked/discontinued styles and colors... and, as always, we're extending that discount to you! Save 25% on the following items... As usual, these make great gift items for your favorite fashionable fiber enthusiast - or maybe you just want one for yourself?

Newport
Pink Newport

Was $69
Now $51.75
Malibu
Turquoise Malibu

Was $69
Now $51.75
Cali Clutch
Cali Clutch (4 Colors)

Was $49
Now $36.75

Muench String of Pearls :: Save 20%

Summer Stimulus Sale! Save 20% on this complex yet super-popular classic summer yarn... With 20 colors of String of Pearls in stock, you're bound to find something you like... and you're saving almost $2 per ball (normally $9.90 a ball, we're offering it for $7.92 until the end of July). Each cotton/rayon ball has 99 yards and knits up at about 5 sts per inch, so you'd only need 8-12 balls to knit up this summery cardigan from Dolce Handknits. Or maybe this kid's sweater?

Discontinued Lana Grossa :: Save 25%

Tis the season for discontinued yarns and colors... and getting rid of the old so we can make room for the new! That said, Lana Grossa has discontinued every color of its Meringo (my favorite - so soft!) and Terzetto (ah! this would be brilliant if used in the new Ann Norling pattern)- and 4 colors of the silk/wool tweed blend Lord. Since we can't get more of these yarns and colors, we're putting our existing stock on sale for 25% off. We don't much left in stock, so grab it while you can (I think i'm going to get 8-9 balls of the Charcoal Meringo and make this cowl neck sweater for the Fall). Quick note - we'll be putting up some new photos soon ...


Meringo
Meringo
Meringo

Now $9.71
(Was $12.95)
Terzetto
Terzetto

Now $8.85
(Was $11.80)
Lord - Discontinued Colors
Lord

Now $8.62
(Was $11.50)

Touch Me Due :: Save 20%

One of my favorite projects of all time was this Touch Me Due Scarf. I used 5 balls of color 5404 Avocado to make this reversible cabled scarf and it took me 5 nights -- i finished 1 ball per night (many moons ago). It's hard to see in this picture, but the Touch Me Due actually stripes a little bit in this scarf. it's very subtle, but interesting and full of depth... and, now that i'm writing about it and remembering how much i enjoyed it, i'm thinking that i should make another one. Maybe in Cabernet? It could be a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law! Save 20% on this luscious yarn until the end of the month - and knit your own scarf ... or poncho - or gloves!

 
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      Projects on our Needles  
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Since baby Huck was born, you'd think none of us ever knit anything but baby knits! What can we say--they're cute, quick-knitting, and have just about as much variety as adult patterns with a fraction of the commitment time. Without futher ado, many (though not all!) of the projects below were knit for Huck by the friendly faces who are often in the shop!

Felted Hat and Booties for Huck
Felted Hat and Booties for Huck

One of our favorite in-store customers, Christel, knit and felted this adorable earflap hat and bootie set for Huck using Berroco Jasper. We can't wait for the weather to get cold so he can wear it (ok, maybe we can wait for the cold)!

Short Row Multi-directional Scarf
Short Row Multi-directional Scarf

When Ann Norling came to visit the other day, she brought along a few copies of her brand new pattern: the short row scarf. After begging her to autograph the copies and succeeding, i quickly snatched up a ball of the Noro Kureyon Sock and starting knitting! Ever since the baby arrived, I've been desperately in need of a project that is fun, yet relatively mindless. This fits the bill on 2 counts: the short row process is easy to memorize, but interesting enough to keep my brain working just a wee bit the kureyon sock color changes keep me wanting to knit more, as i'm always wondering what color is going to show up next. I'll keep you posted!

Jacket, Hat, and Booties for Huck
Jacket, Hat, and Booties for Huck

Diane from Knitting Pure and Simple knit up this adorable set for Huck in Shepherd Worsted using one of my longtime favorite colors, Jeans. The hat and booties are from her new Baby Hats, Mitts, and Booties pattern.

Washcloths for Huck!
Washcloths for Huck!

Allison (you might know her from drop-in classes!) knit these washcloths out of Ty Dy using a couple favorite stitch patterns. Why not grab your stitchionary of choice and knit a few for someone you know who needs a little pampering?

Baby Zs Baby Hat and Booties
Kristen's Van Dyke Socks

Kristen has taken up sock knitting, and she's starting from the toe up! She says the easy-to-follow instructions in Wendy D. Johnson's Socks from the Toe Up make learning this new technique a snap!

Soft Linen Hoodie
Soft Linen Hoodie

Wow. That only took 1 year. Can I use having a baby as an excuse? Yeah, maybe not... since i had all but 1 sleeve finished before i was even pregnant - haha! I absolutely adored working with this Soft Linen yarn and am tickled that the sweater actually turned out looking like it did in the pattern magazine (sometimes i'm not so lucky.) The buttons still need to be added, but I'm still not sure which ones to use... maybe these Nut Buttons in green?

 
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