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couch knitting on hot summer days

knitting in the wild

I love to do my knitting on the couch watching/listening to a guilty pleasure on the TV. Here’s a fun and easy 2 color brioche cowl knit in the round. Full disclosure…..I did have to redo this first attempt at least 4 times to fix mistakes as I learned this new technique. Yarn pictured is Rum Raisin LiViLy Cormo Worsted and Synergy mint green Worsted. You can grab some of this in my online store.

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knit more wherever you are

Knitting tank top at fiber show

Our lives are so busy. It’s important to take some time to do repetitive tasks like knitting or crochet. And why not do it in public? If you can work 10-15 minutes a day on your project, it will get done. So this month knit in public! I’m knitting my Zephyrette Top designed by Corrine Wacher. Obviously I’m using my Zephyrette yarn (a luxurious blend of baby alpaca, cashmere and silk) It’s like knitting with kittens!! Go grab some for yourself in my online store.

Preparing for Zephyrette top
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Wear Wool Socks

Really? It’s summertime! It’s going to be in the 90’s today. If you are going to wear socks, then put on wool socks. Why? Because they wick moisture away from your skin. They absorb lots of water and they still remain cool on your feet. I have lots of cool colorways in sock weight yarn. Grab some in my online store to make a pair of your own!

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Behind the Scenes

This week I’ve been busy making new colorways for the fall shows. I’ve also been filling in some of your old favorites. These will be available at the fall shows: Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival, Fall Fiber Festival of Virginia and at Rhinebeck. You’re not local to those shows? Send me a message and we can sneak one or two out to you.

In the meantime, visit our web store to see what is on our shelves.

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Love Knitting Shawls?

fingering weight yarn to knit a shawl

Do you struggle to pick yarns and colors that will make that shawl really shine? I put together shawl triads just for you. I combined fingering weight yarn skeins in colors that work together for a really great shawl. There are some with only sparkly yarn, some with a little bit of sparkle and some without sparkle at all. You can find the triads here.

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Sweater Inspiration

Alto DK weight yarn

Have you started your Rhinebeck sweater yet? If not, think about using this wonderful yarn for your next sweater. It is our Alto. The yarn is DK weight and is a blend of superwash BFL wool and silk. It is very shiny and it has a wonderful drape. You can find it in our webstore.

This sweater was knit with Alto in the Lightning colorway. It was designed by Corrine Walcher of Gingyknits. It is great to wear. It is so soft and has a great drape-y hand. There is a cabled lace on the side seams and down the sleeves. The pattern is available here on Ravelry. It is called The Land of Silver Birch.

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Advice for the Slowest Knitter in the World

Socks from sock blank
Knitting Advice Taken

I consider myself the slowest knitter in the world. When I say this, others say I can’t possibly be the slowest because they are. 

I do “throw” my yarn in the English way and that is slower than “picking” your yarn in the Continental way.

But I also have a pair of socks that’s been on the needles for over 2 years and another that I cast on maybe 6-8 months ago and I have about 2 inches of the cuff knit so far.  I have a tank top that I started a year ago. That tank is nearly complete. I am at the neck on the front. I have so little left.  But I haven’t picked it up for several weeks. 

My knitting mentor, Ellen, is perhaps the fastest and most prolific fiber artist I know. Several years ago, when I was marveling at her production, she gave me this advice: Knit (substitute spin, crochet, draw, paint, etc) 10 minutes every day. You can find 10 minutes and each day that work of art will come into being.  10 minutes a day. I can do that.

Slow, Slow Socks

Her second piece of advice was that you can knit anywhere. You can knit in line at the DMV. You can knit while you are in the bleachers of your child’s sports game or practice. You can knit on vacation. You can knit in the car….but not while driving! You can knit in the dental or medical office while waiting for the doctor to see you. Do you think that would work for you? I do. That will be my goal for the week. I hope you’ll let me know how it works for you.