Saturday, February 28, 2009


A finished object by Colleen! It's the Shalom sweater (free pattern from Involving the Senses, easily found on Ravelry), made out of approximately 5 skeins of Lamb's Pride Bulky in Old Sage.

Unfortunately, Colleen refused to be photographed actually wearing the sweater. Which is beautiful by the way. It's all the good things about a cardigan combined with all the good things about a vest. AND it's knitted top down on US 11 needles. The only negative is that the pattern is written for one size. But I'm sure I could help anybody figure out different sizing.

If you want to see an actual person modeling this sweater, check out the links above, or Jessica's blog (and her Shalom has long sleeves!)

Friday, February 27, 2009


The Malabrigo is here! And it is so delicious, you don't even need to knit with it to enjoy it. Mary Beth demonstrates how wrapping it around one's head makes a very fashionable turban.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


As a knitter, I am often distracted by the sweaters when I see a movie. I remember seeing the Sylvia Plath movie a few years ago and seriously rewinding it so I could look at the sweaters (never mind the depressing plot--check out that cardigan!) The owner of my first yarn store, Linda Daniels, was the sweater knitter for The Ciderhouse Rules, so I was aware early on that a lot of the sweaters on screen are handknit, one of a kind creations.

Althea Crome is the fiber artist behind the knits in Coraline. I should clarify: the handknits in Coraline. She is a miniaturist which means she knits things that you and I struggle with like gloves and intarsia twelve times smaller. She has to create her own needles with wire because they don't make needles small enough for her!

See how she does it in this video. And check out her website for more inspiration.

Monday, February 23, 2009


Whitney just knit the cutest hat ever for her niece. From the current issue of Knitty, the Fishy (Dead or Alive?) Hat was knit completely out of left overs. The colors are fantastic and Whitney did an excellent job.

This pattern raises so many questions. Is the fish dangerous? It seems to be eating the child. But then again, the fish is most certainly dead (X's for eyes: the most important clue) and the kid is smiling. Why wouldn't she? Just the idea of wearing a dead fish for a hat makes me smile. And knitting it, even more so.

Me and Knitty don't always get along. First of all, there are always way too many sock patterns, and some items are of questionable taste. (Also, they rejected Tonya's Eptiome Hat, which made no sense whatsoever.) But you can't argue that Amy Singer has a great sense of humor. Knitty has a whole "whimsies" section in its archive. Also in the current issue is Socktopus, another fantastic stash buster, and the Oomingmacks Slippers. And can anybody forget the knitted uterus?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I'm back!

Thanks for all the kind words and nice notes about my trip to England. Haven't been back to the Knit Nook yet, but I know that you all did a fantastic job holding the fort down while I was gone. Thank you!

Here are some pictures of my trip. At the Bronte House, in Haworth, West Yorkshire. You knew you were in Yorkshire because as soon as we crossed the county line, sheep ran into the road. No joke!

Some pictures at the Museum of Science and Industry. They had a whole textiles section, including a few demonstrations about knitting. Here I am, trying to use the giant knitty notty, but the person who duct taped the rope "cast on" way too tightly!

Overall, our trip was nice, but 50+ hours of traveling in less than a week is exhausting! I didn't knit a stitch while I was gone. I'm glad to be home!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

I'm in England!

Sorry I haven't been blogging, but I'm in England!

Jonathan and I have been here since Thursday, and we'll be home on Wednesday. I haven't done much knitting (although I brought my February Lady on the plane), but I did see a knitting exhibit at the Manchester Museum of Science and Technology . There was also a coat made entirely of nettles!

I also bought this book and I've drank pints at the pubs Peveril on the Peak and the Britain's Protection.

I hope everybody at the Knit Nook is doing well and not giving Cindy, Suzanne, and Tonya a hard time while I'm gone. I miss you all!

When I get back and figure out the whole camera/pictures/computer thing, I'll post pictures of my trip!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Knit Misti for me...

Even after the sale, we still have a lot of Misti Alpaca yarns left, especially the Chunky
and the Hand paint Chunky.
One skein will make this scarf. It's a free pattern from the Misti Alpaca website.

Hand painted yarns can be pricey. But one skein? That's so easily justified!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Felted Bag Class

Felted bags are magical. They are very impressive looking. People will exclaim when you tell them that you made your bag: "You made that! How?"

If they don't knit, just shrug. Really build up the suspense of your own talents.

If they do, then they shouldn't be asking you how because they should already know how to make one since felted bags are seriously that easy. Tell them about the Felted Bag class at the Knit Nook, starting Tuesday, February 10, 6-8 pm.

A felted bag is so easy, you don't even have to purl. And the washing machine does all the felting for you.
Do you want to make the flower, too? Well, that's another class that isn't starting until April. So you will have plenty of time to knit all sorts of felted bags and then you make flowers out of the scraps.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Thanks for a great sale!

Whew! That was some sale we had!

I don't know why, but the night before a big sale, I'm always nervous that nobody will come. It's like throwing a party. You tell everybody about, spend all that time getting ready for it, and it would just be devastating if nobody showed up.

But you all did! (Check out Holly's blog for a pictures of the big event.)

Anyway, stay tuned for the spring yarns. They'll be rolling in shortly!

And thanks again!