Knitting at the office?

Sure, why not?
Barbara Butterfield was in today admiring the new praying mantis yarn bowls.  We were talking about how she needed one for her office.  It needs to be filled with beautiful yarn and luxury needles.  It makes perfect sense.  The bowls are a piece of fine art that just happen to be useful.  Much better than the run of the mill office accoutrement.  And when are you more in need of the calming focus of knitting than during a stressful day at work?  Rather than running for a cup of coffee or some junk food, just close the door, pick up your luxury needles and work a few rows on a simple scarf in an indulgent fiber.  Before you know it, your mind will clear, you’ll relax, and you’ll be able to function better overall.  

Just try it and see if a few minutes of knitting at work doesn’t make you a calmer, more productive person.  I bet you’ll be amazed. 

It’s a Gleener

That’s the answer whenever someone asks about this sleek little tool on the counter at the shop.

 It’s a Gleener – a handy little gadget that take pills off knits like nobody’s business.   Three different blades – one each for fine, medium and heavy gauge fabrics – mean that the Gleener works equally well on both hand-knit and machine knit fabrics.  Ginni and I saw them and even tried them out at TNNA this summer and were really amazed at how well they work.  Not battery powered, just clever and effective at making all your knitwear look like like new.

The Gleener was recently featured on Daily Grommet, and I understand they sold out in about three hours.   I bet you can guess the price – that’s right, they’re just $19.99 – but wait, we have them in stock at both shops – and no shipping. 

 

Mary’s Captiva Cowl

That Mary – she’s the queen of accessories!  Not only does she have great ideas and inspirations, she cranks those things out with amazing speed!  I came in last Friday and Julie was knitting away on something in luscious Captiva – she said it was “Mary’s Cowl”.  

Mary in her beautiful cowl

and doubled up

The pattern is super simple – size 8 circular needle (24″ or longer) – 4 skeins Berroco Captiva in  a color you absolutely love!.  Loosely cast on 150 stitches.  Arrange your stitches on the needle so that the cast on is at the bottom all the way around (not twisted).  As you prepare to join for working in the round, twist the first three or four stitches on your needle so that the cast on is at the top and join.  Work in garter stitch (remember that garter stitch in the round is knit one row, purl one row).  Continue until you have about 9 yards of yarn left (gotta bind off, you know) and bind off loosely.  Voila!  It’s gorgeous, Mary, and so are you!

Tart and tangy

Photo courtesy of Neill Callis and Knitty

Citrusy – oh wait, it’s Citron.  Citron is a cute little shawlette from Knitty a few issues back.  It’s just a tiny little shawl that fits around your neck and lies perfectly, thanks to its semi-circular shape.  Mary has done several and thought it would be a fun project for the Thursday afternoon scarf club.

Photo courtesy of Neill Callis and Knitty

It’s a very simple project worked with a light weight yarn on size 6 needles.  It’s a great excuse to use one of our fab new yarns – you might try Prism Saki, Dream in Color Starry, or Juniper Moon Findley – it only takes one skein!.  For a very soft and floaty Citron, try Rowan Kid Silk Haze or new Silk Mohair from Artyarns in spectacular subtle hand-dyed shades.  If you’re feeling especially decadent, you can indulge yourself in a skein of Artyarns new laceweight cashmere – 500+ yards of delicious cashmere in gorgeous tonal shades.  Think how nice it will feel around your neck and how luscious it will be to work with pure cashmere…

Photo courtesy of Neill Callis and Knitty

Join us Thursday afternoons for the next few weeks and knit up a Citron of your own.  It’s a great gift too – if you can bear to part with it.  Thursday afternoons at 1:30 – both shops. 

Beautiful Byzantine

A lovely knitter named Tanya came into the shop late this summer for the first time.  She had seen that we carry lots of Noro yarns, and it happens that she’s as crazy for Noro as I am!  She was happy to see that we had Silk Garden Lite in stock as she’d wanted to make a wrap with it.  

Well, she came back a week or so ago to show me her progress.

 

 It is absolutely spectacular – the pictures don’t begin to do this work justice. Here’s a closeup of the fabric. 
The pattern is Byzantine by Susan Pandorf, and it takes 7 skeins of Silk Garden Lite.  The design is done with slipped stitches rather than stranding, and Tanya swears it’s easy.  I am tempted to just swatch it up…just a swatch, you know, not really a project, so it wouldn’t count as a WIP or anything…

Adorable

I spend waaaaay too much time on Ravelry, and it is my downfall.   I was looking for info on something totally unrelated, and there was an ad for designer Lien Ngo at the bottom of the page.  I clicked on the link and saw her beautiful designs.

I especially love this one
Photo courtesy of Lien Ngo

It would be so perfect in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool XL  See more photos of it on Ravelry.  The tiny knitting devil on my shoulder keeps whispering in my ear, “Knitting monogamy is really overrated.  Who’d know if you just cast on?  You know you want it…”  I do so want it…