Sunday, February 15, 2015

Travel Knitting - To India & Knitter's Pride!

Going to India!

This was me, just 30 hours ago, at the Reno Airport - preparing for the 1st of 4 flights that got me to Delhi, India... where I will be spending the week with my friends Suman and Shirish from Knitters Pride Needles!!

Later on today (Monday), the 3 of us will take another flight down to their factory in Jaipur, India... I get to actually watch needles being made and meet the people that make them. I am soooooo excited!!

I'll keep you posted (ha!) on how the trip goes...


In the meantime, here's what I accomplished during the 4 flights (in addition to hours and hours of sleep!):

6 of the 11 Shards are done (on flight #2 from Denver to Chicago)!

Pattern: Shard by Romi Hill

Yarn: 1 hank of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Edith's Secret

Needles: US 2 32" Knitter's Pride Karbonz Circulars


On Flight #3 (chicago to newark), I started a new project (I just couldnn't wait - and couldn't resist bbringing "vintage Sari and "Holi Festival" with me!))

Pattern: HowlCat by DullRoar Designs

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Dk in Vintage Sari

Needles:US 6 40" from the Knitter's Pride Dreamz Interchangeable Set (the tips on these are GREAT!)

Technique: Magic Loop


Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Vintage Sari


And this is how far I got!

p.s. thanks, Diane Soucy, for this travel tip:

The #Howlcat pattern says to rib for 10" before changing colors. Instead of carrying around my tape measure, I tied a knot in my cast-on tail at the 10" mark. When the cowl is as tall as the knot, I can switch colors!




Friday, February 13, 2015

A Tosh Teddy Rescue

What's a mom to do when Teddy needs a quick fix?! She grabs a yard of Tosh Sock in Tart (because Teddy is a bit Tart!), a darning needle, and then gets to fixin'! Oh - and she gives Teddy a healthy dose of anethesia (in the form of hugs and kisses, of course)!

Enjoy... Huck and I sure did!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Roadtrip Knitting

My favorite part about road trips?

Guilt free knitting time!
Seriously, there is absolutely no way that I would have gotten this far w/o some significant car time. Quite frankly, I probably would have quit a long time ago if i hadn't had a few hours in a row to make - and then appreciate! - my progress. And for me, progress is like a drug... the more I make, the more I want!

3 shards down, 8 to go!
Stitch Markers: A Bit of Spark (p.s. i use the safety pin in place of the spare needle when holding those extra 5 sts at the end of each shard... it's working great!)
Trip Details: Reno->Mammoth, CA ->Reno

Knitter: Me! (Laura)
Driving & Singing: Doug
Additional Entertainment: Huck :)
Added bonus? Seeing rainbows on the way home!




Thursday, January 8, 2015

Knitbot Trunk Show now on display!

Next stop on the garment loaded trunk show train is Knitbot by Hannah Fettig! Hannah's designs are some of the most popular patterns we sell and for good reason!  Her style is clean, simple, very functional and the patterns are beautifully written.

There are patterns for children, many of which were inspired by and created for Hannah's daughter Mabel:

Yoked Cardigan
The Yoked Cardigan is a wonderfully quick top down knit in worsted weight yarn. It is sized from 6 months through children's sizes and all the way to an adult 61" finished bust size!

The Childs Sock Yarn Sweater is another very popular pattern with a wide range of sizing from newborn to size 16 (34.5" chest).  One skein of Malabrigo Sock will make the newborn size.

Childs Sock Yarn Sweater

Spring Jumper

The Cradle Cardigan and the Spring Jumper are worked up in sportsweight yarns and would make a wonderful set for a lucky toddler.

Cradle Cardigan

The Autumn Frock and Stripe is an adorable dress and beret combo knit up in a worsted weight yarn.

Autumn Frock & Stripe
Baby Frock

Need a quick knit for a baby girl? 

Then the Baby Frock is the way to go.  This little jumper is knit up in bulky Tundra by The Fibre Company.

There are patterns for women's sweaters too!

Keeley is showing off the beautiful Calligraphy Cardigan which is knit in MadelineTosh Tosh DK in the Calligraphy colorway.

The Moto Jacket that Jenny fell in love with is worked up in a drapey, sportweight yarn. Cascade Venezia Sport or Hikoo Rylie would be two great yarns that come to mind for this project.

Calligraphy Cardigan
Moto Jacket

The Fibre Company Acadia is the yarn Hannah chose for the Spring Ribbed Cardigan and Mikayla agrees!  It's oh so soft and very comfortable!
Spring Ribbed Cardigan
Terry has always wanted to try on the Effortless Cardigan and now she's had her chance.  This easy to knit, easy to wear cardigan is knit up in MadelineTosh Tosh DK.

Jessica is modeling the Sycamore Vest which looks great both fastened closed with a shawl pin or open for a more relaxed look.  This is another pattern that works well with a drapey, sportweight yarn. MadelineTosh Pashmina would be one we would suggest!

Sycamore Vest
Effortless Cardigan

Carly say the Wispy Cardigan is just right for taking the edge off a cool evening or an air conditioned room. This light sweater is knit up in lace to fingering weight - Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino would be an excellent choice!

Wispy Cardigan
There are pullovers too!  Jill is wearing the Adult Sock Yarn Pullover seen here in Malabrigo Sock.

Classic Elite Yarns Fresco makes the Lightweight Pullover soft and fluffy - always a draw for Terry.

Adult Sock Yarn Pullover
Lightweight Pullover

This trunk show will be here until January 19th! We hope you stop by and take a look!

The Retail Team - Gus, JenA, Jill, & Terry


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A cozy start to the New Year - the Malabrigo Trunk Show

Yummy Malabrigo, how do we love thee!!!

What a way to start the New Year! We are up to our (very warm) ears in lovely, soft, delicious Malabrigo knit items from all seven Malabrigo books!!! We have so many that we are having a hard time finding room to display them all!

Here are just few of the samples from each of the books.  Every item is knit up in one Malabrigo yarn or another.  There's just too much to list them all!

From Malabrigo Book One the hat and scarf are Ansina, the sweater with holes is Rocha, & the tunic is Melo.

This cute little dress  is Carrasco and the jacket is Cerro.  Both are found in Malabrigo Book 2.

 Malabrigo book 3 has patterns for the Lakesdale shawl and the Purl Ridge Hat along with several other designs by Stephen West! There are gorgeous women's sweaters too from other top designers! 

 Malabrigo book 4 is another treat for the eyes with the lovely cover convertible wrap Enrejado in Silky Merino and the sumptuous cardigans - Antiguo in Baby Merino Lace and Lineal in Rasta.

 Tons of fun scarves and cowls can be found in Malabrigo book 5 in Soho! Pictured here are Hester, Broome, & Crosby.

 Malabrigo book 6 in Cabo Polonio is full of rich colored accessories! Pictured here are Angelito, Barcos, & CaƱada cowls with the Trigo hat.

And finally, Malabrigo book 7 Rasta in Brooklyn full of fresh, trendy, super chunky knits all worked up in the beautiful colors of Malabrigo Rasta! Pictured are Carroll Gardens, The Heights, Sunset Park, & the Bushwick hat.

If you have the chance, please do stop by the shop as these wonderful knits are a real treat to see!  They will be here until January 8th.

The Retail Team - Gus, JenA, Jill, & Terry

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Remember all that lovely Rowan Fine Art Sock yarn you bought?

 We now have the Rowan Fine Art Sock trunk show in the shop!  This beautiful display of knit & crocheted garments shows off many of the designs from the two companion books for Rowan Fine Art Sock - Rowan Fine Art Collection & Rowan Fine Art Accessories Collection! This is a fantastic yarn for socks and more!  It's a shiny, strong and super durable blend of 45% Merino Wool, 25% Polyamide, 20% Kid Mohair, 10% Silk, hand dyed in amazing colors! Most of the colorways even compliment each other!  Take a look at some of the great patterns designed especially for this yarn!

Looking for a lovely last minute gift for a knitter or crocheter?  We also have the Rowan Fine Art Towers already to go!

 Such a lovely group of ladies all wrapped up in scarves and mitts from these collections!

The Secoto wrist warmers knit up in color 310 Maple will keep your wrists & hands toasty warm with fun baubles, traveling stitches, and lace.

 Stay snug and comfortable in Baines, a crocheted wrap that crosses in the front and ties in the back.  This one is worked up in color 311 Hornbeam. The pattern is in Fine Art Accessories Collection.

Wearing snowflakes!  That's how you'll feel wearing crocheted Bhengu, an artistic scarf created with large and small motif's interconnected making it a very portable project!  This one is worked up in the neutral color 309 Elm. Another pattern found in Fine Art Accessories Collection.

 This stunning piece is the Lark Scarf in Fine Art Collection! The design used 4 hanks of Fine Art in color 307 Pheasant in a wave pattern with purl ridges defining the waves. We love the way the colors pool!

 Wow!  Look how stunning 303 Waxwing looks in the lacy Starling Wrap found in the Fine Art Collection.

The Fine Art Collection contains 10 fabulous sock patterns! With so many different styles it will be tough deciding which to knit first!

Terry just loves 306 Lapwing! Look how beautifully it stripes in the Goose socks and the Falcon Scarf! The Goose pattern even has instructions for both ankle socks and knee socks! 

If you have a hankering to try out a little bit of color work then the Grouse socks are just the ticket! The lovely snowflake motif is worked in a combination of intarsia and fair isle and the heel is worked in short-rows. This pair was made with 304 Raven as the main color and 302 Tawny for the pattern.

 The Ibis stockings stripe 3 colors all the above the knee for a fun and funky look! This pair was made with Lapwing, Pheasant and Waxwing!

Perhaps you're more in the mood for thick, slouchy cabled sock?  Then the Cuckoo pattern is for you! Two strands of Tawny were held together for this highly textured sock.


Snipe is a great sock pattern for either a man or a woman.  Shown here worked up in Kingfisher.  This sock features ribbing with a traveling stitch that forms a little cable each time it meets a rib.

So if you can, stop by and take a look while the trunk show is here! If you can't come into the shop, please let us know if you have any questions about this yarn, these projects, or anything else!

The Retail Team Gus, JenA, Jill, & Terry

Friday, December 12, 2014

On the 12th Day of Yarn-mas, Jimmy got for me, Twelve Drummers Drumming from Yarn Carnival!!!!

The Drumline has arrived, and boy are they talented!!! 

Yarn Carnival is a company in Austin, TX that is as fun as it sounds, with bright and saturated colors that perform on a High Wire or swallow fire- they've got one exciting show that we just couldn't miss!!! 

Laura met the amazingly "spiffy and beautiful hand dyed yarn company" at Hill Country Weavers and thought they were a perfect fit for our zany crew at JBW, and the brainstorming and scheming to get their yarn at our shop began!!! 

Make sure to check out the final verse to our Yarn-mas carol!!!!

And get on over to the Yarn Carnival- there's a funnel cake with my name on it and I know I want a front row seat for the High Wire act!!!

Happy Yarn-mas Everyone!!!