Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Valerie's Cardigan, one of the newest patterns from Blue Sky Alpacas! This lacy crochet cardi uses as little as 6 hanks of the lightweight Skinny Cotton and can be worn year round to dress up any outfit! If crochet isn't your game, BSA just released several new knit patterns as well, among them the the rustic Ida Vest and elegant Kaw Valley Wrap!
Dolce Handknits: Simple, Sophisticated Designs is a great place to start! Author Kim Dolce, owner of Dolce Handknits (her individual designs are available as patterns), has compiled 16 of her most popular patterns in this stunning book. Every project in this volume has a timeless, contemporary theme and each design is the perfect combination of casual comfort and classic sophistication.Whether you're knitting for yourself or a loved one, you can't go wrong with a Dolce Handknits design!
Alpaca 2 is one of our newest arrivals, and boy are we exited to have/see/feel it! This sumptuous alpaca and wool blend from Isager is a light DK weight yarn that comes in a rainbow of gorgeous, naturally dyed hues. Its soft hand and excellent drape make Alpaca 2 great for lightweight sweaters, delicate wraps, fingerless gloves and more! Use it for one of the whimsical Ilga Leja patterns such as the Urban Goddess wrap or Never Not Knitting's popular Cedar Leaf Shawlette.
Riana and Riana Big a try! This single ply wool, acrylic and viscose blend comes in a bold palette of heathery solids flecked with tweedy bits that add a unique visual texture. Whether you're hoping to knit a work-worthy cardigan, cabled sweater vest for the hubby, or a rustic wrap for the chilly winter months, Riana fits the bill! And if you're in a hurry just pick up some Riana Big, the bulky big sister of the worsted weight Riana! Big works up in no time on US 15 needles making it a great choice for chunky cowls and ultra warm sweater coats!
Have a safe and spectacular New Year, and as always happy knitting and crocheting!
Monday, December 27, 2010
We had our annual holiday dinner party and boy was it something truly special this year! My son Chris was in attendance, as his sweetie Sara has been working here for a couple of months now and he was her date.
Lots of new faces and some that have been around for a bit too! Allison (our original shop manager) is back on board, but was sorely missed as at the last minute there was a family emergency. Luckily it turned out to be only a scare, phew!
Her daughter Amanda was there for the 50th time?? Ha ha! Amanda has left, come back, left, come back and none of us are sure how many times, but she is a real asset to the shop!
We had dinner at a the WONDERFUL Charlie Palmer Steak House in the Grand Sierra Resort here in Reno...and I am sure that everyone would agree the whole night was spectacular!
There were gifts, toasts and texts with pictures of our sleeping angel Huck to reassure our head beans Laura and Doug that all was well at home!
Thanks Emily for sending me this great picture.I have it set as my phones wallpaper to remind me what is really important in life...isn't he a doll?
Everyone was having fun. Here Bethany and Victoria struck a pose for me as I ran around with my camera trying to catch all the action.
I was Bethany's secret Santa and made her a flower (pattern from Brave New Knits) out of Koigu At the last second included a hammered brass piece I made over the button. She was tickled and it looks great on her!
Our two head beans got into the spirit of things and happily posed for me too! Awww what can you say!! They are super duper neat!! Thanks you guys for taking such great care of all of us and for this fantastic party!!
Our gift to the Zander's this year is a throw out of squares done by the little beans in various shades of blues and browns...knit and crocheted! The unfortunate thing was that we didn't quite get them all put together, so we gave them the squares as is with the promise of a finished throw. Laura immediately noted that she would not be sewing the squares together...it was hilarious!! They enjoyed looking at each square and hearing about who had made it. Stay tuned for the finished throw as Kristen will be blogging about that soon.
We had a special bean pop in for the week our very own Leanne who is now living in Boise came down to be with us. It was awesome to see her!! She still works for us in cyber space and will be coming back to town soon, yippppeeee!!!
Here she is getting a hug from Victoria...how can you resist that smile?
Here are Kristen and Nick the newlyweds cuddling in a corner...come on you two!! Aren't they a fantastic couple?
Here Amber is snuggling with her new Unicorn that Tiffany gave her!! If you couldn't guess Amber is in LOVE with Unicorns and Tiffany really scored on this present! I hope you get to meet Tiffany sometime, as she is one of the nicest people I know!
To the right Terry is looking lovely and is with her friend Dave who is just the nicest guy! Then to the left is Marilyn who has been one of our best customers and is now a little bean!
Erika and Nicole are listening to something interesting.
Below right, Kathy is hanging with Victoria. I am sad to report that Victoria will be leaving us to spend more time with her family in February, but Kathy is helping out with all the buying and what not. Kathy started with us as a temporary employee last holiday season and has really filled a need, thanks Kathy, you rock!
To the left we have Amanda M. with her honey Shane. Both of them are working for us now! Amanda is also a return bean and these days I don't know what we would do without Shane to help around the shop...drowning in yarn that's for sure!
Then we have Ailene and Holly (left) who are working their way through school and are so much fun to have around the shop that I don't know what we will do when they graduate. I think Holly is scheduled to graduate this spring and Aileen well I am not sure...but I can tell you we will keep them as long as we can!
To the right we have Amber and Sharon smiling with Leanne laughing (again that smile). I hope you are lucky enough to have Sharon help you sometime, or Leanne, or Amber...gosh all the little beans are amazing!
I am going to let some of the pictures do the story telling for me...as we have more beans now than we have ever had before, phew! It makes me wonder what it will be like next year? Maybe we will have to rent a ballroom some where?
Shevawn with her honey and her Darth Vader...what's not to love? A neater gal you can not find than Shevawn who is always willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done!
Chantal with her sweetie looking very stylish! Chantal is one of our brilliant high school Students who will be graduating in the spring and she really adds a bright spot to the shop!
Then to the right we have Sara and Elyse her best friend...these two gals are super neat to have around and will both graduate from high school in the spring. Of course Sara is pretty special to me, as she puts up with my great son Chris and is a budding knitter!
Well I hope I didn't leave anyone out and here's wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Thank you to all our fantastic customers and friends who have helped to make 2010 one of the most amazing years ever!
As always happy knitting and crocheting!
Friday, December 24, 2010
We hope that everyone will check back and leave your comments on the blog the week of January 24th-28th which will help us choose the final winner of full skeins of Koigu KPPPM!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
|Tosh Merino DK in Oxblood|
Autumn Vines Beret, Never Not Knitting's latest design. Just one hank of either Tosh-tastic yarn is enough to knit this charming cap that is sure to become a staple in your winter wardrobe. The cabled stitch pattern is engaging to knit and creates an intricate intertwining vine detail that looks stunning in any hand dyed colorway.
Midnight Sun Legwarmers from Ilga Leja! Extra-long and lightweight, these legwarmers can be worn over the knee or scrunched down without creating unnecessary bulk. My favorite part of this pattern is the multi-color polka dots which can be created using a variegated yarn that contrasts the background color, or by using up those leftover yarn bits that have been sitting in a plastic bag for years. Midnight Sun is great way to fullfil your resolution to slim down your stash with stylish results!
Flamenco, the latest in ruffle-rific knitting, features a unique, net-like construction. Knitting along the edge, Flamenco works up into flouncy, open ruffles that make for a stunning scarf or wrap. Check out the Flamenco Pattern Booklet for some fabulous fashion-forward designs!
Knit Kimono Too from best-selling author Vicki Square, especially if you're hoping to work on your mad knitting skills in 2011! Brimming with classic and modern knits inspired by traditional Asian elements, this book also includes a helpful instructional DVD covering many advanced techniques. For all those knitting fashionistas out there we have two new Kim Hargreaves books hot off the presses! Both Cherished and Touching Elegance are stunning collections of chic, wearable knits featuring your favorite Rowan yarns.
Travel Case from della Q! Compact and functional with plenty of pockets and sleeves for keeping essential needles, hooks and notions close at hand, I love the Travel Case for its versatility and portability. Whether you're traveling from the living room to the bedroom, home to work, or Chicago to Seattle, this case makes it easy to bring your knitting with you no matter where you are!
Enjoy the holidays and happy knitting and crocheting!
Monday, December 20, 2010
I have had a hank of Koigu in my stash for sometime and just grabbed two more hanks in contrasting colors and have been knitting flowers for last minute gifts with them!! It has to be one of the yummiest yarns I have worked with!
The pattern is from the book Brave New Knits and I have been making hair clips, pins and using 2 flowers together to give things more depth. This is a great stash buster project AND button stash buster project too! I mention the project as I think the Koigu ones are my absolutely favorite flowers!!
I can't wait to work in more depth with the Koigu yarn and am thinking that I may just have to work up the Churchmouse pattern Barb's Koigu Ruffled Scarf asap!! I will be using some of the spotted hanks for this scarf and it will just be the choosing of the colors that will be the challenge.
Tracy your idea for the scarflette/veil is in, Leah your hip zig zag baby hat is in and Daria your lace based hat is in!! CONGRATULATIONS and I can't wait to see your ideas done up!
As always happy knitting and crocheting!Jeanne
Friday, December 17, 2010
Victoria is the lovely head of our buying and inventory department who will be leaving us soon to spend more time with her family. We are going to miss her so much! I’m so glad she was able to share some of her work here before she leaves us in a few weeks. We are all so sad to see her go, but are excited that she’ll be able to hang out with her kids more...and maybe even knit more too! She’ll still continue to make the fabulous Victoria S stitch markers that we all love so much too!
Victoria has been on a shaw-knitting kick for quite a while now, and it’s so fun to see all of the lovely things she’s made. This week she brought in 3 finished shawls!
And this lovely shawl of which I can’t remember the name, done in Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in Ivory:
Just beautiful Victoria!
The only other FO I have to share is a fun holiday-related one. Last weekend, I got the bug to knit some Christmas ornaments for a few folks. I couldn’t find one I loved online, so I decided to make up my own. This is what I came up with:
It was super simple: Grab some green scrap yarn, Cast on 2 sts. Increase every couple of rows until you have a decent sized tree. Bind off. Pick up a few stitches on the bottom and knit a few rows until you have a little trunk. Weave in all of your ends and stash dive again until you find some red yarn or another color of your choice. Now dive into your button stash and find some fun lovelies. Sew on buttons and voila! Cute tree ornament done! I made a few last weekend and will probably make a few more this coming weekend to give as little nifty gifties with presents. Who doesn’t love a cute little tree ornament?!
So that is it for this week! Check back here next Friday, when I reveal a super top secret project that we’ve been working on around here...so fun!!! Happy Holidays to you all!