Unique Valentines Day Gift

Valentines day is approaching and you are searching for that unique gift to give that special someone (or even yourself!). What to do? Come by the shop and pick up a Little Hearts Scarf Kit.

Little Hearts Scarf

This unique kit was created by our very own Ewe, Morgan. She not only chose the yarns for each individual kit, she also wrote the pattern.

“I love the scarf – if you look close the stitches form little hearts.” -Morgan

When the Little Heart Scarf Kits were being put together, several of the Ewes ohhed and ahhed over the different color combinations Morgan put together and promptly purchased one to take home and make.

Come by and pick out your favorite before they disappear!

Shadow Capelet in Techno

I just finished up the Shadow Capelet pattern from the folks at Blue Sky Alpacas.  Using three skeins of Techno, the capelet is knit in the round and then turned inside out so the wrong side of the work is actually the outside (and you don’t have to purl the entire thing!).

For a peppy, cheerful look, I chose Posh Pink and Cha-Cha Red as stripes to go with Fame (the cream).

Techno is soft and light, but it is a very insulating yarn – I was working on this inside a chilly coffee shop and it kept my lap quite warm. The capelet is the perfect size to tuck into a handbag in case of over-zealous air conditioning when you are out and about in the summer.

Pattern: Shadow Capelet from Blue Sky Alpacas, designed by Merri Fromm

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Techno; 1 hank each of three colors, shown in #1970 Fame,  #1976 Cha-Cha Red and #1981 Posh Pink

Feature of the Week: May 21

Easy-to-wear, open-front cardigans have been the trend for a few seasons, and this summer is no exception.  This raglan cardigan with a lace inset on the sleeves and garter stitch trim is an easy fit for any wardrobe.  Divino from Lana Grossa feels silky smooth and has plenty of drape without losing shape.

Pattern: Design 6, Filati Pocket Issue 2

Sizes: 36/38, 40/42

Yarn Required: 9, 10 balls of Lana Grossa Divino

Feature of the Week: May 14

An aptly titled pattern, Cruise Ship is the perfect packable cardigan for cool nights on the sea.  With short sleeves and an open front, it also makes great vacation knitting, in case you don’t have time to finish before you set sail.

Ripple, one of the season’s most popular cotton yarns, adds texture and interest without requiring any fancy stitch patterns.

Pattern: Cruise Ship Cardigan by Rosemary Drysdale, in Collage

Sizes: Small (Medium, Large, XL, 2X, 3X)

Bust: 34 (39, 43, 47, 51, 55)”

Yarn: Tahki Yarns Ripple 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) balls, shown in #1 Pearl

 

Fiberphile Squooshy Sock

For all you fans of sock yarns, be you a sock knitter or not, we’ve had this wonderfully squishy and soft sock yarn in the house for a little over a week. The colors are very rich and I’ve been having a hard time not adding one skein of each color to my take-home basket.  (Okay, I did add them, but then I put them back on the shelf. A couple of minutes later I put a few skeins back in the basket.)

Colorway: Aslan. This may or may not be a color still remaining in my take-home basket.

I’ve been browsing through all the patterns on Ravelry – sock, shawlette, sock-weight sweaters, you name it, I’ve looked at it for this yarn.  Looking at patterns is generally followed by adding more yarn to my take-home basket.

The following are all Ravelry links

22 leaves shawlette by Lankakomero – LOVE the leaves on this shawl – it makes me think of kelp floating gracefully in the currents.

Plain and Simple Pullover by Veera Valimaki – Sweaters out of sock-weight yarn are wonderful for Texas. The folded collar and faux-buttonhole shoulder seam catch the eye, while the cap sleeves make this piece great for layering with a long-sleeve shirt.

AIilbe by Kristi Geraci – The twisted stitches on these mittens really highlight depth of color in the yarns used, and this strikes me as an ideal project for your most favorite color of sock yarn.  Don’t hide it beneath shoes and pant legs, but wear it on your hands for cheering up on cold days.

#15 Lace Pullover by Dora Ohrenstein, Vogue Crochet 2012  A tunic with a ripple stitch pattern, this crocheted top has a loose and lacy appearance which is quite elegant.

 

What do you like to knit or crochet out of sock yarn?

 

 

New Yarn Alert: Scrumptious 4-ply

Scrumptious 4-ply/Sport is an luscious blend of silk and merino, with plenty of shine and depth of color. It feels heavenly in your hands and looks elegant when knitted up in plain ol’ stockinette stitch.  It looks even better with stitch patterns, creating textured stitches that really pop.

Not sure what to make with this yarn?  We took the arduous task of sifting through Ravelry patterns to pull out a few of our favorites (although there are many more out there) that match perfectly with Scrumptious 4-ply/Sport.  (all the following patterns are Ravelry links)

Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier  – a lovely waterfall cardigan with sculptural short rows and decorative increases

Goodale by Cecily Glowik MacDonald – this one has been in my queue for a while with it’s  short sleeves, turned-back pockets and simple outline

Alysha by Lily Kate France – a sweet hat with twisted stitches and intriguing stitch pattern

Jaali by Kitman Figueroa – shop local with this beautiful shawl – Kitman is a customer of the Woolie Ewe and we are always in awe of her sophisticated lace designs.

Click here to see all the available colors or to purchase Scrumptious 4-ply/Sport

 

Feature of the Week: April 16

Any other runners out there keeping tabs on the Boston Marathon? Nope? Not to fear, you don’t need to run to wear this top from Tahki’s Filatura Di Crosa Spring/Summer Collection.

A trapeze-style top with an overall Chevron pattern, the yarn and stitch pattern combine for a summer-weight garment that allows for air flow.

Pattern: Amalfi in Filatura Di Crosa Spring/Summer 2012

Sizes: X-Small (Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL)

Yarn: 7 (8, 9, 11, 12, 13) balls of Filatura Di Crosa Tiffany (44% Cotton/ 39% Viscose/ 13% Polyamide/ 3% Metallic/ 1% Polyester)

 

Feature of the Week: March 12

Men’s knitwear patterns are not as common as those for women, so we get pretty excited when we find one that looks amazing and uses an amazing yarn. This Striped Vest from Blue Sky Alpacas fits into the amazing look and amazing yarn category – stripes! a vest! Alpaca Sport!

The vest is modeled with jeans, but could easily complement dress pants or a tie. Alpaca Sport is warm without a lot of bulk and feels soft next to the skin.  Since the yarn is so lightweight, the vest is a great layering piece, wear it under a jacket for a little extra warmth or as an outer layer on a cooler day when a shirt just isn’t enough but a sweater isn’t necessary.

Pattern can be found here.

Yarn can be found here

 

Bunny Week: Bunny Hop

They are cute all year-round, but there is just something about the imminent arrival of Spring that makes me squeal over wee little rabbitses.

I have been wanting to knit this particular bunny family for a long time – ever since I saw them on display at the Knitting at KNoon booth at TNNA (2010, maybe?).  This year, I’m all about knitting what has been on the backburner of my knitting list for a while, so I snagged up some of the Sublime Organic Merino Dk in bunny colors and went to town.

I have two of the large and one of the small bunnies.  I also prefer my bunnies unadorned, so I did not knit the accessory items (an apron, neckerchief, carrot, basket and flowers) that come along with the pattern.

They knit up very quickly and I’m hoping to have a few more of the small bunnies made up for Easter.  A basket of bunnies is just the thing for Spring!

The pattern is Bunny Hop by Chris de Longpre, of Knitting at KNoon.

eta: We’ve sold out of the pattern, but give us a call and we can order a copy for you. 972-424-3163

Bunny Week: Itty Bitty Toys Bunny

This long-limbed bunny from Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson is sized just perfectly for a toddler to hold in their arms.  With typical bunny ears, long arms and legs, there is always someplace for little hands to grab on.

Knit using 2 skeins of soft Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Cotton and at 8″ in height when seated, if you add pellets to his rear end, he’ll stay seated on his own.

The bonus part of knitting bunnies is that they usually have a pom-pom tail and this one is no exception.  Such a sweet little puff of tail!