Knits to Give project series, part two

The second project we chose as part of the Knits to Give project series is the Lion Cub Scarf.  The main reason we selected it is because so many knitters come to us and say that they are scared and intimidated by intarsia. So many fabulous projects use this technique that it is a shame knitters won’t attempt them.  Let us change your mind in this class.

The Lion’s face is charted out, so you’ll learn to read the chart for the colors and shaping. The technique of changing colors is not complex and by the end of this project you’ll be able to do it without much thought.  The remainder of the scarf (including the back of the head) is completed in one color, so the small area of intarsia is perfect for learning and practicing a new technique.

This project will meet on Thursdays February 9 and 16 from 10:30 to noon.  The scarf uses Rialto Dk: 3 balls of Caramel, 1 ball each of Orange, Ecru and Black.

As we’ve mentioned before, the class is free but requires the purchase of the book (Knits to Give by Debbie Bliss) and materials.  If you attend the classes for all four projects, your book will be free and we offer a discount on the book for each project you attend if you are unable to participate in each project ($5 off the book for the first project, $10 off the book for two projects, $15 off the book for three projects).

I’ll cover the remaining two projects in  further posts, but here is an overview of them:

Bunny Booties – picking up stitches, following pattern directions and face embroidery using Cashmerino DK (1 ball of main color, 1 ball of contrast)

Baby Shawl -  reading stitches in an easy lace pattern using Baby Cashmerino (10 balls)

Debbie Bliss Magazine Fall/Winter 2011

Since catching tantalizing glimpses of projects, patterns and yarns during Debbie’s visit in June, we’ve been on the edge of our seats waiting for this issue of the Debbie Bliss magazine. And boy, has it been worth the wait.

The cover project in Riva, a color-shaded yarn, is dramatic, striking and a fairly easy knit.

Doesn’t it look even better at full length?

The animal prints make me want to grab yarn, needles and start right in on a new rug for the hallway (nevermind that it doesn’t match the rest of the decor).

I’ve got a set of boots that need toppers – and these are pretty amazing.

Who wants to knit this for me? I’m going to be busy knitting the rug and boot toppers, but I really need this sweater for my wardrobe.  The black and white really makes the stranded work stand out.

You can purchase the magazine here.  (yes, that’s correct: Our website is up and running again).

On Ewe Needles

Believe it or not, we Ewes do occasionally knit outside of work.  Marilee consented to bring in her current Work-in-Progress (a WIP).

Knit out of Noro Kureyon Sock, the two colors and traveling stitches make this a warm and reversible scarf.

The pattern can be found in the Knit Noro book (which is on it’s way back in to the store – it has proven to be quite popular).