Archive for February, 2010

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Show Some “Hattitude”!

February 21, 2010

Our wildly popular trunk show for Hattitude: Knits for Every Mood by Cathy Carron may be leaving the shop, but we’ve once again got copies of the book in stock. Take a look at some of the hats we’ve had on display.

“Theatrical,” page 10
Calls for Classic Elite “Montera.” Consider substituting with Malabrigo “Worsted.”

This dramatic beret frames the face beautifully. Formed from the top down, its extra-wide brim is worked just like a traditional beret shape but is extended a bit longer. A contrasting stripe at the brow line makes it even more distinctive.

“Giving,” page 12
Calls for Twinkle “Soft Chunky.” Consider substituting with Debbie Bliss “Como.”

Everything about this sumptuous hat is generous-the extra-large cables that form a slight brim, the lush chunky yarn, and the deep purple hue, which is the color of royalty and riches. You’ll probably want to keep it for yourself, though.

“Haughty,” page 18
Calls for Rowan “Pure Wool DK.” Consider substituting with Sublime “Extra-Fine Merino DK.”

Who could blame you for acting aloof in this chic cap? Its asymmetry starts subtly at the ribbed brim; after the brim, a portion of the ribbing is carried up through the hat’s side to the top, where it becomes part of the side sash, a length of which is ribbed, then ruffled. A vintage buckle anchors it to the hat’s side. Cool, collected style!

“Lively,” page 46
Calls for Berroco “Ultra Alpaca.” Consider substituting with Cascade “220.”

Tons of color, a perky pompom and quirky flaps add up to a hat that’s ready for action, whether you’re skiing down the slopes or bopping around town. If you love color, Fair Isle is a knitting must. The harmonious patterns and variety of colors you can achieve are amazing.

“Whimsical,” page 72
Calls for Patons “Classic Wool.” Consider substituting with Cascade “220.”

Vaguely reminiscent of a propeller hat, this flight of fancy is much more stylish and refined. After the basic hat is made-preferably in two colors to show off your I-cord work-segments of the ribbed brim are bound off, and the rest are continued with I-cord, which is gathered at the top. Instant fireworks!

“Idealistic,” page 78
Calls for Classic Elite “La Gran.” Consider substituting with Crystal Palace “Kid Merino.”
Also calls for Brown Sheep “Lamb’s Pride Bulky.”

Idealism is never out of fashion. Make the star slightly imperfect to show it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek.

“Collected,” page 86
Calls for Brown Sheep “Lamb’s Pride Bulky.”

Keep your cool while staying toasty warm. Although sure to be a snow bunny’s delight, this hat is actually quite Zen-inspired. It’s knit in linen stitch, which, although easy, does take time to create the flattened weave texture. It’s then folded origami-like in the back before the tassels are applied, a subtle cross between East and West.

“Determined,” page 88
Calls for Rowan “Pure Wool DK.” Consider substituting with Dale of Norway “Falk” or “Heilo.”

You don’t let anyone or anything stand between you and great fashion. This oh-so-chic bobbled cap, inspired by a spiky sea anemone, is a striking accessory for any season. Cast on starting at the brim, then work the combination of bobbles and vine lace upwards.

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Trunk Shows: Dale Olympic Sweaters and Hattitude

February 13, 2010

We got it! We got it! We got the 2010 Olympic Sweater show for the duration of the Olympics this year! 

It highlights the a few of the sweaters and colorways, both adult and child, and the socks and hats. We feel pretty special getting this show in this time slot. Come see!

At the same time, the Hattitude trunk show is here. Hattitude is a book of  40 innovative hat patterns, from plain to fancy to silly. It looks like a lot of fun.

The Hattitude show is just here til the 21st. The Olympic show til the 28th, so you best not dawdle.

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February Mitten of the Month

February 9, 2010

We have a beautiful pair of mittens for you this month! Adrian Bizilia’s Fiddlehead Mitten. It is a lined mitten using stranded colorwork. You can do it in two colors, a color and a varigated, or have fun with a number of colors! It uses an I-cord cast-on.

Meg did her version in Cascade and Boku.

Kathy did her’s in Cascade, with a lovely yummy lining in Nuna (merino/silk/bamboo). As always, if you wish to participate in the Mitten of the Month Club, just bring in the completed mitten from the previous month and we will give you ten percent off your purchase of the next month’s yarn.

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New Classes Added!

February 2, 2010

It is so fun to get to add two new classes to the roster. Because of popular demand, we are adding a Knitting 101 class starting Tuesday, February 9 and a Knitting 103 Swirl Hat class starting March 9.

The Knitting 101 class will run Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. It will take place on February 9, 16, and 23. In this class you will learn to cast on, knit, increase, purl, decrease, and sew a seam. We can take 4 more people, so if you have been wanting to get in and March is too far away, now is your chance! Cost $30, Taught by Sandy


We are adding knitting 103, Fiber Trends Swirl Hat. It is running Tuesday March 9, 16, and 30, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
This is a great class to learn how to knit with multiple colors in the round, and you get this amazing hat to boot. Cost $30, Taught by Sandy.

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