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What are you working on for the holiday, Yarn Harbor staff?

December 21, 2014

With three (!) crafting days left before Christmas, now is time to share what we at Yarn Harbor have been working on!

Jo’Elle crocheted several cowls and hats–minions, Iron Man, and UMD hockey! She’s currently working on the Eye-Searing Poncho. Why the odd name? The nickname comes from the subtle neon green and pink Encore combination.

Katie made hats for the men in her family. Since they are lined in alpaca, they will be wonderfully warm. She also completed one Piper’s Journey in Malabrigo Rastita and is frantically ripping out and reknitting the lace border of a second. Cross your fingers!

Jen is working on a Muti Dress in Adorn Sock for new baby Lily. Hopefully it will be done in time for Christmas!

Kaethe is working on a Liesl cardigan by Ysolda Teague and it’s a gift for herself!

Kathy and Jean are not knitting this holiday season. Kathy is busy painting and getting the new location ready, while Jean is calm and relaxed.

What are you trying to finish up before gifting this year?



2014 Mid-Ravellenics Update

February 18, 2014

We are halfway through the 2014 Ravellenics! Time to check in with the Yarn Harbor staff to see how their projects are doing.

Photo 2014-02-17 04.04.16 PMKathy’s niece Sarah is modeling the Vote Run Lead cowl, made out of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride. She just has to weave in ends. Guess what? Kathy designed this cowl herself! Talk about a challenge!

Jean is working on a Knitting Pure and Simple men’s pullover out of black Lamb’s Pride. She has only a 1/4 of a cabled sleeve and the neckband left. What a speedy knitter!

Jo’Elle is halfway done with her Crochet Wrap Vest out of Malabrigo Rastita in a beautiful deep red. She can definitely finish that in a week!

Kaethe cast on the Pomme de Pin cardigan by Amy Christoffers in a lovely orange Malabrigo Sock yarn. She’s currently  10 ” from bottom and not totally convinced she will finish. You started a fingering-weight sweater AND are making wonderful progress! Sometimes the Ravellenics are about jump-starting a project, even if you don’t finish.

Jen finished a WIP and is working on Pearls by Tora Froseth out of Frog Tree Pediboo Tonal. This will be a great sweater for her daughter!

Angela is finishing a WIP–Astrid by Astrid Ellingsen, using Lamb’s Pride Bulky and Lopi yarn. This long coat has been on the needles since September and she’s almost done. So. Close. Just the yoke left!

Katie finished her Hitchhiker and a hat! Now she needs to work on her long list of WIPs and she has a healthy number of those. Some frogging will happen too. First up? A pair of socks.

How are your Ravellenics projects going? We have just a few days left!


On Our Needles: Katie’s Aranami Shawl

June 10, 2013

Aranami Shawl with Pattern and Rest of Yarn

The construction of the Aramami Shawl fascinated me and promptly went into my queue… where it has stayed untouched. But seeing the hard copy of the pattern in the store and a weekend of travel prompted me to start! I’m using Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, with the colors varying from off-white to gray to black.

The construction and colors keep it interesting, but the pattern itself is easy enough to do while watching tv (specifically Miss Marple) or holding a conversation. Each motif (or wave) is knit by casting on and picking up stitches in this bottom-up shawl (I’m ignoring the ends right now). It looks like I’m knitting many triangles, but the rounded bottom edge is created when the bottom edge of the next motif is picked up.

I’m only on the fourth tier (out of ten) and I love it! I start a new color soon, so that will keep me motivated. Feel free to ask to see it if I’m in or check out the pattern near the front of the shop!


On Our Needles: Jennifer’s Angel Sweater

July 23, 2012

Angel Sweater

Jennifer is currently making a shop sample using Oat Couture’s “Angel Sweater for Baby”, pattern # BB218.  This pattern features an easy “feather and fan” design for the bottom and sleeves of the sweater and a simple ridged design for the upper torso.

You can use fingering or DK weight for this pattern, which is in sizes 6 to 24 months.  Jennifer is using a beautiful royal blue in the Elsebeth Lavold “Silky Wool” DK yarn, which is knitting up beautifully.

The lower edges of this sweater are knitted in larger needles, graduating to smaller sizes as you go, which gives a little flare, or A-line shape to this garment – a very clever way to shape the sweater without having to change stitch numbers.  This is an excellent sweater for a little girl in your life, and Jennifer would definitely make this one again!


On Our Needles: Cheryl’s CopyKat Shawl

July 9, 2012

When I found out that someone had written a pattern based on Kate Middleton’s shawl, I couldn’t get it out of my mind–I absolutely love her beautiful, timeless style!

I’m knitting my CopyKat Shawl out of Classic Elite Fresco, one of my very favorite yarns. I began by working the main triangle, and now I have several thousand stitches on my needles to knit 2″ of ruffle. It’s slow going, but I know that the end result will be worth it. This shawl will be perfect to pair with a dressier ensemble or to wrap up in at home while reading a book.


On Our Needles: Kathy’s Winnowing Shawl

June 11, 2012

Kathy is currently knitting the Winnowing shawl by Bristol Ivy. It was published in the second volume of the Wool People series by Brooklyn Tweed.
Like its name, this shawl is shaped like wings: it hugs your shoulders. The crescent shape and textured twisted stitch are what appealed to me. I’ve loved the twisted stitch since I used it in the ribbing of a vest by Nancy Lindberg. It makes the knit stitch in ribbing really pop!

This shawl has a very easy chart to follow. It really keeps you in check with the pattern because you can easily read your fabric throughout the shawl. The border is knitted on, framing your wings.

I used Jamieson Spindrift for this project; it is always a pleasure for me!


On Our Needles: Jean’s Raglan Baby Sacque

June 4, 2012

baby sacque

I’ve knit Jean Christensen’s Raglan Baby Sacque a couple times: you can knit it with one skein of Encore on size 8 needles (I recommend Carol Anderson’s suggestion to finish the sleeves as you come to them, then doing the body. If you’re a little short of yarn, you’ll still have a sweater. The body may be shorter, but your sweater will have two sleeves).

We’ve gotten in some new colorways of Encore, including this one with the bright but not glaring colors, and I decided to see how it knit up. I’m liking it so far!

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