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Autumn is more festive with Marie Mayhew

We love turning to Marie Mayhew’s patterns to get us in a festive mood as the seasons start to change.

acorns

The Felted Woolly Acorn and Oak Leaf pattern creates a large oak leaf using two strands of worsted weight yarn together that could function as a trivet on your Thanksgiving table. The pattern also includes instructions for three sizes of acorns.

A larger selection of leaves can be found in the Felted Wool Leaves pattern which includes 3 leaf designs in two sizes: a small and large Elm, Maple and Linden Leaf.   We love how these patterns of Marie’s bring the beautiful Fall foliage into your home.

pumpkins

We also have patterns for some delightful pumpkins that won’t be nibbled by your squirrels.  On the left is the Felted Woolly Pumpkin, a life sized pumpkin that measures about 10-inches wide by 9-inches high after felting.

On the right is the Felted Harvest Pumpkin. You can create your own pumpkin patch with your knitting needles. This pattern gives directions for three sizes: small, medium and large. Either version could be decorated with a jack-o- lantern face for Halloween.

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As you can see our selection of samples and pattern provides many choices for any decor.

Even if you have tried felting before, or if you are new to the technique, we hope that you’ll stop in to take a look at these patterns. Marie Mayhew patterns are impeccable, easy to follow, and always popular with our customers.  We  know that you’ll have as much fun making these seasonal decorations as you will enjoy them year after year.

A new kit to play with

We have a passion for playing with color.  We love cowls.  And we love making kits that provide you with some savings when skeins can be split to provide you with the perfect amount of yarn.

 

beech cowl kits

We have a new cowl kit to introduce this month: the Beech Cowl designed by Barbara W. Collins.  We have paired this textured striped cowl pattern with a wonderful yarn, Sunshine Merino Sport.  This locally dyed washable merino yarn is a perfect match for this project.

 

beech cowl colors

Our limited edition kits include the pattern and 5 mini skeins (roughly a third of a skein each) in three stunning colorways.  By splitting skeins, we are able to pass along a savings of over half the cost of the five full skeins to you.  And the wound yarn is ready to be worked straight out of the bag.

Call the shop at 970-407-1461 for pricing details and to get a kit set aside for you.  These are sure to sell out quickly!

 

Theresa is knitting for Rhinebeck

The New York Sheep and Wool Festival will occur in Rhinebeck, New York on October 19th and 20th this year.  Julie, Theresa, and Jenny are eagerly anticipating their trip there.

This festival is well known in the Ravelry world and much thought, love, and planning is put into what visitors will be wearing when they attend.  Fiber enthusiasts are the perfect group to really appreciate a beautiful hand knit.  Half of the fun of attending this event is the people and sweater watching that occurs.

The unpredictable New England weather ensures that layers are essential and various knitted garments can be modeled as the temperatures swing from brisk morning coolness to balmy afternoon warmth.

In fact, Ysolda published a book (The Rhinebeck Sweater) about the festival with a collection of 12 patterns from various well known designers that talks in greater detail about the phenomenon.

Instead of a sweater, Theresa has elected to bring a stunning assortment of shawls with her this year.  Her needles have been flying over the past several weeks to ensure that everything is blocked and ready to go next month.

 

groovy

Here you can see Amelia in Theresa’s Groovy.  This asymetrical shawl is knit sideways in stockinette and reverse stockinette stitches. You start at one end and continue knitting until you run out of yarn or sooner if you reach the desired size.  This pattern can easily accommodate sizing and gauge adjustments to ensure a custom fit that is just what you want.

Theresa created this beauty with three skeins of Madelinetosh Merino DK yarn and size US6 needles for a lush irresistible texture.

 

ashburn

Still on her needles is Ashburn designed by Melanie Berg.  “Garter and slipped stitch patterns create a subtle medley of textures, and an endless combination of color choices lets you be as demure or as bold as you like.”  We love Theresa’s color choice.  She used 6 skeins (in three colors) of Shibui Staccato on a size US 6 needle.

She is also still hard at work on this beauty.

 

love and lemons wip

This is the Love and Lemons Shawl which is also designed by Melanie Berg.  This shawl features a delicate play of texture with rows of eyelets and a playfully pointed picot trim.  Theresa cast on with our new Titus fingering yarn. This wool and alpaca blend will lend her finished shawl delicious softness and enviable drape.

We know that Theresa is going to gather her fair share of admiring comments as she strolls the fairgrounds in October.  We can’t wait to share photos of her modeling all her hard work when we return from Rhinebeck.

Dawn’s Cap Sleeve Lattice Top

Dawn finished two projects last week.  The first, her Bronntanas by Ysolda Teague was the work of less than a week of knitting.  The second was the work of a whole summer.  She started the Cap Sleeve Lattice Top in May.

We hope that we have a few warm days of an Indian Summer over the next several weeks so that Dawn can enjoy this beautiful top before storing it away for next year.

 

lattice top 01

She used three skeins of Madelinetosh Dandelion using size US 5 needles. This delightful blend of 90% Merino and 10% Linen is soft to the touch and lightweight.  It is a perfect choice for summer knits.  We love how the linen in the yarn adds some crisp stitch definition that makes that lattice pattern at the yoke look like a million dollars.

 

lattice top 02

Since she selected a fingering weight yarn instead of the sport weight specified by the pattern, she did a gauge swatch and made some stitch count adjustments to ensure a proper fit.

We know that sometimes the perfect yarn choice is not the one recommended by the pattern.  If you run into a similar situation, let us help you with gauge questions.  We’d love to help you make your project perfect!

Beautifully done Dawn!  And a big thank you to her husband Harold for the lovely photos.

Ysolda’s giftalong (part 2)

The newest pattern from Ysolda’s Knitworthy Knit Along arrived in our inbox earlier this week. Hediye is a lovely two-toned shawl a beautiful cable border.  “The edging is worked first, and then stitches for the center are picked up along one of the long edges and decreased towards the top.

The cable patterns on the edging would be an excellent introduction to cabling and a good place to practice cabling without a cable needle. No crossings involve more than a total of 4 stitches and the pattern is intuitive to follow. Short rows are worked into each repeat so that the outer edge is longer.

Hediye is shown in two colors but would be equally beautiful in a single color or you could get creative and play with stripes or color blocking in the center triangle.”

 

knitworthy

Our friend and neighbor Kristin is going to be casting on for this project using two colors (and three skeins) of our newest arrival, Shibui Maai.

We love the beautiful contrast of the plum and mustard tones that she selected.  This yarn is going to create a deliciously soft shawl and the chain construction of the yarn is going to ensure that Kristin’s cables look their best!

We’ll share photos of her finished shawl when it comes off her needles with you and the Ravelry Group Ysolda established.  Knowing Kristin, we won’t have long to wait.

We hope that you’ll pop by our shop  and let us find a terrific project for you to start that just may end up as a gift for someone you love this holiday season.