Archive for December 16th, 2008

cabled top down yoke sweater

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

cabled top down yoke sweater, originally uploaded by yarngal628.

YAY!!! the cabled top down sweater is finally done… just in time to
give for a gift next week…
thought you would like to see it.
cya soon
DAve Ritz

We’ve Gone International

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Oh, my gosh, have you seen the photo Wanda Strickler posted?  Look below, and you’ll see her holding up her knitting in the most gorgeously tropical-looking garden.  The photo is from her and husband Eric’s trip to Thailand in October, and isn’t it the perfect counterpoint to today’s dreary weather? Thanks, Wanda, as a customer, neighbor and friend, you’re an absolute peach. (You too, Eric!)

I have an insane amount of computer work to do today so I won’t blather on as I usually do.  Isn’t it always the case that the things we like to do – like blathering on about knitting in general – get sacrificed for the things we must do?  Well, I’m sure you’re happy, because we’re getting right to the photos today:

First I want to show some new models we made to inspire your knitting:

This pretty jacket was knit in Rowan’s Big Wool by Karen Wenrich.  The design is by Cocoknits and is great because the reverse stockinette stitch gores make this very chunky wool seem drape-y.  It’s very flattering as well as quick to knit:

bigwool jacket The color is a beautiful dark berry shade.

Karen Walter made this lovely piece from Debbie Bliss Pure Silk and Rowan Kidsilk Haze.  It’s absolutely heavenly!  We closed it with a pin, but you add ties or a big bow from hand-dyed ribbon.

Rowan jacket

And I finished this interesting wrap from a Plymouth pattern in a Noro yarn.  It was one of those patterns without a decent picture and with a schematic that is hard to fathom, so I wasn’t really sure how it would turn out.  I just figured that diagonal lines plus self-striping yarn could be pretty neat.  There are cables that travel up the sleeves and across the back that are hard to see here.  I’m pleased (just look at that weird smile) – it’s a striking and comfortable accent to any plain outfit.

yuzen shrug front view yuzen shrug back view

I also finished this little neck warmer which is from the new Winter issue of Knitty.  It’s called Poinsettia and I worked it in Handmaiden’s Cashmere Silk blend – very, very nice to have around your neck, I can assure you!

Neckwarmer It will also keep your pottery nice and warm.

Okay, enough about us – look at these projects that our customers have finished:

First, Peggy Schlegel made this completely adorable owl sweater for her grandson.  It took 5 or 6 different yarns – I think she can make a scarf or two with the leftovers.  It’s just perfect!  This is something he’s going to look at when he’s grown up and be full of wonder at this amazing sweater his grandmother made just for him!

Owl Sweater

Debbie Griffiths has been taking Janet’s Friday morning sock class, and look!  An extremely well-fitting and beautiful first sock!

Debbie Griffith sock Made in Fortissima Socka Mexico Country.  Love these colors.

Sylvia Kurpiewski made my Cabled-Waist cardigan beautifully.  However, there was a certain mixup about needle size and – how shall I put it?  A failure to check gauge?  I believe her words were “I hate that gauge swatch stuff” or something to that effect.  Anyway, Sylvia is enviably tall, and the sweater wasn’t, so she ended up very generously giving it to her tiny friend Tracy who is modeling it for us here.  It’s a lovely sweater, and knitted rather densely so that it must be very warm indeed!  It looks charming on Tracy, doesn’t it?  The pattern is a house pattern, free with purchase of the yarn to make it.

Tracy front view Tracy back  view

Okay that’s it for this week.  I hope your holiday preparations are going well and that soon you’ll have time to sit down and knit a while.  I sent an e-mail about our holiday hours, but in case you haven’t seen it, we’ll be closed Monday through Friday the week of Hanukkah/Christmas, open Sat & Sun the 27 & 28th.  Then we’ll be closed Monday through Thursday the week of New Year, and open Friday through Sunday afterwards.  I’m planning to post next week, but just in case – be sure to have safe and happy holidays!