Cutting Corners

Posted by Caroline Hershey

No, no no. Not cutting corners, but mitering them producing beautiful designs within garments. We were first introduced to miters with Heartland Knits, Diamond Patch Socks, which we featured at our 2006 SoXperience. Diamond Patch Socks

Look at the variety of
designs that can be
created simply by
varying yarn color placement.



These squares are done with Silk Garden which is
gorgeous with the change in colors throughout the yarn. After completing several of the squares, a shawl is what I’m aiming toward.

   We are so enthalled with mitered squares, that we are offering workshops in their construction at our 2009 KnitXperience coming up in November at Graves Mountain Lodge. Information and registration will be published in July. So stay tuned.  

Nasty Critters those Moths!

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Avoid moth damage with TLC

All those lovely hand knit sweaters and scarves. You don’t want those ruined, I know. So, what to do when you need to store them? First off, make sure they are clean. One little dot of ketchup, or your favorite drink or whatever, acts like a homing beacon to moths. So, wash those garments. I have found my favorite to be Meadows Wool Wash which comes lavendar or cedar scented. The scents don’t kill moths or even repel them. They just do a good job of confusing moths, letting your stash of wool sweaters be a secret because all they smell is lavendar or cedar. And then after it is clean and dry, nicely scented, store them in those giant zippered bags. I get the 2.5 gallon size which will take a hefty winter sweater or several smaller ones. Squeeze the air out, zip it closed and put it away for the summer.

Better Safe than Sorry

Throw that bag of roving you just couldn’t pass up, that ball of yarn with unknown history, any suspect  ball of yarn (hey! did that bug just come out of my yarn???) into your freezer for 3-5 days to make sure that all is taken care of. A stay of 3-5 days in a chest freezer (not your refrigerator freezer) will kill a moth in any stage of development from larva to winged creature. So don’t take chances with the unknown, throw it in your freezer. Many a time Dan has come grumbling back from the freezer saying there is more yarn in there than food.  If a customer returns yarn to the shop, it’s the smart thing to do, because I don’t know the circumstances it has been kept under.

Beauty in Simplicity

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Triangle Shawl of Lace Merino Wool

I love mindless knitting, and what could be better than being able to ball it up and stuff it in your pocket as you head out the door. Gotta have something to knit on in case there’s some down time where ever you’re headed. That’s this triangle shawl knitted from Lace Merino yarn.

Lace Merino Shawl

The colorways offered in this yarn are beautiful and the yarn is tightly spun so there is no splitting. The yarn is also sold as a sock yarn, but I haven’t tried that yet.   Love the ties and the shawl stays put on your shoulders. The results you see here are from one skein. We have a free pattern on request for the shawl when you order the yarn. My customers come and pounce on it with an oohhh! and aahhh! wearing it until time to leave the shop.

Lace Merino Shawl ties


you are my saviours. this is the second time you have saved my crazy knitter's inspiration so you are elevated to yarn goddess!!

Julie from CA

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