Mitered Afghan Completed

Posted by Caroline Hershey

mitered-afghan-completeThe completed afghan is blocked and ready to go to some lucky graduating senior. mitered-afghan-edging

Melissa added the knitted border chosen from Nicky Epstein’s Knitted Embellishments. What an incredible amount of information is contained in this book.

Washcloths Needed

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Socks for Soldiers needs washcloths.

They need hand knit or crocheted washcloths made of 100% cotton. If you could make a few and send them off directly to them or to us and we will forward them on to SFS. Thanks!

Megaboots Stretch Sock Yarns

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Sock Yarns with Stretch are the Best!megaboots-ball

I love working with this Megaboots yarn. The stretch in the yarn makes it fit perfectly on ankles and the rest of your foot. And who would have thought that this ball of yarn………………. would turn out this sock???megaboots-sock Usually I work two socks at one time on the addi turbo needles using the magic loop method but for some reason I only cast on for one sock. BLAH! I hate doing the second sock! But I do like working with this yarn so it shouldn’t be too hard.

If you would like to try out the Megaboots yarn, it is our featured product until the end of Feb. which means you will receive a special price on it. It is normally $16/ball (only takes one ball for a pair of socks) and as our featured product, the price is $12/ball. To receive this price simply enter the word – megaboots – in the coupon code box on your shopping cart. We know you will enjoy knitting and wearing socks with this yarn.

Mitered Corner Afghan

Posted by Caroline Hershey

KnitXperience Miters

afghan-miter-squaresMelissa was working on this afghan when we were at KnitXperience in November and just finished it. She used Elsebeth Lavold’s Chunky AL yarn and designed the pattern herself. She added a knitted edging when she finished. The sides definitely needed blocking when finished, so she threaded Lysley Solomon’s blocking needles afghan-miter-squares-2through each side, then blocked with a steam iron and a damp cloth. The wires held the afghan in place and made anafghan-miter-square-3 arduous task considerably easier. You can see what a difference it makes in these photos. These wires are too long for us to ship, but we will have them at the Mancuso Show in Hampton in February.

Cars and Knitting

Posted by Caroline Hershey

or where did my needle go???

Have you ever been traveling along, minding your own business, knitting away, and all of a sudden your knitting needle slips out of your knitting and disappears into the underworld between the seats? The question is…does it end up under the seat, in the engine, on the road or just into a land occupied by lose change , emory boards and anything else that slips from your fingers? On that occasion I am happy to report that Dan swerved to the side of the road (in response to my screech) and rooted the neeedle out before it had joined all the other debris. Happiness prevailed.

And now I am looking forward, not really, to a trip back to Charlottesville for a heel doctor’s appointment for Dan. Looking forward to it because he is able to drive a little now so I can once again blissfully knit the miles away. You can’t imagine how the last few months have cut into my knitting time because I have had to do all the driving. Not nice. But we are almost at the point where, when I ask, “want me to drive” he says, “no, you’re knitting, that’s fine.” Oh happy day!

Cables and Knitting

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Brioche Stitch Cable Scarf

brioche-scarfWe have developed an interest in cables recently especially reversible cables. What a cool scarf you can make if it doesn’t matter which side is out. Lily Chin has several patterns developed with this technique. Scouting around on the internet, I found this pattern on FireFlower Knits and gave it a try. It is a reversible cable scarf with a brioche stitch cable. I think it is a knockout if I do say so myself. The yarn is from Fiesta Yarns called Watermark. The brioche stitch makes it a little more complicated than it needs to be to just make a reversible cable but it turned out lovely. This has hooked me but good! If you want the web address to get the pattern, email, and I’ll send it.

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