With fluctuating temperatures it's easy to start thinking about Spring...the stores are already filled with warm weather clothing and the colors are spectacular!
We have seen a number of new yarns for the upcoming season and we are very excited! There are a lot of fibers that are suitable for any and all season, some with a little shimmer and a lot that are just fun! We actually have already received the newest pattern books from Berroco and they are good reading! Felting is coming back with a much hipper look...we saw some Noni Bag patterns that we cannot wait to work up!! Stay tuned for these items some time in February!
Book of the Week
And now for something completely different! This week's featured book is an entirely new take on knitting garments, Knitting Off The Axis: Projects and Techniques for Sideways Knitting by Mathew Gnagy. It is time to explore a new angle on knitting. Emerging new designer Mathew Gnagy has created a fresh collection of 15 sweaters for men and women that are knitted in a "New Direction".
All the patterns are knitted in angles other than traditional top-down or bottom up construction. Each of the patterns is designed in a one-of-a-kind way, focusing on knitting sideways or in an untraditional direction. Knitting at different angles gives these knit projects unique shaping, visual interest, and fashion-forward styles. You will love the new techniques and challenge of knitting sideways.
The first section, "Truly sideways" are designed knitted entirely sideways and include a lovely cabled pullover, several cardigans and a vests including vintage inspired vest with fabulous collar.
The second section, "Mostly Sideways" includes a modern take on the cape/poncho craze with cables and stand up collar, there is also a men's jacket pattern that is warm without being bulky. A truly masculine style sweater with interesting detailing.
The third section, "Every Which Way" includes designs with a combination of all different directions. Four fabulous patterns make up this section, including one call "Meredith" A swing coat that will have strangers stopping you on the street!
All of the patterns include several pictures of each finished garment, detailed instructions, charts where needed and schematics (always a plus). This book is the perfect way to jump-start your fall knitting. Stop in this week and pick up your copy of Knitting off the Axis @ 30% off.
|New Year's Resolutions!
Did you know that there are over 100 cable combinations to knit? All are based on the basics of moving stitches to create a twist and you can learn how! Sign up for the Cable Basics class this Saturday, January 19th from 11:00-1:00.....you will leave inspired to cable away and really impress your friends! Call to register!
Did you make any resolutions for the New Year? This is traditionally the time that the resolutions made have started to dissolve into thin air....don't be one of those people! Stick to your guns! Learn something new!
Mari did this Must Have Cardigan
, not once, but twice...the first time she used stash yarn, but wanted to do it again with a little bit more of a punch! Using 220 Superwash from Cascade second time around has made this spectacular!
Fernanda did this beautiful sweater using Elements from Berroco. She was so excited to show off this great looking garment, she forgot the name of the pattern, but promises to let us know this week!