Sunday, December 15, 2013

New Pattern Available: Michael

It’s cold in St. Paul in November - really cold. You’ll wish you’d brought your hat kind of cold. Lucky for you, someone who knits loves you. This masculine, reversible, bottom up hat offers “roll it up and stuff it in your pocket just in case” flexibility for the traveling businessman. Oh, and it’s warm.

Yarn Requirements: Approximately 185 yards of worsted weight yarn. Shown in Nature Spun (color: Irish Shamrock) by Brown Sheep Company.
Needles: Size 5 (3.75mm) 16” circular needles and a set of double pointed needles (DPNs) in the same size.
Supplies: Stitch marker, tapestry needle. Row counter is helpful.
Gauge: 22 sts/28 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch Change needle size as needed to obtain gauge.

Notes: Hat is knit in the round, rim/bottom up. Pattern instructions are written and charted.

Extra special thanks to LeslieM80 and her husband, Michael, for the inspiration.

Sizes: Men’s - Will fit head 22-25” Available now on Ravelry - $3.00

Class Listings Updated

Please be sure to check the Classes page.  Classes for January - June 2014 have been listed. All classes are held at Village Wools - 5916 Anaheim Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
To register, either stop in or call 505-883-2919

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Sam's Hat & Scarf

I'm not so sure what took me so long to post this picture.  When Sam visited this summer he accomplished great things with his knitting.  He finished this scarf.  He'd started it two years earlier and hadn't accomplished much more than 8 inches or so over two visits.  He finished the other 7/8ths of the scarf in quick order this year, and still had time to knit an entire hat.  He was very proud (and rightly so!) and looked so handsome modeling them.  I expect about now they are keeping him quite warm.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

New Pattern Available: Slipstream

This scalene shaped shawl will remind you of paddling down the river, coasting along in the white, bubbling slipstream flow between rocks and over shelves into the quiet pools of deep peaceful blue on a sunny afternoon.

Finished Measurements and Yarn Requirements will vary based on your yarn & needle selection as well as chosen number of Body Chart repeats. As a general guide I offer the following:

Sizes / Blocked Dimensions:
Small: (11 body chart repeats) 50” wide x 28” deep
Large: (16 1/2 body chart repeats) 73” wide x 40” deep

Yarn Requirements:
Small: Approximately 420 yards of fingering weight yarn
Large: Approximately 840 yards of fingering weight yarn
Shown in Merino Light (color: cousteau) by Madeline Tosh.

Size 4 (3.5mm) 40-47” circular needles
Note: For cast on and setup, I prefer to work on either short straights or DPN’s. It provides more control and less clutter, allowing you to establish your setup with more stability.

Cable needle, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, and row counter may be helpful.

Approximately 24 sts in pattern = 4” (10cm).
Your gauge will vary depending on your yarn and needle choice.

Available now on Ravelry - $4.00

New Pattern Available: Claire

Just because I love surprising you and hearing you laugh.  I love that you’re married to Roger.  You are such a beautiful example of unconditional love and generosity.  Look carefully.  There are a lot of things woven into this design – your kids, their spouses, your grandkids, and lots of love.  Just because.

Women’s – Will fit head 22-25”

Yarn Requirements:
Approximately 200 yards of worsted weight yarn.
Shown in Cascade 220
(220 yards, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, color: 9419 – Vermeer Blue).

Recommended Needles:
Size 5 (3.75mm) 16” circular needle and a set of double pointed needles (DPNs) in the same size

22 sts = 4” (10 cm) in pattern
Change needle size to obtain gauge.

Cable needle, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, ruler and four (4) stitch markers.  Row counter may be helpful.

50% of the profits from the sale of this pattern will be donated to Mercy Health System of Maine in honor of the pattern’s namesake, my mother-in-law, Claire, who is bravely battling cancer.

Available now on Ravelry - $3.50