Archive for February, 2012
Here are a few of my favorite things from the new Interweave Knits Spring 2012.
We’re seeing quite a few patterns for short sweaters that are either sleeveless or with short sleeves.
The first one in this issue is the Reticulated Pullover.
We love the fact that it is in Cascade Eco Wool which is an extremely affordable yarn. The smaller sizes just need 2 skeins because of the huge yardage in skein of this yarn.
The look is fresh and we love the diagonal lines on the side that make it very flattering to wear. A similar sweater in this range the Peony sweater from Cecily Glowik MacDonald.
This can be done in any fingering weight yarn – originally it has been done in Baah! Yarns La Jolla. The color range is gorgeous and highly saturated. Some of the colors are limited editions and cannot be found easily again. So take advantage while they are still here.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started on spring projects right away.
February 29th, 2012
I promise it happens to all of us. Halfway through a difficult project, or when you’ve hit a point of boredom with a scarf, it’s easy to fall into the knitter’s trap – doubt. Think of it like the runner’s wall, it’s just that moment when it seems impossible and interminable.
Sometimes it’s hard to trust the pattern, especially when it doesn’t look like your shawl is shaping quite right. To help with all this, Nine Rubies has an Easy Lace Knitting class coming up in May taught by Paula Dennis. So sign up and get rid of that doubt – think of it as Knitting Team in Training.
February 28th, 2012
Somewhere along the way, I realized that we did not have easily accessible pictures of the samples for our Introductory Weaving class. The idea of the Introductory class is to get a taste for weaving – this is aimed primarily at knitters and crocheters who are used to knitting yarns. The first sample that we created for this class was a simple woven scarf in Plymouth Grande Glow – Baby Alpaca. This yarn has a subtle sparkle to it and is in solid colors. The resulting scarf is soft:
Worn by the model in our store:
Our second sample for this class was created when people attending this class asked for a non-animal fiber in their yarn. The yarn we used for this was a 100% cotton tape called Lang Sol Degrade.
This yarn has a slow color change and every scarf made in it is different and comes out astonishingly beautiful. It has become the more popular sample for our introductory class.
Check out the lovely fringe on this scarf. This is taught in the first class and is created using a nifty little device called the Fringe Twister.
Interested in this fun class? The details are all on our website. If you have more questions, give us a call at the store at 650-685-6205.
February 14th, 2012