Friday, January 24, 2014

Think Warm Island Vacation with Liberty Wool Print's two new colors!

Liberty Wool Print in Lilac Daydream
It's freezing in Galena!  It's not enough to just have snow, we've got drifting and blowing snow, with temperatures plunging into the negative double-digits!  Brrrrr!

Well, you can't get more "island vacation" than Lilac Daydream and Oasis, the two new Liberty Wool Print colors.  

Liberty Wool Print is Classic Elite's soft worsted weight, machine washable 100% wool yarn.  Yup, that's right, I said machine washable wool.  It is a self striping yarn in a huge assortment of awesome colors.  Lilac Daydream and Oasis are the two newest of over 30 colors!

Liberty Wool Print in Oasis
Lilacs bloom in early summer, beating out roses and other flowers.  Lilac Daydream's blend of purple, pink, blue and gray will have you daydreaming of island breezes while you knit beside your frost covered window.  An oasis is a refreshing area of water, green grasses and trees in the midst of the desert.  Oasis' refreshing blend of blue, green, white, pink and purple will warm you up as you knit.


Both Lilac Daydream and Oasis are on sale at 10% off!  But wait, there's more . . . When you buy any quantity of Lilac Daydream or Oasis we'll give you a free pattern!  You can give Winter a big, fat, kick in the backside using island vacation colors to warm yourself with a Ridged Scarf, Simple Pocket Sweater or Mitered Mittens.  Take that, Old Man Winter!

Happy Knitting . . . .  Amy

Friday, January 17, 2014

Beat the Polar Vortex with the Abbey Cowl!

The Abbey Cowl in Montana Yarn
So how cold is it in your neck of the woods?  We hit minus 22 degrees on Monday - and that's not counting the wind chill!

This is serious knitting weather, folks!  Put your fine lace projects aside, and get out your big needles and bulky yarn to knit yourself some fast, warm accessories you can wear now

You can't go wrong with the Abbey Cowl.  Warm up and snuggle down into the eco friendly, unprocessed, 100% wool roving of Tahki's super bulky Montana yarn.  The yarn is all natural colors.  It's not dyed - it's the color of the sheep!  It's cozy soft and knits up quickly on your addi US 11 24" circular needles.


Lantern at the V&A Museum
The Abbey Cowl pattern is a beauty!  The cowl was inspired by the intricate patterns of Gothic cathedral church lanterns, like the one shown in the picture on the left.  The Fair Isle pattern is deceptively simple, and uses only two skeins of Montana (one main color and one second color).  It is a great instant gratification project to practice colorwork skills!  Designer John Brinegar says "I wanted to make a cowl that was simple enough for beginning Fair Isle enthusiasts, yet enough of a challenge for seasoned color workers.  Montana is a perfect choice for this, knitting up in just a couple evenings, and stitch definition galore!"

The pattern is only available for a limited time - so get your copy now!  More of our super-cold polar vortex weather is expected soon!

Brrrrrrr!   And Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Friday, January 10, 2014

Learn Colorwork with "Building in Color" - and Save 20% on the Yarn!

The Building in Color Blanket
Have you tried colorwork?  Wouldn't it be nice if you could learn colorwork with an expert knitting tutor by your side?  Well, you can!  Michelle Hunter's new book, Building in Color, is an expertly designed series that introduces the novice to essential colorwork knitting techniques one skill at a time.  Instead of making useless swatches, you'll be knitting the pieces of a beautiful sampler blanket!

The book contains 10 different colorwork techniques that you knit separately, then seam together at the end to create a colorful blanket.  Each new technique has both charted and written instructions and a special "Chart Sense" section to help the knitter gain confidence in her skills.  Many of the designs are timeless favorites, some are original creations, and ALL of them are deliciously fun!

All of the techniques featured in this book are supported with free online video instruction available at www.KnitPurlHunter.com.  It's like having access to your own personal knitting tutor on call 24-hours a day!

Building in Color
To make the Building in Color blanket you will need eight skins of three different colors of HiKoo's Simplicity yarn (for a total of 24 skeins.)  Simplicity yarn is buttery soft, machine washable, and available in a huge selection of vibrant colors ... perfect for colorwork!  Michelle recommends using a dark, medium, and light color for the best effect.  She used the colors Natural, Ghost Chili, and Chocolate Milk to create her awesome sample.

Bonus:  All Simplicity yarn, in any quantity, is on sale now at 20% off!

Simplicity in Bubble Gum
You will also need an addi Turbo US 6 24" circular needle and an addi Turbo US 6 40" circular needle for the border, or other size needed to obtain a gauge of 22 stitches over 4".

The book makes a great Girlfriend Project!  Get together with your local knitting guild, nearby neighbors, or friends across the country to knit one section each month, then show off your work!

Start building your colorwork skills!

Happy knitting ... Amy

Monday, January 6, 2014

Haikus for HiKoo - and Save 20%!

HiKoo's Rylie in Periwinkle
Haiku is a traditional Japanese poem in three lines.  HiKoo is a Skacel line of high quality yarns at affordable prices.  So now a haiku about HiKoo . . . .

Knitting needles fly
Yummy yarn, soft and lofty
HiKoo you need to buy!

Anyone willing to read that blatant commercial haiku deserves a reward.  So we've put all of our HiKoo yarn on sale at 20% off through January 31st!  That's 19 great brands!  So what yarn should you choose?  Here are some of my favorites: 
  • The classic workhorse Simplicity is a hardy, washable light weight superwash wool available in over 50 vibrant solid colors.  Great for daily use items like afghans and children's wear!  Need more jazz?  Try Simplicity Multi for a multi-color look, or Simplicity Metallic for a dazzling bit of bling.   
  • Rylie screams splendor!  Another new luxury yarn, Rylie is a natural wonder as a sport weight blending of soft baby alpaca, silk and linen in ten gorgeous colors.
  • Looking for a sock weight yarn, but don't like wool?  Try CoBaSi, a blend of cotton, bamboo and silk with a generous amount of elastic.  CoBaSi was such a hit that HiKoo also created CoBaSi Plus, the same great blend in a worsted weight yarn.  CoBaSi  and CoBaSi Plus are soft, wool-free, and machine washable! (Looking for a project for your CoBaSi yarn?  There is still time to join Michelle Hunter's January Knit-A-Long).
  • Knit like an animal!  Or just knit an animal.  Caribou's soft, feathery construction is great for faux fur and fuzzy toys.  Toy sheep look great with Woolie Bullie, a sheepy-looking boucle yarn.   
Simpliworsted in Earth & Sky
So should I quit knitting and pattern writing to become a poet full-time?  . . . No, I didn't think so either. 

Happy Knitting! . . . . Amy