Friday, July 18, 2014

Flicker Neck Wrap

     I know it seams kinda crazy because its about 95 degrees outside right now, but I have to stay ahead of the season!
      I have been thinking about what scarf I had wished I had last winter when I couldn't get warm and I decided I really didn't want a long scarf, I wanted something to wrap around my neck!
     This yarn is called "Flicker" and its as light as a cloud!  Its made from baby alpaca with a touch of "bling" which is very popular right now.
     I wrote the pattern starting at the center middle and knit it using increases in the center as well as on both edges.  This way when it got to the size I wanted, I bound off!
     It takes 2 skeins and I made up kits for the shop which include my pattern ... I think my girls are getting them for Christmas!  I just need to get busy!
     Happy Knitting!  Alison

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lifeline Scarf

     As you can well imagine I collect a lot of patterns!  My file just keeps growing with all the wonderful projects people share with me or I find as I wander thru Ravelry!
     This is one I have had for quite a while but could never decide which yarn I wanted to make it with.  It's a free pattern on Ravelry and it's called "Lifeline Scarf".
     As you can tell from the bottom picture, it is about 5 feet long and is as big as the counter at the shop!  You start at one end and increase until you have 140 stitches and then decrease down to mirror the first side. 
     I used Koigu for my contrast color and Dream In Color Sock yarn for my main color.  It really is a simple project but I was really glad to get it off the needles!
     I love how it turned out but won't be wearing it until this winter ... so stop by the shop and you can try it on!
Happy Knitting!   Alison

Monday, June 30, 2014

Special Visitor!

     Today at the shop I received a phone call asking if I had a few minutes to visit with a young business woman from Haiti.  Her name is Michara Charles Berry and she is only one of two young woman chosen from her country to come to the United Sates and visit other women who own their own businesses! 
     She crochets the most beautiful small bags and is teaching other young women from her city how to make them so they can sell them to support their families.
     We spoke thru her interpreter and she had tears running down her face when she touched all our beautiful yarns. She had the most stunning and beautiful complexion and eyes I have ever seen!
     What fun it was watching her, her visit gave me a smile that lasted all day!
Happy Knitting!   Alison  

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Intrepid Tulips

     We recently got a shipment of this beautiful yarn called "Intrepid Tulips" and I could not wait to knit with it!  I searched several patterns that would work but none of them were exactly what I had in mind ... so I came home and made up my own!
     I started in the center of the back with the yarn doubled and when it got to the size I wanted, I went down to a single strand and did the lattice work and ruffle.  I only used a single skein and it fits over my shoulders just how I wanted!
     This company is local here in Salt Lake which I love and her color combinations are wonderful!  Sometimes that's he hardest part for me because I love them all!
     I would love to share my pattern with you ... stop by and I'll hook you up!
Happy Knitting!   Alison

P.S.   on a personal note ... a big "Hello" to Mary Bunch who always sends me the sweetest e-mails
and makes me smile!  She was a cherished friend of my Mom's and has always been so supportive and encouraging to me ... so to Mary...Thank you!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Christmas Socks

     My daughter Sarah got married last weekend and I really dropped the ball!  When her siblings were married I let them pick out the Christmas socks they wanted for their new family as a wedding shower gift ... but I totally spaced it for Sarah and Broc! 
     I got busy this weekend and atleast finished 1 of them before they return tomorrow from their honeymoon!  I still need to duplicate stitch the name on this one ... but I'm off to a good start!
     It's a fun tradition that I started out of selfish motives!  I really wanted to continue to hang up all my kids socks each year and didn't want them to take them when they got married, so that's how this craziness got started!
     It's been fun to see how each little family has picked different styles of socks from my patterns, and no two are alike!
     I still have the sock my Mom knit for me when I was born and I love to hang it up each year and think of her knitting it just for me!
     Do you have a Christmas sock tradition?  It's never to late to start!
Happy Knitting!   Alison

Friday, June 6, 2014

A Gift For "Baby Jemma"

     I wanted to knit something special for my friend Shellee who is expecting her first Grandaughter in September.  Shellee is one of those friend's who you can always count on for a great laugh, a shoulder to cry on or a listening ear.
      Shellee is our "behind the scenes" gal .. when an e-mail is sent out or a new class is posted for the shop  ... it's because she's our gal!  I could not do what I do without her!
      I love how this blanket and sweater turned out!  I knit it using Cascade 220 Superwash which is soft and "springy"!  I started the blanket in the center and worked my way out with these bright, fun colors.  The sweater is made from the left-over yarn using a basic pattern and changing colors to match the blanket.
     It's sure fun to knit something with someone specific in mind and have it done way before it's actually needed!
Happy Knitting!   Alison

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Hole Story Shawl

     This is the latest knit-along from "Knit Purl Hunter" using the fabulous new yarn called "Rylie".  I have knit several of her patterns and love them!  She has video tutorials that go along with each section as well as the best written and charted instructions!
     If you have never knit lace before, this is the perfect first project! 
     The first picture I posted was of my shawl before I blocked it, it was really "scrunchie"   The second picture shows it on my blocking table, and the third shot is a close up of the great stitches that believe it o not are not difficult!
     I cannot wait until it dries so I can wear it!
     It's been a very fun and sometimes addicting shawl to work on because I had to see what each section would look like!
Happy Knitting!   Alison