January, 2014



A new year, and a time for reflection and planning for the year to come.  Take a moment and reflect on all you are grateful for.  Start thinking about what you want to accomplish the year in your work life and your private life and start putting your plan into action!  In your spare moments allow for lots of time for stitching and knitting, there are so many great projects to choose from. Below are a few we came across lately.


 

Introducing Simplinatural by Hikoo

  A great new yarn addition to the shop.  Wool, alpaca and silk, expertly blended.  The rounded 6-ply strands have a luxurious cushy feel with great stitch definition.  4-4.5sts per inch, size 8-9US needles, 183 yards 100g.






On my needles is the Kansas City Cowl.  I am knitting it using the color Crimson.  This is a free pattern and can found here: http://www.yarnspirations.com/naturallycaron-files/projects/kansas_city/kansas_city.pdf






How about a warm pair of mitts for the remaining days of Winter?  These are knit with the Simpliworsted, but can be knit with the Simplinatural and the pattern can be found here: Kids Winter Buzz Mittens
http://www.skacelknitting.com/s.nl/sc.2/category.144274/.f





Another great new yarn in the shop is Rylie by Hikoo.   Rylie is a lightweight luxury yarn great for seasonal transitional knitting.  Baby Alpaca, Mulberry Silk, and linen in wonderful colorways.  6sts per inch, 3-4US needles, 274yds per 100g






These Laser Etched Coconut Buttons are perfect for embellishingng a chunky cowl or sweater



How about a little crochet?  Here are a few projects using yarns we carry in the store:



Super Quick Crochet Cowl by Cathy Campbell
Knit with Chunky Moochi by Crystal Palace Yarns
Find the pattern here:
http://www.straw.com/crystalpalaceyarns/patterns/regpatts4/yarnsA-G/chunkymo-QuickCowl.html




Chunky Moochi Crochet Cowl by Cathy Campbell
Made with Crystal Palace Chunky Moochi
Find the Pattern here:
http://www.straw.com/crystalpalaceyarns/patterns/regpatts4/yarnsA-G/chunkymo-QuickCowlLong.html





This crocheted Shell Cowl by Cathy Campbell is stitched with Crystal Palace's new yarn Danube DK.  You can find the pattern here:
http://www.straw.com/crystalpalaceyarns/patterns/regpatts4/yarnsA-G/danuDK-ShellCowl.html



The Danube yarn is a DK weight, 163yds, 5.25-5.75sts per inch, it is made of slow striping fiber, silk like flecks and has a handspun look.





Danube Drop Stitch Cowl, knit with one ball of Danube DK.  Pattern can be found here:
http://www.straw.com/crystalpalaceyarns/patterns/regpatts4/yarnsA-G/danuDK-DropCowl.html





Pia's gorgeous September Circle infinity scarf.  She knit this with the wonderful Spincycle Dyed in the Wool yarn, a 2-ply sock weight Bluefaced Leicester, handspun, superwash yarn.  Pattern by Melissa LaBarre and available in store.




Sausalito Cabled Fingerless Gloves.  Made with CPY's Sausalito 2-ply, 80%merino, 20% nylon yarn.  The pattern by Cathy Campbell can be found here: http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns2/accessories/SausalitoFingerlessGloves.html





New in the shop, "Lace One-Skein Wonders."  A great addition to the One Skein Wonders series of books, loaded with great projects!  The headband above is "Drooping Elm Headband" from the book, knit with a DK weight yarn.




Needlepoint


Long winter days are made for Needlepoint.  Here are a few of the most popular needlepoint kits this year.  By Ehrman Tapestries, these kits were designed by Raymond Honeyman and are stitched on 12mesh canvas.  Design sizes are 17.5" x 17.5".  Kits include all wools and needle needed to complete the design.


Poppies



Daisies


Buttercups





Cute as a Button, by TLC Designs.  Pattern and Mother of Pearl buttons available in store.







Lily - Let's Play!





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To December, 2013