We have found that several of our customers get an itch to knit baby things with no actual baby to knit for. One solution that's worked out well for them is a "Grandma Hope Chest," and many knitters have gone on to have actual grandchildren to wear those items.
Robin's "Grandma Box" has morphed into a hope chest and also a repository for charity knitting; it's satisfying to knit such small projects quickly.
One lovely set Robin has done is the Flax sweater by Tincanknits, coordinated with the Garter Flap Ear Hat. This set took two skeins of Malabrigo Rios with enough left over for mittens.
One of the challenges of our Valanar KAL is deciphering a cable chart. I've asked David to shed a little light on the subject.
Long before grown-up coloring books became all the rage, I was coloring in my knitting charts. I love knitting charts but sometimes they contain a lot of symbols to sort out. Color coding symbols are one of the best solutions I've found to interpret intricate knitting charts.
Generally, I only color code knitting charts for cables, especially intricate charts with varied cable crossings. I assign each particular cable cross one color so that I can quickly reference between the chart key and the chart itself. Coloring the cable crosses also allows me to easily see the movement of the cable in the chart and compare that to what I have knitted.
For example, I have a simple knitting chart with the following cable crosses: 3/3 LC (or C6F) and 3/3 RC (or C6B). On the knitting chart key, I will color the symbol for the 3/3 LC green and the symbol for 3/3 RC blue. I will then go to the actual chart and find all the 3/3 LC symbols and color them green. Then I will do the same for 3/3 RC.
As a chart gets more intricate, you will color in each cable cross a different color. In a project I am now knitting, I have ten different cable crosses, using ten different colors. The end result is a very colorful chart that is easy to read.
I understand that Knit Companion, a program for smart phones and tablets, can make quick work of the symbol coloring process for all kinds of charts (cable, lace, etc). Printed paper patterns are still my first choice but for those who prefer the newest technology, I encourage you to check out that program.
Doubtful about double points? Mystified by the term "magic loop"? Sit down with David and get comfortable with different methods for knitting in the round on Saturday June 3, 2017 from 10:30-12:30.
Take the next step from flat knitting to circular knitting in this two hour workshop. We will explore three common methods for knitting in the round: single circular needle, double-pointed needles, and Magic Loop. After you get comfortable with those methods, we will get you started on a simple cowl or hat. While this class is geared toward newer knitters who know how to cast on/off, knit and purl, knitters of all levels are encouraged to attend to learn tips and tricks to improve your circular knitting.
Call 412-517-8940 to register.
Class materials needed:
One of the strengths of the Zuzu's Petals pattern that we've been doing for a KAL here at the store is that it really shows off gradient or color-change yarns. Carol knit her beautiful cowl with Berroco Nebula and reports it was fast and fun, especially with the color shifts.
...you may also like these other patterns! We're focusing on "scowls" -- the lacy cowls that Jenn calls "a shawl that you can't drop into the toilet by mistake." All links go to a Ravelry pattern that is either free or a Ravelry in-store download purchase.
We hope you enjoyed this KAL, and we'd love to see your finished projects!
Meet Myriam. Myriam is our newest Knitsburgh mischief-maker. She enjoys Grey's Anatomy, a glass of wine with dinner, and Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Silk Fingering. Our latest shipment of Marine Silk Fingering is a gorgeous palette that she chose, full of delicate spring colors.
Myriam loves Marine Silk Fingering so much, she is chock-full of ideas about what to do with it! She generously has loaned us her Moulin Rouge shawl (by Kirsten Kapur) for inspiration. This shawl took just over half a skein of the Marine Silk and with a little judicious attention to gauge, one skein might be able to make two shawls.
Myriam also suggests:
Marine Silk Fingering is a silk, merino, and seacell blend with a put-up of 487. Each skein is $35.27. We love it and have so many more ideas for you! The last time Myriam was spotted, she was clutching five skeins and contemplating the Starting Point Joji Mystery...
We are coming down the home stretch with our Zuzu's Petals KAL! If you haven't been featured yet for FO Friday and you've completed your cowl, let us know! We'd love to share your picture with everyone.
Today's lovely Zuzu is a perfect touch of springtime from Holly, knit in Louet Gems sportweight. Look how beautifully the Gems blocked out!
Are you looking for a last-minute Mother's Day gift, or for a little self indulgence?
Join us on Saturday, May 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. Mary Kay director Jessica Youngker will be here to showcase Satin Hands products for incredibly soft hands, and you can also shop our selection of fine yarns for knit and crochet!
Jessica will have cash and carry products available for purchase, either for yourself or as a great mother's day gift! Anyone making a purchase from Jessica will receive a coupon for 10% off of regularly-priced Knitsburgh merchandise. We will also have a giveaway!
Our newest KAL is the Valanar Set -- a hat, cowl, and mittens -- by Elena Nodel. We'd been tossing around the idea of doing a hat and mitten set for awhile, but this pattern caught our hearts. The designer, Elena Nodel, is a customer favorite known for her beautiful accessories and adorable children's patterns; she recently revealed that her cancer has returned. (If you'd like to read more, please see her gofundme page.)
We'd like to help support Elena with this KAL, and we'd like to focus on the spirit of giving in knitting these accessories. We encourage you to knit your choice of hat, cowl, mittens, or all three and then pay it forward, either for your own gift stash for the holidays, or for the charity of your choice. We are happy to collect your finished hats, cowls, and mittens for the Lost and Found Pharmacy in Penn Hills.
The KAL kicks off on May 14. Our group knitting times are Thursdays from 6 - 8, and Sundays from 1 - 4. We have a number of beautiful worsted weight yarns in stock appropriate for these patterns, and we look forward to helping you personalize your choice.
We love it when people take an idea and run with it. Doug adapted this crocheted Starfish Dishcloth pattern into a whole blanket! Isn't it great? Doug used Berroco Vintage Chunky, which is currently on sale for $7 a skein.