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2 Skeins and 2 Colors = 2 Unique Hats

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A couple months ago, we shared some new colors of Babe Softcotton Chunky that we’ve stocked in the store. Since then, we’ve had a little bit of fun experimenting with a free hat pattern we’ve found through Universal Yarns’ website.

colorwork Softcotton chunky hat

If you haven’t added color work to your knitting skillset yet, this is a great low-risk way to try it out! Bulky yarn means this will knit up quickly and the pattern uses a simple stranded technique.

Get the free pattern (which we can also print for you in the store) then pick out two colors of Softcotton Chunky at our store. You’ll have two new hats to wear or gift to someone else in no time at all!

If you need some assistance getting started, we’re happy to help with that, too. Come by any time with quick questions or sign up for one of our many weekly clinics. We offer private lessons, too – just call the store at 612-925-2454 to schedule.

Churchmouse Stay-on Booties in Painted Sky

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Baby Booties knit in Gradient YarnAmy recently knit up a pair of the Churchmouse Stay-on Baby Booties with Painted Sky, a worsted-weight mixed gradient yarn. The color progression is subtle and almost tweed-y looking.

She also likes that the booties match without being exactly identical – because who has the time to match every pair of the socks in their drawer?! The baby that gets to wear these will definitely be showing off their fashionable and artistic side.

Painted Sky is a sibling to the fingering-weight yarn, Painted Desert, and both are stocked in our store.

New Colors of Softcotton Chunky

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IMG_3962We recently stocked five new colors of Babe Softcotton Chunky that we think would be well suited for winter-y projects, maybe a cute jacket for a new baby? A cozy new cowl for a friend? Or a hat for your pup who is just a little naughty?

Whatever pattern you choose, you’re sure to have a squishy, soft finished product with this yarn. And, of course, we have several brighter colors so you can knit or crochet with Softcotton for any season!

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Dory Pullover from Swans Island

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IMG_4231IMG_4234We’re showing off this cute pullover as a shop sample recently because we’re just so in love with it! The pattern, Dory Pullover, is an instant classic that comes to us from Swans Island Company.

We used three skeins of the sport-weight self-striping Ambiente from Schoppel-Wolle (current color selection pictured here) and two skeins of a contrasting color (stash buster alert!) to make the 2 year old size. This is a nice superwash wool, so this pullover is perfect for even the most active kid.

We’re always so excited when the right yarn brings a simple pattern to life, aren’t you?

Create your own Reusable Bags!

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With our City’s recent decision to move forward with a plastic bag ban, we are here to help you prepare. We have plenty of patterns for knitters and crocheters  alike! We also have talented finishers who can create totes from your fabulous needlepoint and expert staff who can advise you on planning for that.

Stitches with Motion

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I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Jimmy Dean

 

needlepoint ship with sailsThe movement stitched into this needlepoint ornament is really blowing us away*! Between those wind-filled sails and the detail in the clouds, this is a great demonstration of needlepoint stitches with texture.

* Sorry for the bad pun.