The south side of the 3000 block of Carytown is currently experiencing a power outage. The nice Dominion man in the alley behind the shop said that they are having to replace a transformer that was struck by lightning and that it would probably take 2 to 3 hours to get power back. Melanie will be around throughout the afternoon after she has lunch at home, so if you need to pick something up in the front, lit-by-natural-light part of the store, feel free to stop in and get an old-fashioned, hand-written receipt.
We'll keep you posted here on the blog when we get our power back.
Becky created this adorable and clever rabbit and carrot-car combo. It's "Fittipaldi's Car-Rot" by Loly Fuertes and the pattern is available here on Ravelry. She used some stash yarn and some Malabrigo in Glazed Carrot. This rabbit even has a little squared-off, plastic mesh cockpit to sit in. It's just so cute and clever and fun. Nice work, Becky!
Robin M. took Tracy's Mitten Class a while back, recently finished and brought in this spiffy pair of mittens to show us. She made them out of Malabrigo Rios and used the pattern provided in class. She's certainly prepared for next winter!
The Interweave Knits Summer 2013 magazine is here and it's filled with tanks, shells, summer cardigans, a shawl and a really cute pleated skirt. Euroflax Linen, Butterfly 10 Cotton, hmmm....
The Art of Seamless Knitting "will take you on a journey to a deeper understanding of various seamless constructions and their usage with different stitch patterns, including the details that go into designing or customizing existing patterns."
free~spirit shawls is a "book devoted to the triangles, semicircles, and rectangles that provide space for fun stitches, color play, and cool finishing treatments...this book is about knitting contemporary shawls and shawlettes" and shows how, as an accessory, the shawl is "feminine, bold, stylish and versatile."
Charming Esme shows off our first finished object for today. Her mom, Erika, made this sweet little first sweater for a friend's child. She used the perennial favorite Knitting Pure & Simple "Baby Pullover" for her pattern and Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton in color Mediterranean. It's a really cute little sweater and we very much appreciate miss Esme's help in displaying it for the picture.
Next up is Clenise, who sent us this picture of her recently finished shawl. She used the beautiful Madelinetosh Tosh Sock Yarn (superwash merino) in color Seawash. The pattern is called “Harvey” and it's from the book Sock-Yarn Shawls by Jen Lucas. Very lovely and spring-like with that pop of turquoise.
Newly arrived this past weekend is a basket full of fabulousness from Knitterbee right here in Hanover, Virginia. We've got a selection of fingering weights in merino/cashmere/nylon, superwash merino/nylon and superwash merino as well as worsted weight in superwash merino. These skeins are not only bright, happy, sunshine-filled colors but they are locally dyed right up the way from us. Can't beat that!
Nancy joined us for knit night wearing her latest FO, "Robin" Seamless (or Nearly Seamless) Knits by Andra Knight-Bowman. She used gorgeous Butterfly 10 mercerized cotton. It's a perfect layering piece!
Clenise surprised us with four FOs this week! First up is the Downton (one of two), a free pattern designed by Annie Cholewa available here. She used left over Cormo from Elsa Wool (which we used to carry but still available here).
This is Clenise's second Downton hat. This time she used leftover MadelineTosh Pashmina Worsted with her leftover ElsaWool Cormo.
More Clenise! More Cormo from ElsaWool! This is the Pocket Shawl by Patty Scoville from the book 24-Hour Knitting Projects. Clenise changed up the stitch pattern to make it a more interesting knit. It's snuggly and has pockets - perfect!
The last of Clenise's FOs is this spectacular "Celtic Felted-Flower Scarf" designed by Melissa Wehrle in her book Knitting Scarves from Around the World. The yarn is MadelineTosh Pasmina Worsted (yum). She said it took her awhile to finish but it was so worth it!
If you're heading to Maryland Sheep and Wool this weekend, drive carefully and have fun!
Please help us welcome Biscotte and Cie's Felix, a gorgeous self-striping (for the multi-colored skeins) and tone-on-tone for the solids sock yarn from Quebec! It's a 384-yard blend of 80% superwash merino wool and 20% nylon.
See the multis on the ends? The one on the left is inspired by the stripes on chipmunks, the one on the right, bees. How fun!