Saturn’s Rings

Saturn’s Rings

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As winter approaches temperature cools, the night sky becomes clearer, the stars and planets begin to emerge. For centuries the stars have been a constant and familiar friend in the dark of night. My feelings towards the night sky can often be summed up with this quote by the English Poet Sarah Williams:

Though my soul may set in darkness,

it will rise in perfect light.

I have loved the stars too fondly

To be fearful of the night.

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Saturn’s Rings is a fun and gorgeous project by the designer Cheri Owen. I used Frolicking Feet Transitions Color-Block Yarn in Pumpkin Botanical to achieve the beautiful tonal center surrounded by variegated “rings”. This project took about 15 hours to complete and was of an intermediate difficulty.

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This pattern was designed by the talented Cheri Owen (VeryBusyMonkey), who is a professor by day and knitwear designer by night. She has so many beautiful patterns it’s hard to choose just one! This Saturn’s Rings Shawl is part of her VBM Shawl Collection 5 – Astronomy which features shawls inspired by various astrological bodies. For this project we suggest using fingering weight yarn. This pattern also lends itself very well to color blocked, gradient or highly variegated yarns. The “elongated twist” stitch in the pattern need to be done very carefully but becomes much simpler as the pattern goes on and you get use to it. When done correctly the “twist effect”, along with the change of texture, from ring, to ring create a stunning FO. I added additional rings to use up all my yarn. How could I waste any of the Frolicking Feet Transitions? It’s way too gorgeous to waste!

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I added in a beaded picot bind-off along the bottom edge for two reasons. First, I wanted to use up all the yarn I had and experience every inch of the color blocks. Second, I want to help marry the colors in the yarn, so I selected a square 6/0 silver-lined rainbow root beer bead to help do so. It worked out fabulously and added a little pizazz to the pattern for a great finished edge!

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The Frolicking Feet Transition yarn is a wonderful pull from the center yarn that included four different color that merge and blend themselves together beautifully. It is the perfect yarn for when you want different colors but don’t want to buy four different colored yarns

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Autumn Tango

Autumn Tango

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As with many people I love the fall and everything about it. Large comfy sweaters come back in vogue, apple picking with the family, and, of course, the infamous Pumpkin Spice Lattes are just a few of the many reasons that the fall season has a special hold on many of our hearts. But to often I find this season too fleeting, it never can come soon enough and to often yields to the winter too easily. But with this beautiful pattern by Diana Rozenshteyn I’ve found a way to hold on autumn for just a little while longer.

This beautiful scarf was made with a mixture of two lovely Shibui Yarn; Pebble and Linen in the colors: Poppy and Scale respectively. These two colors blended together perfectly to create a lovely color that will be reminiscent of the fall foliage even long after it is gone. This project took about 30 hours to complete and I would rate it at about an intermediate level. The techniques that were utilized are provisional cast-on, twisted stitches (modified cable), and row counting.

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The Yarn Attic featured this lovely patter for our September KAL.

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This beautiful scarf pattern features leafy side borders and mitered bottom leaf edges. The pattern is available in both written and chart form. I recommend a DK to worsted weight yarn for this pattern. When knitting this piece I decided to mix together two Shibui Yarns for a greater depth of color. When mixing together various Shibui Yarns it is called “Shibui Mix”. Mixing together different yarn weights and fibers is a lot of fun to play with and can lead to beautiful, and surprising FO’s.

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Moonraker Knitted Shawl

Moonraker Knitted Shawl

I recently finished this gorgeous Moonraker Knitted Shawl using a pattern by Melanie Berg. This project uses a beautiful Rowan Fingering Weight yarn that is a blend of fine merino wool, royal alpaca and cashmere. It took be about 30 hours to finish this project and is a fun colorful knit.  

This asymmetrical shawl incorporates a knitted broomstick and garter stitch. The skill level to knit this would be intermediate though once you get the hang of the broomstick stitch it becomes much simpler.

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I was considering adding on an 8th block: Colors C,C,C,A (same as 6th block). I wanted the overall design to have an odd number of blocks on each side of the color change. By adding this 8th block and following set pattern, I would have 213 stitches before bind off. I planned to increase last working of Sec 1 in color B from 9x to 15x. Therefore, I would have ended up with 219 stitches before bindoff. Instead, I stuck with the 7 blocks as originally designed. However, I completed 15, instead of 9, repeats of Section 1 (rows 1 and 2). Therefore, I had 195 stitches before bindoff.

Despite being asymmetrical this shawl measures over 6 feet in width and give ample coverage. It can be adapted to suit any color scheme and length making it a wonderful knit for the fall and winter seasons.

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The cashmere in the yarn give it great stitch definition and lends a wonderful drapability to the shawl. The colors in the yarn blend beautifully. When knitted this yarn is extremely soft and light yet warm, perfect for fall and winter weather projects.

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This shawl is perfect for a cool fall evening and we are looking forward to featuring it in our LYS. Come stop by to see (and feel) it yourself!

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Anything Goes!

Anything Goes!

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Looking for a Knit or Crochet Along to make a quick project or get inspired by so many other hand crafters? Then our newest Along, “Anything Goes” is perfect for you!

Join us in our Ravelry Group starting on August 1st and cast on or start hookin’ a project that you can accomplish by the end of August. Projects can be “anything” you knit, crochet, felt, weave, spins, etc. Select any craft, pattern and yarn. Its that simple!

Looking for a Knit or Crochet Along to make a quick project or get inspired by so many other hand crafters? Then our newest Along, “Anything Goes” is perfect for you! Join us in our Ravelry Group starting on August 1st and cast on or start hookin’ a project that you can accomplish by the end of August. Projects can be “anything” you knit, crochet, felt, weave, spins, etc. Select any craft, pattern and yarn. Its that simple!

We’ve selected the gorgeous Grandes études Cowls by Diana Rozenshteyn, a pattern designer from California, for our “Anything Goes” project! We’re knitting the Variation 1 in Mirasol’s, Sulka Nina yarn, new for Fall 2014. Sulka Nina is a luxurious blend of 60% wool, 20% alpaca and 20% silk in sport weight, 5 ply yarn! The Garndes études pattern has two cowl variations, each giving a unique stitch pattern for the cowl. Diane’s Facebook page, Sunny with a Chance of Knitting is great, check it out too!

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Sulka Nina is available to purchase through the Webstore, The Yarn Attic.

The cowl pattern, Grandes études is available to purchase through Ravelry, click here.

February, “Sock It To Me” KAL

February, “Sock It To Me” KAL

Please join us in our Ravelry Group for the February,  “SOCK IT TO ME” KAL & Contest

Prizes:
•Grand Prize ($50) collection of brand name sock weight yarns shipped to you.
•2 runner-up prizes; each for a free Ravelry Download (up to $6 US cost) gifted to each winner
•1 drawing for one set of 6 stitch markers donated by KAL Fanatics.

KAL Rules (a complete set of rules has been posted in the KAL thread)
Join this KAL by replying to the KAL thread before 12AM February 1, 2014 (your time zone)
•This thread is now open for you to post your project(s) links in for entry!!!
•Allowable knitted projects: ANY pattern for your feet and legs (including; slippers, socks, leg warmers, boot toppers, etc.)
•If the pattern is not a free download, you are responsible for purchasing the pattern
•Begin knitting your project(s) no earlier than February 1, 2014 (your time zone)
•There is NO limit on how many FOs you may submit for a chance to win one of 3 prizes.
•Complete your FO no later than 12 AM on March 31st, 2014 (your time zone) and post a picture of your FO, yarn, color and link to your project page for that FO IN THE FOs thread for this KAL (which will be created in Feb 1st)
•For each FO submitted according to all the rules indicated you will receive 1 entry into the drawings for the 3 prizes.
•BONUS: If you purchase your yarn from our web-store The Yarn Attic for this KAL, you will receive 1 extra entry into the drawings for EVERY hank/skein/ball you purchase! We have so many lovely yarns that would work well for your project! (Please indicate in the comments box on your order that your yarn is being used for this KAL)
•The list of winning Ravelry IDs will be posted in the FO thread on April 1st 1PM (ET)
•Shipment of the Grand Prize collection of yarn will be sent out by April 5th, 2014.
•Winners of the 2 Ravelry downloads will be contacted with further instructions on how to redeem their free download!!!
•Additional Drawing for a set of 6 stitch markers Donated by KAL Fanatics made by QTWIQ. Winner will have a choice of available stock charms on hand and can choose ring or Lobster Claw. Will ship anywhere, but there is no tracking for shipping outside the US, so we are not responsible for lost packages.

Don’t let your feet get cold this winter….join us!

Rhonda

Is Yarn Still used for Knitting & Crocheting…well that too!

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Nowadays, when a customer purchases yarn, I find out just how creative people are when she (let’s face it, 99.9% of purchases are by women- not the results of a formal poll) tells me what she is planning to do with the yarn. This month alone, customers have made eye-catching necklaces out of a simple chain (like the necklace pictured below), which I “crocheted” in @RowanYarns in their Big Wool. This “necklace” really stand on out a simple black blouse. This chain necklace is simply the very beginnings of yarn creativity, however.

Customers are using bulky weight yarns to make open work infinity scarves that cross into the accessory line as a piece of jewelry rather than a traditional ‘neck warmer”. Thinner yarns are being woven more and more into scarves, clothing and home accessories. While the art of weaving is ancient, weaving with trendy high-end yarns is fairly new to the craft scene. I have read so much “talk” on Facebook about which looms crafters prefer and of course what width loom would fit one’s weaving needs. Believe me, as a crafter…I am definitely tempted to purchase a loom and let me test this ancient craft out with so many scrumptious yarns I carry at The Yarn Attic. I suspect that light-weight yarns, such as wools, bamboos and linens will be popular this spring for weaving.

The irony – yarn is being used for weaving clothing just like yarn is used to crochet baskets. I love how the art of weaving baskets has come full circle and we crochet baskets now of super bulky weight yarn to mimic the durability of bamboo and other natural fibers.

So next time, you are looking at a skein of yarn you love and say…that’s just too thin for me to knit with perhaps weaving that yummy yarn into a different work of art may interest you! Conversely, baskets are hot, hot, hot! So, take two strands of a worsted weight yarn or 1 strand of a super bulky weight yarn and start hooking your way to make a great centerpiece for your table simply out of yarn!

The possibilities are only as vast as your imagination… happy knitting, happy crocheting and happy weaving!

Rhonda

Knitting into the New Year- Join our New Year’s KNIT-A-LONG on Ravelry

Knitting into the New Year- Join our New Year’s KNIT-A-LONG on Ravelry

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Please join us for a New Year’s KNIT-A-LONG featuring the ‘Treble Clef Shawl’ designed by Roxanne Yeun of ZenYarn Garden

Hosted by The Yarn Attic’s Ravelry Group

New Year’s KAL Details:

•Start Date- January 1, 2014 or any time thereafter

•Recommended Yarn: ZenYarn Garden’s Serenity DK (2 hanks needed for size provided in pattern)

•Pattern is both written and charted.

•Finished size: 53” wingspan x 18” deep

The Yarn Attic stocks a large selection of Serenity DK; including their gorgeous limited edition ArtWalk colorways, variegated colorways and tonals.

•Order your 2 hanks of Serenity DK from The Yarn Attic and receive a free ”Shaune Bazner” beaded shawl pin (while supplies last). Please allow us to select for you, but all are gorgeous! No coupon code needed

Knitting in the Fall

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I love the fall… I live in New Jersey and take joy in watching the leaves’ color change from crisp greens to burnt oranges and yellows. The cool weather slowly rolls in to. Alas, my desire to knit lacey shawls and sleeves sweaters changes too. Autumn makes me think of cozy cowls, extra long scarves, warm alpaca sweaters and fun knitted accessories. Fall would feel bare without having a cozy crocheted afghan in the works as well.

Our attic shelves are overflowing with gorgeous yarns representing Autumn. Yellows are bursting through the endless shades of greens, reds and oranges we love to stock up on this time of year. Knitted and crocheted items are treasurers and anyone would be honored to receive a project as a holiday gift.

One of the hottest yarns this season is NORO’s new chunky yarn, “OBI“. The colors are typical NORO with some subtle light colors for even more depth. OBI is featured in NORO’s magazine, “Sweet Winter“.

It wouldn’t;t be fall without having Misti Alpaca Yarns on our shelves. From Hand Paint Sock to solid Chunky and Hand Paint Chunky we cannot get enough of indulging.

The Yarn Attic is excited to be participating in Dream in Color’s “Color Club“. Beginning in September and running through February, each club member receives 1 hank of a one-time colorway of one of Dream in Color’s gorgeous yarns. Clubs may be purchased by the month or as a 6 month subscription, which includes free shipping. So far, the club has received patterns for a unique sweater, men’s patterned socks, a stunning shawl and…. check back on December 1st to hear what Dream in Color’s pattern is for December!

So, instead of running off to the mall and fighting traffic and crowds, checkout our selection of knitting and crocheting kits, as well as our selection of unique accessories for that special someone in your life. Who wouldn’t want a new craft bag for their WIPs? I know I would!!!

The Yarn Attic wishes everyone a very happy and festive Thanksgiving!

Rhonda

Forget Regret and Get Knitting and Crocheting!

“Forget Regret or Life is Yours to Miss (From the musical production of Rent).”

I suppose that’s how you know when it’s time to go after a life long passion… you realize if you fail to grab the opportunity at that moment it will, without fail, become an unchecked item on your “bucket list”. Owning a yarn store has been a dream of mine for decades. This dream may very well have started at the age of 6, when my beautiful mother taught me to knit and purl ever so patiently. I still have those plastic straight knitting needles I started to knit with nearly 4 decades ago.

We all have many dreams we go after as we progress through life’s journey. Being an attorney and then an accountant were on my list at one time too. However, I landed professionally in a much more creative field, the interior design world, where I worked for 2 decades in the retail and wholesale fabric sectors learning the ins and outs of fabric design, manufacturing, and construction.

In reality, fabric is not so different than yarn.  Both affect me viscerally when I touch them. While I thoroughly loved working with luxurious fabrics, decorative trimmings and soft sheers, it was never a passion fulfilled. My yearning for taking my passion for knitting into something more was still churning and thus I finally decided that it was time for this passion to be checked off “the list”.

I launched The Yarn Attic’s web-store 4 weeks ago this week after months of preparation. It has been quite a learning experience of course and more work than I ever thought to get a web-store off the ground, however every moment added ever so slightly to fulfilling my goal; like knitting another stitch on circular needles while your work grows so subtly. Stitch by stitch my passion is being realized.

Thank you to those of you who have supported and encouraged me. I have already met so many lovely people in this industry and fellow needle-crafters who share my passion. I am over-flowing with anticipation to see what awaits The Yarn Attic and our future plans to expand and become a LYS!

In the meantime knit, slip-stitch and inhale the joy your work brings you!

Rhonda

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