Ship to Shore Shawl

Ship to Shore Shawl

The official start of summer is less than a month away! I get excited thinking about all the beach outings, late night picnics, barbecues, and so on! At the same time, I get a little nervous. I get nervous because it gets warm… very warm and it’s not very comfortable working with wool. What’s a girl that’s addicted to knitting and crocheting to do?

This season is the perfect time to try your hand shawl knitting! Particularly lace shawl knitting with linens and cottons.

Drum roll please….

The Ship to Shore Shawl!!!

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This shawl pattern was designed by Katie Rempe from Kater Tater Knits. It’s a quick knit with easy to follow directions and it takes just one skein of Shibui Linen, a fingering weight yarn, that comes in 50 gram hanks of 330 yards. This pattern features a few lace stitch combinations to practice and add to your skill set including increases and decreases with purl stitches, the knot stitch, and picot edging. Kate made a video tutorial on her YouTube channel to help knitters with the KNOT stitch, which is really helpful!

Rhonda used one and a half hanks (for a larger shawl) of Shibui Linen in Lime with size US 9, 24″ circular needles. She made a few modifications to the pattern to jazz it up a bit.

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Here’s Kate original Ship to Shore

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And here’s Rhonda’s finished Ship to Shore

ship to shoreRhonda used the directions from EspaceTricot’s Ravelry project page to increase the shawl size and added one extra purl row and finished with a beaded picot bind off using pearl colored size 6/0 seed beads, then blocking.

Gorgeous!

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day everybody! Today marks the 45th anniversary of the modern environmental movement for a healthy sustainable Earth! It’s a day where we take time to admire, appreciate and help our Earth be a better place for us and our little ones.

It is a celebration of our Earth but should also serve as a day to help each other find ways to make our homes, locally or on a global level, be cleaner.  Today reminds us to be more conscious of our actions and the impact they have on Earth.

What does knitting and crocheting have to do with Earth Day?

Eco friendly knitting and crocheting projects!!!

In celebration of Earth Day, here at the Yarn Attic, we have compiled some great patterns and awesome yarns to make environmentally friendly reusable products, that in turn will help decrease waste.

Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic is DK weight yarn of 100% mercerized cotton, that has a beautiful variety of colors.

Rowan All Season Cotton is a worsted weight yarn cotton and acrylic been, perfect for reusable bags!

Rowan Pure Linen is a dk/sport weight 100% pure linen yarn, capable of wonders!

Ty-Dy by Knit One Crochet Too is a rainbow  ball of worsted weight, 100% cotton yarn. It is an awesome choice for market bags, (as well soft transitional garments, summer scarves!)

One of my favorites is Big Ribbon by Katia Yarns, a cotton/polyester blend, in super bulky weight! Great for market bags, and even rugs!

The icky truth about plastic bags…

A major problem, according to marine biologists and scientists, is the accumulation of plastic bags in the oceans and local water ways. Fish and other sea life have been harmed in so many ways, getting caught in the plastic bags.

Why not make a bag?

They not only make great gifts, and really, how many bags can one really have? (The answer is, you can never have enough.)

Here is a round up of great bag patterns

Bringing wine to the party? Why not tote it around in nylon mesh wine bag?

This pattern by Lisette Ariola is available on Ravelry for free!

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Gearbox Bag  by Kate Jackson

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And here is a free knit market bag pattern available by Sugar n Cream on Ravelry as well!

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Oh and one for the little ones who want to join mom and dad at the supermarket!

This pattern designed by Heather Blum is a free Ravlery download

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Other eco friendly projects include:

Reusable cotton face pads! The lovely team at What You Sow, have a free pattern on their website that will replace disposable cotton pads in your home!

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Replace paper a few paper party products with some cute crochet or knit banners or even better some yarn bombing!

Crochet Flag Garland by Maria Bakhvalora

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If you’re local to the Hillsborough, NJ area, The Yarn Attic is hosting a 2 day “Learn to Knit or Crochet The Market Bag” Workshop in May on Sunday 5/3/15 and 5/17/15 at our local yarn shop if you are interested in making these eco friendly beauties for you or a friend!  Register online here.

For more information on Earth Day 2015 and ways to participate visit www.earthday.org.

As always,

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

“Mother of All Dragons”

“Mother of All Dragons”

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WINTER IS COMING!!!! Well technically it’s leaving the good ol’ garden state, BUT…it’s on it’s way to Westeros!!! And I am soooo excited to announce our “Mother of All Dragons” Along!!! Sign up on our Ravelry page no later than April 19, 2015 for contest prizes!!!! Game of Thrones and Crafting for prizes?! YES!!! Finished projects must be posted up no later than May 31, 2015 and prize drawings will be done by June 5, 2015.

The beauty of this craft along is that you can knit, crochet, weave, felt, etc. garments, accessories, softies! Get creative! The fun twist is..

At least ONE of the following MUST be met for your
•Your PATTERN NAME OR OFFICIAL YARN COLOR must has at least ONE of the following words:
-“dragon”
-“game”
-“thrones”
-“king”
-“queen”
-“iron”
-“onion”
-“summer”
-“winter”
-“song”
-“fire”
-“ice”
-“narrow”
-“sea”
-“sword”
-“crow”
-“knight”
-“snow”
-“wall”
-“watch”
-“eyrie or erie”
-“squire”
-“crow”
-“maester”
-“poppy”
-“raven”
-“seven”
-“wall”
-“warg”
-“walker”
-“ser” or “sir”
-“kingdom”
-“rock”

OR

•Your PATTERN NAME OR YARN COLOR HAS ONE the character names or nicknames: (designer’s pattern name or manufacture’s color name)
-Ned, John, Cat, Cersei, Tully, Jorah, Arya, Tarth, Bran, Greyjoy, Robb, Tyrion, Sansa, Tommen, Daenerys, Jaime, Bolton, Drogo (miss you) … to name only a very few. You are limited only by your imagination…and depth of research

For rules and more details on our “Mother of All Dragons” Along are on our ravelry group page!

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If you miss out on the Ravelry contest deadlines, no worries! Tag @theyarnattic #tyadragonalong on instagram!! Follow along!! We would love to see what everyone is working on!!

While you’re waiting for season 5 to start and to cast on your projects, watch the trailers here.

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Happy Crafting!!!

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

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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