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!!!

shiptoshore3

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.

shiptoshore4

Here’s Kate original Ship to Shore

kates ship to shore

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!

il_570xn.734228638_7jc8_medium2

Gearbox Bag  by Kate Jackson

gearbox_bag_medium2

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

DSC_0096_medium2

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

 toddlermbag2_medium2

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!

8562ac77d020eaf4a3f35dc99cec9aa8

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

IMG_0118_medium2

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!

Naushon Scarf

Naushon Scarf

The Naushon Scarf!! 

nashaun scarf 3

The Naushon scarf is a gorgeous pattern that has two options, a scarf and a wrap, that will look lovely well into cool summer nights. It’s the perfect warm weather accessory. We just might have to make a few of these….

santorini

Rhonda made scarf version, which is being shown at the Yarn Attic local yarn store. She used size 7 knitting needles and three balls of Classic Elite’s Santorini yarn in 2114 Dancing Shadows.

2114DancingShadows_medium

Santorini is a variegated worsted weight yarn that is a blend of 58% viscose and 42% cotton, that gives it this wonderful light, soft and stretchy feel that allows knits to drape beautifully.

The scarf measures approximately 8″ wide and 55 1/2″ long and wrap measures approximately 19″ wide and 68″ long. The pattern is an easy knit, consisting of garter stitches, yarn overs, and drop stitches. The combination gives the scarf/wrap bands of lacy drops that showcase Santorini’s striping color changes.

naushon scarf

The pattern was designed by Tonia Barry, in house designer for Classic Elite Yarns. You can see her work and pattern store on her Ravelry website. It is featured in Along the Shore by Classic Elite bundle/pamphlet on their Ravelry’s store, or you can also purchase the pattern alone here.

This is the scarf version.

nashaun scarf 1

And here is the wrap version

naushon by tonia barry naushon by tonia barry

Fancy making one that doesn’t have variegated color changes? You can always use Classic Elite Yarn’s Sanibel ribbon yarn, also a worsted weight tonal yarn, which is also made of 58% viscose, 42% cotton. The pattern is lovely enough to stand out with the subtle tonal color of this yarn. Sanibel offers a nice selection, with great spring and summer time colors like, maize, french lavender, limeade, deep teal and Mexican pink!

sanibel

Horizon is shown above.

As always, join our Ravelry group and show us pictures of your projects or tag us on instagram @theyarnattic #naushonscarf.

We love seeing your work!

Happy Knitting!

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

Tumped Duck

Knitting Patterns & Teaching by Barbara Benson

dragonscrochet

Just another WordPress.com site

Rhonda in the Attic

In every attic hides a yarn addict.

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: