Helena

Helena

Knitting for babies is always a wonderful thing! They could always use items knit and crocheted with love. I also feel that it’s a great way to test the waters with garment knitting without taking on a huge project that requires over a 1000 yards of yarn and hours of construction, and seaming.

Helena by Alison Green is a free pattern from knitty.com. The sizes range from 3 months to 4 years and requires 405-675 yards of DK weight yarn. This sweater is knit from top down with raglan construction. It has a lovely but easy lace pattern on the “skirt” of the sweater. For advanced beginners to intermediate knitters, this pattern is quick knit that can be replicated for children of different ages!

For the newer knitters, it gives a chance to practice the backwards loop cast on method, a.k.a “the single cast on”, which Lion Brand provides a great video tutorial on YouTube and written instructions are provided on the knitty’s website with pictures to go along.

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Rhonda knit Helena using Filatura Di Crosa Zara, a superwash merino DK weight yarn, in Light Yellow. Zara is a classic staple yarn, which comes in a vast variety of colors, and is perfect to use for this sweater and any baby item really, as it is machine washable, a plus when making something for babies, which can be adorably messy.

Tie closures were used in the original pattern, which were modified in the finished sweater at The Yarn Attic. Rhonda instead used I-cords as ties in place of the garter stitch ties. Buttons can be used in place of the ties, if preferred.

Other superwash DK weight yarns that can be used in place of Filatura Di Crosa Zara could be:

Tosh Merino DK a single plied, hand dyed yarn that has more depth and tone and it’s so squishy soft!

Ella Rae Cozy Soft Yarn a machine washable acrylic wool blend that stands up to the challenge of being baby friendly yet still incredibly soft and comfortable against the skin. It is available in solids and prints, a tonal version of Cozy soft.

Ultra Pima Paints by Cascade Yarns is also a great option that comes in variegated colors. It is 100% hand painted, easy to care for, Pima Cotton. Machine washable and can be tumble dried!

Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo is a great choice to make this sweater a bit lighter since it is 80% Bamboo Viscose, 20% Wool. It is also machine washable!

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Happy Knitting!

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!

Naushon Scarf

Naushon Scarf

The Naushon Scarf!! 

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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….

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And here is the wrap version

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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!

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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!

“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!!!

Coloured Diamonds Cowl

Coloured Diamonds Cowl

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“Every hand made item carries a bit of the makers soul. I think everyone should have something handmade from someone who loves them.”-Audrey Kerchner

I always love reading about pattern designers and who they are and why they knit and design. It truly is inspiring and encouraging to start or continue creating hand made works of art!!

Rhonda has just finished this wonderful Coloured Diamonds Cowl designed by Audrey Kerchner. The pattern is available through Audrey’s Ravelry store here.

I would rate this pattern of beginner difficulty and is ideal for beginning knitters who want to venture into color work, without getting into fair isle or color stranding just yet. It requires basic knitting knowledge, and the slip stitch and basic color changes are practiced. This piece is also knit flat and seamed together.

Rhonda used two skeins of Classic Alpaca’s Baby Alpaca DK in Oregon Brown Timber and two skeins of Classic Elite’s Liberty Wool in Firestreak with size 8 needles.

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The finished product is being featured at our local yarn store. Come by and have a look and feel the super soft baby alpaca in action!

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We are happy campers with this real gem!

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If you guys decide to cast on the gorgeous cowl, let us see it! Post it on our Facebook page or post your projects on instagram tag us @theyarnattic #theyarnattic #coloureddiamondcowl

And as always… Happy knitting and crocheting!!!

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

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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