Aisling

Aisling

We are absolutely in love with Aisling by Justyna Lorkowska of Lete’s Knits.

Aisling (pronounced Ashlyn) is a gorgeous two color shawl knit primarily in Stockinette stitch, with eyelets and features a lovely lace and cable border. Its shape is a wide crescent with five alternating repeats of wide eyelet pattern in the main color and a garter stitch pattern in the contrast color.

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Once the body of the shawl is knit, a “knitted cast-on” is done to begin the bottom cabled border. The bottom border pattern joins to the main body of the shawl on every right side row creating a lovely horizontal braid in the contrast color between the body and bottom border. Using a ssk (slip, slip, knit) at the end of each right side row creates the braid. A lovely picot edging completed the elegant bottom border.

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Gauge is not critical for this project, but good blocking is recommended to truly make the bottom border come to life.

Rhonda used Baah Yarn La Jolla in Rosemary for the body and Masala for contrast and the bottom border. La Jolla is comes in 100 gram, 400 yard skeins of 4ply fingering yarn. It is 100% Superwash Merino Wool and machine washable.

Aisling can also be done with one color and look just as spectacular. You will need about 875 yards to complete the shawl.

aisling4If you would prefer the shawl to have a smaller wingspan you may adjust the size by knitting only four repeats of the main body, then proceed to the bottom border. However, when the wingspan is reduced so is the finished depth of the shawl.

We suggest using any fingering weight yarn with good stitch definition and drapiness for this project.

Here are some of our favorites here at The Yarn Attic:

Baah Yarn La Jolla 

Dream In Color Smooshy with Cashmere

Madelinetosh Sock 

Madelinetosh Merino Light 

Malabrigo Finito

Malabrigo Mora, 100% mulberry silk

Malabrigo Sock

Shibui Staccato, a beautiful merino and silk blend

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20

Happy Knitting!

The Color Affection Shawl

The Color Affection Shawl

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We are absolutely in love with the Color Affection Shawl by Veera Välimäki. In fact, we love it so much that we held a class here at our LYS and the results were pretty great.

Here are some of our FO’s from Rhonda and our customers…

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 Even the WIP is gorgeous to look at!

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The pattern is for beginner/advanced beginner knitters who want to try their hands at shawl knitting. You can make it with either lace, fingering, or sock weight yarn, on circular needles. It’s a great way to practice color changes, increases, short rows, but done in an effortless garter stitch.

The garter stitch is simple but allows the colors and stripes to shine through without too much distraction!

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We’re excited for you guys to start on your very own Color Affection Shawl!

Wondering what colors or yarn would make for a beautiful shawl?

Fear not! We have some suggestions to make!

Claudia Handpainted Yarn 

Baah Yarn La Jolla

Malabrigo Sock 

Madelinetosh Merino Light

Dream In Color Smooshy with Cashmere

So go ahead and get started on this pretty little shawl! If you need help picking out colors, let us know and we can point you in the right direction!

Show us your progress on instagram #theyarnattic @theyarnattic.

We love to see your WIPs and FOs.

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!!!

Unicorn Tails!

Unicorn Tails!

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It feels like winter is never going to end! This has been one of the coldest winters in New Jersey and even as I blog now, I’m hearing meteorologists talk about yet another snowstorm on the way! I can’t pretend I’m not a little excited about staying in and knitting!

Here at the Yarn Attic we are currently working on a few projects using Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails. We are all about these little guys!

image_medium2 (1)There are just so many possibilities!!! These little babies come in 52 yard “mini skeins”of Tosh Merino Light yarn. Unicorn Tails are a single ply, 100% superwash merino wool, that come in an assortment of colors, ranging from neutral colors like Silver Fox and Antique Lace, to neon, eye-candy colors like Edison Bulb, Neon Peach, and Pop Rocks. The bursts of color are so refreshing and reminiscent of springy florals and summertime festivals and carnivals. They take us away from this snowy, cold weather!!

 

Rhonda has made these beautiful knit necklaces in the colors Mandala, Coquette, Pop Rocks, Flashdance, Worm Denim, and Fathom with Kirsten Johnstone’s sev[en] circle pattern available on Ravelry. 

She also made these gorgeous Purl Bee Colorblock Hand Warmers using fathom, Coquette, Charcoal, Mandala, and Big Sur.

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Aaaaand is currently working on this pretty Unicorn Stripes scarf by Antonia Shankland that is available in the Madelinetosh Ravelry store.

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Finished product should look something like this…

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What will you guys be making with Unicorn Tails?

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @theyarnattic, tag us in your current and finished projects #theyarnattic. We would love to see what you’re making!

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

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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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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