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!

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!

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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