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!

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!!!

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!

Anything Goes!

Anything Goes!

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Looking for a Knit or Crochet Along to make a quick project or get inspired by so many other hand crafters? Then our newest Along, “Anything Goes” is perfect for you!

Join us in our Ravelry Group starting on August 1st and cast on or start hookin’ a project that you can accomplish by the end of August. Projects can be “anything” you knit, crochet, felt, weave, spins, etc. Select any craft, pattern and yarn. Its that simple!

Looking for a Knit or Crochet Along to make a quick project or get inspired by so many other hand crafters? Then our newest Along, “Anything Goes” is perfect for you! Join us in our Ravelry Group starting on August 1st and cast on or start hookin’ a project that you can accomplish by the end of August. Projects can be “anything” you knit, crochet, felt, weave, spins, etc. Select any craft, pattern and yarn. Its that simple!

We’ve selected the gorgeous Grandes études Cowls by Diana Rozenshteyn, a pattern designer from California, for our “Anything Goes” project! We’re knitting the Variation 1 in Mirasol’s, Sulka Nina yarn, new for Fall 2014. Sulka Nina is a luxurious blend of 60% wool, 20% alpaca and 20% silk in sport weight, 5 ply yarn! The Garndes études pattern has two cowl variations, each giving a unique stitch pattern for the cowl. Diane’s Facebook page, Sunny with a Chance of Knitting is great, check it out too!

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Sulka Nina is available to purchase through the Webstore, The Yarn Attic.

The cowl pattern, Grandes études is available to purchase through Ravelry, click here.

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

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

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

Treble Shawl

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

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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