Thursday, January 19, 2012

Baby, it's cold outside

I picked out two skeins of Misti Alpaca Chunky and knit up a quickie neck warmer, infinity scarf.

Cast on 200 stitches with a size  needle and knit until you run out.  Garter stitch and the baby alpaca make a great combination.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Changing yarn

We have a sample in the shoppe knit from  Austermann Step.

Cynthia knitted that item out of Misti Alpaca sock.

Isn't it amazing that changing the yarn makes such a difference in the item?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Bringing in the new

Several weeks ago I bought a new washer and dryer.  I had had my others for about 25 years.  When I was looking at the washers I knew that I did not want a front loader as I wanted to have the ability to open the door during the wash cycle.  I ended up with a Maytag washing machine and yesterday used the hand wash cycle with crossed fingers on several of my husband's wool sweaters.  Have to admit that I was pleased they came out clean and not felted.  Previously I washed our wool sweaters in the machine by filling up the machine, letting the items soak, and then set the machine on spin.  This time, I put the items in, added my wool wash, set the machine to hand wash and started it.  Absolutely amazing!

I also finished up the Windschief and

Bandana Cowl and ran them through the washing machine. How nice not to worry.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Whining time

Not fair.  I have to sit at the shoppe and wait on the lucky customers who come in, buy yarn and patterns and then get to knit.  While I get to do my paperwork (gag) and drool over what others make.

Like Carrine who made this cowl

Or a customer who came in today and bought yarn to make two pairs of this, Knotty Gloves.

I am still working on the Takoma and have started the Bandana Cowl.  The cowl was suppose to be a quickie knit, except I did not understand knitting and purling the wraps.  I ended up  decreasing instead of knitting and purling wraps and it wasn't until I called Michele at Yarn Market that I figured out what I was doing wrong and now I am moving along on the cowl.

Okay, back to the paperwork.  And you knit along.......