Saturday, November 24, 2007

A Hat for Gina

Gina Tognoni, of Guiding Light fame, and a Patricia's Yarns friend and customer, looked adorable in a hand-knit hat on the CBS telecast of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. The hat was knit from Rowan Cocoon in Polar White (stop by the shop for the pattern).

Gina was also very kind to mention our shop. Thank you Gina!

Maureen's Sweater

Beautiful! And just in time for Winter. A Cottage Creations Scandinavian Pattern knit from Rowan Kid Classic Yarn. Well done, Maureen!

Manos Silk

Everyone loves Manos del Uraguay's hand-dyed colorways. Now Patricia's Yarns would like to introduce you to their softest, most luxurious yarn yet, Manos Silk. It's everything you expect from Manos, only softer!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Gina's Log Cabin

Gina has made just about every new mom she knows a baby blanket. She wanted to do something using more colors and wanted it to be vibrant. Our suggestion was the Cotton Stria from Manos del Uruguay in a Log Cabin styled blanket. Below is the almost finished blanket.

This will be a wonderful addition to any childs room and very fun to cuddle up in.

Friday, October 26, 2007

what's more exciting than....

A finished knit horse for a child to play with? Not much as you can see Kims son was more than thrilled to receive his horse knit out of Rowans Cocoon. He was almost too excited to stand still.

What a great toy. The second horse is in the making for Kims daughter. Beautiful.

Lisa's Pillow

Lisa is making a throw for her home and decided to make a complimentary pillow enhanced by her own crochet embellishments. The yarn used is Blue Sky Alpacas dyed cotton in colors 621, 619, 622, . We think it is a beautiful pillow and can't wait to see the throw!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Sweaters for all Ages

With the passing of Labor Day we returned to our daily routine which includes a few customers visiting to model their finished garments. Below is one of our favorite little models Freddie in a red version of 'Lillies Little Sweater' in Cascade 220 superwash, color 809. Such a fun quick project that he looks great in!

He's so adorable I had to include the next photo.... he's blowing Auntie Tricia a kiss!

Samantha brought in another finished project, the Cropped Cardigan by Blue Sky Alpacas. She knit it in Louet Gems Sport weight and extended the length to suit her tastes. We think she did a great job.

The color #26 crabapple is a great choice and Samantha wears it well. The longer length is a smart modification to the pattern.

The Summer Wind....

This is where Adam and I spent our end of summer vacation, at my brother Peter's 'shack'. Below is a view of the moon rising over the water.

We spent our time doing pretty much nothing. Well not totally nothing:

we looked at the moon through the telescope

we looked at the sun through the solar telescope

read, fished, crabbed

and knitted

That's Adam trying on the sleeve of his Men's Zipped Raglan knit out of Manos del Uruguay color G, coffee. Having nothing to do allowed for the body and both sleeves to be completed. I joined them upon my return to the shop after Labor Day.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Fall Rowan is Here!

Our fall shipment of Rowan is here! We are excited to have back in stock some great customer favorites like Big Wool and Cashsoft Aran/DK as well as some new yarns like Cocoon and Felted Tweed. Coupled with the new Rowan Mag 42 we are excited to see what our customers will be making this fall.

We decided to dive right in and make the great Kid Classic knit, Bridges.

This is a great knit for an advanced beginner who knows how to increase and decrease. Kid Classic is an easy to work with yarn and comes in many great fall colors.

We also don't want to let go of summer too soon! From the Rowan Bamboo Tape Collection this is Akina by Marie Wallin (Same designer as the above Bridges V-neck vest!)

Bamboo tape is the true summer yarn and makes for a beautifully draping garment. The yarn comes in beautiful pastel colors.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Sheep Shop Arrives!

Our fall order of Sheep Shop 2 is here! We are so delighted to once again offer this great bulky weight yarn. We found it the perfect substitute for the fabulous Loop-D-Loop sweater, Leaf Lace.

The yarn, which is made and hand dyed in Uruguay, comes in multi and semi-solid colors that will surely inspire many fun fall projects.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Thank You for three great years!

Patricia's Yarns turned three on Saturday August 4th and we celebrated with a birthday sale & cookies. Thank you to all who came. We had a great time and hope you did too.

Yarn sale, home baked cookies & good friends makes for a good time.

Friday, July 27, 2007

EZ's Tomten Jacket

We love Elizabeth Zimmermann here at Patricia's Yarns. We love her philosophy on knitting, her great patterns and most of all her fabulous stories. We quickly fell in love with this jacket when brainstorming what to do with our Manos 113. We saw this jacket on the internet and knew we needed one of our own.

We bordered the jacket in Manos color W which we felt added a wonderful touch. We love Manos 113 because it allows so many options for the trim. We love the pattern because it's done with only knit stitches and has a very clever but simple style.

We knitted the pattern in the "kid" size which fits a 5 year old comfortably and a 3 year old loosely. Using just 5 skeins and 9 needles this jacket was knit up in a week and will be an heirloom to be passdown from generation to generation.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Customer FOs

The summer months have not slowed down our PY knitters! Our customers have been coming in showing us their beautiful FOs.

Yesterday Karen brought in her almost finished and absolutely adorable sweater for her miniature poodle. This is her first project as a new knitter and she did a beautiful job.

The pattern is from Puppyknits by Jill Eaton and she made it using cascade 220 superwash on size 8 needles. Can't wait to meet the puppy wearing her sweater!

Abbe came by with the sweater knit for her son Zack by his Grandmother too! It is the pattern Jersey Shore by Knitting at Knoon worked up in Louet Opal sport weight yarn. She is looking forward to getting two years of wear out of the sweater for her son and is very pleased with the pattern. So are we!

Below is a close up of the stitch pattern....

Nina brought in her original baby blanket design done with Dale of Norway Stork, doubled. A beautiful knitted piece with a crocheted border is sure to be a keepsake for her new born grandson.
We love all our customer knits at Patricia's Yarns! Keep them coming!

Kids Knitting Camp

This week has been a busy one at Patricia's Yarns as we host our first ever Kids Knitting Camp. The camp session will end tomorrow but I think these girls have been bitten by the knitting bug and their new hobby will continue for some time. The tell tale sign.... lists of future projects and barely the ability to prevent themselves from starting today.

The girls started by making their own knitting bags which they drew on and some covered in puffy paint. Knitting was the next task at hand and for some it was a review, for others a completely new experience but a very fun time for all.

Over the 5 days we made knitting bags, dyed yarn and learned many new knitting skills. The amount of skills learned varied but everyone learned something new each day. Below are photo's of the camp and the various stages of it.

Above: Balling yarn
Below: A scarf in the making

Above: Pulling wet dyed yarn out of its jar
Below: Balling dry dyed yarn by hand

Below: Making Gods Eyes

Here are the wonderful campers with their fearless camp leader!

We had a great time and we can't wait to do it again next year!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

And twice on Sunday!

And you thought there was only going to be one post today... nope! Karen just brought in her Coco Loco baby cardigan. This cute little knit is in the Manos Cotton Stria colors Aqua 210 & Leaf 219. She added her own personal touch with the duo-tone instead of using the three colors suggested in the pattern. We think it's such a great color combination! All she has left is the collar and button band.

As we peer around the shop we also have another fabulous FO to share with you!

This wanna-cozy-up-on-the-couch blanket is designed by Mac&Me and we knitted it up with Blue Sky Cotton. We loved this pattern for it's simple construction and great stitch pattern.

A simple and satisfying knit that's sure to be a hit with any mommy to be! Now, really we're done for today... or are we....

Koigu's KPPPerfect and more

It's always fun when Ulrike brings in one of her finished projects.... she is a very accomplished knitter from Germany and this is her newest sweater.

She chose Koigu's KPPPM to knit this sweater which is just beautiful.

Next is "Bob" which is knit in Rowan's Handknit Cotton from the Rowan Babies Book. This is a classic book comprised of 35 patterns from birth to 5 years of age making it a great staple in ones knitting library.

Finally a Patricia's Yarns favorite Lillies Little sweater by Carol Anderson of Cottage Creations. This hooded sweater is knit in one piece starting at the hood. It is sized from birth to three years of age and is just one of the smartest designs. As no child model was available, Curious George was only too happy to help.

It is still a work in progress as the sleeves are on holders and the body still has a few inches to go but this is a quick knit and a great gift for any new baby.

It's been a lovely weekend - perfect temperature for knitting outside in the shade.
Enjoy the weather.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

FO's, Friends & Flowers

It's been almost 2 months since my last post and in that time a few projects have been finished and new ones started. All I can say is that I believe life should be settling down for the foreseeable future so fingers crossed posts will be more regular.

Sunshine is a sweater that currently resides in the front window. It is knit out of summer tweed by Rowan and is from their book the Kasbah Collection. I really enjoyed working with the yarn and as a result the sweater came together quite quickly.

Another finished object is the felted laptop bag from Alterknits by Leigh Radford. Very quick and easy knit using Cascades Pastaza in three colors. I like that it holds my laptop tightly so that it is protected and doesn't bounce around at all.

And today we had one of our favorite visitors...

Thank you to my mother-in-law Ruth for bringing the shop beautiful flowers... and thank you to Heather for helping me plant them!! I am really pleased with our little patio....

The shop will be closed Sunday June 17th in honor of Fathers Day. We will be celebrating with our dads tomorrow. We hope all fathers have a great day!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

An opportunity to help others...

Today one of our new knitters April, an alum of Virginia Tech, came in and told me about an opportunity we as knitters and crocheters have to help the VT tragedy victim's families. Mosaic Yarn Shop which is located in Blacksburg, VA is collecting 8"x8" squares to piece together into blankets. They are requesting soft yarn in Maroon, Burnt Orange, White or Black. (Machine wash is not necessary as the care instructions for the blankets will be hand wash)

You can view the Mosaic Yarn Shops request here.

If you would like to participate and donate square(s) Patricia's Yarns will have a basket to collect them. If you'd like to be included in the shipment please have your squares to the shop by Sunday May 20th. That gives us over 2 weeks... lets see how many squares we can do!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

they have arrived....

Some of you have been inquiring and now we can confirm... The Addi Lace Needles are here!! The obvious difference is the colors - you see gold needles with a red cable - the big benefit is the sharper tip conducive for manipulating lacework but not too pointy that you need bandages to protect your fingers.

They are the same hollow brass as traditional addis but are coated with a clear resin so they are gold in color and the cable is a transparent reddish color. We think they are quite attractive... take a look for yourself:

We have in size 1, 2 & 3 in the 24" length. More are on order and we hope they come soon!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Three Posts in One Day?

Yes! It has been a while, I know, but had to post this photo of Amy's youngest. The sweater pattern is from Ann Norling's Kid's Top-down Raglan for toddlers and Amy designed it herself to match the sweater worn by Joe from Blues Clues. She did a beautiful job and he is so cute in it!