Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in our first "You Decide" Knit-a-Long! The votes have been counted, and the winning pattern is...
We are encouraging our knit-along participants to use Juniper Moon Farms "Zooey" for their project, which will make a wonderful summery shawl! Of course, you don't have to use our suggested yarn, feel free to use any that excites you! We are going to be offering the Zooey at 20% off for those who are participating in the Knit-a-Long.
Here's how to Knit Along is going to work:
1. Purchase the Virpi pattern, either on your own, or through our Ravelry In-Store Pattern Sales Program.
2. Either bring a copy of the pattern to show us you have purchased it, or buy it in store, and you will receive 20% off of your purchase of Juniper Moon Farms Zooey. The pattern will require 2 balls. June 6th is the last day to purchase the yarn at the discounted price.
3. Get to Knitting!
Kaity will be hosting a voluntary introductory KAL meeting on Monday, June 6th, from 6-7:30pm for those who would like to join us! Get any questions answered, and see what yarns your knitting friends are working with! 2 months after that, on Monday, August 8th, from 6-7:30pm, we will have another meeting/show and tell to end our Knit-a-Long, where you can see everyone's finished shawls together! Kaity will also be sending out email updates to help keep you on track and finish your shawl in that 2 month time period.
We are looking forward to this Knit-a-Long, and we hope you are too! If you have any questions, please shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at (805)654-9500.
Knitting or Crocheting washcloths is a great warmer weather project, because they are small and quick-to-finish, and they are super useful! Save money and resources, and use them instead of paper towels, my mother has a drawer full of knitted washcloths that she uses to clean counters with. If you make them with the right yarn, you can throw them in the washer and dryer, and they last for a long time!
One of my favorite washcloth yarns is Creme de la Creme (pictured to the left) because it washed well, is inexpensive, and comes in lots of happy colors! A set of handmade washcloths is a great baby or wedding shower gift, or make a few coordinating ones in colors to match your kitchen!
Below is a short list of patterns I like, but click here to see over 2000(!) free washcloth patterns on Ravelry that you could make with Creme de la Creme!
I don't know about you, but my knitting tends to go in waves. I'll be really into making hats, then I'll get into crocheting for a while, then I'm on a sweater kick. The one wave that I tend to ride for the longest is sock knitting. I absolutely love knitting socks. They are fun, small projects that go relatively quickly, are portable and easy to take-along, and offer so much room for creativity!
I'm currently in a sock-knitting mood. Late spring, going into summer may seem like a silly time to be knitting wool socks, but I actually think it's the perfect time for sock knitting! Because they are small projects, you don't have a big sweater or shawl in your lap while you are knitting, and when it's hot outside, the last thing you want is a pile of knitting in your lap!
People also tend to underestimate the amazing power of wool, especially merino wool. A lot of people think wool=hot, but that's not necessarily true! According to The Woolmark Company:
Merino fibres can absorb large quantities of moisture vapour then move it away to evaporate into the air. So Merino wool clothing is extremely breathable and less prone to clamminess. In contrast to synthetics, Merino is an active fibre that reacts to changes in body temperature. So it helps you stay warm when the weather is cold, and cool when the weather is hot.
If you have ever worn a pair of wool socks, you know that they are probably the most comfortable socks! I wear my wool sock almost all year-round. Especially here in Ventura, where it is constantly about 72°, you can get away with it! I wouldn't wear knee-socks in summer, but ankle socks are a great project for this time of year. Below is a list of patterns I found while browsing around Ravelry, and maybe they will help you jump-start your sock-knitting mood!
These little roll-top socks are so fun and fast to knit, and are perfect for showing off hand-dyed yarns. I made on pair for my mom for Mother's Day, and immediately cast on another pair for myself! This pattern is super popular, and for good reason!
I love these little pom-pom socks! They are so sporty and cute, and would look great with a pair of canvas sneakers or TOMs. Make them in fun neon-bright colors, or opt for something more neutral and subdued.
This is a great simple sock pattern with a tiny ribbed cuff, perfect for showing off some fun-colored self striping yarns, or maybe make the heel and toe a contrasting color? Lots of options!
These little footie socks are constructed to have a low profile, perfect for wearing inside shoes. I love little ped socks when I wear slip-on shoes, and now I want to knit myself a pair!
I love the idea of these little socklets! If you are an avid sock-knitter like I am, you probably have lots of little bits of sock yarn leftovers. Choose a neutral solid for the main part of the sock, and incorporate your little bits of leftovers (or use these Knitted Wit Gumballs!) for the stripes.
While planning events for the summer here at Anacapa Fine Yarns, I thought it would be fun to include some sort of Knit-a-Long that you can join in on with me, but I wasn't sure what pattern to pick! That's how we came up with the idea of the "You Decide" Knit-a-Long! I have curated 4 different patterns for summery shawls, and I want YOU to pick your favorite!
We are recommending Juniper Moon Farms "Zooey" for this project, and it's a wonderful summery yarn! Zooey is 60% cotton and 40% linen, and comes in some great neutrals as well as some bright summery solids! This yarn will be offered at a discount for those joining in the Knit-a-Long.
We want you to pick your favorite of the 4 patterns, so CLICK HERE to go to our Events page, where you can vote for your favorite! Voting will end May 31st, when a winner will be announced! We are also going to schedule a meeting date, where those participating in the KAL and join together for some fun knitting time. We hope you participate, I know I can't wait to get started!
See Posts from old blog here.
Caracol Button Hat
Drop a Hint Hat & Scarf
Easiest Christmas Stocking
Fishtail Braid Cowl
Fly Your Heart Mitts & Hat
Kelp Forest Shawlette
Lacy 48 Stitch Hat
Last Minute Handwarmers
Marled Textures Hat
Mega Basic Beanie
Springtime Baby Cardi
Superfine Serpentine Cowl
Toasty Texture Mitts
56 Stitch Hat