Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spring/Summer yarns are starting to arrive!

Classic Elite Sprout: a bulky organic cotton.  A Stash favorite returns.
 More Sprout in new colors
 Sprout's younger sibling: Seedling a worsted weight organic cotton
 Another favorite from last year, Classic Elite Firefly a linen blend, in new bright seasonal colors
A new yarn for Stash this year, Classic Elite Cotton Bamboo, perfect for warm season knitting.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Garland

This is a great project to do this weekend for your Valentine.  It's perfect for kids too.

Those are little felt balls between the hearts.

Supplies: 8 x 12 sheet of felt, pretty color staples, stapler, roving, tea diffuser, Kookaburra soap or other mild soap for felting, needle/thread

How To:
Fold and cut the sheet of felt in half (the long way), cut 1.5" strips of felt
Hold two strips of felt together and staple on end, make a heart shape and staple other end.  Make as many hearts as you wish.  Set aside and make felt balls

Fill a sink with warm/hot soapy water
Grab a clump of roving and fill the bottom half of the tea diffuser, close the diffuser, submerge in water and shake, then remove from the water and shake some more untill water no longer "splashes"  This is fun for the kids to, or it's a great upper arm work out!
Remove the felt ball from the diffuser and let dry.  You may have to shake it again later to get more water out. 

String you hearts and felt balls and hang for your Valentine!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Handmade Pouches

I love these pouches made by Jackie.  They have so much character and are so sweet. They are the perfect size for your notions, crochet hooks, for as a small clutch for shopping.  You can find these pouches only at Stash.  Hurry in and get you favorite before it's gone. Learn a lesson from me, my favorite was sold the first day before I could get my hands on it!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Super Bowl Knitting Project

I like to watch the Super Bowl, it's somewhat of a family affair, chili simmering, weenie dogs for apps, and brownies just in time for half-time.  Like most of you, I'm sure, I need to knit while watching TV especially sports.  I have to admit I did take a break from knitting to watch the commercials!  This is the twisted rib cowl I knit up while watching Super Bowl XLV.  I used Shokay Yak fiber, which is such a wonderful and soft yarn to knit with and to wear.  Too bad I will not be wearing this one, it's a gift for my Aunt.  But, I will be making one for myself soon only in a beautiful turquoise color.  Did you knit during the Super Bowl?  If so, tell me what you knit in the comments below, even better post a picture to Stash's facebook page.  As you know, I love show and tell!

Here's the pattern so you can make one too!

Yarn: Shokay 100% Yak yarn 164 yds, one skein

Needles: US Size 9 16" circ

CO 83 sts, join for working in the round being careful not to twist.

*K2, P2, repeat until piece measures 9 inches.

Bind off LOOSELY!

I did use a German Twisted Cast-on for this cowl.  This cast-on is very elastic and is perfect for cowls, socks, gloves, and hats.  Here is a video tutorial from "theknitwitch"  posted on Youtube:  German Twisted Cast-on
Happy Knitting!