Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Look what UPS brought today

10 NEW colors in the Baby Cashmerino!!

And...the start of our Spring yarn collection!!!!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Guage for Ella Rae coat

Okay, as you all cast on for the Ella Rae Coat knit-a-long, make sure to check your guage!!! This is super super important!!!!

The guage for this project is 18 stitches=4 inches. That means 3.5 sts/inch.

***GUAGE TIP*** When you cast on for a guage, always cast on two more than what the guage calls for. In this case, we will cast on 20 stitches. We do this because the edges in stockinette stitch always curl. Since we will have 20 stitches, the 2 edge stitches will curl and then we can measure the remaining 18 stitches with no problem.

See in my picture above (sorry, not the best pic..) that I am measuring my guage as 18 stitches=3.5 inches. THEREFORE, my guage is too small. I either need to go up a needle size (I used a size 7), or find a bigger yarn. There is also a third option (which I am doing). I am making a bigger size. I am choosing this option because when I made another guage using a larger needle, the stitches became too loose & holey for my likes. I'd rather have a tighter weave using the smaller needle.
SO...I did the math. Ready for this????
Okay, we are looking at the "Coat Bodice" section AFTER all of the increases. Final stitch counts: 152 (172, 188, 208, 224, 244 sts)
I would normally want to make the 152 stitch count size.
Guage should be 4.5 sts/inch. (18 divided by 4)
I am getting 5.14 sts/inch. (18 divided by 3.5 which is what my guage square measured)
152 stitches (the size I want to make) divided by 4.5 stitches/inch (what the guage should have been) equals 33.8 inches.
Now, take 33.8 inches (my desired measurement) and multiply it by what my guage actually is (5.14 stitches/inch) and I get 173. This is closest to the second smallest size. Therefore, this will be the size that I am going to make!
Confused?? Well, if you need help, feel free to stop by and I can help you figure out what size to make! :)

***TIP #2***
Noni suggests to weave in your ends as you go. This is such a good idea because nobody wants to get to the end of their project and then have to weave in 9 gazillion ends!!! So, stop by Fun with Fiber and we can show you how to weave in your ends as you knit. Way easier than weaving them in afterwards.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ella Rae Coat...again

Well, I decided that I will also join the Ella Rae Coat knit-a-long. I do realize that it started a few days ago, but...it's okay to join in late!!!

So, come on in to Fun with Fiber to pick out your yarn and get the pattern. Also, check into this blog to see my own personal progress on the coat.

Here are the colors I will be using. I will be using Liberty Wool to make the coat.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Oooh, fancy gloves!

Most of you have already seen these laying around the shop, but now they are done! Stop by to get the pattern and yarn for these beautiful gloves.
Guage: 5 sts/inch
Materials: 1 skein pink, 1 skein black, 6 buttons
Needles: US 6

Ella Rae Coat---participate in the Knit A Long

 Ella Rae Coat---Knit-a-Long!
Make the beautiful Ella Rae Coat along with everyone else. Every week, log in to see the next step.

Check the Noni Blog HERE for more information
Stop by Fun with Fiber for details.

Hurry while supplies last!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2 New Workshops!

Advanced Techniques for the Average Knitter
Learn everything from start to finish in our version of the "knitting boot camp".

Friday, January 27 1-5
Saturday, January 28 1-5
$50 per session

Visit our website for more info on session 1 and the materials list.

Knitting Block by Block
Learn all the techniques used in the "Knitting Block by Block" book by Nikki Epstein.

Session 1 is basic building blocks. We will work the cameo frame to learn a very cool border and how to sew it onto your stockinette block.

Monday, January 30th


Thursday, January 26th



Students purchasing supplies for this project will receive 25% off their purchases 

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Sample

Come in to check out the new store sample:

Come in for yarn & pattern! :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Perfection Worsted

Just received a huge shipment of Perfection Worsted!! Come stop by to see all of the pretty colors! :)

70% acrylic
30% merino

Perfect for baby projects, scarves, sweaters & more.