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Gorgeous Bettna

The very lovely Anne Boone wore her new Noro jacket into the La Plata shop yesterday afternoon.  Simply stunning.  Anne selected this Silk Garden (color 349) at our Noro Event last month and finished it in almost no time.

 

Anne's Noro Jacket Anne's Noro Jacket back

This is the colorway that reminds me of a volcano. It's such an energized combination of colors and makes an exciting and bold statement while still being very wearable.  Beautiful work, Anne! Continue reading

Finished! Purple! Gorgeous! Hail, Mary!!

Is there a more wonderful experience for a knitter than finishing your first sweater, and having it turn out to be EXACTLY what you wanted? Wonderful, flattering fit, great color, wonderful stitch textures, plump, bouncy yarn that's a delight to work with; and, for the piece de resistance, PERFECT buttons!

Mary's Purple sweater

That's the experience that our delightful Mary Burns, a La Plata regular, is celebrating now. She wanted a comfortable, easy sweatshirt-style sweater that would look good tossed on over jeans and boots. She picked the "To the Cottage" pullover design by Sally Melville, published in The Purl Stitch (one of those books that, trust me, every knitter should have in her library). Worked in deep purple Karabella Aurora 8, washable pure merino, worsted weight. As you can tell, Shop Dog in Chief Caspian approves wholeheartedly. Four paws way up for the Aurora 8 sweater, Caspian says!

The stitch pattern is a challenge, but Mary did a terrific job. And as always with Sally Melville designs, the finishing touches (rolled reverse stockinette edges, a two-button henley-style placket, comfortable rounded neckline) take the project to a whole other level of custom-garment refinement.

Congratulations, Mary! That's the most amazing "sweatshirt" ever!!

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Uplifting!

Our own Sigrid Stiles won the Pink Friday bra contest!  Thank you for your generous donations to her supporting (hehe) entry.  Here's her winning bra, "Trick or treat the girls right". Congratulations, Sigrid.

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Crazy for Ewe's fundraising efforts for breast cancer screening and early detection at St. Mary's Hospital continues all month with the sale of our exclusive pattern, Variations in Pink by Ginni Stein. All $5 of the purchase price of this pattern are donated to the cause. Thank you to those of you who've purchased already.  If you missed it at Pink Friday, don't worry - it will be available all month.  Please come by either shop to donate and and get the pattern.

It's quick, easy, and beautiful.  Here's one of the cowl versions Karen whipped up over the weekend. Looks great on our Bunny model!

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Old Town

Old Town - hannah

Our lovely Hannah, who knits with us all the way from New York, sent a picture of her beautiful newly finished cardigan, Old Town.  Doesn't she look wonderful.  Hanna worked Old Town in Manos Serena, a gorgeous sport weight cotton alpaca blend from Manos.  Great work, Hannah - I so wish you lived closer!

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Friday finished object

She's so happy! 

Ty was in today with the very last bit of finishing on her Petrie sweater. Doesn't she look great!  This is a terrific pattern with a super-flattering drape neck.  It's a free pattern from Knitty - here's the Ravelry link.

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And it's done

Susan's Simple Cardigan 

Susan came in today to have some company while she set in the sleeves of her cardigan.  Doesn't it look great!  Fits her perfectly too.  And yes, that's a Hitchiker scarf she's wearing with it - good looks, Susan!

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Kayleigh's Huasco Hitchiker

Kayleigh's Huasco Hitchiker hot off the needles 
...hot off the needles

 

This lovely young lady is Kayleigh, a rising senior at St. Mary's College, and a bright and up-and-coming philosopher. She's also a great knitter, as you might expect, considering grand-mother is Ginni Stein.

Her project is the Hitchiker Scarf, an ideal pattern to show off bright multicolored yarns. The simple shaping lets the colors take center stage. Kayleigh used beautiful Huasco, a light fingering weight hand-dyed merino with a great tight twist. It comes in great multicolors as well as semisolids.  Here are a few of my favorites.

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The wonders of blocking

Bernadette came in last week with Vortex hot off her needles - a beautiful circular shawl pattern worked from the center out in lovely Huasco,   Very pretty, no?

Vortex unblocked 

As with all lace projects, Vortex needs a good blocking to look its best.  See how a good hard blocking opens the fabric, displays the structure of the lace, and creates a beautiful drape in the fabric. Nice blocking job, Lynne!

Vortex blocked 

Here's a close-up of the fabric that really shows the dramatic change.   Great job, Bernadette!

Fabric close-up 

 

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