Introducing Chateau & Chalet

We are delighted to have Chateau & Chalet from Classic Elite Yarns arrive in the shop this week! A mid-winter stash pick me up, these yarns are an exquisitely soft blend of baby alpaca and bamboo.  What fun to find a chunky weight yarn that is light as a feather and so soft its like knitting a kitten!

The chainette construction provides strength and lightness while the fiber content create enviable drape in a chunky weight.  Chalet is available in undyed, natural colors and Chateau features saturated, vibrant colors.

Projects to consider: knit up a fast one or two skein hat on US#10-11 needles, a beautiful two skein cowl, or go all out and knit a shawl

Chateau & Chalet
Fiber Content
: 70% baby alpaca, 30% bamboo
3-3½ sts/inch US 10-11 (6-8 mm) needle
50 grams/approx 98 yards

Stripes! (the siren call of a favorite look)

I am crazy about stripes. Indiscriminately so. I wear wide striped sweaters with scarves featuring narrow stripes. I like fair isle patterns that resolve visually into a striped pattern, I like stitch patterns that fool the eye and create vertical, horizontal, and diagonal stripes. I like my eye to be led across and up and down and back.  I love striped, hand knit socks. LOVE them.

 Yipes Stripes by Ann Weaver

Yipes Stripes by Ann Weaver

I like stripes in my knitting, and I like them in the world, too.  I like painted crosswalks in bustling towns, the orderly vertical stripes of a bike rack, and telephone poles strung out in lines. I like the way a curled shelf fungi can radiate color to the edge.  I love the white and yellow and black stripes on monarch butterfly caterpillars, the endless variety of striping in leaves, flowers and stems, and the wonder and grandeur of colorful and textured stripes in stone formations.  Driving through Lancaster County's verdant, precious farmland, I am cheered by the contoured fields as the seasons change the colors, heights and textures of the landscape stripe by stripe. Stripes get my attention. 

Self striping yarns can be gorgeous--so much variety and color! And stripes made with leftover bits of yarn are just as appealing.  Gradients allow us to knit and crochet gently changing stripes of color in any shape or configuration.  We'll talk at length about color and strategies for knitting interesting stripes at the Lancaster Knitter's Retreat with Ann Weaver in May.  We'll also be knitting stripes in many of our upcoming Free Workshops--including the Frieze Shawl, Leventry, and the Home & Away hat.

 Ursula by Kate Davies in Kettle Dyed Sock Yarn

Ursula by Kate Davies in Kettle Dyed Sock Yarn

How do you satisfy your knitting obsessions?  I wear and knit stripes nearly all the time, in some configuration or another. Meanwhile, I add stripey patterns and knitting ideas to my endless list of favorite patterns, and scheme for more time to knit!


Lancaster Knitter's Retreat 2017


We are delighted to announce that Ann Weaver and Melissa Leapman will be teaching at #LKR2017 in April! 

Ann Weaver sees knitting patterns in container ships, Tom Waits lyrics, Moby-Dick, classic cocktails, and the work of artists like Josef Albers and Mark Rothko. When she is not traveling to teach knitting workshops, Ann lives in Baltimore, Maryland.  Ann comes to LKR highly recommended by knitters who have studied with her at other events in the mid-Atlantic and beyond. 

Melissa Leapman joins us from New York City!  With over 1000 designs in print, Melissa Leapman is one of the most widely-published American crochet and knit designers at work today.  Nationally, her workshops are popular with crafters of all levels. She teaches at every major knitting and crochet event, including STITCHES, VKLive, and the CGOA/TKGA shows, as well as at nearly every TNNA industry trade show for the past twelve years.

Ann and Melissa will be teaching at the Lancaster Knitter's Retreat in Bird-in-Hand,  Pennsylvania.  Let's knit together!
Sign up HERE.

Winter Knitting

My knitting bag has a haphazard, weary look these days.  Truth be told, I'm not entirely sure I know what exactly is in there. It certainly is full though--and I bet there's some good stuff in there!  

I think I'll take a little time to sort through it and uncover which projects didn't get finished.  I need to get it done, I have a new project ready to start that needs to fit in the bag!

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year--and one that's filled with beautiful yarns, patterns that interest you and push you a little, and time to spend on things, people, and projects that are important to you! 

Happy New Year!



When a Pattern Speaks to You...

You know what I mean.  You browse Ravelry, or Knitty, or pinterest, Instagram, Twist Collective--and you idle over new patterns as older patterns drift by in your 'favorites' or pile up in your knitting queue.  Some patterns wait quietly for the day when you match them up with a beautiful yarn, and others are more insistent. They show up over and over! 

That has been the case for me since I first saw the graphica's 'Inspira Cowl' (right) on Ravelry nearly five years ago. I 'favorited' it. I downloaded it. I read it. I looked at all three versions, and pored over many of the 3,500 projects posted on Ravelry since it was published.

And this week, the pattern came together with two beautiful yarns, and I cast on!  I'm making the Mesa Rock version which is written for Aran weight yarn.  I'm following the pattern as written, except that instead of using two ombre' style color changing yarns, I'm using Reggae Ombre' with a coordinating solid color of Kenzie.  It's already incredibly soft and appealing--and I can't stop knitting!

 photo c graphica

photo c graphica

Reggae Ombre'

What's new in the shop?  We've brought in Reggae Ombre' from Schoppel!  This might be our favorite merino yarn ever!

Reggae Ombre' is a worsted/aran weight, slightly felted single ply yarn.  You'll love it dyed in instantly recognizable, vibrant Schoppel colorways. 

Just in time for brilliant, colorful fall and holiday knitting!

Next week: pattern ideas for Reggae Ombre'!