Monday, September 28, 2009

Let the Holiday Season Knitting begin!

Hi Everyone, 
We found a great project that I’ll be teaching this Saturday (10/3). It’s called the Downtown Clutch and the pattern is available for free! 8-) It uses about 280 yds of sport wt yarn.

I started mine Sunday and it is already half done!

Here is a picture from the original pattern: 

And here is a few pics of mine done in Ritratto.
Downtown Clutch (1)

Downtown Clutch (2)

I’ll also be making a smaller one, maybe with a chain strap/wristlet length out of Gatsby.

Join us and get a jump on your holiday knitting! Call the shop and reserve your spot for Saturday! 
See you there….


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Classes Saturday September 26:

Square of the Month Class:  11:30 am
The next installment in the square of the month club will be heart pattern, intarsia style. Please bring two colors of yarn that compliment each other (or not, your choice). We will be working this pattern from a chart. I suggest bringing one of those clear plastic page sleeves, and some post-it notes to help mark your rows.
Even if you are not part of our square group, this is a great way to learn intarsia, sometimes referred to as picture knitting.

Finishing Class:  Finishing can be fun!  3:00pm
Knitting really “came together” for me when I learned how to finish my knitting more professionally. Come join me on Saturday afternoon (3pm) and we will cover the finishing basics.
There is some homework, so if you have time to make some swatches, it really helps to have something in your hands to work on.
Using a light colored yarn and needles in a compatible size for that yarn. 
Make 2
cast on 10 stitches. 
Row 1: K2, P2 across, end w/K2.
Row 2: P2, K2 across, end w/P2 
Work for 8 rows 
Then switch to garter stitch, knitting every row for 12 rows.
If you have a project that needs to be put together, you can bring that to class instead of the swatches.
I hope you can make it!

Kittens are weaned and ready for new home! Monique?

The two of us, we are kind of attached at the hip and need to go to a home TOGETHER! Monique, are you coming to get them? :-) I hope so, and so do they.... They are adorable and very people friendly. They play, and play and play and sleep and sleep and sleep....DSCN0144 I am a little more independent, the ring leader.... I am super duper friendly, and cuddly too..... DSCN0157

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Customer Show n Tell

We were honored to have Andi and some of our customers bring in some of their works in progress, and some of their finished pieces.  Very inspiring!  Here are photos of Diane's progress, she is almost finished.... on her Bobbi's Garden Hexagon Blanket.  And of Hara's finished Geometry blanket, knitted in the Araucania Itata.  I want to make both of them!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ishbel pattern for Saturday

Hi everyone, 
If you ever wanted to knit lace, this is a great project to get you started. We’ll have a kick-off on Saturday (9/12) at 11:30.

Yarn options for this project are really open. Knit it in lace weight and it will be open and airy. Use something a little heavier and it will be your go-to shawl for the cooler nights we have in the winter. I’ll be using Jitterbug sock/fingering weight in red tones.

If you need a link to the pattern, click here to open the pattern in Ravelry. Your order is is charged using PayPal, and you can use the site without needing to be a member. If you need assistance ordering the pattern, write me…

I look forward to seeing everyone at the shop!


Upcoming Weekend at Anneke's

Hello Everyone! 8-)

We hope that you had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!  We had a very, very busy one and we got a chance to see lots of you over the course of the weekend and catch up with you.  It was wonderful.  Some faces we had not seen in a while Lynn, Sam, Diane, Janice, Barbara, Gabriela, Maria Rosario, Michael, it was nice to see you all again!  We also had a very nice BBQ party on Monday, Labor Day, despite the rain...  Thank you so much to all who contributed to our potluck event!  We didn't have such a large turnout for our party due to the weather and other activities everyone had planned for Labor Day, but those of us who were there had a wonderful time!

Well, we have some fun things planned for this upcoming weekend as well.  Andi will be teaching a class on the gorgeous  Ishbel Shawl  designed by Ysolda Teague photo in last post.  You can purchase this pattern on line and bring it with you to the class.  The class will be from 11:30 - 2:00, and is $25.  We have a beautiful Ishbel Shawl sample in the store, knitted by Megan, come in and check it out so you can get inspired for the class.....  

Starting at 3:00, Andi will be available for a couple of private classes, at $20/hour as usual.  Give us a call if you would like to set up some time with her.

On Sunday September 13th, we will be starting a Sock KAL, planned by Ann and Anita, here is what they have to say about it:

"Anita and I (I’m Ann), are planning a sock knit-along. Anita likes the sock called “Rick” in the Sock Innovation book of patterns by Cookie A.
Anita thinks that the Rick stitch pattern would be really darling as a scarf, too. So…, come to Anneke’s beginning on Sunday, September 13th, at 1300 hours (1 pm) and we’ll work some socks, or whatever. Socks make good holiday gifts and I, for one, need to start gifts now.
The Rick pattern calls for fingering weight yarn (Super fine #1), and double point needles, size 1 1/2 U.S. (2.5 mm) or circular needles, if that’s your preference for knitting socks. A light colored, monochromatic yarn would be best if one is new to sock knitting so that it’s easy to see the stitches to pick up on the heel. I also recommend reading The Yarn Harlots explanation for sock theory in Knitting Rules. Socks SEEMED complex to me until I read Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s explanation of sock components in her book “Knitting Rules.” She has a sock pattern in that book that’s a good one to start with.
We look forward to seeing you all real soon!  8-)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ishbel Shawl Class Saturday September 12

Join Andi on Saturday from 11:30 to 2:00 for a class on the beautiful Ishbel Shawl designed by Ysolda Teague.  If you are a member of Ravelry, purchase and print out your pattern and bring it along to the class.   We have lots of wonderful yarns in stock that would be just perfect for this project!  The Gatsby which we knitted our sample in, the Araucania Itata or Ranco, the Blue Heron Yarns, Great Adirondack Yarns, Helen's Lace from Lorna's Laces....  the possibilities are endless....

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Labor Day Weekend SALE and Party on Monday!

Join us Monday, September 7th for one of our potluck parties! Weather permitting we are planning a BBQ, salads and desserts. We will be open from 12:00 - 5:00.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Kittens are ALMOST ready for a new home, please help

I am full of mischief, much more so than my siblings. I am full of energy and I am so very FAST!! I do love to be picked up and held all the time.DSCN0023 Well, what can I say? I am just... gifted. I figured out how to eat cat food yeah, like two weeks ago, my siblings are still 100% dependent on Mom! Of course I still like that too, but I can eat anytime I want to.... I am twice the size of them. he he he I love to cuddle, and love food.... DSCN0024 Love & Peace.... I should have been born in the 60's... I am all Love and Peace, I am super mellow and just like to chill out and watch the world go by. I am the very peaceful one in the family, can't you tell by my face?. I love to be held, and I love to talk.DSCN0025