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Archive for September, 2009

Good afternoon. MSK has pre ordered the 2nd book from Ysolda. Supply will be limited so let us know if you are a fan and we will save a copy for you.

Those waiting for Misti Alpaca Handpaint Chunky to make Kate’s Puddles Scarf–the colorway Lake Country has arrived, 10 skeins available. Cat Bordhi’s new book in stock , Personal Footprints, 3 available.

Interweave Crochet magazine –22 cool fall designs to crochet, arrived today.

Come see us, knit for warmth to share.

Julie @ MSK

ps Charlie Theobald our neighborhood artist has unveilded new bookmarks, notecards and giftcards for Fall and Holiday Season..I love his ability to capture such expressions in his watercolors—-These you must see.
We will have sets of 4 Holiday Cards available this week.

Happy Knitting

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KnitWear 2009

This Sunday here in Fort Collins is the annual KnitWear Fiber Arts Extravaganza at the Lincoln Center in the Canyon West Ballroom from 11am-4pm. There is an entrance fee of $5 ($3 for students and free for under 11). Once inside there are tables for KIP/CIP with your friends and free demos/classes until 2:15. A 3:30 come watch a Community Fashion Show or arrive by 2pm with your favorite project and be a part of fashion show!

There will also be a variety of vendors. We will have a double booth with Designedly, Kristi, Vicki Square will be there as will Brown Sheep and many others. There are frequent door prizes as well. Also don’t miss the Loose Ends exhibit in the gallery while you are there.

Check out http://www.fcgov.com/lctix/galleries-events.php#knitwear for all the details, including demo schedule and participating vendors.

We hope to see you there on Sunday!

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My Second Self

There is still time to sign up for the Duct Tape Dressform workshop this Saturday! The wrapping starts at 9am! My own dressform is on display in the shop (and pictured above). You can read a bit more about it on my own blog as well as see a few more pictures there.

It will be too late for this current workshop, but also be sure to stop by KnitWear at the Lincoln Center here in Fort Collins on Sunday. Both of us will be in attendance!

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Knit Elephant

We’ve got the print version of Ysolda’s first Whimsical Little Knits booklet back in stock. It includes lots of great gift knitting projects from stuffed toys like the elephant above to the Grown Up Booties that have been posted about here. There are hats and a small shawl among others. There are ten patterns in total.

If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, do so! She has a great esthetic!

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Some Great Classes Start Soon

Noro Silk Garden Sock Granny Square Blanket

Noro Silk Garden Sock Granny Square BlanketNext Thursday morning is a great crochet class for beginning crocheters from 9-10am. It is just a two week class and costs only $25. In the class you will learn the skills needed to make a large Granny Square from sock yarn. You can use Noro Silk Garden Sock as pictured above, or choose your own color progression from any sock yarn line. It is a great opportunity to not only learn (or refresh) our crochet skills, but you get a great useable project as well. And we know all too well that it will soon be time to have a lap blanket handy to keep the chill off!

On Saturday, September 19th we have a special 1/2 day workshop from Kristi. You’ll get guidance and assistance in making a dressform from duct tape that has your shape and measurements. Having a duct tape dressform is a handy tool in knitting or crocheting more flattering and fitted garments as you can judge the fit better seeing it on a dressform than looking at it on you in the mirror. The workshop runs from 9am-noon (maybe 1pm) and is $25.

You will want to wear your most flattering bra and smooth, fitted pants such as yoga pants or other pull-on pants that do not have the bulk of buttons. If you have long hair pull up and off of your neck (getting duck tape stuck to your hair is never any fun). Also bring with you ~100 yds of duct tape and an old pair of scissors. To finish your dressform at home you’ll also need 24-36 oz of fiber fill and some study cardboard or foamcore large enough to make your dressform bottom as well as sturdy hanger if you wish to hang your form. Trash bags to apply the tape to and Goo Gone to clean your scissors with will be provided. You may feel more comfortable taking the workshop with a friend, but bringing a partner is not required.

See some examples of duct tape dressforms on Flickr. Kristi’s own dressform will be at the shop by this Saturday (9/12) afternoon.

To see all the upcoming classes check out the fall schedule (PDF). You may come in to the shop or call at 970-407-1461 to reserve your space for any of the upcoming classes.

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A Look at Lana Bambu

Cascade Lana Bambu WIP

I’m often a bit too practical to work with singles yarns. In general they do not hold up to wear as well and often lack the stitch definition of plied yarns. Every once in a while a singles yarn comes along that just sweeps me off of my feet and I put aside my overly analytical side and enjoy the process (and sometimes get proven wrong in my bias for plied yarns). One such yarn is pictured above — the brand new Lana Bambu from Cascade, the manufacturer of one of my favorite workhorse yarns, Cascade 220.

Made mostly of wool, with just a touch of bamboo, this singles yarn subtly shifts tones as you knit. I will admit, I am a sucker for ombre striping and it is often best achieved in a singles yarn. The striping, however, was not the only quality to win me over. The 21% bamboo content adds some heathered quality to the color, gorgeous drape to the fabric as well as a hint of shine and some additional softness. The result is a gorgeously fluid fabric with next to the skin softness unlike many other ombre striping yarns on the market.

The ball band suggests a gauge of 4.5 stitches per inch on a US9 (5.5 mm) needle, which I found produced a fabric of considerable drape and softness. It would be a great choice for accessories that require a fluid fabric and are not exposed to too much friction during wear. I found the fabrics on US8 (5mm) and US7 (4.5mm) needles favorable as well. The fabric maintains flexibility at tighter gauges thanks to the bamboo content. To knit a garment or accessories that take a bit more wear such as mittens or gloves I would likely opt for a gauge of 5 stitches per inch. Upon washing there was some bloom to the fabric causing a slight (~1/4-1/2 stitch per inch) decrease in stitches per inch. That is not uncommon, especially with singles yarns.

Lana Bambu also stood the test of stitch definition. Since the color shifts are more tonal in nature and low contrast they do not overpower moderately complex stitch patterns as seen in the photo above.

With each 100 gram hank containing nearly 200 yards of yarn for less than $15 it is a great choice for accessories that will pop with subtle striping. Try some of the patterns for Noro Kureyon with Lana Bambu for a softer and more subtle look such as:

The pattern for the work in progress pictured at the top of the post will be available at the shop shortly. We are knitting up a few examples and testing the pattern right now.

Lana Bambu, made in Italy, distributed by Cascade Yarns of Seattle Washington
Singles (1 ply)
196 yds per 100 gram (3.5 oz) Hank
4.5 sts per inch on US9 (5.5 mm) Needles
Hand Wash Cold, Lay Flat to Dry
Available in 8 Colors

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Fun Was Had By All!

2009 Tour de Fat Mosaic

Many thanks to everyone who made it out on Saturday morning to take in the sights of the parade. We had a great time watching all the clever costuming and tricked out bikes and hope you did to. Thanks also to those brave souls who fought the traffic oddities of the morning to come and shop with us.

HadleyIt was also a joy to meet Kate’s daughter-in-law and the beautiful 9 month old granddaughter who was just full of smiles (despite teething no less)!

You can click on the links below to see any of the above photos larger.

1. Coming At You!, 2. Tank, 3. Prison Convoy, 4. Tall Bicycle Built For 2, 5. Synchronized Swimmers, 6. Tiny Wheels, 7. Wheelie, 8. Smiling Woopie Cushion, 9. Boogie Giraffe, 10. Septocycle, 11. Parade Rolls Down Mountain Ave, 12. Watching the Parade

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