Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Jane Adapts The Baby Alpaca Grande Vest

The Baby Alpaca Grande Shrug, has been a big hit at the shop. Ever since we put up a store sample, it seems almost everyone has been making it. The shrug is so cute and easy to make.

However, if you are very blessed in the chest area, the shrug doesn't fit quite right. Jane is one of the blessed ones, but that did not stop her from making it. Jane decided to adapt the pattern to fit her body. She also added a cabled braid in the back. The vest looks fantastic on her.

If you would like to read more about Jane's vest adaptation, please visit her blog by clicking here. If you would like to take a private lesson with Jane to learn the pattern adaption or how to tailor a pattern to fit your body, please email her at jprater@carolina.rr.com.

For more information about Jane and her classes at Charlotte Yarn, please visit her website at http://www.jpknits.com/.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Anne's Lattice Baby Blanket

Anne finished the Lattice Baby Blanket. The pattern is from Mac and Me. The blanket is made out of Blue Sky Alpaca's Hand Dyed Cotton. The blanket is so beautiful!!!

Anne loves this blanket so much, so is going to make another one using the Blue Sky Organic Cotton.

Great job Anne!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Longways Is The Way To Go!!!!

Many people think that I scarf can only be knitted by casting on 10-20 stitches. However, you can also knit a scarf longways using a circular needle. Natalie had a scarf at the shop where she casted on about 216 stitches. On every row she changed the yarn. Her whole scarf was in garter stitch (knit every row). She also left a 6" inch tail on each row, which made the scarf self fringing.

A customer loved Natalie's scarf so much that she made her own longways scarf. She used yarns that complemented each other and had various textures. Her scarf turned out fabulous!!! This just proves that you can take several yarns and mix them together to make a unique and wonderful creation.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Who said that a scarf has to be boring!

One of our newest knitters came in the shop last month and wanted to make a scarf for her mother. She selected this beautiful scarf pattern out of the book, KNIT PONCHOS WRAPS & SCARVES by Jane Davis. I just love the way the scarf is braided at the ends. Who said scarves are boring?

The yarn she used was Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran which gave it a very soft feel.

Great job!!!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The Charlotte Purls Were In The House!!!

We were very fortunate to have the "Charlotte Purls" hold their last meeting in '07 at Charlotte Yarn. They are such a great group of people.

The Charlotte Purls is a locale knitting group in Charlotte, NC who meet every other Saturday from 2-4PM at Bear Rock Cafe off of Mallard Creek in the University area. If you are looking for a knitting group to join, you definitely have to check them out. Everyone is so nice. They also have a wonderful mixture of knitting skills, from the beginner to the experienced.

For more information about the Charlotte Purls, please visit their website at http://www.charlottepurls.blogspot.com/ or email them at charlottepurls@gmail.com.