Friday, August 28, 2009

Show and Tell Friday

Have you made a preemie cap yet for our Yarn Bowl Challenge? We have about 7 weeks left to make them. I wanted to share this pattern with you for a cap that Nonie brought by. Isn't it cute?

Double Moss Stitch Preemie Cap (knit in the round)

Using DK weight yarn and size 6 needles, cast on 48 sts. (or use fingering weight yarn and size 2 needles, casting on 72 stitches)

K1, P1 for 1 inch.
Knit 1 round.

Change to different color yarn if desired.

Double Moss Stitch pattern:
Round 1: *K1, P1*, repeat around
Round 2: *K1, P1*, repeat around
Round 3: *P1, K1*, repeat around
Round 4: *P1, K1*, repeat around

Repeat these 4 rounds until you have about 3 ½” total.

Knit 2 rows.
Change back to original colored yarn if desired.

Shape Crown:
Round 1: *K4, k2t*, repeat around
Round 2: *K3, k2t*, repeat around
Round 3: *K2, k2t*, repeat around
Round 4: *K1, k2t*, repeat around
Round 5: k2t around (if using 9” circular needles, skip this round)
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Using a tapestry needle, thread tail through remaining stitches and fasten off securely. (If skipping round 5, move 2 stitches to tapestry needle and bind off a stitch. Continue moving over 2 stitches and binding off a stitch until all stitches are on tapestry needle.) Weave in the ends.

You can, of course, made the preemie caps in any pattern you wish. Thanks, Nonie, for sharing this one with us.

I also have to share with you Lynn's Adult Surprise Jacket. She did a wonderful job of picking out yarns that go together. And the buttons she chose were the finishing touch. Great job, Lynn!

And Pam brought in a cardigan that she made out of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. Here's another example where choosing the right button will just make the garment perfect. Love it, Pam!

And Pat brought in her shawl that she made out of Schaefer Anne yarn. She appliqued leaves on the edge. It is sooo pretty. And what a great idea to give this shawl just the right finishing touch as well. Very creative, Pat!

Don't we have creative knitters here at The Yarn Haven?!? Be sure to bring in your finished items and I'll put them on the blog.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Show and Tell Friday

Last night was Parent Night at Ariel's school. Since my son is away at school, I was the "designated parent" for the evening. It was fun to go see her little desk, meet her teacher, and learn some things about 1st Grade. As I was leaving the school, there was this beautiful double rainbow in the sky. It took my breath away. The past couple of months have been very difficult ones for me. First it was the two car accidents...then the many, many therapy sessions...then the emotional problems of driving. Having to deal with all of that plus run a yarn shop has been a challenge. To be honest, I just haven't been there for you all. I've been so focused on me that I haven't had the creativity needed to keep you all inspired with your knitting and crochet projects. But seeing this awesome rainbow that God had put in the sky gave me hope. It helped to remind me that the very first rainbow was put there with a promise. And that God continues to give me hope and a promise that He cares for me. All of these bad circumstances will pass. And I will eventually get better and become my old self again. Until then, I appreciate you patience...and your encouragement. I feel very loved by my customers...who indeed are my friends. I have been blessed.

Now before I get all teary-eyed, let's move on to some finished projects that folks have brought in.

Lisa left this gorgeous shawl with me this summer when she left to go out west for a while. It's Knitting at KNoon's "Wrap Me Up" shawl. We have gotten in Knit One, Crochet Too's Paintbox yarn as one of the options for knitting this shawl. You could also use Noro's Silk Garden. This shawl is all about learning different techniques. If you'd like to learn to make it, you might want to sign up for one of Lisa's Weekly Classes. You should be able to complete this shawl in 6 weeks.

And Melissa finished her Angel Island Shell from Just One More Row. She used the Filatura di Crosa Carioca yarn. Very nice job, Melissa!

Elisa brought by this darling "Just like a Peasant" cap. She got the pattern on Ravelry and used the Malabrigo yarn. This was a chemo cap she made for her boyfriend's mother. Very cute!

And finally, Nonie brought in the wrap she made out of Cascade Cash Vero. The buttons she chose to put on them were just perfect. I love this, Nonie.

Hope to see you at our Friday Night Knitting Club this evening!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A New School Year begins...

Well, another school year has started. With Knox County school starting a bit later, I hadn't realized that my son would be back at pharmacy school when Ariel began 1st Grade this year. So Monday was my day to be "parent" and pick her up from her school, get her some lunch, take her to day care, and then pick her up later in the afternoon in time to go to soccer evalutions. Whew! I had forgotten how long it takes to pick up kids when there is early dismissal. I sat in the car line so long that I was able to knit quite a few rows on my sweater. And when it finally came my turn to pull up, there was my sweet granddaughter...with a hole in her mouth. She was so excited to tell me that she had pulled out her loose tooth. I knew her daddy was going to be disappointed to hear that she had lost her tooth while he was gone. So I told her to keep it in a safe place...because the tooth fairy only visits on weekends. :-) My oldest grandson, Joshua, also started 1st Grade. When I asked his mom what he had thought about school, she said that he absolutely loved it. I hope it will be a good year for both of them.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Show & Tell Friday

Donna recently made this cute sweater out of the Sirdar Calico book. She used the Sublime organic cotton yarn. Love the color!

And Sam brought in her Baby Surprise Jacket made of Dale of Norway Baby Ull.

And her shawl made out of Cascade Heritage yarn. Great jobs on both, Sam!

Mary Beth loves to make different animals. Here's her elephant.

And Donna's boho bag she made for her granddaughter turned out great. She used the Noro Silk Garden yarn and Mimi's pattern.

We had a lot of people come to our Preemie Cap Day today. It was a fun day and we now have more preemie caps to add to our Wall of Caps. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Show & Tell Saturday...

I have lots of beautiful shawls to share with you today.

Pat made two shawls from the Knitted Lace of Estonia book. The first one is the "Maikell" shawl from the book...out of a yummy mohair yarn.

The second shawl was made out of the Misti Alpaca lace yarn. Both are beautifully done...and with many, many nupps. Great job, Pat!

Then Kristina made the "Lilac Leaf" shawl from the Estonian book out of Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace yarn.

And also...she made a Swallowtail Shawl out of Zephyr lace yarn. (We're hoping to get some of this wonderful Zephyr yarn in the shop in the near future.)

Kristina also brought in her Phoenix Shawl to share. She used Schaefer Andrea yarn and added beads to make this exquisite shawl. Paula was gracious enough to model it for us. Wonderful job as usual, Kristina, on all of your shawls!

And finally, Paula brought in the Evelyn Clark Flower Basket shawl she made at the first Lace KAL we had. This linen shawl was the project that got her motivated to start doing lace projects. Very nice, Paula. We'll look forward to seeing your other lace projects as you finished them.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend. Haven't we had a nice summer...much cooler than normal. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Show and Tell Saturday...

Sorry I didn't get around to posting yesterday. This 3 times a week therapy is zapping me of all energy and I'm just not getting everything done. But the good news is that my back is slowly, but surely, getting better. I've still got a way to go to get back to normal, but I'm making progress.

Becky brought in her clapotis to share with us. She used Noro Silk Garden Lite yarn. Don't you just love the buttons she added to make this a beautiful wrap!

And Pam brought in this darling little dress. She used the Sirdar Baby Bamboo yarn. The pattern is on Ravelry..."The Ellis dress". Very, very cute.

And she also brought in some socks to share. The yarn she used was Crystal Palace Panda Cotton. The pattern is also on Ravelry..."Socks of Kindness". She did make a change to do the eye of partridge heel. Great job on both of your finished projects, Pam!

And finally, Melissa brought in her first beaded socks. She was in the Socks That Rock club and this was one of the designs. Very nice!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Don't forget we have lots of different classes coming up this month. Now is the time to sign up to learn some new techniques!