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  • Tolt Folded Bag with Veronika

    One of my most favorite sources of eye candy when I need a creative burst of energy is Pinterest, as I'm sure it is for many. I love to take elements of garments and shapes that are not necessarily knit items and make them come alive in my projects. I've managed to stumble upon different varieties of a sewn and simple folded bag in recent months, and thought what a perfect shape for knitting in all of the beautiful cottons and linens we have at the shop. One of the first versions of this bag I found was this lovely blog post. Our friend Shannon Cook over at Very Shannon has a sweet tutorial for an Origami Bento Bag that is sewn out of 3 fat quarters. So cute! Also, Karen the blogging queen over at Fringe Association has these darling Bento Bags, if sewing is not your thing and you want to just grab one up. I just love the shape and ease of these bags that I had to make a knitted one! Here's a little recipe to make one of your own:

     

    Supplies:

    Hoooked RibbonXL - 250 yd (garter version)

    US 15 needles & US 10 needles for optional extended handle

    Gauge: 12 sts / 24 rows in garter stitch on larger needles

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    Quince & Co. Kestrel - 304 yd (stockinette version)

    US 8 needles

    Gauge: 20 sts / 28 rows in stockinette stitch

     

     

    Garter Version:

    Using US 15 needles, cast on 30 sts (approximately 10” width). Work in garter stitch (knit every row), using the following selvedge: with yarn in front, slip 1st stitch purl wise at the beginning of every row. Work in this manner until piece measures three times the width of your work. For example: if your gauge is the same as mine at 10”, you will work in pattern until piece measures 30”.

     

    Bind off.

     

    Fold bag as shown in pictures and sew up sides using mattress stitch.

     

    For the garter version, I chose to knit and add on an additional handle at the top to widen the opening. This is optional. If you like the length of the handle when held together at the top, sew the two tips together using whip stitch and you are done. If you would like to also extend your handle, follow these instructions:

     

    Using US 10 needles, cast on 6 sts. Leave a longer tail for sewing to bag at the end.

     

    Work in stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row), until piece measures 7” long. Bind off, leaving a longer tail for sewing to bag again.

     

    Using whipstitch and longer tails, sew ends of handle to top tips of bag.

     

     

    Stockinette Version:

    Using US 8 needles, cast on 60 sts (approximately 12” width). Work in stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row), using the following selvedge: on RS rows - slip 1st stitch and last stitch knit wise, on WS rows – purl across row. Work in this manner until piece measures three times the width of your work. For example: if your gauge is the same as mine at 12”, you will work in pattern until piece measures 36”.

     

    Bind off.

     

    Fold bag as shown in pictures and sew up sides using mattress stitch.

     

    Using whip stitch, sew the two tips together to create the handle. If you like the length and look of the handle, you are done.

     

    For the stockinette version, I chose to sew on some leather over the top of the handle after sewing the two tips together. I did this by cutting out a rectangle piece of leather approximately 5” X 2”, I then punched matching holes on the ends of the long sides of the leather and used a thick cotton button thread to sew the leather onto the handle with a criss-cross stitch pattern.  As I was sewing the leather into place, I would grab a stitch of the interior knit fabric to secure.

     

     

    Happy knitting!

     

    -Ve

  • Hope's New Wrap

    Hope's Sasha Wrap

     

    A few months ago Hope asked me if could I place an order for Techno yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas, she had fallen in love with the Sasha Wrap and wanted to knit it.  When the yarn arrived we were all amazed how light it was considering it was a bulky yarn.  This soft and feather weight yarn is perfect for a wrap, warm and cozy without being heavy.  

    Hope came in to work yesterday with her finished wrap and I begged her to let me photograph it for the blog.  

     

    Techno from Blue Sky Alpacas

  • New Shop Samples

     

    Veronika finished the Cepa wrap designed by Grace Anne Farrow for Kelbourne Woolens.  This sample was knit with three skeins of Fibre Company Meadow in the colors Corn Flower, Queen Anne's Lace and Prairie.  Meadow is a lace weight yarn and is a beautiful blend of 40% Merino, 25% Llama, 20% Silk, 15% Linen.

     

     

    Meadow by the Fibre Company
     

     

     

    Paula knit up the Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn (FREE pattern on Ravelry) using 1 1/2 skeins of Twisted Sister Essential.  Essential is a rustic blend of 60% Hemp and 40% Silk.  This yarn softens up once it's washed and has a lovely drape and sheen, a great yarn for Spring and Summer knits!

     

     

     

    Essential by Twisted Sister Yarn

  • Easter Basket

    Easter Knits book by Arne &Carlos and my knitted easter egg waiting to be stuffed.

     

    Easter is just around the corner and there are so many cute decorating and gift ideas for this fun and colorful holiday.  I started knitting Easter eggs using the patterns from the Easter Knits book by Arne & Carlos and Brown Sheep Lanaloft Sport yarn.  The next egg I knit I will use a fingering weight yarn, maybe Brown Sheep Naturespun, Jamieson Spindrift, or Elemental Affects.  Easter Knits has more pattern motifs for knitted eggs as well as a pattern for a bunny and chicken.  Arne and Carlos are designers from Norway and will be in Seattle in October for the 2014 Nordic Knitting Conference.

     

    Ravelry is also full of great Easter knits, here are a few of my favorites.

    1. Bunny Girl in a Dotty Dress by Julie Williams (She has more adorable bunny patterns too!)

    2.Bunny Bookmark by Ala Ela

    3. Bunny Beret by Hannah Fettig

    4. Vintage Rabbit  and Spring Rabbit by Sara Elizabeth Kellner

    5. Baby Lamb Cuffs by Tiny Owl Knits

     

     

    Don't forget to swing by the shop for some Easter goodies like our kids learn to knit kits, books and baskets.

     

  • Spring Break Knitting

    Paula, Beth and I were showing each other our spring break projects and I'd love to share them with you.  

     

    Paula has designed her own beautiful spring shawl using YOTH Yarns Little Brother.

     

    Beth just took Veronika's lace knitting class and is busy working on her Cedar Grove Shawl by Judy Marples using Cascade Yarns Eco Wool.

     

    I finally finished my Tag Team Sweater, Lila, (pictures soon!) so I can continue to work on my Sundottir Sweater by Dianna Walla for Brooklyn Tweed.  I am using the last skeins we had of Elsawool but am thinking of casting on for another Sundottir using Imperial Yarn Erin or Columbia 2-ply.

     

    Whether you're heading out of town or having a stay-cation don't forget your knitting.  What are you working on this spring break?  We would love to hear from you!

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