Knitting & Crochet Addicts Needle Exchange

We all have them…we say it’s because “you never know when I’ll need an extra”…and nobody could possible expect us to remember which ones we have and which ones we need…the excuses are as many and varied as colors of DMC floss.

Yes, I’m talking about needles and hooks. Personally, I no longer discuss how many size 8 needles I own. It’s really nobody’s business.

If you can relate to this subject then I am your new hero! I have found a gem of a site that provides, free of charge, an inventory sheet so we can all get a handle on our needles!

Gary has been telling me for years to write them down on a slip of paper and stick it in my purse…you think I’ve done it? Heck no. So why do I think I will do this? Because it’s not only a needle inventory! This kind soul has also provided beautiful and thoughtfully designed journal pages, project planner, yarn stash inventory, notes page, even graph paper to get those ideas down on paper! I can’t resist.

Opps…I hit a button, now everything is bold…hmmm

Anyway, check it out at http://kathrynivy.com/patterns/extras/knitting-journal/ Then, after you get your needle inventory done, bring in those extras to Knitting Group and we’ll have a needle exchange. See you there!

Roll The Dice!

Good Morning out there…I’m here, with cold, cold hands, trying to form a coherent thought. Let’s see, what I wanted to tell you about is Colleen’s lastest “thought”.  She’s always saying to me “Maria, I was thinking….” and then we’re off on another great idea of Colleen’s!

So here is one of her latest. Dice. Yep. We have this friend/customer, that we call Fomoco. We call him this because that is what is on his license plate on his darling little turquoise Thunderbird convertable. Its a collectors car but I couldn’t tell you the year. It’s just really really cute. This gentleman sells dice for cars and other vehicles. You know the fuzzy dice that hang from your rear view mirror? Not that kind, the kind of dice that you can put on your door locks, valve stems, etc. to compliment the fuzzy dice hanging from your mirror.

And Colleen thought “hmmmmm, dice that hang from your mirror…..I COULD DO THAT!” And of course one thing led to another and now we are going to not only make these dice (or something like them)  but we are going to offer them or how to make them at various festivals around the area this summer. It goes without saying that these creations will be knitted and/or felted and/or crochet…so stay tuned for further details.

And check out Fomoco’s website. He’s in our links to your right!

Thank you Ladies!

Thank you to all of you who have brought in your blocks for the Warm UP America project! We have a good start but we need lots more block. Keep ‘um coming!

If you haven’t joined our project, it’s not too late. Last month we announced our involvement in Warm Up America.

Warm Up America was started in 1991 by a Wisconsin yarn retailer named Evie Rosen. Evie decided to help the homeless by asking her customers, friends, and community to knit or crochet 7″x9″ blocks that would be joined into afghans. And that is exactly what we are doing. We urge everyone to take a few minutes to knit a 7″x9″ block for this worthy cause. Please take time to create a block for Warm Up America!, and ask your friends to get involved, as well.

Bring your blocks in to Tapestry Rose Yarn Shop between now and June. We will keep you posted on the date of our “Block Party” when we will gather together to put all the blocks together to make afghans. These afghans will be donated locally to needy people.

Remember, just a little bit of yarn can make a big difference to someone in need!

Basic patchwork afghans are made of forty-nine 7″x9″ rectangular Blocks that are sewn together. Any pattern stitch can be used for the rectangle. Use acrylic medium/worsted weight yarn and size 8 strainght knitting needles or size needed to obtain the gauge of 9 stitches to 2″.



NO WATER

I got up this morning with my mom, to have my morning dash outside and quick drink of water before I snuggle back into the toasted warm bed that she just left, but lo and behold NO WATER!  I peeked out of the covers when mom said a few words!! I will not mention them here, but I take it that the water ran out while she was in the shower.  Mom and Gary were running around trying to make sure everything was OK,  turning off the hot water heater so as not to burn it up.  I don’t really understand it all, but it made me nervous, so I just stayed under the covers. Mom went to the shop and turned everything off down there and called all the help to tell them not to show up for work until everything was a go for water pressure and then they have to clean out all the lines so everything is sanitairy and the water is clear.  I think I’ll just stay in bed for awhile longer!


February Free Pattern

 

Heart Face Cloth

 

 


The red cloth above is of Heart center. It does not depict the eyelet edge around  cloth.

To Purchase yarn for this project, go to our internet store, Saltwater Yarn or come on into the shop! We carry ALL 113 Sugar n Cream colors and 10 colors of Berroco Bonsai Bamboo.

Finished Size:

Approx. 9”Square.

Materials ~

Needles:

  • Straight knitting needles, size 8 (5.00 mm) or size needed for gauge.
  • Yarn needle

Yarn:

  • 100% Cotton worsted weight (such as Sugar n Cream) or…
  • Bamboo/Nylon blend  worsted weight (such as Berroco Bonsai)

You will need 70 yards for each face cloth.

Gauge: In Garter Stitch, 4 sts = 1”

Cast on 37 sts.

Rows 1 and 2: Knit across.

Row 3: K1, ssk, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog, repeat from* across to last st, k1.

Row 4 AND ALL EVEN NUMBERED ROWS: Knit across.

Row 5: K1, ssk, yo, knit across to last 3 sts, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 7-10: Repeat rows 5 and 6 twice.

Row 11: K1, ssk, yo, k14, k2tog, yo, k15, yo k2tog, k1.

Row 13: K1, ssk, yo, k13, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k13, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 15: K1, ssk, yo, k12, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k12, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 17: K1, ssk, yo, k11, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k11, yo k2tog, k1.

Row 19: K1, ssk, yo, k10, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk, k10, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 21: K1, ssk, yo, k9, k2tog, yo, k9, yo, ssk, k9, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 23: K1, ssk, yo, k8, k2tog, yo, k11, yo, ssk, k8, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 25: K1, ssk, yo, k7, k2tog, yo, 13, yo, ssk, k7, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 27: K1, ssk, yo, k6, k2tog, yo, k15, yo, ssk, k6, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 29: K1, ssk, yo, k5, k2tog, yo, k17, yo, ssk, k5, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 31: K1, ssk, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, k19, yo, ssk, k4, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 33: K1, ssk, yo, k3, k2tog, yo, k21, yo, ssk, k3, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 35: K1, ssk, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k23, yo, ssk, k2, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 37 – 42: Repeat Rows 35 and 36, 3 times.

Row 43: K1, ssk, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k10, k2tog, yo, k11, yo, ssk, k2, yo, k2tog k1

Row 45: K1, ssk, yo, k4, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 47: K1, ssk, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 49: K1, ssk, yo, k6, yo, [slip1, k2tog, psso], yo k1, yo, slip1, k2tog, psso, yo, k5, yo, slip 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1, yo, slip 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k6, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 51: K1, ssk, yo, knit across to last 3 sts, yo, k2tog, k1.

Rows 53—58: Repeat Rows 51 and 52, 3 times.

Row: 59: K1, ssk, yo, k1, (yo, k2tog) across to last st, k1.

Rows 60 and 61: Knit across.

Bind off all sts in knit.




February Newsletter

 

We have the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts

Under $20

to exchange with friends & neighbors!

 

 Unique Valentine Cards with Felted Heart Pins!

Laurel Burch earrings, mugs, coin purses, bags! 

Seashore Coffee Mug or Tea Cup & Saucer

filled to the brim  with a variety of sweet treats!

Need a special order? We can fix one special for you!

 

Our FREE pattern this month is the

HEART FACE CLOTH

Go to our Patterns section for your copy!

 

 

The red cloth features only the heart. It doesn’t show the eyelet border that is part of the pattern.
The border is easily seen on the white cloth done in bamboo.

January’s Free Pattern

January is National Hot Tea Month
and we are happy to offer you this beautiful
tea cozy pattern for FREE!
We also offer the yarn, Plymouth Fantasy Naturale,
in our shop AND online at

Used with permission from Plymouth Yarn Co.

Used with pemission from Plymouth Yarn Co.l

January 2010 Newsletter

Welcome to our Bloggity, Blog, Blog…

Tomorrow is New Years Day. 2010. How appropriate that we launch ourselves into a new presence on the Web!

What you have come to know as our e-Newsletter will now be present here, in our Blog, for all and sundry to read and enjoy. Of course we run the risk of rambling on and on this way but what the heck. I say “Let’s go for it!”.

We want to start with a knitting inspiration. Colleen was thumbing thru an older copy of Vogue Knitting magazine, when she happened upon an unusual stitch and that was all it took. She has since designed a  scarf and hat. We will share photos here with you soon and be offering a tutorial/class with pattern book for your knitting pleasure!

Happy New Year to you and yours!!!!