Tuesday, January 26, 2010

knitscene winter/spring 2010 & CEY

I am debating whether I should pick up the newest Knitscene Magazine. I really like the two looks below.

{heather raglan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald}

{Geodesic Cardigan by Connie Chang Chinchio}

I've bought a couple issues in the past, but have never knit anything from this magazine. I find the styling to be less inspiring than it's big sister Interweave, and the patterns, although trendier than other publications, a bit boring.

On the other hand, I am undoubtedly in *love* with this top from the Classic Elite Spring 2010 book Farmer's Market.

The shape, color, style, and construction are all right up my ally! Also, it reminds me of this vintage crush I have had for a long time.

As always, CEY has lots of gorgeously photographed spring and summer looks that I think will brighten up your cold, dreary January day.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


I started the new year with the unfortunate news that my local yarn shop would be closing at the end of the month. Very sad! Not only will I miss having a store nearby to shop for gorgeous yarns, find unique patterns, and pick up the most recent copy of Interweave Knits, but I will also miss seeing the familiar faces that the shop has introduced me to since I moved here a little over a year ago.

{fingerless mitts, a birthday gift knit by rosemary from this pattern.}

The reason for the shop closing goes beyond the poor economy (I won't get into it here) but I must say it has been unfortunate watching a number of our regular patrons turn to online resources to buy their materials rather than supporting the local ones right here in town just to save a buck.

{thrummed mittens, in progress, malabrigo worsted yarn and this pattern.}

Often, a LYS can be more than just a store that caters to knitters, spinners, and crocheters. It is also a spot for local artists, crafters, designers and folks of all ages to gather, socialize, share what they are making, and often learn a new skill. Our LYS has hosted shows by local artists of various mediums, classes and workshops on a number of different crafts, and was a meeting place for many local fiber groups.

On numerous visits to the area before I even moved out here, I always tried to include a visit to the shop. The staff was friendly, helpful and enthusiastic about everything! Since moving here over a year ago I have also found part time work in the store and taught several classes and workshops. We live in a somewhat rural part of the state and have fiber lovers who travel for hours to come to our shop since it is (or was) the only one around. The shop will be greatly missed in the community, both as a local business and a unique creative outlet.

It's important, though, not to forget that a LYS is a business, too, and the space to gather share projects, ideas, and art would not exist if we do not support these stores by purchasing materials there, even if it sometimes costs a little bit more. I know the economy is tough right now and many of us don't have have as much money to spend on luxuries like yarn as we would like, but at times like this is is also important to think about where your money is going when you spend it, rather than just how much you are spending.

Thanks for letting me ramble a bit! Hope your new year and projects are going well!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

knit bliss.

I have been wanting a cozy shawl collared cardigan to warm up my winter. I love this one from the Debbie Bliss pattern book 'The Big Easy'.

Actually, everything in it looks really wonderful, styling included!