Displaying 1 - 10 of 11 entries.
I wove in the last end Thursday night. Isn’t it pretty? I had enough yarn left to start a quick little baby hat from the book 60 Quick Baby Knits
I am making the Ruffled Cloche.
I don’t have a specific baby in mind yet, just wanted to use some of the left over Kraemer Perfection from my afghan. Speaking of Perfection, we got a shipment in yesterday. The shelf looks so pretty with all it’s colors back! Also speaking of new stuff, the boxes are starting to pile up around here with all the goodness that is arriving. Be sure to come by and see what’s new soon.
Continue reading Afghan DONE! »
We carry the following Kraemer yarns in stock in our brick and mortar storefront. We are happy to order any yarn Kraemer makes if we do not stock it.
Tatamy Tweed DK
Sterling Silk & Silver
Continue reading Kraemer Yarns »
Thursdays mean the Knitting Fairy Yarn Studio is open for business. We have a drop in knitting class from 7-9pm, hope you can join us. What will Alissa be knitting? Likely it will be this:
Our Entrelac Baby Blanket. Now that the original has gone to it’s home and awaiting the arrival of Alicia next month it is time to make another from display.
Or maybe it will be a top down baby cardigan out of Perfection DK, or maybe an Iris Baby Dress out of Tatamy DK. Any are likely given the number of new arrivals expected among the friends of the Fairy! At least Baby knitting makes for good summer knitting.
Continue reading No Title »
What’s coming? DFW FiberFest, of course! (April 9, 10 &11th at the Addison Conference Center) Knitting Fairy will have a booth (same location as last year for returning shoppers) and Alissa will be teaching two classes. The first is on blocking knitted or crocheted lace and the second is on knitting with beads. Knitting with Beads is filling up while more room remains in Blocking Lace. Sign up today to be sure of your class spot and have time to do the homework!
As we prepare for the booth at FiberFest, new goodies are arriving all the time! New this week are yarny buttons. So cute and perfect for a little something for all your knitting and crochet friends. Also in, a restock of our popular Kraemer Yarns: Perfection and Sterling.
Of course, we have more goodies on order and some special items that will be available in the booth ONLY during FiberFest, so get there early for the best selection.
We will be conveniently located next to our good friends at Brooks Farm Yarn and Alissa will be happy to help you with selecting the perfect BFY to use with the patterns we have designed for them. Be sure to check out the latest designs, Counterspell and Matadora.
Don’t forget, we are Stitchin’ at the Studio on Sundays from 1-4pm. Come join us for some yarny goodness and lots of laughs! Directions here
Continue reading It’s Coming! »
Monique asked if I prefer to knit entrelac in solid or variegated yarns. The easy answer is YES! I like to knit entrelac. Which yarn depends on what effect I want to achieve. With hand-dyed yarns, like the wonderful goodness from Brooks Farm Yarns, you can get a neat look with less effort. I like the way Sherry dyes yarns and her dye patterns lend themselves well to entrelac because she uses shorter dye paths so I get thin stripes across the squares in a fairly repeatable pattern.
A few great examples of this are Natalie’s Scarf, Natalie’s Hat and the Entrelac Baby Blanket. All are show here in Brooks Farm Yarns Solana.
What I don’t like to use in hand-dyed yarns when working entrelac are spotty yarns with splotches of color of inconsistent size. That just looks like splotchy knitting, which frankly will look splotchy if I knit it in straight stockinette just as much as if I put the extra work into entrelac. Why bother?
Machine dyed, multi-color yarns with LONG color runs can get you some interesting looks too. Take Noro Kureyon for example. This is a shawl I knit from Scarf Style called the Lady Eleanor Shawl by Kathleen Power Johnson. The long color paths of Noro made my squares LOOK like they were knit from different skeins of yarn without having to go to the bother of changing skeins. Neat!
These socks are a pattern that I wrote for a class on Entrelac Socks, I knit them from a self striping sock yarn (you can see what it would do in normal stockinette in the foot) and the blocks worked up as mostly solid colors. I was fascinated by how knitting entrelac in the round changed where the squares fell and made each side of the socks look different.
So, with all these wonderful looks from multi-colored yarn, why would I ever want to knit with solid colors? Predictability, price and fabric care. The entrelac blanket I am currently knitting is machine washable, a big plus for first-time mommys and it comes in the color selection I wanted to use for this girl baby. Cost is also a big factor in this project, I have 4 baby gifts needed in fairly short order. Dropping $100 per on yarn is more than my budget allows. Knit from Perfection this blanket is half that price.
Thanks for asking, Monique. I hope that answered your question. If you have a question you want to ask, feel free to leave a comment. I will answer them either publicly or privately depending on my mood and the nature of the question.
Continue reading Entrelac – solid versus varigated »
Since I am enjoying knitting on my Entrelac Blanket I thought I would take some time today to tell you about the yarn I am using, Perfection by Kraemer Yarns.
Perfection is a worsted weight yarn with 200 yds/3.5 ounce skein. It is 30% Domestic Merino and 70% Acrylic, machine washable and tumble dry. The merino part makes it much softer that other wool/acrylic blends on the market and it feels heavenly! It is currently available in 40 luscious colors with that color range expected to increase to 48 this quarter. We keep all colors in stock, so you can start your project as soon as you dream it up. If, by some odd chance we do not have enough of a color you need – I am more that happy to order plenty for you. Kraemer is fantastic about shipping so you will have minimal delays.
I think that certain things need to be machine washable. Baby stuff, afghans… that sort of stuff. This yarn is just as it is billed, Perfection! At $5.95/skein it is also affordable. Something I think we can all appreciate.
The best part? Kraemer yarns are spun right here in the USA in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. When I was growing up my Dad worked in the auto plants in Detroit. I have a deeply ingrained sense of “Buy American” and I was thrilled to find Kraemer yarns.
Continue reading Kraemer Perfection »
I am still totally in love with entrelac and with the Entrelac Baby Blanket I designed and knitted with hand-dyed yarn by Brooks Farm Yarn but now I want to knit it in a yarn that we are carrying.
I don’t have a particular baby in mind but I have several candidates.
I decided to think girlish thoughts and start with pink. The original blanket was knit in one color, I want to use three. Butterfly, Bloom and Fluff. Of course, you could use any number of colors – knit a whole rainbow if you like.
The pattern has 25 rows of triangles and squares, so my 3 should work out just fine. 8 repeats of my three colors and I will end the blanket with another row of Butterfly triangles. Perhaps I shall edge it with Butterfly as well. I’ll keep you posted on its progress.
Continue reading Blankie »