I recently attended the National Needle Arts Trade Show (TNNA) in San Diego to look for new yarns for Alpaca Direct. This industry trade show brings vendors all together under one roof with a chance to see and compare products in order to pick up the best possible yarn choices for our customers.[caption id="attachment_1113" align="alignleft" width="300"] Baah Yarn's Vibrant Spring Colors[/caption]
While reviewing all the great products from our friends at Skacel, I was thrilled to meet Michelle Hunter (knitpurlhunter.com) who has just released her new book called Building In Colorwhich we will be using in our store classes to teach Intarsia. Michelle has a 30 year career in teaching and it shows in both her books and on her website. I felt like I already knew her as I have been using her video’s to assist with teaching our students for quite a while.
If you are a new knitter I encourage you to go to Michelle’s website. She has a video to answer almost every knitting question. Her simple clear instructions will take the mystery out of knitting. Michelle provides wonderful free pattern downloads. I am currently using her free "Lacery" sock pattern. You start with Judy’s magic cast on, a short row heel and a lacey pattern to boot! I started my socks on Friday and am almost ready to turn my heel! I am excited for each of you to see the many new yarns we are bringing in. We have many Indie dyed yarns like La Jolla from Baah Yarns which have the most vivid color choices just for you! We also picked up the ultra-light Karbonz line of needles from Knitter's Pride to make your knitting more enjoyable!
Happy knitting! Kelley
A new baby is something to be celebrated, and this coming May, shop owner Kelley is going to welcome her second granddaughter. So exciting! I don't know about you, but I still have some of my own baby clothes saved carefully in my hope chest. These include a receiving blanket and a couple of handmade dresses; they're such wonderful keepsakes.
Kelley designed a future keepsake for her new grand baby, Claire—a hat fittingly named Clair's Baby Hat. It's knit with our new luxury yarn, Bravo, a 100-percent baby alpaca yarn, so it'll be warm, cozy, and beautiful. We are so proud of this luscious yarn!
I just finished repairing a baby blanket that had a hole in it. The owner was anxious to get it back, so it was a rush job. Oh, and the owner of the blanket is 14 years old! Isn't that great? It shows how important these blankies can be for children of all ages.
Shop owners Kelley and Jim are expecting their second grandchild, and Kelley has baby blankets on her mind. I thought I'd share a few options for those of you who need a shower gift or are expecting a baby of your own.
Our shop owner Kelley recently finished Ambah O'Brien's Adventurer Cowl, and during our weekly Technique Tuesday broadcasts on Facebook Live, she demonstrated a few techniques used in the project.
This project is really gorgeous, no matter if you choose a bunch of mini-skeins to work with, or just two colors like Kelley did.
And with so many techniques to practice, it's a great pattern for stretching your skills. Ambah wrote the Adventurer Cowl for advanced beginners and beyond, and if you're a beginning chart reader, the pattern includes both written and charted instructions for the lace.