Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FREE Magic Loop Class!

FREE Magic Loop Knitting Class

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 -- 1-4 pm

Graywood Studio

Pigeon, Michigan

Supplies needed: 32" or 40" circular needle -- Addi Turbo
 (purchase needle at Graywood)
Size 2.75 mm or US #2 or 3 -- for sock weight
Size US #4 or #5 -- for sport/DK weight
Size US #6 or #7 -- for worsted weight

Light colored yarn appropriate to needle size

If you are a beginner, choose sport/DK or worsted weight yarn.
If you have knitting experience, start a pair of socks on sock weight yarn.
You should have basic knitting experience to take this class.


Hey knitters, try something new!

I'm teaching the magic loop method of knitting socks (or a sleeve, or a toy) on Wednesday, October 29. The class will run from 1 pm to 4 pm.

You will learn how to cast on and knit using a one long circular needle in place of double pointed needles. We will cast on one sock (class does not teach the two-at-a-time sock method) and you will get the gist of how the circular knitting flows using the long needle.

Each student will receive a FREE copy of the Not Rocket Science Socks pattern which is easily adapted to magic loop knitting.

Magic loop knitting eliminates the dreaded "ladders" that can form between the needles when you knit using double points. Using one circular needle instead of four or five double pointed makes sock knitting very convenient since you don't have to keep track of needles that seem to want to slip down the side of your chair at an inconvenient moment.

Please email ( to reserve your place at the class. (Just say, "Hey Wanda, This is Mary Sue and I'm coming to your class next Wednesday!)

The supply list and the details are listed above. Class size is limited to 10 students (our table is only so big!) so reserve a place now. Come a little early if you need help choosing a needle size and yarn.

Hope to see you at Walk In Wednesday. Stop by and shop from our Graywood Designs Website inventory. We open our doors on Wednesdays every couple of months and have special sales on those days.

We are always open on Wednesdays (that's our website shipping day) and you are welcome to stop in from 10 am to 4 pm on any Wednesday.

Graywood Studio is located at the back of the 40 South Main building. Look for the double doors and the garden entrance.

Hope to see you soon!

Happy knitting,


PS  Magic Loop is a REALLY cool technique! Even if you can't come to the class, stop by to see our sample socks in progress!

PPS The Addi Turbo needles make magic loop knitting possible. The cable has to be flexible with a smooth join. We'll have a nice discount for you on these needles on Walk In Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

October KAL Project Will Be A Cowl!

The October KAL will be a cowl featuring the yarn, Simplinatural. We are carrying all the colors of this super soft and wonderful-to-knit-with yarn.

Michelle Hunter, designer of the KAL series, says that the yarn has "exquisite softness and superior stitch definition," both qualities that make for a great knitting project.

The cowl project comes in three sizes and the circumference can be adjusted to suit the knitter. Michelle has named the project "Namesake."

1 skein = cowl up to 20" circumference.
2 skeins = cowl up to to 40" circumference.
3 skeins = cowl up to 60" circumference.

Simplinatural by HiKoo, 40% baby alpaca; 40% fine merino wool; 20% mulberry silk, 183 yard/100 gram skein, 1 (2, 3) skeins.

Needles and notions:
US #8 circular needles 16" (24", 40") or size needed to obtain gauge
Cable needle and markers

Approximately 18 stitiches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch.

Purchase Simplinatural HERE.

Buy Addi Turbo needles HERE.

Follow the KAL clues HERE.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

KAL Project: Crossbones Style Cowl

I started the Crossbones Cowl KAL, designed by Steve May, last week and am enjoying knitting this project. I'm using HiKoo Kenzie, Color 1015, Boysenberry.

Steve does a weekly video about this project on Mondays in August. His videos are funky and helpful. Even if you don't start this cowl as a Knit Along, be sure to download the pattern for future knitting.  

Next time I will try the Jogless Join with Long Tail Cast On suggested in the pattern. Because I was knitting in the car, I used my standard Cable Cast On. The knitting is on a US #7 Addi Turbo 32" needle. Again the patterns calls for US #6, but I usually knit up one size.

I'm crossing the rows off on the chart as I knit. It helps me keep my place in the knitting, as do the stitch markers that I placed every 24 stitches.

We carry every color of Kenzie, a lovely blend of merino, angora, alpaca, silk, and nylon. Kenzie leans toward a tweed and comes in luscious colors. 

Skein Caution: The patterns calls for three skeins of Kenzie, but I can already tell that I'm probably going to need a fourth skein, so you might want to order 4 skeins to start with. With four skeins, I could have added a ridge or two of the garter stitches that start and end the cowl. I like garter stitch and would do this the next time around.

You can knit this project using Simplicity yarn Simplicity, butter soft, is a merino superwash (yes, superwash!), acrylic, and nylon blend. It knits more like a cotton blend and is a delight to handle. 

So here are a bunch of reasons why you might want to do this KAL: 
++ NOT A MYSTERY  You know ahead of time what you are knitting.
++ NO SEAMS   The design uses circular knitting.
++ NOT A SWEATER, NOT A HAT  The project will take some time, but not as much as a cardigan.  So you won't be knitting forever, but you will get in plenty of hours of pleasurable knitting, just in time for cooler weather.

++ IT'S A CHART  And chart knitting is very compelling. "I'll make supper as soon as I finish this row!" Sound familiar?

As always, enjoy the knitting!

Friday, July 25, 2014

This Week is Walk In Wednesday!

Inchie Sockie -- FREE class
Learn to knit socks by making this felted Sockie

Walk In Wednesday
 at Graywood Studio
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
10 am to 4 pm

Stop by to shop and see all the knitting goodies
 that we have on our website!!
On Sale -- Yarns and Needles. . .and MORE!

FREE knitting handout to all who stop by

Morning: Learn to Knit on Double Point Needles -- 10:30 am to noon

Afternoon: Learn to Turn a Heel in a Sock
1 pm to 3 pm

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Inchie Sockie Teaches Sock Knitting

Two little Inchie Sockies lie side by side, waiting to have their ends finished off. 
These little socks are examples of a teaching sock that I've been working with for a few years.

Those of you who can get to the sock knitting class on Walk In Wednesday, July 30 at Graywood Studio will have a chance to sit down and knit one of these little cuties. I haven't tried felting them yet, but that is one of the next steps in making these worsted weight socks into a fun thing for holiday decorating. Imagine a tabletop Christmas tree filled with Inchie Sockies, or a doorway swag with these little gems. Very cute.

Here's how the classes will run on Wednesday, July 30th:

Morning Inchie Sockie session 10:30 - noon:
Learn how to knit in the round on four needles. 
You will need 2 ounces of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted and a set of US #4, 5, OR 6 double pointed needles. This is a teaching sock, so gauge is not critical. We will start the cuff for the sock, so you will be knitting one inch of ribbing and one inch of stockinette stitch.
Afternoon Inchie Sockie session 1 pm - 3 pm:
Learn how to turn a heel and make the gussets.
The afternoon sessions uses the same supplies as the morning session. If you are only coming for the afternoon, please begin your knitting by casting on 36 stitches and knitting in the round on DP needles. Knit one inch of  knit one, purl one (K1, P1) ribbing. Then do another inch of stockinette stitch (knit every round).

More Hints:
If you think you would like to do a two color sockie, bring two different colors. If you are a beginner, choose a lighter color because it is easier to see the stitches and correct mistakes. If you know all about all of this but just want to knit, come anyway!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted

It's such a great yarn for felting and for mittens and hats. We have over 35 colors in stock and carry the twenty five most popular colors that Brown Sheep sold in this yarn in 2013. The green shades shown above include yellow greens (Lime Sorbet is a variegated, while Limeade is a solid color) and the bluer Persian Peacock.

Here are some of the red/violet/blue colors including the sweet shade of Periwinkle and that luscious Sapphire. Mmmm, great for a little girl's hat and mittens.

And here are some of the brighter colors, including the variegated color Elderberry Wine. Orange You Glad is always a punchy orange, often turned to in projects that need some warmth and brightness.

Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, made in the USA.
190 yards per 4 ounce pull skein
85% wool; 15% mohair

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hat Knit Along Starts July 3

Be ready for the next KAL from Michelle Hunter of KnitPurlHunter. The next project will be a two-color hat design. Michelle says this project (remember, it is always a surprise) is "brimming" with new techniques and that it is the perfect portable project for summer travels. 

Hmm, that sounds great! We are featuring 20 colors. You will find neutrals, some saturated colors, and HOT colors for summer on our website's choices of the yarn for this project, HiKoo Simplicity, a butter soft machine washable yarn. The photo shows 6 of the 20 colors that we carry. Just look at that purple! Red Hat Purple! Cool!

Here are the specifics:

Yarn: HiKoo Simplicity
Content: 55% Merino Superwash, 28% Acrylic, 17% Nylon
Skein size: 50 grams, 107 meters 
Label needle size: US #4-6, 5 stitches per inch

Hat size: The pattern is sized for baby (child, and adult). It uses two colors of HiKoo Simplicity.

Materials for KAL project:
+ HiKoo Simplicity - 1 (2, 2) hanks Main Color, 1 (1, 1) hank Contrasting Color
+ US #4 (3.5mm) needle – straight or circular
+ US #8 (5mm) 16" circular
+ US #8 (5mm) dpns or 32" circulars for Magic Loop method (for crown decreases)
+ Cable needle
+ One 3/4" button

If you want to guess at what Michelle's hat project might look at, HERE are some of her other designs.

And, if you just want to knit a hat this summer, try the Softie Hat, knit using one skein of sock yarn, that I designed. It is a free download on Ravelry and HERE is the link to my pattern. 

And, (whew, one more link!) HERE is the link to sock yarns on the Graywood Designs website.

Happy knitting,


PS I couldn't wait to knit with this yarn so I started a scarf using Color 10 Deep Turquoise. The yarn is super soft, holds to the needles well, and flows through my fingers evenly. It is a delight to knit.