Friday, July 25, 2014

Walk In Wednesday in July

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

Stop in and see all the knitting goodies that we have on our website!!

On Sale -- Yarns and Needles.

FREE classes
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

Read the previous BLOG post about the Sock Knitting Classes for more information.

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.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Serendipity Tweed Vest

I'm knitting a vest for cool golf days using Brown Sheep Serendipity Tweed. The pattern is the same lace that I'm knitting as a cardigan for my daughter. 

The yarn is smooth and so pleasant to knit. Here's the link to the website where you can read more about this made in the USA yarn from the good folks at Brown Sheep in Nebraska. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Walk In Wednesday -- April 30th

FREE Diagonal Squares Class -- Wed., April 30 -- 1-3 pm -- Graywood Studio

Join us this coming Wednesday for our first "Walk In Wednesday." There will be a FREE class in the afternoon. You can see and buy our website yarn in person.

There will be some discounts, just like on our website. We have a bin of charity yarn ready. Some of this yarn is leftover skeins, some has knots or nubs, and it is all great for one of a kind knitting.

We've discontinued some yarns and those are marked way down. Plus, there will be a free copy of our NRS Socks pattern for each person who stops by.

Wednesdays are the days that we ship orders from our website and we are guessing that a lot of you who live or visit the Thumb area of Michigan might like to see our shipping facilities and have a gander at all of the luscious yarns.

The FREE class will be a Diagonal Squares class from 1 pm to 3 pm. You'll learn how to knit a square with a center decrease that is connected by knitting to the next square. For the class, bring a pair of US #7 or 8 or 9 needles and one or two colors of worsted weight yarn. You'll need about 30 yards of each color.

So stop by and shop a bit. We'll be open 10 am to 4 pm. That's Wednesday, April 30, in Pigeon, at the Graywood Studio at 40B South Main Street.

Come around through the garden and in at the double door. Bring some knitting! We'd love to see you!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April KAL Shawl -- Week One

The April Knit Along (KAL), a shawl knit in HiKoo's Rylie yarn, started with a garter stitch tab that quickly expands through several yarn over increase rows into a semi circle shape.

I'm using the pale pink, Color #093 "Abalone," and am loving the way that the pattern work (star stitch) shows up. The first week's directions take you through Row 60 of the pattern. After I got that far, I slipped the stitches on to a holding thread and soaked the knitting. Then I folded it in a damp towel and stretched it out on a tile top table. The photo shows the results.

Week Two of this KAL will be posted on this Thursday morning at 9 am EDT. Michelle Hunter is the designer and moderator of the KAL.

Our studio knitting group has at least four of us knitting this project, plus we have shipped packages of this yarn to customers. What fun!